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Yes, there were some pretty snide comments made by our local political 'worthies'.  Still, it's  fairly effective way of delivering the Council's real Vision for the District; to be a Dormitory / Retirement suburb.  It's not now a matter of if key firms move, more when.
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Got something to say? / Re: Something odd about this
« Last post by Old Goat on January 07, 2018, 08:24:21 am »
Yes, really, really odd.  Theale Parish Council has a leading West Berkshire Councillor sitting on it!  This is an expensive and embarrassing mess. In any other organisation heads would roll.  Planning and design work, particularly to this level of detail, doesn't come cheap.  For me, it again shows up the desperate need for total reform. Yes, we need a total clear out.
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I see in today's NWN that the local council is now considering encouraging Micro Focus to feel so unloved that it should up sticks and move out of the town by creating a problem for the company rather than helping identify and provide solutions. No doubt encouraged by their Christmas hangovers they seem determined to share the pain. The only conclusion that others can reach looking in from the outside is that Newbury is not business friendly and is best avoided. Numbskulls !
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Got something to say? / Something odd about this
« Last post by Number 6 on January 04, 2018, 11:04:33 am »
Not sure this is the whole story here but it's enough to raise some important questions about who is road blocking the project and why ?

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/23190/council-abandons-plans-for-new-primary-school-in-theale.html

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Newbury should be and is positioned to have a very vibrant mixed economy including commercial and light industrial companies as well as it's more traditional blend of attributes. Together with Hungerford and Theale there is an obvious opportunity to become a commercial centre based on the M4 corridor. Instead we seem determined to ignore the opportunity and this can only be a political stance taken by a leadership that is marching to someone else's tune and agenda, to the detriment of the population as a whole. The eyeball indicator of this is the lack of proper traffic infrastructure creating gridlock. Without commercial success the town and district declines. Nowhere is this more evident than in the difference in pay rates between Newbury, Reading and elsewhere in the Thames Valley. Only a total leadership refresh will change this.
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Ironic really; we've had the usual flock of relatives with us over Christmas and the title of this thread was the response from one of them after a morning walking round the town. That started a general tirade from even the locals about the slow collapse of the market, Kennet Centre and the like.  Took the shine off what up 'till then had been a happy visit!
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Unbelievable.  So, we keep the business rate, give up an equivalent in grants and any credit extra kept from this sleight of hand is given to a quango.  WBC; stiched up like a kipper!
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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation. Let's hope it's not coming to a business near you.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/23150/west-berkshire-council-set-to-receive-2m-business-rates-boost.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Last post by Number 6 on December 12, 2017, 11:52:53 am »
Good to see there is a radical reformist in you Old Goat - I was starting to worry that we had all been sedated by the 'Newbury Vision ' .
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Got something to say? / Re: Time for a radical change in local leadership
« Last post by Old Goat on December 12, 2017, 08:11:00 am »
Yes, there are more choices than Reading - that any other option would be better is indictment enough on what we have locally.

I also know there are serious whinges about local government in almost all areas of the UK which suggests the whole thing is ripe for radical reform.  The system that has served us since 1880 is now totally out of line and time expired. 

With today's expectations, you can't combine the operational management of schools, refuse collection, planning, etc. under one head, simply because they service people living in the same geographic location.

Similarly, with modern communications and needs, organising the whole as a big  number of self managed authorities makes little sense.  What other industry is organised in that way?  In service delivery terms at least, the population wants equality; wherever the service is provided. Thus, it's not just 'Men of Kent' wanting Grammar Schools. 

As service delivery in a good many authorities has been devolved to contractors, would it not be far more effective and efficient to do that at a national level, by 'service' stream?  No more arguing about people from Burghfield using Reading's tip. 

Set up properly, this could leave a small local 'council' simply to act as a channel of communication for complaints and guidance and with no other powers or revenue raising authority.  All the money needed would then need to come from national taxation, eliminating at a stroke, the problems associated with 'the rates'.
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