Progress Reports on Stage 2 Consultation

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Progress Reports on Stage 2 Consultation

Weekly reports on how the consultation is going.

Progress reports on the consultation ceased at the close of the consultation. Information on the progress of the review itself is provided on the main parent article.

Progress Report for Friday, 27 October 2017

We have received 8,932 responses from the public expressing their preferred option. 

This number is made up of 4493 responses using the online responses form and Rother District Council postcards.  It also includes one email received this week.  The remaining 4439 responses are on Democracy 4 Bexhill postcards.

In addition, we have received responses from:

  • Bexhill Labour Party,
  • UKIP Bexhill and Battle branch,
  • Bexhill 100 Motoring Club,
  • Sussex Community Development Association (Charter Centre) and 
  • Bexhill Academy (school).

There are only four more days to send Rother District Council any new information or evidence that you want taken into account when the council makes a decision.  The council will not consider any responses supplied after 5pm on 31 October 2017.

 

Progress Report for Friday, 20 October 2017

We have received 8,245 responses from the public expressing their preferred option.

That is broken down into 4,226 from the online response form, RDC postcard responses and a few emails to consultations@rother.gov.uk and a further 4,019 on Democracy 4 Bexhill postcards.  The analysis of demographics from last week has not substantially changed.

It should be noted we have not checked all records for duplications (repeated responses from the same person).  Duplications will be checked and removed at the end of the consultation.  This will reduce the total responses by a small amount.  The small number of anonymous responses, where the person's name or postal address is either missing or substantially incomplete, are being removed as they come in. 

We have not received any further evidence from groups, organisations and businesses this week.

There are 11 more days left to 5pm, 31 October for the submission of any evidence that the Council should take into account when making its decision. 

 

Progress Report for Friday, 13 October 2017

Apologies for the slight delay in posting, which was due to access problems for the website editing software that have been sorted out now. 

In total, we have recorded 7586 responses from the public.  About half of the responses were made online, on the council's postcards and emails and the other half are using the Democracy 4 Bexhill yellow postcards.

  • 44.5% of responses are from men and 55% of responses are from women. 
  • 32.4% of responses are from people aged 60 to 69,
    • this age group is very over-represented and
    • has not changed over the consultation period 
  • 26% of responses are from people aged 70-79,
    • this age group is very over-represented and
    • has increased over the consultation period
  • 4% of responses are from people aged 19 to 29,
    • this age group is very under-represented,
    • there has been a very small improvement over the consultation period
  • 5% of responses are from people aged 30 -39,
    • this age group is very under-represented,
    • there has been a small improvement over the consultation period
  • 9% of responses are from people aged 40-49,
    • this age group is under-represented,
    • there has been a small improvement over the consultation period
  • 13% of responses are from people who are disabled or have a long-term illness or condition
    • disabled people are under-represented but
    • there has been a small improvement over the consultation period
  • 96% of responses are from people who are White British
    • this group is over-represented and
    • the representation of this group has increased over this period
  • 3% of responses are from people from other White backgrounds and heritage
    • this group is well represented and
    • the response level has not changed over the consultation period
  • 1% of responses are from people with Asian and Asian British backgrounds and heritage
    • this group is a bit under-represented but
    • there has been a small improvement in representation from this group over the consultation period
  • 0.24% of responses are from people Black and Black British backgrounds and heritage
    • this group is under-represented but
    • there has been a small improvement in representation over the consultation period
  • 0.2% of responses are from people with a Chinese or Chinese British background and heritage
    • this group is under-represented and
    • representation has fallen slightly over the consultation period.

We have had submissions from

  • Sussex Police (Bexhill), 
  • Bexhill Caring Community,
  • the Bexhill branch of the Liberal Democrat Party,
  • Bexhill Charter Trustees,
  • Rye Town Council,
  • Icklesham Parish Council and
  • Camber Parish Council. 

The remaining organisations and businesses have until 31 October to send in their evidence for the Council to consider.

We would like to thank the staff of Bexhill Leisure Centre who hosted our stand in their reception area on Saturday, 30 September.  Especially for their assistance in moving furniture and clearing a space for us to work. Thank you to all those that stopped and talked to us and took away leaflets and postcards on your busy Saturday.

 

Progress Report for Friday, 28 September 2017

The consultation will now remain open to 31 October 2017, which gives more people an opportunity to respond.  This is an additional 19 days.

In total, we have recorded 5179 responses from the public, received up to lunchtime on 28 September.  We continue to be concerned that we are not hearing from certain minority groups as identified in previous weeks.   Recently, the councillors made additional efforts to talk to local groups of young people.

In addition, we have heard from four more local organisations.  They are Rother Seniors Forum, Bexhill Environmental Group, League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital and Rother Voluntary Action.  The Council would like to thank them for their participation and for taking the time to consider how the four options might or might not impact on their work and interests.  Any new information is added to the options, where appropriate. 

Thanks go to the staff, management and Trust for the de la Warr Pavilion for allowing us to set up our stand in the foyer.   Our councillors were based at the Pavilion from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 23 September to promote the review and encourage participation. 

The councillors and stand, with promotional material, will be at Bexhill Leisure Centre reception area from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, 30 September.  

 

Progress Report for Friday, 22 September 2017

1. Responses in total are:

  • 2477 recorded responses:  2045 have used the online responses form, 425 used our postcards, one email was received this week.
  • We have recorded 660 returned Democracy 4 Bexhill postcards. This takes the overall total to 3,137.
  • There have been no further responses from local organisations and therefore no further evidence on any impact from the options that we can share with other consultees. 
  • A sample check for duplicate responses has found some examples where people have sent in more than one submission.  It does not appear to be a significant issue but duplicated responses will be deleted when the results are analysed. 

2.  We need to hear more from the following groups because they are under-represented compared to Bexhill's existing population:

  • People aged under 39, particularly those in their teens and twenties.
  • People from Asian and Asian British backgrounds but also those from Black and Chinese ethnicity.
  • People with disabilities and living with long term illnesses or conditions that affect day to day living.

3.  Analysis of the postcodes provided by respondents who replied up to 15 September has found:

  • A good widespread distribution of responses from across Bexhill, in general.
  • However, some streets are not as well represented as others and we would like to encourage those residents to take part in the consultation. Under and unrepresented streets are:
    • Alfray, Ashcombe Drive
    • Barrack Road, Beaulieu Road, Bishops Walk, Brett Drive, Buckholt Avenue, Buxton Drive
    • Carfax Close, Ceylon Walk, Chestnut Walk, Chichester Close, Claxton, Collington Avenue, Cooden Close, Copse Road
    • Endwell Road,
    • Filsham Drive
    • Georgian, Gibb Close, Glazebrook Close, Glenthorn Road, Grand Avenue, Grange Court Drive, Gunters Lane
    • Haslam Crescent, Herbrand Walk, Hever Crescent, Homelands Close
    • Ian Close
    • Jubilee Road
    • Kewhurst Avenue
    • Laburnum Gardens, Langley Close
    • Magpie Close, Manor Road, Meadow Crescent, Meads Avenue, Meads Road, Milland Close, Millfield Rise
    • North Road
    • Oakfield Way, Oakleigh Road, Ocklynge Close
    • Pebsham Lane, Penhurst Drive, Pleyden Rise, Popps Lane, Primrose Hill
    • Ravens Close, Redwell Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Richmond Grove, Ringwood Road, Rowan Gardens
    • Saint Mary's Lane (north), Sandown Way, Saxby Road, Second Avenue, Sidley Green, Sidley Street, St Davids Avenue, St Marks Close, Summer Hill Road, Sutherland Avenue (north)
    • The Mead, Third Avenue, Thornbank Crescent, Ticehurst Avenue, Turkey Road,
    • Wartling Drive, Warwick Road, Watergate, Watermill Close, White Hill Drive, Willow Drive, Windmill Drive
  • Please note: this is the position after the first two weeks and does not include responses received between 16 and 23 September.

4.  On Saturday, 16 September the district councillors had a stand at Devonshire Square from 10 am to 2pm, and distributed flyers and other material and encouraged participation in the consultation.  On Saturday, 23 September, the district councillors will be based in the foyer of the de la Warr Pavilion from 11am to 3pm. 

5.  Some small changes have been made to the content of the website and documents as the consultation period progresses.   However, no significant additional information has been added on the options because we have not received any new evidence for consideration.  If any new information comes in it will be shared by updating either the articles on the four options or the Frequently Asked Questions article, as appropriate.

 

Progress Report for Friday, 15 September 2017

1.  Responses are:

  • 1759 responses from individuals:  1475 online response form, 278 returned postcards, no further emails or letters.
  • One further response from one local organisation.
  • Responses have slowed in the second week but this is quite normal. 

2.  We need to hear more from the following groups because they are under-represented compared to Bexhill's existing population.

  • People aged 29 and younger. 
    • People in their twenties continue to be under-represented and we have very few responses from people aged under 19.
  • People in their thirties and forties.
    • Responses are less in comparison to last week and made them less well represented overall than they were last week.
  • People from Black and Black British African/Caribbean backgrounds and people from Chinese and Asian and Asian British backgrounds, who are less well represented in comparison to other ethnic groups. 
    • Their representation has fallen this week, compared to last week.
  • Men continue to be a little less well represented than women.

3.  Each Saturday, the district councillors have a stand and, from it, distribute flyers, posters and other material on the governance review.   The purpose is to raise awareness of the governance review and the public consultation stage two.   On 9 September the stand was outside Sainsbury's entrance and we would like to thank the manager and staff of Sainsbury's Bexhill for their help and for putting up with us.  On 16 September, the stand will be in Devonshire Square from 10 am to 2 pm.

 

Progress Report for Friday, 8 September 2017

1.  Responses are:

  • 1089 responses from individuals stating a preferred option:  917 online, 166 postcards, five emails and one letter.
  • Two representatives of local organisations have responded by email.
  • Responses have NOT been checked for duplicated and anonymous submissions.

2.  We need to hear more from the following groups, as they are significantly under-represented when compared to the wider population of Bexhill:

  • People aged 19 to 29 particularly and younger age groups.  There is no age limit. 
  • People who are disabled or have a long term illness or condition that affects day to day activities (from a bit to a lot).
  • People from a Black, Black British, African/Caribbean ethnicity or heritage and from a mixed heritage background.
  • And men are a bit under-represented compared to women.

Answers to questions raised during the week, that might be of interest to others, are provided on Frequently Asked Question on Stage Two

 


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