Nice post, and very valid concerns regards the attendees and the viewing of the community only in the form of 'groups', as TAK shows above there are plenty of people who are interested and concerned but not part of a recognised organisation.
There would be plenty of people interested I'm sure.
Important to note however is the fact that I first wrote to LL advising I'm not in a T&RA anymore but would relly like to attend, and then wrote a second time to express my disappointment that it was exclusively for groups. I bet 50% of people would not have given it a second try to still attend the meeting.
@TAK: totally understand what you're saying. i know there are quite a few people who had no idea about the event in the first place. to me, exclusivity and transparency are mutually exclusive.
the idea of the 'invitation only' apparently (as stated in the draft terms of reference document) is to get a balanced cross-section of 'wider local community.' except that the 'list' arguably was not 'wider local' at all. nor balanced, as there is not a single local business, for example.
i will be commenting on this document in some detail, and one of the key arguments will be that it (the forum) has to be public - publicly promoted, inclusive, transparent (as in documentation publicly available for infoshare/scrutiny). with 'balances' and 'cross-sections' you can only ever try to achieve them, but this cannot be a justification for stopping those who want to be engaged to do so.
Is the overview and scrutiny committee meeting some councillors have called in on the 1st June open to the public? (refer to the news section for details) This may be a good opportunity to make a point that residents do care?
The scrutiny meeting is open to the public but I don't think there is an automatic right to speak or make representations.
It may be worth contacting the chair and/or clerk in advance as they may be happy to accept a brief and on-topic contribution from resident/s - I have certainly seen that happen before at scrutiny meetings. But bear in mind that the discussion will be tightly framed around the specifics of the decision to cooperate with St Modwen.