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Local Liberal Democrats publish the findings from their recent door-to-door surveys

November 3, 2015 1:47 PM

Affordable homes, young people's services and road safety are the biggest priorities in the town, according to research recently completed by local Liberal Democrats in Kenilworth.

Throughout the month of October local LibDem volunteers have been out and about on doorsteps to seek the opinion of 800 households throughout Kenilworth to find out the main concerns of local people. Hundreds of households in each of the three Council wards of Abbey, Park Hill and St John's were asked to complete a brief survey which gave them the opportunity to express their views on a range of subjects, including Council services, buses and trains, the local environment, community safety, traffic and voting in elections. Respondents were also asked what they liked most and liked least about living in Kenilworth.

Top of the list of concerns expressed in the responses received is the need for more affordable homes. 92% of households said they were worried that there aren't enough affordable homes for younger people. This was followed in priority by concerns about the provision of services for children and young people, public transport and road safety. 72% of people agreed that litter is not a significant problem in Kenilworth and 70% said that they will use the new station when it opens in December 2016. The majority of respondents also expressed satisfaction that the Council is doing enough for grass verges, trees and dog mess.

The other concerns expressed by local people were more varied, depending upon the area surveyed. 90% of people said that they feel very safe or quite safe living in Kenilworth, but other common concerns were about speeding traffic, cars badly parked on pavements and potholes, such as those on Oaks Road for which local LibDems have recently got the County Council to promise to repair later this month.

"The good news from the survey responses is that what people value most about living in Kenilworth is the sense of friendly community, as well as the good schools and the relatively easy access to shops," said Richard Dickson, from the local Liberal Democrat team. "However, there is very strong feeling about affordable housing and, given the current plans to invest in more houses and local facilities in the town, we'll be campaigning hard to make sure that provision of affordable homes for younger people and services for children and young people get top priority."

To speak to local Liberal Democrat Councillors contact Cllr John Whitehouse on 0786 6568 333 or Cllr Kate Dickson on 0795 2613 152. For questions about the recent survey, contact Richard Dickson on 0771 359 4506.