I wrote last week that I expected the annual parish meeting to be quite a long drawn-out affair but in the event we were through by 9.30.
Nobody lost their temper. There were no tears.
Instead there seemed a silent acknowledgement that there are a number of contentious village issues to which there are no obvious answers – things that are best not spoken about.
The level-crossing, Wyecycle, the Free School, double yellow lines: a few words were said about them, certainly, but the arguments are so well-rehearsed that it’s difficult for anyone to make much headway.
We all know the arguments – and the arguments that will be shot back, often by our nextdoor neighbours, or at least by familiar faces who we pass in the street every day.
I have also formed a personal view (in some cases not yet published), but I’m not confident that I could tell you the right answer on any of them. (Is there a right answer?!)
The good news is that I do not think that the village’s response to the Imperial College masterplan on the housing issue falls into this bracket of contention. I have not come across anyone in the village who thinks that the proposal for 300 houses is in any way reasonable.
Some clarity on that has been provided by the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire with 84% of respondents going for 50 houses or less up to 2021 (the timescale of the questionnaire).
Given that over 75% of the village filled it in, we would seem to have good consensus – which is now being further enhanced by Wyeweb’s 50✓ campaign.
So that’s a start – one quick item on the agenda next week?
Even so, I think we’ll be lucky to be home by 9.30.