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Time for a radical change in local leadership
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:51:21 pm »
This article makes it crystal clear that our local council is now well beyond it's sell by date with both elected and unelected officials completely out of touch with the responsibilities they are tasked with. In office for far too long they are now completely self serving instead of meeting the needs of the population of West Berkshire. Time to shut down the council and merge it's functions with another. The money saved on infrastructure will be more than enough to maintain services.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19279/council-votes-to-slash-funding-for-short-breaks-for-disabled-children-again.html


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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 09:28:00 pm »
I think you are quite right. It matters not what party is in power, it's the machine that's broke. Merging might help, but if we are to keep local government at all, the whole thing needs to be replaced.  Then we might get away from the present insanity of a large number of Councillors presiding over an ever decreasing responsibility.

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 12:03:51 pm »
Glad we agree Old Goat. I wonder how many more are of the same opinion ? The article linked below perhaps suggests that at least one more does ? Interesting to see that the comment of West Berkshire being 'dodgy' is seen as the problem. To my way of thinking it is the fact that we probably are 'dodgy' that is the real issue.
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19320/row-over-senior-bayer-officer-s-dodgy-newbury-remark.html


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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2016, 06:17:39 pm »
This is just crass stupidity.  What makes it even worse are that these Councils, along with the Government itself are Conservative controlled - the very people who have been shedding tears and wringing hands because of savage cuts to essential services.  We are now going to spend a substantial substantial sum of money to protect ourselves from a very few Hampshire householders who want to use the dump, simply because local officialdom can't sort out an admin. problem that a couple of old lags could sort in 10 minutes after a couple of pints in the local pub. 

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 11:53:18 am »
And still the gross incompetence goes on. The leadership really does need a complete change. The have been in post too long !

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19362/vital-sandleford-access-roads-will-cost-11m.html

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 12:23:59 pm »
This is now getting beyond a joke. £35K for equipment? Is it gold plated ? At this price it must be top of the range everything and sod the expense. Where is the scrutiny? Our politicos should be ashamed at the abuse under their watch.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19369/west-berkshire-council-considering-80-000-cost-to-webcast-meeting.html

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2016, 02:00:32 pm »
Hot on the heels of all their other attacks on the wellbeing of their public it would seem WBC are determined to find ways to impose more pain on the most vulnerable.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19492/district-s-most-vulnerable-people-could-see-council-tax-support-cut.html

Even those poor aged pensioners who have managed to save just over £6,000 for their funeral costs are now to be penalised for their prudence and aforethought. The solution to WBC's problems are simple and involve taking an axe to the extended layers of management and other unnecessary staff that bloat their expensive properties. The population of West Berkshire deserve better than these self interested and venal clowns.

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 11:06:54 am »
Since when have our local council had a remit to be property speculators gambling with our money ?

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19586/council-set-to-invest-millions-in-commercial-property.html

It is now urgent that this bunch of clowns are replaced by something that is fit for purpose.

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2016, 01:34:55 pm »
I agree, it's a worrying development.  The Council doesn't seem to be too good at managing the day to day work in these contracts no matter how good they seem at the start.  The same thing that's wrong with the Libraries so sags the report consultants recently did. It looks as if the Chief Executives are too busy with other things than basic supervision.

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2016, 07:14:55 pm »
It looks very much like the council are again responding to central government grant cuts by planning to cut frontline services, whilst generally leaving their establishment costs at much the same level. In case it has escaped their attention this will only leave the bang for bucks ratio even more tilted to bucks  than it already is.  In a nutshell pay more get less. This is totally unacceptable and shows how out of touch with reality they are. We need people with proper business experience of running a large organisation in charge, not small shopkeepers and their acolytes bureaucrats. Change is now vitally urgent if we are not to be fleeced as well as burdened with long term risk.
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19601/council-needs-to-find-a-further-22-4m-in-savings-by-2020.html

 

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2016, 08:45:38 pm »
Our local councils hit the buffers a few years back.  It really doesn't matter which party is elected, LibDem or Conservative, nothing changes.  So, it's really our fault for voting for the same old faces every time.  Having said that, even if say Labour upped its game, or we had a few real independents, it is difficult to see what they could achieve.  Services are either contracted out or controlled by the government, so I suppose there isn't really anything anyone can do! 

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2016, 01:57:48 pm »
And still they believe that charging more and delivering less as part of stealth inflation is acceptable ! This administration is way past it's sell by date with too many long serving managers only in it for their pensions and other perks. Time for a good clear out which means that the politicians have to earn their electorates votes and do the necessary. Start with the chief exec and work down at least three layers. Merge with other authorities and be radical in commissioning services.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19694/council-tax-and-parking-charges-set-to-rise-again.html

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2016, 10:48:11 am »
Not content with blatantly overspending on itself rather than cutting overhead costs the council is now making a determined effort to milk the grants system dry, that many charities rely on, to fund it's profligacy. The park café and the Nature Discovery Centre are two of the latest examples which when combined with excessive parking rate hikes shows that hitting the young ,old and disabled is by no means the full extent of the outrageous practices of the council leadership. It really is time WBC was abolished.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/all-districts/19768/outrage-over-car-parking-charges-hike.html


http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/all-districts/19768/outrage-over-car-parking-charges-hike.


http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/thatcham/19770/thatcham-s-nature-discovery-centre-needs-your-vote.html

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Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2016, 06:27:18 pm »
So it looks like wide spread profligacy is taking it's toll on every service that we rely on. It really is essential that someone gets a grip on the bloated infrastructures that cause the overspends before we lose all the services that we pay for and are left with just the bloat. It is no use leaving it to those in charge of the services - like Turkeys they will never vote for Christmas. Are you listening Mrs May ?

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/19864/nhs-cost-cutting-plans-for-berkshire-west-are-leaked.html