Owners of Hengistbury Head noddy train to get new three-year contract after Bournemouth council "listen to the people"

Noddy train victory: people power prevails as owners set to get new three-year contract

Noddy train victory: people power prevails as owners set to get new three-year contract

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PEOPLE power has secured the future of the existing Hengistbury Head land train, with the current operators set to get a new three-year contract.

Bournemouth council said it had “listened to the people” on the issue of the much-loved train and was now finalising a three-year agreement with current operator Joyce Faris.

The council’s decision to bring the service in-house and end the arrangements that have been in place for 45 years sparked a public outcry, with more than 20,000 people signing an online petition.

Initially leisure and tourism portfolio holder Cllr Lawrence Williams insisted the council would not change its mind but the controversy refused to die down and the council then opened talks with 88-year-old Mrs Faris.

Bournemouth council leader Cllr John Beesley said: “We know that a large proportion of the community holds the current operator in high regard and are very keen that Mrs Faris continues to operate the Head’s land train service.

“That public affection has not gone unnoticed by the council and we have listened to the views of local people.

“As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets and I am optimistic that we will be able to reach a solution that both fulfils this duty and supports the wishes of local people.”

The train will continue to operate as normal while the new contract is finalised.

Mrs Faris, whose late husband started the train service, thanked all their staff and everybody who had supported their campaign.

Her mechanic Alan Barnard said: “It’s been amazing to see just how much people love the land train, the support has been incredible.”

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4:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Huey says...

I bet they are well chuff-chuff-chuffed!
Great to see this happen.
I bet they are well chuff-chuff-chuffed! Great to see this happen. Huey
  • Score: 47

4:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Glashen says...

A victory for people power? The council doing the right and listening to the public? council Elections next year?
A victory for people power? The council doing the right and listening to the public? council Elections next year? Glashen
  • Score: 47

4:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Did they listen to the people or is it the local elections are around the corner ? i wonder where Councillor Coope is hiding when he said 'Whats all the fuss bout' ? When the story broke. Eat your words spring to mind.People power is about passion and not politics.However, it's good news and perhaps the local politicians should listen a bit more often.
Did they listen to the people or is it the local elections are around the corner ? i wonder where Councillor Coope is hiding when he said 'Whats all the fuss bout' ? When the story broke. Eat your words spring to mind.People power is about passion and not politics.However, it's good news and perhaps the local politicians should listen a bit more often. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 43

4:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Hmmm.... is there not an election next month?
Hmmm.... is there not an election next month? speedy231278
  • Score: 28

4:58pm Wed 30 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

The Council will have their beady eye on them ready to pounce. Just like they do with taxpayers
The Council will have their beady eye on them ready to pounce. Just like they do with taxpayers BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

5:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I expect that when the final costings of running the service themselves came in it just didn't. add up to be a big moneyspinner.

How much would a new eco train and rolling stock, maintainence, insurance, wages......etc be ?
I expect that when the final costings of running the service themselves came in it just didn't. add up to be a big moneyspinner. How much would a new eco train and rolling stock, maintainence, insurance, wages......etc be ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 18

5:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

Brilliant news ! congratulations to Joyce and a victory for public opinion.
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Bournemouth council "listen to the people"...... well that’s a first. You see what people can achieve if they work together. Pity the people of Bournemouth don’t show the same resolve to campaign against other Council plans which are doing so much damage to the town.
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Beelsey is quoted as saying “we have listened to the views of local people” and “As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets and I am optimistic that we will be able to reach a solution that both fulfils this duty and supports the wishes of local people.”
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What has prompted Beelseys sudden concern in showing duty of care for public assets and listening to the views of local people ? Up until now he’s treated both with complete contempt and shown scant regard for public assets and not listened to public opinion. Could it be that there is an election next year and Beelsey is starting his charm offensive ?
Brilliant news ! congratulations to Joyce and a victory for public opinion. . Bournemouth council "listen to the people"...... well that’s a first. You see what people can achieve if they work together. Pity the people of Bournemouth don’t show the same resolve to campaign against other Council plans which are doing so much damage to the town. . Beelsey is quoted as saying “we have listened to the views of local people” and “As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets and I am optimistic that we will be able to reach a solution that both fulfils this duty and supports the wishes of local people.” . What has prompted Beelseys sudden concern in showing duty of care for public assets and listening to the views of local people ? Up until now he’s treated both with complete contempt and shown scant regard for public assets and not listened to public opinion. Could it be that there is an election next year and Beelsey is starting his charm offensive ? BmthNewshound
  • Score: 40

5:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Hooray!!! See what people power can do, now all we need to do is get the rest of Bournemouth voting and we may finally get rid of these idiost that have reigned for far too long!!
Hooray!!! See what people power can do, now all we need to do is get the rest of Bournemouth voting and we may finally get rid of these idiost that have reigned for far too long!! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 26

5:28pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ShuttleX says...

Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?
Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be? ShuttleX
  • Score: 36

5:34pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ferky says...

Awesome, this is fab news! Maybe this stupid council will now realise it is our town, not theirs to change as they see fit!
Awesome, this is fab news! Maybe this stupid council will now realise it is our town, not theirs to change as they see fit! ferky
  • Score: 33

5:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SympatheticSam says...

This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -70

5:38pm Wed 30 Apr 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?
A Cisterns analyst perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?[/p][/quote]A Cisterns analyst perhaps? fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 17

5:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Lucky Rich says...

Great news , well done noddy train for sticking it out ,you now know you are a attraction that people love , it will be interesting to see now if the other part of the proposed service ever starts at all joins up, or lasts 45 years.....x Rich.
Great news , well done noddy train for sticking it out ,you now know you are a attraction that people love , it will be interesting to see now if the other part of the proposed service ever starts at all joins up, or lasts 45 years.....x Rich. Lucky Rich
  • Score: 16

5:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Harpenter says...

Congratulations !! Great news !! Much happier giving my money to a well deserved local business.
Congratulations !! Great news !! Much happier giving my money to a well deserved local business. Harpenter
  • Score: 30

6:13pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

"“As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets "


ye gods !

there's a real concern that this idiot actually believes that we believehoim when he spouts such stuff

the council have handed over numerous publically owned car parks to favoured developers, have messed around with umpteen sites (Winter Gardens, Pavilion. Imax....) with no satisfactory conclusion or any sense that there is a an overall strategy behind any of it

over £3m lies rotting off Boscombe beach, whilst another £2m has been lost through unsold surf pods .... and Beeslet talks of a duty of care !

the reason folk objected to removing Mrs Faris was that she was doing something the council does not do...... care

care for the customers, care for what the trains do - and cares enough to provide a service that is not only needed, but delivers

and maybe if we had a few more like Mrs Faris in the town hall the town wouldn't be in such a sorry state - and stuff would be ran for the people not the pockets of weasel worded shysters

otherwise, a very big congratulations to all involved in the 'Noddy Train'
"“As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets " ye gods ! there's a real concern that this idiot actually believes that we believehoim when he spouts such stuff the council have handed over numerous publically owned car parks to favoured developers, have messed around with umpteen sites (Winter Gardens, Pavilion. Imax....) with no satisfactory conclusion or any sense that there is a an overall strategy behind any of it over £3m lies rotting off Boscombe beach, whilst another £2m has been lost through unsold surf pods .... and Beeslet talks of a duty of care ! the reason folk objected to removing Mrs Faris was that she was doing something the council does not do...... care care for the customers, care for what the trains do - and cares enough to provide a service that is not only needed, but delivers and maybe if we had a few more like Mrs Faris in the town hall the town wouldn't be in such a sorry state - and stuff would be ran for the people not the pockets of weasel worded shysters otherwise, a very big congratulations to all involved in the 'Noddy Train' Bob49
  • Score: 26

6:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

mikeymagic says...

Just waiting for the council to claim a victory for it's decision.
Just waiting for the council to claim a victory for it's decision. mikeymagic
  • Score: 10

6:23pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bournefre says...

Great news; here's to the next 45 years...
Great news; here's to the next 45 years... Bournefre
  • Score: 12

6:35pm Wed 30 Apr 14

afcb-mark says...

Well done to the people of Bournemouth and their supporters. I'm hope Mrs Faris will now be left alone. She is 88 years old and didn't back down. Well done Mrs Faris.
Well done to the people of Bournemouth and their supporters. I'm hope Mrs Faris will now be left alone. She is 88 years old and didn't back down. Well done Mrs Faris. afcb-mark
  • Score: 29

7:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Huey says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more. Huey
  • Score: 10

7:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

shoppingnoodles says...

Public 1 Council 0 :-)
Public 1 Council 0 :-) shoppingnoodles
  • Score: 10

7:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SympatheticSam says...

Huey wrote:
SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more.
Hold more people, go further, be more reliable.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more.[/p][/quote]Hold more people, go further, be more reliable. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -33

8:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

skydriver says...

What idiot councillors said it couldn't be reversed, people power, that's a bit more power than he has/ had.
And they represent us , those who pay them .......
What idiot councillors said it couldn't be reversed, people power, that's a bit more power than he has/ had. And they represent us , those who pay them ....... skydriver
  • Score: 9

8:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

go further ?

perhaps we could get Poole to build us a bridge over ' the run' and then the train would not have to stop where it does now

it could even carry on to Christchurch Station, and with bigger wheels could sit on the tracks - imagine how far it could go then, rather than what silly old us want now

something cheerful and trustworthy that gets folks down to the beach huts and provides a ride for others

seems to suit most folk
go further ? perhaps we could get Poole to build us a bridge over ' the run' and then the train would not have to stop where it does now it could even carry on to Christchurch Station, and with bigger wheels could sit on the tracks - imagine how far it could go then, rather than what silly old us want now something cheerful and trustworthy that gets folks down to the beach huts and provides a ride for others seems to suit most folk Bob49
  • Score: 5

8:30pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Townee says...

Bloody hell the council have backed down that's a first. Now we all need to vote at the next elections for the council and get these muppets out for good.
Bloody hell the council have backed down that's a first. Now we all need to vote at the next elections for the council and get these muppets out for good. Townee
  • Score: 11

9:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Huey says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Huey wrote:
SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more.
Hold more people, go further, be more reliable.
More carriages can be added to the existing setup if needed
It goes as far as required at present but no doubt could go further
It has been reliable over 45 years
All reasons why it should stay, and that's great. A victory for common sense and public will.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]Calm down. It is not really a train you know. What would a new one do that this one doesn't? Except cost more.[/p][/quote]Hold more people, go further, be more reliable.[/p][/quote]More carriages can be added to the existing setup if needed It goes as far as required at present but no doubt could go further It has been reliable over 45 years All reasons why it should stay, and that's great. A victory for common sense and public will. Huey
  • Score: 3

11:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

master plan says...

What's wrong with Bournemouth council can't they count pass 3.
3 year contract here and 3 year contract on Molly's den!
What's wrong with Bournemouth council can't they count pass 3. 3 year contract here and 3 year contract on Molly's den! master plan
  • Score: 3

12:07am Thu 1 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
Everything you know and have learned (however little) is based on historical events.
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It appears no-one cares about your immature opinion anyway but what part of 'It's a rubbish train' gives the Council the right to rob a family of a business they've run successfully for so many year?
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Don't believe a word those Council liars say. A few years ago we were going to be the next New Quay. £3million just flushed away (or so we're led to believe)!
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BBC do what we pay you for and sort out some real public transport in the town. That Noddy train is far more reliable and more frequent than the towns busses. Buy up the busses or start your own. This is just heartless thuggery!
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]Everything you know and have learned (however little) is based on historical events. . It appears no-one cares about your immature opinion anyway but what part of 'It's a rubbish train' gives the Council the right to rob a family of a business they've run successfully for so many year? . Don't believe a word those Council liars say. A few years ago we were going to be the next New Quay. £3million just flushed away (or so we're led to believe)! . BBC do what we pay you for and sort out some real public transport in the town. That Noddy train is far more reliable and more frequent than the towns busses. Buy up the busses or start your own. This is just heartless thuggery! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -7

2:59am Thu 1 May 14

chridrum says...

Brilliant. News but the patronising 'Listen to the people' does irritate me.

Dear Bournemouth councillors this is not your town it is ours, you are our public servants who we elected to represent us. That means representing our views not your own, when you 'listen to the people' you will find that you provide services and amenities that we want and will use.

Therefore I suggest that 'listening to the people' should not be a special event, the concept of democracy is that your job is to do exactly that.

This whole event has been embarrassing, telling people who don't live here (aka tourists) that their votes don't count. Telling people who elected you that a decision cannot be changed. National laughing stock again.

Can we have a councillor responsible for quirkiness, heritage and vintage so this doesn't happen again?
Brilliant. News but the patronising 'Listen to the people' does irritate me. Dear Bournemouth councillors this is not your town it is ours, you are our public servants who we elected to represent us. That means representing our views not your own, when you 'listen to the people' you will find that you provide services and amenities that we want and will use. Therefore I suggest that 'listening to the people' should not be a special event, the concept of democracy is that your job is to do exactly that. This whole event has been embarrassing, telling people who don't live here (aka tourists) that their votes don't count. Telling people who elected you that a decision cannot be changed. National laughing stock again. Can we have a councillor responsible for quirkiness, heritage and vintage so this doesn't happen again? chridrum
  • Score: 7

3:22am Thu 1 May 14

Guybrush_Threepwood says...

Great news! However...

"The train will continue to operate as normal while the new contract is finalised."

Makes you wonder if the new contract will contain unreasonable or expensive clauses to make it untenable. Maybe I'm a pessimist, I guess only time will tell.
Great news! However... "The train will continue to operate as normal while the new contract is finalised." Makes you wonder if the new contract will contain unreasonable or expensive clauses to make it untenable. Maybe I'm a pessimist, I guess only time will tell. Guybrush_Threepwood
  • Score: 4

4:36am Thu 1 May 14

breamoreboy says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?
John McEnroe "You cannot be serious". Put a councillor in charge of something as important as toilets? On yer bike :-)
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?[/p][/quote]John McEnroe "You cannot be serious". Put a councillor in charge of something as important as toilets? On yer bike :-) breamoreboy
  • Score: 5

6:43am Thu 1 May 14

rusty james says...

Good work, council. I'm still voting you gone.
Good work, council. I'm still voting you gone. rusty james
  • Score: 4

7:39am Thu 1 May 14

skydriver says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?
I doubt if he would make a toilet cleaner let alone in charge of one.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?[/p][/quote]I doubt if he would make a toilet cleaner let alone in charge of one. skydriver
  • Score: 5

7:42am Thu 1 May 14

skydriver says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Hmmm.... is there not an election next month?
Yes and a great time for a Complete change.from top to bottom they think they own the place. Have any done anything really useful since they have held these positions. Quite simply NO,
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Hmmm.... is there not an election next month?[/p][/quote]Yes and a great time for a Complete change.from top to bottom they think they own the place. Have any done anything really useful since they have held these positions. Quite simply NO, skydriver
  • Score: 5

8:44am Thu 1 May 14

whataboutthat says...

What happens after three years?
What happens after three years? whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

9:07am Thu 1 May 14

Firefox18 says...

This is fantastic news!

many a happy memory from yesteryear was going to be flushed down the toilet by greedy council pigs with their snouts in the trough, and now the wishes of residents and others have prevailed, and hopefully this historic attraction will be here for many more generations to enjoy in ther years to come.
This is fantastic news! many a happy memory from yesteryear was going to be flushed down the toilet by greedy council pigs with their snouts in the trough, and now the wishes of residents and others have prevailed, and hopefully this historic attraction will be here for many more generations to enjoy in ther years to come. Firefox18
  • Score: 4

9:49am Thu 1 May 14

crispy_pants says...

So what will Joyce Faris do with the money that was collected for them to so called "fight this decision"?
So what will Joyce Faris do with the money that was collected for them to so called "fight this decision"? crispy_pants
  • Score: -4

9:54am Thu 1 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

I guess the victory will depend on whats in the new contract?
I guess the victory will depend on whats in the new contract? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 2

10:19am Thu 1 May 14

speedy231278 says...

breamoreboy wrote:
ShuttleX wrote:
Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?
John McEnroe "You cannot be serious". Put a councillor in charge of something as important as toilets? On yer bike :-)
Quite right, the lot from Poole want to close them all to save money. What a cr@p idea!
[quote][p][bold]breamoreboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Cllr Lawrence Williams face was a picture when he was basically told to sit down and shut up. That wasn't thunder we had the other day, that was him stamping his feet in anger. Priceless!! Next time you are told that you are not God Mr Williams, you might want to think about today. You mismanaged this from beginning to end, and your cabinet seat is looking a bit dodgy now. A mini reshuffle is about due, and your name has been mentioned as one of the ones who need to be shuffled. Cllr in charge of toilets may be?[/p][/quote]John McEnroe "You cannot be serious". Put a councillor in charge of something as important as toilets? On yer bike :-)[/p][/quote]Quite right, the lot from Poole want to close them all to save money. What a cr@p idea! speedy231278
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Thu 1 May 14

s-pb2 says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
100 % agree with you. The council should never have backed down to the torch bearing pitchfork wielding locals. There is no real argument to keep things as they are. The only arguments seems to be nostalgia, which is utterly ridiculous, and it being run by the council which is quite honestly a pathetic argument. The council have managed to operate a successful similar train through Boscombe for a few years now, so there is no reason to believe they couldnt do it at Hengistbury Head.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]100 % agree with you. The council should never have backed down to the torch bearing pitchfork wielding locals. There is no real argument to keep things as they are. The only arguments seems to be nostalgia, which is utterly ridiculous, and it being run by the council which is quite honestly a pathetic argument. The council have managed to operate a successful similar train through Boscombe for a few years now, so there is no reason to believe they couldnt do it at Hengistbury Head. s-pb2
  • Score: -4

4:37pm Thu 1 May 14

skydriver says...

Bob49 wrote:
"“As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets "


ye gods !

there's a real concern that this idiot actually believes that we believehoim when he spouts such stuff

the council have handed over numerous publically owned car parks to favoured developers, have messed around with umpteen sites (Winter Gardens, Pavilion. Imax....) with no satisfactory conclusion or any sense that there is a an overall strategy behind any of it

over £3m lies rotting off Boscombe beach, whilst another £2m has been lost through unsold surf pods .... and Beeslet talks of a duty of care !

the reason folk objected to removing Mrs Faris was that she was doing something the council does not do...... care

care for the customers, care for what the trains do - and cares enough to provide a service that is not only needed, but delivers

and maybe if we had a few more like Mrs Faris in the town hall the town wouldn't be in such a sorry state - and stuff would be ran for the people not the pockets of weasel worded shysters

otherwise, a very big congratulations to all involved in the 'Noddy Train'
Beasleys boys are out of touch with what the public want, and that is we want rid of the lot of them so a fresh start can be made , with REAL people who know how to manage, how to listen and not as bombastic as the present crowd, in fact, that message refers to all councillors from Poole to Christchurch.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "“As a public body, we have a duty of care for all public assets " ye gods ! there's a real concern that this idiot actually believes that we believehoim when he spouts such stuff the council have handed over numerous publically owned car parks to favoured developers, have messed around with umpteen sites (Winter Gardens, Pavilion. Imax....) with no satisfactory conclusion or any sense that there is a an overall strategy behind any of it over £3m lies rotting off Boscombe beach, whilst another £2m has been lost through unsold surf pods .... and Beeslet talks of a duty of care ! the reason folk objected to removing Mrs Faris was that she was doing something the council does not do...... care care for the customers, care for what the trains do - and cares enough to provide a service that is not only needed, but delivers and maybe if we had a few more like Mrs Faris in the town hall the town wouldn't be in such a sorry state - and stuff would be ran for the people not the pockets of weasel worded shysters otherwise, a very big congratulations to all involved in the 'Noddy Train'[/p][/quote]Beasleys boys are out of touch with what the public want, and that is we want rid of the lot of them so a fresh start can be made , with REAL people who know how to manage, how to listen and not as bombastic as the present crowd, in fact, that message refers to all councillors from Poole to Christchurch. skydriver
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Thu 1 May 14

Bournefre says...

whataboutthat wrote:
What happens after three years?
Joyce Faris will be 91.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: What happens after three years?[/p][/quote]Joyce Faris will be 91. Bournefre
  • Score: 5

1:38am Fri 2 May 14

eyesropen says...

s-pb2 wrote:
SympatheticSam wrote:
This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.
100 % agree with you. The council should never have backed down to the torch bearing pitchfork wielding locals. There is no real argument to keep things as they are. The only arguments seems to be nostalgia, which is utterly ridiculous, and it being run by the council which is quite honestly a pathetic argument. The council have managed to operate a successful similar train through Boscombe for a few years now, so there is no reason to believe they couldnt do it at Hengistbury Head.
Bitter council officer/ councillor involved in the debacle perchance?
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: This train is rubbish. Would much rather have a modern one. Why do people cling to history so much, so much for progress. Morons.[/p][/quote]100 % agree with you. The council should never have backed down to the torch bearing pitchfork wielding locals. There is no real argument to keep things as they are. The only arguments seems to be nostalgia, which is utterly ridiculous, and it being run by the council which is quite honestly a pathetic argument. The council have managed to operate a successful similar train through Boscombe for a few years now, so there is no reason to believe they couldnt do it at Hengistbury Head.[/p][/quote]Bitter council officer/ councillor involved in the debacle perchance? eyesropen
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 2 May 14

Dorset Logic says...

I believe the new contract stipulates a buffet car and a sleeper car.
I believe the new contract stipulates a buffet car and a sleeper car. Dorset Logic
  • Score: 0

10:02am Tue 13 May 14

yousirmesirnosiryousirthankyousir says...

I don't bloody believe it!
I don't bloody believe it! yousirmesirnosiryousirthankyousir
  • Score: 0

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