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Rushmoor2014: Working for Our Community

May 8, 2014
Rushmoor 2014 Tory election  leaflets

Rushmoor 2014 Tory election leaflets

If you want to talk to me, ring me up and make an appointment. You have more time than I do. — Rushmoor Tory councillor on the streets

Feel free to stop me for a chat if you see me about. — Adam Jackman, Tory election leaflet

Rushmoor Tories are so out of touch with the local community they appear to be on another planet. Their local election leaflet shows arrogant contempt for the local community.

  • Council judged to be second best in the country in terms of its planning services
  • a new cinema for Farnborough
  • fairly representing all residents on planning applications
  • more unwanted office blocks
  • Wastegate a great success
  • new street scene Queensmead
  • protecting the local economy
  • new indoor layout at Kingsmead
  • new restaurants and eateries
  • support community pubs and venues
  • new markets

And so the sickening garbage goes on ….

Most of what they claim the credit for, is nothing to do with the council.

Second best planning in the country. Says who? Greedy developers. Planning officials who blatantly lie to push through bad schemes on behalf of developers.

Fairly representing local residents on planning. Councillors fell over backwards to support destruction of Firgrove Parade and Tumbledown Dick.

Wastegate is laying waste to Aldershot. It is not seen as a success by those who have businesses in the town centre. Italian coffee shop Caffe Macchiato now closes early, lack of business and people on the street. The eateries at Wastegate are tacky chains, that drain money out of the local economy. Most of the time they are near empty. Morrisons is struggling.

There are not enough bums on seats to support multi-screen cinemas in Aldershot and Farnborough. Public money has been ploughed into both.

The new eateries planned for Farnborough are yet more tacky chains, which drain money out of the local economy.

Support for local pubs is three Tory councillors stitching up a dirty little deal with McDonald’s for demolition of The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru, then gloating about it.

Support for local businesses, for the local economy, is pushing through demolition of Firgrove Parade and destroying four local businesses. There is a policy of ethnic cleansing of small businesses.

New street scene for Queensmead. Squandering £1 million on shoddy repaving. Queensmead now floods every time heavy rain. More public money is to be squandered on a free wifi scam to steal and abuse personal data.

Kingsmead is like a scene out of a post-apocalyptic film, empty shops, a handful of zombies wandering around.

Has anyone seen new markets? The Tuesday market in Farnborough has all but collapsed, a shadow of its former self. The Thursday market in Aldershot has fared little better. A couple of weeks ago, there was a three-day weekend market in Aldershot. A handful of stalls selling tat, no publicity, no consultation with town centre retailers, a disaster.

Such is the success of trashing Aldershot and Farnborough, two towns those who have the means, avoid and go elsewhere.

Nationally blame is still being laid at the door of Labour for financial crash.

It was the banks that caused the crash, greedy bankers are still paying themselves massive bonuses, as we have seen at the recent Barclays AGM. A financial crisis made worse by austerity, slash and burn of public services. The fastest growing sector, food banks. Rising homelessness due to Bedroom Tax. Creation of zero hours, part time, temporary, de-skilled, soul destroying McJobs.

Adam Jackman demonstrates his depth of ignorance of economics by praising the injection of money into the housing market. It has caused, as everyone expected it would, a housing bubble.

A wonder he has has not praised quantitative easing. An entirely pointless exercise, the money having gone into bonuses of bankers and to line the pockets of the wealthy.

Why do people continue to re-elect this bunch of liars who show nothing but contempt for the local community, whose track record is that of destroying two towns and wasting public money?

This year two veterans of the Tumbledown Dick campaign are standing in the local elections, Donna Wallace (Empress) and Carl Hewitt (St Mark’s) who unlike the existing councillors (with a couple of rare exceptions), fought hard on behalf of the local community, on behalf of local businesses, local heritage.

We need people who are not in the pocket of Big Business, who do not act for greedy developers, who will put the local community first, who will hold officials to account.

Snouts in the trough

May 5, 2014
snouts in the trough

snouts in the trough

You do not see them all year round, when did you last see a local councillor on the street, when did you meet a local councillor who had a clue what was going on, who acted for the local community, and yes, I admit there are rare, very rare exceptions, yet come May local elections, it is like an infestation of cockroaches.

Why are they so keen to get re-elected if they are not prepared to do the work? It cannot be because they are community spirited, as for the rest of the year, they show nothing but arrogant contempt for the local community.

The local community is election fodder, there to put X on a ballot paper, nothing else.

So why are they so keen to be elected?

Could it be the £280,000 plus collected in allowances and expenses?

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

Putting the local community first

April 29, 2014
Farnborough's pride ---> Farnborough's  shame

Farnborough’s pride —> Farnborough’s shame

Plans to destroy Firgrove Parade and Firgrove Green, and even more so plans to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s, opened the eyes of the local community that they had a dysfunctional local council, out of control and unaccountable, local councillors who were unfit for purpose, who held the local community in contempt.

A head of planning lied that the trees at Firgrove Green were in poor state of health. This was seen not to be true when the trees were cut down.

The Tumbledown Dick demolition

The Tumbledown Dick demolition

A head of planning who lied that The Tumbledown Dick was being saved. As passers by have noticed, it is being demolished.

A head of planning who claimed there would be no litter, no anti-social behaviour, no gridlocked roads, when a 200+ seater Drive-Thru McDonald’s opened. Local residents will be able to see for themselves.

The local councillors who should have been acting for the local community, showed nothing but contempt for the local community.

£1 million has been squandered on repaving Queensmead. According to the imbecile leader of the council, this would bring shoppers into Farnborough. He also welcomed that tax dodger Starbucks had opened a coffee shop in Farnborough.

Brian Parker had a secret behind closed doors meeting with McDonald’s to stitch up a deal to demolish The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. At the planning meeting to demolish The Tumbledown Dick, Brian Parker made derogatory comments about the local community, made sexist comments about females involved in the campaign to save The Tumbledown Dick. Brian Parker voted to destroy The Tumbledown Dick

Brian Parker has shown he is unfit to be a councillor. Brian Parker is up re-election in the May local elections. It is time Brian Parker was kicked out of office as he is a disgrace.

Rod Cooper was a member of the planning committee that decided the fate of the Tumbledown Dick. Rod Cooper made derogatory comments about the local community who were fighting hard to save The Tumbledown Dick, who unlike Rod Cooper were working on behalf of the local community. Rod Cooper voted to destroy The Tumbledown Dick. Later that evening Rod Cooper showed up with a couple of his planning cronies at the Tilly Shilling. They were asked to explain their behaviour. Their response was sickening. They did not understand what was going on, and so all they could do was vote how officials told them to vote.

They do not know know what is going on, could sum up most Rushmoor councillors, clueless idiots, but they are more than happy to collect over quarter of a million pounds in expenses. Snouts in the trough, the snouts are well and truly in the trough.

Rod Cooper has shown he is unfit to be a councillor. Rod Cooper is up re-election in the May local elections. It is time Rod Cooper was kicked out of office as he is a disgrace.

These are by no means the only councillors who need to be removed. These are those currently up for re-election should they stand again, who need to be removed from office.

If we look at the recently restored Queen Hotel in Aldershot, we see what The Tumbledown Dick could have been. The local community were willing to buy, restore and run The Tumbledown Dick. Local councillors, who are elected to represent the local community, far from giving their support, kicked the local community in the teeth.

Two veterans of Firgrove Parade and Tumbledown Dick Campaign, have agreed to stand for election. They are backed by the Green Party as it tallies with their philosophy of local accountability, councillors working hard on behalf of their local community, not on behalf of greedy developers.

Donna Wallace is standing in Empress.

Carl Hewitt is standing in St Mark’s aka North Camp.

A council in the pocket of Big Business, in bed with greedy developers.

Councillors who are more than happy to claim expenses, but less than happy to do the work, who fail to act for the local community, who fail to scrutinise what is put before them, who like mindless sheep, rubber-stamp all that officials put before them.

It is time for change. Time to put the community first.

Note: Brian Parker and Rod Cooper are not standing for re-election. Good riddance, their track record would not have withstood public scrutiny.