Poppy Appeal problems "will be put right"

CHANGES to Wiltshire Council’s street collection policy that left Salisbury’s Poppy Appeal £2,000 down on last year “will be put right”, according to the head of the licensing committee.

Cllr Jonathon Seed said: “Whatever happens, I, as chairman, will make sure that if we need to change the policy we will do so, so that the Royal British Legion can collect for the Poppy Appeal next year unimpeded. If we’ve got it wrong then I will make sure it is right next year.”

Salisbury Poppy Appeal collectors were left outraged that the charity was only allowed to collect on two days before Remembrance Day instead of its usual seven days.

Cllr Seed said that problems with Salisbury’s collection this year were down to a combination of changes to the Poppy Appeal collections programme and the council’s licensing policy.

The council’s licensing changes were brought in to harmonise the different policies administered by the former district councils and Cllr Seed said Wiltshire Council consulted widely with no problems being raised at the time.

Cllr Seed said: “As a retired army officer, I naturally support the Poppy Appeal and would like to do all that I can to make life as simple as possible for the Poppy Appeal collectors.”

The news has been welcomed by the Salisbury branch of the Royal British Legion. The city’s Poppy Appeal organiser Cindy Nelson-Twiby said: “I think it will be brilliant. We are getting so many more wounded soldiers coming back and we needed £42million this year so what are we going to need next year?

“I still firmly believe that the Poppy Appeal can only be collected at that time of the year and it will be good if they are prepared to put some changes in place. We can focus on who can do what, where and when.”

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6:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Morello says...

What a relief, I was just about to explode over the appalling failure of Trowbridge to understand that the Poppy Appeal is a traditional event in British life.
Councillor Seed says nobody raised a problem when the changes were introduced. Why do we bother to elect local councillors then ?
What a relief, I was just about to explode over the appalling failure of Trowbridge to understand that the Poppy Appeal is a traditional event in British life. Councillor Seed says nobody raised a problem when the changes were introduced. Why do we bother to elect local councillors then ? Morello

5:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Lady Tinky Winky says...

Morello quite right. Councillors know how to to talk the talk, but not how to act with common sense and compassion, unless in concerns them.
The usual lessons have been learnt (but they haven't) rubbish.
So what about the money the poppy appeal missed out on this year. Councillors maybe they could make up the £2,000 shortfall!
Morello quite right. Councillors know how to to talk the talk, but not how to act with common sense and compassion, unless in concerns them. The usual lessons have been learnt (but they haven't) rubbish. So what about the money the poppy appeal missed out on this year. Councillors maybe they could make up the £2,000 shortfall! Lady Tinky Winky

8:26pm Sat 24 Nov 12

rantone says...

The Area Board representing the Salisbury City have 8 members out of 93. In 2009 when Trowbridge won the bid to have a Unitary Council for Wiltshire the motto was"one council for all", and "where everybody matters". Now three and half years in Trowbridge still retains policies which are not uniform throughout the county. Our 8 representatives can and do and should be on top of many topics that affect us here in Salisbury, but a National fund raising period like the Poppy Appeal surely should have a policy that serves ALL THE COUNTY! Get a grip Trowbridge and show that for 2013 Salisbury and the British Legion can collect funds and we can all contribute in our various ways over an extended period. End of story!
The Area Board representing the Salisbury City have 8 members out of 93. In 2009 when Trowbridge won the bid to have a Unitary Council for Wiltshire the motto was"one council for all", and "where everybody matters". Now three and half years in Trowbridge still retains policies which are not uniform throughout the county. Our 8 representatives can and do and should be on top of many topics that affect us here in Salisbury, but a National fund raising period like the Poppy Appeal surely should have a policy that serves ALL THE COUNTY! Get a grip Trowbridge and show that for 2013 Salisbury and the British Legion can collect funds and we can all contribute in our various ways over an extended period. End of story! rantone

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