Dundonians have had their say on their city and its services – with an overwhelmingly positive verdict.
The citizen survey, carried out by the council and the Dundee Partnership, tracks how residents feel about topics including community safety, their local neighbourhoods, the environment and the facilities available to them.
More than 1,300 city residents took part in face-to-face interviews with the respondents initially being selected at random.
The council said results from the survey help it improve services for the city.
More than 97% of respondents said they were satisfied with the cleanliness of streets.
This was despite a reduction in recent years on street cleaning spending. Figures obtained by the Tele last year showed the council had cut street cleaning expenditure by 26% since 2014.
The annual budget – which covers work such as litter-picking, equipment maintenance and cleaning up graffiti and gum – has dropped from £3.1 million to £2.3m in the last five years.
The Tele took to the streets to ask a cross-section of people for their views.
Catriona Simpson, 52, from the Hilltown, who works as a carer said: “I don’t think the streets are brilliant but around the city centre area is good. The gulls can make the litter worse and draw attention to it.
“I think sometimes people don’t pay attention because they walk around in their own bubble and don’t notice.
“I like to be positive though – the council services we have are good as far as I take an interest in them.”
Locals agreed Dundee is becoming a safer city with 99% saying their neighbourhood was a safe place to live.
Elliot Hepburn, 23, a customer service assistant from Menzieshill, said: “It’s a lot safer than it used to be. You used to get chased if you went into Charleston but now you can walk in there like it’s your own scheme.
“I think there is more sense of community now. The Dundee spirit is still alive and you only need to go into the pub to see it.”
However, fewer people were positive about outdoor play areas, and only 85% of those asked were satisfied with the amount of childrens’ activities on offer.
Jackie Skelly, 57, a cleaner and dinner lady from Fintry, said: “There are not enough places for kids to play apart from the Fun Factory which is indoors and costs quite a bit of money.
“The kids’ facilities available aren’t good if you don’t have a lot of money. I would like to see more playparks and safer grounds for kids to play on in case they fall.”
Satisfaction with bin collections saw a big hike from 50% in 2017 to 71% last year.
Joe Dalton, 68, a retired engineer from Lochee, said: “In my area the bin collections are always good, there is never usually a missed collection.
“One area where the council needs to improve is creating more jobs in the city. Dundee has become a disaster zone with Michelin and McGill going into administration – we can’t seem to hold on to work so there needs to be more opportunities created.”
Quality of life was also rated as part of the survey with the number of respondents saying they were “very satisfied” increasing from 61% in 2015 to 85% last year.
A total of 97% of social tenants said the condition of their council homes was good.
Councillors will meet tonight to discuss the findings of the survey at a meeting of the authority’s policy and resources committee.