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Huge response for newspaper’s state-of-region survey

A major survey of reader attitudes carried out by Britain’s top-selling regional daily has generated more than 10,000 responses.

The Express & Star launched its Your Say survey last month with the aim of creating a snapshot of life in its region.

Nearly 11,000 readers sent in their responses via post, email and the internet, making it the biggest independent survey ever carried out in the Black Country

The results were published in the paper over five days last week while a 22-page dossier of the findings, pictured below, has been sent to every MP in the region along with business and council leaders.

Among other things, the survey revealed 87pc of readers thought their local town centre was either much worse or somewhat worse than it was 10 years ago.

It also showed that 79pc did not support the idea of elected police commissioners while 62.7pc had never used the M6 toll motorway.

Executive editor Mark Drew said: “The results of the Express & Star’s Your Say survey has given a detailed insight into the views of readers on a host of major issues.

“We had almost 11,000 replies via post, email and the internet when we asked for readers’ thoughts on the region, its services and life in general.

“The idea was to create a snapshot of the hopes, priorities and concerns of those taking part. We believe we have given readers a valuable way of ensuring they are heard within local democracy.

“The results were reported back to those who are in charge of making the decisions that affect readers’ lives. The MPs and local authorities appreciate the unrivalled reach of the Express & Star and have listened to the findings with great interest.”