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... and ensures at least two folk will vote for or with each other! :wink:

 

I've found that you don't neccessarily have to be a married couple in order for your votes to be guaranteed. That is unless all party members enter into a form of marriage when joining.

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Think you mean patronage, and it's existed throughout history. :wink:

 

So have a great many things but it doesn't make them right now does it?

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I've found a solution that may well help and send out a positive message to the general public....

 

You know how the council have spent a fortune (especially around Whittle hall) putting in bike lanes that no one will use? Well the solution is simple.....

 

The council buy bikes for all of the councillors and officers and make them use the bikes on official business! That way, we don't have to pay the likes of Cllr O'Neils ?5,000.00 travel expenses because just his claim alone would provide almost all of the bikes.... especially if bought off EBay!

 

The council could also stop all of the nonsense excuses and trying to justify buying 24 IPads and stick them on EBay and use the money to buy bikes......

 

Finally, sell the reg number ED1 as it is just a status symbol (and when they have to cut so much money; staus symbols are something we don't need) and the money raised off that one sale would pay for the libraries that are to close....

 

Simples!

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How much do you recon they would get for ED 1 then ?

 

Wonder what happened to all the other ED plates that Warrington used to have on the busses and fire engines etc.

 

I can't see the councillors riding around on bikes though somehow :lol:

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Dizzy,

 

I would put the plates value somewhere near the half a million pound mark....... Because it can be a name and it is a 1 plate, it makes it extremely valuable, more so the one valued for Northampton Council "NH1" which was valued at ?400,000 last October....

 

Have a read!

 

"Council bosses were today slammed for refusing to save money by selling the mayor?s private registration plate ? worth ?400,000.

The number NH1 has adorned the Mayor of Northampton?s ceremonial car for decades.

But Northampton Borough Council say it is not worth selling because it would only reduce an individual?s council tax bill by ?4.

But the TaxPayers? Alliance yesterday urged the council to sell the plate and raise money for those ?struggling to make ends meet.?

A spokeswoman said: ?These number plates are a luxury that the council can ill afford at a time when it is facing spending cuts.

?It?s a disgrace that they?re trying to hang onto these at a time when some taxpayers in the area are struggling to make ends meet.

?The plates are an indulgence and they should sell them off as soon as possible.?

Northampton Borough Council leader Brian Markham said the plate is part of the town?s heritage.

He said: ?If we got ?400,000 ? that?s equivalent to ?4 off the average council tax bill for a whole year for the council taxpayers of Northampton.

?But that is only one year ? next year you can?t sell the number plate again.

?More importantly, that number plate is part of our heritage ? not just for the council but for the town ? we?ve owned that since the first number plates on cars.?"

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Now if our council reckon it wouldn't be worth selling for ?500,000 (even though that would save the library closures and leave a tidy sum left over) then that isn't right surely?

 

Pklus they can hardly play the "towns heritage" card with their track record can they?

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This maybe of help, I am sure there are others.

 

www.regtransfers.co.uk

 

Just type in "1" in the search bar and it gives you a comparative list of "1" numbers....

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Had no idea it could be worth that much :shock:

 

There are hundreds available with the letters WBC eg W666 WBC is only ?344 and some are even cheaper.

 

(Guess no-one wants WBC on their number plates then)

 

So they could sell the ED1 (but put the money to a GOOD and SPECIFIC use rather than just in the 'pot') and buy a replacement one with WBC on :wink:

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Had no idea it could be worth that much :shock:

 

There are hundreds available with the letters WBC eg W666 WBC is only ?344 and some are even cheaper.

 

(Guess no-one wants WBC on their number plates then)

 

So they could sell the ED1 (but put the money to a GOOD and SPECIFIC use rather than just in the 'pot') and buy a replacement one with WBC on :wink:

 

Simples!

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You should apply for a job in the councils finance & budget dept Baz .. or maybe we could just vote you in :wink:

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Exactly Sue, this is not just a cheap number plate like HO56 YTR made to look like Christiano..... this is a bona fide decent piece of serious money that the council have.

 

Yes it is part of the towns heritage, but so is Bewsey Old Hall and Walton Gardens and they are quick enough to offload them to make a quick buck

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You could sell off the Mayoral chain etc; but the problem is, the other 50 odd Councillors wouldn't let you, as they're gagging to wear it! :lol:

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It would be of great value to the community of Warrington that the plate be sold off and then that money re-invested into the borough, at the end of the day it is just a car registration plate, the council can always get another number plate that is less ostentatious.

 

May be we can have a celebrity doing the auction say ?Dave the Dickenson? of ITV fame.

 

I am sure the auction of such a number plate would attract bankers/celebrity buyers nationwide and beyond?

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Perhaps its not just the cash value of the plate which is important but the feeling that they are at least prepared to make a sacrifice too (albeit very small and based in vanity.) The people are expected to put up with cuts to services and jobs which directly affect their lives adversely surely the mayoral car can go without its vanity plate for the sake of the Town. They are very keen at every opportunity to let us know that "we are all in it together" well bloody well prove it.

 

Much like the loss of iron railings towards the war effort during the Blitz it would make people feel as though something was being done. The cast iron railings were not actually any use to the war effort other than as a propaganda exercise which worked.

 

This is a great idea Baz and one which should be followed up.

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You can set up a poll yourself if you want to SD although obviously you would only get people who are forum members voting on it :wink:

 

As for online petitions waste of time you're best off hitting the local streets :wink:

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