Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
I want to see how the council has achieved the following in regards to the demolition of the Queens Royal Hotel
How has the Council taken account of the key principles of consultation, which are best summarised in what is termed 'the Gunning Principles'. These are:
• Consultation should be undertaken when proposals are still at a formative stage - Public bodies need to have an open mind during a consultation and not have already made the decision, but have some ideas about the proposals.
• Consultations should give sufficient reasons for any proposal to permit ‘intelligent consideration'. People involved in the consultation need to have enough information to make an intelligent choice and input into the process.
• Adequate time must be given for consideration and response.
• Responses must be conscientiously taken into account.
• The degree of specificity regarding the consultation should be influenced by those who are being consulted.
• The demands of fairness are likely to be higher when the consultation relates to a decision which is likely to deprive someone of an existing benefit.
In addition how has the council taken into account meeting the public sector equality duty (PSED) with regards to producing an Equality Impact Assessment before the consultation started.
The Government requires you to consult “specific consultation bodies” and other interest groups which cover the whole range of voluntary, community, special interest, amenity and business interests, referred to as “general consultation bodies”.
Can you evidence how you have done this and in the case of General Consultation Bodies
The Government has defined General Consultation Bodies as voluntary bodies some or all of whose activities benefit any part of the authority’s area and other bodies who represent, in the authority’s area, the interests of different racial, ethnic or national groups; different religious groups; disabled persons; and, business interests. Can you evidence who you have consulted.
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