Earlier in the year Broadland News advertised the Rackheath Fun Day on 22nd August and added a link to their website for further details - however no further details ever emerged on the page:
The Fun Day itself DID go ahead and was enjoyed by crowds of people. Broadland District Council chose this event to launch their consultation on the Rackheath Exemplar Project Brief which they say you can download from their website (www.broadland.gov.uk) - after a bit of searching it can be found here.
The launch was accompanied by an 18 page booklet explaining what the Exemplar is about and a 38 page questionnaire exhorting you to "have your say" and "please take some of your time to complete".
The questionnaire itself is badly designed and amateurish. If BDC used an agency they should be sacked - if it was done in house then someone needs to go on a training course. If it did actually go through an editing process then quite a few typos were missed - the favourite being on p27 - 'parages' or is this a new word coined by BDC to fit into their suggested Rackheath Code of Sustainability?
The method of trying to force responses to questions by not including a 'don't know' or 'not applicable' option is not generally recommended even if it means some people might take the 'easy option' - it is better to allow people the option to make a response that actually represents their views. It is also not good practice to ask respondents questions about other people's views eg "what features would you or members of your household like to see included". We could go on.....
The worst part of the questionnaire was to put the questions on overall support for the Exemplar Project right at the back of the questionnaire booklet - some people might have given up before they got there! This question should have been at the beginning and why does only this set of questions include the options of 'don't know' and 'I have no strong opinion' in its changed list of possible responses? It wasn't clever to change over the order of positive and negative responses either - surely they weren't expecting to catch people out by doing so? Were they?
If BDC were serious about this questionnaire it would have been carried out by an independent agency and would have asked whether the respondent lived in the Broadland area and more specifically Rackheath, Salhouse and the other parishes affected by BDC's plans - aren't BDC supposed to be asking the local community for their views not just anyone who attends a Fun Day.