A hope for the future
I wish you all a very happy New Year for 2015. Last year saw a great deal of shenanigans around the town, so let’s hope this coming year will be one where the past can be resolved and laid to rest and our lovely town can get back to being the idyllic place it used to be. Sadly, such resolution may yet take time because evidence continues to emerge of the chicanery employed by a small group of recently arrived, very self-important individuals who chose to use our town and its institutions as a vehicle for their own colossal egos and self-interests and, without caring who got hurt by their arrogance, their scheming and their downright lies, were prepared to go any lengths to get their own way. It is salutary that those whom they attacked have largely been the very people who have done the most for this town over a great many years. Fingers crossed that it will soon all be out in the open instead of festering away like an un-lanced boil beneath the surface.
Changes in the Town Council
2014 saw big changes on the town council with the departure of Roger Calderwood as town clerk and Terry Philpot taking post. I wish to thank Roger for his long-standing tenure over a difficult time. Terry is a no-nonsense, straight talking post holder and I am sure he will be an asset in the future. It is good also to see the assistant clerk working hard at the day-to-day administration that makes the council work and she too is to be thanked. It is good to see that finally the majority of town councillors have gelled and work as a team to make our town a better, more comfortable place to live and work. Their efforts over the past year have not gone unnoticed and I wish them all power to their elbows for the coming year.
Learning from mistakes
2014 also saw the opening of the new Wessex House care home in Behind Bury and the doctor’s surgery. I still dislike the look of the care home building as to my mind it does not fit the architecture of the town and the doctors’ surgery is not large enough for its populace. Still, it’s been built and therefore we must live with what we have and learn the from mistakes made in the planning stages of this development and make a better case next time to oppose any plans that do not fit and gel with the town’s image.
So what’s in store ahead? We await the final outcome of the old Wessex House (Pesters Lane) planning saga, the initial application having been soundly rejected by both town and district councils. It would appear that lessons were learned from the Behind Bury care home were put to good use here. Do not get me wrong, I am not opposed to the project, but it must be a balanced development and not driven by greed to cram as many units into one space as possible. Thought must be given to the current skyline and the colossal bulk and height of this proposed development. Another concern is the limited parking available and the prospect of overspill parking on Pesters Lane, which would create problems for emergency vehicle access should the need arise.
And another questionable project
One would like to see a mutually acceptable resolution for another saga, namely that of the Old Town Hall. SHBPT, the charity that aspires to own this important building, has failed to secure any meaningful funding to move forward and we as council tax payers should not subsidize this charity unless the building is to be of use to the whole town and not just a few self-regarding, snobbish, upper class wanabees who crave the building for their own self-centred interests.
But there again…….
So as we move firmly into 2015 I wish you all, including those with whom I do not see ‘eye to eye’, a safe and harmonious year and maybe, just maybe we will see yet another candle wax masterpiece?
Until the next post……