More than 75 per cent worried about rising electricity bills in Cherwell

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More than three-quarters responding to an energy survey are worried about rising electricity bills.

The results of Cherwell District Council’s online questionnaire showed 76 per cent of those who took part were worried about the increasing cost of electricity bills, with 65 per cent also admitting they were worried about shortages.

But there was support for Cherwell taking on responsibility as a registered generator of electricity with 55 per cent agreeing it would be a good idea and 72 per cent citing solar PV as their preferred choice for Cherwell’s renewable energy source.

More than half of those surveyed, 54 per cent, said they were worried about climate change compared with 13 per cent who were unconcerned.

Ed Potter, Cherwell’s head of environmental services, said: “This is the third time we have carried out this survey and once again it has proved to be an invaluable way of engaging with our residents directly. As an authority we are always working to provide the services we think are most important to our residents and to address the issues which we believe to be the biggest concerns. However we always prefer to have this confirmed by residents themselves so we can ensure we are providing the best service possible.

“The results of this survey will now be used to tackle some of the issues residents are most concerned about and to provide the relevant support and advice to alleviate any worries.”

Eighty per cent felt Cherwell had a role to play in combating climate change with 55 per cent agreeing Cherwell should become a registered energy provider. Wind turbines saw the biggest increase in support, rising from 40 per cent last year to 51 per cent this year.

More than 400 people took part in the survey, which ran over a six week period.