Friday, 28 September 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
The question put was simple: Is a two week waste bin collection adequate?
Answers and votes were as follows:
1. Yes (I recycle) 58 votes (17.79%)
2. Yes (I do not recycle) 6 votes (1.84%)
3. No (I recycle) 256 votes (78.53%)
4. No (I do not recycle) 3 votes (0.92%)
5. Undecided 3 votes (0.92%)
Total 326 votes (100%)
This is about 1% of the households in Rushmoor - not bad for my first on-line poll. More important than the votes were the invaluable comments left which were quoted by officers and members at the final seminar we had to discuss what was going to happen. These comments were invaluable. So thanks to all those that left them.
I just know I am going to get into trouble for this .... but I found it so funny and had to share it.
Monday, 24 September 2007
I thought it might be helpful to update you on today's events and the action taken by the relevant agencies, including the Council, in response. Apologies to the Leader and Cllr Mark Staplehurst, Cllr Tucker and any other Councillors actively involved during the incident for repeating what they already know.
Up to 20 houses were damaged in the Rother Road and Northcote Road areas of Farnborough at about 7.15am this morning by what has been described as a mini tornado.
Damage has been caused to chimneys, roof tiles, gutters, garage roofs, which in some cases have been ripped off completely, fences and trees, both in people’s gardens and on the highway.
There are no reports of any injuries.
The fire brigade is making sure the houses affected are made safe and removing damaged chimney stacks and roof tiles. They are also making sure the roofs are weather-proof.
A number of our colleagues have been onsite this morning including John Edwards, Geoff Saker who has been advising on structural safety and Andy Ford who is working with our contractors to remove dangerous branches which are being chipped on site.
The Council’s handyman team and Hampshire County Council’s highways team are also helping to clear debris from the scene.
Katharine in our Contracts Team has arranged for two skips to be delivered to the scene and these should arrive by 1.30pm. One will be placed in Northcote Road and one in Rother Road for residents to dispose of any debris. More skips will be available if needed.
Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance companies as early as possible.
They are also advised to be cautious about using any gas appliances where the flue exits through a damaged chimney stack and if necessary to get the appliances checked before using them.
Our colleagues in Housing were also put on standby to provide advice but it looks likely that all residents will be able to stay in their homes.
Andrew Lloyd Chief Executive Rushmoor Borough Council
Friday, 21 September 2007
Fixing our Broken Society:
1. Make the benefits system a 'something for something' system (86%)
2. Support in the tax and benefits system for married couples (78%)
Globalisation and Global Poverty:
3. We should stop turning a blind eye to corruption and start speaking out (73%)
4. The EU should unilaterally remove its own barriers to imports for the world’s poorest countries (72%)
5.Agreeing a European strategy towards Russia (85%)
6. Establishing a National Security Council (80%)
Freeing Britain to Compete:
7. Abolishing Inheritance Tax (80%)
8. Creating a Lifetime Savings Account (79%)
9. Reintroducing GP responsibility for out-of-hours care (51%)
10. Giving heads the absolute right to exclude (51%)
Would these be your top 10? Have your say at Stand Up Speak Up - and don’t forget we’ll be discussing all the recommendations at the Party Conference in a little over a week.
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Thursday, 20 September 2007
If you have paid your 'stamp' for your National Insurance contributions for 30 years you qualify for a full State Pension. And need contribute no more.
I know it is only about £10 a month but £10 is £10.
If you think it is worth checking out for yourselves the number to ring is: 0845 3000168
(Don't thank me for this useful piece of information, thank Claire a local resident)
SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES FOR 2008
A Selection Committee will meet at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 18th October 2007 at “Wellington House”, 40 Avenue Road, Farnborough, Hants., to interview and select a candidate to stand in the May 2008 elections for the Empress Ward of Rushmoor Borough Council.
Applicants wishing to be considered should send their names, addresses, telephone numbers and a C.V. to the Empress Branch Deputy Chairman, Cllr David Clifford, “Wellington House”, 40 Avenue Road, Farnborough, Hants., GU14 7BL, by Monday, 15th October 2007. Those selected for interview will be informed, by telephone, of the time they should attend.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
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You can also find some other useful financial information.
WARNING: Never invest in a some Isa's unless you are prepared to loose them.
My biggest issue is that once I have invested I keep wanting to check on how my investment is doing. Motley Fool is a great website http://www.fool.co.uk/ for all financial issues from loans to investments.
Thursday, 13 September 2007
BUS STOP - one of the first vehicles to be caught was the number one bus! Sgt Plews held up the Stagecoach and was not buying a ticket but issuing one.
Shame the driver did not take a closer look at the rear end of his bus before he drove today
... more drivers speeding in North Camp
Road safety awareness in exchange for fixed penalty notices
What do you think?
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
The advice is being issued based on statistics which show a rise in burglaries at insecure premises at this time of year.
There were 90 burglaries at insecure homes in the North and East OCU between 1 September 2006 and 31 December 2006. The statistics are broken down into districts as follows:
Basingstoke and Deane - 23
East Hampshire - 24
Hart - 17
Rushmoor - 26
Acting Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton, North and East OCU deputy commander, said: “We are issuing this advice based on statistics which show a trend in burglaries at this time of year. By issuing this advice at this time we hope to educate residents on how to secure their homes and reduce the number of offences being committed this year.
“There are a number of simple precautions residents can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.
“Look at your house from a burglar’s point of view. Are there any open or unlocked windows or doors? How would you get into your house if you were locked out?
“It is important to remember that burglaries in North East Hampshire remain rare, and these kinds of offences are very easy to prevent. Burglars are often opportunistic and if they see an easy target, they will take their chance. Take simple precautions to protect your property and make it difficult for burglars to operate in our communities.”
Hampshire Constabulary offers the following advice as part of its Safer Homes initiative:
• Make sure you secure all your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you are ‘just popping out’.
• If you are in the garden or upstairs, make sure your downstairs doors are locked
• Fit window locks – easily visible locks may deter some thieves because it forces them to break the glass, which could attract attention. Remember to remove window keys and keep them out of sight in a safe place.
• Keep valuable items out of view – if you have electrical equipment worth hundreds of pounds, don’t keep it by the window where passers-by can see it.
• Never leave a key under a doormat, on a string through the letterbox or in a place which can be reached through a letter box – it’s the first place any burglar will look.
• Make sure tools and ladders are kept in a secure place – burglars will happily use your own garden equipment to break into your home.
• If you’ve taken extra security precautions, make it clear – if you have an alarm, make sure the box can be clearly seen; if you take part in Neighbourhood Watch, display a sticker in your window and, if you have a dog, put up a warning sign.
If anyone would like more advice on how to secure their property they should contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 045 45 45.
The Council's Cabinet has agreed to use new powers to designate the shopping centres and car parks as places where leaflets and flyers can only be distributed with consent from the Council. This includes leaflets left under car windscreens.
Once the powers come into effect, anyone caught distributing leaflets without consent will receive a fixed penalty notice. The only exceptions will be leaflets from charities, religious groups and political parties.
The trailer and its contents, which are easily recognisable, were stolen over a very short time span between 9.50pm and 10.05pm.
The Linstran 90A hot air balloon, worth £25,000, is of a Union Jack design and is one of only two of its kind in the country.
The galvanised steel trailer, a Staffordshire clam shell, single axle, with a bright yellow clam shell lid and silver/grey plastic wheel trims, is only one of 30 made in the last 15 years.
Anyone who saw the trailer being stolen, or has any information regarding the location of the balloon and the trailer, should contact Aldershot police station on 0845 045 45 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Sometime between 3.30am and 4am, the 50-year-old shop owner was woken after hearing someone outside the store.
A man came to the door and asked by buy some fishing equipment. The owner agreed and as he opened the door, the man pushed the door open causing the owner to stumble backwards. The owner managed to get outside of the shop and was then assaulted with a wooden instrument.
A second man was also present during the attack.
The attack stopped when a passing vehicle stopped to ask the shop owner if he was ok.
The shop owner was taken to Frimley Park Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for a head injury.
Officers have released a description of the man who approached the shopkeeper.
Of mixed race
5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins
With a small beard
Detective Constable Dawn White, of Aldershot CID, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, particularly the driver and passenger of the vehicle that stopped to assist the victim.
“This was an unprovoked attack and we are keen to trace those responsible.”
Anyone with any information should contact DC Dawn White at Aldershot CID on 0845 045 45 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sunday, 9 September 2007
Grandpa caught pinching one of the presents
Great Grandma is very nice but all this nice food makes me sleepy
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
One of my few moments upright on the surf board riding the wind. And yes - those white legs are brighter than the white surf board.
I came across a sculpture of a very unpopular roman governor in the region, known for his huge ego and poor diplomacy and failure in politics. The name escapes me but the ugly face rang a bell, and scared small children .....
For the paper a huge industrial magnet takes out from the paper all metal like staples...
While the plastic is collected and bailed in another part:
So do not listen to people who say it just gets put in with the rest of the waste - they are talking a load of rubbish!!