Councillor Robbie Mack comes to Manning’s Pit

Following on from the visit of our MP (see below) to Manning’s Pit, Robbie Mack, who is both a Town and District Councillor, came to visit us on Thursday. He has already given us a very welcome donation from his Councillor Community Grant, and he had joined us for the first part of John Lovelokck’s Sponsored walk back in January.

The weather was very different then – as you can see if you scroll down these pages some way – and the mud was very deep. This Thursday was a beautiful dry and sunny day, with the leaf colours beginning to turn red and gold in the afternoon sun.

This is his message:

It’s coming to crunch time again for the Friends of Mannings Pit, as the site will be auctioned on September 23rd with a guide price of £180,000-£220,000. The group have done a fantastic job fundraising and have raised over £80,000, but are obviously still short of buying it. Please give if you can. I chose to give a portion of my Councillor Community Grant to this cause as I feel it is a very important issue for the people of Barnstaple. It is vital we keep green spaces like this, which benefit our physical and mental health, as well as the environment. Anyone looking to buy this site will be left with no doubt that there is a strong community effort to keep the space open for the enjoyment of nature.”

Robbie Mack (centre) with Friends of Manning’s Pit group members

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