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Posted on: Jun 11 2017, 02:31 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jun 11 2017, 02:42 PM) *
Then the new Hambridge Road to Sainsburys road gets built and it's triples all round. Ever wondered why WBCs big 'vision' is really just a couple of sides of A4. All waiting for the new population expected with the new electric trains.


That's already approved and grants obtained. The road meanders through the now flattened Sterling Estate from and including the "road to nowhere" by the Mole outlet (the Sainsbury inner roundabout).

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Posted on: Jun 11 2017, 01:00 PM


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Just across the road is an even more lucrative site for redevelopment, the almost redundant Newbury Police Station and the court buildings.
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Posted on: Jun 11 2017, 12:44 PM


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If you are the opposition with not much chance of winning then make all sorts of promises which as a government you could not possibly keep. It doesn't matter because on the day, you can continue to say we would have done all these things to make life lovely for the infirm, the young and the low income tax payers. You will if you are just credible, increase your majority and be able to make the electorate believe in you for the next round of voting, sooner or later.
As the party who will probably win, you can't make promises you can't keep unless they are little ones that won't damage your credibility when you do a U turn. However, it doesn't mean that you should run a crap campaign.

Personally, even as a Tory voter I got so P1ssed off hearing TM at her low turnout bashes, continually bleating on about a hard brexit, whatever that is and her me me me attitude.

JC really cranked it up at the end.
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Posted on: Mar 29 2017, 05:18 PM


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QUOTE (gel @ Mar 29 2017, 05:30 PM) *
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE REPAIRS: I have extended warranty on a TESCO brand toaster and it needs a repair. Insurers suggest I take to a local shop; ages ago used OLIVE of Newbury for such tasks; anyone know if such a repairer still exists? tks


Assume you obtained the extended warranty from Tesco's so why not take it back to them

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Posted on: Mar 5 2017, 06:55 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Mar 2 2017, 10:28 PM) *
What else do you expect? I was told by a GWR staff member today that spending money on Newbury Train station was a "waste of money".


He would know of course.




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Posted on: Feb 25 2017, 10:17 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Feb 25 2017, 10:03 PM) *
You'd never get no one to vote. And didn't they announce that the precept wasn't going up.


Well I thought the former was optimistic but as far as increasing the precept, that will have to bite later if not sooner. There could be a lot of cash having to be repaid.




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Posted on: Feb 25 2017, 11:11 AM


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I'm quite pleased I don't reside in the Greenham parish, it was a nice idea, but it was obvious from the beginning that it would end in tears. The leadership was faulty, the idea that a café would cover the running costs was faulty, the way the money was used was faulty and outside influences, **** bent on disrupting the project (BBOWT) along with planning screw-ups (WBC) were perhaps the last straw. We mustn't also forget that somewhere along the line a survey and engineering cost analysis might have been carried out or was this overlooked. Something that is standard when buying any property.

If I was the responsible councillor, I might want to fade into the background but it seems that the personal, Trump like belief in his popularity, knows no bounds. What I find disturbing is that being voted off the tower committee, he is now able to poke his nose in and also get a vote on any further decisions by the working party. This because he is now leader of the parish council. Have these parish councillors got their heads up their respective backsides when only one councillor it seems, has the sense to get out before more problems erupt.

Just as a matter of interest, if nobody voted for any parish councillors when the next election takes place, would that mean that the parish council would have to be disbanded. That way, the debt racked up by the council would go where I wonder. Perhaps that would be the path the residents could take if it relieves them of what will be hiked up Greenham precept. A carefully worded letter to every resident asking them not to vote.
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Posted on: Oct 24 2016, 04:46 PM


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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Oct 14 2016, 11:44 AM) *
How many years have we been stating this.................so how many more years before they admit that to have a town council is a complete waste of time and money, just to keep some local busybodies with nothing better to do than stroke their own egos, and get rid of the lot. As the saying goes cut out the middlemen!


One other lack of expertise offered to us by NTC appears to be over the new water splash recently installed in the park. Great idea but the bad news is that nobody in the council has asked the question "How much will it cost to operate?". The water bill seems to have come as a surprise. Whoops.




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Posted on: May 7 2016, 09:57 PM


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Well, the Conservative boy made it again. A political victory no doubt. PCC and West Berks Councillor. Great he has time for both jobs, nice to have a small backstop. One never knows.
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Posted on: May 1 2016, 04:23 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 1 2016, 04:11 PM) *
Yes, of course, now and again we had bent coppers; discovery was reasonably quick though. Just as we had a few disreputable MP's and public servants. That's why it really was a scandal when such news broke.


I don't understand why the police are the scapegoats of this whole sorry story. They were pawns and stupidly lied about what happened but, my understanding, reading some of the reports, was that this was not the only time this happened but previously, without a deadly result. Should not the football club who owned the stadium also be in the dock for not taking steps to prevent such a disaster when they knew that it might and it did happen again. Today, risk assessments are carried out as part of life in all areas but one would have thought that even without a formal assessment, someone might have thought that there was a problem with the design of the stadium and taken appropriate steps. The football clubs were financially well situated in those days so poverty was not an excuse.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2016, 01:36 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Apr 30 2016, 08:34 AM) *
Unfortunately we now live in a country where things seem to have gone stark staring bonkers. There seems little that the minority of straight thinking people who remain seem to be able to do about it so, toi use another irritating modern terminology, just "chill", have a good laugh about it, and let it all wash over you. rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif


My Hungarian friend doesn't speak English so as there are probably more Hungarians than Welsh speakers.......,
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Posted on: Apr 30 2016, 01:03 PM


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Just had a look at the NWN for this Thursday past to note that the Head of Highways and Transport for West Berks District Council, has paced a large advert or notification dated 28th April 2016.

This has 3 schedules.

Schedule 1 shows all the pedestrianised areas in Newbury and is for a prohibition of motor vehicles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule 2 is for various bus lanes (length of road, permitted vehicles and direction (if appropriate). No1. on that list is Park Way and Park Way bridge. [the space is as per the printed order, not mine] -from a point 30 metres north of its junction with Wharf Street to a point 167 metres further north. Buses, Taxis and cycles only.

Schedule 3 is for one way traffic. Newbury Bartholomew Street in a northerly direction from its junction with Market Street to its junction with Mansion House Street. Mansion House street, Market place, Wharf Street, Kings Road, Park Street and Pelican Lane. Order revokes all previous orders.

The notice also is a validation order for which they have no orders and have been in place for a number of years, Park Street, Pelican Lane and Kings Road.

It also states that the description and length of road for the Park Way [their spacing] has been for clarity and the reference to direction of travel removed.

The Orders effective 22nd April 2016.

Objections to the proposals and the grounds for objection no later than 19th May 2016.

[Note the date conflict.]






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Posted on: Apr 27 2016, 06:03 PM


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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Apr 25 2016, 07:05 PM) *
I would like to abandon our ceremonial monarchy because I find it incongruous to think of myself as a feudal subject in an enlightened western democracy and see hereditary overlords as a social order much more suited to the despotic regimes of Daesh and North Korea.


You've really upped the ante from the Town Council and allotments..

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Posted on: Apr 21 2016, 04:08 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Apr 20 2016, 08:41 PM) *
Ok, forget the A4 to Hungerford as it's wide. What about the B4009 to Hermitage. Bends, 60mph and rather narrow in places? B4494 through Snelsmore and beyond? Had more than it's fair share of deaths. Are you as apprehensive about driving that route as you are using a road with a temporary 30mph limit? Just asking. It seems curious that's all


I hope that you don't do 60mph along there by the way even if you do have a modified chariot. Most of the road including through Long Lane and Curridge, is 30mph and the remainder is 50mph.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2016, 09:32 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Apr 20 2016, 08:41 PM) *
Ok, forget the A4 to Hungerford as it's wide. What about the B4009 to Hermitage. Bends, 60mph and rather narrow in places? B4494 through Snelsmore and beyond? Had more than it's fair share of deaths. Are you as apprehensive about driving that route as you are using a road with a temporary 30mph limit? Just asking. It seems curious that's all


No, that's also a road I drive every day. (the B4009). I am aware of twats coming too fast in the opposite direction but it doesn't bother me. Neither does the bit of A339 we are talking about. I am just a little more aware that's all.



You of course as a rebellious Roman gladiator, will be fearless.

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Posted on: Apr 20 2016, 07:29 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Apr 20 2016, 07:17 PM) *
I think I can guess. I don't necessarily blame Mr Benyon, but on one hand to say 'I have absolutely nothing to hide', then refuse to publish his tax returns is contradictory; he clearly has something to hide.


Why should he, do you publish yours even though you have nothing to hide ?. Or do you.




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Posted on: Apr 20 2016, 06:57 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Apr 18 2016, 07:26 PM) *
Even more so than the potential for you to have a 'head-on' on ANY other road? How do you feel when you travel to Hungerford for instance? National speed limit applies (which means quite a few zip along at 80mph)...yet there never has been a central barrier to prevent cars drifting into the opposing lane. Now THAT would be disastrous I agree. The A339 through the road works is pretty mild and if you get twitchy about that then I don't see how you can be confident driving anywhere..


A subtle difference between the width of the Hungerford road and the now very narrow A339. I didn't say I was twitchy, that was your interpretation. I drive the A339 bit daily and, like the guy who ended up with a lamppost through his windscreen and out the back of the car through no fault of his own, wonder about oncoming traffic, a cones width away, over which I have no control.

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The centre lanes have been well narrowed and HGV's are not allowed in them which makes for some interesting maneuvers when they get back into the correct lane to go up to the M4 at the Robin Hood.
The real reason for the speed restriction as far as I can see is that there is a great potential for a 'head on' now that the crash barriers have been removed. Even so, two vehicles doing 30mph when they meet will be significant. Two meeting at 40mph or more would be disastrous. I always feel a bit apprehensive trundling down the middle just in case a driver gets pushed or drifts into the oncoming.
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Posted on: Apr 14 2016, 11:15 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Apr 13 2016, 01:00 AM) *
No because there isn't an exact definition, but you should already know this as you have asked this question several times on here. However, here's some info: http://blog.shelter.org.uk/2015/08/what-is...rdable-housing/


You are right of course but my reason for the question which seems to be unanswerable is that every planning application and every councillor bangs on about "affordable housing" but never come up with an answer. It's a phrase that they believe will make their lower paid voters believe that they are looking after their interests. I would like to know for example, how "affordable" the apartments are in the Parkway complex and what criteria their selected managing agency uses to select the prospective tenants. Will it be local people on which housing list I wonder. That's if they ever get let of course.

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Can anybody describe for me exactly what an affordable home is both in availability, like how do I get one and price, like how much would it cost.
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Posted on: Apr 12 2016, 10:09 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Apr 12 2016, 06:44 PM) *
Its rather difficult to find a car in a field, and it's also part of the visible crackdown on rural crime.


I think we have to thank our country squire PCC for the crack down. A lot of resource for not a lot of return I suspect. Still, makes it a bit better for the crims in town with everybody rushing round the local fields and using gallons of fuel in the air. (Price per Hare ratio )

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QUOTE (spartacus @ Apr 12 2016, 10:23 PM) *
oh and something hanging around from the time I was coerced into taking out an endowment mortgage, as that has such 'great return potential'....... (what return they'll EVER given me in my twilight years God only knows, as it feels it's been money pi$ed down the drain). I had no more to do with where those investments were made other than to just pay in monthly contributions. I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the portfolio was in overseas investments and tax liabilities for those pension funds were minimal at the point of investment. Does that make me as 'guilty' as CMD but just in a much smaller scale?.


I also had an endowment mortgage which actually lost money and would have extended my mortgage by about five years. I went down the mis sold route and suddenly they coughed up and I got a great wad back which with the house sale, I was laughing all the way to the bank.

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There is a massive incentive in this country of ours to do anything we can to thwart the evil tax man. On the whole, most of the current round of noise we are hearing is to do with tax avoidance which is legal and if the rules of HM Revenue & Customs allow it then so be it. To my mind the taxman is totally out of control if their rules allow us to lose millions because the corporate financial guys are cleverer than the tax inspectors. They are out maneuvered at every turn and the consequence of this is that they concentrate on the small guys who are trying to make ends meet with little chance of transferring their funds offshore.
The fines imposed for minor errors or late payments are draconian and the rule book is so massive that the average small businessman with a couple of employees doesn't stand a chance.
An example for instance is that employers have to make an online submission, not a payment, just a submission of their PAYE details within 3 days of the payday. Missing this will be punished with an immediate fine of £300 which suddenly arrives in the post some several weeks after the event. No warning and no opportunity to appeal. A telephone call to HMRC will only get some snotty b!tch who is unsympathetic and offers no recourse other than pay up. You try and find, as an average employer without specialist knowledge of the rules, where this is laid down.
Don't even mention the bearded lady and her mate who turn up to waste two or three of your days poking about with a so called Vat inspection. Guilty until proven innocent and they can always go back to their warm office with a smug smile of satisfaction because you missed a couple of sales you made online.
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QUOTE (motormad @ Apr 5 2016, 12:32 PM) *
"affordable" housing and no parking for your car..hmm :-)


That's one of the reasons why they are affordable I guess. No money wasted on allocating land and adding to the cost. Plenty of parking in the underground car park.

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We go to the polls again on the 5th May to vote for the person who will become the next Thames Valley PCC.

Our current incumbent Mr Anthony Stansfeld will no doubt be putting himself forward again but there doesn't appear to be a list of who else is in the frame. As it seems to be a political role, we should see a liberal and a labour candidate at least.

It's quite a good job for a few though.

PCC earns £85k p.a + expenses

Deputy PCC £35k (part time)

Chief Executive * £97k

Finance officer* £80k (* Statutory appointments)

The whole office supported by a staff of 17 or 18 other persons.

Worth noting that Mr Stansfeld is also a conservative WBC councillor for Kintbury.


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