SURVEY reminders are being distributed to a number of Cheshire residents this week inviting them to take part in the Communities of Cheshire Survey.

Cheshire County Council and the six district councils work closely with other public services such as the police, fire, health, business and community representatives. Together they take decisions about the provision of services for local people.

They now need residents to tell them what it’s like to live in their area so they can be certain they are dealing with the issues that concern and matter to residents.

The questionnaire asks for opinions about aspects of the quality of life which includes community safety and local services which are known to be important to local people.

The findings from this research will be used to see how well the members of the Communities of Cheshire Partnership are doing at delivering the services that matter to residents and to decide what needs doing differently in the future.

From April 2009 two new councils – Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East - will take over all the service responsibilities of Cheshire County Council and the six district councils.

The survey is very important for these two new councils and their partners to understand what residents think about their local area so that they can understand how to improve services in local areas in the future.

“We have already had a fantastic response to the first mail out of the surveys but we urge those who have not responded yet to take a little time to fill it in and make their views known,” said Gordon Hamilton, research and intelligence manager.

“We need a good response to be sure that results accurately reflect residents’ views.”

The reminders were sent out from October 22. Residents are asked to look out for the survey, complete and return it in the prepaid envelope provided. Results will be available from spring 2009 on the new unitary council websites.

Some residents may receive a reminder letter and questionnaire but have already completed it. This will have occurred as the completed survey and the reminder may have crossed over in the post.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey residents should contact 0845 1133311 or