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Have Your Say On Transport Services In Poole

People in Poole will be asked to give their opinions on all aspects of local highway and transport services in the borough.

Views on the condition of roads and footways to the quality of local bus services in Poole will soon be compared with others across England, thanks to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey.

Borough of Poole is one of 70 local authorities to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Poole, Plymouth or Portsmouth.

The survey is being run for the sixth year by the National Highways & Transport Network (NHT) and a regional Highways Service Improvement Group. It enables local authorities to compare results, share in best practice and identify opportunities to work together in the future.

The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of 4,500 Poole residents in July with local and national results expected to be published in the early autumn. Residents who receive a copy are being urged to take part so the council can find out what people think about these important services. This will provide one of several ways Borough of Poole can assess how it is performing and which services to prioritise and to improve.

For the first time this year residents, who receive a copy of the questionnaire, will have the opportunity to complete the survey online if they prefer.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “We have participated in this survey every year since it first started as we believe there are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice. The results help us understand our customers' views better, which in turn helps us to deliver the best possible outcomes for local residents.”

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We hope as many local residents as possible will take part in this survey to help us prioritise and improve our services. We appreciate that it takes time to complete a survey and sometimes people feel their views may not be acted on or heeded, but we view this survey as a really important source of feedback which truly does help us plan ahead."