‘Polite’ Moray residents may be economical with the truth

Douglas Ross – questioned positive survey

Moray residents may not be telling all when it comes to how they report back on their waste recycling activities.

That was the view taken by one local councillor after members of the economic and infrastructure development committee were told this week that the majority of people were happy with local recycling centres.

Fochabers/Lhanbryde councillor Douglas Ross was sceptical over results of a recent survey undertaken with 987 residents, two-thirds of whom said they had visited recycling sites in Elgin and Keith.

With 92% of those surveyed saying they were satisfied with opening hours for the centres, Councillor Ross wondered if the Moray public were merely following a habit of muting negative feelings out of politeness when taking part in face-to-face surveys.

The Conservative councillor said that he was curious to know if those surveys that were not conducted face-to-face were quite as positive, saying: “I’m not trying to say the results are wrong, just that it would be interesting to see if these anonymous responses were as positive.”

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