Effective road safety planning: what should be happeningWhat the vision should be
Merseyside road safety failures
Merseyside / national road safety failures
Merseyside road safety concernsSo-Mo project on pedestrian casualties
Merseyside road safety improvements
Taking action on poor road safety
What constitutes proper consultationIn proper consultation, the decision-makers recognise that they are fallible, and so explain what they have done and what they are planning to do in enough detail for people to check that there are no errors and that no improvements are possible.
Legal requirementsThere are legal requirements for proper consultation from the Court of Appeal   known as the Gunning principles. The nature of consultation was defined by the judgement of Lord Woolf , setting out four essential features:
108. It is common ground that, whether or not consultation of interested parties and the public is a legal requirement, if it is embarked upon it must be carried out properly. To be proper,
UK Government guidanceThe UK Government has also issued guidance on consultation that Government departments and other public bodies should follow .
Other sourcesClive Sheldon QC has provided a detailed account of the law .
References Lord Woolf MR in R. v. North and East Devon Health Authority, ex parte Coughlan (1999) EWCA Civ 1871 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/1999/1871.html
 The keys to consultation (2011) http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7887%3Athe-keys-to-consultation&catid=59%3Agovernance-a-risk-articles&Itemid=27
 Consultation Principles: Guidance (last updated 2013) UK Cabinet Office https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consultation-principles-guidance, or from here
 Consultation and Legitimate Expectations (2012) Clive Sheldon QC http://www.adminlaw.org.uk/docs/18%20January%202012%20Sheldon.pdf
Last updated: 12 Jun 2018