Standing Room Only at Public Meeting

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Save Our Northwood

The first Public Meeting was held on 1st July 2013 at Oaklands Gate Methodist Church and was attended by around 400 members of the public. They had come to hear the latest news on the proposed development in Station Approach, to ask questions, and to voice their concerns.  The meeting was chaired by Tony Ellis, chairman of Northwood Residents’ Association; he was accompanied on the platform by NRA Planning Officer Jeff Bailey, and our elected councillors: Richard Lewis, Carol Melvin and Scott Seaman-Digby.


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Tony Ellis opens the Public Meeting

Following the public meeting, it has been decided that a specialist group should be set up to lead the fight.

Tony Ellis said: “I think it is time for a change of direction and that the NRA should step back from the campaign. I suggest an organisation should be set up, comprising three NRA members, a business member, a resident or tenant member, Cllr Seaman-Digby, four experts and a secretary.

“The exact composition will be decided at the first meeting, which should be convened within a week or so.

“Having a separate organisation will free up the NRA committee to continue with its normal work and we will be distanced from any accusations of bias.

“Campaign funds will be controlled by a new body, removing NRA from any conflict of interest.

“Naturally, we will still discuss the campaign and make our views known through our representatives,” he added.

Tony Ellis said feedback from the public meeting had been very positive and several experts in specific fields had already offered to help, including a lawyer.

The group is still looking for people with experience in town planning and fundraising.

■ If you can help, call Tony Ellis on 01923 821 237 or email

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