Far from being a nation of 1980’s NIMBYS, people today are looking to take action to make their own neighbourhoods better and forming a new generation of CIMBYs who support “community in my backyard.”
New research to mark the first day of Community Business Weekend (4th-7th May 2018, #CBwkd18) has revealed that over 34 million members of the public would like to see more community action to save local resources and provide local services.
The majority surveyed in the East of England (77%) want to see local people take on the running of places and services neglected for so long – from pubs to hubs, shops to cinemas, farms to parks. Nearly half (46%) are prepared to take action themselves to make this happen.
But the nation’s CIMBY desires are being held back as many claim that they don’t see enough investment in their local area, with services and spaces needlessly dying when local people are poised and willing to take action. For example, 46% in the East of England believe their local library is at risk of closure, over half (52%) feel locally-run shops may close and a third (32%) have seen a local pub at risk from closing down.
The findings came ahead of the first day of Community Business Weekend where hundreds of community businesses around the country will be throwing open their doors and encouraging local people to seize the opportunity to be the difference in their communities.