Okay … on the basis of what I see and hear, I am led to believe that many people who oppose the Unitary Plan don’t understand it very well. The email which forms the subject of the post being an example; others have been personally noted by people in this discussion.
Identifying and opposing flawed elements in the plan is a laudable part of the democratic process. Outright opposition to the idea of a plan at all is nutty, especially when it’s accompanied by the voicing of weird ideas about population control.
I've had a different experience (online and meetings). Lots of people have valid reasons to oppose aspects of the DUP (I'm not talking about opposition to having a plan) but there seems to be a general opinion amongst supporters that if you oppose something in the plan you don't know what you're talking about - something I've observed. The plan is a work in progress and it's not helpful to put barriers up to people voicing their opinion. Whether supporting or opposing the draft plan, everyone is entitled to their opinion, even when they are wrong.
But I’m really not sure that can be said about the “majority” of the opposition at the moment.
Thanks Russel, you just proved my point about opponents being labelled as mis-informed.
Correct SteveL. There seems to be a trend of labeling all opposition as mis-informed. The majority of opposition is sound and is valuable to the council in their review process, just like the feedback for support. The whole point of the consultation process is for council to see what people think. If people submit objections on the basis of mis-information the council should be able to pick up on this and treat it accordingly.
When communication isn't clear mis-information has an opportunity to prevail. The council should have taken more steps to make this complex document easier to understand.
I'm also curious why people who oppose the DUP are labelled as being mis-informed by those who support the DUP. It's quite condescending.