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Posted on: Feb 10 2017, 08:55 PM


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Apologies for coming to this late in the day, but why does the cost of repairing the financial damage fall to residents and not the Councillors?
The report by BDO, and comments made by the ex-Clerk, suggest strongly the debt is the result of 'inappropriate' spends throughout, that the Members were told were wrong....
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Posted on: Nov 6 2015, 09:39 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Nov 3 2015, 11:29 PM) *
"Oral Health Promotion" £24,000 spent on something that should be the responsibility of parents

"Healthy Eating in Children" £15,000 spent on a 'Phunky Food' programme and a Healthy Eating co-ordinator. Again, a parent's responsibility


You used the R word......
  Forum: Newbury News · Post Preview: #106275 · Replies: 49 · Views: 14,238

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Posted on: Jun 18 2015, 09:19 PM


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QUOTE (HJD @ Jun 18 2015, 04:56 PM) *
Cycle Racing I mean. Where ever I go these days there seem to be more & more of them, clad in their tight Lycra peddling furiously with their nuts bulging out behind their ears. Don't get me wrong I've nothing against old Joe using his Raleigh to get to & fro from work, or even the Green family out for a nice Sunday ride in the country. No, it's the Head's down Bum up brigade swerving in & out trying to overtake each other like the ones coming down Hurstbourne Tarrant the other day ( do they ever try racing up it I wonder ! ). I note that a lot of the Cycle Racing on Public Highways Regulations date back to the 1960's, & as traffic volume has increased somewhat since then isn't it about time these events were confined to the track for everyone's safety !!


There are very few cycle races on public roads. Many time trials, and even more route-following events that are non-competitive.
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Posted on: Jun 15 2015, 09:26 PM


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Just north of Roy's cottage is the entrance to his car parking area/garden. Whenever I've visited (not recently) parking in there has never been an issue......
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Posted on: Jun 3 2015, 09:06 PM


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'Longer trains' may be a point. Many of the steam trips have 12 or more coaches, modern trains far fewer. So why can't more carriages be added?
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Posted on: May 23 2015, 07:50 PM


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Not just WBC.....

South Oxfordshire....
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Posted on: May 16 2015, 10:05 AM


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I have floated this question before, but is there a reason the realignment has to involve Victoria Park, and not be taken on the east side of the road instead?
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Posted on: May 11 2015, 07:29 PM


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QUOTE (CrackerJack @ May 11 2015, 05:35 PM) *
I see from the list of their contact details that at least one of the new Ward Members may have just been parachuted in from out of the area to represent the Tories for the election. Perhaps they assumed the pre-election polls were pretty much correct and didn't expect the result to go their way in a key seat? They've now found themselves unexpectedly voted in and will have to do some serious homework to learn about their area and get to know the people and the problems if they want the residents to give them the same level of support next time.

Cllr Dennis Benneyworth will be representing Victoria Ward, a key town centre ward in Newbury, yet he lives in Kennedy Meadow in Hungerford (another 100m south and he'd be in Wiltshire!). He's going to have his work cut out you'd think.

WBC Councillors

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter is being secretive over where he lives but hopefully it's somewhere near Thatcham seeing as he'll be representing Thatcham West.


Steve Ardagh-Walter. 11 Grassmead, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 4FP, United Kingdom.
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Posted on: May 8 2015, 08:50 PM


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No luck at all.....
Result...
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Posted on: Apr 30 2015, 09:06 PM


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I'm still wondering if Petra is related to Pauline......
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Posted on: Apr 30 2015, 09:02 PM


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Looking at the story identified in the OP I think it is totally within the rules of Purdah. No party political identification, no member quotes. The Councils do not cease to operate; things continue to happen and be dealt with. The securing of extra funding to reduce (significantly) a worthwhile project seems like something worth reporting. In fact, without all the party political waffle and posing the story is much more concise and informative.
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Posted on: Apr 28 2015, 02:45 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Apr 28 2015, 09:32 AM) *
As far as I can work out of the four pictured one is against any green field development, but especially Sandleford; one is pro-Sandleford providing it is done well with a country park; and the other two want the planning system abolished to allow developers to build the huge number of houses needed without undue interference from authority.

I don't really see a party line there.

I didn't say they were one party, but the story begins 'The Apolitical party, The Green Party and UKIP'. UKIP are a Party.....
So none of the 'Independents' are free of a Party lead (it seems).
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Posted on: Apr 28 2015, 08:17 AM


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Surely, as Party members, none of these candidates are Independent?
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Posted on: Apr 25 2015, 10:05 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Apr 24 2015, 10:43 PM) *
Your sentiment is probably right, but who is doing the fraud here? huh.gif

The person who ran up the bill, I reckon
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Posted on: Apr 23 2015, 02:47 PM


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Is Petra related to Pauline?
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Posted on: Apr 17 2015, 08:23 PM


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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ Apr 17 2015, 09:14 PM) *
i've been doorstepped by a candidate for election to NTC.

Didn't seem too impressed when I said that it should be abolished....


I hope the candidate wasn't Simon Kirby!!
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Posted on: Mar 3 2015, 09:58 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Mar 3 2015, 10:55 PM) *
Heading east or west?


Yes
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Posted on: Jan 23 2015, 08:02 AM


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QUOTE (Mr Brown @ Jan 22 2015, 08:24 PM) *
This can't come soon enough for me, delays are endemic and the usual excuse is signal failure.


I learned a while ago 'signal failure' is often a euphemism for 'some scrote has nicked the cable'
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Posted on: Jan 15 2015, 12:55 AM


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QUOTE (MontyPython @ Jan 15 2015, 12:37 AM) *
Ah butNTC have just backed WBC's plan to have an access road from Faraday Road industrial estate which will no doubt increase the values of property on said estate which is where NWN have their building.

The Club 1 General Public 0 as usual

Trebles all round and pass on down the trough


I don't believe NWN own the building, but the road will improve travel for their staff and visitors
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Posted on: Jan 13 2015, 11:49 PM


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Mums with children?
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Posted on: Jan 13 2015, 09:58 PM


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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Jan 13 2015, 07:21 PM) *
Do you really think they are going to come to the conclusion that the council has acted improperly? Remember there is an election looming and the bad publicity is not going to go down very well, especially for a party that has support vanishing as fast as an ice cube in the Sahara? rolleyes.gif


It can happen
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Posted on: Jan 13 2015, 09:51 PM


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Of course, there is absolutely no saving whatsoever, the cost is merely transferred from WBC Council Tax to Thatcham Town Council precept (not subject to cap).
Were the block to close WBC would retain the costs, and would also have to cope with the complaints from shopkeepers and citizens re the whiff of urine (or worse) when the populace are caught short on the way home......
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Posted on: Dec 28 2014, 01:25 PM


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QUOTE (Exhausted @ Dec 27 2014, 08:09 PM) *
There is no way that this application will struggle. It's a council development in all but name. This will be nursed through to conclusion. There might be a bit of blood spilt on the carpet but that will be quickly cleared up and will be presented to the nodding councillors with a recommendation for approval.


The 'struggle' I refer to is based on the fact the infrastructure at present does not support the traffic plan. If the Council did not 'object' then many other plans would use the precedent. All the '106' type schemes only come in after the building plan is well on the way. Here a visionary benefactor clears the way, purely for the community benefit, by paying WBC to improve a road layout. That project does not appear on any WBC highways plan I know of, and it would take years for it to be built under usual protocols. This is a convenient way to get a plan 'approvable'.
We should applaud such largesse by a local citizen.
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Posted on: Dec 27 2014, 05:52 PM


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My thinking....

Developer (company) knows the planning application will struggle because of the road network. WBC not minded to fund in the absence of 'funding'. Developer may not pay the Council, so a benefactor comes forward to do the works purely for the benefit of the community (lucky!). The fact he has connections to the development company is pure chance.
WBC 'want' Sandleford, so will not look a gift horse in the mouth. Plans passed, now await the full planning application to arrive, with traffic problems all sorted.

I cannot ever remember a benefactor upgrading public roads at his/her own expense......
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Posted on: Dec 26 2014, 12:18 PM


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QUOTE (JeffG @ Dec 26 2014, 01:02 PM) *
So the participants would refuse to hunt foxes if the act was repealed? They are only drag hunting because if they want to follow their "sport" they are forced by law to do so.



and....?

If someone modifies their lifestyle to comply with the law they are still 'bad'?
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