Sorry it’s been a while, but then again I’ve been dealing with MBC trying to get some funding out of them to help assist with the second sign.
Sadly it’s a no on that front; however on the other side of the coin I do have an agreement from them that they would re-instate/maintain the sign going forward if it’s rebuilt.
On the responses I had from everyone if they were willing to contribute to the second sign the breakdown was as follows.
Yes – 31
No – 22
Maybe – 9
So with this in mind I’ve had emails from all of you at one point or another to hint at what you would be willing to pay towards it’s rebuilding. As you can expect these values vary greatly and since the ‘maybe’ category didn’t include a cost they’re excluded from the analysis.
If we were to do exactly the same as we did on the first sign and just do a straight divide on the overall cost and divide it by the interested parties we would get a cost per party. If I use the lower of the estimate (excluding the ‘just in case’ 10%) the rebuild cost was put at £2205.60.
Based on the 31 ‘Yes’ responses that makes the cost per Yes vote at £71.15.
However; the spread of what people were willing to contribute looks like this.
As you can see; there are quite a few that are below the £71.15 line of the 31 entries, some by a substantial amount.
This is based on only those that commented on willing to contribute to the second sign.
I’ve taken the costs you were willing to contribute in previous emails, subtracted the £18.50 (for the first sign) and used those figures to show where we lie in relation to shortfalls if that makes sense.
Ideally I’d like to keep everyone paying the same thing as otherwise it’s just a nightmare to manage (a bit like herding cats) but realise unless 50% of the Yes respondents up their contributions it’s just not going to happen.
So Plan A ; have people contribute the same amount I think is a non-flier; please email me and let me know if this is not the case and you’re willing to up your contribution to even it out. If you can’t remember what you were willing to contribute; do email and I’ll tell you the figure I have for you.
Plan B, it’s always nice to have an alternative plan isn’t it. If I take the figures that I’ve gleamed from you over the months this has been going on and I take just the ‘willing to contribute up to’ figures from the Yes votes; we have sufficient to rebuild it. (£2411), however I realise that this was always peoples maximum consideration and means that people are paying unevenly. How do you feel about this approach, personally I’m against it as it’s not fair and equal ?
Plan C: Does anyone know any organisations that would be willing to make a donation to assist (much like KCC did with the first sign) or would be willing to fund perhaps the signage from Mid Kent Memorials ?
I realise it’s yet another round of emails back and forth; such is the nature of the beast. I’d be interest to hear feedback or your thoughts.
I’ve said it previously but it would be help to get your neighbours involved. See if they know about the plans for the second sign; especially down Lombardy who would primarily be the people who would be passing the reinstated sign. Get them to get in touch
If you are in the Maybe category; please do get in touch and let me know if you’d be willing to contribute to the sign now that you’ve seen the figures. An of course, if you were previously a No but have had a change of heart; please get in touch.