The campaign got off to a good start with the fly-posing of notices, towards the end of last week, informing residents of a public meeting, organised by local residents, to be held on Wednesday 3rd November 2009 at Nettleham Village Hall at 7:30pm - but also very helpfully assisting in advertising the Parish Council's own meeting to discuss the planning application on Wednesday 25th November 2009 at the Old School, Mill Hill, Nettleham also at 7:30pm - the notice was accompanied with a copy of the planning application.
This was followed by a strong leaflet drop to local households. The leaflet stated:
"A planning application has been submitted to West Lindsey District Council by Lincoln Rugby Club asking permission to build a club house and to create 11 rugby pitches with parking facilities for over 115 cars and an overflow car park with space for more than an additional 250 vehicles on land off Lodge Lane, Nettleham...The tranquility and village atmosphere is significantly under threat. This will affect you! This development is for the benefit of Lincoln University students and Lincoln Rugby Club members!"It is understood that the gentleman leading this opposition is trying to co-ordinate an response from residents which will be put to the Parish Council and Rugby Club at the Parish Council meeting in late November.
Giles McNeill said:
"I understand that there is a suggestion that it would be very prudent for a member of the Parish to attend the meeting at the village hall. I would have wished to attend the meeting. Unfortunately there is a Property Committee meeting on that evening making it virtually impossible for those of us on that committee to attend. As Chairman of the Mulsanne Park Users Committee I have particular interest in the developments surrounding the Lindum Rugby Club."
Cllr. Hill has weighed in, via email, saying:
"As you know I am unable to attend. I think that as many Parish Councillors as possible should attend but they need to be careful not to prempt or prejudice the [Parish Council] organised event and our eventual decisions... We have a duty to listen but we also have to make our decision in the best interests of the whole village taking into account what is and what is not possible.
"By the way the leaflet gives no indication of the author nor their interest in this matter vested or not!"