Councillors argue over value of city survey

The Guildhall, in Worcester

The Guildhall, in Worcester

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

COUNCILLORS have clashed over the value of a major Worcester survey - with one saying too many are playing "Punch and Judy" politics over it.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, the results of the city council's latest Viewpoint survey are out showing a mixed bag of results.

It highlights that 1 in 2 residents are concerned about congestion in Worcester and 38 per cent say rubbish and litter is a problem for the city, up from 29 per cent on the previous year.

The findings led to a debate over it during a meeting of the performance, management and budget scrutiny committee.

The survey was sent out to more than 900 people, but the response rate was just 431.

Labour councillor Lynn Denham said: "This was a survey done in November last year by 431 people, less than 0.5 per cent of the (Worcester) population.

"We've got to be really careful in what we take from it and the assumptions we make."

Councillor Simon Geraghty, the new city council leader, said the council needed to be more focused than before on core services, which led to a disagreement with Labour.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, Labour group leader, said: "What I think the results show is that people are interested in Worcester as a place.

"If you've got concerns over crime you need to talk to the agency responsible for that, the police, if it's transport you need to talk to the county council - to be so short sighted to focus on just core service delivery is ridiculous."

Cllr Geraghty said: "What we've heard tonight is a feeble attempt to deflect criticism away from council performance which is many areas, has been going the wrong way.

"It's all very well saying 'let's focus on shaping the place' but not if you can't mow the lawn in the cemetery."

Councillor Geoff Williams, Labour group deputy leader, then said too many people in the room were indulging in "Punch and Judy politics".

The survey showed only 20 per cent of residents believe they can shape decision making in the city, a staggering decline from the previous rate of 40 per cent.

People now say drug dealing and drunks are less of a problem, and 70 per cent say they are well informed on where their council tax is going, up from 64 per cent the previous year.

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11:36am Sat 5 Jul 14

man16 says...

Instead of ranting about representatives samples how about giving the councillors and the public the true statistical facts about whether or not the data is meaningful? If we had the details about margin of error, confidence levels etc. people could make up their own minds about the validity of the results. When will politicians get a grip? I know the answer to that one - I don't think the long range weather forecast mentions hell freezing over, the world is going to boil thanks to global environment changes. Have a nice weekend everyone.
Instead of ranting about representatives samples how about giving the councillors and the public the true statistical facts about whether or not the data is meaningful? If we had the details about margin of error, confidence levels etc. people could make up their own minds about the validity of the results. When will politicians get a grip? I know the answer to that one - I don't think the long range weather forecast mentions hell freezing over, the world is going to boil thanks to global environment changes. Have a nice weekend everyone. man16
  • Score: 4

1:10pm Sat 5 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Sick and tired of these councillors acting in a childish manner with the continual tit-fo-tat barbs, it's all rather boring and quite honestly pathetic!

And you wonder why the general public is fed up with politics, be it local or central.
Sick and tired of these councillors acting in a childish manner with the continual tit-fo-tat barbs, it's all rather boring and quite honestly pathetic! And you wonder why the general public is fed up with politics, be it local or central. The Villan
  • Score: 8

8:26pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Wish they could save a little energy to address the Public Toilets on the Cornmarket carpark which have all been OUT OF ORDER for over a week now due I am told to the maintenace company no longer able to offer a service.
And the next nearest public toilets are quite a distance to walk fot the less mobile.
Unless these are also coming under the CONservative CUTS in Services.
Wish they could save a little energy to address the Public Toilets on the Cornmarket carpark which have all been OUT OF ORDER for over a week now due I am told to the maintenace company no longer able to offer a service. And the next nearest public toilets are quite a distance to walk fot the less mobile. Unless these are also coming under the CONservative CUTS in Services. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Baldrick1955 says...

So the number of people who responded to the questionnaire equates to 48%, I'm sure a few of our Councillors would like that turn out at a election?
I respond to the viewpoint surveys, but I know anything i have to say will be ignored, but still i persevere.
So the number of people who responded to the questionnaire equates to 48%, I'm sure a few of our Councillors would like that turn out at a election? I respond to the viewpoint surveys, but I know anything i have to say will be ignored, but still i persevere. Baldrick1955
  • Score: 1

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