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Your comments – our policy
We want to keep discussion as open as possible and will not attempt to exclude critical opinions if they are constructive. However, to protect the council from abuse, ideas and comments must satisfy some basic conditions.

Commercial companies are welcome to participate but not for the purpose of direct marketing.

Submission guidelines
Our policy is underpinned by Part IV – Section 27 of the 1998 Local Government Act (see Annex 1 below)

Please also ensure that your ideas and comments:

  • are respectful of others – comments should not be malicious or offensive in nature, and should not constitute a personal attack on a person’s character.
  • don’t incite hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality or other personal characteristic.
  • don’t reveal personal details, such as private addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details.
  • don’t break the law – this includes libel, condoning illegal activity, and breaking copyright.
  • are reasonably concise, and don’t constitute spamming of the site.
  • are in English – unfortunately, we do not currently have the resource to moderate comments in other languages.
  • are relevant – please don’t post messages unrelated to this channel or the subject under discussion.

We reserve the right to delete ideas and comments that breach our guidelines and to suspend the ability to comment at any time.

Annex 1

Local Government Act 1988

1988 c. 9 – Part IV – Miscellaneous – Section 27

27 Local authority publicity

(1) In section 2 of the Local Government Act 1986 (prohibition of political publicity by local authorities), for subsection (2) (matters to be considered in determining whether material prohibited) there shall be substituted—

(2) In determining whether material falls within the prohibition regard shall be had to the content and style of the material, the time and other circumstances of publication and the likely effect on those to whom it is directed and, in particular, to the following matters:

(a) whether the material refers to a political party or to persons identified with a political party or promotes or opposes a point of view on a question of political controversy which is identifiable as the view of one political party and not of another;

(b) where the material is part of a campaign, the effect which the campaign appears to be designed to achieve.