Posts Tagged ‘Farnborough’

Farnborough International Airshow 2014

July 20, 2014
Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Airbus A350

Airbus A350

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

airfield

airfield

banner

banner

Vulcan

Vulcan

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Farnborough International Airshow Monday 14 July to Sunday 20 July 2014 in words and pictures.

Shame those local businesses who saw the airshow as an opportunity to rip off locals and visitors alike.

Nightmare for residents who find roads blocked, one way systems reversed, the area gridlocked.

A fun day for the family, but in reality, the world’s biggest arms fair, and as we are seeing in Gaza, it is civilians, women and children, who bear the brunt of casualties.

Benefits for a few, disbenefits for the many. Disbenefits greatly outweigh the benefits.

Lunch at Nepalese restaurant

July 20, 2014
lunch at Nepalese restaurant

lunch at Nepalese restaurant

A break from the airshow with lunch at the Nepalese restaurant across the road from The Swan Inn.

Not busy, indeed it was empty, which meant the buffet had been sitting there for some time. Being empty, meant a choice of tables, therefore could sit by the window and watch the planes. Sadly yet another local business that sees the airshow as an excuse to rip people off. And yet, on other days, apart from Sunday, they were closed during the afternoon.

The Gloster

July 19, 2014

On a businesses park, a pub The Gloster or Hungry Horse, confusing as it has two names, and a businesses park a strange place to have a pub, even more so with private security and signs saying No Entry Private Business Park. I have come across ghastly pubs, but none as ghastly as this pub. On offer, a hog roast, at least there was if you were willing to pay £5 or was it £15, as two signs with different price to gain entry

Greed rules ok for local pubs. Fleece visitors every which way.

On a par with the rough pubs in Aldershot, and seemed to attract the same clientèle.

Lunch at The Swan Inn

July 18, 2014
The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

I had decided to have lunch at The Swan Inn. Had I not already decided, I would not have eaten there, as I was appalled at the marque and vans that were deliberately obstructing view of the runway from the main road. Something locals may wish to reflect upon.

A special Airshow menu. There was nothing special on the menu, other than the price, therefore reasonable to assume Farnborough Airshow being used as an excuse to rip off customers.

A chalk board advising 20% discount with voucher if you register to receive their newsletter.

Registration made, voucher printed and presented.

I have come across bad service, but nothing to compare with the reception of my voucher.

First girl looked at it with distaste, called over a second girl. She spent at least five minutes scrutinising it, trying to find grounds to refuse it. Finding none, she told me to go to a different part of the bar. This I did, but finding it busy, I came back, made it very clear their behaviour was unacceptable.

A third girl who looked like she was moonlighting from school, then intervened. Grudgingly, she accepted the voucher.

I also ordered a drink, to be told does not cover drink. The beer was served in plastic, not a glass.

Second girl told me voucher required two courses. Nothing on the voucher to say so, even though she tried very hard to find.

Third girl asked where I was sitting. I pointed to a table in the bar.

No, you cannot sit there, the offer only applies to our restaurant.

I asked was the menu different.

She said no.

Earlier, I had said I wished to sit on the veranda, to be told no. No reason was given. I then said garden, to be told it was £30 to sit in their garden.

But odd, I am being asked where I am sitting. On walking in, a sign saying ask to be seated.

Maybe I should have pointed out their own sign.

Maybe too, I should have pointed out their very prominent sign saying subscribe to their newsletter and receive a 20% discount voucher.

Or drawn attention to their website (actually I did):

Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll give you a voucher for 20% off your food bill!

I then settled down to what I excepted to be a long wait.

Impossible to relax, moronic pop music blasting out.

Surprisingly not a long wait.

beer battered haddock

beer battered haddock

Haddock and chips. The haddock served upside down and plonked on the chips. The so-called chips, potato wedges, that most people would have thrown out. Mushy peas, in a tiny little pot the size of an egg cup.

No salt and pepper on the table. I was not asked if I required. I looked around and could not see any. No one inquired was my meal ok.

I was not the only person not happy. Other people I spoke to, were not happy either.

The kitchen closed at three, not open again until six. What world are they living in?

Ropes were across the door on entry, and across the door leading down to the veranda. Rope trailing on the ground, ideal trip hazard walking into a dark pub from brilliant sunshine outside. One of the girls (not who served me) did trip as she came in from the bright sun.

After the girl tripped, it was pointed out a trip hazard, but no action taken.

In the absence of a discount voucher, haddock and chips £10-95.

Again from their website, I think someone’s idea of a sick joke:

An historic building set in a fantastic location, The Swan Inn is now open after a major refurbishment and this welcoming, independently run gastro pub boasts a stylish beer garden with unique views over the London-Farnborough runway.

Enjoy quality, freshly-cooked food with locally sourced ingredients … Our popular lunch and dinner menus serve traditional and healthy pub alternatives, and our friendly staff will gladly take you through the seasonal menu and daily specials.

Gastro oub it certainly is not, whether locally sourced ingredients, I know not, apart from the fact the haddock came not from the nearby Basingstoke Canal, and there is nowhere local growing potatoes or peas (which were mushy not fresh), and the stylish garden (an area of grass with tables) costs £30 to sit in, and if what I experienced is welcoming, one wonders what unwelcoming is like.

The garden, for which it was being charged £30 to sit in, even though you were a customer, is on the centre line of the runway. It is not safe. It is within the PSZ (Public Safety Zone), defined by 1 in 100,000 risk contour, within which cannot build, cannot allow people to congregate, as deemed too high a risk, ie not safe. The 1 in 10,000 risk contour lies just short of the garden.

The best place to observe the planes, unless you wish to view the underside of a plane landing or taking off, is outside and to the side of The Swan Inn.

In light of the fact The Swan Inn was deliberately blocking local residents passing along the main road of a view of the airfield (many were enjoying that view earlier in the week), I suggest locals show what they think of this pub by boycotting it.

Apart from blocking the view, there were vehicles parked on the footpath, forcing people out onto a very busy main road. Police on cycles came by, stopped for several minutes outside the pub, but took no action. Nor did they take action on drinks being consumed outside the pub.

The Swan Inn was refurbished some years ago. Before then a very rough pub. A quality pub, good food, may work in Farnham or Godalming or Guildford, but not Farnborough. Revisiting a couple of years ago they seemed to have repositioned themselves at the lower end of the market, their clientèle being rowdy drunks. The outside of the pub is now looking the worse for wear.

The Swan Inn is owned by TAG who also own the airfield.

99p Stores obstacle course

June 19, 2014

99p Stores obstacle course

I do not know why this shop is always so bad, always stock on the floor, a trip hazard, but I have never seen it this bad. the staff are always told, they take no notice.  Maybe they are waiting until someone trips and falls, injures themselves and sues.

A price war has broken out between 99p Stores and Poundland. Poundland dropped prices to 97p, 99p Stores followed, Poundland dropped again, this time to 95p, 99p Stores did not follow. Net result, 99p Stores empty, Poundland  not empty, but could hardly describe as busy. On the other hand, town is empty, all other shops are empty. 

No problem with traffic congestion

June 9, 2014
The Tumbledown Dick traffic congestion

The Tumbledown Dick traffic congestion

No problem with traffic congestion, that is what the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor in the pocket of Big Business and greedy developers said of plans to demolish the c1720s Tumbledown Dick for a 200 plus seater Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

Farnburger: Chavsville degenerates into Ratsville

May 13, 2014
piles of rotting rubbish

piles of rotting rubbish

A week ago, I found piles of rotting rubbish around the back of what used to be HSBC.

Today Watching Rushmoor posted:

We came across these pictures on the web today – what concerns us the most is that these are overflowing bins at the Max Serviced Apartments (the old HSBC building) on Victoria Road which is the site next door to the old Tumbledown Dick, so…on to be a McDonald’s. Who would want to buy food next to this health & safety disaster!? Looking forward to yet more rubbish!! Just aswell a Litter Picker won the Rushmoor Community Award recently, he will be a very busy chap indeed.

It looks therefore as though this rubbish has been there at least a week, if not longer.

Welcome to Farnborough, run by the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor!

This of course will be as nought, once a Drive-Thru McDonald’s opens.

The lying head of planning said there would be no rubbish. But then the liar also said, no traffic congestion, no antisocial behaviour, and that health was not a planning matter.

Is this why Rotten Borough of Rushmoor chose a litter picker for their community award? A decision taken in secret. But then they like meeting in secret, they met the Fat Clown in secret, to stitch up the local community, and destroy the c 1720s Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. An award that should have gone to Fran Beauchamp, who has done more for the local community than most of the sleazy councillors have ever done.

In Iceland corrupt politicians and bankers are rotting in prison. Time to put corrupt planners, bankers, politicians in prison. But if we did, we would need a massive prison building programme.

Iceland did it ... so can we

Iceland did it … so can we

Kingsmead: An accident waiting to happen

May 7, 2014
razor sharp edges of thin metal strip running down corners of  cladding

razor sharp edges of thin metal strip running down corners of cladding

Kingsmead has to rank as one of the ghastliest shopping centres in the country. Walking through is like a scene out of a post-apocalypse film, with a handful of zombies wandering around.

Cladding has been attached to the pillars. Down the corners, thin strips of metal. Run your hand across gently, and I emphasise gently, a razor sharp edge.

Were someone to slip or trip or fall and reach out to one of these pillars, the razor sharp edge would slice into their hand then along their palm, peeling away the skin. I know someone who this has happened to in the last last few days and they are undergoing micro-surgery.

Or someone could slip, trip and fall, resulting in a very nasty gash to the head.

Or a child could run their hand up the pillar.

It is difficult to comprehend what sort of imbecile could authorise this work.

A prosecution by HSE should take place.

Your having a laugh

May 4, 2014
Tory Out of Touch local election leaflet: main aim as your councillor will be to ensure that our town centre develops in a way which serves all residents' interests and preserve the unique historic character of Farnborough

Tory Out of Touch local election leaflet: main aim as your councillor will be to ensure that our town centre develops in a way which serves all residents’ interests and preserve the unique historic character of Farnborough

Out of Touch May election leaflet put out by Tories in Empress Ward in Farnborough, the ward that encompasses the town centre:

“A main aim as your councillor will be to ensure that our town centre develops in a way which serves all residents’ interests and preserve the unique historic character of Farnborough. I will work hard to make sure that the new cinema and eateries are suitable and family friendly and that local shops and small businesses are helped to survive and thrive.

I believe that our green spaces such as Cove Green, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Abbey fields are vital facilities and should be preserved.

Most importantly I will hold the council to account to make sure that it is well run, responds to residents and spends our money wisely – serving local interests and responsibly getting on with the job.”

There is a box that contains the following:

“Our History Matters
A major issue that I pursue is the protection of the unique historic character of the ward.
Within Farnborough, the greater part of the town’s historic culture exists within the Empress ward and I am greatly concerned that there is not any further loss.
LET US PROTECT EMPRESS’ IDENTITY”

It is one thing to take the electorate for granted, quite another to insult their intelligence.

This is the reality:

  • Farnborough town centre trashed
  • £1 million squandered on repaving Queensmead
  • local tax payer financed free wifi scam for Queensmead to steal and abuse personal data
  • public money invested in a commercial cinema in Farnborough
  • protective covenant for Firgrove Green sold for a pittance
  • trees on Firgrove Green, a little woodland glade, cut down
  • Firgrove Parade to be destroyed, destroying four local businesses
  • secret meeting with the Fat Clown to stitch up the local community and destroy The Tumbledown Dick
  • c 1720s Tumbledown Dick destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s
  • gloating over the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick
  • opposition to dedicating the green space by Farnborough Library as Village Green to protect from greedy developers
  • blocking Fran Beauchamp receiving a local community award

The three Empress councillors, together with the local member of parliament, met with the Fat Clown to stitch up a dirty little deal behind the backs of the local community to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

The local community requested a meeting with their elected representatives. It was refused!

Two of the ward councillors who held the secret meeting with the Fat Clown, rubber-stamped plans to demolish c 1720s Tumbledown Dick. The third ward councillor who was at the secret meeting with McDonald’s, when he heard the plans to destroy The Tumbledown Dick had been rubber-stamped, gloated in his blog he was lovin it.

Local heritage is not protected by demolishing it. The Tumbledown Dick was one of the oldest building in Farnborough, it pre-dates Farnborough, an old coaching inn on the tracks crossing the desolate moor. It was not protected by demolishing for for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

The Ham & Blackbird is earmarked for demolition for two blocks of flats.

The Courthouse at risk of having its character ruined by demolition of its chimneys and removal of the front porch.

The Imperial Arms is at risk of demolition for a block of flats.

Where is the protection of these three buildings? Are they locally listed? Why is there no pub protection policy in place?

The Tumbledown Dick was listed as a building of local historical importance. It was listed as an Asset of Community Value. All counted for nought when a greedy developer wanted to demolish for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. The planners in the pocket of developers told the councillors how to vote and the councillors rubber-stamped what was put before them. Two fingers to health, two fingers to the local community, two fingers to local heritage.

A restrictive covenant to protect Firgrove Green was sold for a pittance. Plans to destroy Firgrove Green and Firgrove Parade, in the process destroying four local businesses, rubber stamped, the local businesses told to go elsewhere.

The local community, seeing green space at Firgrove Green destroyed, and wishing to see the remaining green space protected from greedy developers, have pushed for the remaining green space in the town centre, that between the Library, the derelict Police Station, the Community Centre, the Sports Centre, designated as an official Village Green. The council is opposing the designation.

Wasting a million pound on re-paving Queensmead, such a shoddy job was done that it now floods each and every time it rains, is not spending money wisely. Nor is spending public money on a free wifi scam to steal and abuse personal data.

The eateries by the cinema will be tacky chain eateries as we see at Wastegate in Aldershot. No understanding of how local economies work. Each tenner spent will be a tenner drained out of the local economy.

The town centre has been trashed. It is a place people make a concious decision to avoid. Those with the means go elsewhere. Pound shops, betting shops, and soon a bingo hall. Welcome to Chavsville, or Ferburger, as it is now known.

Small retailers, local businesses, are not helped to thrive and survive, by demolishing them, by telling them to go elsewhere, as is happening at Firgrove Parade.

A local community award for Fran Beauchamp was sabotaged by two councillors with a vested interest, behind closed doors. They sure do love their secret meetings. It would not do to let the local community see what they get up to.

The Out of Touch leaflet doesn’t take the local electorate for granted, it insults their intelligence, and once again shows contempt for the local community.

Maybe it is thought local people do not see what is happening, a town centre trashed, trees cut down, Tumbledown Dick demolished.

If there is no wish to act for the local community, to enhance the quality of life, then why stand for election? Oh yes, over £280,000 claimed in allowances and expenses.

Local councillors go on an outing

May 3, 2014
local councillors on an  outing

local councillors on an outing

Now you see them, now you don’t. Local councillors accompanied by their local member of parliament go on an outing to see what the locality they allegedly represents looks like.

Yes, folks, it is that time of year, you do not see them all you year round, then come May local elections, it is like an infestation of cockroaches.

People fought hard for the right to vote. A vote should never be handed over lightly. Let us take a look at their track record.

  • Wastegate laying waste to Aldershot
  • a weekend international market selling tat
  • Aldershot town centre dominated by fast food joints and crack gambling dens
  • Farnborough town centre trashed
  • £1 million squandered on repaving Queensmead
  • local tax payer financed free wifi scam for Queensmead to steal and abuse personal data
  • public money invested in a commercial cinema in Farnborough
  • protective covenant for Firgrove Green sold for a pittance
  • trees on Firgrove Green, a little woodland glade, cut down
  • Firgrove Parade to be destroyed, destroying four local businesses
  • secret meeting with the Fat Clown to stitch up the local community and destroy The Tumbledown Dick
  • c 1720s Tumbledown Dick destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s
  • gloating over the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick
  • opposition to dedicating the green space by Farnborough Library as Village Green to protect from greedy developers
  • blocking Fran Beauchamp receiving a local community award
  • collecting over £280,000 in expenses and allowances

Think wisely before you cast your vote. Do you really want more of the same?

I am sure they will love to hear your thoughts on the aroggant contempt they show the local community, their failure to heed the wishes of the local community, their failure to scrutinise what is put before them.

Please us the hashatag

#Rushmoor2014


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