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Got something to say? / Problem, Reaction, Solution ?
« on: February 25, 2019, 02:51:07 pm »
One wonders what the solution is ? (guessing it will involve some taxation/revenue raising initiative).

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26690/west-berkshire-s-carbon-footprint-tops-local-table.html

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Got something to say? / School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:12:04 pm »
This to me seems very a distasteful use of young people by politically motivated groups seeking to 'weaponize'  our youngsters for their own ends. What do others think ?


https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26634/newbury-school-pupils-stage-climate-protest.html

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Got something to say? / Breakdown of civil society ?
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:09:42 pm »
This reminds me of New York pre Giuliani when it was unsafe to walk the streets in large areas of the city. Fortunately his zero - tolerance and three strikes out policies dramatically improved the situation. Vacuums always fill themselves with rubbish (in this case petty offenders well on the way to becoming major criminals). Time to bring it to a stop please before it gets completely out of hand.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26539/fears-after-stabbing-and-attack-on-pensioner-74.html

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Got something to say? / Where goes our council now ?
« 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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Got something to say? / Headline News ? Not in the NWN
« on: January 27, 2018, 01:14:19 pm »
Browsed an obscure Community section in the printed NWN which was tucked inside the property pages. Saw that the council are raising the council tax by 5%. Surely this should have been on the front page as a leading article ? It's a sad day when the NWN helps bury bad local news.

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Got something to say? / Something odd about this
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:04:33 am »
Not sure this is the whole story here but it's enough to raise some important questions about who is road blocking the project and why ?

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/23190/council-abandons-plans-for-new-primary-school-in-theale.html


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Given the miniscule progress to be made around Newbury at present during peak periods one has to ask if this is just another scheme that will convince employers that Newbury is not a good location to run a business from. Like it or not for many (particularly those who cannot afford housing in the locality) the car is the only choice of transport and if the road system cannot support journeys in peak times companies will locate elsewhere. Spending money just because it's offered seems very short sighted.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22869/green-light-for-a4-cycle-route-upgrades.html

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It would appear that our local councillors have taken a decision in secret to gamble with taxpayers funds by borrowing money to play at investing in the property market. With most financial sentiment intimating a downward market correction from historic highs this would seem foolhardy to say the least. As they have been secretive about the deals arrangements can we take it that they are accepting personal liability for any losses as they have not consulted the electorate and been transparent on the details ?

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/22598/transparency-concerns-over-west-berkshire-council-s-commercial-deal.html

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Got something to say? / Micro Focus
« on: September 02, 2017, 11:27:27 am »
Now that Micro Focus are the largest tech company in the country let's hope our council concentrate their energies on using their planning powers to help them stay in Newbury. With their existing head office full to overflowing an accommodating approach to their needs could well create further inward investment in Newbury, with the subsequent employment and revenue wealth that would generate. This would seem a proper use of the councils planning powers rather than it's more speculative schemes.

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Got something to say? / Conflict of Interests ?
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:16:14 am »
I notice in this article on the rejection of two schemes for housing in Thatcham that mention is made of the Councils Market Place scheme offering alternative provision. Is there a risk that a potential conflict of interest in planning applications and decisions could arise as the council develops it's own property building empire ? Certainly two viable schemes seem to have been flattened in preference to two controversial ones.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22045/minister-rejects-two-housing-developments-for-thatcham.html

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Got something to say? / A very careful use of words ?
« on: August 05, 2017, 11:21:12 am »
It would seem that as ambitions grow for the property developing role for our council that the use of plausible deniability about what was actually said and meant is growing amongst our leaders.  Could it be that a mega development of high quality flats is planned with a tiny space below for community use (easily converted at a later date for extra gain as funding is withdrawn ?). Just a thought.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22019/newbury-community-building-will-not-be-sold-council-says.html

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Got something to say? / School deficits
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:18:44 am »
Seems running a deficit is rapidly becoming a national disease ? I believe I predicted this some months ago. What is clear is that there appears to be a tendency to obfuscate what is really the position regarding school finances and under the cloak of this smoke and mirrors there may well be some extremely bad news hiding. Time for those responsible at WBC to be sacked before the situation gets much worse.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/21696/number-of-schools-in-deficit-trebles-in-the-last-year.html

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Got something to say? / Looks like the rot is spreading
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:25:15 am »
This surely indicates that WBC is no longer fit for purpose with an expensive and inefficient management structure surviving whilst the operational side has been cut to the point of collapse ? The fact that no heads roll as a result should tell us all that we need.  Time for major and rapid change. Start with whoever signed off that computer system.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/21261/autistic-boy-housed-with-dangerous-sex-offender.html

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Got something to say? / Something odd in this ?
« on: April 06, 2017, 11:03:57 am »
This looks suspiciously like funding intended for charitable purposes (via the Greenham Common Trust) is being plundered by the council to support it's budget cuts ? Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/21098/councils-encouraged-to-help-themselves.html

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Got something to say? / Planning debacle needs unlocking.
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:20:17 pm »
The article below is a classic example of how our planning system fails to deliver. The developers in question are holding out for the cheapest (and therefore most profitable) scheme for them whilst the council wants an infrastructure with at least a chance of working. Solution would be a compulsory purchase of the land at the current value and a bidding tender of all interested developers around the scheme including all infrastructure requirements. I am sure this would concentrate minds. Can we expect the Govt. to tweak planning legislation accordingly ? Not holding my breath.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/21068/sandleford-developers-are-holding-newbury-to-ransom.html

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