Re: Sustainable Drainage Systems - National Standards
Attached is another response from Yorkshire and Humber Learning and Action Alliance (YHLAA) and their emails below. Many thanks to Roger Nowell at Sheffield CC for his input.
Kind regards, Michelle
Find attached response from the YHLAA
From: Mark Young
Sent: 01 February 2012 12:21
Subject: RE: SUDS consultation - first stab at a YHLAA response
hope you are all still having fun with your consultation responses.
Having received a number of responses, to my previous draft, I have distilled these down into a 'version 2' which attempts to incorporate as many as I could.
Where clear differences of opinion emerged I have tried to reflect this in the revised text (for example on the question of the timing of implementation).
In order to present a response that is not too lengthy, and to avoid our key points being lost amongst very technical points, I may not have incorporated every point that was raised.
Please continue to point these out and make the case for inclusion in a final submission. The debate we have had is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the consultation process since,regrettably, history would suggest that influencing DEFRAs decisions is generally NOT one of the things we can expect to get from our efforts!
From: Mark Young
Sent: 17 January 2012 16:59
Subject: SUDS consultation - first stab at a YHLAA response
Please find attached my first attempt at distilling the fantastic discussion and debate we held last week. Many thanks to Steph, Howard and Peter for capturing notes form the breakout sessions, which I have used to develop the answers to the formal DEFRA questions.
I am conscious that, in pulling this together, my own perspective on certain aspects may now shine through more than it should in a collective output! (or in fusing the different bits together it might now not be entirely coherent)
So I would really welcome any suggested amendments/corrections/ommissions/retractions/additions/alternative perspectives that people feel strongly about.
Please also copy in the other contributors with your comments, so that we can debate any contentious points collectively (I know this may cause your inbox to fill up even more than usual, but I think that this issue merits the intrusion).
One question we didn't address during the workshop is whether we wish to put forward a representative onto DEFRA's working group. Any volunteers?!
Many thanks for all your input - as ever I learned a great deal and feel much more confident in the responses to the consultation that I will put forward to my elected members.
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