I share your view that progress on the LCC website has been much slower than one would wish. The website has some excellent functionality - a web novice like me can produce good-looking news articles (link) that invite others to comment underneath and start a discussion. It's a shame that there a few areas of weakness that are letting the LCC website down, because I think it's an important tool for 'activating' more members to get involved in local campaigning.
There's also a chicken-and-egg situation in which the discussion forum has few users because the functionality isn't great, and LCC HQ are perhaps reluctant to invest time and money to improve the functionality because it has few users.
I can understand that LCC HQ staff have many competing priorities, and I think the best way to make the the website a priority for this year is to pass a motion at the AGM - if you agree, please come along and vote for Motion 6.