Later this month, a number of residents in the borough will have the opportunity to share their experiences about how the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact their lives.
Around 1,800 residents will be chosen from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and contacted by phone to take part in the survey.
The aim of the survey is to obtain views on:
- the impact of COVID-19 to individuals, their families and the community, including the social, economic and environmental impact
- the support residents and the borough will need to recover from the community impact of COVID-19
- how to respond to community issues that have arisen due to the pandemic
- the perception of the council and its support to the local community
- environmental and travel behaviour change
- the impact of the pandemic on health and wellbeing
The survey will start from 12 April and will be carried out by independent consultation company, Public Perspectives, on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council. All responses will be confidential and will be used to help the council plan for the borough's recovery from COVID-19 over the next three years.
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“We conducted our first survey with over 1,800 residents in July last year. The results largely demonstrated positive perceptions of the council during the pandemic and showed there had been an increase in community volunteering, which provides a positive foundation to build on in the future.
“As we journey through the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and the easing of restrictions, it’s now vital that we further understand the continued impacts of the pandemic on residents, their families and the wider community. This includes residents’ health and wellbeing, employment concerns and identifying priorities to support the recovery of individuals and the local area.
“This information will help us to further plan the borough’s recovery and renewal from COVID-19 over the coming years. If you are contacted to take part, I would urge you to please do so. We would really appreciate residents’ full and honest responses to help us identify where we need to address any negative impacts caused by COVID-19 and identify any positive impacts to build on.”
The survey will end in May, with formal consideration of the results due to go before the council’s Executive in July 2021.
The results of the first survey can be found on our residents' surveys page.