What you think of the way we consult with residents (and with organisations representing residents)?

We are asking this now because we are reviewing how we consult and want to get ideas from you about what we should improve.

We are asking about ‘general’ council consultations, not the ones related to Planning Policy /Local Development Framework.  

General consultations are the ones you don't need usually to be registered to respond to, the ones listed here (or see top image on right). They are nearly always asking for views on a proposed policy, decision or project. 

And not the ones listed here (or see bottom image on right).

For context, these are the main guidelines for North Somerset general consultations :

  • All are listed on the council general consultation website (this one).
  • For those not online, list these on a monthly poster in libraries, with a phone number.
  • All consultations run for at least 6 weeks (8 weeks if over school summer holidays or Christmas).
  • Are clear about what is up for consultation and why.
  • Publish results and ideally what changed.
  • Use clear language.
  • Provide alternative formats for people who need them.
  • Don’t ask for personal information unless it’s necessary. And if it is to treat it in line with data protection law.

Please let us know, using this questionnaire.

This consultation runs until 2pm on 30 November 2021. If you have any questions or need the questionnaire in a different format, contact me by email at dave.ostry2@n-somerset.gov.uk.

The website for general consultations
The website for planning policy consultations


  • Opened
    19 Oct 2021 at 14:00
  • Closed
    30 Nov 2021 at 14:00
  • Response Published
    28 Jan 2022


Organisational Information

Contact Name Dave Ostry
Job title Senior Analyst
Contact Email dave.ostry2@n-somerset.gov.uk
Contact Telephone 01934 427 411

Project Information

Aim of this consultation To find out what people want done differently in the way we do general consulatations.
Close Date 30 Nov 2021 14:00
Consultation Topic
  • Business - jobs, new business or factories
  • Community - neighbourhoods, equalities, youth offending and registrar
  • Education - schools and adult learning
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
  • Housing - homelessness, housing advice and rented housing
  • Leisure - sports, theatre, museum and tourism
  • Social care - families, addictions, adoption and domestic abuse
  • Transport - construction and repair, travel or policy
  • Your council - councillors and committees, council tax or strategies
Context for this consultation We are reviewing our consultation policy this year.