Heath and physical activity, Aberdeenshire’s libraries and museums and traveller accommodation were among topics examined in the most recent Citizens’ Panel survey, circulated in August 2014.
Undertaken on behalf of the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership (CPP), the surveys aim to gauge public opinion on a range of community-related services which the community planning partners deliver.
The panel consists of 1,284 residents of varied ages from across Aberdeenshire.
One of the key topics covered in this survey was the health and physical activity of panel members.
Although over 50% considered they did not take enough exercise, the survey revealed that residents’ understanding of the importance of keeping fit appears to have increased due to high-profile events such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Most respondents gave positive feedback on the quality of local leisure facilities and open spaces, with Aberdeenshire’s natural environment, town and country parks, golf courses, leisure centres and swimming pools all rated highly.
There was also a positive response regarding Aberdeenshire’s libraries – 58% of the survey respondents were library members and overall satisfaction levels with the library service remains high at 75%.
The survey revealed one of the biggest issues for libraries was a lack of awareness of the services they offer, but in recognition of this Aberdeenshire Council will be looking to highlight and promote the full range of services to communities on a much broader scale.
A high level of interest from respondents in Aberdeenshire’s museums was revealed through the number of constructive comments received regarding the leisure service. The Grampian Transport Museum was discovered to be the most frequently visited attraction, with the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum at Aden Country Park, Duff House and the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses also receiving good levels of visitation.
Overall the establishments received high levels of satisfaction, ranging between 80% and 87%, and there are plans afoot to carry out renovation and redisplays at Aberdeenshire museums over the next few years to further increase these levels.
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Jim Gifford, said, “Once again we welcome the results of the survey with regard to the assistance it provides in planning and adapting the services for the future in Aberdeenshire.”