Permitted Development – Slums of the future

A delayed report criticising the Permitted Development scheme (published on same day as the much-delayed report into alleged Russian interference into UK democracy was published) has been ignored by government. On the same day government pledges to expand the scheme and further loosen planning regulations so that property developers can continue to profit from building the slums of the future and from the misery of those being forced to live in these developments.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53650657

List of corruption PPE from officials records

£252m of public money given to AYANDA CAPITAL (a private equity firm with no track record of producing personal protective equipment) registered in Mauritius for tax dodging and co-owned by Andrew Mills, adviser to the government and staunch Brexiteer. 50 million masks were unsuitable for NHS use.

£186m of public money given to UNISERVE LTD of Essex, the UK’s largest
privately owned logistics and global trade management company, to supply PPE that never appeared.

£116m of public money given to P14 MEDICAL LTD of Liverpool, which had
liabilities exceeding assets by £485,000 in December 2019 with just £145 in
cash and at the bank, for PPE that never appeared.

£108m of public money given to PEST FIX, with 16 employees and net assets of £19,000, for PPE that never appeared.

£14.2m and a subsequent £93.2m of public money given to CLANDEBOYE AGENCIES Ltd, a confectionery wholesaler in Co Antrim, for PPE that never appeared.

£40m of public money given to MEDICINE BOX LTD of Sutton-in-Ashfield,
despite having assets of just £6,000 in March, for PPE that never appeared.

£32m and a subsequent £16m of public money given to INITIA VENTURES LTD, filed for dormancy in January this year, for PPE that never appeared.

£28m of public money given to MONARCH ACOUSTICS LTD of Nottingham, makers of shop and office furniture, for PPE that never appeared.

£25m of public money given to LUXE LIFESTYLE LTD, to supply garments for biological or chemical protection to the NHS. According to Companies House, the business was incorporated by fashion designer Karen Brost in November 2018. It appears to have no employees, no assets and no turnover.

£18.4m of public money given to AVENTIS SOLUTIONS LTD of Wilmslow, with just £322 in assets, for PPE that never appeared.

£10m of public money given to MEDCO SOLUTIONS LTD, incorporated on 26 March (three days after lockdown) with a share capital of just £2, for PPE that never appeared.

£1.1m of public money given to Bristol shoemaker Toffeln Ltd, had seemingly never supplied any PPE whatsoever in the past, for PPE that never appeared.

£825,000 of pubic money given to MGP ADVISORY, described as a venture and development capital business that was in danger of being struck off the
companies register for failing to file accounts, for no one knows what…

All from officials records. This is just PPE.

Links :

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/fifty-million-face-masks-bought-government-cannot-be-used-nhs

https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/supplying-ppe-the-new-klondike/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/15/coronavirus-contracts-government-transparency-pandemic

Trade Explained

With so much nonsense written about Brexit and Trade etc. perhaps this organisation helps to clarify some of the issues?

https://www.explaintrade.com/blogs/2019/5/20/brexit-interviewer-guide

Sea Level Rise

With sea level rise accelerating, especially over recent decades, some projections say global temperature rise could hit 1.5C by 2030

This tool shows how Burwell would be affected by such a rise:

https://choices.climatecentral.org/#14/52.2724/0.3252?compare=temperatures&carbon-end-yr=2100&scenario-a=warming-3&scenario-b=warming-1.5

UK Debt Interest Payments

Does this help put the cost of EU membership in perspective?
EU Membership for UK costs around 6.6 Billion a year (See https://fullfact.org/europe/our-eu-membership-fee-55-million/)
UK is paying 68 Billion on debt interest payments.

Brexit – Impossible To Deliver?

Over 3 years have passed since the referendum and the truth of Brexit is still to be revealed. The Irish border problem effectively means that Brexit, at least as interpreted by the current government and 99% of Leave voters, is unable to be delivered. In fact, the referendum should never have taken place because to deliver Brexit and leave the EU would contradict the Good Friday agreement, one of the few positive accomplishments made by politicians in the last 40 years. The world has changed, how can we expect to rewind the clock 40 odd years?

It seems that the issue of the Irish border has not been properly covered or explained prior to, or since, the referendum.

We are nearly at a point where we leave the EU without a deal, where we would shamefully wash our hands of the Irish problem and hand it to the EU. The level of ignorance on the issue is astonishing. The public and the politicians are now so quick to blame the EU for the situation and for not being flexible but  shouldn’t we have respect for the EU’s concern over the Irish border and their determination to protect the Good Friday agreement and the peace process and shame Johnson, Gove, Lucy Frazer and the rest for not doing the same?

Surely the only way forward is to tell the truth and apologise to the British public for holding a referendum on EU membership when it is evidently not possible to leave while Ireland is in the EU and Northern Ireland is part of the UK.  Isn’t it astonishing how nearly ALL politicians have chosen either to lie or ignore this fundamental issue and continue to display complete ignorance on it?

Instead, we have a government trying to pin the blame for the current situation on the EU, our neighbours and closest friends, and in the process create more division in the UK and hatred of the EU.

The Tory government and MPs need do to the honourable thing, apologise for holding a referendum, beg for forgiveness from the leave voters and if you did support the referendum perhaps consider standing down for making a massive political blunder.

After 3 years working on leaving the EU nobody has demonstrated a viable solution. Doesn’t the evidence speak for itself?

Food and Drink Prices

During a recent trip to London I was shocked to find that in every establishment I visited beer and food was cheaper than in our local pubs. For example, locally, 1 pint of lager + 1 pint of lemonade (2 pints of shandy) costs £9.20. Are we being ripped off? Does this help explain why we keep losing pubs?

The Anchor

What is going on with The Anchor Public House? Isn’t this a Greene King pub? Haven’t they just made a shed load of money selling off most of the garden to build houses? So why is a Crowdfunding site now needed to refurbish it?

Metal detecting

Retired Newmarket man with interest in local history seeks suitable land to detect on.
Maybe once a week, all finds declared/shared, all excavations reinstated and rubbish removed.

References available.

Please ring 01638-611174.

Thankyou.

Burwell Book Appeal

I am currently working on a new book about Burwell covering the period from the end of the last War to the present day and would be very interested if you have any photos relating to the following:

Street Parties/Hall Events: VE Day, Queen’s Coronation, Queen’s Jubilees…
Schools: School buildings, Class photos, members of staff, prizegivings, sports days, VIP visitors…
Work: Work mates, bosses, buildings, presentations, dinners, outings…
Recreation: Sports team pictures, trophy presentations, cubs, scouts, brownies, guides, parks, riverside…
Church: Clergy, Special events, weddings…
Shops: Interior/exterior views, shop assistants, customers…..

If you do have any of the above photographs or some memories of Burwell that I could use in my book, please contact me by ringing 01638 741878, by email to frankc63@sky.com or you are welcome to pop a note with your contact details through my letter box at 74b Silver Street.

Many Thanks and hope to hear from you soon