Letter to NWN
Sent: 17 September 2018 11:38
Subject: Great support from the public, shame about our Councillors
Great support from the public, shame about our Councillors
Newbury Community Football Group (NCFG) held a very successful public consultation last Thursday 13th September at the Document House regarding their recently submitted planning application for a state of the art 3G pitch and new clubhouse facilities at Faraday Road as over 100 people attended over the two sessions. The interest shown by general public reflects the increasing public awareness and support for NCFG’s campaign to save and develop Newbury’s football ground. The current NCFG petition, launched only 10 days has already received support from 1800 people.
This is in stark contrast to the interest shown by our local Councillors.
NCFG sent letters and emails to all 52 West Berkshire Councillors and 14 Newbury Town Councillors (66 in total) inviting them to “Councillors pre -public consultation discussion”. The invitation stated that “Rightly or wrongly we feel that the Councillors of West Berkshire Council and Newbury Town Council are not fully aware of why a significant number of the local electorate and their young families, think that it is really important to preserve and enhance a community football ground in Newbury. As such we would like the opportunity to arrange a meeting with you to discuss the key points and to share with you with the evidence that makes this such a crucial and important local issue. We sense that the Council’s current position is entrenched in as much as a “vision” floated a number of years ago could mean that the town’s only football ground will be sacrificed to build 80 or so more flats near the town centre. ”
Only 5 Councillors accepted the invitation and 21 declined. However even more worrying for local democracy and despite being sent a reminder 40 Councillors totally ignored the invitation. Despite this really disappointing response from the Councillors NCFG will try again to arrange another session for Councillors to ensure that more than 5 of them will have the chance to understand why this is such an important issue.
Newbury Community Football Group (NCFG)