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Westbury News & Discussion / Re: Hills Thermal Treatmet Plant
« Last post by Shizzy on February 20, 2019, 10:10:45 AM »
Bowley sticking his oar in again?  Maybe he'll get his Kenyan forends to write a few letters in opposition.
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Good point.

Scottish Law is a bit different from English law though.

I am well aware that there is a right to appeal any incorrect procedure used by a public body in England to make a decision if it is seriously illogical, unfair etc. or to appeal a decision if it is simply irrational and not based on any proper law, relevant facts etc ...

My legal advisers follow the evolving English Law very closely and there are several recent cases that deal with Freedom of Expression for councillors where adversely affected councillors went to judicial review and had decisions overturned.
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In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Shizzy on February 20, 2019, 10:08:41 AM »
Must be due to Brexit..... oh forgot, only negative stuff is due to Brexit
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WC has appointed a top firm of independent investigation lawyers to handle my cases.  The cost will run into thousands of £s of public money, especially as they are based up North and must attend any committee, ahem - Kangaroo Court - meetings ...

This is going to be properly interesting ....
Council's need to take these things seriously now. Two words. Alex Salmond... ;D
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Westbury News & Discussion / Re: Hills Thermal Treatmet Plant
« Last post by baldy on February 20, 2019, 09:39:20 AM »
slightly off topic but nevertheless, you mention committee , PLEASE dont jump, but i am only asking a question in a polite manner.


  REF. the proposed the development on the Ham, it was mentioned in the WHN, that you did not attend the meeting and that you could have appointed another person to represent you. just wondered why , whoever wrote the letter was turning the screw




Dorian

I have put your question here because this is the correct thread.

As you know, John Bowley lives in Warminster and often campaigns on issues in Westbury and often takes a swipe at me. You will remember the many misleading letters he wrote in WHN against the eastern Westbury bypass between 2007-10 and many of those included muddles, slurs and false claims about me because I campaigned to support the bypass proposal.

Contrary to his recent letter in WHN, I am not a member of the Wiltshire Council strategic planning committee. I am a substitute but on that occasion the member of my political group, the Independent Group, who has a seat on the committee did not ask any of his three substitutes to attend in his place.

As you may know, I have opposed the proposed gasification plant from the beginning. Indeed, during the first planning application, I was the only Wiltshire Councillor who objected. Permisssion was granted.

During the revised planning application last year, which was refused, I was asked by local residents in my division to attend the committee and speak, which I did. I spoke to support many of the objections especially the town council objection.

This time, no-one asked me to attend or speak. I was asked to call the matter to committee in my role as the local member, which I did.

When I read the officer report recommending permission, I realised that the council had no realistic option (explained above) but to permit the new application. There is simply no proper ground for refusal now.  I was also aware that the meeting would be attended by campaigners with plenty to say, regardless of whether what they said was true or nonsense or muddles or not.  In effect, there was no requirement for me to attend and indeed, no useful purpose anyway as permission was going to be granted regardless.

John  Bowley said that my division is Westbury Ham. It is not. It is Westbury West.

Westbury Ham was a town and district ward in Westbury that ceased to exist when the town/district council ward and county/unitary division boundaries changed in 2009.
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Blimey.

WC has appointed a top firm of independent investigation lawyers to handle my cases.  The cost will run into thousands of £s of public money, especially as they are based up North and must attend any committee, ahem - Kangaroo Court - meetings ...

This is going to be properly interesting ....
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In the News / UK employment hits another record high
« Last post by baldy on February 19, 2019, 22:26:32 PM »
UK employment hits another record high


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47290331
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In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Maxi on February 19, 2019, 20:23:39 PM »
Honda's Swindon plant closure could lead to 7,000 job losses

Honda has admitted that the toll of job losses from the closure of its Swindon plant could reach 7,000, as automotive experts cast doubt on its claims that Brexit had nothing to do with the decision.

The Japanese carmaker confirmed on Tuesday morning that its Swindon factory would close from 2021 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, dealing another blow to a British car industry that has sounded repeated warnings about the dangers of Brexit.
Business minister Greg Clark was initially due to give a statement to the House of Commons about Honda and the state of the UK automotive sector but this was later delayed.

Hours after confirming Swindon’s closure, Honda said a further 3,500 jobs could be affected within the direct supply chain of subsidiaries and partner companies serving the plant, taking the total number of potential job losses to 7,000.
The company puts its decision down to its plans to invest in electric vehicles, insisting Brexit was not a factor.

But automotive industry experts said that while a variety of factors were to blame for Swindon’s closure, uncertainty about Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU must have played a part.

“They’re probably trying to be polite publicly but there’s a range of factors here,” said Professor David Bailey of Aston University.
He pointed to a landmark free trade deal between the EU and Japan that will allow Honda to export cars produced in its domestic market free of tariffs by 2027, reducing its need for a European base.

But he said that the lack of clarity about Brexit, coupled with the government’s poor industrial strategy, had made the decision easier for Honda.

“I think we’re seeing a collision between Brexit uncertainty making investment difficult, just as the industry is transforming itself,” he said.

“Honda came to the UK because it offered a launchpad into the single market. There’s a lot of bewilderment in Japan about Brexit because what we offered them has been taken away.

“We’re not upholding our side of the deal so they don’t need to either. There may have been more of a chance of the UK being a centre of electric vehicle production if we stayed in the single market and if we had a more supportive industrial stategy.”
Ian Henry, of AutoAnalysis, said: “I don’t buy that it [Brexit] isn’t at all a factor.

“I don’t think it’s the most important one but it could be the factor that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

The Japanese carmaker announced it would shut the factory, its only European production site, in 2021, when the current Civic’s production cycle ends. The Swindon factory produces 150,000 Honda Civics a year amounting to about a tenth of total UK vehicle production.
Clark said it was “a devastating decision” for Swindon and the UK. “This news is a particularly bitter blow to the thousands of skilled and dedicated staff who work at the factory, their families and all of those employed in the supply chain.”

He said Honda’s move was a “commercial decision based on unprecedented changes in the global market”.
Katsushi Inoue, the chief officer for European regional operations and president of Honda Motor Europe, said: “In light of the unprecedented changes that are affecting our industry,

it is vital that we accelerate our electrification strategy and restructure our global operations accordingly.

“As a result, we have had to take this difficult decision to consult our workforce on how we might prepare our manufacturing network for the future. This has not been taken lightly and we deeply regret how unsettling today’s announcement will be for our people.”
Honda is expected to move production back to Japan, partly because it can guarantee tariff-free exports to the EU.

Workers at the Swindon plant were sent home on Tuesday morning as the company said it would begin consultations with them and would be working closely with the Unite union over the months ahead.

Major carmakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and BMW have been warning about the impact of a no-deal Brexit.

This is exacerbated by a slowdown in demand from China as well as slumping diesel sales caused by the continuing fallout from the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal.
Nissan recently ditched plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Sunderland, while Ford is to axe 1,000 jobs as part of a wider European cost-cutting plan.

Jaguar Land Rover has cited Brexit among the factors in its own 4,500 job cuts, while Toyota and BMW have said production sites could close if there is a no-deal outcome.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/hondas-swindon-plant-closure-could-lead-to-7000-job-losses/ar-BBTN6f6?ocid=ientp


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In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Bob DeBilda on February 19, 2019, 18:53:20 PM »

I didnt get lied to...I am quite well equiped & intellegent enough to come to my own conclusion & so were the other 52% of the country....As such I see that the E.U. is akin to the protection rackets seen under the rules of the Krays...trade through us, follow our rules, pay up or else...the E.U. leaders have clearly shown nothing but disrepect to our country, our leaders, our citizens & our future by moking the cabinet, making May tweek & re tweek the deal knowing before she even gets to the table they will reject it until it suits them OR she bows to their demands...as I said before they wont be willing to let us go purely because we are better off without them, they will not be better off without us...simple as

You did get lied to but I can clearly see that an intelligent person as you are it wasn't going to make any difference to your obvious extreme views of the EU.

I was talking about the few undecided voters, those who didn't know how they were going to vote right up to the point when they were in the voting booth with a pencil in their hand when suddenly they saw in their mind a big red bus. Ah, that's a lot of money I'll vote to have that back!

FYI it wasn't 52% of the country that voted to leave. Nearly 28% of eligible voters didn't bother voting.

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In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Damnit on February 19, 2019, 17:18:19 PM »

Remainers will always try to twist a scenero to suit their cause...you lost the vote BUT still cannot get over it...sadly facts get the way of abit of scaremongering when really its time to stop fighting

My main gripe (and call me a remoaner if you want I don't care) is the way the the voters were lied to and conned by criminal activities by the Vote Leave campaign group and who have seemingly got away with it. there is no doubt that people's votes were swung by their deception. Enough  to tip the referendum result.

i really hope I wont have to say 'I told you so' in a years time.

I forget who said no deal is better than a bad deal but i disagree. Any deal is better than no deal.
I didnt get lied to...I am quite well equiped & intellegent enough to come to my own conclusion & so were the other 52% of the country....As such I see that the E.U. is akin to the protection rackets seen under the rules of the Krays...trade through us, follow our rules, pay up or else...the E.U. leaders have clearly shown nothing but disrepect to our country, our leaders, our citizens & our future by moking the cabinet, making May tweek & re tweek the deal knowing before she even gets to the table they will reject it until it suits them OR she bows to their demands...as I said before they wont be willing to let us go purely because we are better off without them, they will not be better off without us...simple as
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