WRAP - No prison in Westbury
WRAP media release - 21 April 2020

Greg Hall’s call for the survey to be redone

The survey has been truly lamentable in concept and execution, and problems were apparent before the advent of COVID-19.

However, the focus of Mr Hall’s criticisms and the timing of their release call into question his motives.

The essence of his disappointment is that all Meander Valley ratepayers ought to have received a survey.

This complaint is, to say the least, belated.

It was reported in the Examiner as far back as 17 March 2020 that survey forms would only be mailed to 7,400 households in the Meander Valley. As a significant player in the debate surrounding the prison, Mr Hall must have known this. As a former Mayor must also have known that this figure represents less than half of people on the electoral roll in the municipality.

Yet Mr Hall did not complain at that critical juncture.

Instead he has waited until now, when the survey is over and when the broad outcomes of the survey would be known by those in Government, to complain.

It may be that the results of the survey have come as a disappointment to the Government and to those who press for the Westbury prison. The public will never know unless the results are released.

The survey has indeed been a waste of taxpayers’ money.

This does not mean, however, that the whole sorry drama should be repeated. Good money should not be thrown after bad. There is no guarantee that any repeat would be better than the original.

The survey is what it is and WRAP calls on the Minister to its results.

We then ask the Government to let us know its next steps.

We here in Westbury have waited long enough to know what the future holds in store for us. We do not need or deserve this anxiety on top of COVID-19.

Linda Poulton
President, WRAP Inc
Westbury