People in Bracknell are "not happy"By Julie Spencer
August 03, 2012
Bracknell people are not a happy bunch, according to a new survey into the well-being of the nation.
Fewer residents claim to have medium or high happiness levels than the national average, while more than average rated their happiness at a low or very low level.
And their town mayor, Councillor Shelagh Pile, believes the reason could be that they are not being listened to.
Cllr Pile, who represents Harmans Water, said: “I think people are fed up with development around the area.
“We are still waiting for our town centre and this is adding to their views.
“Obviously there are a lot of elderly people living here and it might be considered as a rich area, but in lots of areas it is not.”
Cllr Pile said modern life was too remote for many.
She said: “I do wish we were back to when people knew their bank manager locally as now they are too remote and what does annoy me is that it is always assumed that everyone is online whereas I prefer to have a person to talk to.
“People are not being listened to.”
Bracknell people are also revealed as worriers, with more than average claiming they had low or medium levels of anxiety, although the borough is spared the very high anxiety levels gripping its neighbours in Windsor & Maidenhead and Slough.
The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Measuring National Well-Being Programme was undertaken between April 2011 and March this year and is intended to create a picture of the quality of life of the nation.
In Bracknell Forest, 30.1 per cent of respondents claimed to have low or very low happiness levels, 1.2 per cent more than the national average.
Medium and high happiness levels were 1.2 per cent below the national average at 69.9 per cent.
Feelings of low or very low worthwhileness in the borough are 0.5 per cent above the national average although fewer people than average reported they had medium or high feelings of worthwhileness.