Hare Hatch Sheeplands has ‘failed in collaboration with local government’

by | Nov 22, 2016 | News | 0 comments

hatch

A bid by supporters of Hare Hatch Sheeplands to have councillors vote on a petition which called on Wokingham Borough Council do ?everything it can? to ensure the garden centre remained a ?financially viable enterprise? failed on Saturday, 19 November.

Instead, an alternative motion, submitted by John Halsall (Con, Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe) was passed, which instead called on the management of London Road-based Sheeplands to ensure it operates as a viable enterprise.

It was passed at the council meeting in Shute End, Wokingham, with most of the Conservatives voting in favour.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors abstained.

No councillor voted against during the meeting, which was attended by several members of the public and Sheeplands owner Rob Scott.

It followed a debate about a petition submitted by former Twyford Village Partnership chairman Patrick Heather, which gained more than 1,500 signatures.

Cllr Mark Ashwell, the cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said businesses needed to ?collaborate? with the community, education and government.

He said: ?From the interaction I have had with this particular business, I have no doubt that this business does lead with collaboration with community and education.

?From where I see it, and I have told Patrick, this business has fundamentally failed in collaboration with government.

?It has massively fallen out with local government.?

He said Sheeplands had formed an impressive community team but added: ?Mobilising community and education to rally against the government surely has got to be a recipe for disaster.

?Businesses must lead. This business isn?t leading, it?s bleating.?

Twyford councillor Lindsay Ferris, leader of the opposition, Liberal Democrats, said: ?Hare Hatch Sheeplands is a very well respected business.

?Many residents, including myself have visited this site for many years and it has become part of our community.?

There is an ongoing injunction hearing regarding developments at Hare Hatch Sheeplands in the High Court. No date has yet been set for the hearing?s continuation.

Article source

more latest news ➡

Retailers

Nearly 40% of UK retailers fail to meet delivery times

A new study, carried out by post-purchase customer experience provider parcelLab and e-commerce customer care - and fulfilment specialist Salesupply, highlights significant gaps in delivery reliability, tracking transparency and customer service...

Blue Diamond posts 2023 figures

Blue Diamond posts 2023 accounts

The new largest garden centre group Blue Diamond has posted its 2023 accounts which shows a £24.2m profit – a 16% increase on 2022. Sales for 2023 were £310.6m versus £259.3m last year, a 20% increase on 2022, and a 9% like for like uptake. This marks an important...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word

 

Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This