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Events / Newbury - Town Council to mark the First World War 100 years on.
« Last post by Administrator on August 20, 2018, 04:29:56 pm »

Newbury Town Council’s World Wars Working Group is arranging a number of events throughout November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

During 2016, the World Wars Working Group organised a successful series of evening lectures to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  Similar lectures will take place during the evenings of 15, 16 and 17 November.
 
In addition, the popular WWI Exhibition will take place again this year at the Town Hall in the Market Place for the final time, highlighting the effects of the war on Newbury and her residents. 

Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “We are looking for items to display and would ask if anyone has any WWI memorabilia to contact our Civic Manager, Joyce Lewis by telephone 01635 780203 or email mayor@newbury.gov.uk.

He continued, “The exhibition will open on 9 November and continue until 19 November and
of course, whatever is loaned for the exhibition, will be returned to its owner at the close of the exhibition.”

The final event being organised by the Town Council is the “Battles Over Beacon” event which is part of a national initiative. This will take place in the Market Place on the evening of Sunday 11 November starting at 6.20pm and will finish at 7.45 pm.

Newbury Town Council are seeking local choirs who are willing to join us and lead the singing of WWI songs to close our event.  Please contact Joyce Lewis by telephone 01635 780203 or email mayor@newbury.gov.uk if your choir would be interested.
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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 20, 2018, 11:22:17 am »
Is this a salutary lesson in what can go wrong when councils loose sight of their primary purpose and role ?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-45211357
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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 14, 2018, 03:34:36 pm »
It's the dishonest silence on what their plans actually are that raises my ire. The whole council based model of a single supplier service provider with no consumer choice is well past it's sell by date and allows an abuse of power that has no place in modern society. Captured by 'fey' politicians the smell that emanates is sickening. These are not competent and fit persons for public office.
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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Old Goat 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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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 11, 2018, 10:50:07 am »
May be a need for a rapid development of a new offices to house our much loved NDC ?  Such a space would be ideal. It would be great if they were honest enough to let us know what there plans are but I guess our only role will be to pay for their profligacy.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/25128/council-turns-down-football-group-s-kind-offer-to-manage-lease-for-ground.html
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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 ?
« Last post by Old Goat 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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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 01, 2018, 07:01:26 pm »
Lets do some blue sky thought association. Council no longer interested in Bayer offices so will need alternative. NWN site and NFC site soon to be vacant. Council borrow £50 million for commercial property investment. Council introduce Green waste charge to raise £700,000 per year on top of the maximum council tax rise allowed including an extra 3% for increased adult social care costs. Anything else anyone can think of ?
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Got something to say? / Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on July 29, 2018, 11:11:44 am »
I seem to remember that these offices were touted as a possible site for the relocation of our West Berkshire council when they sell of there exiting premises for the urban village ? Clearly this is no longer the case so can we assume some other plan, that we the council tax payers no nothing about, is in favour ? Hopefully not linked to the £50 million of extra property investment they have just applied for ! I won't hold my breath waiting for straight answers.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/25002/plans-to-convert-bayer-offices-into-housing-revealed.html
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