find attached (below) NCFG’s Stage 2 complaint

As stated in my email below Mr
Carter’s response to NCFG’s Stage 1 complaint simply does not address the
points that were raised.

One of our main points is that
communication and dialogue with the Council has been very difficult (at best)
and as Mr Carter has made himself the focal point for all correspondence we
were very disappointed, but not surprised, that it was Mr Carter who responded
to the Stage 1 complaint. It was NCFG’s hope that an independent person
from WBC would review the complaint.

To be clear the way that Mr Carter has
handled the Council’s interaction with NCFG over the football ground and the
fact that all decisions on this matter still continue to be made behind
closed doors, without any justification / evidence or dialogue with the
users and / or wider community goes to the heart of our complaint. As such can
you please confirm ASAP who, from West Berkshire Council, will be handling this
Stage 2 complaint.

In our Stage 1 complaint we listed the
7 principles of public life (see below). It is our view that WBC’s handing
of the Faraday Road football ground falls short on many of these key principles
and we hope that our Stage 2 complaint is reviewed fairly and independently
with these principles used as the benchmark.

The 7
principles of public life

31 May 1995

1. Selflessness

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2. Integrity

Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3. Objectivity

Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4. Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5. Openness

Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6. Honesty

Holders of public office should be truthful.

7. Leadership

Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Paul Morgan

Chair of Newbury Community Football Group

Tel: 07767 817208