FIRE CHIEF LETS THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
CONSULTATION RESPONSES WILL BE IGNORED
Not only has this consultation been inadequate and misleading, it now appears that responding to it may be a waste of time.
In a recent radio interview, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Lee Neale said, “There is a view that if we aren’t getting hundreds of thousands of responses there must be a degree of contentment or agreement with the proposals we are putting forward.”
No local consultation will ever get hundreds of thousands of responses, even national ones rarely approach such numbers. It appears that they have decided to ignore any objections from the public.
It is quite outrageous to assume that people who have not responded, all agree with the proposals.
Many will not be aware of the consultation, others will have been lulled in to a false sense of security by the misleading consultation document, and many will believe that their views will be ignored. From what Mr Neale said, those people would appear to be right.
The consultation does not meet the standards expected of a public consultation and should therefore be set aside.