Survey shows only 40 per cent of people in North-East are proud of their neighbourhoods (From The Northern Echo)
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Survey shows only 40 per cent of people in North-East are proud of their neighbourhoods
12:10am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A SURVEY has show only 40 per cent of people in the North-East are proud of their neighbourhood, despite a surge in national pride following the London Olympics.
The survey suggests the pride people felt towards their country in the wake of the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal wedding has failed to filter down to local level.
Construction company Wates polled 2,000 people across the country last year and found 75 per cent were proud to be British.
However, only 16 per cent felt there was a strong sense of community in their neighbourhood.
In the North-East, 60 per cent said they were not proud of their neighbourhood, with just over 40 per cent expressing a wish for more events to bring people together.
Rachel Woolliscroft, Sustainability Director at Wates, said: “Ask people if they’re proud to be British and many will say yes, but dig a bit deeper and ask if they’re proud of their neighbourhood or the area where they live and the results are quite depressing.
“There are many intangible factors which contribute to ‘pride’, but interestingly our respondents really focused on having more opportunities for people to come together or work collectively on projects which contribute towards the greater good as having the most impact on how they feel about their neighbourhood.
“This is what binds a community and makes people feel proud of where they live, in addition to having well-designed buildings and public spaces.”
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