We asked the South Ayrshire 1000 (SA1000) Citizens' Panel about living in South Ayrshire and they took the opportunity to tell us what they thought on everything from health to happiness, neighbourhood safety to volunteering and much more.
The people told us that most of them enjoy a good quality of life, have good health, feel safe in their neighbourhood and are satisfied with South Ayrshire as a place to live. It also highlighted the caring side of people in South Ayrshire with many being an unpaid carer with someone with a long term illness, disability or problems related to old age. Volunteering with groups, clubs or organisations helped SA1000 members to be connected with their area.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: "Elected members, our corporate management team and the South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership will carefully consider the survey results. The information gathered will give us a better understanding of what's needed to deliver the public services people need and want.
"I am delighted with the overall levels of satisfaction with South Ayrshire as a place to live and that perceptions of quality of life and health are positive. Our residents have also told us that they would like to be more involved in making decisions about their local area and I am pleased that they are keen to work with us to make South Ayrshire the place to live, work and play."
The newsletter can be viewed at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000/ and printed copies are available at the Council's libraries and customer contact centres.
We are looking for more young people to become members of the Panel, we need more members who live in private rented or social rented accommodation. If you, your friends or family would like to get involved, new members can sign up at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor McIntosh concluded: "We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation. We really appreciate your involvement and hope that you will continue to enjoy being a member of the SA1000 Citizens' Panel."