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News Stories / Re: Newbury - Replacement of Boundary Road Railway Bridge.
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:11:37 am »
Traffic on Boundary Road/Queens Road area of Newbury can be chaotic at times. Traffic levels have increased tremendously in this area because of all of the house/apartments that are being built on the Racecourse.

Anyone living on the new Racecourse development who wants to go in the Thatcham direction has to use Boundary Road and "The Bridge" to get out onto the A4. Even when the new bridge is built at the far end of the Racecourse development, matters won't improve because the bridge will only be available for residents of the second phase. Through traffic will not be allowed.

I am also surprised that a new road is being constructed to allow traffic from part of the Racecourse development to exit directly onto Boundary Road at its junction with Queens Road.

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Got something to say? / Pavement parking in Newbury
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:28:10 am »
Hot topic on the news today is a private members bill for a blanket ban on pavement parking. If properly enforced, this will cause major problems for residential parking on many of Newbury's streets. Kingsbridge Road and Salcombe Road spring immediately to mind.

Where will all of these people be expected to park? Perhaps we will see wider introduction of the parking spaces carved into the pavement, as in Newtown Road.

The Green Meanies will have to be doubled in strength to cope with this new law if it succeeds.

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Got something to say? / Re: Best Wishes for all who contribute here
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:14:32 am »

Thanks for the good wishes Number 6. I have no immediate plans to "ditch" the forum. I just wish that I could find the time to create interesting topics to debate. We seem to have a very loyal band of supporters albeit very small in number.

Our local newspaper have started the New Year with a sneaky increase in the price. A 5p increase to 80p per week not a massive increase but I would have expected a couple of column inches to explain the reason. If there was an apology somewhere in the paper, I couldn't find it, perhaps they were hoping that we wouldn't notice.

It's going to be an interesting year with elections both national and local. I wish I had a crystal ball to see what will happen with the local elections here in Newbury. We currently have a very poor representation amongst the executive councillors at West Berkshire Council. The Executive is dominated by councillors from places like Lambourn and Pangbourne. What effect will UKIP have on the local political landscape?

May I take this opportunity to wish our loyal band of supporters a very happy and prosperous New Year.


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Newbury has always struck me as being a bit odd when it comes to decent design, just look at the number of people who apparently preferred what was a good imitation of a derelict bomb site to Parkway!

No, the derelict bomb site evolved because numerous attempts were made to provide Newbury with better shopping facilities, but they were all stifled for various reasons which I won't go into here. Here is an example of a plan put forward in 2003.

www.newbury.net/parkway.pdf

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And the decision to have a plate glass window on to the street looking in at two toilet doors is bizarre to say the least.


You are not alone Blackdog. This letter has appeared in todays copy of the Newbury Weekly News


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It does appear that approximately one in twenty (5%) of vehicles being driven in and around Newbury have faulty lights. There is no excuse for this with modern cars, there is a visual display to indicate problems like this.


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Confusion in the paper shop this morning with Newbury Weekly News

There was confusion in my paper shop this morning with people trying to purchase their local newspaper. The shop assistant was being asked if they had a properly printed edition not realising that for the festive season the NWN is wrapped in something akin to tracing paper.

Obviously a clever marketing executive decided that this was the best way to advertise their 3D Christmas Santa.

I was not impressed.

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Got something to say? / Re: Has this forum officially died?
« on: November 14, 2014, 04:04:28 pm »
Times have changed Tommy. In 2004 when this forum first started, it was a hive of activity and many important local topics (like the sale of Park Way car parks for £1.00) were discussed at length. Over the years different formats for discussion have evolved (Facebook and Twitter predominantly). Also the methods of accessing the web have moved on, we now have ipads and smartphones which enable you to join in with simple conversations wherever you are.

Constructive debate seems to be a thing of the past, the old fashioned chatroom has made a comeback.

The photographs which used to be exclusive to this website have now been harvested and reproduced on so many websites that I have lost count. I don't mind to a certain extent, but it would be nice if only they would give the appropriate credit and a link back to this site.

I no longer have the time to keep the news section up to date, which in recent months has only stimulated small scale debate anyway.

Perhaps other members of the forum have their own views, in which case please join in. I will keep the forum running at least until the end of the year and then evaluate it's future.

BrianB

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Got something to say? / Newbury - When did the museum close?
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:50:28 pm »
Newbury - When did the museum close?

First impressions of the refurbishment of the museum appear to be positive, but how many years ago did the original museum close? Reports indicate that it has been just under 4 years. However this photograph appears to tell a different story.


Saturday 17th May 2008. This would make it 6years and 3 months. Did it reopen and then close again?

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I believe the correct collective word for magpies is "a charm".

This is not the case for residents in the Andover Road. We are plagued morning to night by these wretched birds who strut about as if they own the place. We have a group of about 10 to 15, they seem to have increased in numbers this year for some reason.

They squawk from dawn to dusk, particularly if there are cats around. I believe that they are a protected species, but they are causing untold damage to the garden birds. I witnessed them attacking a Blackbird recently and they just ripped it apart.

Is it just localised to our particular section of the Andover Road, or are other areas experiencing this problem?


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This is not only the case for the same product being sold at different retailers but also for the same product being sold at different branches of the same retailer.  A good example of this are the new WHSmith kiosks at Reading Station where bags of sweets retail for double the price in the main town centre branch.

That's why I never buy anything at a motorway service station.

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I can't remember the last time that I went to our local hospital when the car parking machines were actually working.

Now if the revenue is going to a private operator, I'm not too worried. But if the revenue is going to fund hospital services then this is something which should be investigated.

Today all machines now have a special cover with a notice saying that they were out of order.

Anybody have any thoughts or inside information on this?

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The whole traffic light situation around Newbury seems to be deteriorating at the moment. Pound Street lights were out of action for several weeks and now that they have been repaired the phasing seems all wrong.

The new pedestrian traffic lights near St. John's Post Office are on red 80% of the time during morning rush hour, causing traffic to back up along the Andover Road. Might be safer for pedestrians, but very frustrating for motorists.

The worst problem is the traffic lights at the exit from the Market Place by the old Barclays Bank. The hold up occurs during the morning and evening rush hour.

The traffic lights in question are controlled by movement detectors on the top of the traffic light array. Most traffic lights in Newbury are controlled by sensors in the road; this is not possible at this location because of the cobbled surface.

Queuing traffic in Cheap Street heading for the police station roundabout tends to block the exit from the Market Place. In consequence no movement is being detected from traffic queuing in the Market Place and the lights won't change to green.  The gridlock situation remains until the vehicle at the head of the queue decides to jump the lights. The sensors then activate and traffic returns to normal.

If the car at the front of the queue is reluctant to jump the lights, the traffic builds up through the Market Place and Mansion House Street and blocks the canal bridge with southbound traffic. This in turn prevents the movement of northbound traffic into Northbrook Street from Bartholomew Street.

The taxi drivers have this problem sussed. If they are caught in this queue in the Market Place, they pull out from the line of traffic and drive down the left hand side of the queue adjacent to the car at the front of the queue. The movement of the taxi then triggers the sensors and the lights change.

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This whole scenario with Standard Life and West Berkshire Council is a total disgrace from beginning to end. Standard Life have been running rings round West Berks since day 1.

Lets not forget the cinema debacle where West Berks are paying the developer instead of the cinema operator and the racecourse where the new rail bridge will not be built until David Wilson homes have sold a specific number of residencies.

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Thanks to Archie, they have got a free sits vacant advertisement.

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