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Resident’s views wanted on Derbyshire roads

Derbyshire residents are to be asked what they think about how the council looks after its roads and other transport services.

Around 3,500 people countywide are to be asked for their feedback on how Derbyshire County Council maintains its highways.

As part of the 2016 National Highways Transport Public Satisfaction Survey they will be asked to rate how we manage roadworks, deal with congestion and look after pavements and footpaths.

Local residents will also be asked to tell us what they think about bus and community transport services supported by the council, road safety, cycling routes and how easy it is to get to, and use, highways-related facilities.

The survey is being sent out this week with results being posted in October.

This year 105 authorities have signed up to take part in the questionnaire. The results rank individual authorities against each other.

Derbyshire has taken part in the survey since it was first launched in 2008. Last year we were rated third compared to other county councils nationally for how we’re doing.

Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Despite the cuts – the council will have a third less funding from Government in 2020 compared to what we had in 2010 - maintaining our roads and other highways infrastructure remains a top priority.

“We are currently part way through a £23m programme of road maintenance to extend the life of our roads by 10 to 15 years by patching and resurfacing. We are not in a position to effectively dig roads up and start again but surface dressing makes roads waterproof and stops them deteriorating further and long term helps keep potholes at bay.”

Councillor Collins added: “I’d urge anyone who is sent one of these surveys to fill it in. We are always looking to improve our roads and by understanding what is important to local residents it helps us deliver the most efficient and effective services.”

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