Surrey County Council commissioned Temple to carry out engagement on their Local Transport Plan 2022 – 2032 (LTP4). This engagement was required to better understand resident and stakeholder views on the LTP4, assisting members in their decision-making process. There was a particular focus on engaging harder-to-reach groups such as younger people, women, and people with disabilities.
The LTP4 sets out SCC’s ambitions to reduce transport-related carbon emissions, as part of the Council’s Climate Change Strategy (2019). The cornerstone of this plan is the transport hierarchy, which shifts strategic priorities away from cars, toward active travel and public transport.
We used a multi-method approach, combing different types of engagement and qualitative research techniques to get under the skin of carbon-related transport issues.
To increase geographic coverage and widen demographic responses across the county we used a variety of engagement techniques which allowed residents and stakeholders to engage with the LTP4.
The methods used included, an online survey, market stalls, further education college stall events, stakeholder interviews, postal surveys and neighbourhood games. The in-person market stalls and further education events also included interactive voting exercises, along with children’s models of high and low carbon high streets.
Using a combination of the above engagement methods meant that key groups prioritised by SCC were able to be engaged, as well as a spread of residents across the borough. A particular highlight of this was the engagement with young people at sixth form centres and local university campuses, allowing feedback on the LTP4 from a demographic that is often missed.
Temple was able to: