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Follow-up letters to councillors after poor response 11/09/18

NewsPosted by NCFG Info Wed, September 12, 2018 22:24:11
To WBC:

Subject: What’s the fuss about - Newbury doesn’t need a football ground – does it?

Following the email / letter that I sent to you individually last week I am disappointed to advise you that out of the 52 invitations sent out I have so far received only 8 replies. 2 Councillors have accepted and 6 have declined.

I am aware that there is a briefing at West Berks Council regarding the local lottery that starts at 5.30pm and this may be a reason why you feel that you cannot attend, but this does not explain why 44 Councillors have not responded (so far) at all to the invitation that I sent out a week ago now. It maybe that I will receive a lot more responses over the next few days but as stated in my email below this is a really important local issue that deserves and demands time for a detailed discussion.

In order to help with your diary management can I suggest that we bring forward the “Councillors pre -public consultation discussion” from 5.00pm to 4.45pm this Thursday as it would allow you time to attend this discussion (for 30 minutes) and also allow you to get to the 5.30pm local lottery session, which is a 5 minute walk away?

Due to the strength of public opinion we are genuinely surprised that it would appear that our Councillors do not seem interested in attending a meeting to discuss the key points and to listen to the evidence that makes this such a crucial and important local issue. The importance of this local issue is illustrated by the fact that within only a week over 1500 (1200 online and 300 paper) have signed our petition supporting the NCFG planning application. Details of this petition can be found on our website: http://www.ncfg.uk/ please take a look.

I look forward to your reply.

Paul Morgan

On behalf of Newbury Community Football Group (NCFG)



To NTC:

Subject: What’s the fuss about - Newbury doesn’t need a football ground – does it?

Following the email / letter that I sent to you individually last week I am disappointed to advise you that out of the 14 invitations that I sent to Newbury Town Councillors (who are not West Berkshire Councillors) I have so far received only 2 replies. 1 Councillor has accepted and 1 has declined.

I am aware that there is a briefing at West Berks Council regarding the local lottery that starts at 5.30pm and this may be a reason why you feel that you cannot attend, but this does not explain why 12 Councillors have not responded (so far) at all to the invitation that I sent out a week ago now. It maybe that I will receive a more responses over the next few days but as stated in my email below this is a really important local issue that deserves and demands time for a detailed discussion.

In order to help with your diary management can I suggest that we bring forward the “Councillors pre -public consultation discussion” from 5.00pm to 4.45pm this Thursday as it would allow you time to attend this discussion (for 30 minutes) and also allow you to get to the 5.30pm local lottery session, which is a 5 minute walk away?

Due to the strength of public opinion we are genuinely surprised that it would appear that our Councillors do not seem interested in attending a meeting to discuss the key points and to listen to the evidence that makes this such a crucial and important local issue. The importance of this local issue is illustrated by the fact that within only a week over 1500 (1200 online and 300 paper) have signed our petition supporting the NCFG planning application. Details of this petition can be found on our website: http://www.ncfg.uk/ please take a look.

I look forward to your reply.

Paul Morgan

On behalf of Newbury Community Football Group (NCFG)