West Coast roading survey – joint media advisory
Westland, Grey and Buller District Councils have jointly launched a West Coast roading survey aimed at getting a more detailed understanding of how West Coasters experience their Council-owned roads, bridges and footpaths.
The survey seeks to understand how residents, ratepayers and visitors rate their council roading network. It aims to understand three key things – what works well, what doesn’t work well, and what could be improved. The survey focuses on council-controlled local roads, not the State Highway network, which is managed by NZTA.
This is part of a larger Combined Activity Management Programme that is being carried out to help the three Councils better understand, operate and improve their local roads. It will also help to build a case to support investment from central government.
At present, a big issue across all three Councils is the lack of consistent and reliable information on the roads and footpaths. Without this evidence, it is difficult to build the case for investment from NZTA and other government partners.
Programme spokesman, Westland Transportation Manager Karl Jackson sees this as a great opportunity for West Coast and Buller road users to ensure their voice is heard regarding the state of their roads.
“The more we can understand about the roading network, the better the case for investment to improve our roading network. The best source of that information is the people who use the roads every day.”
“We realise that there is always room for improvement on our roads, and this is an issue for each council. What we currently lack is really good information about how our road users experience the network. If we can get this information, we can analyse it and use it as a key piece of evidence to better justify investment and assistance from Central Government.”
“There are common challenges up and down the coast, including the weather, isolation, small communities, and distance from markets. It’s the ability to show this in an evidence-based way that is currently lacking, and that’s a big part of what this programme is looking to change.”
The project team will also be bringing together past plans and strategies to insure a ‘big picture’ approach which builds on the work already done across the Coast.
The survey began on Wednesday 30 October and run for six weeks, closing Wednesday 11 December. Everyone is encouraged to let Council know their views by using our online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/westcoastroads). Alternatively, people can leave feedback at any Council office, where hard copy forms will be available. Once the information has been collected and analysed, the results will be shared with the community.