Latest crass stupidity from the imbeciles at the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor

Queensmead repairs four weeks on and still not dealt with

Queensmead repairs four weeks on and still not dealt with

… this scheme, but as with many of Rushmoor Borough Council’s ideas and plans; it has more holes in it than Cllr David Clifford’s integrity. — Dicky Carter

Not content with squandering £1 million on the shoddy repaving of Queensmead, which as a consequence now floods during every downpour, the latest act of crass stupidity from the imbeciles at the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor, is to install free wifi in Farnborough town centre at a cost of £15,000, spread over the next three years.

Do they really think this is going to bring the punters into a trashed town centre which is rapidly going downhill, and now with the planning consent given to demolish the c 1720s Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s, an application for a gambling den (for the moment withdrawn) and now an application for a bingo hall, the green light given going down market?

Apparently so, but then the imbecile leader of the council thought repaving Queensmead was exciting news, and that Starbucks making Farnburger aka Farnborough its home, would bring the punters home.

Whatever these people are on, it must have a high street value.

Dicky Carter summed the salutation up with his excellent blog post on what he calls a vanity project.

Completely out of the blue the folk of Farnborough have been told that we are to get free wifi in our town centre.

The Rushmoor Borough Council (RBC) cabinet have announced that they are to team up with The Mead’s and Princes Mead management, to offer this freebie to shoppers at a cost of £15,000 over 3 years to the local tax payer. Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, seems to think this will encourage more local people to the to Farnborough town centre to do their shopping, rather than go another town that doesn’t have free wifi.

I actually support this vanity project, although I suspect many local tax payers will consider it a waste of their money (it is their money by the way RBC). A few early question I do have are:

–> Usually, free public wireless fidelity is absolutely rubbish and useless. What measures have RBC taken to ensure this service will be adequate?
–> Phil Stoneman, economic development officer at RBC says that it will increase dwell time, with customers spending more time in the town centre. Will this just increase the dwell time of teenagers? I have never heard an adult mention that they would stay later “if only a shopping centre had an internet connection.
–> One of the many advantages of shopping in Camberley or Basingstoke and then deciding to stay late for a film or something to eat, is the pay as you leave parking system. Rushing back to put another pay & display ticket on the car will not entice people to dwell. What will be done to resolve this?

Overall I’m a fan of this scheme, but as with many of Rushmoor Borough Council’s ideas and plans; it has more holes in it than Cllr David Clifford’s integrity. I hope this RBC project has more success than the recent million pound renovation of Queensmead, which has resulted in some colourful lights in the pavement and cracks that appear to be excellent at collecting cigarette ends.

Once again we are seeing an appalling waste of money by the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor.

Oh how easy it is to waste other people’s money.

We have seen £1 million wasted on re-paving Queensmead, shoddy workmanship, cheap paving slabs, and it now floods during heavy rain. To top it all, the Farnborough Society, a fake civic society, held a silly festival to celebrate the re-paving of Queensmead, with the help of £1,500 from the county council and unknown sums from the local council.

We have seen an unknown capital sum invested by the local council in a Vue Cinema, a bad employer, part time, low pay, zero hour McJobs.

The imbecile leader of the council Peter Moyle, welcomed as exciting news, re-paving Queensmead and that Starbucks had made Farnborough its home, it would bring people into Farnborough.

Er, no.

One has to wonder what sort of pathetic life Moyle leads if this is classed as exciting news.

The local residents rioting and torching the council offices, now that would be exiting news.

And Starbucks has not made Farnborough its home. Its corporate HQ is in Seattle, and for the UK, to enable it to dodge tax is in the Netherlands.

Most towns do not want tax-dodging Starbucks with its rubbish coffee and poor working conditions.

On the other hand, were a quality coffee shop to open in Farnburger, most unlikely, it would be a cause for celebration.

But then we should not forget, the council fell over backwards to destroy the four remaining local businesses at Firgrove Parade.

Do these idiots really think wifi will bring people into Farnburger, a town town they are determined to take as far down market as possible?

What guarantees do we have that neither the partners nor the Council are monitoring the wifi traffic? I would not wish either the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor or KPI/St Modwen to have access to my wifi traffic, nor trust them even if they say they do not.

How do people log in? Is this a con, provide loads of personal information to gain the right to log in? Again, would not be happy with handing data to either Rotten Borough of Rushmoor or town centre developers.

It will take a little more than free wifi to bring people into the Farnburger town centre.

What are people expected to do, sit on the uncomfortable benches and freeze in the cold, get wet when it rains, their feet in the linear pond that forms down the middle when it rains?

So, I take a trip into the town, just so I can balance my laptop on my lap, whilst sitting on an uncomfortable park bench?

And run the risk of some yob stealing it.

And where do I plug it in?

Having told us repaving Queensmead was exciting news and would bring the punters in, we are now told by Moyle wifi is exciting and will bring the punters in!

This is a very exciting project that will encourage more visitors to the town centre. … By offering wi-fi in Farnborough town centre, we hope people will make a conscious decision to come here rather than a town that does not offer free wi-fi. We also anticipate that people will spend longer in the town and that this in turn will have a positive effect on the local economy.

Moyle really must get out and about more as he is increasingly looking like someone who has lost his marbles.

Why would anyone go to the time, trouble and expense, to visit Farnborough, just so they can use free wifi? And in case he has not noticed, free wifi has been available in Farnborough Library for some time, so you do not even have to go to Starbucks or Costa and drink their disgusting coffee.

How does people sat around using the free wifi, benefit the local economy? Makes it easier to order on-line though.

You benefit the local economy, by spending money in local shops, who in turn recycle money in the local economy. Only we do not have any local shops because Moyle got into bed with St Modwens and trashed the town.

You do not benefit the local economy by spending money in Poundland, 99p Store or Starbucks, as that money is drained straight out of the local economy.

You do not benefit the local economy by destroying the small businesses at Firgrove Parade.

You do not benefit the local economy by demolishing The Tumbledown Dick and replacing it with a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

You do not benefit the social economy by cleansing the town of small businesses.

You benefit the local economy by supporting local small bushinesses, who recycling money within the local economy, small businesses that give people a reason to visit the town. You do not benefit the local economy by supporting national chains that drain money out of the local economy.

You do not draw people into the town by destroying what little heritage and green space is left.

Somehow, I do not think many people are going to take the trouble to go into Farnborough to use free wifi. Yet another example of the local council squandering public money.

I’d rather have The Tumbledown Dick.

Dicky Carter mentions Camberley and Basingstoke, two ghastly town centres especially Basingstoke, which are best avoided, but I agree with his overall gist, people with the means to do so, will continue to go anywhere other than Farnborough or Aldershot.

Note: Picture courtesy of Arthur L.

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3 Responses to “Latest crass stupidity from the imbeciles at the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor”

  1. kevinrcarter Says:

    The scary thing is; that RBC have been making poor choices on town planing for the last 30 years, not just since the McDonalds affair. I’ve only really started paying attention since the TDD development meeting at RBC when I was shocked by the poor local knowledge of the cllrs making decisions for us. I will never forget their gleeful reaction when voting “yes.”

  2. keithpp Says:

    Exactly, poor choices on town planning for decades.

    With a few very rare exception, we have people as councillors, who are unfit as human beings, let alone councillors.

    As everyone saw at the Tumbledown Dick planning meeting, councillors who did not know what they were talking about, officials quite happy to blatantly lie to push the plans thorough. We then had one of three councillors who met with McDonald’s to stitch up the deal the committee rubber-stamped, gloating over the result. The other two councillors who met with McDonald’s were members of the planning committee.

    A recent study found those who cheat, are more likely to go into politics.

    This afternoon I was talking to retailers, albeit Aldershot, re wifi for Farnborough town centre.

    Their reaction was one of why? They thought it laughable wifi would bring people into the town. They have nothing but contempt for the council, a council they see has done a lot of damage to both Aldershot and Farnborough.

  3. keithpp Says:

    It gets worse, according to the sycophantic local press, who simply regurgitate what the local council tells them without any critical analysis (maybe they should take a course in journalism):

    “The project will also allow opportunities for the council to generate income from the service by charging retailers in the town centre to send promotional and marketing e-mails and text messages to customers who sign up for the free Wi-Fi.”

    So-called free wifi which we are all paying for, is simply a scam to collect personal data, then used to bombard people with spam e-mail and text as your personal details will be sold to all the retail chains operating in the town.

    It turns out the free wifi is not free at all, we pay with our local taxes, we then pay again with our personal data being sold.

    Personal data on visitors to Farnborough being collected, then sold, would appear to be another reason to avoid Farnborough.

    I would caution everyone not to sign up to this, not that is if you do not wish to see your personal data sold, then be the recipient of spam e-mails, spam text messages.

    It would appear the sole function of this so-called free wifi service, is not to provide free wifi, that is just a front, it is to collect personal data on people, which is then sold.

    A local council should look after its local citizens, not abuse them, but then this is the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor.

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