Our hopes for getting some kind of detailed response on the letter that was sent to the Trust was not forthcoming at the Community Council meeting. After specifically being asked about it, we were informed that no further information from Broadlands had been forthcoming. Apparently this is still being chased but I am not personally holding my breath. It was also stated at the community council meeting that we (i.e. the people who are trying to get the information about the scheme) were under the impression that if the community did not invest in the scheme, it would go away and not be developed. I’ve two points to make about this:-
a) That is not the case. I make no bones about the fact that I and others were opposed to this in the first place, but I don’t flatter myself that anything I could say or do at this stage will affect matters.
b) If the scheme is to go ahead, however, I would like to see the community I am part of get the maximum benefit from it, and this in my opinion would be best served by keeping everyone informed, and ensuring that we don’t miss any of the deadlines which might cause the payout to the village to be reduced or cancelled out. Or if I may use a biblical reference, having sold your birthright for a mess of pottage, you would be best served by at least ensuring you actually get to eat the pottage in the end!