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Got something to say? / How to build an impermiable wa...
Last post by Number 6 - January 02, 2020, 10:04:14 pm
This is an interesting decision that poses some governance issues that need resolving. How does the authority in charge of planning separate these decisions from it's commercial projects and protect itself from accusations of land price manipulation as well when running such a building development scheme ? Anyone with a good answer ?

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/29018/council-could-set-up-own-housing-company.html
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Got something to say? / Here we go again
Last post by Number 6 - December 15, 2019, 07:03:34 pm
Yet more traffic disruption is being unleashed on Newbury and Thatcham residents - this time with a scheme of questionable value. Having created bottlenecks further along the A4 with the introduction of barely used cycle lanes (that as a cyclist myself I avoid because the introduce risk at various stages) this scheme will only funnel more traffic into congested areas and do nothing to improve traffic ?

Newbury is slowly grinding to a halt under the guise of road improvements that just don't deliver.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/28926/roadworks-disruption-in-newbury-from-january-until-summer-2020.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Climate Conference
Last post by Number 6 - November 06, 2019, 11:18:13 am
For the avoidance of doubt on the scale of the issue and the abilities of WBC to affect the outcome by it's declared climate emergency are put into sharp perspective here. Every little helps may work for supermarket advertising but solving the climate conundrum is big World Government stuff. Would you trust our politicians to get it right ?


https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806
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Got something to say? / Re: Climate Conference
Last post by Number 6 - November 03, 2019, 12:40:42 pm
Now I don't want to get involved in politics (I trust none of them) but this does sound like the bones of a real energy policy that will make a positive contribution towards protecting our environment in a sensible way. Certainly better that all of the money wasted on QE.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50277461
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Got something to say? / Brilliant entry condition init...
Last post by Number 6 - November 01, 2019, 02:53:24 pm
This is one of the best proactive initiatives I have heard of in ages. My only hope is that the same conditions of entry are used daily in the Houses of Parliament to ensure our politicians and their aids are fit for purpose as well.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/28584/gotcha-cocaine-users-caught-in-town-centre-police-op.html
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Got something to say? / The Buck Stops Where ?
Last post by Number 6 - October 25, 2019, 12:06:50 pm
Interesting article. If such ramifications are to be kept secret are we to assume the council take full responsibility for any ensuing foul ups and consequential disasters that occur because of their lack of foresight created by the lack of public scrutiny ? Alternatively openness and public debate and engagement would surely shift the onus of responsibility to all - they are after all the voters behind the larger political and economic consequential events of Brexit ? Just a thought.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/28539/council-leader-condemns-brexit-leak.html
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Got something to say? / Care Home Report
Last post by Number 6 - October 04, 2019, 12:14:23 pm
Interesting to see the kind of language being used in both the report and the NWN article. Previously it had been clear that things at Birchwood had slid to a very low and unacceptable level under the previous provider. Now under WBC control the two key areas of effectiveness and care are rated as good - these being the things that affect the service users most directly and also those things that take the greatest amount of effort to improve. That this has been achieved in a relatively short timescale is to be applauded. It would certainly be more effective and morale boosting for inspection reporting to recognise this and congratulate the team, encouraging future progress, than to be so critical of other areas still needing work? Progress is a series of steps in the right direction not one big leap. Just a thought.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/28345/council-run-care-home-still-requires-improvement.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Climate Conference
Last post by Number 6 - September 23, 2019, 02:24:19 pm
That's all right then. Do as I say not as I do. Would we expect anything else from our fine upstanding council ?https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/28252/council-falls-at-first-hurdle-since-declaring-climate-emergency.html
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Got something to say? / Climate Conference
Last post by Number 6 - September 15, 2019, 12:53:11 pm
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