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> Is it about time West Berkshire Coucil's CEO got a grip with his counicl?
Andy Capp
post Sep 23 2013, 06:09 PM
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What with allegedly hassling a dying man for money which might not be owed, and allegedly fining people where they were not entitled (despite being 'tipped-off'), is it not about time the council reviewed some of it's policies? It is definitely looking like a rather mean spirited organisation from where I stand.
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post Sep 23 2013, 06:35 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Sep 23 2013, 07:09 PM) *
What with allegedly hassling a dying man for money which might not be owed, and allegedly fining people where they were not entitled (despite being 'tipped-off'), is it not about time the council reviewed some of it's policies? It is defiantly looking like a rather mean spirited organisation from where I stand.


Far better if he resigned!

Unfortunately he seems to be a man of little integrity and willing to fleece the residents of West Berkshire for a large salary, and provides little or no value back to West Berkshire.
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post Sep 23 2013, 06:54 PM
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The political leader should take the rap. The staff, all of them, are just that, staff.
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post Sep 23 2013, 07:37 PM
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I'm inclined to agree. After all, the CEO didn't just get his salary, and he must be 'appraised' annually at least. The political leaders are supposed to have the power to hire and fire - so come on lads, show some leadership for once!


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post Sep 23 2013, 08:30 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Sep 23 2013, 08:37 PM) *
I'm inclined to agree. After all, the CEO didn't just get his salary, and he must be 'appraised' annually at least. The political leaders are supposed to have the power to hire and fire - so come on lads, show some leadership for once!


So you and Hatter are effectively saying that despite a large salary Carter doesn't have to take responsibility for the organisation?

Looks like we don't need a CEO after all then - that'll be a big saving!
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post Sep 23 2013, 08:56 PM
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For myself, I've never believed we need a CEO - see many previous threads! This present issue proves the point. Yes, it would be a big saving and in my view, should have been the first.

The CEO is the servant of the political leader, if he isn't, he's acting like a Mayor and that is not the model we chose for West Berkshire.

Yes, he should resign if he performs badly, but then so should his boss for letting him!


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post Sep 23 2013, 10:26 PM
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Fining people - (oops, levying 'excess charges', not fines) when it was known to be illegal or was likely to be illegal, is arguably fraud and malfeasance in public office. As in the case of the unlit sign on the American Bridge, witholding the charges and not refunding them compounds the crime.

I'd make more of a fuss, but I'm not one of the people caught in these particular incidents, though the council did try to charge me a couple of years ago over parking. I told them that their charges were illegal, and why, and I refused to pay. Nothing more was heard from them.

If the council tries to 'fine' me again, I might point out that I have told them about some of the many flaws in their enactment of parking regulations and signs, and that their continued actions against drivers therefore amount to fraud.

Hopefully, it won't come to that. I try to park sensibly and reasonably.
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post Sep 24 2013, 11:28 AM
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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Sep 23 2013, 07:54 PM) *
The political leader should take the rap. The staff, all of them, are just that, staff.

So the department managers, Team Leaders, policy advisors and legal team should all be off the hook? That sort of attitude is why we have such an inept institution as it is!
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post Sep 24 2013, 01:48 PM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Sep 24 2013, 12:28 PM) *
So the department managers, Team Leaders, policy advisors and legal team should all be off the hook? That sort of attitude is why we have such an inept institution as it is!


They are still just staff employed to follow rules. I worked there ten years ago but my mates tell me nothing has changed. You are just expected to do your job. I was told by one team leader that I wasn't paid to think and she wasn't joking. Those at the top decide everything, The only way it will ever change is to get shot of those who run the place at the moment and bring in someone who gets rid of the rest.
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post Sep 24 2013, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Sep 24 2013, 02:48 PM) *
The only way it will ever change is to get shot of those who run the place at the moment and bring in someone who gets rid of the rest.

Yup, I feel you're right.


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post Sep 24 2013, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Sep 24 2013, 03:47 PM) *
Yup, I feel you're right.


I do believe that these latest revelations only enforces what numerous others like myself have been trying to make public for some years now that our two local authorities instead of serving local people are only in existence to create their own empires. They seem to be able to flout rules, regulations and laws with impunity. It would seem that no matter how much effort is made to make them accountable it is impossible to break through the wall of secrecy and intimidation that has been rife for a very long time.
If you want open and honest local authorities please don't expect to find it in West Berkshire especially Newbury!

I fail to understand why the local electorate are not inundating them with demands for explanations? angry.gif


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post Sep 24 2013, 06:46 PM
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our two local authorities instead of serving local people are only in existence to create their own empires




Like any government faction then.


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Andy Capp
post Sep 24 2013, 07:09 PM
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QUOTE (Cognosco @ Sep 24 2013, 06:25 PM) *
I fail to understand why the local electorate are not inundating them with demands for explanations? angry.gif

Because they fear being 'black-listed'? Others don't know or care.
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post Sep 25 2013, 10:58 AM
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The biggest issue is apathy! That and the state in all its forms with a stranglehold on information. They've simply adopted the age old panacea, 'give them bread and circuses' Burger, chips and X.Factor!


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