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A letter has been published in the Rutland Times 'Congratulations all round to those involved in the new play equipment at Royce Park.'
'It was an excellent choice of equipment by the town council.'
(The equipment was chosen by the children and their families)
The large swing has now been broken twice by groups of local teenagers, the first time within three days of being open, the second time within three days of having been repaired.
(Sadly the swing was never designed for 30 young people to use at the same time)
The swing seat has again been removed for repair. We now have an art installation of a three-arch metal structure with chains.
(The Swing is beyond repair this time Kompan as a good will guesture will replace it free this time, in future it looks like the local tax payer will have to foot the bill)
Another excellent choice was the large blue raised stage/dance area cum target for children to throw rocks at (Oh sorry apparently that is a container used by the contractors that remains on site three weeks after they left.) Surely somebody, either the council or the contractors, should have had this removed.
(I spoke to Oakham Town Council this morning, it appears Rutland County Council have not responded to the Town Council request to store new play equipment destined for Cutts Close, The Town Clerk is currently on sick leave and his assistant is chasing this up now.)
Other than that, the rest of the equipment is very good. The only downside is that people don't seem to use the bins.
(There are many bins in the area and yes the writer is correct they are rarely used some day's you would think the street and play area was the litter bin. I have witnessed adults as well as young people dropping litter. unfortunately I don't think Rutland County Council has any bylaws regarding litter, I guess this is why they don't employ enforcement officers. The littering of the County is a huge problem, I have spoken to litter pickers who clean the layby's beside the A1. the spend up to 2 hours a day clearing litter. They provide their bosses with before and after photographs as the men in suits did not think they were doing the job correctly. I am not sure where they think they collected the daily truck load of litter from?)
Probably the local schools could run workshops on how to use a bin, although I would miss watching my council tax being spent on two or three men spending anywhere up to an hour collecting the litter some days.
(fortunately the Town Council pays a flat fee for litter picking. Also Cllr Joyce Lucas unpaid clears up every day. Parents could play a role in this. When I was a child I was told to bring the litter home and then told off for forgetting to take the litter out of my pockets on wash day!)
Sitting in the the Library this morning a very well spoken Labour supporter and former army man, sat talking of his disappointment. Gordon Brown had shot himself in the foot he said.
The man then went on to say I hope it does not stop Labour winning and getting rid of the Tory Mr Duncan.
He then went on to explain for us to hear, because as a army veteran he found Mr Duncan's homosexual life immoral. amongst other things.
At this point I called the man a bigot! maybe Gordon Browne is correct. When he describes Labour supporters.
I then asked the man not to use a person sexuality for a reason not to vote Torie. give me a better reason and he went on to say Mr Duncan is a criminal.
I could see I was not going to get any sensible debate from Rutland Bigot so I shut up and the man left. I told him I look forward to seeing him at the next Oakham Town Council meeting he would fit in well.
After I posted details about Clay’s forthcoming, strip night.
I received a commenting that suggests I had forgotten to mention the event was for an unknown breast cancer charity.
So I went back to look at the poster and yes in the small print at the bottom of the poster it does state the event is for charity. The photo above has been enlarged.
I hope the ladies of Oakham and Rutland can afford the £15 and support this event.
Last year the event cost £5 and no money was given to charity. I don’t object to this kind of event they happen up and down the country. It is all very new to Oakham and Rutland.
Last year I photographed the event and posted the result on Flickr a few thousand people enjoyed the photographs. A few bigots form Oakham Town Council complained, they had never seen woman enjoying the male form before. Very, very shocking for Oakham town councillors.
The shock waves spread to Rutland Council and the licensing officer contacted the owner!
Charity of course will add creditability to this years event, although I believe the licensing committee is a bit short sighted, maybe Mr Clay should rush out and replace his posters. CHARITY in bold at the top would help.
In future can I suggest Mr Clay looks after the licensing committee and puts on a show of female strippers as I know Oakham Town Council don’t like Drag Queens or Gay Male stripper teasing the ladies. Maybe to girls from Miss Rutland could support any future event. It so good to see Rutland has finally caught up with the 1970’s
Could Mr Clay also pull his radio advert? most annoying four times this month I have visited for a coffee with friends to find Clays Closed, Advert states open 7 days a week from noon.
Helen Pender has been locked out of Oakham Town Council.
I know the feeling Helen after all, I am a Town Councillor
and I am not allowed in the office.
The Town Clerk is taking sick leave it is looking highly likely this could become long term.
An internal audit has been cancelled! I can’t see any reason why this could not go ahead. The AGM is set for the 12th May 2010 I raised the AGM at the end of the last council meeting,
Due to RATS performing upstairs at the same time as the planned AGM meeting of the town council we were asked to move the time of the AGM, of course we can’t do that the law would not allow us to change it so easily. The council can change the venue. I believe it may be held at the congregational church hall. As neither the Chairman, Deputy Chairman consults with me about council decisions I can’t be sure.
Tonight Election Fever hits Oakham at 7pm
debate at All Saint’s Church.
We are told the candidates from the three main parties will be present.
It is my view and other members of the public a church
is not an appropriate venue for political debate.
The Rector states his political independence from the candidates
or as is the case in the past our MP, when chairing these types of meetings.
I have heard many members of the public state otherwise.
Mr Duncan has been quoted in the past saying
he does not object to heckling.
How can people do this in the house of God?
We could pray?
If the BNP candidate is given time to speak I would most likely want to heckle him.
I would want to know why?
They have such an issue about GAY people.
His image of a Happy British Family makes no sense to me.
If this is true why would a happily married County Councillor feel the need to frequent the most,
smelly loo in Oakham? I don’t cottage, but if I did,
I would prefer to frequent the very clean one maintained by Oakham Town Council!
The one Rutland County Council maintains is a disgrace gas mask or clothes peg highly recommended.*
(*in my official or private capacity I am not condoning or promoting the missuse of any public facilty)
I am told the BNP candidate was not invited to speak in the church although he is a Christian .
The homophobic bigots on Oakham Town Council won’t be pleased.
You can not even write an express concern to the BNP in Rutland because of Rutland County Council censorship the BNP web site is blocked at the library along with Gaydar Radio!
Along with many other perfectly acceptable sites just for containing the word Gay.
The race is on for Number 10
Will it be a hung parliament?
Cllr Alan Walters Oakham Town Council NE Ward
'Mr Alan Walters has with immediate effect became an Oakham Town Councillor.'
(Rutland Radio News) according to RCC it's tomorrow!
I question this after I was elected unopposed
12th February 2010
the Town Clerk, Chairman and Deputy
all refused to allow me to sign my consent form until
3rd March 2010.
This was a blatant, interference of the electoral process.
I have now reported this action to the appropriate bodies.
I am expecting Mr Walters will become the council’s official photographer
and will also hold the responsible position of online forum advisor.
Mr Walters and his online friends do know who the F*** I am!