The following is the reply our Secretary sent to David Cox:
Thank you for your long email.
Members of our group have already raised concerns about what they have heard and we have certainly been approached by Phillip Benstead. There is debate locally about what we should do, if anything, but support or not of the petition will obviously be up to individual members.
I will circulate your email to our committee and others who have already raised concerns locally.
Several have expressed severe disquiet about the way the changes have happened and the apparent lack of consultation with members rather than the decisions that appear to have already been made.