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Coffee Talk & What's On => Rm 101. Misc. Odds and Ends => Topic started by: Terry Reynolds on November 26, 2016, 10:13:58 AM

Title: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on November 26, 2016, 10:13:58 AM
I hope all those readers who view this page today, have also read today's Adver, and the story on Page 1.  It seems one of our illustrious councillors, has run up a council tax debt of around £900, and had to be made to pay the amount, by way of a court appearance.  These are the people, who after agreeing to pay the council work staff a rise of 1% this year, then sat down and took a 17.5% pay rise themselves. With that in mind, they cant even afford to pay their way it seems and the council is doing its best to protect this criminal.  If the council had any decency, it would sack this person and hold a bye  election and give someone else the chance to do the job. But as we know, this council, harbours such creeps, people like Cllr Martin with his sick remarks about children, or false and sill remarks by Cllr Foley on when she was going to or not, to resign in principle of council cuts, it seems the pay outweighs personal choice on the matter..  I hope they have the same stance, when people refuse to pay the precept charges in May.. :WTF:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on November 28, 2016, 08:47:09 PM
We now have the situation, where the thamesdown buses are not running, due to traffic congestion, the bruce st bridges roundabout was almost closed tonight to another road failure, how much longer is this town going to accept this drivel from the councillors. the buses cant run down rodbourne road as they don't have priority to traffic, so are being held up for 10 minutes at a time and so in the long run don't run. is it time for a march or just plain riots to let this lot know things are not great, imagine if you owned the outlet village, and the loss of trade due to these road failures all the time.. big time sue on the cards eh.. :wakeup:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: peach on November 29, 2016, 12:06:30 PM
Not Dales first brush with the law either: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/1575916.councillor_caught_with_no_tax_disc_and_no_insurance/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/1575916.councillor_caught_with_no_tax_disc_and_no_insurance/)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Midlander on November 29, 2016, 12:13:06 PM
Interesting that you mention traffic chaos, and it just happens to be Dale who's the one that hasn't paid his council tax!
Yes even getting home by bicycle wasn't easy last night, as it meant cycling down the middle of Rodbourne Road.
Once the new relief road is built, the buses won't be able to be run at all as they will be unable to get out of Barnfield Road, the Western Flyer will have one more crossing which will probably be the worst of all, and the traffic won't be going anywhere.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: the gorgon on November 29, 2016, 02:57:44 PM
Well well well, so it was reindeer man wot did it.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Outoftowner on November 29, 2016, 06:38:21 PM
I have been busy with other things for over a year but what deep joy it was to see Reindeer Man on BBC TV West news so close to Christmas.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Weebleman on November 30, 2016, 11:05:56 AM
I see from the bottom of the TS page Dale has a birthday coming up, so don't be too unkind to the poor little lamb.

Maybe with all that nasty tax money he's saved he'll have enough for a round of drinks in the TS Bar. (trebles all round  :smitten:)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: the gorgon on November 30, 2016, 11:23:58 AM
Went to have a look at how reindeer man was being slagged off by the good people of Swindon on the Adver website.

Comments are closed on this article.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14934507.Cabinet_member_resigns_over_council_tax_court_case/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14934507.Cabinet_member_resigns_over_council_tax_court_case/)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Alex on November 30, 2016, 01:54:40 PM
I see on Facebook he has denied responsibility for the Bruce Street Bridges fiasco, and I'm wondering if as the same contractor is doing Greenbridge will that be a "complete success" too?
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: the gorgon on November 30, 2016, 04:04:31 PM
I see on Facebook he has denied responsibility for the Bruce Street Bridges fiasco, and I'm wondering if as the same contractor is doing Greenbridge will that be a "complete success" too?

Unlike Bruce St he probably uses Greenbridge daily...
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 01, 2016, 09:44:26 AM
People have reported that the same firm is doing greenbridge as bruce st bridges, I went past, at slow speed, the other day aND THE NEWLY LAID TARMAC BY THE JAG GARAGE, WAS BEING RIPPED UP AND THEN RELAID!!!.
ASK FOR A SAFETY CERTIFICATE FOR Bruce st bridges and you wont get one.
ask why rodbourne road is a no go area, as Kemble drive has priority, you cant make it up.
There is an excellent article in the adver today by Gill Harris on page 4, and cant wait now for him to implement stage 3!!
Must go now and read up on past posts on here about the oasis !!, see they have now missed two deadlines for the new infrastructure, but good old council will let them just roll on !!
sorry forgot, who is the councillor responsible for transport.. bus lanes comes to mind... :2funny:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 01, 2016, 10:35:58 AM
Just had a quick flick through The Adver topic that Gorgon mentioned

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14934507.Cabinet_member_resigns_over_council_tax_court_case/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14934507.Cabinet_member_resigns_over_council_tax_court_case/)

The comments were all removed at some point then reopened.

Looks like they are all closed again

Is somebody at SBC doing a censor job on the adver?

I see Julian is now calling himself "Jason and Terry" . Maybe getting barred from TS has finally pushed him over the edge.  :D

Great to see a few people returning to TS now, especially as SBC seem to be increasing their incompetence level to a new extreme.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: the gorgon on December 01, 2016, 10:56:04 AM
I haven't seen this much activity here for a long time.

I just saw that post on the Adver from 'Jason and Terry' (and promptly came here) I wonder if Chris Humphreys (who seems to be star reporter at the Adver at the moment) will do a little investigation in Swindon's very own Troll.  As he's an ex-armed forces man I imagine he won't be as easily intimidated by Swindon's 3rd rate politicians, wannabe politicians and brown nosers as the less experienced journalists.   
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 01, 2016, 11:35:53 AM
I should have posted the other link here. Just incase anybody is curious

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14939947.Residents_zone_out_at_parking_changes/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14939947.Residents_zone_out_at_parking_changes/)

It certainly is nice to see the site back in action. That will upset the troll more than anything.

368 people have been online to TS today. The highest ever was 591 so it's looking good.


It is, of course, only a matter of time before those that play with fire get burned.

In the past, I've had problems logging in due to the Tapatalk app, but an old link in my browser seems to get round it.

Let's hope some more TalkSwindon users old and new start to make an appearance.

Swindon needs TS now
Title: Good Comment in The Adver
Post by: I Could Do That on December 01, 2016, 12:19:27 PM
Nice little comment in the adver

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14940464.Don_t_fight_it___just_own_up_to_the_truth/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14940464.Don_t_fight_it___just_own_up_to_the_truth/)

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NOW I know what people say because they nearly always say it when I tell them I’m a journalist.

“You can’t trust what you read in the papers. They make half of it up, you know.”

Well, I can’t speak for the nationals, some of which have not exactly covered themselves in glory in recent years, what with the phone hacking scandal and the Hillsborough inquiry.

But local papers tend to be pretty straight-up honest.

For instance, we’re trained to write shorthand so we can take accurate notes of interviews, court proceedings and the like so if anyone ever queries the veracity of something, we’ve got the proof right there in black and white.

Journalists don’t get very far if they’re liars — because no one can trust them, from the readers right through to the editor.

Finding out the truth and telling it via the pages of the paper is our stock-in-trade. If we made all our stories up, no one would bother reading the Adver.

Similarly, if you were, say, a hairdresser who occasionally did a great job but now and then gave unsuspecting old ladies a mohican or sent people away with a completely lopsided do then you’d probably find your salon empty pretty soon.

Likewise, if you were a milkman who sometimes randomly dropped off bottles of lemonade on people’s doorsteps of a morning instead of the milk they were expecting, you might not be surprised to find your customer base shrinking rapidly.

So here’s the question: what is it politicians don’t get about this?

Councillor Dale Heenan, who this week resigned from Swindon Borough Council over his non-payment of council tax and subsequent court case, isn’t the first to get the wrong end of the stick when it comes to ethics.

First of all he didn’t pay his council tax, generally considered to be a no-no. Secondly the case went as far as to end up in court. Also not good.

Thirdly, he didn’t have the courage or the grace to explain straight away to the people who voted for him that he was in such a situation and why. There may be a good reason for his non-payment (although I can’t think of one) but the public aren’t mind readers.

Fourthly, he reckoned it was a private issue. Such court proceedings are public and both the press and the public are allowed to attend and report on the matter.

Fifthly, he seems to be passing the blame for his downfall on people ‘playing politics’. Erm. Sorry but they weren’t the ones who didn’t pay their council tax and then tried to keep shtum about it.

Anyway, I thought it might be helpful to put together a few top tips for any politicians who may find themselves in hot water.

1. If you’re a politican, at local or national level, don’t break the law. This includes paying your taxes, not driving in the bus lane, shoplifting... you know, the law.

2. If you do break the law, resign immediately and take up charity work or undertake other good deeds by way of amends.

3. If you get caught breaking the law and haven’t yet resigned, thereby breaking rule 2, admit the truth immediately. Under no circumstances attempt to fudge the issue or hide the truth. Then implement rule 3.

4. If you have skipped rules 2 and 3 and remain in position despite having broken the law, you have clearly been doing a fair bit of fudging the truth, and the public, as soon as it finds out, will lose all respect for you. Your political career is over, for the short term at least. At this point, grovelling is your only option. Apologise profusely and don’t try to place the blame elsewhere or come up with silly excuses. Then implement rule 2.

As you can see, once a politician breaks the law or commits some other misdemeanour the only course of action is to own up, resign and apologise. Got it? Good.

Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 01, 2016, 04:45:47 PM
Ive just received a reply from the council leader, who says that as Mr Heenan resigned from the cabinet, the matter is now closed... so they do look after each other then.. go back to Mr Martin and Ms Foely.. good after bad  and so it goes on..  Mr Heenan emailed me that he doesn't read adver articles...... I expect hes busy trying to figure out another excuse for the bruce st bridges fiasco..
I challenged my allotment bill, as its gone up to £30.60 for a half plot, I told the officer in charge that the cabinet papers of the 19th oct, show that 16\17 it is £2650 and then the new charge for 17\18, so I asked why this new increase. I was told that I was muddled, as the growing season starts in april so that's 17, so I must pay the new charge.. I may be muddled, but that is the biggest farce yet with charges..
the oasis fiasco is now rearing its head again, two failed deadlines and yet the council plods on.. just how incompetent can they get... :WTF:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 01, 2016, 04:51:51 PM
I think calling them incompetent is too kind.

I'm pleased that their stooge is upset that these issues can be aired on TalkSwindon though

So much so that he has to pretend to be two people from a website that virtually nobody except him has been barred from.

Yes incompetence is definitely too kind 😜
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Weebleman on December 01, 2016, 10:04:11 PM
North_Star_development_firm_facing_liquidation_in_High_Court_case (http://North_Star_development_firm_facing_liquidation_in_High_Court_case)

Time for a bit of honesty from some quarters me thinks!
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 08, 2016, 10:19:34 AM
At the council cabinet meeting last night, several councillors spoke up for Coun Heenan, and said what a grand job he did for the council, they never explained why he hasnt resigned as a councillor, or why the traffic from the moonrakers roundabout last night, once again, was stacked up back past the Jensons roundabout, and I presume likewise in the other directions of the roundabout, What did he do about that, answer Zilch. If you look at the cabinet  papers from last night there is a table, showing the current ongoing and even those that have now finished schemes around the town.  Not a mention of the traffic hold ups on cricklade road at all,  Remember the flower post and the costs,
Utter Disgrace.. :wakeup:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Midlander on December 08, 2016, 03:42:41 PM
Did they mention anything about the ridiculous idea to remove all the recycle sites around the town?
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 08, 2016, 05:49:07 PM
after they more or less refused to comment on the write off of £760,000 for the outfit called seqol that went bust, I don't think anybody felt that questions such as that would get an honest answer.. :2funny:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 14, 2016, 07:44:15 PM
Just when you think the publics regard of Swindon Borough Council couldn't get much lower, they now intend to give themselves an undisputed kitty of £10million to "invest" in future idiotic vanity projects

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14966013.Anger_at_bid_to_set_up__undemocratic____50m_budget/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14966013.Anger_at_bid_to_set_up__undemocratic____50m_budget/)

To his credit, at least councillor Holland has made a minor attempt to join in the discussions.

Needless to say, wasted wifi money and the relationship with Moria have not been forgotten.

This proposal sounds like an attempt to increase the rate at which failing "investments" could lose even more money at an alarming rate.  :crazy2:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 14, 2016, 08:53:28 PM
I sent an email to the council leader and asked several quations about various on going topics, he replied, via his 'political advisor', (who must cost the council a fare wack), that he had replied and so I received in fact no reply, such is the contempt of this current lot. failure and disgust... :wakeup:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 27, 2016, 10:13:31 AM
Over the last few days, we have seen sbc take houses out of trust fund status, with the use of tax payers money, only for them to be sold on, and now the Milton road baths are to be rebuilt as flats, remember when they said it wasn't viable to repair the training pool, now we see why, its going to be gutted and rebuilt as flats, money talks with these people time after time,
SBC can now walk tall, another heritage site disposed off and given over for money,   I wonder how long before Lydiard House is rebuilt as flats....
Once again you have to ask the question.  DID YOU VOTE FOR THESE CRETINS??????????
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 27, 2016, 11:34:05 AM
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Once again you have to ask the question.  DID YOU VOTE FOR THESE CRETINS??????????



Nope, and I got so pissed off with the way the cretins repeatedly fail to represent the town, the people, it's historical culture, community, and heritage that I sold up and moved.

AS USUAL, this was predicted ages ago and discussed on TS
http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php/topic,9558.msg106078.html#msg106078 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php/topic,9558.msg106078.html#msg106078)

This latest plan must surely be breaking numerous regulations and could surely be halted by the stroke of a pen.

If only Swindon had councillors that actually give a toss  :bash:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Spunkymonkey on December 27, 2016, 12:27:38 PM
I don't have a problem with turning the building into flats. This isn't a rebuild. It would be an internal refurbishment which would retain and preserve the exterior façade. Many towns and cities have done similar to preserve their buildings. Much better than allowing another unviable building rot and crumble.

Things change. There are lots of private gyms and swimming pools n the town. Not everyone wants to swim in a dirty draughty old Victorian pool with decades of grime in the tile grout. A lot of people prefer a nice modern pool.

Best of both worlds to convert to flats - retain the historical façade but put the building to a much needed modern use.

Great idea - well done SBC and GLL.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 27, 2016, 01:06:21 PM
Is it really unviable though?
It's in the centre of a town, it has survived much tougher eras, it is of enormous historical value.

Suspicion is rife because this day was foreseen as soon as the "deal" was made with GLL

http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php/topic,9558.msg106078.html#msg106078 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php/topic,9558.msg106078.html#msg106078)

AND

SBC consider that they should be allowed to spend £10million on a whim

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14966013.Anger_at_bid_to_set_up__undemocratic____50m_budget/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14966013.Anger_at_bid_to_set_up__undemocratic____50m_budget/)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Spunkymonkey on December 27, 2016, 01:28:29 PM
It's in the centre of a town, it has survived much tougher eras, it is of enormous historical value.

Does changing a building's use damage it's historical value? This argument has contributed to the decline of the Mechanics and Locarno.

Save the building, sod the use in my opinion. If the building is preserved, it can always be changed back again if there is sufficient demand or desire at a later date.
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 27, 2016, 03:26:06 PM
So convert Bath Spa to flats then. Perhaps the Colloseum too.
No other ideas? Just more flats in an area that is already horribly congested with limited residential parking
Has SBC no imagination unless it's for one of their ill thought out vanity/investment projects
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on December 27, 2016, 03:42:51 PM
The huge office building above the station is about to be converted to flats, and now this as well, all in the town centre, can you explain SM where they are going to park, given that most families these days have at least two cars..  There is also the matter of when GLL, signed the lease for this building, for what purpose did they sign for, was it a leisure facility or was it pending 'refurbishment !!.
We now need to have another look at the town, demolish the mechanics, demolish the Methodist church, come café, then proceed to see other vacant building which wont fit into the new look Swindon.. one that jumps out for a start is the old office bus depot building in corporation st... 
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on December 28, 2016, 05:56:00 PM
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Does changing a building's use damage it's historical value?

In the case of this building, yes as many of the historic features are internal

Lies and false promises could be made to protect the features but, once it becomes private residential property there will be no protection whatsoever
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Alex on December 30, 2016, 06:32:56 PM
Apparently these baths are some of the first ever built in England, truly historic. Facebook have a page to try to save it- with people who have real knowledge and capacity to see what is likely to be lost https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828692104039326/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828692104039326/)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Alex on December 31, 2016, 11:22:26 AM
Taken from a Facebook entry- hat tip to John Stooke :

"The rapidly unfolding debate about the future of Milton Road Baths (can’t quite get used to ‘Health Hydro’) sadly shows up the Borough Council in both a manipulative and spineless light.
Councillors are all aware that GLL took on Milton Road Baths on a five year lease option, after which time they have the possibility to return any or all of the facilities gifted to them by the Borough Council. (There is the question of the £2 million or so dowry for outstanding maintenance and how much of that is due to the small baths for example, but let’s leave that argument for a moment).
GLL is not a property developer. They are alleged to be a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise (what this seems to mean is that all potential profit is distributed internally in costs, salaries, benefits or bonuses before the final accounts are drawn up). For this they receive reductions in council tax and VAT unavailable to their competitors, arguably providing up to a 25% trading advantage.
The ‘social enterprise’ bit of the strapline calls for them to listen to and respect the populations that previously owned the leisure facilities as well as heritage and historical factors, and that maximising income is NOT the ONLY criteria.
It was clear at the time that GLL did not really want the Baths, but were required to take it as a package in addition to the Link, the Haydon Centre, Delta etc … centres where they thought they could operate profitably. The draft lease I saw specifically excluded running down or closing those bits of the ‘Package’ that were financially more challenging?
If Greenwich Leisure cannot propose a viable model to run this important facility … i.e. the large, the small and the Turkish baths, which it seems they cannot, then the expiry of the five year lease option should see GLL return the baths. The Borough Council should then consult, in good faith, with heritage groups and other interested parties locally and nationally over its future.
Instead, if past performance is any indicator of the future, we are witnessing the emergence of a potential ‘stitch up’ between GLL, Forward Swindon and the Cabinet….despite David Renard’s somewhat ambiguous statement.
Ironically, this is the very same Council that seeks to splash £25 million or so on a ludicrous building on Princes Street car park, arguing Swindon’s cultural heritage needs assembly, promotion, and presentation in a new, expensive home. This seems to me akin to buying new carpets and curtains on HP, without any money to fix the leaky roof?
I said spineless … Not content with one layer of “removal” via GLL, they also will rely on ‘Forward Swindon’ as another body who will dispassionately weigh up alternatives. Forward Swindon are of course a discredited company, wholly owned by the Borough Council, and will do the Council bidding at every stage.
It is not only about the external façade; internally the baths boast Victorian and Edwardian architectural features which are of outstanding quality and unique national importance.
I have no idea whether there is a plan which will protect the building, externally and internally into the future and of course this is needed, but a ‘so called’ feasibility study ending in ‘turn it into flats’ is as baleful as it is simplistic.
This is a spineless (that word again!) abrogation of our Borough Council’s duty to protect and enhance what small part of this town’s built heritage is still standing, further a contrived and engineered smokescreen to pretend these people you have voted in, can have no influence or role in these matter.
Our town should really not let them wriggle off this particular hook.
If you believe as I do .. that the Borough Council should be taking a lead in these areas and not dragged kicking and screaming to the party ... then go to facebook group 'Save Swindon Heritage', join, sign the petition and do get involved'... oh and share with any friends you think may feel the future of this town has room for more than just an endless landscape of 'Barrett's Boxes' .... (like what I live in) "


A Very good explanation for anyone who cares about the place we live in .
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on January 01, 2017, 11:10:32 AM
Ill now sit back and wait for the weekly bits of 'news', that the two MPs and the council leader give us each week in the adver, and see how they explain this current mess, but don't hold your breath, when I asked the leader about the moonrakers on going fiasco, he said he had replied....(still looking for that)..... and of course we are still awaiting the current position re the Oasis 'development!! :WTF:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on January 05, 2017, 11:01:17 AM
Following on from my past post, I see today the council leader is boasting of the 'achievements' of this council and how they are doing such a good job.  I wonder if he has been in the queue on Rodbourne Road at night, where the traffic has to give way to Kemble Drive and sat there for 10 minutes plus, or the daily fiasco at the moonrakers 'roundabout',
he should come to my house and watch the morning rat run going past each day, I still haven't seen a reply to my question about the new Museum and how it will block out the winders of the flats, that have been now built at the back of it. Perhaps they will ensure that the occupants can look out of their windows and into the museum and see all the lovely paintings. He also never said about how the new parish councils are being rushed into buying contracts from SBC, as there wont be time to negotiate such contracts within the private sector, within the timescale set..  :coffee:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on January 06, 2017, 06:11:47 PM
He's also claiming that SBC will protect the towns' heritage.

I think that's mostly an attempt to justify the expense of the new museum.
I suppose it could work if they relicate Milton Road Baths and The Mechanics in there.

As an aside, I'd like to apologise on behalf of the troll who is now using this login name on the Swindon Advertiser threads.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15005450.Veteran_Labour_councillor_aims_for_a_seat_on_Nythe_Parish_Council/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15005450.Veteran_Labour_councillor_aims_for_a_seat_on_Nythe_Parish_Council/)

I apolgise to anyone offended by his rants

Anyone who regularly reads through the years of topics on here will know that Julians' views are the polar opposite of my own (with the exception of immigration and soft sentencing)

Ironic that he considers TalkSwindon to be so lowly but keeps using logins from here
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on January 13, 2017, 04:19:30 PM
Over the last few days, I have read about the following:
cash, supplied by the council to help build the solar farm at chapel farm, of around 3 million pounds.
cash supplied by the council to help fund the  new museum in town of around £5 million, with another 9 million to be 'received' from donations.
cash supplied by the council to help build the new school at whichelstowe, of around 9 million pounds.
I presume, given that we are told nearly every day that savage cuts are needed in the towns budget just to survive, this money, of around 18 - 20 million pounds, will have to be borrowed and then put against the council total debt which rides along to its total in April 2018, of around 300 million pounds.
Can I ask, have the inmates taken over the asylum or what, do we now live in a never never land and to borrow money like this is nothing new, and of course we can afford it??  The gov makes a grand stand for its International aid programme, but the majority of that is also borrowed money, and in some cases borrowed from China , and we then give it back to them, in the way of aid!!!
If any councillors are reading this, can we have an honest answer please.... :idiot2:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: the gorgon on January 19, 2017, 06:15:58 PM
Don't worry everything will be fine, Swindon is being launched as the place to be and all our problems will be solved

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15032036.Launch_will_encourage_the_country_to___39_Switch_on_to_Swindon__39_/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15032036.Launch_will_encourage_the_country_to___39_Switch_on_to_Swindon__39_/)

::)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on January 20, 2017, 08:07:05 PM
Some very interesting comments in that section, I wonder if any body from the council has read them !!!! :2funny:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Terry Reynolds on January 26, 2017, 10:27:40 AM
We now progress to the point, where we have secret upon secret meetings,  in order to sell off the bus company, we are not told who paid off the debt the company had, was it the bus company or was it the council, if the latter, why is tax payers money being used to tart up the company, in order to sell it.
This council now has no bounds in the way they are going, promote the new look at Swindon, but don't say how many thousands of pounds your throwing at forward Swindon, who are doing the same job !!
They should all resign and hang their heads in shame... :WTF:
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on January 26, 2017, 11:10:12 PM
It's beyond bizzarre.

Worth keeping the link for future reference perhaps.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15047748.Secret_meeting_to_decide_on_possible_Thamesdown_takeover_bid/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15047748.Secret_meeting_to_decide_on_possible_Thamesdown_takeover_bid/)
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: Spunkymonkey on January 28, 2017, 12:39:25 AM
Is it that bizarre?
Title: Re: Honest life.....
Post by: I Could Do That on January 28, 2017, 09:25:51 AM
The protional film? No.
The bus company saga? No, I suppose not. Just another day at the office for SBC  :crazy2: