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Speculation? Rumour? Misinformation?
On reading the village magazine I note that the chair of the Parish Council has included a section for the Health and Community Centre in his "state of the Village” update. It is unfortunate that he chooses to use language like speculation, rumour and misinformation as it does not really reflect the standing of a Parish Councillor within the community.
I write this post because I care about the future of our village, particularly the elderly who are in an increasingly difficult situation. It is NOT an attempt to have a go at the Parish Council which I was part of for 8 years and understand the good work that they do from day to day working as volunteers.
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On 14 Jul 2018, Dawn Turner wrote:
Seems to me that those who have been left, are trying to do their best. This has dragged on far too long the opportunity for the pharmacy and the doctors to take up the site no longer exists. So the vision for this site has to change. Better the preschool who are prepared to sign the lease you wouldn't take it on then the site go back to MDDC and the nothing be gained for the village. Just a lot of wasted time!
On 12 Jul 2018, Margaret and David Ritchie wrote:
We wish to object in the strongest possible way to what the Parish Council are proposing for what was the Willand Health & Community Centre. Many of us contributed money towards this and want to know where that money is! It is vital that the village benefits from a much needed facility to meet the growing needs of many, especially the elderly who have nowhere to meet. A pre-school nursery was not the original intention, and they already have a building! There has been no consultation about this unacceptable Uturn. In fact 94% of residents voted in support of the original intention, a Health and Community Centre. Has democracy gone out of the window? I call on the Chairman of the Parish Council to resign in shame! He and the other councillors no longer represent us. Listen to the will of the people for a Health & Community Centre before it is too late!!
On 12 Jul 2018, Joan Martin wrote:
I hope everyone in the village reads the above and the information that Ray is going to provide, especially the very kind people who have donated their hard earned money towards the original project. If the Centre is forgotten about it will be a disgrace. As for using the premises for a Nursery which will be part of the Pre-School I can't see how that is anywhere near what the Charity Commission was told it would be. I am also worried about all the extra cars that it would bring. There isn't enough room for the vehicles belonging to parents of the School and Pre-school as it is without extra ones. Also there is already a nursery in Willand on Uffculme Road but there is nothing like the project that the Health and Community Centre promised. What a loss to the village.
On 12 Jul 2018, Peter Vile wrote:
This whole event seems to be very strange. All one has to do is to obey both the law and the Rules of the Charity Commission. The reasons why this has not been done seem to be a secret. I look forward to a full report, including answers from the Parish Council to the questions raised by Ray. If the Parish Council cannot come up with the answers, is it fit for purpose?
On 12 Jul 2018, Kaye Wood wrote:
Interesting & informative article regarding the Parish Council & their lack of responsiveness to the wishes of many of the inhabitants of the Parish. A Community Health Centre in the Gables containing an amenity that best served those villagers, some with the most need, was totally disregarded by the Parish Council. Many parishioners donated hard earned money towards the funds. What has happened to those generous donations? Furthermore, with an ever increasing demand on social & health services will mean that many will not be able to have their needs met.
On 12 Jul 2018, Ken Wood wrote:
What Ray is saying is absolutely correct. Having spent two years failing to get the parish council to realise that what they were demanding. which fell far short of their original intention, would kill the WH&CC project. It will be interesting to see how the next documents reveal that the behaviour of the PC brought all this the hard work to a disastrous finish.