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|Update on last week's tragedy that has affected the Headley Village community 1 August, 2016|
Firstly, I understand the police presence will continue for some days yet. I have passed on residents’ appreciation of the professional and considerate approach taken by the police and they have commented on the high level of cooperation from residents.
Many people have asked how the party was given a Temporary Events Notice following the complaints about last year’s party. The police and Mole Valley are reviewing this and I have asked to be involved in this review. At this stage it seems that the process does not allow for local consultation and that the complaints the Parish Council relayed last year to the police and to Mole Valley did not influence the decision to grant a licence. I will report back to the Parish Council the results of this review. In my view we need to make clearer how we balance the rights of people to enjoy themselves and the reasonable expectations of residents not to be unduly disturbed or inconvenienced.
Thirdly, I wanted to comment on the press coverage the event has received. From the outset I have been concerned at the degree of press speculation about the nature of the party and the character of the organisers. The Parish Council has adopted a firm line of refusing to be drawn on these aspects. However Saturday’s press hit a new low with a report headlining that the party organiser had claimed “villagers are all racist”. Several residents told me how upset they are by publicity being given to such claims. I have written to the paper and have spoken to one of the journalists concerned, making the following points:
These events have impacted many parts of our community including the immediate neighbours, The Cock Inn, which was forced to close for some days, and, of course, the family who have witnessed a horrifying killing carried out in their home. I am confident that all our residents will pull together to help those directly affected and remain the vibrant, friendly community that we all enjoy.
David Preedy[+ go back...]