Reader's Letter: Resolutions for our government, councils, and community support services


Resolutions for our government, councils, and community support services to use:

• Change rail timetables to be printed once a year (since all engineering work cannot be timetabled six months in advance)

• Ban shop and retail park's open door policy used by greedy retailers to save expensive energy which the customer has to pay for.

• Compulsory clear labelling of goods again to show source country and manufacturers' addresses and proudly show 'UK'. Give the DTI sharper teeth to promote UK sources and insist on more visible labelling.

• TV programme producers made to transmit all archive footage in the screen ratio they were intended for (4:3) as 16mm film has severe loss of resolution. Only Yesterday and Talking Pictures regularly do this.

• Print manufacturers addresses on all merchandise, not the retailers or design house to promote the UK post Brexit.

• Insist that councils and public bodies abandon the pedantic hub communication networks where emails are used to forward information, and revert to direct lines into departments.

• Have councils focus more on their main task of regular community maintenance schedules, grid cleaning, street lighting checks rather than await problems.

• Stop the myth that LED Street lighting is cheaper to run than certain discharge lamps for the same lumen output. Only upgrade when there are broken fittings.

• Public organisations must be made to support UK industry and tender on a level playing field. To accept tenders from China exports precious sterling and does our workers out of jobs. Ban any souvenirs for the forthcoming royal marriage being manufactured outside Britain.

• Stop wasting money on superfluous and unnecessary road markings (hatching) and move to a more basic scheme.

• Make the Highways Commission economise in its wasteful expenditure of over-designed gantries and over-frequent speed limit signage.

• Reverse the erosion of our the Royal Mail and Post Offices by having later collection times again in afternoons.

• Ban public service organisations, Councils, Police and Fire from spending on propaganda news sheets which promote self-glorification and eccentric statistic gathering which only pampers their creators.

• Insist that the NHS slim down its management structure. Hospital trusts do not need non-exec trust members. Has anyone shadowed one to find out how worthwhile their input really is?

• Revise NHS Branding to cheapen patient literature by reducing type Pt. and use of colour on all leaflets because the logo has to be shown in blue.

• Buy up land around rail stations for much larger car parks as found on the continent.

• Insist that main line rail stations return their in house left luggage departments at reasonable cost with platform locker use in the interim if necessary. The excuse of bombs won't wash.

• Calm the obsession of running services by meetings. The amount of bureaucracy has caused many mistakes in public services to be made from social services to running banks, railways, schools.

• Make Ofsted realise that to raise educational standards, split large schools, provide cloakrooms (so wet garments aren't carried round all day), allow name labels tone eliminated ands teachers know all pupils and students again, and bring back classroom discipline and stronger sanctions.

• Make sure that all professional bodies like banks and tv programmes learn how to spell the word ADVISER on their business cards and screen captions.

Many of the above points can change an attitude of mind that that could make Britain a more prosperous place again. Let's stop talking about a global economy where company's manipulate their customers. We rebuilt Britain after WW2 by having our manufacturers focus on selling abroad "For Export Only" on many goods. The Sterling brought back built the NHS, nationalised the railways and before long brought our motorways into existence.

Cameron and Blair's government turned their backs on the general running of the country and things that daily affect our lives.

We need to support May but widen the effect of Brexit to get things that once worked efficiently do so again.

It strikes me that Point 16 relating to the plan to build an M&S outlet at Alderley Edge station could have the money better spent on a multi-storey car park on the site which would be equally ugly but of more value to the citizens having their on-road parking down Ryley's Lane.

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Roger Bagguley
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 6:20 pm
So much common sense in this manifesto but it seems common sense is not something our leaders go in for.
Terry Roeves
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 7:41 pm
Add - another bonfire of QUANGOs, no more suspensions on full pay for more than 1 month, no local councils to compete against private enterprise.
Pippa Jones
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 2:03 pm
What a great way to start a New Year conversation! Thank’s my starter for ten and I’d be really interested to hear what other people think... especially our young people and students!
If I were “in charge” I would suggest for starters:
1. Celebrate the work of the unsung heroes in Wilmslow: the volunteers who organise lunch clubs, help out at the Food Bank, help with car transport schemes, act as prison visitors, run sports and music clubs for children, plant trees, shrubs and vegetables, support reading in schools, sort clothes for the homeless and refugees...perhaps a Wilmslow Volunteer Award? And a young volunteer award?
2. Set up a Time Bank so everyone feels they can volunteer: where you put in to the Time Bank your time, and get back something of value to you... maybe someone else’s time, or perhaps vouchers donated by local shops and cafes...there are examples of where this works very effectively and encourages more people into volunteering.
3. Get everyone involved in public policy and housing development to spend a day a year learning what it is like to be disabled. Try negotiating a power wheel chair from the station to the end of water lane or to the United Reformed Church? Try making your needs clear when you are unable to speak? Spend some time with some youngsters with autism and their families to see what life is like for them? Spend a day with someone with dementia? Or a few hours with a person living on the streets? Or at the food bank?
4. Insist that every tree and every hedge removed as part of housing developments is replaced by another tree and another hedge with a plan for long term management.
5. Set up a Wilmslow Greening Trust so people can donate money (perhaps as in memoriam gifts) which is then used for the greening of the town; more trees, more planters, support for parks.
6. Ensure all developers provide safe routes for cycling, walking and active transport to schools and shops and the station... we need to save our children from the health impacts of a sedentary life style and the atmospheric pollution from too many cars near to schools and play places.
7. Work with Active CHeshire to make Wilmslow an “Active Town” to keep us and our children healthy.
8. Ask all cafes to give a discount to people who bring their own take away coffee cup to reduce plastic waste.
9. Put water fountains in town and in schools to reduce water bottle use
10. Ask shops and businesses to offer to fill reusable water bottles for free...

Any other thoughts?