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Sat 23-Apr-11
11:28 pm
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3ravens
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My Rant for the Day!! 

Attention, admin! (Here we go again, Danny, sorry ) Why, oh WHY, when I've been away for awhile, and there are lots of unread threads (24 today eeek) does the forum not wait for me? I'm reading along, had read about 5 threads, and suddenly I only had 2 unread threads, instead of 19.aargh I'm not going trolling in the main menu to find what disappeared. I hope none of it was directed at me. Humph! frown

 

 

Oh well, at least the math was single digits....

Sun 24-Apr-11
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That's one I cannot fix, Josie. It is all based on the timeout level, which is 45 minutes. It was 20 originally.

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Sun 24-Apr-11
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Danny, I wrote to our local Town newspaper a couple of months ago about Tesco coming to Saxmundham, the council makes the same claim about attracting more visitors etc. The letter got published and attracted an aggressive response in the last edition from our august council chairperson, not answering my questions but simply attacking me for raising them - I obviously hit a spot. My worry is that the High Street, which is struggling already will get worse as the centre of the town moves away from the High Street to a new axis between the new Tesco and the existing Waitrose unless the council get up off the a---s and make the High Street more attractive, maybe by giving free parking and also turning it into a walking street, maybe having a Saturday market, whatever. The editor of the paper loves it because in the next edition is my response, too many lovely old towns are dying on their feet as shopping centres and it is about time someone took a leaf out of Totnes's book (they are one of the few towns in the UK who really have benefited from the introduction of a major supermarket and the number of independant retailers actually increased in the town) but will or do they ? Unlikely.

So just a few miles down the road from you it is the same fight. Perhaps we ought to take the Bristol residents approach !!

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

Sun 24-Apr-11
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Can I say Chris, that what you're doing at the moment is good, and to be recommended - stating your objections and publishing them. We find that doing this somehow 'neutralises' the anger a little. ok

I think your suggestions are good too - but judging by our local councillors/decision makers, I'm not too sure they're listening. steam

"So just a few miles down the road from you it is the same fight. Perhaps we ought to take the Bristol residents approach !!"
However, I think the Bristol residents approach is not to be recommended. thumbs_down 
(I don't think you meant that, anyway!) whistle
It's a shame that the 'Monopolies Commision' can't justify a refusal to the large supermarkets taking over local towns - I must say I do find the large supermarket shopping nowadays no fun at all.
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Sun 24-Apr-11
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were just getting a Tesco invasion out here in the wilds of Lincolnshire there building one at Tattershall and have just got permission for a massive one in sleaford , it doesnt matter how much you object they just appeal and get their way, theyve even gone to the lengths of buying the houses of those who protested about the traffic generated at an above market price.

Sun 24-Apr-11
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That's disgraceful, Kaye, it smacks of a Big Brother issue.

Generally, though, what can individuals do against such a vast organisation? Short answer, I suppose is 'not a lot'.  aargh

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Fellow forumites ( as opposed to termites!!)

Please consider your local radio station, when taking up arms on these proposed plans etc to Your villages or towns.

Having worked in the local radio industry for quite a few years, I know they can be quite supportive and give you the ability to challenge the planners or whoever to a debate! even having a live phone in, ( always good for the blood pressure those}).

Good luck, just give your radio journalist a ring, or news editor ask them if they will cover this not just on the news but in a programme slot!! ( you may mention youve organised a 'lady godiva rally etc') that will get them going, !! after all tell them its the peoples radio!!!

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Thanks for that useful tip, Maria. I had not thought of that. Is it something you might consider, Chris?

Kaye - I can't believe that these Tesco stores are so profitable that they can buy up property at above market prices in a "land clearance" action. Crikey Mikey. That seems incredible and also must make it so much harder to stop them.

My other current rant is against Suffolk's Forest Heath council and our East Cambs council. There is a promontory of Suffolk that juts to the west into Cambridgeshire. Newmarket is at its zenith. The nearest recycling centre / municipal dump is in Newmarket, so it services a wide area of East Cambs also.

East Cambs has the worst recycling record in the entire country.

Forest Heath are closing the Newmarket location, which is run by a contractor and is a brilliant, neat & clean and well maintained facility. Excuse = cutbacks. They have allowed a 3 month reprieve beyond the 9-May deadline.

In heaven's name, it seems like a simple solution to combine funding from both councils with some sort of pay as you go charge like £2 a pop. I would pay that.

The alternative is almost certainly more fly tipping, the bulk of which will be in the East Cambs jurisdiction. Don't you sometimes want to just bang bureaucratic heads together? steam

 

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Certainly do, one wonders why they wanted to be elected in the first place.

I'll try that again!

Tue 26-Apr-11
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Certain type of people, TA, that's what.  steam

We had a council produced flyer fall through our letterbox - only 4 pages - this covers North Wiltshire. One whole page was dedicated to one woman councillor who has obtained a degree. Of course, no-one else could ever achieve that, could they? whistle

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Tue 26-Apr-11
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One of our Lib Dem hopefuls (who appears to be about 13 years old) gets his picture in the local Focus newsletter just pointing at things...I despair!

I'll try that again!

Tue 26-Apr-11
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It's something to do with this modern idea of being a celebrity ....... if you have no talent, work in politics.

Remember the Pallisers - one of the posher families had a son who was really not very good at much at all, so it was recommended that he must go into politics.

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Tue 26-Apr-11
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I always understood it was to get planning permission for an extension or a new build in the garden . Never did find out OH was approached once to see if I could be co-opted onto the Parish Council and replied ' No ,he would upset too many people .' 

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Tue 26-Apr-11
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Funny thing, Seth, it has been suggested that hubby becomes a magistrate - ooh no, no - everyone would be guilty as there's no smoke without fire and all that!

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Tue 26-Apr-11
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DANNY: At the moment I am pursuing this thing down the press route but if that damn woman comes back again with some meaningless answer then I will approach Radio Suffolk but frankly I would rather see this thing solved 'quietly'. I was, some few years ago, involved in a campaign to protect the rights of a group of people using the South Downs Way round Beachy Head and we got BBC TV involved and that led to an enormous amount of time being spent on what was actually a rather small issue although it was ultimately succesful, what with filming and interviews etc. and I am not sure I really want to do all of that again unless it is really neccessary - we'll see.

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

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