Monthly Archives: January 2014

Don’t Complain about the English Weather

So we are a week away from the biggest American Footbal game of the year, the Super Bowl. It’s usually played in one of the southern states, as it’s the first week of February every year.  However some bright spark decided that they should give it a go in New York, well New Jersey acutally…  Clearly this was decided on by some Hollywood media type that doesn’t go to the Northeast of America in the 4 really bad winter months.  Well, here’s what the weather snow at the super bowlin the NY area looked like yeterday, seriously cold and snowing… Seems like every second day they get a new 12 inches of snow…

They funny thing is to listen to the English moan about how cold the weather is.  Cold? This is bikini weather where we’re from… You won’t hear me complaining about the weather.  Good luck New Yorkers, hope you get it all dug out in time…

How I voted 13 th January 2014

HORTICULTURAL NURSERY, BAGSHOT ROAD, CHOBHAM, WOKING, GU24 8BY
2013/0468
Planners Recommendations: refuse
Issues of Contention: green belt, the officers alleging that it harms the green belt, failure to comply with the core plan and the height of the buildings… Most effective support for the planners to turn down the applicants lead by Cllr. Vivienne Chapman and Cllr. Valerie White
How I voted: against the planners (with Cllr. Mansfield), matter carried by 10-2
Why: no reason to turn this down, 

TULYA HOUSE, 69 HIGH STREET, BAGSHOT, GU19 5AH
2013/0633
Planners Recommendations: defer and delegate
Issues of Contention: none
How I voted: approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

CARFILES CORNER, RED ROAD, CAMBERLEY, GU15 1QA
2013/0698
Planners Recommendations: approve
Issues of Contention: none
How I voted: approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

72 MYTCHETT ROAD, MYTCHETT, CAMBERLEY, GU16 6EZ
2013/0713
Planners Recommendations: grant approval
Issues of Contention: none
How I voted: approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

FRIMLEY RAILWAY STATION, STATION APPROACH, FRIMLEY, CAMBERLEY, GU16 7QH
2013/0760
Planners Recommendations: approve
Issues of Contention: none
How I voted: approve, unanimous approval
Why: no reason not to…

YATES, 71-73 HIGH STREET, CAMBERLEY, GU15 3RB
2013/0813
Planners Recommendations: approve external seating
Issues of Contention: SCC has included a condition to its approval.
How I voted: approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

CAMBERLEY RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB, WATCHETTS RECREATION GROUND, PARK ROAD, CAMBERLEY, GU15 2SR
2013/0871
Planners Recommendations: approve
Issues of Contention: none, long list of unimplemented permissions
How I voted:approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

2 GABRIEL DRIVE, CAMBERLEY, GU15 1DZ
2013/0877
Planners Recommendations: approve
Issues of Contention: none
How I voted: approve, unanimous
Why: no reason not to…

Disrespect, and then Contempt

I’ve struggled with what my role should be in several local dramas lately, and finally come to grips with the real issue(s). The first is the issue of the now infamous parking problem in Camberley on the A30 slip road.  parking ticket issued for disable driver on the A30 slip roadSo, several months ago, the Local Area Committee headed by Chairman & County Councillor David Ivison and Vice Chair Chris Pitt, allows a change in the parking regime in Camberley that had been in-situ for a couple of decades. Parking in town centres is one of those things that is a rote task for most humans, and if you change it, you’d better make provision for the change of the very human rote nature of the task conditioned by more than a generation of drivers. Chairman Ivision and his colleagues authorised 12 dedicated parking spaces and 23 others for the use of some newly imagined set of residents for some of the flats in the Camberley Town Centre, and made no provision for effective implementation of said decision. Now it would be one thing if there were a requirement for dozens of spaces, but so far there have been 4 parking permits issued for this sacred space.

For those of you who don’t really understand local area government, which is mostly everyone including most of the people in local area government, County Councils deal with roads and highways, and Borough Councils (us) deal with enforcement of the parking laws on those roads, as they are. So, the newly minted law(s) of Ivison, Pitt and Co. were turned over to Surrey Heath Borough Council who attacked it with a merciless lash, a thrash, and a smash to the public. So far they have issued over 1,000 tickets to protect those precious 4 permit holders and now successfully conviced over a 1,000 people never to come to Camberley again.

What has happened is incredibly wrong on a whole bunch of levels. Everyone is blaming everyone else, but the flaws in the situation are undebatable.  At the core of it, everyone who is a part of this mess is demonstrating complete disrespect for the people who’ve been quite innocently “busted” for something they didn’t even know they were doing wrong, including several Councillors.

Disrespect for people is shockingly wrong in too many ways to count. But when you defend the disrespect created by the mess, and you pour contempt on top of the disrespect, there is no excusing it… So, when the CEO of Surrey Heath Borough Council announces to the world on twitter that the “new” parking regime is part of the Borough’s Local Area Plan, she is heaping contempt on the shocking level of disrespect that her employees are piling on our mostly innocent residents. The amazing thing is to watch people who are paid by the very voters they actually work for, try to justify the total lack of respect being shown to those very voters and then to compound that insensitivity by pouring contempt on those very same people.

All of us who have tried to find a solution have been blocked by the bureaucracy that insists on its right to disprespect and its right to pour contempt on our voters. If we decide to accept disrespect and contempt by our leaders, then we get what we get…  If you are sick of the disrespect and contempt being shown by the CEO of Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Local Area Committee, then email them and let them know.  If we don’t object to disrespect and contempt, then we become party to it, a very sobering thought…

2014, Just do it…

 

 

last sunset of 2013

Saw the most amazing sunset last night, the last day of 2013…  It was from the car park in ASDA, but the same sun set with the same beauty in everywhere in the world yesterday…

“Just do it”, that American slogan popularised by Nike, is possibly one of the most important phrases in the world we live in…  It is interesting seeing what all these prognosticators have to say about the accomplishments of the last year and their predictions of the year to come.  Does any of it matter? Probably not, so what does matter for you? Ask yourself:

Did you stand up for injustice visited on anyone or anything last year? Why not? You know all about some of the injustice out there, so get on and do it this year, just do it…

Did you forgive anyone last year who seriously hurt and damaged you? Why not? You know the need for the forgivesness is out there, so get on and do it this year, just do it…

Did you really stand by anyone who had their heart broken and their life torn out from under them last year? Why not? You know all about the heartbeak that’s out there, so get on and do it this year, just do it…

Did you open up your heart and cry out to God for anyone or anything? Why not? You know the things that only God can do out there, so get on and do it this year, just do it…

Did you make your world a better place last year? Why not? Were you too busy? You know what needs doing, so get on and do it this year, just do it…

I can only hope for all of you that 2014 is the year of “Just Do It” for you…