Important information from the
Hands Off HRI Steering Committee
Here we are, ten weeks into the Hands off HRI Campaign.
This is the most credible community campaign our town has ever seen.
- The committee has called a meeting of all sub group coordinators on Wednesday, 30th March at 19:00. The aim of this meeting is to give sub groups some clear direction on the next steps of the campaign. Such as fundraising, engaging in the consultation and mobilisation for the public meeting on Monday, 18th April.
- Petitions. We are happy to receive any related petition. Our Petition Number is 118690. The only information we require are name, address, and post code. All petitions should be handed in to the main collection point which is the Unison Office in Huddersfield. The Unison Office Address is: 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP
- In terms of finance we now have a Treasurer. We also have an Auditor. Once the person is up and running, which should be in the next seven days, clear financial statements will be put on the website. This will include all income and expenditures to date.
- We have been exploring the option of setting up as a Charitable Trust for some time. This, again, is for financial purposes. As a charitable trust we will have clear legal guidelines on how we operate. It takes 15 days to set up so we should have charitable status by at the latest the end of April.
- All minutes are posted on the Hands Off HRI Website Forum once they have been drafted and ratified.
- The Facebook page is mainly a forum to post announcements, pertinent newspaper articles, promotion of events and to develop community engagement. The Facebook page is pan-political, in that it involves all the pilot parties. We have cross party support for our campaign which is why certain, overtly critical posts are not approved. The Hands Off HRI Forum has a platform for political debate and posts: Speakers' Corner.
- The committee has developed a diary of events. We are aiming for one major headline event each month. There is a diary of events on the website, this will be updated as the arrangements are more fully developed. Please have your own sub group events and promote them on the website, the committee will help wherever possible.
- We are currently developing our legal approach. We will have more details on this in April.
- We are engaging with different community groups as part of our campaign and realise the need to involve everyone that will be affected by the current proposal.
- We fully appreciate that communication has not been our strong point. We are working hard to improve this. Through social media, the website, newspapers and face to face.
- Our roles are explained on the website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns. This is something that will develop with the campaign, and will be discussed in the sub-group meeting on Wednesday, 30th March.
- We appreciate that all points of concern may not have been covered please contact us directly with anything that you think has been missed.
- The website has all up to date information as soon as it can be confirmed.
- The last point to make is about respect. All members of this committee have unique individual skills that have been brought to the table. All individuals are dedicated to this campaign. We respect each other. We would ask others to do the same. We will not tolerate personal attacks at individual members of this committee. All decisions are made as a group.