Most can't name their councillor

PUBLISHED: 11:31 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

NEARLY two thirds of residents in Potters Bar do not know who their local councillor is. That is according to a survey conducted by Hertsmere Borough Council.

NEARLY two thirds of residents in Potters Bar do not know who their local councillor is.

That is according to a survey conducted by Hertsmere Borough Council.

Of the 650 people quizzed, only 35 per cent from the town knew who represented them.

Borough councillor Shirley Legate, who represents Potters Bar's Oakmere ward, said she felt strongly about changing the current situation.

She said: "I absolutely agree with the figures residents have given.

"Since we've lost the regular local surgeries people have become confused.

"I for one haven't had as much time to focus on my ward since the council has put me on a lot of background duties.

"We need to engage more with residents and businesses and this is something I feel passionate about.

"It's not easy for councillors to stay on the frontline when working behind the scenes and I hope this changes."

Overall, 41 per cent of residents surveyed in Hertsmere knew who their local councillor is.

The survey, which took place at the end of last year, contained questions on topics such as:

* Value for money.

* Local environment.

* The council website.

* Local democracy.

* Communicating with you.

Council leader Morris Bright, said: "We are keen to get views from our residents and regularly consult them to help us understand what is important to them.

"The results of our latest survey are very interesting and we will be looking at how we can take on board the comments that have been made to help develop our services further."

More about the survey can be read in this week's Potters Bar Edition.

The full report, produced by independent research company Opinion Research Services, can be accessed at www.hertsmere.gov.uk


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