Have your say on proposals

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Have your say

This is the Church of England’s planning permission and provides for a twenty eight day consultation period during which members of the public can make representations to the Chancellor.

This public notice is being posted on Thursday November 3 and will remain up until Thursday December 1.

Full details of the proposals are on display in Church and during the consultation period they may be inspected from 10am to 2pm on Mondays to Saturdays and at other times by appointment.

The public notice explains how representations can be made.

We are grateful to the many bodies and individuals who have supported this project over the past six years including the Heritage Lottery Fund who have granted us over £450,000. As I have said before, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the interior of St Andrew’s enabling it to have a wider ministry both to our local community and to the many visitors drawn here by Epworth’s part in the history of Christianity.

The Reverend Ian R S Walker.

Congratulations to store

I REFER to the issue of the proposed Co-operative store in Haxey.

Today’s consumer wants, and expects, to be offered local stores which offer a pleasant shopping experience – well laid out, well stocked, clean, tidy and bright with good, friendly customer service. Any shop which makes its customers happy and offers goods at the right price has little to fear from competition.

We are not talking of a superstore which will attract hundreds of customers each day – anyone who has shopped at the Co-op in Misterton will know the car park is rarely full and I doubt there will be an influx of hoards of cars jamming the roads in Haxey.

The ongoing situation of car parking at the junction of Greenhill and High Street continues to be dangerous to both pedestrians and traffic, so I cannot see why a store offering off road parking facilities causes a problem – I would have thought the local residents would be pleased to keep the roads clear and safe.

Yes, lorries will have to make deliveries – in the same way as presumably tankers deliver to the existing garage.

There are other businesses in Haxey – the pubs, the deli, the hairdresser - who will probably be pleased if more people visit the village and maybe spend more time, and money, in their establishments.

In addition a new store will provide extra facilities for the those who need it most – the elderly and those without transport – these people deserve choice as much as those who are able to travel further afield to do their shopping.

I congratulate the owners of Low Street Stores for upping their game and publicly embracing the principle of competition. It is inevitable that times change, and sad that many people will always resist such changes for personal reasons without fully considering the potential advantages to others.

SBB

Westwoodside.

Hands starting to shake WELL it was only a matter of time before this economically illiterate government chose the last gasp roll of the dice. The grand infrastructure plan.

More money printing and borrowing, more of what got us into the mess to start with. An alcoholic’s breakfast party, more whisky on the cornflakes please our hands are starting to shake again.

Godfrey Bloom MEP

UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire

Clarifying position

AS FORMER clerk to Misterton Parish Council, I wish to clarify the position regarding Misterton Victoria Institute, in order to dispel any concerns that its plight may be the responsibility of the former administration, which left office in May, 2010.

By 2002 the village hall and Victoria Institute were redundant: the former little-used and outmoded; the latter abandoned by its trustees – internally derelict and windows smashed. We voluntarily boarded-up the Victoria Institute, for safety reasons. We began talks with the Charity Commission with a view to assuming trusteeship of both buildings, with rationalisation in mind - the Charity Commission warned of the financial dangers of trying to resuscitate failed public buildings. Officials of BCVS and NRCC advised sale of both buildings because of other local availability.

We became trustee in March, 2006 - after fighting off certain local opposition that delayed matters - and held a public meeting (trust deed requirement prior to a sale) in June, 2006. Our proposal to sell the village hall was approved. We were asked to see if the county council would purchase the Victoria Institute for use as a library (at market valuation). Lengthy negotiations followed, but by mid-2009 proved unsuccessful.

Councillor Ian Trossell was elected in mid-2009, partly on a platform of saving the Victoria Institute. Chairing a working group, he tried to find ways of bringing the Victoria Institute back into use, but without success.

So we decided the Victoria Institute should be sold, and a second public meeting followed in March, 2010. By then the Charity Commission had ruled that the only legal options were use as a village hall or sale on the open market. A majority of those present blocked the sale, and requested another year to save the building.

That year expired seven months ago and the impasse continues, following a third public meeting earlier this month. The building needs £230,000 spending on it. The balance from the sale of the village hall is being used to keep it standing.

A local group Friends of the Victoria Institute is committed to preserving the building. A majority of the current Parish Council administration are members.

David Wright

Worksop.