A member writes:
I believe that this consultation is undemocratic. Notification was piecemeal and erratic, with many local residents still not receiving notification even on the second phase of leafleting; after several emails to the Council I received mine at the beginning of August. Most local residents seem to have heard about it by word of mouth, through WHPARA or other local amenity groups and, being the holiday season by then, a lot of people were away.
More to the point, being an online-only survey it disenfranchises those without the necessary access or skills, a high proportion of whom are elderly; several of my neighbours possess neither an Internet connection nor the ability to use public facilities. Furthermore, Survey Monkey (the platform Islington uses for the survey) places a cookie on the host computer making it impossible to complete more than one survey, so a household where several people wish to give their views but have only one computer are stuck. This ‘one device, one vote’ system favours households with multiple or personal devices, with the obvious implications. If the Council wanted to create a survey where not everyone could vote, this was the way to do it.
There is also uncertainty as to the status of the door-to-door canvassing in some areas; at the CPZ meeting in Caxton House four days ahead of the deadline it was unclear what effect, if any, the information gathered would have, and whether it would be included in the survey results. Sadly there was no representative from parking in attendance to enlighten us.