85% of residents satisfied with Derry

PIcture Martin McKeown
PIcture Martin McKeown

84% of Derry people are “satisfied” with their city, a new survey has revealed.

The highest level of satisfaction among residents was in deprived areas where 91% of people were found to be “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with their city.

The results of the Citi-Scope survey, which reveals the attitudes of people in neighbourhoods across the city to issues including healthcare, education, employment, and physical security, have been published by Ilex, the urban regeneration company for Derry.

The survey of 445 respondents found that there was a high degree of recognition of a need to improve employment (74%), activities for young people (64%), housing (59%), and cross community relations (52%). There was strong support for cross community festivals as a means of enhancing community relations with respondents (71%) viewing the City of Culture as “an event that will enhance community relations”.

The research also found that relations between Protestants and Catholics in the city are better than they were when the last Citi-Scope survey was carried out in 2009 with over 6 in 10 people saying that relationships between communities had improved over the past five years compared to just under 4 in 10 people four years ago. It also underlined that access to affordable childcare and public transport were barriers for many people seeking suitable employment or training.

Results also show that rural dwellers were more satisfied with their immediate living environment and were almost five times more likely to express an interest in starting their own business.

Ilex’s Director of Strategy and Regeneration Gerard McCleave, said: “These survey results, alongside the Peace Bridge survey, support the view that the significant investment in public realm space including Ebrington, Peace Bridge and Queen’s Quay, is contributing to increasing numbers of residents utilizing new city spaces.

The research follows the Citi-Scope Baseline survey which was conducted in 2009.