Our fundraising efforts have gone into over-drive mode over the last few weeks and we have made great headway raising in excess of £17k. Thanks to all those that have contributed. As you probably know by now we are raising funds to retain a specialist Planning Barrister. She is Sasha Blackmore of Landmark Chambers, who are very highly-ranked specialists in Planning Law. We will use them to pick apart the Council's case for building on the Green Belt.
Phillip Plato, the BNG Chair, has been out and about on speaking engagements in residents' homes and the Black Cat Pub on Lycrome Road. The latest stage of his "tour" is at the White Hill Centre, tonight, Monday 12th February at 7.30pm.
If you haven't had the chance to attend one of our meetings so far, this will be the final chance on this leg of the tour. Here you will get the latest up-to-date information on our battle to protect the Green Belt around Chesham and ease the strain on our Town's infrastructure.
This may be the the last BNG speaking engagement for a while but this is by no means the end of our fundraising efforts. Although we are getting close to our target of £20k, It should be noted that this is a minimum target to justify retaining a Planning Barrister and our aim should be to exceed it. To that end we are still asking all those that haven't donated yet to consider helping now in any way they can to help reach our target. With the Council's "direction of travel" if we do nothing, Chesham will end up with an extra 900 houses on the Green Belt at the top of the hill. By raising funds to fight this proposal, we can dramatically reduce this figure or even prevent it from happening at all.
Our Crowdjustice campaign has just 14 days to run by which time it will no longer be possible to pledge money this way. If you have been thinking about donating but not got round to it, now is the time to do so. If you would rather donate by cheque or BACS, please visit our Fundraising page for further instruction. We will also be able to accept cash donations at White Hill tonight.
The BNG Directors firmly believe this is a cause worth fighting for. Between them they have personally put in a third of the monies raised so far. They have put their own money where their mouth is. We would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed. From those donating four figure sums to the pensioner in their 70s who was sorry that they could only contribute £5. You have all played your part. Thank you.
Hopefully see you at the White Hill Centre tonight.
The BNG Team
Members of the Brown Not Green Campaign