GLENGORMLEY Community Group officially launched its Residents’ Survey at the Museum at The Mill this week.
The survey aims to gather the views and opinions of the town’s residents to facilitate the formation of an action plan for future projects, activities and schemes which could help improve Glengormley’s shared spaces.
The survey has been put together by the community group with funding from the council’s Community Grant Aid Programme.
A total of 3,000 survey sheets have been printed which will be delivered to households, and members of the group will also be visiting supermarkets in the area to ask people to complete them.
Launching the survey, Chair of the Glengormley Community Group, Catherine Hardy said: “Two years ago we began on a path toward positive community development.
“The group wanted to address the issues and concerns of the residents in the area, while at the same time striving towards reclaiming the community spirit we felt we were fast losing.
“This survey is a key part in that process. It will enable us to identify the hopes and aspirations the people of Glengormley have for their town and also to identify what they feel are our failures.
“At the end of the survey process we will have the quantitative data to identify all these issues and more importantly to give the residents a form of influence over the future decisions which could affect their everyday lives.”
Catherine went on to thank Councillor Mark Cosgrove, Director of Development at Newtownabbey Borough Council Majella McAllister and members of Queen’s Park Women’s Group for their assistance.
She added: “Here is hoping the people of Glengormley share those hopes and give us the tools to do the work by completing the survey.”
Mayor, alderman Billy Webb added: “The Glengormley Community Group was set up with the aim of making the town a safe place in which to live, work and to visit - an aim which is at the heart of our Newtownabbey Corporate plan.
“Surveys such as this are a valuable means of getting specific and current information from a cross section of residents
“They also provide an opportunity to gather information on attitudes and opinions and to assess the effectiveness of programmes, facilities and services.
“The findings from the survey should give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of the Glengormley area and help the community group formulate and develop strategies for the future.
“I wish the group every success and look forward to seeing their findings.”
Councillor Mark Cosgrove added: “I am looking forward to the significant participation from the Glengormley community; their responses are vital.
“This will help to build a picture of what the community wants and help the community group build on those responses and I would urge people to complete and return the surveys as soon as possible.”
He added: “This is a great example of real community support. A number of people have volunteered and given up their own time for the betterment of the community.”
A number of prizes are on offer for those who complete the survey which is available online at www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/communitysurvey.