Friday, January 26, 2007
"Extreme Gardening" in Falcon View, Badger Farm
This is the bed in question. It's in the centre of the picture with a large green tree and a white car parked to its immediate left.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Gales hit Badger Farm
The damaged building is a 2 storey garage block. Most of the wall on one side of the upper storey was blown over at about 3.00 on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately no one was in the garages or passing by at the time. Sorting out the damage could pose a few problems as each of the garages is privately owned. Meanwhile, Winchester City Council has cordoned off the area with "Danger -Do Not Cross" notices.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Selling off council houses
We had identified a number of problems with this proposal.
First, the brunt of such disposals was likely (based on previous experience) to fall on rural housing. Winchester has a desperate shortage of rural housing to let and we, as a council group, were unhappy that the number could be further reduced this way.
Second, the Cabinet was basing part of its budget proposals on the income from these sales. We felt that this would force them to sell enough houses to meet the expenditure target. Either that or the cabinet would be acting irresponsibly by basing part of their spending on income that was wholly unpredictable.
Third, we did not believe the claims that there was no one who wanted to rent these houses. My colleague Simon Cook (councillor for Alresford) produced a letter sent to one of his constituents acknowledging her interest in renting a house in Cheriton. The council subsequently withdrew their offer of this house and added it to the list for disposal. She still wants to rent it.
Eventually the council approved the sell off of these houses. Interestingly the solid Tory vote in favour was boosted by the support of all three Labour councillors. I think no further comment is necessary.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Happy New Year!
2006 was a pretty awful year all told. Nationally we saw our country get more and more deeply embroiled in an illegal, unpopular war. Politically my party faced the resignation of its leader, difficulties for our local MP and, in May, the loss of control of the City Council.
2007 can and, hopefully, will be better. A Happy (and optimistic) New Year therefore to everyone reading this and, particularly, to all the residents of Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm.