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The UK AA Streetwatch Survey Results Reveal The State Of The Streets

Autumn in the UK saw the completion of a nationwide Automobile Association survey conducted by volunteers to determine the condition of the streets.

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February 11, 2011 (FPRC) -- An army of Automobile Association volunteers have packed up their AA route planner printouts as the first AA Streetwatch survey results are in. The AA published the results of the survey on January 18th. Their ratings showed that Blackpool(Fylde Coast), Dartford and Oldham are the areas that have the worst litter, bad signs, uneven pavements, dog mess, potholes, road markings that are faded, and many other problems on the roads around the neighborhood.

Some of the best areas were Berwick and Borders, Ipswich and Taunton. Certain areas of London did well for having the lowest amount of patches and potholes. The largest amount of patches and potholes were in Flyde Coast, Telford and Kilmarnock.

The Streetwatch reported that Berwick and Borders is the cleanest area, so it is in the top 3 for the least dog defecation and litter. Liverpool and Paisley were considered the worst area for dog defecation and litter, according to Streetwatch.

1912 members from the AA took this street survey in Autumn and checked on twelve different categories of street problems, that were two miles or less from their homes. The things that they checked on were: faded road markings, bad signs, dog defecation, later, the close that were part bad, drains that were blocked, uneven pavement, road work, inspection covers, damage curbs, road repairs, and street problems.

Members in the AA Streetwatch from all the 118 zip codes around the UK sent back their surveys.

Regionally, AA members from Wales reported that their streets have less dog defecation, pavements that are uneven, road markings, bad signs, litter, pothole problems, and other problems that occur on roads in the neighborhood. The worst problems come from England''s Northeast section. Welsh neighborhood streets tied in first place with other neighborhoods for having the least amount of problems with missing or poorly maintained road signs. The Welsh streets biggest problems were litter and blocked drains.

The North East streets that were surveyed found that the neighborhoods were badly plagued with dog excrement, markings on the road, road signs, uneven paths, road work, inspection covers, curbs, road repairs and pot holes. The only good feature that they had was drains that were clear.

The surveys reported that Northern Ireland was much worse than the Northeast failing five out of twelve categories, and marked as the worst that was in the UK. They were the worst with: dog excrement, road markings, road signs, road work, and curbs.

Even though the Northern Irish communities were rated worst in those categories, they were rated the best as having the least challenging paths and pavements, and problems with potholes were very low.

Litter was the issue that was most reported averaging 28.9 per survey.
Road work that was going on was least reported and that averaged at 1.2 per survey.
53% of the Streetwatchers agreed that pot holes where the most serious condition.
The least serious issue was considered to be road works which was not rated as a top 5 issue by 52% of Streetwatchers.
46% of the people in the survey voted that speeding traffic would be the most important subject to cover in a survey, in the future.
Voted ninth out of nine by 37% and being the most unimportant issue to rank in a survey in the future would be abandoned cars.

The AA''s president Edmund King commented about the survey saying basically that the Streetwatch can be used as an example of a large society springing into action. He thinks that the result should be shared with the highway authorities in the area and the campaign should be supported giving more investment into paths and local streets. Many people feel bad about where they are living because their areas have been neglected and it has caused a significant impact. He also reported that the AA Streetwatchers believed the most problematic issue was the pothole problem and he agreed that the potholes will only become worse towards the winter season.

Mr. King also discussed how these groups can create community spirit, by the locals and show everyone how simple it is, to easily fix a problem that can destroy the image of one area. These surveys are going to provide a schedule of community issues even while the local authorities are having the budget cutback.

There was also discussion about how the results of this survey showed that localized communities can be helpful to themselves by always cleaning up dog excrement and never littering in their streets. He personally was astonished by how many drink containers were found on the byways and highways and he made a basic statement saying that we are a society that is very thirsty but that does not give us the right to litter on our roads.

He also stated how thankful he was to have a very loyal group of AA Streetwatchers who were successful in carrying out the first survey ever. The next AA Streetwatch is scheduled for the week of April 9th-16th 2011. Streetwatchers reported that they enjoyed the experience and would be happy to participate next time armed with their AA route planner printouts, surveys and pothole sniffer-dogs.

For the heat map showing the best to worst areas and to download the full report visit www.theaa.com/public_affairs/streetwatch/

Send an email to Brian James of New Pulp Media
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