3 most urgent issues to Stroud residents revealed by survey

The three most urgent issues to residents in Stroud District has been revealed by a survey.

Think tank Demos asked 20,000 adults in parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain to choose which one of nine issues most urgently needs improving in their local area.

More than a fifth of people in Stroud decided improving transport was the most important issue.

The news comes after the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday, in which the monarch laid out the Government’s priorities in a speech written for her.

The most urgent issues to people in Stroud were good transport services, chosen by 21 per cent of those surveyed, good local shops, 15 per cent, and premises to support local jobs, 13 per cent.

Demos said prioritising retailers was particularly prevalent in more built-up areas, while rural communities were more likely to see a lack of quality transport as a problem.

The think-tank has urged the Government to reflect on its research as it considers how best to spend the £4.8 billion earmarked for a levelling-up fund to reduce inequality across the UK.

The survey also asked people how happy they are with what is currently on offer in their area.

In Stroud, an estimated 24 per cent of residents think that the provision of facilities they consider most important is nearer to ‘bad’ than ‘good’ – which was similar to the national average.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised a levelling-up White Paper in the Queen’s Speech – to be unveiled later this year – saying it would “turbocharge” economic recovery nationwide.

But the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the Government has produced just “a series of piecemeal individual policies” so far and called on the legislation to address the long-term challenges facing parts of the UK.

Mike Hawking, head of policy and partnerships at the charity, added: “The Government has now promised levelling up will be about improving living standards, and it’s against this promise that they should be judged.

“The best way to do this is by boosting jobs and growing earnings in economically weaker parts of the country, and we look forward to seeing the Government bring forward plans to do this.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the Levelling Up Fund will regenerate high streets, upgrade local transport and invest in cultural assets.

A spokeswoman added: “Our Plan for Jobs will create opportunities for people of all ages wherever they live by boosting skills and giving them the best possible chance of getting a job.”

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