Cornwall Council strapped for cash? Tell it to the Marines!

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Cornwall Council strapped for cash? Tell it to the Marines!

Post by Marhak » Tue May 08, 2012 10:14 am

A couple of months ago, Cllr Hicks was telling Radio Cornwall that funding had to be decreased for bus services in Cornwall, as the cash simply wasn't available to maintain current services. If the Council's so strapped for cash, why do I see a whole rash of new, ugly, aluminium bus stop signs going up all round St Just (and possibly further afield)? They are utterly unnecessary and don't look exactly cheap (just ugly). There was nothing wrong with the old signs and poles which did not need to be replaced, and the money should have been used to help maintain the bus services.

To add insult to injury, a rash of new 30mph signs are also going up where they've never been before. In each case, these are on dead-end lanes of single-track width, with just a few houses along them, leading into the villages. One set is on the lane coming in from the cliffs at Botallack, and meet the road at a 90 degree bend impossible to negoltiate at more than 15mph, and within a 30mph zone 2 miles long.

Another set is on Carrallack Lane, St Just. Dead-end single-track lane and two houses.

A third set have been put in Boscean Lane, St Just. Another dead-end single-track lane, with just a handful of houses.

This is totally irresponsible, and someone needs to be held to account for this appalling waste of our hard-earned money.

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Post by Marhak » Tue May 08, 2012 10:19 am

I just have to add this - the Council's flashing 30mph reminder sign has been installed halfway down the very steep Nancherrow Hill, leading out of St Just which, with the approaching bend at the bottom, is impossible to negotiate at more than 20mph. Highways would be better off investing in some replacement brains.

Meanwhile, in the Newbridge 30mph zone, 80% of the traffic passing through is well in excess of the speed limit, doing anything from 50 to 80mph. Last weekend, four motor bikes came through, all of them doing the ton. The Council treats the danger (we have no pavements) with contempt, and the police simply don't want to know. They "haven't the manpower" (oh, yeah - just have a rear brake-light blink out, then watch as 3 pandas descend on you).

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Post by Marhak » Fri May 11, 2012 2:05 pm

And today, on radio, there's Kevin Lavery saying the Council has spare millions to put into the Stadium project - which we were assured would NOT involve public moneys. But hold on a minute - the Council's strapped for cash. We're having public services slashed all over the place. Good Cornish people are losing jobs, because the Council can't afford it. Where's this money materialised from all of a sudden? And why isn't it being spent where it should be spent?

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Post by Mark » Fri May 11, 2012 5:36 pm

Clowns! :roll:
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Post by TeamKernow » Fri May 11, 2012 9:13 pm

Marhak wrote:Where's this money materialised from all of a sudden?
:idea: Kevin's back pocket? :idea:





Kevin EnsLavery's Thatcherite Recipe Book For Fellow Members Of The Nepotist Privateer Corporate Crony Self Enrichment At Public Expense Club:
:idea: How To Gut, Carve Up,Slice & Dice,Cream Off, Gobble Up & Eliminate Public Services :idea:
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Post by Marhak » Fri May 11, 2012 10:25 pm

Noteworthy article, that. Notice that it said that, AFTER Lavery's 5% pay cut, he was getting £245,000 p.a. (I refuse to use the verb: earning, for obvious reasons). What it doesn't tell you is that BEFORE this mythical cut, he was on £237,000 p.a. We'd all LOVE a pay cut like that, wouldn't we?

High time this Council was fully investigated by the Audit Commission. The Fraud Squad's attention wouldn't go amiss, either.

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Post by Marhak » Fri May 11, 2012 10:28 pm

And if this stadium ever gets built, what's the betting that it'll be called the "Sercobowl"?

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Post by capten » Sat May 12, 2012 4:32 pm

Ginsters Stadium is more likely...

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Post by Marhak » Sun May 13, 2012 10:29 am

Wash your mouth out this instant!

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Post by Marhak » Sun May 20, 2012 9:09 am

2 weeks on, and the expensive new bus stop signs still don't have any timetables on view. What are the public supposed to consult? Crystal balls?

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Post by Marhak » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:25 pm

Am keeping an eye on new roadworks out at Botallack. Looks like they intend to put in concrete kerbs alongside the grass verge where there's never been any before, i.e. suburbanising rural roads. Essential work? Hardly (if that's what they're doing). I'll keep you all posted on this.

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Post by Marhak » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:27 pm

In the meantime, South West Water is bleating on about a water shortage that doesn't exist. How come they haven't yet repaired a leaking water main under the road at the junction of the Tregeseal turn-off outside St Just on the A3071 that was first reported nearly a year ago????

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Post by Marhak » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:23 pm

How's this for Cornwall Council lunacy running totally rampant? Photos were taken yesterday of Council workers watering hanging baskets in Newquay - in the torrential rain that lasted all day! Not to mention the fact that it's done sod-all but piss down for the last 2 months.....

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Post by P_Trembath » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:47 pm

Marhak wrote:How's this for Cornwall Council lunacy running totally rampant? Photos were taken yesterday of Council workers watering hanging baskets in Newquay - in the torrential rain that lasted all day! Not to mention the fact that it's done sod-all but piss down for the last 2 months.....
Now come on Marhak, it may well have been raining, and almost continuously for some time, but, as any council horticulturist will tell you, the water that falls as rain from the sky is totally the wrong sort of water.
Water that flowers require to grow properly, has first to be collected in large lakes, passed through filtration systems, pumped full of purification chemicals, forced through old lead and cast iron pipes, decanted into a clean(ish) bowser, and then sprayed lovingly all over the flowers and pavement. Any other sort of water is just not good enough.
You can't expect Mother Nature to have provided that level of care in her preparation of simple rain water. :roll:
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Re: Cornwall Council strapped for cash? Tell it to the Mari

Post by Marhak » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:27 pm

Silly of me to even think otherwise......

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