Well, I have filled in my feedback online for the annual budget and long term water thinking. I have taken every opportunity to urge the Council to try using citizens’ assemblies. They would be better than this kind of tick-box feedback which does not facilitate deliberative recommendations. The current methods of feedback are mostly AFTER the event in that Council already has formulated its ideas instead of seeking widely representative thoughts from the ratepayers through sortition BEFORE. Pro-active consultation not retro-active, which it is easy to suspect is fake in that the Council’s mind is already made up.
Link to a talk on BBC radio 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002z9g?fbclid=IwAR2IK_FIKGYOInG4vxqrW0t3vUpIRZYkWU6b6f4t7csYj-ipxX9nddGBurs