Consultation

Communication

Communication/Consultation between Council and Residents needs to be clear and transparent.

Public Notices in free newspapers, published over a period of time and the notice period longer.

Council Committee Meeting Reports available to Councillors and pubic well in advance of meetings to allow for adequate consultation .

Council officers prepare reports that include well researched data that explains why other options are not viable so Councillors can make informed decisions – Currently Councillors accept whatever information Council Officers produce as accurate which is not always the case
Consultation be an open negotiation rather than a divide and conquer scenario with council officers preparing material/documentation to achieve a desired outcome.

Duplication of consultative groups – is that deliberate or is WCC not talking internally?

Performance of WCC

The Council has not performed well with the engagement with the citizens of Wellington.

Consultation by Council has for many years been a top down (Council to Community) rather than a bottom-up (Community to Council) process. The FWPRA in its initiative to bring together some grass roots organisations and individuals to prepare comments for presentation to the Council for the drafting of the LTCCP is commendable.

Consultation is

  • A regulatory process by which the public's input on matters affecting them is sought.
  • Its main goals are in improving the efficiency, transparency
  • Public involvement in large-scale projects or laws bylaws and policies
  • An exchange of views
  • draws on a wealth of expertise and experience.

It usually involves as part of a process

  • notification (to publicise the matter to be consulted on),
  • consultation (a two-way flow of information and opinion exchange)
  • participation (involving interest groups in the drafting of policy or legislation).

It is not

  • Telling one party what will happen
  • Having a closed mind on an issue

When consultation finishes, all parties feel that they have been heard, listened to and participated in a process where there are no pre-conceived outcomes.

Good, effective consultation

  • Takes time
  • Is not cheap - people need to come together. This includes Council resources
  • Is not expensive - can prevent expensive errors

Council in its LTCCP needs to make provision for community consultation.

The consultation process followed in the Newtown Safer Roads project is to be commended as a process that can be followed in other areas of Council's activities including the development of the LTCCP and DAP. In this instance Council staff sought the views of local residents. It started from a blank map on the wall in which residents were invited to identify safety issue points. Council staff provided resources (maps, accident details (location and number) and outlined the ways that these problems could be addressed. Residents contributed, and Council staff responded by picking up those concerns and offering solutions. Residents were kept involved throughout the process and eventally proposals were put to Council for approval.


Consultation as carried out by WCC is pathetic. Consultation is presently a process that has the front of seeking public comment but in reality is Council telling the public what it and Councilors are going to do.

Councilors don't listen to and hear submissions

Too many things are implemented without meaningful consultation.

Council should, no, must consult with the citizens of Wellington an any new initiative before it is introduced to the annual plan.

THE PROCESSES BEING FOLLOWED (ALL BE IT LATE) WITH THE LTCCP 2009 -2019 SHOULD BE USED FOR OTHER MATTERS FOR WHICH COUNCIL CONSULTS.

There is a lack of trust and that needs to be addressed http://wellington-ltccp.wikidot.com/trust-in-council

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