Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Can You Really Have An Independent Party?

Executive CBC Councillor Richard Stay this week has a pop at Independents, and the fact that Central Bedfordshire Council's former Labour councillor Julian Murray is collecting a bonus (worth £902 in 2012/13) for being leader of the second largest party on the Council.

It's certainly something that rankles with rank and file members of all political parties, the fact that they declare themselves Independent, and then hold "group" meetings to decide on strategy etc.

But I do sense an air of distrust about Cllr Stay's own allowance 'fortune'. He should tell us more about his own special responsibility allowance - its a role shrouded in mystery that is something known as External Affairs for which he was paid £10,423.13 in 2012/13; and that goes on top of his Travel (£2,618.45), Subsistence (£498.73), and standard councillor and ICT allowances

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A former school friend takes some lovely pictures in a fb group we're in. Have a lovely Easter.

Cheaper Energy Notifications

I'm currently on a 4 year plan for cheaper energy with EDF.

They promised to notify me whenever another company comes up with a scheme that might save me more money.

But I seem to be getting a notification at least once a week. What is it costing to sending all these notices out?

I'm beginning to feel like Vernon Dursley fending off Harry Potter's owl posts!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Woodland Deteriorating As Litter Builds Up

It saddens me to know that there are people lucky enough to live within a stones throw of a wonderful natural environment, and yet just treat it as a dump.

So here, in this woodland near Fensomes Drive, we have a divan, two bases and a mattress. Quite a lot of effort to remove these items from a home. Whoever it was, and probably more than one person, lacked the common sense to arrange for it to be collected and disposed of properly. So now, hapless council employees are going to be faced with the hassle of removing them. I bet the culprits will be the first to whine about paying council taxes, without thinking of the extra burden they're placing on council tax by their thoughtless action. One mattress appears to have been set fire to, so I hope the rest are moved before the woodland goes up in smoke. Meanwhile the crisp packets and cans and other detritus scattered around looks a complete mess.

Meanwhile, I spied-with-my-little-eye something beginning with "s". It was a scooter in a tree! And when I looked around a bit more there was another one round the corner in another tree! 

April 25th is Pride in Houghton Day. A day for Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Councils to organise a clean up and show that people care about their environment. So how many members of the public will come out to help?

It's a Friday, so that will disallow many working folk from being able to pitch in.

If anyone can do Saturday 26th, let me know and I'll fix it for you to help out.   Don't all rush at once.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Wild Flowers For Bees

This caught my eye today.

I had in mind the grass bank by the zebra crossing Bromley Gardens, on Parkside Drive, for one. Maybe there are other areas we should look at?


Oral Answers to Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (27 Mar 2014)
Andrew Selous: In Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, Leighton-Linslade town
council, Central Bedfordshire council and South Bedfordshire Friends of
the Earth have done excellent work in encouraging bees by planting wild
flowers and leaving areas of grass uncut. That has made a huge
difference-a lot of volunteers are onside. Will the Minister agree to
come to see that work to see whether it can be...

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Those Page Three Girls - Is It Time The Sun Changed its Culture?

Has Page Three had its day? There certainly was a different culture in the 70s. My perception is that today's younger generations are a lot less tolerant than we were. They are far more sensitive to all sorts of issues. My attitude to this latest campaign, to get the Sun to remove half naked Page Three girls, is to let the readers decide. If you don't want it, don't buy it. If The Sun took away its Page Three girls, would it still be The Sun?

I suppose I must have picked it up now and then while waiting my turn for a haircut, but I certainly haven't dwelt for long on page 2 or 3.

The petitioner has a rather naive approach in the campaign letter, taking the approach that News on TV doesn't have a "Page Three" moment, therefore The Sun shouldn't. Sounds reasonable, but there again, if you want serious news would you buy The Sun? Now, if the campaign was to get The Sun to actually give people news, I might support it.

Here's the link, anyway, for those who feel this campaign is worth supporting: