Thursday evening was the inaugural meeting of the new A361 Action Group, held in St Benedict's Church. It went really well, after wobbling a little at the beginning when Indra and Rob must have been slightly unsure of themselves. One or two people disagreed with the plan to divide the meeting into smaller groups to discuss specific campaigning topics. Perhaps there should have been a discussion and a vote on that subject, but anyway the result was that the Tories in the back row jumped on the idea, and then they walked out. Quite a lot of people followed, perhaps because they hadn't realised that this was going to be a 'business' meeting.
Those who remained had a really productive time, with groups established to work on: gathering evidence for damage to property and health; liaison with other parishes along the potential route; direct action; legal issues and a possible challenge to the establishment of the A361 freight route status; looking at case studies for towns in the area that have successfully established 7.5 tonne weight limit restrictions; and press and publicity work. Anyone who is interested in the group generally or in contributing to one of these working groups, please contact me in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org
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