A stolen petition – a master list containing the signatures and personal contact details collected from every one of 200 Dinas Powys people who attended a packed public meeting at the Parish Hall on November 29th – has now been mysteriously recovered.
The crumpled pages of signatures, bearing the names of all the members of the audience who had been at the meeting, were discovered yesterday morning – rammed into the letter box at Dinas Powys Parish Hall.
There was no covering note to indicate who had returned the papers – which had been missing for 12 days. They were discovered by Mrs Frances Butler, the Clerk to the Dinas Powys Community Council whose offices are at the Parish Hall.
Public meeting organisers Rod Harrod and Cllr Andy Robertson of Dinas Powys Community Council said today it was still not known who had taken the petition or where it had been for the last two weeks since someone made-off with it from Parish Hall where the meeting was being held.
The contact details had been gathered on a list to form the basis of a non-political group being established to campaign for the long-awaited by-pass and the petition the National Assembly for Wales. The by-pass scheme is being opposed by the Labour Party and the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council . Labour councillors and AMs boycotted the public meeting.
The petition and its valuable sheets of signatures which were provided by the audience at the meeting would have been virtually impossible to collect again . It is the only valid Dinas Powys By-Pass petition, because it alone has been officially registered by Mr Harrod with the National Assembly for Wales. No other petition on the same subject could be considered by Assembly within a period of 12 months.
When it was stolen, another of the organisers, Cllr Vince Driscoll of Dinas Powys Community Council, had said that the people who had made off with it might have taken it “by mistake or in mischief or even maliciously. But they should realise they are causing damage to the community,”
Now that the papers have been recovered, work can continue on adding further signatures of support for the campaign . The petition is a non-political initiative and 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 add their names to the list can email firstname.lastname@example.org and will then be kept up to date with the latest developments .