Survey canvasses thoughts of Colchester residents on bus routes, cycle lanes and recycling

Survey canvasses thoughts of Colchester residents on bus routes, cycle lanes and recycling

Survey canvasses thoughts of Colchester residents on bus routes, cycle lanes and recycling

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A SURVEY has been launched asking residents if they think Colchester is an eco-friendly town.

Colchester Council is developing an “environmental sustainability strategy” and is canvassing the views of residents with an online consultation.

Questions cover recycling rates and air quality in the borough as well as the quality of bus services and cycle routes.

Visit www.colchester.gov.uk/ESSConsultation before October 1.

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4:41pm Thu 4 Sep 14

st botolphs round & roundabout says...

Another waist of money.
Another waist of money. st botolphs round & roundabout
  • Score: -2

5:42pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mr pants says...

Will someone from our council tell us how much of OUR money they are spending on these endless consultancy exercises.
If one was of a cynical mindset one might think there is something inappropriate going on, but that would of course be impossible because that would indicate corruption in local government and that is unthinkable.
Will someone from our council tell us how much of OUR money they are spending on these endless consultancy exercises. If one was of a cynical mindset one might think there is something inappropriate going on, but that would of course be impossible because that would indicate corruption in local government and that is unthinkable. mr pants
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

st botolphs round & roundabout wrote:
Another waist of money.
waist?
[quote][p][bold]st botolphs round & roundabout[/bold] wrote: Another waist of money.[/p][/quote]waist? Boris
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

mr pants wrote:
Will someone from our council tell us how much of OUR money they are spending on these endless consultancy exercises.
If one was of a cynical mindset one might think there is something inappropriate going on, but that would of course be impossible because that would indicate corruption in local government and that is unthinkable.
A few years ago, I used my 3 minutes in the council chamber to criticise CBC, mentioning that there could not possibly be any exchange of brown envelopes to the advantage of council officers, because several councillors had assured me this did not happen. There was uproar from councillors of all parties. The Mayor ordered me to sit down and not even finish my sentence. This obviously proves that mr pants is right.
[quote][p][bold]mr pants[/bold] wrote: Will someone from our council tell us how much of OUR money they are spending on these endless consultancy exercises. If one was of a cynical mindset one might think there is something inappropriate going on, but that would of course be impossible because that would indicate corruption in local government and that is unthinkable.[/p][/quote]A few years ago, I used my 3 minutes in the council chamber to criticise CBC, mentioning that there could not possibly be any exchange of brown envelopes to the advantage of council officers, because several councillors had assured me this did not happen. There was uproar from councillors of all parties. The Mayor ordered me to sit down and not even finish my sentence. This obviously proves that mr pants is right. Boris
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Fri 5 Sep 14

romantic says...

The people who create these surveys almost certainly believe that it's a great exercise in local democracy and gives a chance for "the people" to have their say. The trouble is that when they hand the results to the people who actually decide these things, it will go one of two ways:

1. if 26 people have vaguely agreed with a mooted policy put forward by some councillor who drives a gas-guzzler and has never cycled in his life, then it will be presented as being backed by a majority of residents surveyed.

2. if 7,226 people go online and say the current policy is ridiculous and could only have been created by an idiot, the response will be that this is only a small % of the people in this town, and that the rest must think the policy is just fine.

I'm sure the people working on the "environmental sustainability strategy" are wonderful individuals who have a shining vision of how green and pleasant Colchester could be, but they have absolutely no influence over the people who actually take the decisions. As somebody once said, if voting changed anything, they would have outlawed it years ago, and sadly the same applies to a survey of this kind.
The people who create these surveys almost certainly believe that it's a great exercise in local democracy and gives a chance for "the people" to have their say. The trouble is that when they hand the results to the people who actually decide these things, it will go one of two ways: 1. if 26 people have vaguely agreed with a mooted policy put forward by some councillor who drives a gas-guzzler and has never cycled in his life, then it will be presented as being backed by a majority of residents surveyed. 2. if 7,226 people go online and say the current policy is ridiculous and could only have been created by an idiot, the response will be that this is only a small % of the people in this town, and that the rest must think the policy is just fine. I'm sure the people working on the "environmental sustainability strategy" are wonderful individuals who have a shining vision of how green and pleasant Colchester could be, but they have absolutely no influence over the people who actually take the decisions. As somebody once said, if voting changed anything, they would have outlawed it years ago, and sadly the same applies to a survey of this kind. romantic
  • Score: 3
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