Published 10:37 - 26/04/2017 Updated 14:02 - 30/09/2020
Below you can read about how we are using the results from consultations to help inform decisions.
Below you can read about how we are using the results from consultations to help inform decisions.
We asked residents to give us their views on the effectiveness of the election and electoral registration services – especially those based upon personal experience, so that the independent reviewer, former Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Sunderland City Council, Dr Dave Smith,could use these to inform his findings and contribute to the recommendations that he made.
Overall we received 38 responses covering a wide range of topics related to voting and registering to vote in Barnet. This included feedback on personal experiences of registering to vote and of voting in polling stations, by post and by proxy. Respondents also gave us information about how easily they were able to access the necessary materials for registering and voting and the effectiveness of the communication channels used by Barnet’s Electoral Services.
All of the responses received in the consultation were provided to the independent reviewer. He used the responses, along with all of the other information that he collated and reviewed and the evidence gathered by conducting interviews with staff, councillors, Barnet MPs and Barnet and Camden’s GLA Assembly Member. He used all the feedback to produce his findings and recommendations in a report that went to the Council’s General Functions Committee on 9 November 2016. All of the recommendations from the independent review were accepted at the committee meeting. Council staff are now actively working on implementing these recommendations. You can read the report of the independent review and the council’s initial responses here.
We asked for your views on the EY SENIF document which describes how early years settings, who provide the free entitlement for early years provision for children living in Barnet, can access the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund for children with more complex educational needs.
We received 33 responses to the online consultation. Generally there was a very positive response in terms of the number of participants who agreed with the document. Of the 33 who responded generally the vast majority of participants agreed or tended to agree with various aspects of the document, in particular:
In addition, a number of suggestions were made in respect of various aspects of the document and were taken into account.
We reviewed all the responses helpfully submitted and made some amendments to the document including the need for the decision makers to provide reasons to the setting when refusing an application. In addition, we noted the importance of the applications, and thought it appropriate that we emphasise that the SEN Team should efficiently process such applications to ensure the young children are appropriately supported. You can read about the full results here. The revised EY SENIF document is available here.
For more information about this consultation please click here.
We asked for your views on Christ’s College Finchley changing their admission arrangements with a view to becoming a co-educational school.
We received 627 responses to our online consultation. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, with 91% of respondents tending to agree or strongly agreeing with the proposal. 93% of respondents thought that the change would improve both boys’ and girls’ educational and social development.
The results of this consultation and the responses following a consultation event held at Christ’s College, were analysed by the governing body of Christ’s College, who decided to submit their Business Case to the Regional Schools Commissioner to become a Co-Educational School
The governing body are currently waiting for a response to this request from the Regional Schools Commissioner.
We asked for your views on the evidence we proposed to accept to support a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass application and the ways you can apply for a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass.
We considered 376 responses received from a mix of service users, residents of Barnet and statutory stakeholders and people who work with service users including:
73% of respondents (238 out of 376) advised they currently hold a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass.
Overall, 53% of the respondents agreed with the changes to the accepted criteria.
At the Policy and Resources meeting on 1 December 2016 it was agreed to adopt the new criteria for assessing eligibility for Disabled Persons Freedom Pass applicants.
In response to requests for GP letters to be accepted as evidence, this is adopted within the criteria where it is deemed appropriate by the Department for Transport. In some categories this cannot be accepted as evidence because of the risk of compromising the doctor/patient relationship.
Full details of the December committee report (item 12) can be found here.
We asked how you felt about the proposal to expand Childs Hill Primary School from one and a half to two forms of entry (45 children per year group to 60 children per year group), in order to meet demand for school places in the surrounding area. The proposal explained that the expansion would be gradual, with the first intake of 60 pupils beginning in Reception for September 2016.
The survey for the school’s expansion showed that four out of six respondents supported the proposal (of which three strongly supported the proposal). A further respondent neither supported nor opposed the proposal, and one respondent strongly opposed the proposal. Two respondents raised concerns around the impact of increased traffic on air quality and parking. The governing body considered the responses and was satisfied that these concerns could be managed, and proceeded to the representation stage, which involved publishing a statutory notice. One representation was received during the representation period from Camden Council, which had no further comments or any objections to the proposed expansion.
The governing body of the school and the council considered the responses to both the initial consultation and the representation period and is recommending the expansion of Childs Hill Primary School, to come into effect on 1 September 2016. The school is committed to sustainable transport initiatives, securing TfL’s bronze sustainable travel accreditation annually since 2011, and has applied for gold accreditation this year.
We asked parents with children aged four or under about their current and future use of childcare provision. We wanted to know this in order to better understand the future demand for the additional 15 hours of free childcare to be introduced in September 2017, for 3 and 4 year olds.
The consultation ran from the 22 February 2017 – 5 April 2017 with an online questionnaire (anonymous responses) being available during this period on the council’s Engage Barnet website available to all stakeholders. A document with information on the 30 hours of free childcare and eligibility criteria for parents to qualify for the additional 15 hours was available.
Overall we received 49 responses.
Of these, 78% had accessed some form of childcare in the past 6 months. The majority that answered questions on their current childcare answered that: their child attends a nursery school, playgroup or pre-school; they currently receive free childcare and their child(ren) attend for 8-14 or 15-20 hours a week; they pay for childcare from Monday to Friday, paying more than £161 a week and that it was easy for them to find a childcare provider at suitable times and dates.
Of the 7 parents that answered a question on if they plan to access formal (i.e. nursery) childcare in the next 18 months, 6 agreed they would.
Most parents said it was very likely that they would use the additional 15 hours of childcare if these were available now and most would access 11-15 hours of this a week. Most would switch to another provider to access this if their current provider couldn’t offer the additional hours, but would only use one provider for all their children.
Most respondents were currently in work and had a partner in work. Most agreed that the additional 15 hours of childcare would benefit them to increase their working hours and reduce the cost of childcare to their household.
The results of the consultation were presented to a 30 Hour Working Party on 19 April 2017 in order to plan future provision. This party included representatives from across the Early Years sector in Barnet, including nursery and daycare managers and reception teachers.
We asked residents for their views on the proposal to relocate the library in East Barnet to the proposed future leisure centre at the Victoria Recreation Ground in New Barnet. In particular, residents were asked:
In order to enable further understanding of individual responses, open ended questions were included inviting respondents to give their reasons in addition to questions establishing the respondents use of the current library in East Barnet. Key demographic questions were included at the end to help understand the views of different demographic groups.
Analysis of the questionnaire responses demonstrated that just under half of residents supported the opportunity whilst others, generally those who currently walked to the current library building, were less supportive of the proposal. Twenty three individuals agreed with the proposal to re-locate and re-provide the library and 26 preferred for the library to remain in its current location and building. Three did not know. Respondents who welcomed the proposal generally cited improved location for themselves or their families to make use of the library services, and the benefits to them and other residents of co-locating multiple services on one site. Respondents who preferred for the library to remain in its current location and building most commonly cited proximity of the current library building to their home as the reason.
The reaction of residents at the face-to-face drop-in sessions also varied although having had an opportunity to see the plans and talk to officers about the potential opportunities for co-locating services, many appreciated the advantages associated with the relocation and some were excited by the opportunity to undertake numerous activities at one venue in the future. More than half of comments made at the drop-in sessions were in favour of the proposal.
Following the 8 week consultation period a report was taken to the Policy and Resources Committee recommending the proposal to re-provide the Partnership library in East Barnet as part of the proposed new leisure facilities in the Victoria Recreation Ground, due to be completed in 2019. This recommendation took into consideration the outcome of the consultation and was made in view of the opportunity to provide modern, fit for purpose library facilities co-located with other leisure and café services (with increased footfall) together with the declining use of the current library in East Barnet and the age and condition of the current building. The Policy and Resources Committee approved the recommendation and subsequently the proposed leisure facility at the Victoria Recreation Ground was granted planning consent.
We asked for your views on the North Central London (NCL) – which represents Camden, Haringey, Islington, Barnet and Enfield – draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to NHS England.
One response was received which overall neither agreed or disagreed with the plan / proposals.
The respondent felt that the approach to prevention, social care, planned care and cancer were positive but raised the following concerns:
The consultation comments, alongside feedback from consultation from other NCL boroughs, has been fed into the NCL STP process and will be considered for the next iteration of the plan.
More information about the NCL STP, including further iterations of the plan, can be found here.
The Health and Wellbeing Board will continue to receive reports regarding the NCL STP plan and process; papers and minutes can be viewed here.
Feedback Updated 05 June 2017
We asked for your views on childhood obesity.
In total there were 160 survey responses from Barnet residents. The availability of cheap unhealthy food was the primary concern across all London boroughs including Barnet. Secondary concerns for respondents from Barnet were the quantity of fast food shops, food advertising, and the time and skills required for healthy food preparation. 65% of Barnet participants felt that the availability of cheap unhealthy food and drink was a main contributing factor to unhealthy lifestyles. Respondents from Barnet felt that a more effective intervention would target the availability of unhealthy food & drinks overall, rather than fast-food shops alone. Compared to healthy eating concerns, participants across London felt that there were already interventions in place to help children be physically active. Only 12% of Barnet respondents were unaware of opportunities in their area - an insignificant difference from the London average.
Information gathered from this debate and debates across other boroughs in London will provide a picture of Londoners' opinions on how to best shape interventions on tackling the childhood obesity epidemic. The views and ideas put forward will be used to inform the next stage of the debate with Healthy London Partnership which will work towards making tangible changes at a community and London-wide level. In addition the information gathered will help the Barnet Public Health team to develop a strategy to meet the obesity related needs of children and young people living in Barnet.
Feedback Updated 26 May 2017
We asked for your views on our Burnt Oak Town Centre Strategy.
The strategy identified numerous key proposals to meet the strategy aims. The majority of these proposals were public realm enhancements and building upgrades (shop front improvements), but also included potential development sites and highway improvements. The suggested improvements included works to the local Library, Church, introduction of a railway bridge mural, shop front improvements and a new modern kiosk shop outside the train station.
The feedback from our consultation highlighted two themes:
1) The urgency to start the works as soon as possible
2) What is the strategy if business/shop owners do not want to engage in the improvements?
We are happy to confirm that the on site works have already commenced and are due for completion this summer (2017).
We created the strategy and engaged with the shop owners in a way to get the best possible response. If shop owners do not want to engage in the improvements then we can not force them to do so. The shop owners are responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of their shops. However, we are hoping the increase in footfall (the number of shoppers entering a shop or shopping area) and improvements to other shops in the area and will encourage more retail owners to keep their front of shop clean and tidy.