Life in Lancashire wave 22

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Purpose This survey focuses on highway maintenance services in Lancashire, getting involved in local democracy, and county council spending priorities and budget.
Subject Budget and council priorities
Community engagement
Cycle facilities
Footpaths, bridleways and rights of way
Road and pavement maintenance and repairs
Street lighting
Commissioned by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 11/06/2008 - 17/07/2008
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit


Number in sample 3301
Number of responses 2553
Response rate 77%
* Residents are most satisfied with the condition and maintenance of street lighting (72% and 79% satisfied respectively) and pedestrian crossings (62% and 72% satisfied respectively). They are least satisfied with the condition and maintenance of roads (39% and 34% satisfied respectively) and pavements (34% and 38% satisfied respectively).

* Three-fifths of respondents disagreed that roads and pavements are repaired quickly (58% and 57% disagreed respectively). There was more agreement with the statement that streetlights are repaired quickly (41% agree).

* Three-fifths of respondents were satisfied with winter maintenance services last year (59%). Most thought the council salts about the right amount of the road network (59%), although a third would like more roads salting (33%).

* Among people who use each form of transport, people feel safest travelling in a car (93% safe), followed by as a pedestrian (76% safe). Feelings of safety among motorcycle and bicycle users are much lower (43% and 38% respectively), and only a quarter of horse riders feel safe.

* Most respondents would vote in elections, though more would vote in a general election (66%) than a local election (55%). There were few people who would not vote in either.

* Almost twice as many people had heard of their MP (78%) than their local or district councillor (41% and 38% respectively).

* Almost three-quarters of respondents have discussed politics or political news with someone (72%). Two-thirds of respondents have also donated money (or paid membership) to a charity or campaigning organisation (64%) or signed a petition (62%).

* More people disagreed than agreed that they can change the way the country is run by getting involved in politics (40% and 29% respectively); and they can influence decisions affecting their local area (39% and 33% respectively).

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For more information about this research contact:

Melissa Sherliker
01772 535019