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  1. Or perhaps reducing the population growth, just sayin.
  2. Should we really be surprised that it is so difficult to carry out the result of a democratic referendum when so many celebrities/politicians/ex-politicians/footballers/non-british millionaires/non-resident brits/junkie female singers/crisp salemen etc have been doing all they can in the last two years to make it fail.
  3. Tres drole PJ. Care to comment on the points in between? I thought that tariffs could just be aimed at certain countries. Remember Trump targeting Chinese goods recently.
  4. I'm just a grunt, but I would like to give my take on the tariffs imposed by a no deal Brexit or cliff edge/doomsday/Armageddon as called by some of the experts. Any tariffs imposed would, I would guess be reciprocated by the UK. Since EU imports to the UK are 3 times the value going the other way, would we not be on a winner there. Also I have heard typical rates of 5-10% quoted. Since the depreciation of the pound by nearly 20%, would the cost of our goods to the EU still be below what they were when the pound was very strong, E 1-35 / £. These x3 tariffs would be collected purely by the UK government whereas the ones going to the EU will be shared between 27 countries. Another winner. There is a lot of talk about goods being more expensive to us as a result of tariffs. How about if they were made here instead of a EU27 country. There would be no tariffs if that was the case, making their brand cheaper to us 66 million than the EU made competitors. Would it encourage foreign countries to set up here? As for the Irish border issue. What if the UK said that they do not intend checks on anything coming over the border into Northern Ireland, we trust them to carry on as they have been doing for the last couple of decades. However. if the EU27 insist on checking our vehicles going the other way, they are free to build customs posts but they will have to be on the republic side. Our friend Leo might not be too popular with some of his fellow fussy-eaters. I might be talking a load of rubbish, but what do any more knowledgeable posters reckon?
  5. I wouldn't worry about the increase in traffic, most of the occupants will have bikes for their daily trek up Manchester Road to the Grange.
  6. Just back from one of my walks through the fields to the Hatton Arms in the village of Hatton, On the left hand side of Goose Lane, just before it ends in the fields, there Is a house that is completely surrounded by trees. It is deserted and so overgrown that it looks like something from a horror film. There is even a car, again, surrounded by mature trees. It can't have moved for years. I can't understand why it is like this. Who owns it? Surely the land on which it stands must be worth a fortune. I would imagine the house must have to be gutted, even demolished. Any one know why?
  7. I went into town on Sunday for a look around the Makers market. It looked great, lots of families browsing, buying and eating in the Queens gardens. There was also a ballet on at the Parr Hall. Nipped into Golden sq which was almost as busy as a Saturday. Didn't cost me a penny to park. You whingers need to try it sometime, you could do it when you are placing flowers on the site of the Manx Arms.
  8. On that basis, you could say that Manchester and Liverpool are rubbish because it's a long walk from one side of the city centre to the other. Even Widnes is spread out. A few weeks ago I took my Grandson to Widnes to get a few things and visit the cinema. We parked on the Morrisons car park, got what we wanted, then had to walk in the driving rain across a four lane road to Mc Donalds then through a bleak retail park to the cinema. I suppose we could have driven there navigating the same road with it's manic traffic lights and lane changes, which is similar to your comparison with the buses.
  9. I've never really understood this free parking argument, we have free parking in Warrington. Golden Square free after 4pm on Thursdays, free all day on Sundays and even when it is not free, the parking charges are very low, £1 an hour, £1.50 for 2 hours, £2.20 for 4 hours, and that is for an undercover car park direct to the shops out of the weather. If that is too much, go to the new attractive multi storey, free for 3 hours, it's no further from the shops than most of the surface car parks in Widnes. I go to Widnes regularly, just for a change of scenery. It's OK, but nowhere near the range of shops we have in Warrington, apart from M&S. I've been to Northwich today, free parking but the shopping centre is very strange. A brand new complex called Barons Quay that is 90% empty since it opened a couple of years ago. The older shopping centre and market is like a ghost town with boarded up shops. How come there is never criticism of real rip-off parking towns, like Bury, Chester, Wigan, Altrincham and our two large cities nearby.
  10. Anyone been to one of the Makers Markets that pop up on the Queens Gardens monthly? I was thinking of going to the one this coming Sunday. I'm probably thinking more of getting a bite to eat. Are there decent and different food stalls there?
  11. I think the plans for apartments in the town centre will give it a massive boost. The new cinema will draw in people presently going to neighbouring towns. It's important that prices are kept reasonable though, I was in Bury recently which is very popular due to its market and they charge £5 for parking for just a couple of hours. The cinema in the Trafford centre charge £8-50 during the week for pensioners then have the cheek to charge a supplement of up to £2 if the film is a "blockbuster". There also needs to be a policy regarding out of town retail. Any retail unit of a small to medium size should only be allowed in the town centre, so that the out of town parks are reserved for large convenience retailers which would be impractical in a central location. Early Learning and Mothercare are examples. I can see there being a tug of war between the old fish market and the new Time Sq development. I don't see any problem with the parking in Warrington, there are plenty of on street spaces in the evening, Golden Sq is only £1 in the evening, and the new multi storey is free for 3 hours.
  12. I've compared the Brexit situation to the Millennium bug too. I'm confident in 50 years time, that the history books will sum it up in a paragraph basically saying " in 2019 the UK altered the way it traded with the EU". Breaking news Heseltine says that most Brexiteers have now changed their minds. Can't say I've heard any in my circles.
  13. many celebs are extremely negative of the situation, talking it down at every opportunity. O'Brien on LBC was extremely pessimistic today.
  14. It seems that for one commodity, New Zealand lamb, the UK take 40% of what the EU have agreed to import. So in perspective, out of all the lamb imported into the EU's 28 countries, our small country use 40% of it all. It would be interesting to see the figures for Prosecco, Irish mushrooms, German cars, Polish blueberries etc. Someone is going to miss us when we leave.
  15. I see yet another borough of Greater Manchester, Stockport, are moaning about green belt being used to create more housing. Stockport voted to remain in Brexit. They are for the freee movement of people. Where did they think the 300 000+ are going to live? They voted for it, so let them put up with it.
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