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State of Worcestershire highways to be discussed
6:20am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
HIGHWAYS maintenance will be discussed during a of Worcestershire County Council's economy, environment and communities overview and scrutiny panel meeting tomorrow.
Councillors, including Conservative Ken Pollock, the panel’s chairman, will talk about the council's highway maintenance strategy.
They will look at how road condition is assessed, how highway maintenance spending is prioritised and how road condition in Worcestershire compares with other authorities.
They will also be asking what the county council is doing to find out why public satisfaction with roads has slumped, despite the condition apparently improving.
A Worcestershire Viewpoint Survey, last November, showed a decline in public satisfaction with the condition of the county's roads.
In contrast, according to the county council, the latest condition assessment shows that over recent years the county's highways have improved.
The panel meeting will be held at County Hall, Worcester, starting at 2pm tomorrow and is open to the public. Anyone wishing to make their views known should contact email@example.com.
Mr Pollock said: "We're concerned that despite figures showing that roads in Worcestershire have improved and are now being maintained at a steady state, that residents are less satisfied with the state of the county's highways within the space of a year.
"The panel wishes to find out how the council is maintaining its roads, what it is doing to understand the reasons for this apparent mismatch and what might be done to improve the situation."
Residents and businesses are encouraged to report any problems with road condition, including potholes, by visiting the council's website, worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit or phone the Worcestershire Hub's dedicated Highways line on 0845 607 2005.
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