Pier Voting Deadline Extended
Voting Deadline Extended to 9th January
We have been advised that the text message voting service is not available this week. Due to public holidays, the SMS function has gone offline and should be restored sometime next week. To avoid delays, please vote by email, by sending your choice to email@example.com.
For those who have a mobile phone without email, you are welcome to call 01473 780052 to give your vote. As this may take people longer to respond, we will extend the voting deadline to 5pm on Wednesday 9th January.
Red Lion Coffee Mornings at the Red Lion, Chelmondiston
Today, we held our first coffee morning of the year at the Red Lion. It was very enjoyable, with high attendance and lots of chat. Photo here shows Di Jackson on the left, Artist of the Month chatting with Barrie Powell, Director and Rum Host, to the right of Barrie are volunteers Jane, Liz and Jacqui.
There is misinformation on social media and in Shotley generally. The Board would like to make it clear that personal attacks on individual Directors are not justified.
Our members showed confidence in the Board and volunteers at the AGM as well as in emails. We do not expect unanimity as the topics cause debate, but we do hope and expect that animosity be avoided.
From the hundreds of emails and comments received so far, only 7 people out of our total membership of 530 have expressed concerns to us about the process we are following.
Board Working Together
Chairman John Davitt said: “ From a long lifetime in business, I know that the most effective Boards are those which listen carefully, and are willing to make difficult decisions. This involves discussion, compromise and a willingness to take a wide range of interests into account”
Director Barrie Powell stated: “Board meetings involve robust debates and I have always taken part in them. I respect the democratic way we, as the Pier Board, vote and get on with things. It is not helpful to see this process blown up as some kind of major conflict. I continue as a Director to support the Board in its efforts and to suggest and assist in developing future alternative plans.”
This vote is purely about the roof shapes. You are not voting about the layout of the buildings, the length of the platforms or the size of the buildings. All that has yet to be finalised, and is currently being discussed by the Board and with the Planning Officer.
The presentation at the AGM was at a concept stage and has not yet been fully scoped out for compliance, cost, and building regulations. It has had a major impact on our thinking, with many aspects already incorporated. Once the roof vote is known, we will work up a full set of drawings. All is in discussion at present.
The Board has appealed against the planning refusal because that is the cheapest way to proceed at present, but we have repeatedly stated that if we win the appeal, we can still revise our plans. The length of the platforms is part of the appeal process, but we have stated at the members meeting and in newsletters that we are willing to compromise and we are reviewing the length of the platforms, and the length, width and height of the buildings.
Several people commented that the last newsletter confused them and they were not sure how many roof options were being put forward. To clarify, there are four roof options, as shown in the previous newsletters, on our website and Facebook pages and below.
Option 1 has already been costed as part of the planning application. Options 2 - 4 have not been costed as this would add additional cost to the project and the Board decided to get the vote for the most popular roof choice before moving forward with any revised plans. You can vote by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to our registered address (Redlands, Main Road, Chelmondiston, IP9 1DX) or on our website www.shotleypier.co.uk using the comment box
We start 2019 with best wishes from Paul, a drainage engineer who is one of our many investor members. He is enjoying reading our newsletters and said “ I’m so pleased you are avoiding male urinals in the facilities, they are nothing but trouble.”
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