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I suppose it would be rather too much to ask that these students demonstrated a little closer to home?  Perhaps outside the school gates trying to persuade parents to walk their kids to school, or say having a litter blitz bagging up the litter which is strewn about the vicinity, or demanding the elimination of the food waste coming from primary school 'free dinners' which kids can't stomach and so forth.  No, a nice jolly to London is so much nicer - almost an extra bank holiday.
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Difficult to disagree with that!

It's quite sad really, because a good few good causes get hi-hacked by hard line political activists who then can, in their eyes at least, legitimise their own dogmas. So Trendy Wendy, Dim Tim, Mes Muddlehead et.al. can bring a bit of colour to their lives.  Excaserbated by our national dearth of good and effective leaders and dare I say, by the sole political focus on Brexit.  I dread to think what else has 'slipped the net' because of this.  Summing up, our politicians have stopped listening.

Locally, we have a wonderful example of why these frustrations are exploding.  Our Chief Executive makes snide comments about West Berkshire people failing to give up their cars, then just a few months later his Council presides over significant reductions to public transport bus services. 

Reap what we sow, and I'd put money on the result of the upcoming elections, the old gang will be back, light or dark blue.
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Got something to say? / Re: Child abuse in schools
March 24, 2019, 09:19:06 am
Sorry, I believe one of our big problems today is that we have let our schools become an unqualified and misdirected arm of Social Services. 
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Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
March 24, 2019, 09:15:54 am
Simply unbelievable, words fail me. 

The bit I also have massive difficulties with is that our present Councillors, who have heard their CEO, give lame excuses time and again, for basic but serious clerical failures, yet say nothing, let alone impose any discipline. 

N.B. An election is in sight, has the CEO checked that the staff involved can count?

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Classic!  'Not my fault Guv, it's the others'.

Discounting the LibDem everyone must cycle mantra, for decades, WBC has done nothing, absolutely nothing, even to try and reduce car use or poor lorry movements.  For most, cycling is not an option.  The district geography and elimination of school catchment areas also mitigate against cycling. So, what about public transport?  A subject on which WBC actually employs staff to look after.  What about detailled road design?  Again, WBC actually employ staff to do this! 

So, even me, just an untrained member of public can see our bus service is as expensive as it is inadequate.  Our roads, even new ones, are not even designed to take account of buses.  Equally, have you seen any bus stops with live information displayed?  We still have no bridge over the railway at Thatcham, no useful route from Hambridge road, no direct route from Basigstoke to A34..........

Oh, we can't spend the money we get from new developments for infrastructure can we?
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Its already here.

Two very frightening reports in NWN recently, which received scant attention.  Essentially the same type of violent, very nasty 'domestics'.  Men murdering their partners / girl friends and then claiming they had mental health issues, so couldn't remember / be held responsible.  Both were known to be violent.

Where have we failed?

-  'my kids are Gods' parenting
-  'no punishment' methods used in schools
-  closure of local courts
-  cessation of local press reporting local court results
-  cessation of beat policing and even the pale replacement wardens
-  legitimisation of lower category drugs, like cannabis
-  soft policing and management of presently relaxed licencing regulations.
-  .....and now the ability to blame all personal failings on 'mental health'

We reap what we sow.
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Wouldn't disagree - it's an old technique, been done before and will again.  Nonetheless, the faction concerned only gets much interest where there is a vacuum.  So, for me, putting myself in the shoes of an idealistic adolescent on the verge of leaving school my future looks pretty bleak. I get taught about environmental matters at school, look round at the filthy mess everywhere and see 'the Council' making it far worse buy removing bins, not cleaning streets.  Supermarkets doing nothing at all about double wrapping or plastic bottles. I've got a ready made campaign.  No, I'm not even going to listen  to the lying mainstream local politicians who can't even lead themselves.  Not a good time to be young, so the only thing I'm surprised about is the peaceful nature of the protest!  In my day, cobbles would have been lifted!
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Must admit my first thought was that the kids are simply emulating their 'betters', following the recent Head Teachers demo in central London. Mind, from my experience environmental issues are a big concern of youngsters.  Locally of course, the reinvigorated Green Party has realised has a ready made target in attacking the local lazy Lib.Dem / Conservative consensus on such issues.
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Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
February 13, 2019, 08:28:02 am
Quite dreadful! 

The New York example is good, but would it work in the UK?  In the US, fear of punishment is still a potent inhibitor.  Not so much here; where simply to save money our Policing and Criminal Justice arrangements are demonstrably not fit for purpose.

Is our 'official' response really acceptable or adequate.  The Mayor of Hungerford and the local beat copper have a chat!

First, just like all the other mayoral appointments in West Berkshire, these dignitaries are toothless tigers.  Appointed simply as ceremonial heads of councils which have no real authority or power. 
Second, as this issue has escalated so dangerously, rather than chatting to the foot soldier, what has the Chief Constable, or more to the point, the Crime Commissioner (who actually lives in the area) got to say about this, or more to the point, what are they going to do?

In my view, the feeble official response simply highlights our impotence and we can therefore at best, we can expect this nasty situation to continue. 

Not sure I'd recommend Hungerford as a place to visit, let alone live.

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That they were founded in Newbury and born out of West Berks Council one could be forgiven for thinking that they do know something.  These credentials and the nature of the business mean that in my book this is a shocking indictment of the Council and its capability of actually delivering it's published vision.
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Contractor - Nothing to do with me, we asked the Council, they said yes, they know the area,
Council - Contractors fulfilled the agreed criteria, so of course we agreed.  It's the Police
Police - Its pretty low on our priority list for a busy Saturday, try the centre managers
Parkway - We've got no authority to do anything outside our building, try town council
Town Council - Dont have wardens now anyway WBC are responsible, see if a traffic warden will help
Parking Wardens - sorry, not permitted to direct traffic - HSE, don't ask me tell your Councillor
Councillor - 2 hours isn't long, why, I waited 3 at IKEA, you should have walked or biked...
Me - thanks, really useful suggestion, can all this stuff on line and have rest of day free.

Newbury; the town time forgot and no one is too keen to remember.....


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Wouldn't disagree with that!
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Interesting one this.  Of course, last thing any 'decent' shop wants is even a few old dossers lying about the town.  So, what to do?  Parkway is an excellent example; their security people seem to keep the area clear of all undesirables; including the odd tv company! The new developments inevitably open with a permanent maintenance/security contingent and thus at no extra cost, problem is solved.  The areas which aren't regarded as prime shopping - back end of Bart. Street can push the BID for a warden.  Anyway, it's going to be a minor issue because WBCs recent pronouncements suggests that the issue is overstated and the existing arrangements work well....
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It's all part of the Vision, the more businesses that fail, the more land in the town centre up for new flats development. Triples all round.
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Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
December 21, 2018, 10:00:02 pm
Why shouldn't I think a very small mainly rural Council have significant property development skills?