The reality is that those who are opposed to the scheme will find a way to have their views represented anyway. ConsultOnline helps rectify this balance: because it is so easy to take part, those who don’t have a strong view but are generally in support are actually more likely to express their view.
ConsultOnline is also very effective in addressing misconceptions: in one example a local resident posted “I don’t know what it is and I don’t’ want it in my back yard”, but when the proposal was explained to him in response he immediately registered his support!
There’s no need to worry about national pressure groups getting involved – by requiring that local residents register with their address and postcode, we can ensure that only local people can have a say.
And there’s no danger of spam and inappropriate language on ConsultOnline website as our technology is able to filter out such comments.