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TwistedBanana
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TwistedBanana
local party press
14th February 2012 at 10:04AM
This morning I received my copy of The Conservative leaflet, In Touch (with our roads). Its great to see so many snap shots of local roads, its saved me going out and looking at them myself.

Do you think for your next issue we could maybe make requests, there are a few roads in Hazel Grove I haven't seen for a while and to save me visiting it would be good of The Conservatives to print pictures of them in future issues.

There is a story in then unrelated to roads, I assume its a mistake, especially as it mentions how the "Conservatives" have frozen council taz in Stockport - is it just me who can't make sense of this statement
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TwistedBanana
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TwistedBanana
Re: local party press
14th February 2012 at 10:06AM
Before the spelling police comment, that obviously should be "tax" and not "taz"
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BlueGrover
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BlueGrover
Re: local party press
14th February 2012 at 10:53AM, Edit: 14th February 2012 at 10:54AM by BlueGrover
Probably mentioned this before, but soon to be the time of year for photo's of Cllrs/Prospective Cllrs looking into the distance and pointing at a busy junction or bending down to look at pot holes.
Lets post the best ones on here?
PS I like council Taz!
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slim
Townsperson

slim
Re: local party press
14th February 2012 at 11:27AM
Oliver's got in early with the photo shoot. i see that the conservatives say that the lib dems voted for some of there own cllr allowances to be increased ! is this true and if so what is the thinking behind the increases.
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William_Wragg
Hazel Grove Councillor

William_Wragg
Re: local party press
14th February 2012 at 11:49AM
BlueGrover Wrote:

Probably mentioned this before, but soon to be the time of year for photo's of Cllrs/Prospective Cllrs looking into the distance and pointing at a busy junction or bending down to look at pot holes.
Lets post the best ones on here?
PS I like council Taz!


I remember the same discussion Blue... Admittedly, originality can be difficult with these kind of photos.
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William_Wragg
Hazel Grove Councillor

William_Wragg
Re: local party press
14th February 2012 at 11:52AM
slim Wrote:

Oliver's got in early with the photo shoot. i see that the conservatives say that the lib dems voted for some of there own cllr allowances to be increased ! is this true and if so what is the thinking behind the increases.


This happened at the council meeting in September.It particularly related to the chairman of the licensing committee. The Consevatives voted it against the increase of a c.2000 per annum.

When I was elected I took a cut in my allowance, making mine the lowest of all 63 councillors in Stockport.
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cllrkevinhogg
Hazel Grove Councillor

cllrkevinhogg
Re: local party press
15th February 2012 at 3:00PM
Oh Boy I feel an election coming on.
The coalition Gov. offered Council`s a one off amount to help freeze the tax. The Lib Dem led council voted for it some other councils of other political persuations did not, they put the tax up.

If the Lib Dems are in charge and take the blame when things go wrong (rightly) then they should be given credit when we get it right, in my view.

We are either in charge or not
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: local party press
15th February 2012 at 6:00PM
I think the idea that you ever accept the blame when things go wrong is laughable.

It is Tory policy, it is the Tories that have given Council's the opportunity to do this.
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Drifter
Re: local party press
15th February 2012 at 6:55PM
cllrkevinhogg Wrote:

The coalition Gov. offered Council`s a one off amount to help freeze the tax. The Lib Dem led council voted for it some other councils of other political persuations did not, they put the tax up.


And didn't some make the effort to lower their council taxes?
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JohnEllis
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JohnEllis
Re: local party press
15th February 2012 at 7:57PM, Edit: 15th February 2012 at 7:58PM by JohnEllis
OliverJohnstone Wrote:

I think the idea that you ever accept the blame when things go wrong is laughable.
Occasions when political parties of any colour accept blame for the things that happen on their watch do happen now and then, but they're vanishingly rare! One of the things I like about Labour under Mr Ed is that he, and one or two of his colleagues have at least started to do so. Not enough of them, not often enough, and not thorough-goingly enough - there's a lot that needs apologizing for: but it's so unusual for it to happen at all that I think you've got to acknowledge and welcome it.
OliverJohnstone Wrote:

It is Tory policy, it is the Tories that have given Council's the opportunity to do this.
True, though saying that simply underlines how relatively little independence of action local councils have. Britain's always been a centralized country and, in England at any rate, it's central government that holds the purse strings and calls the shots. The pressure on local councils to do what the guys and girls in Whitehall and Westminster want to see done is always considerable, and often irresistable. Having said that, Oliver's got a point. While local authority services in Stockport don't strike me as at all bad in comparison with the other areas where I've lived, it's a fact that the council tax has steadily risen year on year during the years when they've been in charge - a trend which only stopped when the government offered a mix of carrot and stick to encourage them to freeze it. And it's also true that Trafford MBC, Greater Manchester's only Tory-controlled council (well, usually Tory; just occasionally it's briefly voted Labour in) has managed to keep its council tax noticeably lower than Stockport's. Whether that means poorer council services I can't judge, having never lived in those parts since I was a youngster.
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TallPaul
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TallPaul
Re: local party press
16th February 2012 at 9:21AM
Just wondering how much the printing costs for a venture like this would be...
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