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« Reply #40 on: April 30, 2009, 10:25:14 pm »

Jon Tricket MP
1A Highfield Road
West Yorkshire

30th April 2009

Ref: Featherstone renaissance steering group

Dear Mr Tricket

I was delighted to read your article in the Pontefract and Castleford express today as it confirmed a number of my concerns presently under investigation by the local government ombudsman’s office that when rectified will hopefully put Featherstone on the upward track it deserves.

I and the ombudsman would appreciate a reply to the following;

1. Can you please clarify if the article on page 12 of the Pontefract and Castleford express is a news story or a labour party political press release?

2. The proposals passed by WMDC cabinet under the name “masterplan” were factually not those agreed by the public, the committee or Cllr Denise Jeffery. WMDC cabinet appear to have been misled that has led to a plan being passed that will eventually be used to access public money. Cllr Peter Box in reply to the local government ombudsman has stated that Cllr Denise Jeffery has absolutely “no power” to alter or amend plans or make decisions under the terms of reference supposedly written within the process of the Featherstone masterplan. As you have publicly commented that you have conferred with Denise Jeffery to ask for a member to be allowed on the renaissance committee could you please provide copies of the correspondence so that it can be evaluated within the present investigation?

3. You confirm that Cllr Denise Jeffery added the Business known as “Featherstone Rovers” to the steering group after you asked. Featherstone Rovers are 1 of many hundred businesses in the immediate area. Many are struggling to survive and also have and are entitled to a say in the plans for the future of the town. Is it not prejudice to ask 1 business and not all? Surely the opinion of the heart of Featherstone should be the main concern?

4. Featherstone rovers have a great facility that could be developed as they wish. The fact that the last 6 years work evolves around getting rid of property at the end of post office road to create an access is unacceptable and is a stab in the Featherstone Pride you recognise. The greatest Rovers fan business looks set to be destroyed either by Featherstone’s regeneration or no one listening to the Takeaway planning plague.

5. Can you please confirm when you notified Mr Prout of the date and time of the meeting? Every other member was either not informed or notified by hand delivered letter between 3.00pm and 5pm on the Friday before Monday’s meeting.

6. Can you please confirm when you notified the chair person Cllr Binnersly that you wished to insert a new representative at your request and also provide any corresponding documents?

7. After now making you aware of grave legitimate concerns surrounding the process that has been involved and those proposed to continue should not the MP call for an enquiry?

Your speedy response will be welcomed by me and the ombudsman so that a final resolve to the neglect and bizarre happenings can be ended allowing Featherstone to go forward.

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