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- Last year the SAC Partnership held an online public consultation from 21st October – 29th November 2019 on the plans for car parking and site user infrastructure.
- Prior to the start of the consultation, a Q&A workshop was held at Cannock Chase Forest Centre on 26th September where the documents were presented.
- The consultation was advertised by the six local councils in the Partnership through their updates and social media. A press release was sent out to local media and a briefing note was created for council members. The consultation featured in The Express and Star newspaper on 24th October and other online media asking people to participate. E-mail circulars advertising the consultation were also sent to Parish councils and local interest groups who also advertised it on social media. Flyers and posters were put up around visitor centres. The consultation also featured on popular public groups and pages for Cannock Chase on Facebook.
- The consultation was split into 9 sections. People could choose to comment on all topics, or only those that interested them.
- 8169 visits were made to the consultation website. 6066 were unique views – meaning 6066 individual IP accounts visited the website. 408 responses were submitted which represented 130 individuals. The majority (88%) of respondents were individual site users. The majority of respondents were based local to Cannock Chase; Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley, Milford, Stafford.
- Website analytics were monitored. On the 14th November, 914 visits were made to the website but only 7 individual respondents felt strongly enough to respond. The times spent on web pages were monitored and indicated that people were spending considerable time to read/download the information.
- This consultation does not represent the only and final chance for the public to provide input. As specific projects move forward to be implemented, separate consultations will be held where there are options to be further considered to include public engagement.