This doesn’t look like consultation

Councillors Tracey Simpson-Laing, James Alexander and Dave Merrett at the launch of York’s Local Plan

Councillors Tracey Simpson-Laing, James Alexander and Dave Merrett at the launch of York’s Local Plan

First published in Letters by

CAN somebody tell me why there have been so many late additions to the Local Plan after we made clear in the council survey our opposition to the original scheme?

The council asked for our views on the 22,000 homes plan, but after the survey closed foisted on us even more housing on places such as New Earswick, Huntington and Strensall.

All this involves yet more rounds of consultation, if that word truly applies. And it’s not only housing that has been increased. In the case of our village the latest addition is a 25 acre solar farm planned to the northwest of our boundary. We are already facing a possible wind farm just 500 yards to the east of us.

The council received 14,000 responses in the survey, of which the majority must have been against housing and renewable schemes on this scale. Any responsible council would have paused to take stock. After all, surveys are there to gauge public opinion.

This is not town planning; this is called making it up as you go along on the back of a fag packet.

It’s been said many times by readers that councillors are supposed to represent our views. Something has gone seriously wrong with the governance of this city.

Peter Flanagan, Holly Street Garth, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York.

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10:49am Wed 20 Aug 14

Fanny Free House says...

After all, surveys are there to gauge public opinion.

Well you would think so, but recent history on Labour resident surveys proves otherwise and they have clearly stated surveys are not there to gauge public opinion.
After all, surveys are there to gauge public opinion. Well you would think so, but recent history on Labour resident surveys proves otherwise and they have clearly stated surveys are not there to gauge public opinion. Fanny Free House
  • Score: -1372

2:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

TheTruthHurts says...

That picture would scare children away
That picture would scare children away TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -1496

3:01pm Wed 20 Aug 14

julia brica says...

Those three look like they need some Bile Beans.
Those three look like they need some Bile Beans. julia brica
  • Score: -1102

5:58pm Wed 20 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Local consultation appears to be required by the government to get plans or applications for central money approved. This does not mean that notice has to be taken of public comments during consultation, it just has to be done.
I think it is fairly obvious that any consultation in York at the moment is a tick box exercise.
Local consultation appears to be required by the government to get plans or applications for central money approved. This does not mean that notice has to be taken of public comments during consultation, it just has to be done. I think it is fairly obvious that any consultation in York at the moment is a tick box exercise. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -992

7:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
That picture would scare children away
Got to it before I did, all that's missing is Mr Paul Hepworth with a tea tray and napkin over his arm, oh and balancing on his bike of course!, seriously, do you really think that these excuses for councillors would ever listen to anyone!
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: That picture would scare children away[/p][/quote]Got to it before I did, all that's missing is Mr Paul Hepworth with a tea tray and napkin over his arm, oh and balancing on his bike of course!, seriously, do you really think that these excuses for councillors would ever listen to anyone! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -676

8:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
That picture would scare children away
Childish comment. This is a serious issue
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: That picture would scare children away[/p][/quote]Childish comment. This is a serious issue Omega Point
  • Score: -543

11:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

One more for the score adjuster to have a go at. Shouldn't the man on the right of the picture have resigned by now? Was he just misleading us - again?
One more for the score adjuster to have a go at. Shouldn't the man on the right of the picture have resigned by now? Was he just misleading us - again? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -190

1:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Scorpio says...

What a pair of idiots led by the "man" in the middle who has yet to grow up and accept that people do not like him!
James Alexander cannot take criticism - I and others have been barred from "tweeting" him for making comments that he has no answers for - very childish!
PS - It's amazing that there can be so many negative scores whenever the council is criticized!!
Let's see if I can get over 1000 negatives.
What a pair of idiots led by the "man" in the middle who has yet to grow up and accept that people do not like him! James Alexander cannot take criticism - I and others have been barred from "tweeting" him for making comments that he has no answers for - very childish! PS - It's amazing that there can be so many negative scores whenever the council is criticized!! Let's see if I can get over 1000 negatives. Scorpio
  • Score: -9

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