Inside Croydon‘s regular reader will be familiar with our sometimes arch scepticism.
Thus, a “public consultation” is regarded as a token gesture where an public organisation lays out a set of proposals for any members of the public who manage to shake off the usual apathy, then makes a note of any comments and objections that might arise, and then ignores them.
So, you may want to know about the public consultation taking place today and tomorrow on “Mid Croydon” Masterplan – that’s central Croydon to any normal human being – being put on by Croydon’s “spatial planning service” (is there any sort of local authority planning that does not involve space?).
“Ahead of formal consultation in 2011 you are invited to provide your views on this emerging piece of work,” says David Carlisle from Croydon Council.
“Croydon Council has ideas for this key part of the town. But we want your input before plans are drawn up. Come and meet the team that’s doing the work and let them know how you would like Mid Croydon to develop. Drop-in and let us know what you think is needed for people to live, work and enjoy Mid Croydon.”
The sessions are at the Croydon Clocktower until 6pm today (Friday) and from 10.30am to 3.30pm tomorrow at 15 High Street (corner unit opposite Lloyds wine bar), where you will be able to see some nice maps and models of the latest ego-massaging schemes to be foisted on the ordinary people of Croydon.
And then send your views to Inside Croydon, where we will put real people’s views in to the public domain for a proper debate on what is, and isn’t, needed in developments in the borough over the next two decades.