An open letter to the Chief Executive of the Heart of England Co-operative 

Dear Mr Kurji,  

As local residents and Co-op shareholders, we are writing this open letter to you in the hope that you will clarify a recent citation.

On 21st October 2018 the Mail on Sunday ran an article on the need to protect green spaces for the health of the nation, backed by Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Lord Coe.

In the article ‘Spiked fence keeps families out’, they mention Oakfield Recreation Ground and quote you as saying ‘We have fenced off the land to safeguard members of the Public.

We would like to know what the safeguarding issues were, prompting you to take such action?

You will recall that Rugby Borough Council announced a couple of years ago that it was your legal right to deny local residents access to Oakfield following your rejected planning application in March 2016 (the fifth such rejection since 1962 – see Appendix A).

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