BRIGHTON Municipality should be a place to feel proud of, that is clean and tidy with great local services and liveable neighbourhoods and housing.
Those are some of the key findings of a recent community survey conducted by Brighton Council as part of a goal to develop a 30-year vision.
The online survey, which was held from August 27 until September 18, attracted more than 600 responses from every suburb in the Municipality, particularly from residents and local property owners.
Asked how the Municipality should be different in 2050, almost one in five called for more parks, trees, footpaths and bike and walking tracks.
Other top answers included more shopping and food options (16%), better transport (19%), opportunities for children and young people (11%), better planning and design (11%), a safer place to live (9%) and action on climate change and sustainability (9%).
More than 60% of those who responded to the online survey were positive or very positive about the forecasted 34% growth of the Municipality over the next 30 years.
The community felt or hoped this growth would deliver more services and facilities (22%), more infrastructure (15%) and more businesses and jobs (17%) while attracting people of diverse cultures and ages (10%).
The survey also revealed strong support for Brighton Council’s performance with 68% of the community saying Council was doing either a good or excellent job and a further 26% saying it was average. Many people praised Council staff for being pleasant and helpful.
The survey attracted an even spread of responses across different age groups, though fewer young people responded. More women (61%) than men (39%) completed the survey.
“Council is delighted to have had such a strong response to the online survey,” said Brighton Council Mayor Tony Foster.
“More than 600 responses is an encouraging number and demonstrates yet again how much passion and commitment the community has for this Municipality and its future,” Cr Foster said.
The online survey is part of a broader Council consultation which involves workshops and conversations with stakeholders, including young people who will be working, living and leading in the Brighton community in 2050.
The consultation process will result in a 2050 Vision document to be shared with the community on the Council’s website.
The 2050 Vision will set out the community’s shared hopes and goals for the area in coming decades, with a particular focus on what Council can deliver or influence.