A thief appears to have deliberately made-off with a list of the personal contact details of every one of 200 people who attended last week’s jam-packed public meeting – held to campaign for the building of a by-pass around Dinas Powys.
Every person who attended the meeting was asked to add their names and contact details to a list – which was circulated on a clipboard around the full-to-capacity Dinas Powys Parish Hall on Tuesday last week.
The contact details on the list were to have formed the basis of a non-political group being established to campaign for the long-awaited by-pass – a scheme which is being opposed by the Labour Party and the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Meeting organiser Rod Harrod says it had been intended to hand the master list over to an independent committee to be set up like the successful “Saving Sully” group . He says “It would have needed to be properly organised. Then everyone could have paid subscriptions like they do in Sully. It would need a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Secretary, Function Manager and around ten Committee Members” . Now the theft of the document has delayed the process.
The list was seen in Dinas Powys Parish Hall being passed from person to person – and certainly reached the back of the hall – indicating that the vast majority of people present had added their names and contact details to it. But after that, it disappeared
Cllr Vince Driscoll of Dinas Powys Community Council said “We’ve been told who had it but we don’t want to get into a political or legal spat. This isn’t the kind of politics most people want to have. The person may have taken it by mistake or in mischief or even maliciously. But they should realise they are causing damage to the community,”
One theory is that the document may have been deliberately stolen to hamper attempts to set up the main non-political pro-By-Pass Campaign.
In the meantime it’s understood that two other – potentially rival – petitions now been initiated in the village in the wake of last week’s meeting. However no one is accusing the organisers of these other petitions of having purloined the main list from the public meeting
Rod Harrod of Dinas Powys Conservatives says the other petitions have been organised by “people just trying to jump on the bandwagon for their own egos and everything else”
Meanwhile Dinas Powys Conservatives – who set up last week’s public meeting – are re-doubling their efforts to continue the momentum of the public meeting by distributing new petition forms to most shops in the village.
The non-political petition – reads “We the undersigned call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to supply the necessary funding and support the construction of a Dinas Powys By-Pass” .
Anyone wishing to join the (new) official mailing list can email email@example.com and will then be kept up to date with the latest developments .
Meanwhile the search for the missing master list continues…