This is the text of our document, entitled
FEEDBACK FROM THE GATEACRE SOCIETY
1.1 The Gateacre Society was founded in 1974 as the Civic Trust-registered local amenity society for the Gateacre area, and is recognised by Liverpool City Council for consultation purposes. We comment on all major planning applications within our area, which is centred on Gateacre Village but extends as far as Quickswood Drive/Black Woods in the west and Belle Vale Shopping Centre in the east. We were disappointed not to have received a specific invitation to comment on your proposals, bearing in mind that our interest in the future of this site was notified to the City Council many months ago (and we commented on the previous planning application in 2007). We also regret that your Mailing Area was not more extensive - and that several residents who were supposedly on the list to receive a leaflet (e.g. in Grange Lane, Elmsfield Close and Grange Weint) did not get one.
1.2 While we welcome the fact that a 'drop in' session was organised, and the staff of both Turley and Countryside Properties did their best to explain the scheme and answer questions, we feel that the Public Consultation process has been let down by a badly-designed Feedback Form. The A5-sized card which was distributed with the leaflet is unnecessarily small and cramped, and totally unsuitable for anyone with poorer-than-average eyesight, as the combination of tiny white lettering on a blue background, or pale blue lettering on white, renders it almost illegible. The wording of the questions is also, we feel, ambiguous and in need of clarification. We have therefore made no attempt to answer the questions on the Feedback Form, but instead we have concentrated on what we regard as the key issues: Green Space, Housing Need and Transport/Accessibility.