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Brighton and Hove residents say they are happy living in our city
It's official - Brighton and Hove residents are overwhelmingly happy with the place they call home.
With its picturesque pebble beach, cobbled Lanes, vibrant nightlife and fine foods, a decisive majority of city dwellers are pleased with their surroundings.
According to the latest official survey by Brighton and Hove City Council, an emphatic 91% were glad to be living in the city.
The younger generation were even more cheery with 93% of the sampled 25 to 34-year-olds giving their nod of approval.
Respondents to the telephone poll weren't all sunshine and light however.
Satisfaction with the local authority was a flatter 58% with a sizeable minority (20%) actually downbeat about its performance.
Meanwhile 42% were not convinced the council was spending taxpayers' money wisely with street cleaning, parking and speed restrictions the most likely source of irritation.
Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “The City Tracker survey is incredibly valuable because it shows us not only where satisfaction levels with the services we provide are good but also where there is room to improve.
“It shows Brighton and Hove is a great place to live and that we need to work hard with our partners across the city to deliver services which meet people's needs.”
A weighted sample of more than 1,000 residents were given questions such as “If you could change one thing about Brighton and Hove what would it be?”
The local chemist had high-end approval (93%) but mental health services were classed poor (30%).
Street noise was not a bugbear with 83% pleased at how it was dealt with while 75% were content with Sussex Police.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had the highest satisfaction ratings of the selected public services at 94%.
Labour group leader Warren Morgan said: “While the vast majority of residents agree with me that Brighton and Hove is a great place to live, it is not surprising that a large proportion of residents are unhappy with the Green-run council.
“Many raise concerns about refuse and street cleaning, parking and the implementation of the 20mph limits, as well as expressing dissatisfaction with deep divisions in the Greens over their council leader.”
Chris Todd, vice-chair of the BHSP said: "Maintaining and building on what makes our city special is important even as we grapple with falling budgets.
"It comes as no surprise that transport was the most mentioned topic that people would like to change in Brighton & Hove.
"While there have been big improvements in this area, we still have some way to go before we can compete with many of our European counterparts."
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