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Saturday, 5 July 2008
Gordon asks why
by Tav


A few new twists and new sources in the Red Cross donation fiasco! First a new article in the Kidderminster Chronicle entitled, 'Play area blow as Red Cross pulls the plug on grant'. It's really just the Chronicle's take on the council's press release 'Wolverley play project set to continue [despite trying to use flood money]' and no punches until they go for a quote from Cllr. Gordon Yarranton [Cookley, Wolverley & Wribbenhall, Conservative] who has apparently been "...spearheading a campaign to get funding for the project". Cllr. Yarranton asks, "When we applied for it [The Red Cross grant] they [The Red Cross] said we met their criteria and I'd like to know why, all of a sudden, we don't [met their criteria]" (I added the descriptors). Gordon, I think we all would like to know why.

My first observation is the council press release which states, "...the British Red Cross has now informed Wyre Forest District Council that following detailed discussion, the proposed project does not fully meet their grant criteria." (my bolding). So let's get this right: This is a guy who's quoted as being the spearhead of the funding campaign; who's party colleague of Cllr. Campion who explains Red Cross changed their minds, "...following pressure from some Health Concern activists..."; has a 100% attendance record in the district council (so should be well informed); and, is also a member of the WFDC (Wribbenhall) that had 'detailed' discussions with the Red Cross. It raises questions doesn't it? If he doesn't know, who does?

FlipC (and probably almost everyone else) would still like to conclude the 60+ and counting comments on the 'Six reasons to live in Worcester' blog by someone just to publish the relevant grant documentation. As simple request that even might even answer Gordon's burning questions.

Then over on the 'Six reasons to live in Worcester' blog, Fran has gone off on a tangent with the announcement of support from the Kidderminster Educational Foundation Trust, but that's another blog.

The next source is a breath of fresh air in Charlie Crabtree's article, 'Playground U-turn sparks inquiry call', where Howard Martin and Nigel Addison have announced a demand for an independent investigation into Wyre Forest District Council. This is progress for most but a 'regress' for others... Cllr. John Campion [Leader of the Council, Conservative], in the article states it was all in 'outline' form. Strange because in May 2008 it was stated as being 'fully endorsed', now it was only in 'outline' form!

My last note is a point of dedication: I think we should all thank Nigel Addison for highlighting this issue and thank The British Red Cross for pulling-the-plug (for whatever reason and under whatever circumstances) before we spent the money. If it wasn't for Nigel and the Red Cross the council would still intent on spending some of the money on the public open space and the play area rather than flood damaged property, flood victims and flood defence schemes.

Comment as you wish but keep them as questions... If we don't answer Gordon's question or guess the answer then we can have a healthy discussion.

Sources:
Pitt, Tavis (2008); 'Six reasons to say you live in Worcester'; The Wyre Forest Agenda, 27 June 2008
Pitt, Tavis (2008); 'The Red Cross Donation'; The Wyre Forest Agenda, 16 May 2008
Anon. (2008); 'Play area blow as Red Cross pulls the plug on grant'; Kidderminster Chronicle, 3 July 2008
FlipC (2008); 'A little trip'; The Mad Ranter, 4 July 2008 2:04pm
Crabtree, Charlie (2008); 'Playground U-turn sparks inquiry call'; The Shuttle, 3 July 2008
Addison, Nigel (2008); 'RED CROSS DONATION.'; WILL THE REAL WYRE FOREST STAND UP!, 25 June 2008 23:46
WILL THE REAL WYRE FOREST STAND UP!
Crabtree, Charlie (2008); 'Anger over diverted flood cash'; The Shuttle, 8 May 2008, 3:38pm
Nigel (2008); 'RED CROSS DONATION!'; WILL THE REAL WYRE FOREST STAND UP!, 9 May 2008 09:52
Anon. (2007); 'Flood-hit communities' cash boost'; The Shuttle, 10 October 2007
Anon. (2008); 'Wolverley play project set to continue'; WFDC, 23 June 2008

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