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Got something to say? / Re: Problem, Reaction, Solution ?
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:45:09 am »
Classic!  'Not my fault Guv, it's the others'.

Discounting the LibDem everyone must cycle mantra, for decades, WBC has done nothing, absolutely nothing, even to try and reduce car use or poor lorry movements.  For most, cycling is not an option.  The district geography and elimination of school catchment areas also mitigate against cycling. So, what about public transport?  A subject on which WBC actually employs staff to look after.  What about detailled road design?  Again, WBC actually employ staff to do this! 

So, even me, just an untrained member of public can see our bus service is as expensive as it is inadequate.  Our roads, even new ones, are not even designed to take account of buses.  Equally, have you seen any bus stops with live information displayed?  We still have no bridge over the railway at Thatcham, no useful route from Hambridge road, no direct route from Basigstoke to A34..........

Oh, we can't spend the money we get from new developments for infrastructure can we?

Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:23:06 am »
Its already here.

Two very frightening reports in NWN recently, which received scant attention.  Essentially the same type of violent, very nasty 'domestics'.  Men murdering their partners / girl friends and then claiming they had mental health issues, so couldn't remember / be held responsible.  Both were known to be violent.

Where have we failed?

-  'my kids are Gods' parenting
-  'no punishment' methods used in schools
-  closure of local courts
-  cessation of local press reporting local court results
-  cessation of beat policing and even the pale replacement wardens
-  legitimisation of lower category drugs, like cannabis
-  soft policing and management of presently relaxed licencing regulations.
-  .....and now the ability to blame all personal failings on 'mental health'

We reap what we sow.

Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:23:36 am »
Wouldn't disagree - it's an old technique, been done before and will again.  Nonetheless, the faction concerned only gets much interest where there is a vacuum.  So, for me, putting myself in the shoes of an idealistic adolescent on the verge of leaving school my future looks pretty bleak. I get taught about environmental matters at school, look round at the filthy mess everywhere and see 'the Council' making it far worse buy removing bins, not cleaning streets.  Supermarkets doing nothing at all about double wrapping or plastic bottles. I've got a ready made campaign.  No, I'm not even going to listen  to the lying mainstream local politicians who can't even lead themselves.  Not a good time to be young, so the only thing I'm surprised about is the peaceful nature of the protest!  In my day, cobbles would have been lifted!

Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:24:47 am »
Must admit my first thought was that the kids are simply emulating their 'betters', following the recent Head Teachers demo in central London. Mind, from my experience environmental issues are a big concern of youngsters.  Locally of course, the reinvigorated Green Party has realised has a ready made target in attacking the local lazy Lib.Dem / Conservative consensus on such issues.

Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:28:02 am »
Quite dreadful! 

The New York example is good, but would it work in the UK?  In the US, fear of punishment is still a potent inhibitor.  Not so much here; where simply to save money our Policing and Criminal Justice arrangements are demonstrably not fit for purpose.

Is our 'official' response really acceptable or adequate.  The Mayor of Hungerford and the local beat copper have a chat!

First, just like all the other mayoral appointments in West Berkshire, these dignitaries are toothless tigers.  Appointed simply as ceremonial heads of councils which have no real authority or power. 
Second, as this issue has escalated so dangerously, rather than chatting to the foot soldier, what has the Chief Constable, or more to the point, the Crime Commissioner (who actually lives in the area) got to say about this, or more to the point, what are they going to do?

In my view, the feeble official response simply highlights our impotence and we can therefore at best, we can expect this nasty situation to continue. 

Not sure I'd recommend Hungerford as a place to visit, let alone live.

That they were founded in Newbury and born out of West Berks Council one could be forgiven for thinking that they do know something.  These credentials and the nature of the business mean that in my book this is a shocking indictment of the Council and its capability of actually delivering it's published vision.

Contractor - Nothing to do with me, we asked the Council, they said yes, they know the area,
Council - Contractors fulfilled the agreed criteria, so of course we agreed.  It's the Police
Police - Its pretty low on our priority list for a busy Saturday, try the centre managers
Parkway - We've got no authority to do anything outside our building, try town council
Town Council - Dont have wardens now anyway WBC are responsible, see if a traffic warden will help
Parking Wardens - sorry, not permitted to direct traffic - HSE, don't ask me tell your Councillor
Councillor - 2 hours isn't long, why, I waited 3 at IKEA, you should have walked or biked...
Me - thanks, really useful suggestion, can all this stuff on line and have rest of day free.

Newbury; the town time forgot and no one is too keen to remember.....

Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:31:00 pm »
Wouldn't disagree with that!

Interesting one this.  Of course, last thing any 'decent' shop wants is even a few old dossers lying about the town.  So, what to do?  Parkway is an excellent example; their security people seem to keep the area clear of all undesirables; including the odd tv company! The new developments inevitably open with a permanent maintenance/security contingent and thus at no extra cost, problem is solved.  The areas which aren't regarded as prime shopping - back end of Bart. Street can push the BID for a warden.  Anyway, it's going to be a minor issue because WBCs recent pronouncements suggests that the issue is overstated and the existing arrangements work well....

It's all part of the Vision, the more businesses that fail, the more land in the town centre up for new flats development. Triples all round.

Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:00:02 pm »
Why shouldn't I think a very small mainly rural Council have significant property development skills? 

Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:44:33 am »
Yes, do,you should be, it's your money they are draining away; not even on stuff that has even a minor use, but now apparently just keeping legal pockets bulging.  This last spurt of independent initiative, 'partner planning developments' is supposed to make the town better and more attractive. Turning pigs ears into silk purses; trouble is WBC tend to use the whole sow. 

News Stories / Re: Newbury - Town Council Update - Meeting the Challenges!
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:30:53 am »
The impetus to look at this again wasn't exactly expected but reading this again shows how much things have progressed locally!  What's changed now that austerity us behind us?  Well, nothing.  I suppose the saddest thing is going to be the result of next year's elections, I can see NWNs headlines now - ' Newbury votes no change '. 

Got something to say? / Re: 'They' win!
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:08:22 pm »

The powers that be think we shouldn't be worrying our little heads about such things! Let's be really honest, NWN is now really a paid for 'free paper'. Probably it's costs mean the journalist is now simply the receptionist who takes the ads in whatever spare time they can find.  So, for paper news, as the old saying goes 'the end is nigh '.

Got something to say? / 'They' win!
« on: November 27, 2018, 06:02:38 pm »
Well, for me, the watch is over!  Pretty clear that social media has just about wiped out any pretence of local involvement in local politics; if ever there was any in the first place.  Sadly, this forum seems moribund and the other is kept just alive by ultra right wingers and Facebook, lets just not go there.  At least it saves a walk to the polling station every few years.

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