Letchworth GC community group at risk

A community group that was set up six years ago to try and improve an estate in Letchworth GC is in danger of folding. The Grange Improvement Forum (GIF) committee was holding an extraordinary general meeting last night (Wednesday) at the Grange Youth Clu

A community group that was set up six years ago to try and improve an estate in Letchworth GC is in danger of folding.

The Grange Improvement Forum (GIF) committee was holding an extraordinary general meeting last night (Wednesday) at the Grange Youth Club at the community centre in Pelican Way to debate whether to dissolve GIF.

But one woman and its former chairman Claire Bowditch of Whitehicks on the Grange, believes it would be a tragedy if GIF was dissolved.

"The community needs an organisation like GIF so it has a voice on what needs to be done on the estate," said Miss Bowditch.


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"To dissolve a group which was founded to give residents a voice is insane when so much good has been achieved already. Should residents wish for me to step forward and help carry on this positive work I will.

"I believe that GIF can be saved. It takes a lot of hard work and the right attitude to keep a community positive and on an estate of 2,800 dwellings I believe that there are people on the Grange who would like to help keep the group going."

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GIF treasurer Leslie Pride said: "GIF seems to have lost its vision and the public will vote whether we continue or are dissolved.

"Meetings have been poorly attended and people seem to be wrapped up in their jobs and own lives to support GIF.

"GIF seems to have run out of breath. It has done a lot of good for the community and it is sad that this might be the end."

Another committee member Jean Sneesby said: "There is a lot of public apathy on the Grange. It would be really sad if GIF folded.

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