On the 21st of this month I was approached yet again by our Council seeking to consult:
On 21/03/2011 10:06, Katie Hamilton wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam
> HERTFORDSHIRE’S DRAFT BUS STRATEGY AND INTALINK STRATEGY CONSULTATION
> The consultation of Hertfordshire’s draft Bus Strategy and Intalink Strategy has started and you are invited to make comments by 6 June 2011. The Bus Strategy provides a clear policy lead and identifies those strategies that will address the problems in the county. The Intalink Strategy supports the Bus Strategy, and sets out the required standards for passenger transport information.
> Also accompanying these 2 strategies is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report. This is an assessment which has considered the environmental and social/economic implications of delivering the Bus and Intalink Strategies.
> We are keen to receive your views on all 3 of these documents, therefore, to view and comment on the draft Bus Strategy, Intalink Strategy and SEA report, please go to the following web link: http://www.hertsdirect.org/ltp
> Alternatively, hard copies of these documents are also available on request, and full copies will be available for reference at all Hertfordshire libraries (with electronic access to the document available on library computers), and at Front Reception, County Hall.
> We invite you to complete an online questionnaire at http://www.hertsdirect.org/ltp
, or alternatively please send your comments via e-mail to LTP3@hertscc.gov.uk
or write to:
> LTP3 Comments
> Hertfordshire County Council,
> Transportation Planning & Policy,
> CHN205 County Hall, Pegs Lane,
> Hertford, SG13 8DN.
> Details of how the comments have been taken into account in the final document will be sent to all consultees and made available on Hertsdirect. I look forward to receiving your comments.
> Yours faithfully.
> Katie Hamilton
> Transport Planning and Policy Officer
> Hertfordshire County Council
> Postal Point: CHN205
As an individual - my reply:
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Subject: Re: HERTFORDSHIRE’S DRAFT BUS STRATEGY AND INTALINK STRATEGY CONSULTATION
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:00:25 +0000
From: Derek Reynolds
To: Katie Hamilton Dear Madam,
Thank you for your offer of a consultation.
Unfortunately due to all previous experiences of this kind from Council, and having no notice paid to or taken of either myself, certain colleagues, and I suspect many members of the public, I will not be taking part in such a consultation. It is said that without dialogue nothing can progress. Such consultations are without dialogue - only rhetoric. They exhibit every symptom of diktat, which leaves those alleged as being 'consulted' as insulted.
I would however offer some advice for members of the Council and their various strategy assessment and consultation teams: Disband yourselves. The result would be to cut a huge swathe through unnecessary Council expenses, and channelled in the correct way, improve the services most needed for tax payers. If this makes it necessary for members now employed in such teams to seek employment elsewhere, welcome to the club.
The only evidence of 'consultation' that Council takes of members of the public, is that done through cameras mounted on tall poles. Are you so far removed from reality that this is the closest you dare come?
Without prejudice, but with increased frustration -
They are neither wanted, nor needed. The masses have been trained well. To think like an individual attracts ridicule, suspicion, and resentment. The thought that everyone should 'chip-in' to the collective immediately creates imbalance. That imbalance requires regulation, enter the 'Committee', the fate of the individual as such, is soon after sealed as unacceptable. You will comply. In some things I still do, but in other ways I'm inclined to be Mr Flatpack - turning sideways has its advantages.