It May have been a month of ‘fits and starts’ . . . .

We got off to  a great start at the beginning of the month with our stall at the May Fayre, which I reported on previously, run jointly with the MUCH group.  Thanks again to everyone who supported us.

I mentioned in an earlier post, the intention of meeting officials from the Department for Transport concerning our next application to the ‘New Station Fund’.  Well, we had a date of the 11th June agreed (in London) so we were disappointed to learn that the meeting had to be postponed.  However, a new date of 20th June has now been agreed, which we are looking forward to.  Ted, Christian Schmidt (MCC) and I will attend and so have been busy getting some additional material together (latest photographs and a summary of the case) to present on the day.  Jessica Morden MP will also be joining us.

While we have been preparing for our ‘Next Steps Workshop’, our allies (Jessica Morden MP, John Griffiths AM, Sophie Howe – Future Generations Commissioner, Paul Matthews – CEO MCC, Cllr. Frances Taylor and others) have all been working tremendously hard at making our case to Welsh Government.  These are turbulent times, with Brexit on-going, political parties in disarray and a decision on the M4 relief road imminent (believed to be June 4th) getting focus on our little station is tough but I am confident we will get a decision  (one way or the other) this year.

I mentioned last month that we were due to meet a representative from the BBC.  That meeting went well and the correspondent has since suggested filming dates.  However, in the meantime, another correspondent, Sarah Dickens (the Economics Correspondent) has, as a result of a conversation with the Future Generations Office, been in contact with us and also wants to do a story – as MAGOR is a great exemplar of communities wanting to tackle transport and climate change issues and needing greater Welsh Government help.  As soon as the BBC have agreed who and how the story will be done I will post the details, as we will probably need local people to be involved say what they to think. If you are a Welsh speaker and would like to be involved, let me know.

That’s it for now!  

Paul

 

 

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