On behalf of the campaign team, we are writing to thank you for your continued support. Please be assured that your support sustains us all as we move the ‘Save the White Hart’ campaign forward.
The Western Area Planning Committee agenda for the April 20 meeting, has been published and on page two of the agenda the following is shown
‘Recommendation: Head of Planning and Countryside be authorised to REFUSE the application as submitted’.
Of course, this is only a recommendation and the final decision lies with the District Councillors. I urge all of you who are able to attend the meeting to come and show your support (bring your placards) to retain the White Hart as a working pub. Your presence will underscore the importance of the White Hart to our community.
The public part of the planning meeting is scheduled to commence at 6:30pm in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD. John Handy will speak on behalf of the Parish Council and Tom Lane, will be speaking and representing the Campaign Team. The campaign team have had the opportunity to listen and critique the presentations and I personally commend these presentations to you; all the points being made encapsulates all the comments and views and commitment of the majority of the village.
It would be helpful if you would kindly contact me either by email or telephone (01488 657022) to let me know if you are attending the meeting. The campaign team will be there in full force.
Within a few days following the meeting, the campaign team will be organising a supporters meeting as we have several items to discuss with you; we need your guidance on all of these items. This meeting is very important!
We are seeking those amongst you who wish to volunteer to form a steering committee to manage the community pub process. In particular we need people with business expertise, for example, business planning, budget and other critical financial skills. Moreover, we need people who have knowledge of the pub business. It is vitally important that you understand what is going to be needed to launch a community pub business.
So, by this time next week, we will have cleared one hurdle. There are more hurdles to clear and that is why we need your help.
On behalf of the campaign team, Tom, Pete, John, Peter, David, Nic and myself, thank you for your unswerving support.