Portsmouth pensioners are the best neighbours, survey reveals

How well do you know your neighbours? Picture: Neil Phillips
How well do you know your neighbours? Picture: Neil Phillips

SENIOR citizens in the Portsmouth area make for the best neighbours, a survey has revealed.

A new survey by Barratt Homes questioned how neighbourly we are – questioning 2,000 people from across the region.

The results show that 52 per cent of over 55s knew the names of five or more people within their neighbourhood – compared to 17.3 per cent in the 18-24 category.

Only 3.6 per cent of our older citizens weren’t able to name anyone living around them - with the younger generation much less familiar, at 20.4 per cent.

Barratt Homes sales director Michelle Storer said: ‘It is important to us that we are helping to create new communities, rather than just bricks and mortar, so we are interested to know how close-knit UK neighbourhoods really are.

‘The fact that almost a third of those we asked could name five or more people living around them is very heartening. But there is a difference, depending on age.

‘We get older, and we become closer to more local residents. It’s fair to say, there is a time consideration here.’

According to Barratt Homes – which is working on a number of housing developments in the region – social media has a big part to play in how we talk to our neighbours.

Ms Storer said: ‘Social media has changed the way we communicate – and it has made the world a much smaller place.

‘Rather than having a quick chat with the person next door, we can instantly connect with someone on the other side of the world.’