Penarth Town Council officers reported that the “Your Future Your Say” public consultation qenstionnaire is likely to elicit only 200 responses out of a town population of 25,000

It’s been revealed that the Labour-run Penarth Town Council’s much-vaunted “Your Future, Your Say” public consultation is likely to elicit a total of only 200 responses – if that.

The ambitious “Your Future, Your Say” public consultation questionnaire was issued on July 3rd 2018 with the strap-line “A Vision for Penarth”  – but seems to have evoked very little response, or indeed interest, from local residents .

The “Your Future,Your Say” public consultation was discussed in this week’s meeting of Penarth Town Council’s “Community Engagement Committee”

This week’s meeting of Penarth Town Council’s community engagement committee was told that Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines)  and Cllr Kathryn McCaffer (Conservative Plymouth Ward) had distributed consultation questionnaires around several shops in the town and that Cllr Murphy had interviewed people out on the street who had responded positively.

However councillors were also informed that it had been hard to persuade people to attend “coffee mornings” about the “Your Future, Your Say” consultation – but officers were now attenpting to get consultation questionnaire  forms  distributed within “networks” in Penarth [ i.e. organisations like lunch-clubs, societies, voluntary groups, Brownies, Scouts and Guides”] and a “large meeting” had been held with “Cytun” –  the council of churches in Penarth.

Council officers  had also tried to persuade local doctors’ surgeries to stock “Your Future, Your Say” consultation questionnaire forms in their waiting rooms – but had found that doctors were “not keen”.

Officers also told councillors attending the committee meeting that it  was always difficult with consultations because “people like to complain about particular things”.

Committee members were told that “In terms of actual returned responses we don’t go over 200 I don’t think,  but in terms of the engagement you can build on that it will be a wider reach”

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said 200 responses was very much better level of response than that which had been  garnered for the council’s “Town Place Plan”.

[ PDN Note- The ill-fated Penarth “Town Place Plan” was  an unsuccessful public consultation launched by Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)  as Leader of the Council in 2013. It was a costly initiative involving consultants specially hired-in from Bristol which ran into the sand and came to nothing.]

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

Possibly stung by Cllr Turner’s unfavourable comparison, Cllr Cuddy swiftly defended his abortive  “Town Place Plan” .

He said the “Town Place Plan”  had actually received what he described as “widespread engagement with the organisations” .

Cllr Turner however rubbed salt in the wound by saying that only about 100 people had attended Cllr Cuddy’s “Town Place Plan”  public meeting [held in the Paget Rooms in 2013].  Therefore – considering Penarth’s population was around 25,000 people –   200 responses to the current “Your Say, Your Future” consultation was an improvement on that.

The public consultation/ survey called “Your Future Your Say was originally reported by PDN on June 7th 2018 on

The on-line consultation itself is on the Penarth Town Council website on

The Your Future Your Say consultation will close on October 3rd 2018.




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  1. FlowerPower says:

    Penarth Town Council has become increasingly irrelevant. Please abolish and divert the funding into local care and support services under threat from budget cuts

  2. Ian Norton says:

    I completed the survey, but nowhere in it did I find any instruction as to what I should then do with it afterwards, so I ended up posting it by hand through the West House main post box (assume they found it?) I doubt many others would have done this.

  3. RetailGuru says:

    Well, part of the reason for such low responses may be that if you try and complete the online survey it crashes with the error ‘bad gateway’. Maybe it didn’t like my opinions!

  4. OB says:

    Have they never heard of social media?

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    I really really really would like to know what these clowns or on ? they are rubbish as Councillors . the Council is rubbish at its relations with the public , and even more important rubbish at priorities and getting jobs that needed doing done. And yet despite all their failing they are surprised at the lack of responses to a survey and yet they fail to see the connection. My dear Sirs/Ladies if the penny hasn’t dropped yet (and clearly it hasn’t) the low response is because people are disenchanted and disillusioned with a Council that is crap at his priorities , crap at its PR attempts it inspires nothing , it encourages nothing , it quite often lives in a some sort La la land as we saw when that silly women some weeks ago went on about Brexit when the Council is not involved in that fiasco. So don’t be surprised when you people get little feedback , what are you doing about the Hinkley dumping on your doorstep ? exactly nothing. I’m sure im not alone if I say id get better response from a wet sock than this sorry bunch of people.

    • Peter Church says:

      I don’t think the Penarth Town Council’s remit extends to the dumping of mud off the coast!
      What exactly would you have them do about it, we would all love to know 🙂

      • bobby says:

        A sensible balanced opinion would be good, on something happening on our doorstep.
        which may or may not have significant effects on our immediate enviroment.

      • Gareth says:

        We expect the council to publicly speak out against the dumping and direct the people of Penarth as to how best to protest as a collective force for good. That’s nppot much to ask Peter Church.

      • Martin Gossage says:

        Surely some form of protest/ , position statement would be in order .indeed so should the v og

      • JM says:

        Asked to see an impact assessment of the eff ct of the mud dumping on the environment, local economy and tourism?

    • Jack Cohen says:

      “what are you doing about the Hinkley dumping on your doorstep”
      Perhaps this is why the Town Council has installed CCTV

  6. Dizzydeb says:

    We were asked for our say on St Pauls Church, we gave it and it was ignored!
    They supported things like the hideous Twinkling weather station and have ignored the biggest threat yet, the mud currently being dumped off our coastline! Sorry but I have to agree with the above comments.

  7. Martin Gossage says:

    1i was told the cut off was
    October 22nd

  8. Martin Gossage says:

    How can one say there are positive responses at this stage. What if 300 people now reply saying its all rubbish. Not over till is over .anyway the tick boxes are so broad someone somewhere is going to vote for something

  9. Andrew Worsley says:

    Yes probably a ‘wet sock’ Martin Gossage in response to your ‘someone will vote for something’ .

  10. Peter Church says:

    Far too many layers of Government, at least with Brexit, the EU layer will be gone by next March.
    Perhaps the next could be the Town council, followed closely by the Assembly talking shop..

  11. JPow says:

    The town council is so remote from the town, it’s inhabitants, their lives and it’s businesses you could almost cry for it. Then, in a sorry bid to grub up more funds for parties for Volvo yacht races it stabs local businesses in the back!

    In the last year it has run or tried to run 3 Picnic Penarths, it has managed to lose thentoen pantomime to Diana Powys, it abandoned the late night Xmas shop and even the window dressing competition … but did find £6k for a big VIP tent !

    Would like to know which shops the questionnaires were left in, since I can’t rememmber when I last saw a local representative of any sort in a local shop (with the honourable exceptions of our former AM and Cllr Gray, to be fair),

  12. Alan Peters says:

    Shop Penarth members could have been used to promote this activity. Maybe the link to the Greens was an issue?

  13. Jackmac says:

    I’ve found it and done now.

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