One has to ask, what are the local Tories on?
Now we have Roland Dibbs claiming council run markets an outstanding success.
Try telling that to stallholders who have seen an increase in their pitch fees.
Try telling that to stallholders who have been forced to buy unwanted gazebos, even though they have their own stalls with their own awnings.
Try telling that to stallholders who have pulled out.
The move of Farnborough market to the town centre, is to be welcome, but why was it not done years ago, not leaving the market to die a slow death? And the only reason it has been moved, has not been for either the good of the market or of the town, but to make the land available for greedy developers to make a fast buck.
Local markets a success are not the only ludicrous claims being made by Roland Dibbs and the local Tories.
It is claimed they support local businesses.
Try telling that to the local businesses destroyed when half Farnborough town centre was destroyed.
Try telling that to the local businesses at Firgrove Parade.
Try telling that to the local businesses driven out of The Arcade.
Try telling that to the local businesses suffering because of Wastegate.
Try telling that to the local businesses kicked out of The Arcade.
Try telling that to stallholders who have seen footfall collapse due to crass planning decisions, who have had their pitch fees hiked,and been forced to buy unwanted gazebos.
They claim to support pubs.
We saw that when the local Tories fell over backwards to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.
We saw that when the local Tories stitched up a dirty little behind closed doors deal with McDonald’s.
We had Roland Dibbs claim a police van was parked every night outside The Tumbledown Dick, that once he met two old ladies and they had found two drunk girls in the street, that someone he knew once had a bad meal in The Tumbledown Dick, and for all these reasons he would be supporting the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.
We still have a Tory councillor gloating over the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.
The local Tories support sound planning policies.
Decades of bad planning decisions have led to the destruction of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.
Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of Firgrove Green, with four local businesses facing destruction at Firgrove Parade.
Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of half of Farnborough town centre.
Bad planning decisions led to Wastegate which has laid waste to Aldershot town centre, that drains money out of the local economy.
Development of the so-called Civic Quarter, the green space by the Public Library, a foregone conclusion.
Er, was this not put put out to consultation?
Local people wish to see the only green space in the town centre retained, designated as a Village Green.
Local Tories wish to see it developed.
With development, there is always the opportunity for backhanders for corrupt councillors and officials.
It is even claimed success for Farnborough Tech.
Farnborough Tech is an independent bums-on-seats business. Farnborough Tech along with other similar bums-on-seats businesses face a very uncertain future, possibly annihilation, with the drastic cuts Tories are planning for Further and Higher Education.
The usual nonsense about Labour destroyed the economy. No, it was the bankers, although George Osborne with austerity is doing an excellent job destroying the economy. It was not the sick, the poor, the disadvantaged, who destroyed the economy, but is is they who are paying the price.
A headline: Working for You All Year Round.
Er no, working for greedy developers and Big Business and two fingers to the local community and small businesses.