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My Dear Friends
A survey carried out some time ago on British attitudes to Christmas revealed that the ‘vast majority’ of consumers believe Christmas is overwhelmed by commercial hype and resent the fact that this hype starts as early as October (I reckon it’s earlier still).
But what a strangely contradictory attitude this is! I mean here we are, the ‘vast majority’ of us, doing our Christmas shopping, spending far more than at any other time of year, fighting our way into the car parks in Maidenhead or Reading, or even braving the shopping jungle of London’s West End.
As 2017 draws to a close, your editor has an uncomfortable feeling that Great Britain is in a somewhat unsettled, even slightly agitated mood as many of our past certainties have increasingly become less so.
Summary of issues raised/arising in the month.
(This document is not intended to be read as a record of the minutes of the Parish Council (PC) meeting.)
in this issue:
Ruscombe Development - Nature Reserve - Downfield Tip - Speedwatch - Travellers Site - Meetings - Football Field - Defibrilllators - Gullies - Allotments
Campaign to Protect RuralWokingham - CPRW
I am very heartened by the support from the government in various statements that they intend to protect the Green Belt, which reinforces the stance on the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) which states “The Government attaches great importance to Green Belts. The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.” It is the permanence which is the important feature.
We are doing well in our financial support, which is in the form of promises at the moment. However, we would welcome more funds.
The electrification of The Great Western seems to be going on forever. I heard on the news that the Japanese built trains are the most expensive ever. It seems a shame that as the country that invented railway systems seem unable to modernise in a sensible time scale. I trust that if HS2 (London to Birmingham) goes ahead it is much better planned. That famous railway builder Isambard Kingdom Brunel must be turning in his grave.