November 2016 ~ Received from Lowick Parish Council
understand that you have left the village, and note that the site was
last updated in March.
we would like to thank you for an excellent and informative online
publication which has served the village well for many years.
you feel that you wish to step down from the task of editing the site,
the Parish Council would be happy to step in on your behalf . It is
looking at the whole issue of maintaining information and services,
and would happily look at a solution that involves merging its ideas
a note relating to the site's present content, the Parish Council has
received a complaint about the language used on the Lowicknet website
- specifically the phrase "pathetic, retarded morons".
complainant feels this endorses the formerly held views people had
about people who suffer from mental disability.
understanding what you were trying to discourage, the Council accepts
that this phrase is offensive, and asks you to remove it.
is in the minds of at least the complainant the idea that the Parish
Council is responsible for the Lowicknet website, and we are hopeful
you will find an alternative.
November 2016 ~ My Reply
you for your E-mail. I'm sorry about the delay in replying.
is the first communication I have received regarding the
Lowick Village website, from anyone in Lowick, since we moved
permanently to Hampshire over a year ago. I had
hoped to continue maintaining the site, by relying on
the village newsletter, and information from local individuals, but
neither has been forthcoming, which is why the site
has been amended, but not updated.
have therefore decided to remove all three of my Lowick
Village related websites, of which "Border
Consultation" and "LowickPhoto" have already been
deleted. The delay in removing them is due to
the need to remove links to these sites from those other
websites I continue to maintain.
suspect the reason I have been contacted on this occasion, is
entirely due to the pathetic complaint you've received, which
tends to demonstrate the current trend whereby certain people
go out of their way to find something by which to be offended.
your information, the comment you refer to is part of a larger
paragraph (View), which has been on the
Home Page of the Lowick Village website for at least
ten years. During this time, thousands of
visitors have viewed the site,
without being offended, although some have commented that
it was amusing.
reasonable intelligence and a basic understanding
of the English language, must realise it is intended as
a humorous comment, specifically directed at
those individuals who spend their time browsing websites,
for the sole purpose of posting offensive spam and
unwanted advertising onto the guestbook pages.
complainant has decided to relate my comment to
those unfortunate enough to suffer from mental problems, and
I'm extremely disappointed that Lowick Parish Council agree
with such a small, narrow minded opinion. However, I
do not accept that there is anything on the Lowick Village
website, which could be deemed obscene, offensive, or
insulting to any normal person viewing it.
a matter of principle, I would normally ignore such a frivolous
complaint, and leave the website as it is, but
as I am no longer able to ensure the accuracy of the content, I will
be removing it in the near future, as planned.
Lowick Village website has been in existence for over 18 years,
during which time, I paid all domain and hosting charges, and
continue to do so. I personally own the domain
names, "lowicknet.co.uk" and "lowicknet.uk", and
have no intention of relinquishing them, or allowing anyone else to