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Great Support For Ask Dorset Roadshows

Ask Dorset Roadshow

8:33am 14th July 2014

It's the biggest listening exercise Dorset County Council has ever carried out and there's still time to have your say.

Staff and elected members are travelling the length and breadth of the county to find out what services you value the most.

Residents who go along are presented with a list of 20 service areas the council funds or supports. They are given 5 green buttons and they have to "vote" for their top priorities.

We caught up with Chief Executive Debbie Ward at one of the Ask Dorset Roadshows - she says there's been a great response so far.

"A range of comments from, we didn't realise you did so much. Then a range of comments about different service. There's some confusion over what the County Council does compared with District and Town and Parish Council's. But its been overwhelming really positive that we are out here having a simple conversation."

The roadshows began five weeks ago, and will run until the end of July. Spencer Flower, Dorset County Council Leader, said:

"The AskDorset campaign has got off to a great start. So far, more than 4,500 Dorset residents have given us their views with a further 600 completing the survey online and over 1,000 responses through local libraries. There is overwhelming support coming from the public and it is interesting to see how they pick their priorities.

"It's really not easy to choose just five out of 20. We are really pleased that the public are responding so positively and we hope that many more will be able to come along to have their say."

The roadshows set out how the council currently spends its annual budget of £250million. They also aim to look at how further savings of £43million can be made by 2016/17.

For those that can't make it to one of the travelling roadshows, a survey is available online at:

www.dorsetforyou.com/haveyoursay and the council will be using the results to inform how it designs and delivers services in the future.

Everyone who takes part in the interactive roadshow or completes the online survey has the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.

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