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Council wastes money on highways survey

March 9, 2018 8:58 PM

Road with no potholesIt may be getting increasingly difficult to get the potholes filled in, but Wiltshire Council will always be able to find the cash for any data-collection scheme that's going.

The National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey is used to get information on what a small sample of people in each council area think of local services. The cost to WC of this year's exercise is £8,550. This doesn't include the cost of the time spent by council officers poring and drooling over the snazzy graphs and bar charts.

One of the reasons the council likes such surveys is that it allows selection of the good results to drive self-congratulatory press releases, whilst ignoring the bad bits. Unfortunately though in this case Wiltshire Council is below average on nearly all the indicators. An exception is tackling congestion, where WC is seen as slightly above average.

Significantly below average scores are recorded for walking and cycling, road safety, and highway maintenance.

Council officers point out that the cost of the survey has been reduced by leaving out things they're not interested in, such as public transport and rights of way.

They're also proud of the fact that satisfaction levels with road conditions in Wiltshire have increased over recent years to a level of … ... ... 'below average'.

If you'd like to see the results and all the pretty diagrams, they're in the agenda for Tuesday's Environment Committee, item 6.

Picture - (Not in Wiltshire) A Road With No Potholes.