Council consultations


Consultations: are they worth the paper that they’re written on?

Posted on January 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Questioning the benefits of so-called ‘consultations’

Consultation is a good thing, right? It means that you get asked your opinion: your opinion about what housing might be built next to your home, whether you want to live in a 20mph zone, or maybe how education might be funded. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? Well, I’m no longer sure that it is.

If the state … Read More »



Do the stats really say that twenty is plenty?

Posted on May 27th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 78 comments

Robert Ward has got his data hat on again, and this time he’s keeping his eyes on the road

Croydon Council is consulting again. This time it’s a proposal to implement a 20 mph limit on most of Croydon’s roads.

Following my complete failure to affect the outcome of a previous consultation (on landlord licensing), I was inclined to move swiftly on, especially as … Read More »