The developers for the Sir John Moore Barracks are ‘gathering ideas’ and have issued a typical nonsense community consultation (Chronicle, November 16). 

While I won’t go into every question as they are all of the same type, when asked if you want to see ‘a sustainable place to live’, a ‘distinctive place’, or a ‘walkable’ place with ‘attractive routes’ , you are given a yes-or-no response. 

So, who is likely to say they want an unsustainable, identikit place, dominated by traffic and unattractive routes? 

And if they do, are they likely to be taken seriously? No doubt, in due course, we will all be told that the ‘community’ have been consulted and they all agree with what they’re planning to do. When in fact, the survey is completely meaningless. When will these confidence tricks masquerading as consultation be called out for what they are?

Professor Robert Adam, 

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