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People urged to take part in Highland Council ‘Your place’ survey

By Gregor White

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The council wants people to share their views of the areas where they live and work.
The council wants people to share their views of the areas where they live and work.

Highland Council is reminding people there is opportunity to share their experiences of the area by taking part in the Highland Place Standard survey.

The information from the survey is aimed at shaping future plans, including the council’s next Local Development Plan, and seeks feedback under four main themes: Movement, Spaces, Resources, Civic, and Stewardship.

Chairman of the council’s economy and infrastructure committee, Councillor Ken Gowans, said: “This is a chance to highlight what you feel are the positive and the negative aspects of where you live and pass on your ideas and aspirations for what can be done differently going forward.

“All the responses will provide us with valuable information as we look to plan for the future, taking in to account the unique make-up of all our communities.”

People are asked to identify a particular place at the beginning of the survey and then respond to the questions to let the council know about their experience of that particular place. They are encouraged to identify any particular things in their place that are good or bad. Responses to this survey will be treated anonymously.

The council is pleased to see that responses received so far are from a wide range of places across Highland.

Responses so far indicate:

• a range of what places are like for accessing services people need, with a significant proportion reporting poor access to services and a significant proportion who feel access to services is at least good;

• the majority of respondents feeling safe and comfortable in their place, though that is not the experience of all;

• more respondents feeling that spaces and buildings are not well looked after, than those feeling they are;

• most respondents feeling proud and part of their place;

• a range of different experiences about the ease of walking, wheeling or cycling to places that people need to and want to go, with more finding it difficult than finding it easy;

• a high proportion of respondents feeling well connected to nature where they live.

You can take part in the survey here

The survey is open until the end of May.

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