We’ve had NNF members and others coming back to us after participating in one of RSP’s consultative events.
We were told by one that the RSP lawyer, Angus Walker, had said, in response to a question about TDC not being happy with the extent of the consultation being on offer, that TDC had asked for the direct mail drop zone to be extended from 1km to 3km and that a compromise at 2km had been reached. Meaning that these homes would get a leaflet through their letterboxes with the implication being that TDC were happy with this change and had no other concerns.
Now this simply isn’t the full story. And you might be interested to read TDC’s response in full. You might even want to take it along to a consultation event. TDC-Response-to-Draft-SOCC-9th-March-2017 (1) (1)
In essence the Council “raises concerns that the consultation exercise proposed will not provide enough information about the project itself to allow meaningful comment by the local community.” That’s certainly true and numbers of you have already been complaining about this.
The Council also complains of the lack of information on delivery strategy, finance, operators and investors. Without this sort of detail, it’s all a bit…well, pie in the sky, really, isn’t it?
TDC recommended also that the exercise should be over 8 weeks rather than 6.
TDC also said quite clearly that all residences and businesses within Ramsgate, all Thanet villages and Herne Bay should be directly informed by leaflet. Has that happened? Of course not.
TDC complained about the number of events (too few), their location (insufficient coverage) and the venues (not on bus routes).
The Council also complained about how the consultation would be available to the ‘hard to reach groups’. It’s certainly true that if you are lacking in digital literacy, living without your own transport, working full time, working away from home frequently, experiencing considerable domestic duties or responsibilities and so on, then it will prove difficult to access either events and/or the online consultation. We’re wondering why, for example, Ramsgate’s event is only 4 hours when the others are 6 hours. We’re wondering why only one event in Ramgate and Herne Bay when they are the areas most impacted by the flight path.
You can see then that, far from being happy with RSP’s consultation, TDC had a very long list of complaints.