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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We asked tenants and registered tenants organisations for their views on our rent consultation and a proposed rent increase of 5%.

You Said

93% of respondents said they were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase

91% think the rent they pay is good value for money

77% said that they think the proposal to increase rents by 5% is fair

We Did

All the feedback from the consultation was put in a report for the Council's budget meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2017 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation. At that meeting a decision was made to increase rents by 5%. We will write out to all our tenants now to tell them what their rent and services changes will be for 2017/18.

We Asked

We asked parents for their views on a range of lunchtime drink options for primary schools.

You Said

1,043 responses were received from parents:

  • 97% said they would like plain water to be available
  • 94% said they would like semi-skimmed milk to be available
  • 48% said they would like naturally flavoured milk drinks to be available
  • 58% said they would like fruit juice mixed with water to be available

Comments received included:

* Some parents were concerned about tooth decay if drinks other than milk and water were on offer

* Other parents were worried that there would not be enough choice for children if drinks were limited to milk and water.

We Did

We have listened to the feedback received and also considered advice from the British Dental Health Foundation. Based on this, we have decided to make the following changes:

  1. We have introduced a second water and milk only day onto the weekly menu - Mondays and Wednesdays will now be water and milk only days - this should help encourage children to drink more water / milk
  2. We have introduced a sugar free naturally flavoured milk drink for Thursday lunchtimes. This will add more variety to the menu, particularly for children who would not usually choose milk. If such drinks are consumed along with a meal any risk of tooth decay is significantly reduced.

We Asked

We asked for your views on proposals to move customer services from Aldhammer House to Prestonpans Library.

You Said

The majority of respondents said that they wanted the two services to remain in separate buildings and did not want to see any changes to the Library building. A small majority (54%) said they would like increased Library opening hours.

We Did

  • We decided not to relocate customer services to Prestonpans Library
  • We decided that more use could, however, be made of the Library building
  • We decided to increase the opening hours to allow more school classes to visit - the Library will be open for an additional 6 hours a week, opening from 9am each morning (10am on a Wednesday and Saturday) - this will be reviewed in a year to see whether it has resulted in increased usage
  • We will make changes to layout to allow more private space for people using computers (this will not involve creating interview rooms)
  • Vacant space in Aldhammer House is now being used by the Capital Credit Union
  • No further changes to Aldhammer House are likely to occur until a fuller review takes place of public sector accomodation in Prestonpans