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Got something to say? / Future Prime Minister ?
May 22, 2020, 01:26:24 pm
Leaders always need to show that they are made of the right stuff. With the first really lucid comment on the pandemic I have read from a politician is it possible we have a future Prime Minister in the making in Laura ?

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/30691/newbury-mp-laura-farris-on-schools-reopening.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
May 18, 2020, 08:31:50 pm
Latest Government figures state that 10% of the population have so far been exposed to the virus. This means that 90% have yet to have any kind of antibody protection/immunity. Please be sensible in your actions and stay safe. There is a long way to go yet.
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
April 01, 2020, 02:27:36 pm
Excellent to see our local Food Bank charity continue to do such good work in these difficult times. As the situation escalates over the next few weeks and the financial hardship placed on families and individuals grows is it time that West Berkshire Council stepped in to help co-ordinate the list of those needing help as the numbers are set to increase dramatically ? With their staff still receiving wages I suspect they are best placed to do this work to help those newly destitute during the crisis period. The slow and hole filled machinations of the central Governments aid packages will not reach many in time but as a civilised society and community we cannot let people starve as a consequence. Time to step up and lead the good fight WBC ?

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/29929/coronavirus-west-berkshire-foodbank-appealing-for-donations.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
March 24, 2020, 09:27:48 pm
Good to see this initiative from West Berkshire Council. It may not seem much in the greater scheme of things but every little will help as the community battles against this unseen menace.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/29809/coronavirus-west-berkshire-free-car-parking-in-west-berkshire-council-operated-car-parks.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
March 21, 2020, 08:58:44 pm
Having been out to get essentials today I am surprised by the lack of use of personal protective equipment by staff at the outlets visited. I hope this is not outlets putting profit before their staff and public safety ?
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
March 05, 2020, 05:52:49 pm
Interesting to see that our esteemed council think that such a rise will be understood by council tax payers when the costs of the Covid 19 emergency have not yet begun to work through on jobs, incomes and the community as a whole. I suspect that many who have just been managing to keep their heads above water will be severely challenged by this profligacy and continued featherbedding of the council establishment.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/29535/west-berkshire-residents-hit-by-council-tax-rise.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Covid 19
March 02, 2020, 04:16:45 pm
Surprised to see multiple shoppers randomly picking up and putting down grocery items in a food hall today with staff standing by and watching them do it. Perhaps we are doomed after all by our own stupidity.
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Got something to say? / Covid 19
March 01, 2020, 06:50:26 pm
Good to hear that the council has a plan in place. Let's all hope that the situation is contained without the need for extreme measures until a vaccine can be developed for this very nasty virus. With common sense and self restraint we should be able to come through this without too much damage being done, although the financial implications put us into uncharted territory. Stay safe and best wishes to all.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/29501/west-berkshire-council-reveals-it-has-coronavirus-plan-in-place.html
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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
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
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
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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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 ?
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