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On 12 Aug 2006 at 1:53pm SHS wrote:
Nice to see that we were all consulted and had a major influence on the new Local Transport Plan 2006-2011.
Instead of relying on residents chancing upon an online 'consultation' document, available for a fleeting few hours deep in the bowels of an obscure website, I see there will now be quarterly referendums via questionaires posted through our letterboxes, replacing the colourful, glossy, expensive but useless 'brochures' detailing all the great things govt agencies think they have done for us each year.
Planning departments always consult and invite the views of residents and 'stakeholders' and what residents say is usually acted upon, so that we never have developments or designs that nobody wants.
Lewes will become a safer and indeed almost idyllic place to live because a forest of 20mph signs (without speed cameras and exhorbitant fines) will instantly cause all motorists to trundle along at near-walking pace out of a sense of duty and concern for others.
Govt agencies may be obliged to consult, but (a) there is no requirement for the consultation to reach the majority of people and (b) they are not legally obliged to make any changes asked for in the consultion. Result = no choice for residents. Does anyone have a solution?
On 12 Aug 2006 at 4:53pm MC wrote:
Locl Govt is obliged to consult. However the do not seemd obliged to act upon the rusults of the consultation.
I'm my experience the result is usually a forgone conclusion before any consultation has taken place. Most of my experience has been with planning permission, parking schemes and waste sites in Brighton, Lewes and East Sussex councils.
Consultation is just another way of trying to persuade us that we really do live in a democracy.
On 13 Aug 2006 at 10:05pm lopster wrote:
ay? what? have I been asleep and missed something significant - we all know that the consultation process is a sham - anyone that works in a large unionised company that has been through redudundancies will knnow that - but what haven't we been consulted on this time? - I remember the "pay for a residents permit for parking outside your house and there'll be enhanced in town parking benefits for you" errh consultation - don't you love the parking machines that welcome over payment - every 70p for an hour actually costs you a quid - they're the people that benefit - Lunnons errh Hornes site been sold to developers as well I believe...

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