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  1. Pondlife, it's the future http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/camilla_cavendish/article4069159.ece
  2. make a reality program "I'm a bad parent get my kids outta here", lowlives dont like their own reflection. Perhaps with a celebrity presenter, maybe someone local
  3. Thank you very much Paul, I will also be raising the issue of allotments at my next Parish Council meeting.
  4. The stipend for Burtonwood and Westbrook Parish Council in 2007/2008 is 72k. I'm still new to this Dismayed so I can't help with how the figures are arrived at or how the areas which do not have a parish council are given their money.
  5. Will the people of this town who would like to grow their own food be given the chance to do so by the Council Paul? Eating well is rapidly becoming beyond the means of the less well off. If they had the means to grow their own organic, seasonal fruit and veg on their own allotment this could suppliment their diets, increase their exercise ,save them money ,make them happier and have social benefits to boot. Growing our own food may soon become a neccesity rather than a hobby for a great many people and the sooner the ball is rolling the better it will be.
  6. doesn't this statement stand at odds with the disclaimer beneath?
  7. Egbert, so do you deny that Governments abuse environmental issues to raise revenue? if so you are sadly mistaken.
  8. We have seen some horror stories regarding our politicians snuffling at the trough which is the public purse but Ladies and Gentlemen I think we have a new champion. Look here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/2063070/Giles-Chichester-paid-andpound500%2C000-in-allowances-through-family-firm.html
  9. Baz, re. the annual elections of local councillors I couldn't agree with you more. That way the useless, do nothing ,put up to vote as told brigade would not last more than a year or they would have to prove themselves worthy of the position and try their best to help the community.
  10. If the Government were serious about tackling this issue then things like solar panels would be very heavily subsidised making them affordable to the common man not just the affluent. They take enough in "green taxes" to more than pay for this. Perhaps they aren't taxing environmental issues to force us into reducing emmissions but to raise more revenue, no it can't be that simple can it?
  11. Peter T. many thanks for the support. I am really pleased to hear that you are working towards a solution Cllr. Kennedy and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Alison, I know what you mean, its o.k. the celebrity gardeners and chefs etc. telling us to go out and get an allotment, but this shortage is nationwide so something does need to be done. If a plot of land is covered in brambles it is quite easy to clear it. An idea might be to use the people on community work orders to clear the ground, a bit of honest graft would do them good.
  12. Gary, I'd like to thank yourself and James for the story on your online frontpage. With luck this may get the ball rolling Article is here http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/articles/2693/1/Thirty-year-wait-for-an-allotment/Page1.html
  13. There was a chap on Radio 4 today who claimed that when he started driving 40 years ago when he took into account his wages,petrol costs and the fuel consumption, it is cheaper for him to drive now than then.
  14. Asperity, thats far more prefrable than me having to watch Big Brother.
  15. As a way of saving money and rewarding honest endeavour perhaps they could all be put on performance related pay We would save millions.
  16. You know that it can't be right when the pigs decide how much slop goes into the trough, unbelievable.
  17. Baz, I think these numbers are already available on the Council website although I obviously do not advocate waking them up at all hours.
  18. I noticed these too but thought they may be for displaying the number for the Samaritans
  19. Peter I have never seen this as of high priority for the council nor have I ever said that. In my first post I allude to the fact that I acknowledge this issue is not very important to most people and then again a couple of posts later. I fully accept that there are some serious issues in this town which are of high priority. The problem is that the council do not even see this as an issue worthy of their time or effort. This said when you say that the Council as any other business decides its priorities again I agree with you, except that businesses must act within the bounds of the law.
  20. If you could look into possible uses for that land Paul it would be great. It is far bigger than is required for just allotments and could provide land for a community vegetable growing site, where volunteers who have their own small plot also help with the growing of vegetables on community land, perhaps as a condition of tennancy. The food grown on the community land could be partly sold to pay for the upkeep of the site and any surplus could be distributed to needy folk in the local area. There are a great many grants available for community based food programs for example the Big Lotter
  21. Councillor Kennedy, First of all thanks again for your input, it is appreciated even if at time it may not seem to be. As you have raised quite a few issues since I was able to repond i will try my best to go through point by point and give you the response you deserve. ?PS When people say "nothing personal", they normally mean it is personal. ? When I say this was nothing personal it means exactly that. As I do not know you personally nor have had any dealings with you on a personal level I don?t see how anything I have posted could be construed as anything but impersonal. All my pos
  22. Wenger could never be a referee as he couldn't handle having Alex Ferguson as his boss
  23. Peter I know that money is the main factor in all this but, when did the Council last open new allotments. Probably when we had half the population that we do now. How much money has been raked in converting land to development sites which make billions for the developer but put nothing back into the local community except traffic problems and polution. I do not want a free hand out, I have never been a scrounger, and I am prepared to pay the rent for an allotment which is more than can be said for lots of people who want everything for nothing. I have identified a piece of waste land q
  24. I think Sven will be their next manager, at least I hope so as I put a bet on months ago at 25/1
  25. Tony would you agree with me that the most fearsome and devastating weapon ever invented by man is the stick, with a rusty nail through one end and then dipped in dog sh*t?
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