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> It's like the Somme out there
Sherlock
post Oct 22 2012, 09:46 AM
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Northcroft Park this morning following the departure of most of the fair vehicles. I hope the fee they pay for using the park covers the restitution costs. Has it been this bad before?
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post Oct 22 2012, 10:10 AM
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QUOTE (Sherlock @ Oct 22 2012, 10:46 AM) *
Northcroft Park this morning following the departure of most of the fair vehicles. I hope the fee they pay for using the park covers the restitution costs. Has it been this bad before?



Same in Lower way as well!
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post Oct 22 2012, 10:33 AM
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The entire fair should have been cancelled.
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post Oct 22 2012, 11:27 AM
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Time for it to be relocated or just cancelled. The 'Park' is not usable now for a kickabout by local kids and won't recover for several months.
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post Oct 22 2012, 02:44 PM
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I imagine the whole of that area will need to be ploughed up, harrowed, rolled, re-seeded etc. Anyone know when the flood prevention works are due to start?
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post Oct 22 2012, 04:10 PM
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A bit of an extreme comparison IMO.

I don't see trenches, barbed wire or 1000s of dead soldiers like the Somme

Like a ploughed field maybe
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post Oct 22 2012, 04:46 PM
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The surrounding roads are still caked in mud as well.
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post Oct 22 2012, 06:36 PM
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It does always seem to recover but this year has been exceptionally wet so we shouldn't be surprised. Fact is, we have a large area in town that could easily serve as a venue for the fair. It is a bit of a high spot in the local calendar mainly for the younger age group so I wouldn't like to see it banned but the Market place and Northbrook Street might be considered for future years. Problem there though is that the Saturday market may need relocted for the one day.
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post Oct 22 2012, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (Sherlock @ Oct 22 2012, 10:46 AM) *
Northcroft Park this morning following the departure of most of the fair vehicles. I hope the fee they pay for using the park covers the restitution costs. Has it been this bad before?

Yes, it has been like that before, and the ground recovers amazingly in a short time. Nature, you see......
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post Oct 22 2012, 08:31 PM
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QUOTE (Exhausted @ Oct 22 2012, 07:36 PM) *
It does always seem to recover but this year has been exceptionally wet so we shouldn't be surprised. Fact is, we have a large area in town that could easily serve as a venue for the fair. It is a bit of a high spot in the local calendar mainly for the younger age group so I wouldn't like to see it banned but the Market place and Northbrook Street might be considered for future years. Problem there though is that the Saturday market may need relocted for the one day.

And the Wharf, seems reasonable to me, I hate the fair but lots of other people seem to enjoy it.
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post Oct 22 2012, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Oct 22 2012, 09:31 PM) *
And the Wharf, seems reasonable to me, I hate the fair but lots of other people seem to enjoy it.


That would be a pretty sensible alternative and all the services already in place.


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post Oct 23 2012, 07:16 AM
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ Oct 22 2012, 05:10 PM) *
A bit of an extreme comparison IMO.


Noted.
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post Oct 23 2012, 07:16 AM
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An update from WBC - it'll be like that for a while, it seems: http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?art...865189784330000
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post Oct 23 2012, 08:30 AM
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Don't want to be picky here, but it's just a bit of mud.
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post Oct 23 2012, 09:19 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Hollister @ Oct 23 2012, 09:30 AM) *
Don't want to be picky here, but it's just a bit of mud.


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post Oct 23 2012, 09:45 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Hollister @ Oct 23 2012, 09:30 AM) *
Don't want to be picky here, but it's just a bit of mud.

It is now.

It was a wide open area of grass for the use of those who live in Newbury.
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post Oct 23 2012, 04:31 PM
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The fair takes place for the enjoyment of a number of citizens. The Council hold the operators to account for damage to the surface. Part of the area will be a construction site, so not all the repair work will be done yet. Problem with any of that?
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post Oct 23 2012, 06:10 PM
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QUOTE (NWNREADER @ Oct 23 2012, 05:31 PM) *
The fair takes place for the enjoyment of a number of citizens. The Council hold the operators to account for damage to the surface.

aah.. the old "That's the way it's always been done, so why should it change?" strategy...

The way the immediate area has been developed over the past decades surely means it's time that a more suitable location was found for the fair. Stroud Green would be better (although that's common land isn't it?). The 'green area' is as big and there's convenient parking nearby.

To have this circus of very large vehicles, trailers and all other sorts of machinery squeezing along this tight residential cul-de-sac twice a year, together with the large numbers of visitors it attracts is a little too much and a serious inconvenience for residents and visitors to the leisure centre. Everything comes to an end. Time for this to move on.

And yes, this year's damage will be paid for but I don't think the local resident give a monkey's - they would rather it didn't need to be repaired in the first place...
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post Oct 23 2012, 07:09 PM
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By the same token those stupid pop festivals in Reading and places should be banned. Think Victoria Park is bad - see the mess these things leave. Much better if we all stay in and watch the box.


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post Oct 23 2012, 07:21 PM
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QUOTE (spartacus @ Oct 23 2012, 07:10 PM) *
aah.. the old "That's the way it's always been done, so why should it change?" strategy... I did not say that, only responded regarding the damage to the surface - which would have arisen on any grass plot, I reckon

The way the immediate area has been developed over the past decades surely means it's time that a more suitable location was found for the fair. Stroud Green would be better (although that's common land isn't it?). The 'green area' is as big and there's convenient parking nearby. Always good to review, but as for Stroud Green - do you know how wet it gets? Where is the parking?

To have this circus of very large vehicles, trailers and all other sorts of machinery squeezing along this tight residential cul-de-sac twice a year, together with the large numbers of visitors it attracts is a little too much and a serious inconvenience for residents and visitors to the leisure centre. Everything comes to an end. Time for this to move on. Valid discussion points

And yes, this year's damage will be paid for but I don't think the local resident give a monkey's - they would rather it didn't need to be repaired in the first place... I haven't spoken to any, so do not know

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