The phrase “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” is attributed by Mark Twain to Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th Century British Prime Minister. Neither Twain nor Disraeli had to deal with the Statement of Community Involvement from Taylor Wimpey in regard of their White Dirt Farm proposals… Perhaps I can gain personal notoriety for the phrase “Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and Developers Reports…” This would of course be grossly unfair to Taylor Wimpey, who have simply drawn together the feedback from the consultation on White Dirt Farm and produced a summary document on the community views. The feedback they are submitting to the case officer though seems to bear little resemblance to the community view as I understand it. Here are a few examples to show why I am concerned. According to the Taylor Wimpey Statement of Community Involvement:
13% of people at the consultation took the opportunity to oppose the development.
4% commented that another location should be found for the development
2% thought there was a lack of infrastructure to support the development
4% said it was important to retain the views of the site in question
3% felt there would be an increase in traffic on the local roads.
1% felt White Dirt Lane was not suitable for pedestrian or cycle paths.
These facts are of course distorted by this being merely a summary of some of the comments. They are however presented in a manner that might suggest 87% were not opposed to the development, or that 99% are clearly not worried about the traffic on White Dirt Lane.
It will be interesting to ask the questions again, with a strict yes, No, Don’t Know format, so here they are below. There is already a poll running about building on White Dirt Farm on an earlier blog, so I will not repeat that one here.
And finally, a multiple choice question:
The results of the polls will be passed to the case officer to give a clearer picture of the community view!
If you would like to see the Taylor Wimpey Statement Of Community Involvement then click On This Link Here: Taylor Wimpey Statement Of Community Involvement
Yes Minister – Getting The Consultation Result You Want. Thank you Andy for sending in this very relevant clip.