Wiltshire residents encouraged to have their say

A new interactive platform that helps people find out what life is like in their community area has been launched by Wiltshire Council.

The council regularly pulls together the latest data to paint a picture of everyday living across its 18 community areas. Called the Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (CAJSNA), it uses more than 140 indicators across 10 different themes including children and young people, health, housing, safety and the environment.Wiltshire residents are being encouraged to dive into the information and then complete a short survey to share what they think the priorities should be for the future.

The feedback from residents and data from the CAJSNA will help to inform future decision making for the council area and help shape future planning.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “The Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is rich in detail on what life is like in Wiltshire. You can find out about the big themes around health, education and environment and cost of living for example, but it also gives more granular detail on the average cost of heating, lighting and hot water for your area, how many affordable homes are needed, or how many people are providing unpaid care.

“This is a vital exercise to help us understand what our priorities need to be. However, it isn’t the complete picture. We need people to come forward and take our short survey to tell us what their priorities are and what matters to them.”

People can access the short survey until 5 May 2024 on Snap Survey: Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Survey 2024.

The survey also has a link to the CAJSNA data which is available on Wiltshire Intelligence: Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (CAJSNA).