County Council Have Your Say Roadshows meet more residents than ever before

Have Your Say Roadshow Connect 4 activity
Have Your Say in Worcester
Published Wednesday, 13th July 2016

Latest figures show that over a thousand people had their say this June at the Have Your Say Roadshow – more than ever before.

The final Have Your Say Roadshow took place at the Aston Fields Summer Fete, in Bromsgrove.  Scores of people turned out for the event, pushing the number of visitors to the roadshow over the thousand mark. 

This has been the sixth year we have taken to the county's roads.  The Have Your Say Roadshow visited, Asparafest in Evesham, Kidderminster, Worcester City, Upton Jazz Festival, Kingfisher Centre Redditch and Aston Fields Summer Fete in Bromsgrove.     

This year we took a quirky approach to asking residents to tell us which priorities matter the most to them, by using a giant Connect 4 game.  Respondents were asked to choose four from seven of our priorities. 

A second activity used a map to ask people for their thoughts on the county's highways.  Respondents were asked what 'gets their goat' or 'floats their boat', to drill down on which issues matter the most and what people like about our highways. 

Cllr Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcestershire County Council said: "I am delighted we have been able to meet so many people.  It is always important to hear and understand what issues top each areas list of priorities. I am very encouraged by the numbers that people that come forward to speak to us this year and had some very useful and informative conversations.

"Over the last six years, the Have Your Say roadshows have proved to be a good way to get out across the county to meet and hear from local people.  It is also an opportunity to answer any questions and as well as gather information on the key areas we are focusing on. The Roadshows enable us to continue to shape our decisions around those areas that Worcestershire residents tell us are most important to them."

Although the Roadshows are over for this year, it is still possible to get involved via the Viewpoint Panel.  Once a year the Viewpoint Panel are asked to complete a survey. Any Worcestershire resident aged 18 and over can complete the survey. Internet access, is also available at any of the County Council's Libraries and in Worcestershire Hub customer centres.   Sign up online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/viewpoint.