In the Faversham News (1 August), a report on last week’s Neighbourhood Plan steering group meeting says a rethink is needed on how the group communicates with the public. It quotes Councillor Cosgrove’s comment that “We may well need to think again about how we communicate. I say that because my own view was that the exhibition was helpful but I well understand it was quite complicated.”
Many of the public present at the meeting were unimpressed by the implication that they had failed to understand, and that if only they had, they would have responded differently – with no recognition of the possibility that people understood perfectly well and just didn’t like what they were seeing.
There is a strong feeling that it’s not just the communication of this plan that needs a rethink – it’s the entire content and rationale.