Thanks to ITV for continuing to cover this important issue, with last night’s bulletin being the latest. The Council’s thinking is hopelessly muddled with the Councillor in charge, Huxtable, yo-yoing between “it’s about saving to invest” and “we don’t care if the sale raises money; it’s about making the Council smaller” as their motivation for the sale. If you ask me, it’s pretty clear that the sale is ideological. Why? Because, they have no idea what the land is worth having refused to seek a formal valuation of the land in question. This is no way to run a Council. The land is effectively held in trust on behalf of all Somerset Council Tax payers and should remain so. There is no evidence that continuing to hold the land is costly to the Council and neither is there any evidence that the Council’s ‘assurances’ will protect access and wildlife following the sale. Over 30,000 people have signed petitions onjecting to the sale. How many more people have to shout before our Councillors listen? Ultimately, they will be forced to listen at next year’s County Council elections….

Cllr Huxtable may have taken the decision to sell-off Thorncombe Hill, Over Stowey Customs Common and Great Wood yesterday but the battle is far from over. Many of us will be at the protest at Shire Hall (next to County Hall) at 9.30 on Wednesday 15th February and we would love as many people as possible to join us to demonstrate the strength of feeling. Many of us will also be asking probing questions of the Council at its meeting later that morning. The issue will also have to be discussed at a further Council meeting in May before the sale can take place…..

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