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Survey reveals Sutton as a great place to live - 23.06.09

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, four out of every five people in Sutton say they are satisfied with their area as a place to live. And almost nine in ten say they are happy with their homes, much more than the London average.

The proportion of people who believe that the level of crime needs to be reduced in the borough has fallen dramatically from 53% to 33%. There were also falls in the number of people who see drunk or rowdy behaviour and drug use or drug dealing as a problem.

Crime is still, however, the top priority for Sutton residents who also want to see more activities for teenagers and a reduction in the level of traffic congestion.

The findings are the result of the recent place survey which was carried nationwide at the end of last year and published on 23 June.

According to the survey, the majority of local people think they live in a community where people from different backgrounds get along well together. There has also been a substantial increase in the number of people who think that people treat each other with respect and consideration.

The survey also reveals that 9 out of 10 people want to get more involved in local decision-making.

Talking about the survey results Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"There are some very encouraging results in the survey but it also shows us that there is still a lot of work to do.

"Responding to surveys like this is just one of the ways local people can influence the services they receive.

"We want more residents involved in the decisions we make and it's good news that 90% of people want

"We will be working through the survey results, as we do with all the things people tell us, to work out what changes we and the organisations we work with need to put in place. We need to make sure we respond to people's priorities and provide excellent services at the right price."

To see the results go to http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/placesurvey2008

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 June 2009

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