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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Re: Council TAX..
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on June 17, 2017, 09:33:29 PM »
By the way, when I went to the meeting, I discovered, that Mr Monaut, is now a parish councillor for Swindon north parish, this is addition to him being borough councillor parks and parish councillor for eldene and Nythe, is he after the record for the most parish seats held, and is this in any way legal..
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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Re: Council TAX..
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on June 15, 2017, 12:23:32 PM »
I went to the north Swindon parish meeting last night at the pine trees centre, I was the only member of the public there, which leaves me cold, as these people are dealing with your precept payments and how it is spent  One glaring example of that was they voted to use a council audit firm to do an internal audit, while there another firm who could it, and be around one thousand pounds less.  But as the chairman said this is a one million setup, so that doesn't matter does it, you the public are paying for it.. When it came to talking and voting for staff employment, I was asked to leave, even though I pay the money they are dealing with.  I wonder if they voted on parish payments for  the councillors??  :WTF:
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Karsten, thanks for your post, I take on board what you have said and as someone who has lived here apart from army service, all my life, as a 4 year old, my family lived in 2a Emlyn Square and used to go to many shows in the theatre. I live in hope that this building can be saved. Its history and importance will never be replaced, and if it goes will never be replaced.  the days are marching on, how much longer will be it, before someone comes up and says it is now beyond repair and is to be knocked down, all through lack of effort.
Please keep on with your efforts and keep us all informed of any progress.
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The Mechanics Institute / Re: Mechanics Institute - Just what is going on??
« Last post by Karsten on June 08, 2017, 01:28:02 AM »
wow last post 2015?

So does anyone want to try this?

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/right-to-contest
You can use Right to Contest to challenge government to sell land or property if you believe it’s not needed and
could be put to better economic use.
Land owned by a local authority or certain other public bodies the site is empty or under-used there are no plans
to bring it back into use

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/269720/131216_Right_to_Contest_application_form_final.odt

from a letter I got back in 2014.. (see attachment)
"As an alternative for seeking a disposal from The Crown Estate you may wish to consider contacting the Council in order to investigate whether they would be prepared to sell the Property under their power of sale.  The reason for this is that a purchase from the Council under a power of sale will be free from all charges and encumbrances registered after the date of their charges which is something that The Crown Estate would be unable to do. "

The charge on plot 2 is really invalid as there were no roof repairs on that plot and ScS just ended up setting it on fire. :spin:
There are grounds to make an application of discharge of the existing 240k charge on grounds that no real roof repairs were done since EH called ScS roof repairs of plot 1 vandalism. also TSB's 2 500k charges were discharged by TSB to enable a better chance for the successful regeneration of the building.

It's clear to me that SBC have no plans since I quieried it in 2015.. the imminent plans they couldn't discuss never came to light. :bash:

so would people be interested in a creating community limited company and making a bid for it and issue a right to contest on SBC as they do have power of sale?

I'd do it for plot 2 and leave SBC with the scaffolding bill and plot 1 with the ScS repaired roof.
Turn the light back on.
Maybe ask Luke Skywalker to show his Star Wars museum in it to raise funds.. Get the Art college to display students art in part of it..
Offer them a permanent exhibition..  Maybe students can have re-glazing windows as projects 
At least something is better than 20 yrs of no fund raising and no action.
if it fails limited company loses its deposit.. couple of pounds and building goes back to Crown a second time to deselect and sell off.
if it works, Swindon slowly gets a 'Mini me' Camden Market project?

If there is any success we could ask
- SBC to give free of charge the remaining plot 1 including the cost of keeping scaffolding holding the roof up.

Camden Market slowly but surely developed into one of London top tourists attractions.
The Mech is dead centre between Brunel centre, Outlet village via tunnel, station, Railway village, 'Barracks etc...

As for moving the art Museum I think that is different unrelated matter.. 
Art Exhibition centre though? - I did talk to Art College in 2000 and they did say they would be interested in a permanent exhibition space. 
So did 'Luke' for his SW museum a few back.

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hope you get your runner, how about Geoff. and good to see o on the site. :clap:
regards terry..
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I would love to be able to run, I've tried to do the couch to 5km before and failed, looking for someone to do this with. Any suggestions to succeed would be  welcomed.tig
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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Re: Talk Swindon
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on May 27, 2017, 09:29:59 AM »
another point for discussion is the police precept, in Swindon north, I pay £170.27, in Swindon central south, they pay £283.78 per household, do we actually pay for the police then or am I wrong to think that should be funded by the gov??  Those two sums add up to a big amount, coupled with the other parish precept police charges that must be a huge amount, would be interesting to find out what the total collected is?? :knuppel2:
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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Re: Talk Swindon
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on May 26, 2017, 09:38:25 AM »
another bone of contention is that invoice has a return address in Kent, the call centre is run by a facility in Coventry, who is paying for these off loaded facilities, yes you the tax payer..... :2funny:
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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Talk Swindon
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on May 26, 2017, 09:35:00 AM »
I see the  figures for the site, say that there is now around 1275 members, but no daily engagement by almost everybody.
This is your chance to speak up, get the council held to account, a point in question is the latest post from the council to say they are going to spend £100 million on buying up empty houses in the town to ease the waiting list, commendable yes, but where is the money coming from, this council has a rolling debt of around 300 million pounds, the annual debt payments in interest, is around 8 - 9 million a year. think of how many care centres that could run, or library facilities etc,  with that extra amount, the total goes up to around 400 and then what, do we just keep saying hoorah, and as tax payers, pay for the mismanagement, that figure since 2003, shows to get to that level of debt, they are borrowing around £400,000 every week.. as a tax payer, are you happy with that, I'm not, so come on here shout and let them know we want answers and results..
 I recently got sent a council tax invoice for a property in Swindon central south by mistake.  The total for the house was £2.678.41 for the year 17\18.  If this was my house, Id be on the move, do any readers recognise such an amount in your tax invoice?? :argh:
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Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends / Re: Council TAX..
« Last post by Terry Reynolds on May 15, 2017, 06:59:27 PM »
I can understand if someone is exempt due to disability etc, but if someone fails to pay, then they should be taken to court and the money retracted that way, no way should we have to pay for defaulters.
pay my tax now by direct means and have had it confirmed now that I can pay by cash payment, which I will do in future..
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