Castlepoint car park rebuild ‘will cause minimum disruption’

Bournemouth Echo: CHANGES: Castlepoint CHANGES: Castlepoint

THE painstaking rebuild of Castlepoint’s car park needn’t prove a huge headache for residents, it has been claimed.

Councillors representing the Strouden Park and Throop areas are pledging to do everything possible to ensure the massive project is carried out with minimum disruption.

Strouden Park councillor Michael Weinhonig has said he will monitor the situation from a residents’ perspective every day during the first phase, due to start next spring.

Castlepoint bosses have offered assur-ances that noise, dust and vehicle move-ments will all be strictly controlled.

Mark Watt, a Castlepoint Ltd Partnership director, said “meticulous planning” had taken place regarding traffic in the area.

“We are aiming for minimal interruption for traffic and residents in the surrounding area,” he said.

He added there would be a “completely segregated” retail and construction operation, which will mean shoppers should be unaffected.

“We will not have car park and walkway works happening in the same place at the same time,” he said.

Details of the proposed rebuild were given to local councillors on Tuesday morning. Cllr Weinhonig said they were pleased progress was at last being made.

He said: “It’s an absolute relief to see that at last we’re going to see it repaired. It’s a long project and that’s why I think the first phase is absolutely critical. As long as we get that spot-on the job can be done with as little disruption as possible.

“For a shopping centre of such magnitude to do something of this nature, they will need to get the public on board. The major area for concern is the local residents and how their lives may be disrupted but I’m confident they will do a very good job.”

And Cllr Ron Whittaker, who represents the adjoining Throop and Muscliff ward, said: “ We’ve no other option, we can’t leave it as it is.

“They’ve assured us they will do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents, including no work in the evenings or weekends. They are working with the planning officers on that, including the movement of vehicles in and out of the site.

He is vice-chair of the planning board, who will consider Castlepoint’s planning application when it is submitted. He said there would be “pages of conditions” if planning permission was awarded.

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport, said: “Our transport officers will of course be liaising with Castlepoint’s team to ensure the minimum disruption to everyday life.

“I’m delighted that improvements are being made to Castlepoint. We wish to co-operate as much as possible.

“It doesn’t have to be major disruption for the general public off site and I hope there won’t be.”

How centre will develop

THE painstaking rebuild will leave Castlepoint with a “light and airy” car park that is “fit for the 21st century,”

Computer generated images of how the car park will look once it has been rebuilt have been shown to the Echo and local councillors.

If all goes as planned, the gloomy lower deck should be completely transformed, with fewer pillars and a new bright appearance.

The multi-million pound building project will affect the entire shopping park, with the exception of the area at the front from Frankie and Benny’s to Lakeland.

Everywhere else, from Sainsbury’s to B&Q, is likely to be closed at some point, though not for any longer than one working week.

Shopmobility, currently under the deck at the bus stop, will be moved during the works to the area underneath Sainsbury’s.

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6:21am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting.... Bonkeydollocks
  • Score: 13

7:24am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bonjovigirl says...

Light and airy carpark must be better than wet and windy one we have now !
Light and airy carpark must be better than wet and windy one we have now ! Bonjovigirl
  • Score: 3

7:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

crazybird says...

Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'.
[quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'. crazybird
  • Score: 6

7:37am Thu 3 Jul 14

ben111 says...

Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
You know their are programs that can wright stories, now being used in the media
[quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]You know their are programs that can wright stories, now being used in the media ben111
  • Score: 0

7:43am Thu 3 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

“They’ve assured us they will do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents, including no work in the evenings or weekends. They are working with the planning officers on that, including the movement of vehicles in and out of the site.

It will take 4 times longer to do it then . Just get on and do it and don't f*rt about
“They’ve assured us they will do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents, including no work in the evenings or weekends. They are working with the planning officers on that, including the movement of vehicles in and out of the site. It will take 4 times longer to do it then . Just get on and do it and don't f*rt about Fingersonthem
  • Score: 7

7:46am Thu 3 Jul 14

Gastines3 says...

Bit like the Council's efficiency dealing with the 'Non Travelling Visitors.If the Council officers had been up to their jobs ,this would have been dealt with years ago.Deemed unsafe then various insurers allowed to play games for years.Obviously the main interest being income not safety.
However,glad it's never collapsed and only regret that I wasn't the one hiring out the props/accros and fishing nets.
Bit like the Council's efficiency dealing with the 'Non Travelling Visitors.If the Council officers had been up to their jobs ,this would have been dealt with years ago.Deemed unsafe then various insurers allowed to play games for years.Obviously the main interest being income not safety. However,glad it's never collapsed and only regret that I wasn't the one hiring out the props/accros and fishing nets. Gastines3
  • Score: 1

8:43am Thu 3 Jul 14

spooki says...

I used the public toilets by Shopmobility yesterday, they might want to rebuild that building too! The ceiling has cracked away from the walls and there's subsidence cracks in the walls.
I don't see how there will be minimum disruption if sections of the the car park is being knocked down and rebuilt! Will they be supplying invisible car parking spaces or will they join the JPMorgan workers who park all down the roads?
Yes I seem cynical, I live close by to Crumblepoint and saw them rip down a fairly reasonable shopping centre with a roof and build one without rain protection and a car park I'm too scared to use cos it's so dark.
I was also there in 2005 when staff were told no it's fine for you to be working...we're just closing it because it's unsafe.
I used the public toilets by Shopmobility yesterday, they might want to rebuild that building too! The ceiling has cracked away from the walls and there's subsidence cracks in the walls. I don't see how there will be minimum disruption if sections of the the car park is being knocked down and rebuilt! Will they be supplying invisible car parking spaces or will they join the JPMorgan workers who park all down the roads? Yes I seem cynical, I live close by to Crumblepoint and saw them rip down a fairly reasonable shopping centre with a roof and build one without rain protection and a car park I'm too scared to use cos it's so dark. I was also there in 2005 when staff were told no it's fine for you to be working...we're just closing it because it's unsafe. spooki
  • Score: 2

8:58am Thu 3 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
They do that with Bournemouth spelling it bourne-mouth.
[quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]They do that with Bournemouth spelling it bourne-mouth. Hessenford
  • Score: 3

8:58am Thu 3 Jul 14

BoscVegas says...

crazybird wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'.
I always assumed it was because the articles are copy/pasted from the print edition so the hyphens are there to make the paragraph fit well in the column or around a photo. Don't think it would take too long to go and remove them but, to be fair you get what you pay for an the website is free. ,
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'.[/p][/quote]I always assumed it was because the articles are copy/pasted from the print edition so the hyphens are there to make the paragraph fit well in the column or around a photo. Don't think it would take too long to go and remove them but, to be fair you get what you pay for an the website is free. , BoscVegas
  • Score: 6

9:00am Thu 3 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

Gastines3 wrote:
Bit like the Council's efficiency dealing with the 'Non Travelling Visitors.If the Council officers had been up to their jobs ,this would have been dealt with years ago.Deemed unsafe then various insurers allowed to play games for years.Obviously the main interest being income not safety.
However,glad it's never collapsed and only regret that I wasn't the one hiring out the props/accros and fishing nets.
OK, OK Mr/Mrs Cheerful!
[quote][p][bold]Gastines3[/bold] wrote: Bit like the Council's efficiency dealing with the 'Non Travelling Visitors.If the Council officers had been up to their jobs ,this would have been dealt with years ago.Deemed unsafe then various insurers allowed to play games for years.Obviously the main interest being income not safety. However,glad it's never collapsed and only regret that I wasn't the one hiring out the props/accros and fishing nets.[/p][/quote]OK, OK Mr/Mrs Cheerful! JemBmth
  • Score: -2

9:47am Thu 3 Jul 14

Mike R-B says...

There is a BIG difference between "minimum" and "minimal", so expect maximum disruption as Christmas approaches.
There is a BIG difference between "minimum" and "minimal", so expect maximum disruption as Christmas approaches. Mike R-B
  • Score: 2

10:04am Thu 3 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

Its not what level of disruption will be caused by the repairs but the publics perceived level of disruption that will be Castlepoints problem. Its inevitable that closing shops will impact footfall throughout the rebuilt and impact those shops that remain open at any one time. The biggest impact will be when anchor stores such as M&S and Next are forced to close, this will lead to a significant drop in footfall throughout the centre.
Its not what level of disruption will be caused by the repairs but the publics perceived level of disruption that will be Castlepoints problem. Its inevitable that closing shops will impact footfall throughout the rebuilt and impact those shops that remain open at any one time. The biggest impact will be when anchor stores such as M&S and Next are forced to close, this will lead to a significant drop in footfall throughout the centre. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 2

10:11am Thu 3 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Councillor Michael Filer says "“I’m delighted that improvements are being made to Castlepoint. We wish to co-operate as much as possible."
Oh dear! So can we anticipate that if true to recent Council form they will recommend;

Absolute priority in the renewed Castlepoint car park to be given to cyclists, with metre wide green cycle lanes zig zagging dangerously all over the roads throughout the complex.
Numerous car parking spaces to be replaced for no apparent reason by randomly extending kerb lines and infilling the space with empty concrete planters, brightly coloured paving and bollard posts.
Hundreds of brightly marked traffic calming speed humps to be installed every few metres along all access roads and inside the car park area.
The entire new upper car park to be pedestrianised and closed to all vehicles except buses and cyclists with randomly placed empty brick planters and acres of deserted paving.
Dozens of traffic light sets and pedestrian crossing lights to be installed in the car park all set to red 'stop' for most of the time - only pedestrians and cars obliged to observe them.
Plenty of 'no entry' signs to be erected all around the shopping centre and of course expensive car parking charges to be introduced.

It's the sort of thinking being applied to our town centre and our High streets, so no doubt it will work just as well here................
...
Councillor Michael Filer says "“I’m delighted that improvements are being made to Castlepoint. We wish to co-operate as much as possible." Oh dear! So can we anticipate that if true to recent Council form they will recommend; Absolute priority in the renewed Castlepoint car park to be given to cyclists, with metre wide green cycle lanes zig zagging dangerously all over the roads throughout the complex. Numerous car parking spaces to be replaced for no apparent reason by randomly extending kerb lines and infilling the space with empty concrete planters, brightly coloured paving and bollard posts. Hundreds of brightly marked traffic calming speed humps to be installed every few metres along all access roads and inside the car park area. The entire new upper car park to be pedestrianised and closed to all vehicles except buses and cyclists with randomly placed empty brick planters and acres of deserted paving. Dozens of traffic light sets and pedestrian crossing lights to be installed in the car park all set to red 'stop' for most of the time - only pedestrians and cars obliged to observe them. Plenty of 'no entry' signs to be erected all around the shopping centre and of course expensive car parking charges to be introduced. It's the sort of thinking being applied to our town centre and our High streets, so no doubt it will work just as well here................ ... muscliffman
  • Score: 3

11:30am Thu 3 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them.

Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads!
[quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them. Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads! speedy231278
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them.

Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads!
Absolutely right.
Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right.
Newsquest - shame on you!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them. Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads![/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right. Newsquest - shame on you! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

S,Bowes says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them.

Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads!
Absolutely right.
Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right.
Newsquest - shame on you!
Males you wonder who I is naive enough to pay for ads on here the readers see them as an irritation .the recipes printed on the heading everyday are for junk food and certainly wouldn't encourage me to the cafe that are knocking the stuff out but I bet. They paid for the ad
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them. Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads![/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right. Newsquest - shame on you![/p][/quote]Males you wonder who I is naive enough to pay for ads on here the readers see them as an irritation .the recipes printed on the heading everyday are for junk food and certainly wouldn't encourage me to the cafe that are knocking the stuff out but I bet. They paid for the ad S,Bowes
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

ben111 wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
You know their are programs that can wright stories, now being used in the media
Alright is that write. Leftie.
[quote][p][bold]ben111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]You know their are programs that can wright stories, now being used in the media[/p][/quote]Alright is that write. Leftie. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Phixer says...

BoscVegas wrote:
crazybird wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'.
I always assumed it was because the articles are copy/pasted from the print edition so the hyphens are there to make the paragraph fit well in the column or around a photo. Don't think it would take too long to go and remove them but, to be fair you get what you pay for an the website is free. ,
It shouldn't make a difference; the printed version will still be typed digitally and should format with hyphens.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]It's a pretty sad world when the Echo reporter has such a poor standard of grammar. Doesn't give much hope! Sort it out Echo! If it is showing up on spellcheck as incorrect, it doesn't mean that it requires a 'hyphen'.[/p][/quote]I always assumed it was because the articles are copy/pasted from the print edition so the hyphens are there to make the paragraph fit well in the column or around a photo. Don't think it would take too long to go and remove them but, to be fair you get what you pay for an the website is free. ,[/p][/quote]It shouldn't make a difference; the printed version will still be typed digitally and should format with hyphens. Phixer
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Phixer says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Bonkeydollocks wrote:
What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments.

Quality reporting....
Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them.

Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads!
Absolutely right.
Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right.
Newsquest - shame on you!
Makes you wonder who would actually work for the Echo. Not something you would want to admit; not much street cred.
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: What is it with the Echo reporters and breaking up words? In the first few paragraphs we have Strou-den, assur-ances, Part-nership and move-ments. Quality reporting....[/p][/quote]Apparently it is a hangover from the printed version, where the hyphens coincide with the edge of the column. You'd have thought anyone with half a brain would be able to press the delete button upon spotting them. Apparently the reason that this and all the other similar local rags have such appallingly low standards of copy is because the whole lot were bought up by a large American advertising company. They don't care about the content, only the advert revenue. have you ever visited this website without using an advert blocker? You can barely find the articles for the junk ads![/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Newsquest care only about making money and have no interest in the local communities their papers allegedly represent. Look at the complete lack of any "fight" for local people these days. For example, we all can agree that the situation regarding the annual invasion of travellers and the laws they break and are allowed to get away with is a disgrace. Why is it this paper (and it's totally anonymous Editor) refuses to stand up for it's locals? Why couldn't they have launched a campaign to lobby MP's, Councillors etc about a law change that would see travellers treated the same way we would be if we acted as they do? I'll tell you why. They don't care. They're more concerned about not being sued by the gypsy liaison office (or whatever they're called these days) and possibly having to employ their lawyers than actually standing up for what's right. Newsquest - shame on you![/p][/quote]Makes you wonder who would actually work for the Echo. Not something you would want to admit; not much street cred. Phixer
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

P Barker says...

So basically its going to be a building site for 5 years while they fix the car park. That should encourage people to go shopping...."just ignore the workman & dust & keep shopping, they're be gone in 5 years"
So basically its going to be a building site for 5 years while they fix the car park. That should encourage people to go shopping...."just ignore the workman & dust & keep shopping, they're be gone in 5 years" P Barker
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bikermike says...

I used to pick peas& scrump apples there!

Anyone remember the bowling green ??
I used to pick peas& scrump apples there! Anyone remember the bowling green ?? bikermike
  • Score: 1

11:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bikermike says...

I used to pick peas & scrump apples there !

Anyone remember the bowlintg green ?
I used to pick peas & scrump apples there ! Anyone remember the bowlintg green ? bikermike
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

bikermike wrote:
I used to pick peas& scrump apples there!

Anyone remember the bowling green ??
And the Strouden Pub
[quote][p][bold]bikermike[/bold] wrote: I used to pick peas& scrump apples there! Anyone remember the bowling green ??[/p][/quote]And the Strouden Pub Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

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