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1Luton273554
2Notts County271851
3Accrington Stanley261446

4Wycombe271346
5Exeter26445
6Lincoln City271144
7Mansfield27944

8Coventry27944
9Swindon26544
10Newport County27642
11Colchester28341
12Cambridge Utd27-638
13Carlisle27137
14Crawley Town27-436
15Stevenage27-334
16Cheltenham28-434
17Grimsby28-1134
18Port Vale28-632
19Morecambe27-1029
20Crewe27-1329
21Yeovil27-1128
22Chesterfield28-2324

23Forest Green27-2223
24Barnet27-1520

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Should Russell Slade be sacked?

Yes immediately
Give him one more game
No


 

Planning Editorial

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 23/07/2000

Planning Permission Disgrace

Saturday 15 July, 2000

The decision by North East Lincolnshire Council not to modify the council's local plan to allow the construction of our club's new stadium was a disgrace. The site was initially recommended to GTFC by the council, and 84% of the population of the county were in favour of the development. Even in the ward where the new stadium was to be located, the majority of residents still were in favour of the proposal!

What stinks most is that the plans of our football club, the premier sporting establishment for miles around, have been thwarted not by some obscure piece of government legislation, but by our own community leaders, the people who have been supposedly voted to office by the people of Grimsby and Cleethorpes to represent them in the Town Hall.

The following two paragraphs are taken from the UK local government web site (www.local.gov.uk). This is the UK government's policy statement of how the district councils are supposed to operate and clearly, in the case of North East Lincolnshire, they have contravened the policy on every count with this decision.

"Local government is a vital part of our democratic system of government. Through local elections, citizens have the opportunity to choose local councilors to represent them and to make decisions on the level of a wide range of services that determine the quality of life.

"But councils are more than providers of services, important although they are. They can and do provide a wider community leadership, expressing both the concerns and aspirations of local people. They can and do play a role in working with other organisations - both public and private - in the interests of their area. The council carries the authority and the responsibility that comes from its roles as the elected representative body for local people."

It is clear from the large number of e-mail messages I have received, and from the many impressive posts on the message board, that the overwhelming majority of Town supporters and their friends and family feel very badly let down by their councilors.

It is for this reason that I have started up an on-line petition to express a lack of confidence in our community leaders. My personal message to the 20 people who voted against the stadium is to urge them to look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves whether on Thursday night they served the people they were elected to represent in a manner appropriate with their office's mandate.

When the petition is complete I will e-mail it to each and every councilor.


Rob Sedgwick - Webmaster
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