Town and District Councillors Ian Roome, Mel Lovering and Jo Orange come to Manning’s Pit, accompanied by even more Councillors including Janet Coates.

What is the collective noun for a crowd of Councillors, both District and Town? Well, there were a large number of them in Manning’s Pit yesterday, all showing their support in a socially distanced way.

Former Mayor Ian Roome spoke glowingly about the importance of Manning’s Pit, and interviewed two of us on his Facebook Live Stream. As he said, and we know, there was a real possibility that the Town Council could have helped with the purchase, but the pandemic put a halt to any plans of that, for the present at least.

Any prospective developer thinking of putting in a bid needs to know how much the importance of Manning’s Pit is understood by all our Town and District Councillors. It is – after all – an Asset of Community Value.

Some of the Councillors with Friends of Manning’s Pit in Manning’s Pit (there were plenty more as well who arrived a little later,) Those in the photo (or out of range) are Mark Fowler, Ian Roome, Janet Coates, Mel Lovering and Jo Orange.
L to R Councillors Jo Orange, Mel Lovering and Janet Coates, just below a sign that makes clear that this field is not – as the auctioneers describe it – known as Land Lying East of Windsor Road.

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