Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is committed to consulting local people on local issues, on the work that we do, and the priorities and aspirations for the Borough.
What is consultation?
Consultation is a process of dialogue leading to a decision. Consultation involves seeking opinions on options before decisions are reached, seeking to increase the involvement of local people, communities, businesses and the voluntary sector in important decisions that may impact on them. The main aim of consultation is to listen to and learn from local people and communities.
Public participation is a statutory requirement but it is also more than that. It has become an integral part of the Council’s everyday functioning which aims to provide services which are more responsive to people’s needs and to also promote a democratic process which encourages local people to have an influence in matters that concern them directly.
The Council's research team carries out a range of consultation work both corporately and also on behalf of individual service areas. Consultation is carried out using quantitative and qualitative methods, including the Council’s e-Panel and focus groups.
Satisfaction with council services surveys
The following surveys are ongoing. We will publish the results from these surveys via this page.
Satisfaction with Recycling Services. ‘The recycling service collects materials weekly and in separate boxes in order to maximise both the amounts collected and the value of it. This income subsidises other services and protects budgets for other Council services. Councils who collect recyclable materials in wheelie bins pay companies to take it away and find uses for it. Collecting separately means this council gets an income instead. The service has experienced a number of problems recently in recovering from bad weather slowly and struggling when high volumes of material are put out by residents. The Council is looking for ways to improve the service and it would greatly value your feedback as it looks for ways to make the service more effective.’ Please follow this link to have your say.
Satisfaction with Streetscene Operations. Please follow this link to have your say.
Satisfaction with Customer Services. Please follow this link to have your say.
Satisfaction with Planning Services. Please follow this link to have your say.
Satisfaction with Revenues and Benefits. Please follow this link to have your say.
Surveys with set closing dates
Public Space Protection Order Public (PSPO) Consultation
Since 2016, the PSPO has been established in Newcastle Town Centre and has a number of conditions which prohibit various forms of Anti-Social Behaviour. These conditions include street drinking, substance misuse; misappropriate use of Council car parks, general ASB and vandalism.
We are seeking to vary the existing PSPO to include aggressive and persistent begging as a further condition and also to stop issuing Warning Letters to people who breach any of the PSPO conditions and proceed directly to Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 (£75 if paid within 14 days).
As part of this process the Council has a statutory obligation to consult with the general public over these proposals. We would be grateful if you would complete this survey, which should take around five minutes. The period of consultation runs for six weeks from Monday, 13 August to Monday, 17 September 2018.
**None currently open.
Re-launch of the Council's e-panel
We have re-launched our e-panel and are looking for residents who are interested in having their say on council services to join. If you wish to become a member then please follow this link to register - a process that should take around one minute. You will then be notified of council consultations and surveys when they are published and invited to have your say. There is no obligation to complete all surveys that you are notified of and you can respond to whichever surveys interest you the most. If you registered after June 2018 and have received notifications of new surveys then there is no need to re-register.
If you have any questions or comments about the consultation process, please contact our research team via firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions or comments about individual consultations / surveys, please use the links provided above.
Last updated 13 August 2018