Sunday, 29 November 2015

Community Conversation

During the Christmas Festival yesterday Lynn and I carried out a community consultation exercise.

Using a bucket of marbles and a few jars we asked 4 questions:
 

The questions we asked were:


  1. Do you support car parking charges in Frodsham?
  2. Does Frodsham needs its household waste recycling centre?
  3. Did you know that Peel has already consulted on how the wind farm community benefit fund is to be run?
  4. Would you like a vote to decide how the wind farm community benefit fund it spent?

Now bearing in mind yesterday afternoon was very wet, windy and horrible ... and we had to pack up before the procession and lights switch on - I was delighted that just under 250 people took the time to speak to us and give us their views.

Some were happy just to pop their marbles in jars - others were keen to tell us their views in more detail.

So what were the results of the Frodsham Christmas Festival public...

Do you support car parking charges in Frodsham?
Yes  27
No 187
CWaC is currently consulting on bringing in car parking charges to Frodsham, Helsby, Nortwich, Winsford etc - all of the former Vale Royal area where we don't have car parking charges at the moment.

Some visitors to Frodsham made the point to us yesterday that if they had to pay for car parking they wouldn't come to Frodsham.








Does Frodsham needs its household waste recycling centre?
Yes 214
No    10

Our household waste recycling centre at the Station car park has only ever had temporary planning permission.  CWaC's waste contract will soon be up for renewal and so the future of our 'tip' is up for consideration in the next year or so.  We know it is really well used at the weekends - and as this consultation shows most of us want to keep it.







Did you know that Peel has already consulted on how the wind farm community benefit fund is to be run?

Yes  49
No 161

Peel have just published the results of their consultation.  They got 432 responses from a population of over 19,000.  Lynn and I told Peel that the only way to consult effectively was to put a leaflet through everyone's door.  They didn't or would't listen to us.

Our response rate from a single wet afternoon of talking to people has a higher response rate than what Peel achieved.  Peel should be shocked that 3/4 of the people we spoke to were unaware of their consultation.

Would you like a vote to decide how the wind farm community benefit fund it spent?

Yes 215
No      5

The community benefit fund is to be £3m over 25 years for Frodsham, Helsby and the other surrounding villages.

Overwhelming the locals we spoke to want a say in how that money is to be spent.

We agree - democratic accountability and democratic decision making should be at the heart of what happens to this money.