Residents were asked to say what were the five most important things making somewhere a good place to live. The top five in the District were:
- the level of crime (58.3%)
- health services (57.5%)
- access to the countryside (40.5%)
- clean streets (35.3%)
- affordable decent housing (30.4%)
Affordable decent housing was most important to the 18- to 34-year-old age group (37%). Women were more likely than men to say that affordable, decent housing was important (36% vs 26%).
Residents were asked to think about their local area and indicate up to five things that most need improving. The top five improvements were:
- road and pavement repairs (48.3%)
- the level of traffic congestion (42.9%)
- activities for teenagers (33.3%)
- affordable decent housing (30.2%)
- public transport (28.7%)
These have remained the top five priorities over the last four surveys. Affordable decent housing was more an important issue for residents of Alcester/Bidford (38%) than those living in Henley/Studley locality (24%). Those aged 35-49 were least likely to say affordable decent housing needs improving. Women were more likely than men (34% vs 27%) to say that it needs improvement.