Simont wrote:At the risk of being repetitive we have always said that once we have some plans (from architects) and a much clearer idea of what we would like to propose building then there will be a public vote. We have no idea when that will be yet but not soon. If the majority are against then the project will not go ahead. If the majority are in favour then it still may not go ahead because we will still have lots of hurdles to get over including raising a lot of money. However we are identifying many sources of funding and are encouraged by the number of other communities around the country who have been able to do this.
We do feel at the moment we have majority support as evidenced by the last formal, public vote on the subject which resulted in 75% voting in favour of a new hall and by the many verbal expressions of support. However none of that will make any difference to the final outcome which will be based as we have said many times on a public vote by our community.
It may well be that, despite a questionnaire going to every household, update pieces in the Parish newsletter and pieces in The Villages magazine that there are still some who are unaware of the project but we will continue to do our best to communicate the project and keep people informed of progress. As John has said the next formal event will be a display of the Architects plans in the village hall on 5th September and we will soon be publicising that. It will probably be an all day event to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.
Further to your paragraph above on the 'public vote' which resulted in 75% voting in favour of a new hall - I would like to remind you that it was a 'questionnaire' that was delivered to some people, not all, in the village and according to your 'Questionnaire Feedback' you only received 158 completed forms back. So according to your figures that makes it 75% of 158 which isn't exactly many people is it.