SVAG Appeal Funds
SVAG have received a substantial number of pledges of financial support. Following a meeting arranged by Robert Pomery, we also received an estimate from Mr David Whipps of Holmes and Hill in Braintree to provide Rule 6 advocacy.
The Committee decision was that we had insufficient funding pledged for full Rule 6 participation and that we would be acting on our own and without the joint involvement of Dedham Vale Society, CPRE or the Colne Stour Countryside Association although some financial support has been offered. The Inspector has indicated that we can get most of the benefits of Rule 6 without taking that formal step.
The route that we therefore propose to take is to use the excellent services of Robert Pomery and David Whipps in preparing our case to be presented at the Inquiry and to assist and advise us at the Inquiry itself. Our case will be submitted in written form by the beginning of September. We are also actively considering appointing consultants to work with us to provide expert evidence on tourism aspects of Horkesley Park.
There is a considerable price tag associated with the appointment of the various third parties and I will be writing to all those who have offered support to ask if they are prepared to fund this proposed way forward.
We also need donations from those who have not so far pledged support.
Short of full Rule 6 involvement, the Committee believes that this will give us the best possible chance of influencing the outcome of the Inspector’s decision.