Because one councillor said, in clear terms, that they don't believe there is any real objection or resistance to the plan because they don't hear about it at their surgeries.
If we are serious about correcting this perspective then we need to start by attending a meeting.
We need to be very blunt with the councillors on the point that THEY are hiding behind a statement that goes "this, of course, is a planning matter and there is a consultation process and there will be another consultation process and people can participate".
Our point is that this needs to be seen as a POLITICAL ISSUE and emphatically NOT just a Planning Matter.
The Councillors are making no effort to engage with you (as evidenced by their behaviour around the CPRE Meeting on 24th January) on what is a complex matter which will affect you and your families.
They are hiding behind a Planning Process which is complex, little understood, intimidating and not supported by the council in a way which enables residents to prepare and present their objections within the "rules" attached to the consultation.
The Draft Plan is being presented by a heavily planning resourced council with qualified staff and expensive outside consultants to support them.
The Syngenta company is also paying large sums of money to Consultants and PR advisers/lobbyists in order to inflate the land value by getting this plan approved.
YOU are left with little time and no support for preparing your objections and then these councillors say "we only got a very small response against the draft plan and, indeed, less than we expected".
This is how Councillors force bad planning decisions through against the views and best interests of their constituents and then pay no personal political penalty at elections.
They try to escape personal accountability by saying things like "well this is a matter for the Council" making it quite anonymous and distant. Well it is actually a matter for COUNCILLORS and they must be held accountable for Council decisions because it is those councillors who make the decisions.
Look up the date of your next surgery and attend it.
Follow up confirming your objection in writing.
Times and locations of some upcoming BFC ward surgeries can be downloaded below
If you don't find what you want start here https://democratic.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0