Lambeth's rejection of our
You decide if they have been underhanded.
Lambeth Council's first criticism of our petition
was about our computer generated image accusing us of misrepresentation. They said;
The gateway project team had been aware of the petition
and had expressed concerns to the people collecting signatures that the display material
accompanying the petition did not accurately reflect the revised design proposals.
As a result those who signed the petition may have been influenced by an image and
information that misrepresented the actual design proposals.
independent report by
Clark Chapman Research, we have asked for this accusation of misrepresentation
(by Cllr Haselden) to be withdrawn. Cllr Haselden has not even
responded when this report was sent on the 24th February 2011.
In particular, an image of
the “bus wall” (as the petitioners called it) was misleading as the
scale of the buses shown was out of perspective, parked cars that
would not be there were included and one bus appeared to be parked
in a location not proposed as a bus stand.
Below is Lambeth's portrayal of the Bus Wall, mostly obscured
by trees. Surely this is misrepresentation?
Research Company's report
concluded that the Lambeth consultation material was biased and that
our visual was not.
Lambeth went on to say;
The Council is aware of people who signed the petition but also completed a feedback
form and rated the design as good/very good.
misses the point. Their feedback form related to "design" - it does
not relate to the concept. I am sure that some people did agree that
the design was "good / very good" but still signed our petition that
there should be bus stands on The Pavement.
Finally, Lambeth says;
The petition contains other anomalies.
There are examples of people signing it twice and a large number of signatories live far from
Clapham including Bethnal Green, Hampstead, Newport, Tunbridge
Wells, Buckinghamshire, Dorking, East Yorkshire and New Delhi.
Lambeth seems to have ignored the
fact that people working, but not living in Lambeth were also
eligible to sign the petition. It appears as though the Council you has gone
through it with a fine tooth comb in order to rubbish it.
Even allowing for a generous 10% error in signatories validity
(which were all collected in good faith) still gives us over 1000