A controversial proposal that reignited anger over plans to develop recreation land was dropped at a Wymondham Town Council meeting this week.

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Wymondham residents turned out in force at the town’s Fairland Hall on Tuesday after town councillor Colin Foulger’s submitted a motion for a feasibility study to look into building new town council offices on Kings Head Meadow. However, the proposal was dropped after Mike Gibbins, who was due to second the motion, withdrew his support.

The meadow had been the subject of a long running campaign by action group Wymondham Asks Why (WAW) earlier this year to stop town council plans to sell the site to Asda for a new supermarket, which would have resulted in Wymondham Town Football Club relocating to Ketts Park.

WAW member Derek Ward accused Mr Foulger of showing contempt for the work of his colleagues Dianne Fernee, John Turner and Alison Taylor, the members of a working group set up in the aftermath of the Asda row to look into possible future uses of the meadow site, which is due to report its findings following a public consultation on September 8.

He said: “I believe, Councillor Foulger, that you are determined to put something on that meadow. You lost the argument over the Asda deal and I believe that you are showing complete vindictiveness towards the councillors.”

However, Mr Foulger said the three working group councillors had presented some findings to the council’s leisure and environment committee following consultations with 30 different groups in the town which suggested some support for using the meadow for town council offices.

He agreed the motion had been “badly worded” and offered to remove the specific reference to developing Kings Head Meadow. He said the current council offices, which have been in a grade II listed building in Middleton Street since 1974, were no longer suitable and did not comply with disability rights legislation.

7 comments

  • Grade 2 listed buildings cannot be altered just as you please but I am sure itr can be updated to meet current needs. Why oh why is a new building always the solution?

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    jennifer jane

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Another PR disaster for the Council. I did wonder if Ricky Gervaise had got a new TV idea to replace 'The Office' Councillor Foulger's comment that the reference to KHM was a bit of a boo boo what an understatement

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    Netball player

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Hooray for the Independents of Wymondham under the inspirational leadership of Andy Gardiner, the best thing to happen to Norfolk politics in a generation. That showed the Tories who are in charge in Wymondham. The people and their representatives the Independents. Let's see this happen in more areas of Norfolk.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Having attended the Council meeting on Tuesday, it was clear that some councillors have learnt nothing from the KHM debacle. Looks like this will continue right up until the elections in 2014 so we elect people like Cllr Gardiner who listen to their electorate!!

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    Birdman

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Overruling and sidestepping Cllr.s you empowered to come up with suggestions, is typical and synonymous for our out of touch cllr.s at every level. Agree with Al;ecto, the sooner we see an Independent movement in Norfolk the better. Party politics has got us into the mess we are in, they have no intention of solving it, so lets do it ourselves. Organise your own Independent chapter and find candidates for next years NCC elections. I hope that Mr. Lambert is not deterred by the smear tactics used against him, if there ever was a job more suited to an impartial Independent than it is that of police commissioner. Election is in November btw.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Buying new gives a power trip? We know best attitude pervades many Tory councils.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I have followed this story for a while now. the KHM used to be my playground when I was a kid growing up in Wymondham in the 1970's. I was always to understand that this land was given to the people of Wymondham and that its not for the council to do with what they please? Its a long time since I lived there and Im very sad to hear that the town council are trying to bully their way into doing as they see fit. Ironically the idea of selling off sports grounds flies in the face of what David Cameron has been saying this week about the Olympics being a sporting inspiration for this country for generations to come. Well how can generations to come succeed in their sporting ambitions if the councils are allowed to ride rough shod over the towns folk? These elected members should be reminded that they are working for the people come the next election....vote them out...

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    Babelfish

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

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