Why was church hall internet poll not included in report?

PUBLISHED: 13:25 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

FROM my perspective your reporting on the Soham church hall issue has seemed very one-sided and, at times, as if you were allowing yourselves to be used as a mouthpiece for a few very vocal individuals. From the viewpoint as a resident in Soham, much of w

FROM my perspective your reporting on the Soham church hall issue has seemed very one-sided and, at times, as if you were allowing yourselves to be used as a mouthpiece for a few very vocal individuals. From the viewpoint as a resident in Soham, much of what has been printed seemed to be trying to create news rather than report it.

The Soham on-line website has a poll, which for several days now has had a virtual 50/50 split in people's views and yet you have not chosen not to report that.

I'm sorry but I have not been happy with your handling of this issue.

Tony Brown

By email

Editor's Note: As I pointed out last week, the Parochial Church Council chose not to comment. In the council's own words, they wanted to remain "dignified and silent" on the issue.

This stance made it impossible for us to represent both points of view fairly. I'm sorry that you are not happy with our handling of this issue, but I can assure you that it was not through any lack of effort on our part that we were unable to, initially, represent the church council's view.

As far as the Soham on-line web poll is concerned, we checked the numbers involved and discovered that 109 people had responded, in our view, this was not representative of the people of Soham and we decided not to include it.


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