Widnes tried to pull this stunt when in partnership with Town, Town I understand where against it and this was one of the reasons why the partnership ended, this is a further nail in the coffin of Cumbrian RL. Only one long term winner here and that is Widnes.
We will have to take your word for that bobg as we, the fans, don't seem to be kept in the loop as much as they do at Haven. H4E recently posted on their forum under his other ID of BKM that basically the Cumbria Review was that Town wanted a merger and Haven didn't. Will we ever get to see the Rapley Report in all it's glory?