The story of the fight to defend Wye against avaricious development and local authority neglect is a remarkable one. I’ve been thinking for some time that there ought to be some way in which it was recorded beyond this web-site, in a succinct and linear fashion for people who would like to sit down and read it at length away from the evil electronic glare of the computer. Something called a ‘book’ seemed the most appropriate medium.
I’m pleased to say that the first draft is now complete and arrangements are under way to have it published, hopefully by April, in time to give people something to ruminate over in the run-up to local elections. The cover you see on the right is for illustrative purposes only and shouldn’t be taken as anything other than an indication of the kind of book it will be.
I should also make clear this is my work alone, not Justin’s, who’s been much too busy to devote time to a little local publishing effort. It isn’t a hagiography or some gleeful whitewash, but a very personal and frank account of what took place, with, I hope, a few fresh insights. The book will set out to recount the events of 2006 as I saw them, frankly, and with full disclosure about the path to the glorious day of September 15.
Wye was lucky on several fronts. Lucky that its opponents were so fragmented and disorganised. Lucky that sufficient residents came forward to tackle the threat to its existence. And lucky that, in Justin Williams, we had an extraordinary investigative journalist who was able to bring to light documents and facts we were never supposed to see.
More than anything, though, Wye was just lucky. Next time we may not be. We’ve been contacted by many campaigners up and down the country asking how we won when so many others lost. I can only answer that question by being honest about everything, including our own failings, so that others can do better in the future.
I’ll post more information about publication dates and some rather exciting news about other aspects of this project when the time is right. But please expect some form of launch event, in the village naturally, around April.