The Archive: 2006
|Weaving the Rules
8 December 2006|
Should our police be striking deals with offenders? Is it their job to 'interpret' the law? Can we now dispense with courts and judges?.....
and Loss 7 December 2006|
FBC's medium term financial strategy creates a half a million pound slush fund to iron out all those little imperfections......
They No Scruples? 29 November 2006|
Lythamites are getting restless again because FBC is planning to liquidise more than their assets on Lytham Esplanade......
Gardens? 14 November 2006
Get the lowdown on Fylde Council's plans for Ashton Gardens. Is it to be a Garden or an outdoor Leisure Centre? See the plans as they change
once more, "before your very eyes".
|Red and Yellow and ....... 23
A new road is to link Fleetwood to the M55, We assess which route is likely to be chosen and look at the implications for local people......
Bus Blues 12 October 2006|
He started with £486k. He snaffled £205k, now he's going to spend £550k. Find out why the Commissar can't even manage his bus tickets.....
Equitable 9 October 2006
See the last ditch bid to save the discredited "Equitable Taxation" scheme that would cost all of us more, and mean Elswick villagers
paying £79 a year more than other Fylde taxpayers.....
Pools 29 September 2006|
Plans to privatise Kirkham Baths and St Annes Swimming Pool are afoot. The Commissar admits managerial incompetence and wants to hand them
over to the private sector.....
|Flight of Fancy
26 July 2006|
What's been happening at the Airport? See plans to increase traffic by up to 1000%. Do more flights mean more noise? What is Fylde Council doing to protect the
green belt. .....
Expectations 25 July 2006|
Fylde Council votes itself a pay award and the Conservatives refuse to allow a record of which way they voted on the matter .....
to Casinos 25 July 2006
Get the low-down on Re:Blackpool, the company appointed to deliver the Masterplan. Will the Masterplan work? What is the aim of it all?
What happens if we don't get the Super Casino? Is there a "Plan B".....
Fylde Council: 25 July 2006|
What are the dynamics of Fylde Council today? Who is in and who is out? Who's doing well and who isn't? See our pen picture of their meeting
at Fylde Rugby Club at Ansdell .....
Barbara Goes Solo 22 July 2006|
Barbara Pagett, suspended for voting against the party line, has quit the Conservative group on Fylde Council, and in future will be
independent of the Tory whip....
|Salting it Away 30
Find out how Commissar John Coombes has salted away just over three quarters of a million pounds into special reserves. This gives him a 'back-pocket' of cash
outside the normal revenue and capital accounts..
2005-2006 28 June 2006|
See what the Commissar has been wasting your money on. He went from a projected deficit of £700,000 to an underspend of £339,000 in just
four months, and he expects us to trust what he says .....
History, Mystery 19 June 2006|
A triplet piece including redevelopment plans for a wine bar, a new history of St Anne's, and a parking mystery in Blackpool.
Citizens Advice Bureau
is Fired 16 June 2006
The Commissar succeeds in closing one of the most cost effective advice and debt counselling services in Fylde. Maybe he wants the building
Alderman Eileen Hall JP 14 June 2006|
We pay tribute to, and to mourn the passing of, a truly great Fylde Councillor
Point? 4 June 2006|
The current knife 'amnesty' catches our attention. We pronounce it a PR stunt with propaganda overtones to subliminally soften the nation up
ready for a complete ban on 'non-domestic' knives and a new law outlawing the purchase of any knife from an unlicensed knife supplier.......
|Aldi - What's
in Store? 2 June 2006|
Another building of character faces demolition as Aldi, the budget supermarket buys the Conservative Club and plans a new store and
apartments. What will it look like, and what does it mean for St Anne's future?
|Flying a Kite 31
Fylde Council fails the tourism industry, fails its recreational mandate and hides its incompetence behind a ban on kite flying. More importantly, it demonstrates
that concentrating power into the hands of a few politburo cabinet members is likely to cause this sort of problem again and again.
Fair? 23 March 2006|
We accused Commissar Coombes of snaffling £205,000 that should have been for OAP free bus passes, to cover up his overspending elsewhere. Dick
Turpin rides again........
|Long Live the King
31 March 2006|
The Council decides on an internal appointment for a new Chief Executive and management team. Who is in the frame, and what does it mean for Fylde.
the Goalposts 23 March 2006|
Kensington and Fylde Council are preparing the ground to sell off Blackpool Road North Playing Fields for housing, and develop a new
playing field on the Airport........
is Reprieved 22 March 2006|
Fylde Council find the road to Damascus through a labyrinth of Affordable Housing....
for Lytham? 6 March 2006
Fylde Councilors meet the great and good of Lytham as part of its plan to create an Area Committee for Lytham. Get the lowdown on what you're
not being told by others.
on the Cards 5 March 2006|
Fylde and Wyre are to form a joint working committee, and Local Government in our area might soon be re-organised again. What does it all
|Citizens Advice ?
2 March 2006|
With reserves of £4.8 million, Fylde Council chops £36,800 from the Citizen's Advice funding.
|We're in the Money
28 February 2006|
After crying wolf again, the Commissar says he is £700k short. What he didn't say is that he's hanging onto the £2 million he paid in to his special reserve
accounts this year, and to the £846k in his general reserve. Oh yes, he and also nicked £205k from pensioners bus pass money.
Last Rites for Democracy
28 February 2006
Fylde's last gasp for the oxygen of democracy is suffocated by Commissar Coombes and his merry band.
Politburo Meeting 15 February 2006|
Learn about "Blue Peter" decisions, the gagging of your elected Councillors, and the £4 million Fylde has squirreled away in its
reserves this year!
|Who's in the
Politburo 14 February 2006|
The Commissar has chosen his Politburo Cabinet. Find our who's in and who's out.......
Cabinet is Formed 13 February 2006|
Fylde Council loses the will to exist and accedes to John Coombes installation as Commissar Leader. Next he will choose his Politburo
to run the Borough........