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By Ian Shacklock
May 9 2008

This is the first in a series of bulletins intended to keep you informed of progress with this campaign. The main focus of this particular bulletin is the 13th May milestone. This marks the end of the first phase of the campaign, and it will be an opportunity for some supporters to get together if they are available.   





Third Delivery of the Petition to the Council (Tues 13th May)

This is designed to coincide with the Annual Council meeting at the Islington Town Hall. There are no plans on this occasion to deliver any speeches at the council meeting, but there will be an opportunity for supporters of the petition to meet up outside the Town Hall, to hand in any outstanding signed forms, to compare notes and to assemble for a group photograph.

The council meeting is expected to start at around 7:30pm and the best time and place to meet up is at 7pm by the steps to the main entrance. Nearest tube station is Highbury & Islington.


Is this the end of the petition?

No. You can still sign the petition, but it won't be available in the same shops as before. It will move in different circles, for example the Islington and Camden Football League, and will live on as a background activity in the Highbury area where it originated. We have not set a schedule for any further deliveries to the Council, but the important thing is that you haven't missed out on the opportunity to sign it.


What was the original purpose of the Petition?

At the full council meeting of 28th February, I stated that the objectives were twofold:-

  • To raise public awareness that Arsenal and the Council had wrong footed each other on these plans
  • To give Arsenal and the Council the incentive to listen to their community, their voters and their future voters, i.e. the kids


What has happened with the petition to date?

The petition was launched in early February and was publicised in the Islington Gazette on 14th February. Three successive deliveries were scheduled. The first 1,250 signatures were submitted on 28thFebruary, another 800 were submitted on 3rd April and another 500 to 1,000 are expected to be submitted on 13th May.


What happens next?

Now that the petition has raised widespread awareness of the sports centre issue, we can continue to gather and demonstrate public support for it. After all, if people don't really want a sports centre then there is little point in anyone building one.

Instead of collecting endless lists of signatures or discussing the moral dilemma, we will be preparing and collecting letters of support, sharing fond memories of events that took place at the old JVC centre, and we can start thinking about the practicalities of building and using this long awaited sports centre.

Ian Shacklock

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Arsenal Times (IP Logged)
09/05/2008 20:53

Padre Pio (IP Logged)
09/05/2008 22:36
Hope to see some of you on the picket.

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