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More proof of incompetence at the highest levels just keeps rolling in. They will not do the honourable thing and fall on their swords so just how do we organise to remove them at the ballot box ?

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20961/bitter-disappointment-as-400-homes-approved-on-appeal.html
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Got something to say? / Cycle route or cycle hazard ?
« Last post by Number 6 on March 09, 2017, 07:22:29 pm »
With just £100K allocated this will consist of just some painted lines on the existing highway and not a separate trackway for cyclists removed from proximity to the road itself. Given the congestion on this road at present introducing cyclists will probably just lead to more accidents and/or deaths or just slow traffic down even further. The increased exposure to pollution should be a life changer in itself. As a cyclist myself I will stick to safer routes than this to get my exercise. Just another example of magical thinking from our (failed) leaders.


http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20846/funding-confirmed-for-5-7m-newbury-to-windsor-cycle-path.html
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Education in West Berkshire is definitely in a very poor state overall with a few beacons of good quality hiding an underperforming rump of poor performance that has been allowed to continue for several years now. Coupled with gross financial mismanagement it beggars belief that rapid and radical change has not been initiated to correct this. Instead we are asked to believe that those who have created and sustained the problem will go on and solve it. This is the kind of magical thinking that tells us the council executive and political leadership are not up to the demands of their portfolios. You are right Old Goat the council are not fit for purpose.
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Well, it's simply a further example demonstrating that local government is pointless.  Frankly, against the real problem here, this is a non issue.

Education has become a dustbin for money; the waste in the physical operation unbelievable.  We have thrown money at education for years, yet standards measured against international performance have simply declined - to a level where we have created generations of automotons; none capable of thought, let alone innovation.

Harsh that may be, but look at a classic educational solution. Feed primary school kids at lunchtime and performance over all will dramatically increase.  Thus went the Clegg flagship policy.  We spent millions nationwide doing this and it's been in operation for long enough to see results........no point in giving the answer is there?  But the free meals spending goes on.

No point in fighting the blob.
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Anyone spot the gross financial mismanagement in this ? And still no-one gets the sack. Unbelievable !

 http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20821/west-berkshire-schools-facing-funding-cuts-for-vulnerable-pupils.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Does this quote really refer to West Berkshire Council?
« Last post by Old Goat on February 25, 2017, 09:16:19 pm »
It's frankly beyond bizzare.  Like going to Tesco, paying the usual amount your weeks food shopping but only getting two tins of beans and a packet of tea bags.  Then finding whilst they have stopped selling everything but beans and tea and there are only two checkouts open, there are still the same number of managers and supervisors about.
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Got something to say? / Child abuse in schools
« Last post by Leigh on February 23, 2017, 05:28:33 pm »
Dear all

I would be interested to hear about any cases of emotional child abuse caused by teachers in West Berkshire.  An example of such abuse is here:   www.pippa-rowe.com

Thanks

Leigh
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Got something to say? / Re: Does this quote really refer to West Berkshire Council?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 22, 2017, 09:46:33 am »
Well that did not take long - and that's before the actual numbers unwind. If education perform as badly as ever in their financial management then figure could be a lot worse. And still no one senior gets the sack , I wonder why ?

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20703/west-berkshire-council-predicting-overspend-of-more-than-750-000.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Does this quote really refer to West Berkshire Council?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 20, 2017, 10:50:59 am »
They still don't get it do they ? We need them to reduce overhead by getting rid of premises altogether and contracting services out, not adding to the risk by swapping buildings and playing property developer with their private sector mates.
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Got something to say? / Re: Does this quote really refer to West Berkshire Council?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 09, 2017, 06:10:31 pm »
They really are a complete and utter shambles. Cut operational staff, cut services, tax rise above inflation but no removal of senior executives who have failed over several years and the grand palaces they live in. They should have been shedding overhead but instead retain it so that the ratio of overhead to costs/services continues in a negative direction. Shameful self serving failures.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20584/council-tax-bills-set-to-rise-by-almost-five-per-cent-in-april.html
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