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10.28am Friday 6th December 2013
Government opens consultation on Liverpool City Region plans
Bill Bradbury wrote:
Sankey, You are living in the past with a typical slur against teachers on what are turning out to be dubious figures on academic performance, not surprising as you believe everything the right wing press feeds you. Sweden adopted "Free schools" a Govian policy and where has that got them? A decline in their previous results.
Thanks for comfirming my opinion that people always look for someone to blame which in your case are teachers and the public sector. The day I see Tories giving anything to St.helens and the NW I will show my backside in a Poundland window. Not a pretty sight.
8.22pm Thursday 5th December 2013
For every £3 we put in Europe we get £2 back so if we are out of Europe in theory there will be greater public expenditure. Without the regulation and financial drain of having to subside the poorer ecinomic countries we potentially with have higher growth as we trade with the growth areas of the world (not europe) so again more public expenditure.
11.53am Thursday 5th December 2013
Once again the council says it is anyone’s fault but theirs
11.42am Thursday 5th December 2013
No collection – and it’s 11pm
11.32am Thursday 5th December 2013
Stop moaning and do your bit
11.24am Thursday 5th December 2013
176,000 population should be enough for a WH Smith
11.05am Thursday 5th December 2013
Bill Bradbury wrote:
Putting aside any party political scoring points and the issues raised by most comments which may be true or not, 40 years of familiarity with the word "consultation" means very little as usually the powers that be whether local, national Government or workplace consultation has rarely taken anything in that is contrary to "policy" or those who make the decisions.
What St.Helens will get will depend on the size of the budget and its allocation which may be to those who shout loudest or who, in coalition with others, decide that there is "something in it for them" and the constituets they represent.
When we see the size of "the pot" and what it is for then perhaps we can comment whether it is good or not. We will see.
5.43pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
There are several clear issues for me in all this:
1. Will the consultation make any difference and will the replies by used to inform the decision making process or just ignored?
2. When decisions are made at Liverpool City Region level (if it is established) what democratic checks and balances will be put in place to ensure that whoever sits round the table (Council leaders and the elected Mayor or Liverpool) any proposals/decisions made will have to come back to the individual Council Chambers for approval and ratification?
3. Will any of the decisions made be subject to scrutiny processes?
4. How much will it cost and will our Council tax go up to pay for the new set up?
5. Part of the St Helens Borough is just as geographically close to Manchester as it is to Liverpool and what processes will be put in place to ensure that any new Liverpool City Region Authority is also to work in co-operation rather than co-operation with other city regions such as Manchester and Cheshire/Warrington etc.
If the answer is "no difference", "none" or "no" or a "yes" to Point 4 and the above questions then I simply cannot see how this is a good move for St Helens.
5.29pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
More woe for the high street as WH Smith in St Helens set to close
The obsession with painting double yellow lines everywhere has killed St Helens. Many, like myself would park on the outskirts and walk into town and shop. Now, every road possible is yellow and I shop elsewhere where it is free. The council was warned years ago that people would go elsewhere but they didn't listen. Even a bus journey into town costs an arm and a leg these days.I think the price of buses is a huge factor here. Most people with cars in all towns tend to use the out of town developments often,parking is easier and there is less walking required. This means town centres themselves rely heavily on public transport connections . In areas of Derbyshire/Yorkshire and Lincolnshire you can get day savers for £4 and a 10 mile bus journey will set you back £2 .In St Helens you can pay £2.10 just to travel a mile. I was astonished to be charged £2.80 from St Helens junction to St Helens town centre early this year. It's utter madness to have those sort of prices when most of the people paying to use the bus are doing so because they can't afford a car. Address that problem and town centre trade may be boosted.
The obsession with painting double yellow lines everywhere has killed St Helens. Many, like myself would park on the outskirts and walk into town and shop. Now, every road possible is yellow and I shop elsewhere where it is free. The council was warned years ago that people would go elsewhere but they didn't listen. Even a bus journey into town costs an arm and a leg these days.
12.19pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
If you follow that link above, the publication you need to search for is "Proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside"
The important bit of this document is...
How to respond
Your response must be received by 22 January 2014. It can be sent by email to collaborate@communit
ies.gsi.gov.uk or in writing to:
Department for Communities and Local Government
Local Democracy Division
Zone 3/J1 Eland House
London, SW1E 5DU
Please title your response ‘Response to proposal to establish a combined authority for Greater Merseyside’.
Don't let the council sneak this one under the radar. Have your say.
5.31pm Monday 2nd December 2013
Let’s be sensible about recycling
Terry B wrote:
Due to emptied Friday, its now Monday evening and no sign of them. All my rubbish is now going in the brown wheelie bin. When the council can get ITS act together then perhaps I'll get mine together!
10.19am Monday 2nd December 2013
barrie timpson wrote:
Here is what one Labour councillor has to say on Facebook
Jo-ann Willmitt Roberts says" If people went shopping more, instead of using the internet then these shops would stay open, its the people of st helens causing all the shops to close "
See it's all our fault.
Lovely lovely Labour.
10.16am Monday 2nd December 2013
Where are all these highly paid executives on St. Helens council who have responsibility for the town centre? No doubt they are still getting their £100k plus with some four or five word job title how about some good old fashioned accountability for the job if not let's get new faces in with some new ideas or does it not work that way in local government ?
11.16am Saturday 30th November 2013
In my book, the recycling teams do a grand job
A resounding success !
Tractor production and the grain harvest are at record levels also all this is due to St. Helens council and their glorious leaders and where we have failed to see the light those who know better than us have corrected us on twitter
5.32pm Friday 29th November 2013
Labour hold Billinge; UKIP beat Tories for second spot
5.10pm Friday 29th November 2013
12.08pm Friday 29th November 2013
The recycling scheme is a success.
12.06pm Friday 29th November 2013
11.37am Friday 29th November 2013
Grunewald talks a good game but everything is designed for his next move which is MP for St. Helens south. Every move he makes development, town centre, education is carefully calculated to give short term gestures to project himself into that role in 18 months or so. Before him we had comrade rimmer.
How many years has it been since St. Helens had a proper leader that cared about the town and its people ? Is it any wonder the town centre is dying on its feet. The more outlets close the worse it will get.
As for WH Smith year no doubt amazon has hit them hard but they seem to thrive in other towns why has St. Helens been singled out ?
10.37am Friday 29th November 2013
Bill Bradbury wrote:
I note Christmas has come early for those who will take any excuse to have a go at the Council, Barry Grunwald and, surprise, Brown nor our MP's have been dragged into the argument.
Make all the cheap shots you like, Smiths is closing due to decisions taken eleswhere at head office or the bankers due to the old adage "use it or lose it". It is now easier to shop on the internet and get books at half the price as after 2 months of search for a particular book by Anne Trennaman (Times political commentator) in all the major book shops (Waterstones lost their only copy) my wife got it within days at half price from Amazon.
As to Warrington and parking was there the other day and I did not notice any cheap parking. I did notice £billions being spent alongside the M62 for development probably by EEC money of which Ukip would wish us to forego. Whatever development St.Helens has had much has come from that source.
However judging by the less thinking of those who vote for exit and immigration once these have been solved who do we blame next? (Whatever became of blaming the "Blacks" and the Irish of the 50's?) Probably it will be France, Germany and any other Nation State as we will prepare for another WW3. By then I will be glad I am out of it.
PS the informed Financial press reckons we are heading for another financial breakdown as "Hedge funds" and the City has amassed money which they are looking to spend or dump.
9.56pm Thursday 28th November 2013
you can lead a horse to water........ at the end of the day WHS did not move with the times (it is stuck in the 1990s), and did not offer competitive prices on books, though it could hardly compete with Amazon. Newspapers and magazines are usually purchased at local newsagents or supermarkets. though sales are declining due to internet use. Regarding Wardleworths, it is far too expensive and selection limited. I prefer to go to Southport and buy books from its discount book shops. And let's face it, St Helens is hardly a town of bookworms: the fact there is no Waterstones here is as significant as the town having no Sainsburys or Waitrose..I would disagree about your comment regarding St Helens not being a town of bookworms. If nobody actually read books in St Helens, Wardleworths book shop would have closed years and years ago. Its testament to them that they have kept going in the face of other retailers and online stores such as Amazon etc
That said your comment about the absence of a Waterstones Bookstore in St Helens is significant and given that St Helens College has a extremely large student body (not including the other students at other colleges and schools in St Helens ) and also runs a number of Higher Education courses and degrees you would normally expect their to be some demand for one. The big retailers are like magnets in that they attract each other to places. Unfortunately St Helens Town Centre has almost zero magnetism for the likes of Waterstones, Primark, Debenhams etc etc.
By the way its worth highlighting that a new Primark is opening soon......... in Warrington.
Draw your own conclusions.
you can lead a horse to water........ at the end of the day WHS did not move with the times (it is stuck in the 1990s), and did not offer competitive prices on books, though it could hardly compete with Amazon. Newspapers and magazines are usually purchased at local newsagents or supermarkets. though sales are declining due to internet use. Regarding Wardleworths, it is far too expensive and selection limited. I prefer to go to Southport and buy books from its discount book shops. And let's face it, St Helens is hardly a town of bookworms: the fact there is no Waterstones here is as significant as the town having no Sainsburys or Waitrose..
12.29pm Thursday 28th November 2013
9.17pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
I won’t miss Shaun Woodward
if a monkey stood for labour in st helens it would get voted in,it seems to me that a lot of people have the "my mam and dad always voted labour so i do as well or it betrays them" mentality
6.08pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
Labour labour all the way.
10.10am Monday 25th November 2013
‘Public response to consultation was almost non-existent’
Bill Bradbury wrote:
barrie timpson wrote:
Yeah but Bill , there's nobody worth mugging in Romania. They don't steal from their own mate. A little town just outside Perugia -oh the things I saw. Zante - wan't an ipad? The Romanians are your best bet. I will make a prediction though , If Labour win the next election , then the next election after that will see the first far right party in power in this country. We are inches away from rioting and disorder , the likes of which will not have been seen before. I don't want that.Barrie it is what you say in your comment that worries me. You could be right. History is littered with trouble of who is to blame when things don't go right. Like I wrote assuming we could resolve the immigration problem, and break up the EU and we all become "Nation States" again when say the French, Spanish or UK economy gets rough, people look for a country to blame. Why do you think Spain has resurrected the Gibraltar claim and Argentina its Falklands. They are distractions from their "belly-up" economies.
Totally agree with you on the benefits issue which Cameron is trying to address with a time limit. It may still not stop immigration which by recent reports is still increasing.
barrie timpson wrote:
Yeah but Bill , there's nobody worth mugging in Romania. They don't steal from their own mate. A little town just outside Perugia -oh the things I saw. Zante - wan't an ipad? The Romanians are your best bet. I will make a prediction though , If Labour win the next election , then the next election after that will see the first far right party in power in this country. We are inches away from rioting and disorder , the likes of which will not have been seen before. I don't want that.
9.01am Monday 25th November 2013
12.10pm Sunday 24th November 2013
Lancastrian or Merseysider? How do you see yourself
2.03pm Saturday 23rd November 2013
New homes plans for Rainford
9.30am Saturday 23rd November 2013
Labour last time in office created a situation that will ultimately destroy Britain.
Build as many houses as you like create as many service sector jobs as you like improve public services as much as you like
It will all be swamped by more people coming in. In fact the better we do as a country the worse it will be. All this was fabricated under labours disastrous rule. In a way nothing matters anymore and the country is on a road map to self destruction and ultimate collapse and social breakdown.
No one either labour or Tory voted for this nor was it in labours 1997 manifesto and the people hit hardest are the working class.
9.25am Saturday 23rd November 2013
barrie timpson wrote:
In fairness Bill , I have some sympathy for Cameron when it comes to immigration , it's difficult for him to reduce the numbers when New Labour have given most of our powers over to the EU. We can't even deport dangerous criminals because of their ineptitude.
I find that new Labour were much more of a nasty party than the Tories ever will be.
The influx of Roma will be the game changer - I've seen them at work in Italy. Prepare for big trouble , and it will only be Labours open door and "search parties" that will have done the damage.
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