Friday, 27 March 2009

Newbold Verdon: residents picket meeting

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Following the protest earlier this month against a proposed traveller's site, a consultation meeting was held at St. James' Parish Hall in Newbold Verdon which was picketed by concerned residents of all ages.

Although the meeting was limited to 80 people, a great many more thronged outside, determined that they would be heard and holding placards reading: "Say NO to traveller's site", and "Newbold says NO". They were joined by residents from the adjoining villages of Desford, and Kirkby Mallory, who held similar placards; all sending the strong, united message that they are now aware of the implications of the site, and want none of it.

Thanks must go to Newbold's parish council, and especially to Councillor John Ryde who's research and work behind the scenes has been instrumental in bringing these issues to the attention of residents. Well done also to everyone who turned out to make their feelings known -a splendid example of Leicestershire's community voice in action!

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