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Got something to say? / Re: Where goes our council now ?
« Last post by Number 6 on Today at 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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Police and Crime / Re: Arson at Tesco Extra - Pinchington Lane Newbury
« Last post by GagaLady on August 17, 2018, 06:15:52 am »

The Falkland Memorial 20th September 1643
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Newbury's Heritage / Re: Newbury - The Falkland Memorial - Erected in 1878
« Last post by GagaLady on August 17, 2018, 06:15:41 am »
The Falkland Memorial 20th September 1643
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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  They are both wholly unnecessary and as out of date as the old nationalised utilities.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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