County residents quizzed over roads and transport

RESIDENTS in West Sussex are being quizzed over their views on highways and transport issues as part of a national survey.

During the next few weeks 4,500 questionnaires will be sent to householders to ask for their views on a wide range of topics including road maintenance, public transport and cycling facilities.

The information gathered will be compared with the thoughts and experiences of people living in other parts of the country.

Pieter Montyn, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This survey is an excellent way for us to find out what people think about the range of vital highway services the county council provides.

“We are currently having to make some tough decisions about how to spend the limited amount of resources we do have. The survey will help us to decide which services to prioritise in the future and which areas to improve as well as spotting national, regional and local trends.

“The questionnaire is being sent out to a randomly selected group of people so I would urge you to fill it in if you do receive one.”

The county council is one of nearly 70 local authorities to sign up to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey.

As expected, results from last year’s survey reflect some of the issues with road maintenance over the last two winters, which is a high priority area for county council spending.

Mr Montyn continued: “Whilst the last two winters have proved very challenging in terms of road maintenance issues and county council budgets are under significant pressure, previous survey information supports our priority of improving the quality of roads in West Sussex.”

Local and national results from this year’s survey are expected to be published later in the summer.