The report to Cabinet listed new options for Phase 2 of the libraries consultation and Cabinet was asked to approve these recommendations. You can find the lengthy paperwork and a recording of the meeting here.
The results of the libraries consultation were requested under Freedom of Information (FOI) as the report, although lengthy, lacked any real substance. Find the FOI here.
“Dear Croydon Borough Council,
Please provide the full consultation responses and data from the Croydon Libraries consultation, Phase 1, ending 14 March 2021. This information informed the report, now published, to be considered by Croydon Council’s Scrutiny and Overview Committee on 30 March, 2021.
I trust it can be provided quickly and easily. This is needed in order to properly inform residents, council officers and councillors prior to decisions being taken to limit options in Phase 2.
Please ensure to include the text of all the individual comments received, in whatever form (inc. consultation/email/comments recorded by phone, made in all meetings relating to the consultation), as well as the overall statistics on each question. If it is possible to provide both numbers and percentages, that would be helpful, particularly in light of the discrepancies already noted in stats presented in this phase of the consultation process.
Given the extremely quick turn around of this report to Scrutiny and its lack of any real detail, it is vital that Croydon Council makes the requested information available as soon as possible to inform all interested parties and to provide assurance to all concerned that the consultation responses have been considered fully.
I look forward to receiving the full information shortly.
You can find the 882 page spreadsheet provided as part of thie response to this request here: FOI 3368661 Survey Responses REDACTED
Do YOU think the council has considered the results? Here are just a few screenshots of the document:
“A follow-up request was submitted as a result.. It reads:
Dear Croydon Council,
Thank you but you have provided the data with the free text sections in a raw unanalysed form. I was seeking the full analysis of all the data that informed the report. Everyone contributing to the consultation would expect that the information they provided would have been analysed and considered.
Please can you confirm whether what you have provided to me is the full extent of the analysis of the data or whether the free text sections were categorised, analyzed and totalled? If this analysis has been done, please would you provide this?
The report on the analysed data, if it exists, should be easy to supply as we are told it informed the recommendations. Elizabeth has also written to Robert Hunt to ask for a copy and suggest that this be uploaded on the libraries consultation page for all to see. There has been no reply to that request either.
It is looking more and more like the views of respondents were disregarded and that there was no analysis of the many comments made.
What do YOU think?