4:34pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
The fact Barnet has been heavily criticised for not having a senior lawyer is hardly surprising, given the number of cock-ups; nor is the departure of the non-legally qualified monitoring officer who has become the fall guy — I wonder what her payoff was and whether it has a ‘gagging clause’ attached?
4:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
Your reports into Barnet Council’s lack of access to professional legal advice is typical of the decimation of ethical and good government encouraged by the blind doctrine of supposed cost-effectiveness with disregard to ethics or competence epitomised by the reckless outsourcing of legal services — in this case to Harrow Borough Council.
4:32pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
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4:30pm Thursday 16th October 2014
On July 16, I was admitted to Chase Farm Hospital for an operation to replace one of my knees. I was in the Canterbury ward for eight days and during my stay, which was at times extremely painful, I had the most friendly, caring and professional treatment from an always approachable nursing staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble.
4:26pm Thursday 16th October 2014
Response sent to MP Mike Freer regarding his letter about mansion tax I have received a letter from you claiming that my council tax bill will go up if the next government brings in a mansion tax. This used inaccurate information and seemed to be based on either a complete misunderstanding of how council tax works, or a deliberate attempt to whip up fear and alarm.
4:24pm Thursday 16th October 2014
4:23pm Thursday 16th October 2014
I welcome the publicity given by your paper to the crucial work of the children, education, libraries and safeguarding committee in recent weeks. The support of both sides in recognising the scale of the savings needed to secure the funding for vital services has been welcomed so far.
4:16pm Thursday 9th October 2014
I am still collating memories or information on Jean Simmons, particularly from her time living at 120 Cheviot Gardens, NW2 and surrounding areas, plus her time at the Aida Foster Dance & Drama School in Golders Green.
4:14pm Thursday 9th October 2014
4:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014
The letter from Deborah Heneghan (Political parties use the fear factor, Your Views, September 25) illustrated the fault lines in our party political system of government. Labour are promoting the mansion tax, which is the antithesis of the bedroom tax; the former attacks the rich, while the latter attacks the poor.
4:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014
4:56pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
On Friday, October 10, there will be another public consultation, an exhibition on the Brent Cross Cricklewood redevelopment at the shopping centre itself. In the notification carried by some north London papers we are told to have our say, ask questions, and learn more about the approved plans.
4:55pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
Your issue of September 25 highlights some contrasting attitudes to the priorities facing Barnet Borough Council. There is the leader’s panel, appointed to determine the accusation of unethical actions by the Mayor, and the council’s current consultation on library services.
4:53pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
Your front page recently reported that a disciplinary panel cleared Mayor of Barnet Councillor Hugh Rayner of all the complaints investigated by the council’s disciplinary processes (‘A private matter’, Barnet & Potters Bar Times, September 11).
4:49pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
Last Thursday was ‘Day of 100,000 Conversations’, when council officers and police were out collecting views as part of Barnet’s current consultation on crime and anti-social behaviour, which ends on October 3.
4:46pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
8:41am Friday 26th September 2014
Mr Keith Martin is seriously misinformed about the Falklands conflict of 1982 if he thinks it was an “illegal war” on Great Britain’s part (‘She was indeed a forceful lady’, Your Views, September 18).
8:40am Friday 26th September 2014
Another simple and stupendous miscarriage of justice occurred on September 3 at Hendon Town Hall when a ‘leader’s panel’, conducted in public but adjudicated behind closed doors, determined that Barnet Mayor Councillor Hugh Rayner was not guilty of some offences related to his ethical duties to the council.
8:37am Friday 26th September 2014
I read with interest the letter from the Green Party about the planning application to change the former Post Office in East Barnet Village into a coffee shop (‘We do not need any more cafés’, Your Views, September 18).
8:36am Friday 26th September 2014
In one short letter (‘All that is wrong starts right here’, Your Views, September 11), Morton Morris manages to complain that Barnet’s streets are “cart tracks” jammed with construction vehicles and rubbish trucks; that our police force is reduced to “one sole lady” on foot; that the streets are full of “lunatic” drivers during the day, and are no-go zones at night. He asks: “How many recognise this borough as a place to be proud of?”
8:34am Friday 26th September 2014
As the Barnet Borough Council officer ultimately responsible for the council’s finances, I would like to reassure readers of two things concerning the council’s use of bailiffs to collect outstanding debts (‘My throat ended up in my stomach’, Hendon Times, September 11).
8:32am Friday 26th September 2014
8:30am Friday 26th September 2014
You published an article regarding the plight of Carl Bingham, who was born with cerebral palsy (Give me my freedom’, Times Series, September 4). Carl was looking for donations to help him fund a specially-adapted wheelchair, which would change his life.
4:09pm Thursday 18th September 2014
4:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014
Regarding the recently lodged planning application at the former post office at 282 East Barnet Road (Case: B/03369/14) to change its use from a retail store to a mixed-class coffee shop, to date there have been 149 public comments made to Barnet Borough Council’s planning department on this matter.
4:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014
At its assets, regeneration & growth committee meeting on September 8, Barnet Borough Council voted to offer the former Church Farmhouse Museum to Middlesex University rent-free, on a seven-year lease, and to contribute £280,000 to the some £500,000 worth of renovations that, largely due to Barnet’s negligence, Middlesex claims are now needed. We don’t know the exact costs, as the financial implications were, as usual, considered in secret.
4:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014
4:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014
No one is happy that older residents and people with disabilities may be affected by the dispute over pay cuts for staff in Barnet’s care homes. But making sure our vulnerable neighbours get good quality care has to start with respect and decent pay for the staff who look after them.
3:58pm Thursday 18th September 2014
With reference to your article on Your Choice Barnet planned strike action (‘Care workers plan to strike over pay cuts’, Times Series, September 4), it is important to remember that Barnet Borough Council is responsible for the difficulties facing Your Choice Barnet and its care workers.
3:44pm Monday 15th September 2014
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4:02pm Thursday 4th September 2014
4:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014
Let us be quite clear – the attack by Mr Dismore, a Labour want-to-be-MP, on Councillor Hugh Rayner, a Conservative councillor, is no more than a political attack by Labour on the Conservatives, creating a bandwagon for every anti-Conservative blogger and pressure group to climb on.
3:57pm Thursday 4th September 2014
3:55pm Thursday 4th September 2014
In his letter, Mr Gutmann describes how dozens of vans, lorries, buses and cars needlessly add to the high pollution levels recorded in Barnet because they leave their engines idling (‘Fine drivers who leave cars idling’, Your Views, August 21).
3:51pm Thursday 4th September 2014
Within a year a new bilateral trading agreement between the EU and the US may be signed, which will have ominous consequences for all of us – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Until now, most have never heard of this.
5:07pm Thursday 28th August 2014
We arrived in London last Tuesday at 3.02pm and by 3.10pm I had my very first parking ticket. Two excited children, luggage and, it would seem, nowhere to park. The first day of our holiday seemed destined to be our last.
5:06pm Thursday 28th August 2014
Hedgehogs, like many wildlife species, are declining in numbers due to environmental changes in both rural and urban areas, mostly caused by humans. But you can help the urban scene by doing some simple things around your garden. Hedgehogs are good for the garden because they eat a lot of the creepy crawlies that most of us don’t like, ie. slugs, beetles, earwigs, worms and millipedes, to name but a few. But the hogs can’t get at them if your garden is too tidy, or they can’t move freely from one garden to the next.
5:04pm Thursday 28th August 2014
People in this country are rightly proud of the NHS, and many are angry at the creeping privatisation now being introduced. The service will be further threatened if a trade deal currently being negotiated with the US goes ahead.
5:03pm Thursday 28th August 2014
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5:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014
The well-known retail expert Bill Grimsey has said that Government efforts to revive UK high streets are a resounding failure. Retail space is collapsing, but high streets are not gaining community uses instead.
3:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014
We are writing to appeal for information about an attempted break-in and assault that happened at approximately 2pm on August 4 in North Finchley. We would like to thank those that came to our aid, in particular a young gentleman who tried to stop the assailant from running away.
3:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014
Fairview portrays itself as a housing development company made of moral and ethical dreams. Their website states: “It makes perfect sense to reclaim brownfield sites”, these being “existing urban land that has fallen into disuse” so they can “preserve our precious landscape”. So how do Fairview justify building 135 housing units for hobbits on the Hendon Football Club (HFC) site? Easy. Just re-label it a brownfield site.
3:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014