Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
WIRRAL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL appears to be in the process of constructing a
'WEST KIRBY TOWN CENTRE ACTION PLAN'.
Shopkeepers in West Kirby were invited to a meeting at Westbourne Hall, West Kirby,in December 2014.
At that meeting the main issue of discussion was shopkeepers concerns about the need for changes to on-street parking time limits (e.g. 30 mins to 1 hour).
There is considerable concern that there has been no opportunity for PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, when all options are open and when public participation can be EFFECTIVE.This is a legal requirement under the United Nations''Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters' (the Aarhus Convention). The United Kingdom is a Party to the Aarhus Convention.
A 'WEST KIRBY TOWN CENTRE ACTION PLAN', drawn up without a properly conducted public participation process, would be unlawful.
The details of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's next meeting concerning a 'WEST KIRBY TOWN CENTRE ACTION PLAN':
Date: Thursday 5th February
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Westbourne Hall (Connor Suite)
Shopkeepers have been invited.
All members of the public should have been invited!
Neil Mitchell, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's Project Manager at the
Department of Regeneration & Environment, has said:
"the event will focus on the group’s aspirations for the town centre and how these might be achieved collectively. Ultimately these will help inform the draft Action Plan that will be owned by and taken forward by traders/businesses and the wider community in general".
Please provide details of all proposed opportunities for PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, when all options are open and when public participation can be EFFECTIVE, as required by the United Nations''Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters' (the Aarhus Convention).
Please provide details of how Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council proposes to advertise public meetings about a West Kirby Town Centre Plan:
(a) in public libraries (posters and leaflets);
(b) on public notice boards;
(c) in newspapers (in advance of meetings);
(d) door to door leafletting;
(e) in community centres; and
(f) by other means to include different age groups.
Yours faithfully -
Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Traders and the local community were invited to the meeting in February
2015, to discuss the non-statutory retail action plan for West Kirby.
The publicity for the meeting consisted of the e-mail list used for the
organization of the first meeting in December 2014 and the attached flyer
which was displayed in West Kirby library on 22 January and on the notice
board at Westbourne Road Community Centre two weeks before the meeting.
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