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Thatcham Tories to sell The Priory at massive loss to taxpayers

January 20, 2016 2:35 PM

Only your help NOW can stop the Conservative agenda in Thatcham:

  • Join the campaign by contacting Owen Jeffery - email: owenejeffery@gmail.com or mobile: 0796 825 1370

  • Come and talk to campaigners in Thatcham Broadway on Saturday morning, 23rd January

  • Write to your Thatcham Town Councillors - their email addresses are here or you can address a letter to them at Thatcham Town Council, Brownsfield Road, RG18 3HF

Conservative-led West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council's financially-driven agenda mean Thatcham families are paying a premium in losing community assets.

If you oppose the move to seel The Priory in Thatcham please write to your Thatcham Town Councillors - their email addresses are here or you can address a letter to them at Thatcham Town Council, Brownsfield Road, RG18 3HF.

The Priory in central Thatcham was being developed as a community resource with space for council offices and facilities for the Police in the town centre. It is now to be sold within months despite Thatcham residents expressing concerns through petitions, in the media, in meetings, on social media and websites, letters and official consultations.

At a recent meeting of the Thatcham Town Council, the Conservative run administration voted to sell The Priory, which will see a loss to taxpayers that could exceed £500,000.

Liberal Democrat Councillors strongly opposed this reckless decision and demanded that Thatcham residents be consulted about the biggest financial loss ever seen by them. Instead of taking the opportunity to sound out residents' views, the Tories voted this down and pushed ahead with their asset stripping agenda - robbing the town of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Despite all public support, time, effort and money going into completing The Priory as a central community centre it will never be used by the community under Tory plans.

The vote to sell The Priory means:

  • The sale will take place within months

  • No home for the Police in central Thatcham
  • No community facilities to support charitable and resident's activities in the town
  • A once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve facilities and £100,000s lost.
Support the campaign to "Save The Priory" www.savethepriory.com