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When making important decisions about local public services, the city council promises to keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

Where it makes sense to do so, we will look to you for advice and innovation in solving problems and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Consultation on Article 4 Direction to 53 Oxford Street

We Asked:
The council asked members of the public to comment on the immediate article 4 direction that was issued for 53 Oxford Street, preventing the demolition of the building without first applying for planning permission.
You Said:
43 responses were received, 40 supporting the immediate article 4 direction, with 3 objecting to the direction. General support for the retention of the building was received and members of the public wished for the former hosiery factory to be preserved and refurbished.
We Did:
The Council have until the 1st December 2015 to confirm the immediate Article 4 Direction. Once confirmed, the owners must apply for planning permission before the buildings are demolished. A planning application for the demolition and redevelopment of the building / site has been submitted and is currently pending determination.

To Let Boards Consultation

We Asked:
Following the introduction of a voluntary code of practice for the display of to let boards the City Council consulted local residents, students and letting agents on the options for introducing formal control over the displays.
You Said:
238 responses were received. 150 were to the online survey and 88 were e-mails from landlords opposing the measures. The majority of respondents to the online survey agreed that the display of to let boards was a problem and 96 requested a complete ban. Suggestions were also received as to how information on properties that are to let could be provided.
We Did:
The results show that the majority of people are in favour of further control over the display of to let boards and the results are being considered with a view to submitting a request to Central Government for a Regulation 7 direction to restrict the display and give the Council powers to deal with those who do not comply. Guidance for displays will also be produced.

Quakesick Valley - 20mph zone

We Asked:
We asked for your views on the proposed 20mph zone in the Quakesick Valley Area.
You Said:
We had 8 responses to the e-consultation. They were all in favour of the 20mph speed limit and 6 were in favour of the traffic calming. A paper consultation was also delivered directly to local residents. We had 81 responses and 61 were in favour of the 20mph speed limit whilst 47 were in favour of the traffic calming.
We Did:
As a result of the public support, the City Mayor has approved implementation of the scheme which is scheduled to come into force in autumn 2015.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.