LET­TER

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pa­per as say­ing ‘‘We are go­ing to re­de­velop Cham­ber­lain Park’’ one won­ders about the re­al­ity of this process, par­tic­u­larly as the web­site in­cludes a ‘‘None of the above’’ op­tion.

From the ‘‘Con­sul­ta­tion Phase 1’’ num­bers shown, it ap­pears that 59 per cent of 1365 re­spon­dents re­quested ‘‘Walk­ing’’ as an op­tion. In fact it is 59 per cent of the1020 who re­sponded to the ques­tion ‘‘Se­lect the three ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties that you would like to do at Cham­ber­lain Park’’. The same ap­plies for each per­cent­age given - it is the per­cent­age of the votes for a num­ber of in­di­vid­ual ques­tions.

The most no­table omis­sion is the 55 per cent of re­spon­dents who voted for ‘‘Other’’ in an­swer to the flawed ques­tion ‘‘Se­lect the three sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties you would most like to do at Cham­ber­lain Park’’ with the write-in re­sponses on the sur­vey clearly favour­ing golf, which should have been in­cluded as an op­tion. High per­cent­ages are also shown for the Chi­nese gar­den and for an 18-hole golf course, this lat­ter op­tion only hav­ing been in­tro­duced part­way through the sur­vey pe­riod. Each of the golf sce­nar­ios con­tains an er­ror in the to­tal par of the course and this makes one won­der how much rigour has been ap­plied to the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments.

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