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Wood Green Consultation now available on-line, by email or by post

Wood Green Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document available for consultation till 25/06.

Comments can either be made via sveral routes:

1. Via the on-line consultation portal - very detailed (some might find it off-putting)

OR

2. Via the Wood Green Town Plan microsite (straightforward anonymous comments)

OR

3. By email to economic.regeneration@haringey.gov.uk

OR

4. By post to:

Wood Green SPD Consultation
Economic Regeneration Team
2nd Floor
River Park House
225 High Road
Wood Green
London
N22 8HQ


The head of the department dealing with the plan is Karen Galey on 020 8489 2616

As Liz points out it's also important to email councillors and your local residents groups and let them know your feelings so they can formulate a response too.

The LCSP will be dealing with the issue in their meeting this week.

Linked posts:

Wood Green Town Centre Draft SPD

More traffic planned for the Ladder

Tags for Forum Posts: Wightman Road, consultation, haringey heartlands, traffic, wood green, wood green spd

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The points about comments and relevance is fair but a simple 24 hour delay before publishing would ensure that people stay 'on topic'. The links should not imply that comments are visible or that your comments will be visible if that is not the case. If you click, 'Who said what?', you are told there are no comments on the document , this could easily simply tell you the number of comments received at that point. I agree with Hugh also that a welcome page that explained the process, the reasons for having to register etc would take no time to set up.
Discussion forums could be set to accompany the document as you find on government websites,
http://haveyoursay.communities.gov.uk/forums/

Finally , I would imagine that it cost a lot of money to set this up and buy the software. I would like to know how much. If few people are using the service, it does not represent a good use of public money.
Following the discussion on here, I have written to Lorna Reith, the Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Involvement about the Limehouse Portal,

"Dear Ms Reith,
I am writing to you to express my concern about the effectiveness of the the
online consultation portal that the Council have set up. I have tried to use it
on two occasions and have found the site very difficult to negotiate.
I have registered to use it now and have left a comment on the Wood Green SPD
but am surprised to discover, through correspondence with the department
responsible for this consultation, that comments made are not published until
one month after the consultation closes even though the document implies by the
way it is set up that you will be able to see what people have written.

I fully understand the reasoning that the council came to the decision not to
have comments visible before the end of the consultation, as they want comments
on the document not discussion, but I would suggest that it is counterproductive
that when you click on the "Who said what?" button that you are told there are
no comments on the document. This implies that nobody is bothering to comment
and psycologically, I feel that people will not attempt to add comments on a
website that appears to have no traffic. A simple remedy for this would be for
the welcome page to register the number of comments, if not the actual content,
although a simple process of delaying publication of responses for 24 hours
would enable officials to weed out the irrelevant and still allow informed
comment to be read by interested parties. A comment counter would make people
feel like the document was part of an active consultation process.

I am therefore requesting a number of things:
1. Please could you review the current layout of the website and introduce a
user friendly welcome page that would explain about how commenting works, why
people need to register quite so many of their personal details (another thing
which may put people off) and what to expect once their comment has been
registered.

2. To do away with comment buttons and "Who said what" links and introduce a
simple counter system which tells people how many comments have been left.The
interface is unnecessarily busy and over complex as it stands.

3. Many national government pages have discussion forums on their documents for
consultation. It would be useful for Haringey to introduce something like this
to allow for general comments. This of course could be moderated to safeguard
against abuse.

4. In the correspondence, I learned that NO comments on the Housing SPD were
made online which surprises me given the strength of feeling on the housing
issue in the borough. Therefore, I would like to know how much the Limehouse
portal cost to set up and maintain. Given that there has been apparently little
traffic on it so far I am wondering whether it represents either effective
community consultation or value for money."
Just checked the on-line consultation portal - just about two months down the line and none of our comments have appeared yet. I'm sure they led me to expect to see them put up within a month - and I thoght that seemed a hell of a log time.
Just had a look. A grand total of 14 people used the online facility (though many made more than one comment). Most responses either about traffic or plans for Duckett's Common.

Didn't they say they'd put all the comments they'd received online? (Tell me they aren't there already please).

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