Clean water, continuing deer management and aircraft noise at East Hampton Airport are among the top concerns for respondents in a quality-of-life survey conducted by an East Hampton preservation group.
The Village Preservation Society’s goal is to preserve the quality of life in the village, the character of its neighborhoods and local historic structures. After the group’s first quality-of-life survey in 1997 found that the availability of health care in the area was “dismal,” members raised money to construct the East Hampton Healthcare Center at 200 Pantigo Place. It is affiliated with Southampton Hospital and offers digital radiology, digital mammography and bone densitometry services, a medical lab and pharmacy.
The quality-of-life survey was conducted in August among the society’s 400 members, representing full- and part-time residents of East Hampton Village as well as some in surrounding areas such as Wainscott and Amagansett.
“The Society depends upon input from our membership to identify worthy initiatives which help us to achieve our mission of preserving historic structures, maintaining quality of life and preserving the neighborhood character that defines our village,” Curt Schade, the society’s membership co-chairman, said in a news release.
In this year’s survey, 93 percent of respondents said clean water is of high importance to the community. Nearly 64 percent found aircraft noise had a negative impact on the quality of life in the village.
A deer management program was also supported by 100 percent of respondents, with 63 percent of members favoring a cull and 48 percent preferring a spaying program conducted last year by the village. More than 15 percent supported both responses.
Society chairman John L. McGuirk III said the survey results can be used to benefit everyone in the East Hampton community, citing the healthcare center.
East Hampton village administrator Becky Molinaro said Tuesday that local officials have not seen the full results of the survey but that she does “look forward to discussing it with members.”