Will they continue to fund Packington Post?
5 of our 6 Parish Councillors are pictured above with their Council Clerk at their first meeting in May 2015, when they decided to hold their June monthly meeting today, Tuesday 2nd June 2015, and to decide today whether to continue to fund the Packington Post – or not.
You may want to make your voice heard – if so, pop along to Memorial Hall Meeting Room for 7pm, prior to the Parish Council meeting at 7:15. Members of the public are welcome to be present at all Parish Council Meetings, and to speak before them.
Councillors will no doubt be considering the two letters below among the others sent to them:
Here is a letter to the Chair of the Parish Council, Chris Miles, copied to the Editor, Packington Post:
I write in support of the Packington Post. I have always enjoyed reading the publication and feel that it is invaluable to the village. Having recently sustained an injury that left me confined to the house for some months, I appreciated the information about what was happening in the village that the Packington Post provided – this must be the case for many of the villages older residents too.
It must also make the village a more welcoming place for new residents – when Nicole married and left home, I found it incredible that she didn’t know her neighbours or anything about where she had moved to – most definitely not the case in Packington!
I strongly disagree that the decision to cut the grant to £150 should be made on the suggestion of just one councillor, especially when the village survey conducted in the past gave a 95% favourable response to keeping it. Please record my support for the Packington Post!
Here is a letter to the Editor of Packington Post, asking us to forward it by email to our councillors prior to the 2nd June meeting:
Dear Parish Councillors,
I am writing to you in your capacity of Parish Councillors with regard to the forthcoming discussion about the size of the annual grant to be made by the Council towards the cost of publication of the Packington Post.
Personally I consider that it is an excellent publication and one which helps to foster a sense of community within the village. It would be a sad loss were it to have to close owing to the shortage of funds and I should like to request you to allocate to the Post the £2,100 which has been requested, to avoid this occurring.
Lesley Birtwistle ( Nethercroft Drive, Packington ).
Here’s another letter, copied to Editor Packington Post, to our councillors prior to the 2nd June meeting: