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Andy Capp
post Jan 7 2017, 10:54 AM
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Anyone read the header in the Newbury this week? I think Greenham would be better off without a council!

Damning report into handling of Control Tower project
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post Jan 7 2017, 07:14 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 7 2017, 10:54 AM) *
Anyone read the header in the Newbury this week? I think Greenham would be better off without a council!


That applies to Newbury Town as well? rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 7 2017, 10:40 PM
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Brexit!
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post Jan 8 2017, 08:33 AM
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Well, the people of Greenham had an opportunity to make their feelings known at a very recent by election. They voted for the staus quo and this, together with the financial consequences were hardly a secret. That's what they wanted, that's what they'll get.


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post Jan 8 2017, 11:35 AM
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Whatever this might be about - any chance of a link? Looked and couldn't find it.
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post Jan 8 2017, 02:31 PM
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It was on front of this week's print edition of NWN - digital version goes on line Monday.

In essence, formal report says Greenham Parish Council's Control Tower Restoration Project a complete shambles, broke the usual Local Authority rules and is massively over budget. A public works board loan (or rather mortgage) will put Council heavily in hock for years to come. Parish Council response simply, oh dear, we'll try harder.

If you don't live in Greenham, don't worry, if you do, you can well afford it.




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post Jan 8 2017, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for that. I don't do hard copy news these days.

QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 8 2017, 02:31 PM) *
If you don't live in Greenham, don't worry, if you do, you can well afford it.

I thought Greenham was places like Pigeon's Farm and The Nightingales.
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post Jan 8 2017, 04:58 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jan 8 2017, 04:23 PM) *
Thanks for that. I don't do hard copy news these days.


I thought Greenham was places like Pigeon's Farm and The Nightingales.


Yes, it is, but Councillors always claim to be acting on behalf of their constituents so must know their ability and willingness to pay. That's what got confirmed in their very recent by election where candidates from the sponsoring party won.

Arguably, it's good really, because it clearly demonstrates that even the less well heeled parts of West Berkshire are actually quite well off.


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post Jan 8 2017, 06:36 PM
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The story was of complete incompetence.
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post Jan 8 2017, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 8 2017, 06:36 PM) *
The story was of complete incompetence.


Yes indeed, from experience, I think the following will now happen:-


























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post Jan 9 2017, 08:31 AM
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700k? For a vanity project that no-one wants or will use? God give me strength!
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post Jan 9 2017, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jan 9 2017, 08:31 AM) *
700k? For a vanity project that no-one wants or will use? God give me strength!


Well Greenham parishioners have been deafly silent as far as I am aware so they must want it and the debt? rolleyes.gif

That's the outcome when apathy strikes rolleyes.gif

But Newbury Town parishioners need to be on more alert as some of those allegedly responsible for the debacle are now their Councillors too! cool.gif


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post Jan 9 2017, 09:54 AM
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I know that by and large most councils do a difficult and complex job but, surely there must be better ways to spend almost 3/4's of a million pounds? Its a bit like a failing company deciding to buy a new yacht. Bad decision.
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post Jan 9 2017, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 9 2017, 09:54 AM) *
I know that by and large most councils do a difficult and complex job but, surely there must be better ways to spend almost 3/4's of a million pounds? Its a bit like a failing company deciding to buy a new yacht. Bad decision.


Well, we all make mistakes and anyway,who is going to tell them? The last Councillor round here who dared say anything about waste and incompetence was run out of town. We still just sit back and vote them back into office. Bad decision.


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post Jan 9 2017, 11:25 AM
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And,at the same time WBC announced a 680k overspend, irony, gotta love it.
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post Jan 9 2017, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 9 2017, 11:25 AM) *
And,at the same time WBC announced a 680k overspend, irony, gotta love it.


As the now famous saying goes "Time to drain the swamp"? rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 9 2017, 06:39 PM
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For all you free loaders, here's the horror story: Damning report into handling of Control Tower project
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post Jan 9 2017, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 9 2017, 06:39 PM) *
For all you free loaders, here's the horror story: Damning report into handling of Control Tower project


Love the Council's response; utterly bizzare.


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post Jan 9 2017, 10:39 PM
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Its just a bit sad when people can just "have a good idea' and go on to spank 700k up against a wall on something that isn't wanted.
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post Jan 10 2017, 12:00 PM
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In order to salvage something would it not be worth getting rid of the District Auditor? Or is that yet just another sinecure role, like the WBC standards committee. Not much point paying for a blind, mute watchdogs.


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