The Brockley Vote - don't forget to make your voice heard

The unofficial poll about how this year's £10,000 localities fund should be allocated has generated unprecedented interest in terms of number of votes cast, number of comments made and number of unique visitors reading the site in the last few days. That can only be a good thing for an initiative which is designed to encourage greater participation in local democracy in Brockley.

However, please keep the debate focused on the merits or flaws in the proposals, rather than personal abuse or allegations of skullduggery. It's perfectly legitimate for certain projects to try and mobilise their supporters to vote - that's campaigning, not conspiracy. It's also not fair to say that this site is biased towards the street trees on the basis that it is a "Brockley Cross Action Group project". It was not proposed by the BXAG, it was proposed by an individual resident from the north of the ward, who thought it would be a good way of improving the look and feel of the local area. And there is no reason why the trees could not be used to improve main streets in the north of the borough, they need not be confined to places like Brockley Road. There is no need for tribalism.

We have expressed a personal preference for the idea of street trees on the basis that we believe that it would be the most effective use of the money, but we encourage everybody to vote for their own personal favourite. This site tries to reflect life in all areas of the ward (and beyond) and the readership is diverse.

Finally, we would just like to reiterate that this is an unofficial poll, that merely forms part of the overall consultancy process by Brockley's councillors. The final decision will be taken by them, on the basis of a wide range of feedback and the poll only represents one part of that process. We urge anyone who passionately believes in one of the projects to attend the meeting tomorrow night:

Tuesday, 27th November, 8pm
George Lewis Room
St John’s Church
Lewisham Way

The cut-off point to register your vote on this site is 5pm tomorrow.


Dean Walton said...

Dear Nick, Jon & Brockley Residents,

On behalf the three Ward Councillors, I wanted to say a few words to thank Nick & Jon for organising the poll and to the residents for participating in the allocation of this year's Localities Fund.

Over a week ago I approached Nick to ask if he would be able to help the Localities Fund by hosting an online poll on the various projects that had been submitted to help inform the public meeting held on Tuesday 27 November.

Many of the 'regulars' will realise that this experiment has not been without controversy - but in the words of a true politician 'lessons will be learnt'!

However, I'm not sure if it's been reported elsewhere on this blog but the online poll has to be put into context - over the days the poll was in operation there were 1700 hits on the site, of these 1200 were unique. Nick estimates that of these about 20% very obviously not from Brockley residents - which means that through this blog there is every chance that 1000 people in Brockley Ward may have learnt about this year's fund - or about 1 in 10 people who can vote in Brockley Ward - to my mind a phenomenal success in its own right.

Added to this, the actual poll shows that 244 voted for the projects. As we had anticipated a small number of projects (well two to be precise) rose above the rest - giving a clear indication for the meeting on Tuesday which projects were popular.

Finally, if we as the Brockley Councillors can encourage and remain part of a proper public conversation conducted on this scale on issues of local concern when the 'Neighbourhood Assembly' is launched next year, then that will be a fantastic start. More on this next year.

All the best


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