Firstly it was great to have Steve Lucas along as a prospective new member of the Group. Steve listened to the various discussions through the meeting and at the end of the evening he agreed to join and become our secretary. We are very pleased and grateful to welcome you on board Steve!
During the committee members’ reports Ted Hand reported that he and I attended the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA) board meeting last week as observing members of the public. It was encouraging and heartening to hear our campaign for a station mentioned positively twice by board members and our presence acknowledged. This was a good indication that we are being taken seriously by at least one of the organisations whose support we will need if we are to succeed.
The bulk of the evening was taken up with some preliminary planning for our stall at the Frost Fayre. By then we hope to show that we have some serious business sponsorship behind us and are making good progress towards our aim. If you usually attend the Frost Fayre please come across and have a chat with us (have a go on the raffle!) and let us know what you think of the campaign and if you can help.
Finally we discussed the very recent announcement of the start of consultations on the plan to build an M4 relief road around Newport between Magor and Castleton. The Group is keen to understand the proposals and what the impacts may be on the current local transport infrastructure. The local consultations begin next week – Ebenezer Baptist Church, Magor, on 2 and 3 October between 12:00 and 19:00. Try and pop along and have your say and make the point about a need for a station – it could be a good bargaining point!
Oh and our thanks to Jonathan Croft of the Magor Printing Company for the piece in The Villager about our Group and what we are trying to do.