Northumberland County has a mandate for community services such as Affordable Housing, Paramedics, the Golden Plough and income support (welfare) as well as county roads, garbage and economic development. To better understand what residents see as priorities for a range of such services, a survey was conducted from 25 June to 31 July. Public surveys usually get few participants and this was no exception with only 143 responses received. Of these, 61 were Cobourg residents. Of the 143, 46 were over 59 years of age, 60 were 39 to 58 and 29 were 18 to 38. The results are interesting and will guide the County’s “Community Safety and Well-being Plan”.
Major categories were “Personal Safety”, “Feelings about Crime”, and “Environment and Culture” – details on these below. Despite all the recent discussion on affordable housing, of the 24 priorities listed, affordable housing was ranked the lowest [Oops A rank of 1 is highest so affordable housing is highest priority – thanks Kate]. And the questions on safety seem to be outside the County’s scope since they are not responsible for policing.
Environment and Culture
Q. Please rate your satisfaction with the accessibility (location and affordability) of the following activities or services in your community.
High priority is a low number.
|Housing and homelessness||3.43|
|Opportunities for employment and employment skills development||3.98|
|Access to services||3.98|
|Poverty and income||4.32|
|Coordination between services in the community||4.82|
|Support for youth that are vulnerable/at-risk||4.84|
|Personal and overall community security and safety||4.95|
|Aging in place||5.33|
|Healthy childhood development||6.81|
|Accessibility for persons with disabilities||7.23|
|Age friendly initiatives||8.00|
|Intimate partner violence||13.22|
Is this really representative of the priorities of people in Northumberland? And many issues don’t seem related to what the County does – e.g. they are Police matters.
One wonders what actions the County will be actually taking with its “Community Safety and Well-being Plan”. And will it be based entirely on the results of this survey which seems to have strange results?