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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:44:27 pm »
Even now and even if they were pushed together, our local councils are lush with office space.  Moving to Beyer offices would simply enable the paper empires to grow.  They are both wholly unnecessary and as out of date as the old nationalised utilities.  Today's Newbury isn't big or important enough to need its own local council, let alone administrative offices.  Just let Reading or Wokingham suck the few remaining responsibilities and spend the money saved on the NHS - not luxury offices....please!

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About as prepared as they are when they see the effects of the Districts commercial downturn on the famed business rate retention experiment.

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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:41:43 pm »
Given that most of the Council's functions have been devolved to other organisations and there is a culture for 'working from home', I'd be surprised if WBC couldn't be accommodated in a couple of spare rooms in the Town Hall.  That would also make it so much easier when the Government call time - which can't be too far off.

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Simply another small element in delivering the vision WBC are working towards delivering.  They knew it would be a long job, so both Conservative and LibDems signed up to it - local political establishment can't conceive of any other party anywhere near.  No use kicking against the reigns, Newbury will be a dormatory / retirement suburb, no matter what - politics count more than people.

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Coming from a Council that doesn't even seem able to run a public lavatory, don't hold your breath! 

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Can't even say nice try to that!  I'd be surprised if our MP even thought it worthy of a response, but then he comes across as very polite. 

It's one of those letters some people feel the urge to write and then tear up when reflection and reality cuts in.

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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:10:09 pm »
Quite agree, but until such time as we have some real and effective leadership nationally and locally, I'm not putting my shoulder to the wheel; I'll just follow our national ethos; look after number one because no one else will.  Shoulder to the wheel might be the right and tried austerity exhortation though. Nonetheless, it smacks of another, which I suspect our politicians still don't get.  Went something like this - Your strength, your resolution, your courage, will bring us victory! 

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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:24:01 pm »
Number 6, can't argue with that!  Only trouble is, these days no one, no one at all will notice or listen. Many simply grumble, but don't do anything more.  Perhaps like me, they've found they are just banging their heads against a brick wall.  Yes, it really is nice when you stop!  So. For me, from now on, just let it happen, if it doesn't affect me, I don't want to know.  Just live and let live.

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Yes, triples all round!

Given what they don't do now, makes you wonder what WBC needs all that money for.

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Yes, totally agree!  Sainsburys this afternoon, walking through aisles, two shall we say economy sized ladies walking very slowly pushing a trolly side on, looking at stuff but not letting anyone pass.  Casual insolent rudeness; the me,me,me society.  Comprehensive education really works doesn't it.

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Well, with headcount well down, if I was Chief Constable I'm not sure I'd concentrate on traffic.  It's hugely unpopular.  In my view, much bad driving is excaserbated by people who purchase high powered large cars they are actually scared of driving.  Boy racers are just a nusance.

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Interesting this one.  Mr Cynic could be forgiven for thinking a major traffic issue would be beneficial, to the the long term plan at least.  What better reason could there be to connect the A339 at Newtown directly to the A34......


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Got something to say? / Re: Headline News ? Not in the NWN
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:01:30 pm »
Would we notice any reduction in service if Reading took over the whole thing, retaining only the direct front line service staff for WBC and all the parish level councils. To keep up the pretence that local Councillors do have a role, doubtless Reading wouldn't object to say three or four new Councillors for West Berks joining their deliberations.  Job done and no one would even notice.

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Got something to say? / Headline News ? Not in the NWN
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:10:47 am »
Sadly, the issue of West Berkshire's massive failure in local governance will be lost in the financial collapse of public service nationally.  The abject bankrupty of the Conservative party (and their yellow camp followers)  dogmatic adherence to 'free market economy' is now quite apparent and doing its worst.  It really is government for the few, the very few and not the many.

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Got something to say? / Re: Headline News ? Not in the NWN
« on: January 27, 2018, 09:53:44 pm »
When the chips are down, NWN knows where it's loyalty lies!

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