In the most recent post on this site the ‘resurrection’ of MAG (the Menston Action Group) and its new website was welcomed. Usually, now, this site will just refer readers to the MAG website with the wealth of information and documentation archived on it. However, this post is an exception and rather than simply link to the post, it is reproduced below in full. You can, of course, see the post in its original form on the MAG website: http://menstonactiongroup.wordpress.com
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To all the villagers who have responded so quickly to our call for more funds. We are reaching the end game now which will decide Menston’s future, but we do need more to finish the task.
You may be wondering why all this talk about flooding and drainage, the answer is simple! All the issues on schools, roads, trains in fact the whole infrastructure of the village we have found are easily countered by the developers with money! They say they will pay to make the roads safe, to improve transport to the schools create new amenities etc. You can see the proposed road improvements planned on this site and any new amenities are planned to go in Burley in Wharfedale!!
So flooding and drainage is the only way we have to go forward, and for that we have a really good case. All reports (barring the developers) now say there will be flooding and drainage problems.
So why do we need more money when so many of you have given many times, (for that we are truly grateful). Now the fight is moving on to the courts, Chris Schofield our Solicitor has given £100,000 worth of his time FREE, a Litigation Lawyer costs between £200-£400 pounds an hour, and a Barrister costs £400-£800 pounds an hour, although some do charge more. You can bet the developers will have the best, so we need to have legal parity! We hope this helps to explain why you are being asked to be as generous as you can.
In years to come you could say with pride I played my part in saving this village.
So we invite you to join with those who give, and those who give on a regular basis
WE CAN WIN BUT ONLY WITH YOUR GENEROSITY