We know you’ve all been asking for any help and advice we can give on responding to the 2020 LTC Design Refinement Consultation, so here’s a step by step!
We apologise that it has taken this long to get this published, we have found this consultation very difficult due to COVID-19 restrictions meaning we have not been able to get info and answers at consulation events as we usually would. Plus we have found much of the ‘information’ in the consultation materials just leads to more questions rather than providing info and answers.
We don’t want to delay on publishing the ‘step by step’ any longer, so we will publish any additional updates for anything else we are able to find out before the end of consultation in a special list which you can view here for quick and easy access – STEP BY STEP UPDATES
Please do keep an eye on that page for any new info, as you may wish to consider it when responding yourself. You may wish to start preparing your response in a Word doc or similar, allowing you time to add bits as you go along, and then copy and paste your own comments into the response form, or send it as a letter/email when you are happy you have considered everything you wish to comment on. Remember you can send additional responses, if there’s anything you think of after submitting your response!
While we hope this step by step will help you through responding to consultation, and would really encourage and appreciate as many of you taking part as possible, if nothing else please complete the final parts – Other Comments, and The Consultation, either by using the form or emailing or writing as outlined below and comment on why you are finding it so hard to respond to the consultation. Obviously a full response is ideal, but if it really is too difficult at least tell HE that it is too hard and why please!
Your comments in your words please!
Please do help us out when you respond to the consultation and do NOT copy and paste anything from our website and social media posts, please put your own comments in your own words. The reason we ask you to please do this is because back in 2016 there were some template letters created to help those that were asking for assistance with responding to the consultation. Highways England lumped together 13,000 of these responses and counted them as one campaign response. They have done it before and they will do it again, so we need to be sure not to give them that opportunity. Imagine if all 13,000 of those responses back in 2016 had been considered 13,000 individual responses. That would have been an extra 12,999 responses opposing the LTC back then. But we can’t go back we can only go forward so let’s make sure every response counts by everyone ensuring their response is in their own words so it will be counted as an individual response!
How to respond
If you choose to respond using the official consultation response form please bear in mind that HE have designed the form to get the answers/feedback they want, you can also give them the info/feedback of what you want to give them too! Use the comments boxes on each question. If you need more space, add paper or doc, simply quoting which question you are answering.
Remember the consultation form is not the only way to respond to the Supplementary Consultation! You can respond in any of the following ways:
- You can use the online response form – https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/design-consultation/consultation/
- If you have a paper copy of the response form, or just wish to send comments, or a letter in response to the consultation you can do so by sending it to FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION this is the only text needed on the envelope and no stamp is required.
Postal responses will be accepted as long as they are postmarked no later than the 13th of August 2020.
- You can email your comments, letter, response to LTC.CONSULTATION@TRAVERSE.LTD.
- You can phone 0300 123 500 and book an appointment to have someone take down your consultation response over the phone. This is the first time HE/LTC have offered this option, and it is a result of the restrictions in place relating to the COVID-19 pandemic so we are not familiar with exactly how well this option may or may not be.
Please do only use one of the official channels above to respond. HE will not guarantee that responses to any other address or email will be included in their analysis.
Remember we have until 23:59 on Weds 12th August 2020.
Who can take part?
Remember anyone can respond to the consultation.
- You don’t have to live locally to the impacted area of LTC. HE will not be actively promoting the consultation and info about the changes other than in the areas most directly affected by the changes, but anyone from literally anywhere can still take part if they wish!
- Children can take part with parent/guardians permission. If they prefer to draw their response an adult can give a brief interpretation if needs be to help analysis!
- It is not limited to one per household, everyone can take part.
- Businesses, school, forums, clubs, organisations etc and take part as well as individuals.
- You can take part anonymously if you wish
- You can send more than one response, if you have already responded and now have more to say then please respond again!
What can I do about any issues I’ve had in taking part or understanding the Design Consultation and the materials/documents?
Tell them about any issues you have encountered during consultation in your response.
HE have a legal obligation to consult us adequately using clear and informative materials. They will not want the Planning Inspectorate hearing from people who feel they did not have adequate consultation in the run up to the Development Consent Order application being submitted and the Examination. Now is our chance to give our opinions and provide any evidence of the lack of adequate consultation. If enough of us comment and provide lots of info about the inadequacies HE may choose or even be forced to have to re-run the consultation again in an adequate manner.
Please do also send details of any inadequacies of consultation to your local authority if you are in Thurrock (LTCAdmin@thurrock.gov.uk), Gravesham (firstname.lastname@example.org), Havering (we are trying to obtain an appropriate email address), as impacted local authorities should report back to the Planning Inspectorate about the adequacy of consultation during the DCO stage. Feel free to copy us in on any emails to your local authority if you wish – email@example.com
To be clear it won’t actually stop the LTC, but if the consultation is re-run adequately and with clear and informative materials it will allow everyone to be able to fully understand exactly what we are being consulted on, so that we can all have our chance to have our say based on fact.
Where to begin
This ‘step by step’ will guide you through responding to the consultation and things you may like to consider when responding. We will go literally ‘step by step’ following each section of the official response form from start to finish. If you prefer to send you own comments/email/letter rather than using the response form you may also find it helpful and interesting to read through to see the kind of things we suggest you may wish to consider when responding.
We hope this ‘step by step’ is helpful, please remember to use your own words, and that this is not a definitive guide there may be other things that you wish to comment about that we haven’t covered.
Step by step
Click through in order, or to whichever part you wish to view.
The other sections – Indentification questions and Equality and Diversity are not compulsory, fill in what you wish if you wish!
STEP BY STEP UPDATES
You may wish to double check our Step by Step Updates page just in case we’ve added anything you may wish to consider in your own response before submitting it!
Remember to ensure you use one of the official channels to submit your Lower Thames Crossing Design Refinement Consultation response by 23:59 on Wednesday 12th August 2020.