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> Cllr Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera Resigns, Time for a clear-out at the town-hall?
Do you have confidence in the Town Counci?
Do you think the Town Council is upholding the values of public service?
Yes, pretty much. [ 2 ] ** [10.53%]
Well, more or less. [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
No, not really [ 17 ] ** [89.47%]
Do you think the Town Council are open and accountable?
Yes, we get to know the truth. [ 2 ] ** [10.53%]
Well, we find out more or less. [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
No, we don't know the half of it. [ 17 ] ** [89.47%]
Business as usual then?
Yes, let's carry on as we are. [ 2 ] ** [10.53%]
Well, what's to be done? [ 4 ] ** [21.05%]
No, heads must roll. [ 13 ] ** [68.42%]
Doing a valuable job?
Yes, virtually everything they do is indespensible. [ 2 ] ** [10.53%]
Well, they're mostly harmless. [ 1 ] ** [5.26%]
No, they're essentially self-serving and unaccountable [ 10 ] ** [52.63%]
The Town Council? What do they do again? [ 6 ] ** [31.58%]
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post Jan 12 2015, 08:50 PM
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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Jan 11 2015, 02:43 PM) *
Yes but what paper would be willing to ask difficult questions of NTC?? rolleyes.gif


Who knows....if NWN think it will sell papers.


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post Jan 12 2015, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (x2lls @ Jan 10 2015, 11:32 PM) *
I don't think is a lack of interest, rather a lack of knowledge of how to become involved in an 'outcry'.

Yes, I very much agree. If you're one of the half-dozen local political grandees then you can say what you want and the paper will publish it or your party faithful will deliver it in a leaflet through doors, but the average schmo has few options - the paper is unlikely to publish your letter, shipping up at a council meeting to vent your displeasure is intimidating and holding yourself together while you make a cogent argument without getting all cross and bothered is beyond most, and standing in the town square on a soap box holding a placard is just too extreme. I've thought many times about how to empower people, and I don't have a good answer.


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post Jan 14 2015, 11:37 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 12 2015, 08:50 PM) *
Who knows....if NWN think it will sell papers.


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

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post 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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post Jan 17 2015, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Jan 11 2015, 02:43 PM) *
Yes but what paper would be willing to ask difficult questions of NTC?? rolleyes.gif


I would suggest that you start with the local paper, for they have through one specific journalist, I believe called Brian Radford he has been asking difficult questions.

The truth is out there, and within reach, we need only force the hands that are grasping onto it.

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'Whistle blowing' Former Councillor at Newbury Town Council.
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post Jan 18 2015, 11:11 AM
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QUOTE (Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera @ Jan 17 2015, 05:56 PM) *
I would suggest that you start with the local paper, for they have through one specific journalist, I believe called Brian Radford he has been asking difficult questions. The truth is out there, and within reach, we need only force the hands that are grasping onto them. Yours Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera 'Whistle blowing' Former Councillor at Newbury Town Council.


Brian Radford is a freelance reporter who has a long sports background but also writes for the NWN as Ruwan says. He lives locally and loves a story where he can portray his almost grumpy attributes.

He did a talk for the Field Club last year.....

http://www.ndfc.org.uk/info.php?link=1401a

He's a bit like Marmite. Love him or hate him. I sit in the former camp.

and here's the man himself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13635668






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post Jan 19 2015, 10:48 AM
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Some light on the horizon then! A 'non aligned' journalist having a look - I'd say it would be hard to odds that for independence or transparency.


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post Jan 19 2015, 04:10 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 19 2015, 10:48 AM) *
Some light on the horizon then! A 'non aligned' journalist having a look - I'd say it would be hard to odds that for independence or transparency.


We will have to wait and see before we get excited!

What sort of questions were asked and what, if any, answers were given, after all we know full well that NTC don't do transparency do they? rolleyes.gif
Then if anything found out gets published of course? rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 19 2015, 05:14 PM
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You are right of course. Doesn't take much to please me!!


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post Jan 19 2015, 11:50 PM
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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Jan 19 2015, 04:10 PM) *
We will have to wait and see before we get excited!

What sort of questions were asked and what, if any, answers were given, after all we know full well that NTC don't do transparency do they? rolleyes.gif
Then if anything found out gets published of course? rolleyes.gif



His credentials look good, so give him a chance...

http://www.ndfc.org.uk/info.php?link=1401a


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post Jan 20 2015, 04:55 PM
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well that at least suggests a serious intent. I also suspect that it's as near as we'd ever get to a truly independent investigation.


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post Jan 20 2015, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 20 2015, 04:55 PM) *
well that at least suggests a serious intent. I also suspect that it's as near as we'd ever get to a truly independent investigation.


Whatever his credentials, as a freelancer he still has to convince an editor that it's worth publishing.

On that tack, has anybody else picked up on this:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-b...ng-west-8459572

Legal battle awaits for Reading and West Berkshire over controversial planning changes

Caught it on the local news last night & did an internet search. Can't find anything about it on the West Berkshire Council web site, and nothing on Newbury Today. Maybe it was in last week's printed copy? I haven't got round to buying my copy yet....

It seems like our Councils are becoming very litigious - I wonder how much this particular battle is going to cost us!
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post Jan 20 2015, 05:54 PM
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QUOTE (Lolly @ Jan 20 2015, 05:18 PM) *
Whatever his credentials, as a freelancer he still has to convince an editor that it's worth publishing.

On that tack, has anybody else picked up on this:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-b...ng-west-8459572

Legal battle awaits for Reading and West Berkshire over controversial planning changes

Caught it on the local news last night & did an internet search. Can't find anything about it on the West Berkshire Council web site, and nothing on Newbury Today. Maybe it was in last week's printed copy? I haven't got round to buying my copy yet....

It seems like our Councils are becoming very litigious - I wonder how much this particular battle is going to cost us!

Frankly, I think I'd rather trust the market forces driving the still free press than a bunch of politicians and their patsies, whatever political hue. Cynical that maybe, but it's underlined and emphasised in your next point; the litigious nature of today's politics. Again, I wonder why? Great work if you can get it.


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