[meersbrook-house] re publicity
david at solar-active.com
Tue Aug 19 15:44:46 GMT 2014
I thought it best to reply within the text of your email.
On 19 Aug 2014, at 03:06, Nick Roscoe <nick at nickroscoe.com> wrote:
> I've been away, thought I had caught up with the emails but this last one about press releases, representatives and interviews seems a departure from where I thought we were at. I don't think it would be good timing to do these now.
I am not certain where you thought we all were, but from my point of view, it is necessary to get people more aware of what the SCC is doing in their desperate position due to cuts in funding from Government and their own inefficiencies in contracts they create e.g. 20+ year contract with Amy - now having a very negative effect on environs of Sheffield in how they are going about to cut down tress.
> I thought Liz's wording was a good basis for a leaflet in so far as it pointed out the concerns that residents have - it puts people in the picture.
Anthony and I are working on the design of the leaflet. Do contact me if you wish to be involved.
> 60 people turned up to that first meeting after very little publicity. My impression was that this was mostly on the back of concerns for the future of Meersbrook Hall and the possibility that SCC might sell off this chunk of Meersbrook Park - a public asset, ignoring the restrictive covenants. I've been meaning to suggest some wording for that and will do. Leaflets- thicker ones are easier to deliver! (A5 160gsm would be my choice) I've used Solopress for leaflet lots of times - not the cheapest, but fast and reliable. For a domain name I think www.meersbrookhall.org.uk should definitely be bagsied Facebook Page rather than group - but again, maybe these decisions can wait for now and we should just focus on the meeting.
I expect we will discuss domain name and Facebook at next steering group meeting.
> To return to the 'self selected group' thing - I think Cate was perfectly entitled to say this. I relayed this comment because it focusses attention on the need for us to put locals in the picture and to record a full and clear expression of the local reaction to the prospect of the sale of Meersbrook Hall. There needs to be no doubt about local opinion and no chance of it being misrepresented.
Kate’s comment you have passed on we will need to address this as she may very well use this in a way politically that I am concerned. She of course is entitled to say what she like, but one must ask for what purpose did she think it was necessary - as you say, 60 people attended and for good reason. It did not appear she liked Kaktus having called the meeting; which one needs to be curious as to why.
> Once/if a public consultation is announced things would be quite progressed and it will probably be too late to change the views of decision makers.
We need to be in a position to be the decision makers and of course in working with the SCC but not after the fact.
> They are weighing things up now with Meersbrook Hall and the fate of this building and twenty or so other pieces of land and property are also now being determined. We can be aiming to talk constructively now with SCC and it's representatives, we should get as many 'Friends of Meersbrook Hall' as possible and the aims and objs they sign up to support should reject the sale to private interests of part of a public part, a public asset, given to the people of Sheffield on condition it remains their property. On the other hand, as has been discussed, our aims and objs should project a positive vision for the future of the Hall with the Friends working together with SCC
The aims can be found on the Forum.
At a Steering Group meeting we honed our suggested aims down to five strong ones that we all agree on. These were then signed off at the next meeting on 6th August with a few revisions.
The aims of the Friends of Meersbrook Hall and Pavilion are to:
• Bring Meersbrook Hall back into community use, securing and promoting new facilities for the benefit of Meersbrook Park and local residents.
• Ensure that facilities and activities currently provided at the Pavilion are maintained in suitable premises.
• Ensure that the restrictive covenants on buildings within the Park are upheld in any future development of Meersbrook Hall.
• Produce sustainable and viable options for the future of Meersbrook Hall and positively engage with Sheffield City Council to reach the best solution for local communities.
• Involve a wide range of local people in developing a plan for Meersbrook Hall and ensure that our organisation is representative of the diversity of life in Meersbrook and surrounding areas.
> I think the ideal scenario in the short term is we persuade SCC to postpone the Parks Dept move out of the building, to give this group a chance to get its act together and form viable proposals.
I would very much doubt that this would be possible based on how far the move has gone already.
> I believe that should be our target for now, and once we have a substantial membership signed up to robust aims and objectives, and a decent management committee, then we are in a stronger position to begin asking for that. This can be done discretely without the need for local press coverage which always has the potential to stir things up where politics is concerned.
We already have robust aims and a management/steering committee bur certainly always open for review and revision. August holidays are slowing progress. I personally feel that Kate is stirring things up from what she has said to you and to Kaktus during a Labour meeting awhile back.
> We need the support of locals and that can be established by leafleting and the public meeting. We also want the support of local Councillors and I think that is best achieved by not shouting until we need to. Also, you only get so many shots with press releases - better to wait until there is something more news worthy and there is a management committee and a clearer direction.
In that the SCC is already weighing things up now with Meersbrook Hall and the fate of this building and twenty or so other pieces of land and property are also now being determined seems news worthy to me. .
> On 19 August 2014 00:20, Joyce M Bullivant <1duckweed at live.co.uk> wrote:
> Can I have the exact wording for papers etc so I can distribute including what contact details I give with it to be published. Also if someone wants to do an interview who will be spokesperson and do interview?
> I just want to be absolutely sure I have everything correct before forwarding it on.
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