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Everything posted by twowheelsgood

  1. If only they would start delivering at least some of their last election pledges instead of plotting for the next election. Turning off traffic lights anyone?
  2. Property Services and Balfour Beatty prepared a survey and scheme of repairs and applied for listed building consent last year - this was withdrawn, after the Civic Society amongst commented that it was inadequate for a building of such importance. It looks like the Council have now done the right thing and gone to one of the leading conservation practices in the Country. Let's hope the usual suspects don't get to do the actual building work.
  3. I raised the issue of these yellow lines with the ward councillor - they are the wrong pattern for a conservation area. They should be the thinner (50/50/50mm pattern rather than 100/100/100mm) and paler buttercup yellow, as stipulated by all the heritage bodies. I see they made the same error in Ledbury. The response basically was that the Council isn't consulted (they don't need to be, it's good practice) and BBLP are essentially autonomous and lack expertise to deliver what could be reasonably expected. For a minimum of £20m a year, that doesn't seem acceptable in any form to me.
  4. To keep it on thread, the ruling parties were voted in because people wanted to see something happening about the City's frustrating traffic problems. They said they would address it, they had the answers, lights would be turned off. They have failed to deliver. More consultants have had more money for no demonstrable benefit to the City. I do wonder if there isn't some hidden payoff for all these traffic lights - like a never ending lucrative maintenance contract for instance.
  5. Having waited for a ridiculous time on my bike at the equally ridiculous Link Rd/Commercial Rd lights this morning, I was reminded that there's no reason why traffic lights could not have been turned off/resequenced throughout the City - last year's lockdown would have been the perfect time to do it and give people time to get used to it. But, yet again, the Council seem to be paralysed in the headlights, unable to do anything. Cllr Harrington really needs to do something, anything, and now.
  6. Well, a referendum was never going to happen, no matter who was promising it. The present ruling group have delivered very little of what was promised two years ago, yet another disappointment. I know they're up against entrenched and belligerent officers, and an autonomous BBLP, but ultimately that should be firmly dealt with.
  7. Yes, look at the Canary Bridge and the Greenway - I did report the graffiti there for a while but no one took any notice - ward councillors make it clear BBLP are autonomous and the Council simply have no say or control of what they do (or don't) do. There were lots of requests for cctv at the time the Canary Bridge was being designed, but they were disregarded. It's death by a thousand cuts for the County, I don't see how we can ever pull it back.
  8. Resurfacing roads that barely see any traffic is all well and good, but what about the main infrastructure, especially in the City, which is in a terrible state and taking 000's of vehicles every day? Not to mention the hazards it presents to cyclists. It seems a skewed process to me.
  9. Ah, what was grandly promoted as a canal basin in the heady days of ESG low traffic boulevards and civic buildings. Heaven forfend the Council should clearly identify land in their reports.
  10. Nah, seemingly easier to abandon it and let the weeds and rubbish welcome visitors.
  11. 800m2?! That's massive - £2m upwards. It isn't going to happen unless it was legally tied down at the original permission stage.
  12. I'm sure they will all say they'll sort it out in exchange for a vote - following through will be another matter altogether.
  13. Seven candidates pitching for this - given the 2019 election garnered less than 1000 votes, they'll be spread very thin this time. Newton_Farm_Ward_SPN.docx.pdf
  14. I quickly gave up on YH and had completely forgotten about it - provocative click bait and little of substance.
  15. Publication of statement as to persons nominated is this Friday, 9 April, not later than 4pm. It can be interesting to see who is nominating and supporting.
  16. In Central Ward all we are voting for is a Police Commissioner and I'm certainly not risking my health to go and tick that box. If ever there was a waste of time and money, etc. I have to agree regarding the present Council (and their subservient relationship BBLP) - I had great hopes two years ago, but they have failed to deliver. Here we have a ruling party elected on a green travel and transport manifesto, with walking and cycling prominent in that and yet a high profile cycling facility in St Owens Street, that has been over 20 years in the making, instigated and driven by a clear co
  17. That's the nub isn't it - no one is in charge, at least from the Client side, charged with 'best use' of our money. Plenty of chiefs mind you, with their fancy job titles, it's just that they're not very good at their £100k pa jobs, they don't care, they get paid anyway, no one will sack them, jobs a good 'un for them. We're two years into the present Council's incumbency and still no sign of the election pledge to review BBLP's contract - if ever there was a reason, this must be it.
  18. I've been told today that this has once again been abandoned as the costs are 'way beyond' the £300k allocation. Why has the cost risen £70k+ in 2 years when nothing has happened, if anything the specification has been reduced? After 21 years of 'community engagement', meetings, survey, more meetings, designs, outsourced pretty (unrealistic) drawings from Latvia, it's all come to nothing. Again. Under a Green Council committed to green travel with cycling at the top of it. Appalling.
  19. Perhaps we'll get an absurdly over engineered, inappropriate and expensive concrete wall like this £2.6m one at Fownhope, in the middle of an AONB. I've already been told 'lessons will be learned' from this fiasco, but they never are and certainly never will be whilst the tail is wagging the dog.
  20. I had a look from the Mordiford side yesterday - they're taking it to the wire it seems ... I've asked several Green/Independent Councillors what is happening about the review of the BBLP contract, as pledged in their election manifesto - none have replied.
  21. To be fair, that does say they were one of three tenders. They're working at the Shire Hall (again!) and I did see them working at the traveller site on Watery Lane the other day. They were at the end of a long line of sub-contracts for Blueschool House, doing the actual work. They did of course do the most recent multi-million pound refurbishment of the Blackfriars St uni. There may be more.
  22. That seems like a huge portfolio! What progress is being made on the election pledge to review the Balfour Beatty Living Places contract? In the light of the Link Road overspend and the ongoing debacle that is the Fownhope repair, the need has never been more urgent. The contract claims to offer 'value for money, facilitated by process improvement and transparency through open book accounting' - what is this 'open book' and who is independently monitoring it? When BBLP are a private business with profit from ratepayers going to shareholders, how is this better value than direct labour? Wh
  23. Perhaps they're working to the now established 'Fownhope' method - expect a very large bill and an open ended timetable to finish the work.
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