Yesterday morning a leaflet was put through the letterbox of homes in the village with the subject headline reading:
"Proposed Relocation of Lincoln Rugby Football Club"The A5, four page, pamphlet has a three sided, open letter to residents from Mr. Bill Green, President of the Rugby Club, together with a diagramatic plan of the development proposed on Lodge Lane, Nettleham.
Mr. Green begins:
"You will perhaps by now be aware of the planning application submitted to develop land off Loge Lane to be the new home for Lincoln Rugby Football Club."He continues and talks about correcting a number of misunderstandings that seem to have become popular fact, wishing to reassure residents. His letter includes details of the 8,000 trees that will be planted in conjunction with the Nettleham Woodland Trust, details of the rugby season, the efforts made to reduce the impact of the development both visually and on the environment. In some detail the issue of traffic has been discussed. Towards the end of the open letter he says:
"[W]e hope you realise, we are a community club with strong local roots, and wan tto work with you to get the site right - both for us, but importantly for you too, and become something of which the residents of Nettleham can be proud."Giles McNeill said:
"I think that the Rugby Club are going to great lengths to win public opinion, something that a lot of other developers don't do. I hope people who recieve this leaflet will read it and it will correct any wrong information that they have recieved."Following the departure from West Lindsey District Council of Mr. Ian Dickinson, the planning officer dealing with the club's application, it is not now known for certain when the planning application will appear before the Planning Committee of West Lindsey District Council.