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Plan aims to keep village life sweet

Swindon Advertiser: Blunsdon's future is being mapped out in a neighbourhood plan Blunsdon's future is being mapped out in a neighbourhood plan

A PLAN to help secure the quality of life in a North Swindon village has taken another step forward.

Representatives from Blunsdon are developing a neighbourhood plan which, when complete, will mean residents have a far greater say over future development.

On Saturday, the second level of consultation took place and more than 100 people came to put across their views.

The next stage will see members of a steering group develop a number of policies around development.

“This is important because if it passes it means we can stop developers riding roughshod over the village,” said parish council chairman Ian Jankinson.

“I have been really pleased with the input people have put in.

“When we were first starting out I think we were all a little concerned about the input people would have over it.

“In fact people have been very pro-active and come forward with many ideas, some of which we have not been thought of, so we will now take those away and develop the policies.

“The main benefit is that people are getting to decide on the future and not the parish council.”

Last year, the first level of consultation took place in which an overwhelming desire to maintain village life was revealed.

From there a narrow set of ideas was put forward for people to respond to.

Ian said: “The first level of consultation was more quantative to see if there was backing for a plan, while this latest consultation was more qualitative.

“Now we are asking for more input around key issues like the environment, transport, and the community.

“Although the turnout has been great and shows people care about the community, there were not many people under 30 who answered. We are looking to address that and are working with the school.”

By May the group hope to have examined all the responses to the second level of the consultation.

From there they will submit the plan to the council before it is then looked at independently.

From there the neighbourhood plan will go before a referendum in Blunsdon. If it receives 50 per cent approval it will be adopted.

Members of the steering group who have put the plan together will be holding a talk at Swindon Civic Voice, in Milton Road, tomorrow night to explain how to go about developing the plan.

The meeting starts at 7pm and tickets cost £2.50.

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8:55am Wed 16 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment? Always Grumpy
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9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14

Flatmandan says...

The headline is bang on thats all they are worried about, i would like to know why this plan doesnt include other developments the other side of the A419, very selfish. One word NIMBYS
The headline is bang on thats all they are worried about, i would like to know why this plan doesnt include other developments the other side of the A419, very selfish. One word NIMBYS Flatmandan
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10:18am Wed 16 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas?

Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?[/p][/quote]As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas? Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:23am Wed 16 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas?

Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?
Many years ago I went to a couple of parish council meetings to see how Abbey Meads residents were benefiting from the rates we pay them. It turned out to be very little.
It was like hitting your head against a brick wall trying to make them understand that not everyone lived in the village itself and those that didn't were getting very little for their money.
I found them to be a very self centred and arrogant group who basically didn't give a toss about anyone outside of their precious village.
I don't think anything has changed in the intervening years, other than they now rake in even more money from long suffering residents in the Northern Development and just use the money to spend on themselves.
Best of luck trying to get through their wall of selfishness. I suspect you'll end up like I did though, wanting to slash my wrists in frustration.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?[/p][/quote]As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas? Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?[/p][/quote]Many years ago I went to a couple of parish council meetings to see how Abbey Meads residents were benefiting from the rates we pay them. It turned out to be very little. It was like hitting your head against a brick wall trying to make them understand that not everyone lived in the village itself and those that didn't were getting very little for their money. I found them to be a very self centred and arrogant group who basically didn't give a toss about anyone outside of their precious village. I don't think anything has changed in the intervening years, other than they now rake in even more money from long suffering residents in the Northern Development and just use the money to spend on themselves. Best of luck trying to get through their wall of selfishness. I suspect you'll end up like I did though, wanting to slash my wrists in frustration. Always Grumpy
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2:13pm Wed 16 Apr 14

moonie says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas?

Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?
Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?[/p][/quote]As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas? Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?[/p][/quote]Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make. moonie
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2:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

moonie wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas?

Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?
Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make.
Wow. Just wow. Firstly, I have no "facts" to check - as I already said, this is my (and many others) perception. If many people have that perception there is clearly a communication problem between the parish council and those that pay for them at the very minimum.

Why don't I "go on the council" then? I'll assume you mean why don't I stand for election? Because it is a ward with a large conservative majority and that is unlikely to change any time soon despite the local conservative party's best efforts to damage themselves. There is simply no point in standing as an independent in this ward, the party political system is too strong.

"instead of keep moaning on here" - As far as I'm aware I wasn't moaning, I was asking if anyone had any ideas on how to remedy a perceived "village bias" that many living in the ward but outside of the village itself feel is the case. The neighbourhood plan does not help in this regard being made up of local councillors and residents which live in the village rather than the ward. The make-up of the committee is biased towards the smallest section of the ward community, and is a closed shop.

Here's a really good example of how that bias perception is propagated:

From the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan website:
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR VIEWS, OPINIONS AND AGREEMENT TO HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE

Well I don't live in the village itself, I simply pay the parish precept. Therefore as this meeting is for those in the village, this is not a meeting I am invited to (had I even known about it before the event - it wasn't listed on the parish council "events" list)...

Like I said, perceptions....
[quote][p][bold]moonie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?[/p][/quote]As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas? Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?[/p][/quote]Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make.[/p][/quote]Wow. Just wow. Firstly, I have no "facts" to check - as I already said, this is my (and many others) perception. If many people have that perception there is clearly a communication problem between the parish council and those that pay for them at the very minimum. Why don't I "go on the council" then? I'll assume you mean why don't I stand for election? Because it is a ward with a large conservative majority and that is unlikely to change any time soon despite the local conservative party's best efforts to damage themselves. There is simply no point in standing as an independent in this ward, the party political system is too strong. "instead of keep moaning on here" - As far as I'm aware I wasn't moaning, I was asking if anyone had any ideas on how to remedy a perceived "village bias" that many living in the ward but outside of the village itself feel is the case. The neighbourhood plan does not help in this regard being made up of local councillors and residents which live in the village rather than the ward. The make-up of the committee is biased towards the smallest section of the ward community, and is a closed shop. Here's a really good example of how that bias perception is propagated: From the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan website: YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR VIEWS, OPINIONS AND AGREEMENT TO HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE Well I don't live in the village itself, I simply pay the parish precept. Therefore as this meeting is for those in the village, this is not a meeting I am invited to (had I even known about it before the event - it wasn't listed on the parish council "events" list)... Like I said, perceptions.... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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3:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

moonie says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
moonie wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)?
Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?
As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas?

Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?
Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make.
Wow. Just wow. Firstly, I have no "facts" to check - as I already said, this is my (and many others) perception. If many people have that perception there is clearly a communication problem between the parish council and those that pay for them at the very minimum.

Why don't I "go on the council" then? I'll assume you mean why don't I stand for election? Because it is a ward with a large conservative majority and that is unlikely to change any time soon despite the local conservative party's best efforts to damage themselves. There is simply no point in standing as an independent in this ward, the party political system is too strong.

"instead of keep moaning on here" - As far as I'm aware I wasn't moaning, I was asking if anyone had any ideas on how to remedy a perceived "village bias" that many living in the ward but outside of the village itself feel is the case. The neighbourhood plan does not help in this regard being made up of local councillors and residents which live in the village rather than the ward. The make-up of the committee is biased towards the smallest section of the ward community, and is a closed shop.

Here's a really good example of how that bias perception is propagated:

From the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan website:
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR VIEWS, OPINIONS AND AGREEMENT TO HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE

Well I don't live in the village itself, I simply pay the parish precept. Therefore as this meeting is for those in the village, this is not a meeting I am invited to (had I even known about it before the event - it wasn't listed on the parish council "events" list)...

Like I said, perceptions....
I meant the Parish Council election and I don't think political parties come into it. Doesn't the Neighhourhood Plan website identify the area as the village and not the whole parish? Therefore the meeting was aimed at villagers. I am sure there was an aritcle in the Adver about a meeting the Parish Council is having at Brimble Hill School on 1st May - that is for all parishioners. Perhaps you should go along to that and have your say - you never know, you might even learn something!
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moonie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if all residents who pay Blunsdon parish council rates will be invited to comment or just the selfish residents of Blunsdon village (as usual)? Perhaps Mr Jankinson would like to comment?[/p][/quote]As one of those residents paying Blunsdon parish council rates but having the perception I'm getting nothing for it because I don't live in the village itself, I'd genuinely like to know how I can go about changing that situation. Any ideas? Is that the kind of information that can be gleaned from an FOI request?[/p][/quote]Why you don't you go on the council then, I think there is an election soon. In fact that would be a much more positive thing to do instead of keep moaning on here! As far as I know quite a few of the council don't even live in the village so I'd be surprised if they only consider that area. Perhaps you should check your facts - on the Parish Council and also the Neighbourhood Plan, seems like you have plenty of time on your hands judging by the number of complaining posts you make.[/p][/quote]Wow. Just wow. Firstly, I have no "facts" to check - as I already said, this is my (and many others) perception. If many people have that perception there is clearly a communication problem between the parish council and those that pay for them at the very minimum. Why don't I "go on the council" then? I'll assume you mean why don't I stand for election? Because it is a ward with a large conservative majority and that is unlikely to change any time soon despite the local conservative party's best efforts to damage themselves. There is simply no point in standing as an independent in this ward, the party political system is too strong. "instead of keep moaning on here" - As far as I'm aware I wasn't moaning, I was asking if anyone had any ideas on how to remedy a perceived "village bias" that many living in the ward but outside of the village itself feel is the case. The neighbourhood plan does not help in this regard being made up of local councillors and residents which live in the village rather than the ward. The make-up of the committee is biased towards the smallest section of the ward community, and is a closed shop. Here's a really good example of how that bias perception is propagated: From the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan website: YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOUR VIEWS, OPINIONS AND AGREEMENT TO HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE Well I don't live in the village itself, I simply pay the parish precept. Therefore as this meeting is for those in the village, this is not a meeting I am invited to (had I even known about it before the event - it wasn't listed on the parish council "events" list)... Like I said, perceptions....[/p][/quote]I meant the Parish Council election and I don't think political parties come into it. Doesn't the Neighhourhood Plan website identify the area as the village and not the whole parish? Therefore the meeting was aimed at villagers. I am sure there was an aritcle in the Adver about a meeting the Parish Council is having at Brimble Hill School on 1st May - that is for all parishioners. Perhaps you should go along to that and have your say - you never know, you might even learn something! moonie
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Ian Jankinson says...

Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman.
Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman. Ian Jankinson
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6:43pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

Ian Jankinson wrote:
Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman.
Why don't you publish your accounts on your website?
Why don't you include the whole parish on what's going on?
Why are parish minutes almost exclusive to what's going on in your pathetic little 'village'.

Representing all the precept payers? Don't make me laugh!

The sooner I can pay my precept to a parish council that actually works for the people paying the better.

Why not organise a vote to allow residents to leave Blunsdon?
[quote][p][bold]Ian Jankinson[/bold] wrote: Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman.[/p][/quote]Why don't you publish your accounts on your website? Why don't you include the whole parish on what's going on? Why are parish minutes almost exclusive to what's going on in your pathetic little 'village'. Representing all the precept payers? Don't make me laugh! The sooner I can pay my precept to a parish council that actually works for the people paying the better. Why not organise a vote to allow residents to leave Blunsdon? Always Grumpy
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10:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

madreeves wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
Ian Jankinson wrote:
Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman.
Why don't you publish your accounts on your website?
Why don't you include the whole parish on what's going on?
Why are parish minutes almost exclusive to what's going on in your pathetic little 'village'.

Representing all the precept payers? Don't make me laugh!

The sooner I can pay my precept to a parish council that actually works for the people paying the better.

Why not organise a vote to allow residents to leave Blunsdon?
What a bizarre little outburst. Mr Jankinson has offered a perfectly reasonable reply so why all the aggression? Really not necessary. If you feel so strongly and want to grind your axe, go to the meeting and ask your questions in a civil manner rather than shouting, demanding and moaning on here. It does you no credit and won't get you anywhere.
Jankinson certainly has not given an acceptable explanation to anything, other than sucking up to Moonie.
If you read an earlier post you will have seen I went to meetings and found out for myself how self centred and selfish Blunsdon village residents are.
No doubt you live in the village!
[quote][p][bold]madreeves[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian Jankinson[/bold] wrote: Thank you for your comments, it's good to see people passionate about what's going on in the Parish. There is an Annual Parish Assembly on 1st May at Brimble Hill School at 7 p.m. where you can ask all your questions Moonie, and we will not hide anything about what we spend where. You don't need a FOI to get answers just ask one of the committed Parish Councillors from your area of the Parish. The Parish Council is apolitical so we are not controlled by the Conservative influence in the area and the Elections that happen at the end of May reflect this. You are right about the Neighbourhood Plan - it is for the Rural part of the Parish that is east of the A419. As a rural area it has different needs to the Urban area of the Parish so we began the NP process in this area first. We also need one for the Urban area to come up with ways of controlling the land use there however much of it is still unadopted which limits what we can influence or actually do. Please come along and we will do our best to 'bust the myths' about the Parish Council and how it works. Ian Jankinson - Chairman.[/p][/quote]Why don't you publish your accounts on your website? Why don't you include the whole parish on what's going on? Why are parish minutes almost exclusive to what's going on in your pathetic little 'village'. Representing all the precept payers? Don't make me laugh! The sooner I can pay my precept to a parish council that actually works for the people paying the better. Why not organise a vote to allow residents to leave Blunsdon?[/p][/quote]What a bizarre little outburst. Mr Jankinson has offered a perfectly reasonable reply so why all the aggression? Really not necessary. If you feel so strongly and want to grind your axe, go to the meeting and ask your questions in a civil manner rather than shouting, demanding and moaning on here. It does you no credit and won't get you anywhere.[/p][/quote]Jankinson certainly has not given an acceptable explanation to anything, other than sucking up to Moonie. If you read an earlier post you will have seen I went to meetings and found out for myself how self centred and selfish Blunsdon village residents are. No doubt you live in the village! Always Grumpy
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11:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tyran66 says...

Grumpy you asked for him to come on here. He has and has invited you to a meeting in a completely open and honest way. What more do you want?
I suggest that you accept some responsibility for your own situation, if it really that bad you can always move out of the parish or even better perhaps to Blunsdon proper? Just because he is an elected official he is not under duress to automatically agree with your "perception" of things. Perhaps you are perceived as self cantered and selfish by others.

If I were you I and really all that bothered I would go to the meeting, I suspect you won't because it is a lot easier to whine anonymously from the shadows. And for the record, born and bred in Blunsdon Village now live in Redhouse.
Grumpy you asked for him to come on here. He has and has invited you to a meeting in a completely open and honest way. What more do you want? I suggest that you accept some responsibility for your own situation, if it really that bad you can always move out of the parish or even better perhaps to Blunsdon proper? Just because he is an elected official he is not under duress to automatically agree with your "perception" of things. Perhaps you are perceived as self cantered and selfish by others. If I were you I and really all that bothered I would go to the meeting, I suspect you won't because it is a lot easier to whine anonymously from the shadows. And for the record, born and bred in Blunsdon Village now live in Redhouse. Tyran66
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8:00am Thu 17 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

Tyran66 wrote:
Grumpy you asked for him to come on here. He has and has invited you to a meeting in a completely open and honest way. What more do you want?
I suggest that you accept some responsibility for your own situation, if it really that bad you can always move out of the parish or even better perhaps to Blunsdon proper? Just because he is an elected official he is not under duress to automatically agree with your "perception" of things. Perhaps you are perceived as self cantered and selfish by others.

If I were you I and really all that bothered I would go to the meeting, I suspect you won't because it is a lot easier to whine anonymously from the shadows. And for the record, born and bred in Blunsdon Village now live in Redhouse.
Good for you - enjoy seeing your money wasted as well, or friends with the council?
Waste of time trying to talk to them - been there done that. I've seen their arrogance first hand thanks.
I lived in Blunsdon for many years and know from first hand experience what a selfish and stuck up little village it is.
I've no intention of moving, but will continue attacking the parish council at every opportunity when I see them concentrating their efforts on the village and ignore the rest of the parish.
Incidentally, Jankinson's reply was directed at Moonie!
[quote][p][bold]Tyran66[/bold] wrote: Grumpy you asked for him to come on here. He has and has invited you to a meeting in a completely open and honest way. What more do you want? I suggest that you accept some responsibility for your own situation, if it really that bad you can always move out of the parish or even better perhaps to Blunsdon proper? Just because he is an elected official he is not under duress to automatically agree with your "perception" of things. Perhaps you are perceived as self cantered and selfish by others. If I were you I and really all that bothered I would go to the meeting, I suspect you won't because it is a lot easier to whine anonymously from the shadows. And for the record, born and bred in Blunsdon Village now live in Redhouse.[/p][/quote]Good for you - enjoy seeing your money wasted as well, or friends with the council? Waste of time trying to talk to them - been there done that. I've seen their arrogance first hand thanks. I lived in Blunsdon for many years and know from first hand experience what a selfish and stuck up little village it is. I've no intention of moving, but will continue attacking the parish council at every opportunity when I see them concentrating their efforts on the village and ignore the rest of the parish. Incidentally, Jankinson's reply was directed at Moonie! Always Grumpy
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9:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

Tyran66 says...

As a self confessed antagonist I seriously doubt your view will find much sympathy with those in the middle . Its very hard to support such a dogmatic view from any side particularly when it's only opinion, unsupported by fact.
As a self confessed antagonist I seriously doubt your view will find much sympathy with those in the middle . Its very hard to support such a dogmatic view from any side particularly when it's only opinion, unsupported by fact. Tyran66
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10:25am Thu 17 Apr 14

Always Grumpy says...

Tyran66 wrote:
As a self confessed antagonist I seriously doubt your view will find much sympathy with those in the middle . Its very hard to support such a dogmatic view from any side particularly when it's only opinion, unsupported by fact.
Evidence, look at their website?
[quote][p][bold]Tyran66[/bold] wrote: As a self confessed antagonist I seriously doubt your view will find much sympathy with those in the middle . Its very hard to support such a dogmatic view from any side particularly when it's only opinion, unsupported by fact.[/p][/quote]Evidence, look at their website? Always Grumpy
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