In case you missed it (as most people did), here is what seems to be the full extent of CCC’s public consultation. This was in the Public Notices section of the Herne Bay Gazette. In real life it measures 10cm x 12cm.
“… a small number of new beach huts … ” turns out to be 40. I had never thought of forty as a small number before.
Why use the back pages in a small circulation, paid-for paper for your “consultation”?
- It puts a cost barrier between your public and their democracy.
- It guarantees that the majority of your public won’t have access to it, or be aware of it.
- The inevitably small number of objections can be mistaken for lack of opposition.
- It does no more than meet your bare minimum legal obligations.
Or have I just answered my own question?