Save Lower Shaw Farm in Wiltshire
Ecovillage Network UK
office at evnuk.org.uk
Mon Nov 20 19:25:53 GMT 2006
From: "Andrea" <andrea at lowershawfarm.co.uk>
From: "Adrian" <adrian at wholewoods.co.uk>
Dear Friend of LSF
Without any pressure or persuasion from us but lots of letters and calls
from wonderful people (possibly you x) who like LSF, the Swindon
Advertiser has decided to mount a HANDS OFF LSF campaign. Bless them.
Voting Online: we think this is open to corruption, as there are ways
of putting many votes in from the same computer, by clearing the
Temporary Internet files and cookies, and refreshing the page.
Apparently the newspaper is looking into this, and has already
discovered the 'no' people have done it in quite a big way!
THE Swindon Advertiser is calling on Swindon Council to think again
about plans to sell off Lower Shaw Farm.
Three weeks ago the town was stunned when the council announced it
wanted to sell the farm for housing to make £2m.
Next week at a full meeting of the council, a motion will be put forward
calling on councillors to vote to support Lower Shaw Farm as a place to
provide education for the people of Swindon. If this is voted through,
it will become council policy and would send out a strong message to the
ruling Conservative cabinet.
So the Adver is asking the councillors to listen to the people of
Swindon and those from elsewhere who have shouted out their support for
the farm. It is a far greater asset to Swindon than the amount it
provides in annual rent. It is the centre for arts and education and has
helped place the Swindon Festival of Literature firmly on the map.
We want you to make your feelings known. Together, let's save Lower Shaw.
Make your voice heard. Email the newsdesk and tell us your views. Add
your name to our on-line petition here.
LOWER SHAW FARM
OLD SHAW LANE
Tel: 01793 771080
Debate rages over Lower Shaw Farm
Our call to action over this centre has provided a big debate in our
newspaper and on our website. Here is a selection of the comments we
I am heartened by support for farm
11:01am Fri 17 Nov 06
LOWER Shaw Farm co-ordinator Matt Holland said everyone involved at the
farm was heartened by the Adver campaign and by the efforts of people
who have already rallied round.
Reader comments (2)
Council leader put on the spot by farm protesters
11:00am Fri 17 Nov 06
THE best thing for Lower Shaw Farm would be for it to survive outside of
council control, says Coun Rod Bluh.
Keep Lower Shaw open for the people of Swindon
10:57am Fri 17 Nov 06
TODAY the Advertiser calls on the decision-makers in Swindon to think
again about plans to sell off Lower Shaw Farm.
Speak up for Lower Shaw
8:59am Thu 16 Nov 06
THE Advertiser wants you to make your voices heard in protest at plans
to sell Lower Shaw Farm.
Reader comments (33)
'Don't pick on this easy target'
2:58pm Wed 15 Nov 06
LOWER Shaw Farm is an easy target and the Tories are riding roughshod
over what local people want, claims South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove.
Farm closure is a step closer
2:53pm Tue 14 Nov 06
SWINDON Council is to push on with its plans to sell Lower Shaw Farm
after facing down the opposition of more than 60 residents at a public
meeting last night.
Is there a ray of hope for farm?
2:51pm Thu 9 Nov 06
LOWER Shaw Farm is not doomed and Swindon Council has not ruled out
reviewing its sale.
Hope on horizon for future of farm
2:49pm Wed 8 Nov 06
LOWER Shaw Farm could be saved if the council tweaked its schools
budget, South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove says.
'We never knew so many cared'
2:47pm Mon 6 Nov 06
MATT Holland, who runs Lower Shaw Farm, was thrilled with the turn-out
for the open day.
Hands off our farm!
2:44pm Mon 6 Nov 06
FOUR hundred people turned out to show their support for the
under-threat Lower Shaw Farm.
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