GASP Groups Against Stadium Proposals fights destruction of Historical Air Park

Press Release 7th January Post Consultation Results

07 January 2011

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Wycombe District Council says: ‘More than 70 per cent of 8,376 written responses received by WDC were in favour of the site at Booker, with 71 per cent saying they supported plans for a sports village.’

GASP should be shocked and appalled at this outcome, given that each and every local poll has been overwhelmingly against the stadium proposals* however, we are unsurprised at this outcome.

GASP will put together a full response showing that the Consultation process was flawed and unrepresentative of the local community, but initial concerns include:

  • Insufficient release of information to allow people to produce an informed opinion, eg no mention of the number of houses that would have to be built
  • Using opaque language to mask unpalatable information eg. saying 'enabling development' instead of spelling out that up to 2000 houses would have to be built on Green Belt land to pay for it
  • Insufficient length of consultation period (6 rather than the 12 weeks stipulated in government guidelines)
  • Holding public meetings and exhibitions in areas miles from the proposed stadium sites rather than in the areas most likely to be affected by the scheme
  • There was no ‘do nothing’ option
  • On-line respondents were repeatedly ‘timed out’ when they were concerned enough to take the time to fill in the comments box
  • There was no due diligence to ensure that any of the responses were genuine
  • Rumours of Wycombe Wanderers officials 'helping' people fill out consultation forms and encouraging students to fill out forms in favour of the project
  • Confirmed reports of London Wasps supporters who live miles from the area being emailed by Lawrence Dallaglio to fill out consultation forms in favour of the new stadium
  • Confirmed reports that students were given consultation forms and encourage to vote in favour of the new stadium so that they could get more sports facilities

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WDC says that 71% of the community is in favour of the stadium proposals. GASP would like to invite the community to come to Wycombe District Council’s offices in High Wycombe on 17 January at 5.30pm to demonstrate to the councillors that the community is not in favour of the stadium proposals no matter what their skewed consultation says.

* regular polls in the Bucks Free show the percentage against the stadium to be in the high 80s and in a recent poll in Lane End showed 86% of 358 respondents wanted the stadium to remain at Adams park. (Consultation papers were distributed by councillors Jean Teesdale and Ian McEnnis with December issue of The Clarion parish magazine and people were asked to fill out the forms and return them to a box in Lane End post office)

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GASP is a coalition of parish councils, residents' associations, sports clubs and conservation bodies
from around the Wycombe and Marlow districts who believe the current stadium proposals are flawed