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  1. Not having English as a second language doesn't mean they need an interpreter. Some of those will already be bilingual and some trilingual before they start school, e.g. Asian children with regional language, Hindi or Urdu, and English.
  2. Isn't that less £68k costs, so £17K profit?
  3. vic

    maggoty bins

    Line the outer rim of the bin with salt or vinegar to prevent flies from entering the container or sprinkle rock salt or lime inside the bin as a further preventative measure.
  4. If we're back on the thread - I watched a ship go through Chester Road locks on Saturday -11 mins from bridge opening to closing, but 2 mins of that was the final squeeze to get the roadway in line.
  5. There's a "memorandum of understanding" between the Council and Peel (about avoiding peak hours). The LibDems have "rejected" it http://www.warringtonlibdems.org.uk/not-nearly-good-enough but rejecting it means nothing when Peel has navigation rights and can legally swing the bridge as often as they want. It would take a private act of Parliament to expunge those rights.
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    Walton Locks

    I'd think that, apart from losing the navigation rights, there would be issues over flood relief. If the Mersey is high, does it still flood this area, and wouldn't water then go into the canal and down to the Weaver sluices (which would go back into the Mersey, but far enough downstream not to have an impact back at Warrington)?
  7. Algy, I can see a second 30 mph sign (obscured by the traffic light in your picture) so you missed both.
  8. vic


    How long are they going to take from Warrington to London?
  9. I'm never sure when you're serious... but I'll rise to it. The Jubilee Line has had platform glazing and doors since 1999... And I don't think any train did Warrington to London in two hours in the Victorian era.
  10. http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/incidents/search-of-river-mersey-in-warrington
  11. Not a scientific idea of course, but perhaps the American experience has two factors. Most big American cities have decent public transport (and Portland offers some free travel, and 8% of commuters cycle to work)... And NB "Many young people care more about buying the latest smart phone or gaming console than getting their driver's license." - And you can't play with them while driving!
  12. I dunno. You get your car nicked for a robbery, you get it back abandoned but safe, OK apart from the have-a-go types denting the bodywork.
  13. vic

    election charges

    Shock horror! Parish councils to pay for parish council elections!
  14. vic

    20 mph

    3rd Annual 20mph Places Conference 1 May 2012 London Two acclaimed conferences entitled “The 20mph City” were organised by PTRC with 20s Plenty for Us in 2009 and 2011. Today, 20mph speed limits are increasingly being implemented in villages and towns across the UK. We have renamed this event to “The 20 mph Places” Conference in recognition that slower speeds contribute to a sense of “Place”. More than just a space, great places to live, work or play are characterised by vibrant communities who respect each other’s rights to get around safely. I think Rod should put on a bus to get us there.
  15. Yes, then we could see who's cost the Council money by voting down an application that will be allowed on appeal!
  16. Friends were in London looking for their hotel and had got the wrong postcode. Parked up to ask - in a loading bay rather than on yellow lines. One got out of the car and asked in a shop, got back in (5 mins tops). The other never left the car. Car had been photographed from a fixed camera, and they got a fixed fine.
  17. Tesco at Earlestown has a camera that records your car numberplate in and out (max 2 hours) - but doesn't know where you've gone. I stayed longer, ignored the demand for payment and heard nothing more.
  18. The Forge is a council car park, isn't it? Riverside is private.
  19. Appealing was a mistake. The "fine" is unenforceable but now they know his name. http://www.bitterwallet.com/dealing-with-parking-tickets-part-1/15305
  20. vic

    20 mph

    And if you know where to look you can go Warrington to Glasgow or Liverpool to London for a quid! (Megatrain) Nothing cheaper than £7 from Warrington to Manchester of course.
  21. Even when buses were virtually free (under the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire) people still drove into Sheffield
  22. Oh yes, but unless you want the Council to waste money on an appeal, don't expect permission to be refused (once other land is exhausted).
  23. A road near us (80 houses) has 4 unoccupied (one "tinned") and one converted to 4 flats, all empty. More houses doesn't equal more schools for various reasons: people have fewer children, there are more people living alone, and schools close in areas with a stable getting older population (Woolston) and are built where young families are (Grappenhall, Chapelford). But the basic rule of the planning system is that you need a reason not to allow development. Once, if you owned the land, you could do what you want. As a reasoned reaction (not a panic) Parliament started restricting that. Landowners (and the present government) tend to think the rules are too restrictive, people next door want more restrictions. Councils apply the rules and, if they don't allow something that the law, whether legislation or test case precedent, says should be allowed, it costs them (us) money (costs going to appeal, and the applicant's costs awarded at appeal). The law now says you can build on Peel Hall, and all the Council can do is resist that on grounds such as there's still plenty of other places to build in the borough. Unless, like Wahl, you think everyone's corrupt (probably including the Queen who signs the laws) then a bit of reality about the situation would help.
  24. Yes, there is - the presumption in favour of development
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