The borough council announced recently that CAB would be moving into the council offices soon. The change has also been reported in one or two other places on-line. But only the Eye has living proof!. Here’s the CAB name being removed from the old ‘portakabins’ on the actual day of the move.
The borough council has acknowledged that it must respond to trends in society. It will therefore facilitate diversity in the results of the forthcoming borough elections. This should overcome the present undesirable dominance of the council by a single political party.
Until now, candidates for election have not had any way of showing their LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) status. As a result, electors have been unable to target their votes towards any particular gender orientation. However, the council will change the situation in time for the borough elections next month.
The general format of ballot papers used in local elections is defined by the Electoral Commission. However, there is no restriction on the use of colour. The borough council therefore intends that the name of each candidate shall be printed over the rainbow colour which best reflects their sexual orientation. The background colour for candidates who do not wish to state their position on the gender spectrum shall be grey.
Historically, ballot papers have included the logo of a candidate’s political affiliation, if any. This practice will be extended to indicate the appropriate LGBTQ flag.
A specimen ballot paper is shown below.
We all know that Princess Way will be given a make-over before long. But it seems to have started prematurely – some of the steps are missing. Mind them!
UPDATE. Cathie has told us that the steps were repaired the morning after they featured here. That’s quick – and necessary – work.
We’re pretty sure that the management of the Hoxon Bar in Obelisk Way has run into ‘difficult times’. There’s been little or no sign of life in the restaurant when we’ve walked past recently. And there are problems with credit cards….
It looks like bad news, unfortunately.
The model store in Obelisk Way seems fairly empty at the moment. Is this significant? Is the business moving, growing or – sadly – shrinking?
We’ve already mentioned that “Surrey Heath Borough Council has formalised its commitment to reducing single use plastics (SUP) by signing an agreement alongside Surrey County Council and 10 Surrey boroughs and districts.“
We have no objection to that, of course. But we think it’s rather missing the point. It really doesn’t matter how often a plastic item is used – just once, or umpteen times. The important thing is that, when it reaches the end of its life, it’s disposed of carefully, so that it doesn’t end up polluting the environment.
So, the borough council – if it’s not just going along with the fashion to restrict SUP – needs to examine the disposal of ALL plastic in the borough, and make sure that it’s managed properly. Which includes scrutinising the way the contents of our green bins are treated. If they simply end up as a bale on a windy derelict airfield somewhere (we’re not suggesting that this actually happens), or if they’re shipped to a country that can’t really cope with them, then the council may be obeying the letter of its commitment, but it won’t be obeying the spirit.
What chance is there that the council will carry out, and publish, an audit of what happens to our domestic waste, particularly what goes into the green bin?
Sadly, one of the trees in Knoll Walk has been felled, with a similar fate awaiting the rest.
Today’s photo was taken inside Next on the A30, looking down on its empty garden area. The reason for showing it? It’s because a planning application has been submitted for: “Alterations to external elevations to enclose garden centre with increase in height of the walls and installation of flat roof over.”
We can’t see any cause for concern. We reckon that the external area hasn’t earned its keep for quite a while.
We took this photo in High Cross Church nearly a week ago. We’ve been told that rabbits will be popping up elsewhere in the town too.
In the opinion of the Eye, names matter! So it’s a pleasure to see that the street names within The Square are now very much in evidence. We had wondered whether they’d ever re-appear; the old name boards disappeared quite a while ago. Quiet rejoicing is called for.