THERE IS an election here in West Oxford this coming Thursday, the 5th of May, in West Oxford.
So far we’ve only had three communications from candidates – from Ms Muddiman (Green), from Jason Fiddaman (Tory) and from Colin Cook (Labour).
We do feel Colin should possibly have spell checked his – he is a candidate for Jericho and Osney. But as you can see below, Colin spells Osney as Onsey and has a photo of himself outside Halfords in the Botley Road, demolished some time ago. It is now a Waitrose shop.
And Jason’s document reveals no personal information about himself – just a photo which looks like maybe he might need a) a shave and b) a better high resolution picture.
We’ve had nothing from the Liberal Democrats yet. We’d like to make it clear that we are commenting on the documents from an editorial, rather than a political perspective.
Here is Lois’ Green party thingie, and here is our local Tory MP Nicola Blackwood MP, with a perfect colour picture from Conservative Central Office showing her gift of gravitas. Poor Jason! ♣
Unusually, in our experience, the normally *very* transparent Oxford City Council has decided to delay replying to two FOI (freedom of information) requests and so is potentially breaking the law.
On the 14th of October 2014, we asked about Oxford’s surveillance of peoples’ bins after we got a snottogram from a functionary – you can read our request here.
Then, being sort of IT biased, we made a request of the cost of IT during the calendar year 2013. That request has been delayed too. You can read that request here.
Finally, we asked Oxford City Council the cost of hiring IT firm Capita to try and cut down the number of people claiming a 25 percent discount because they live alone. We received a letter from said Capita saying if we didn’t reply, Oxford City Council reserved the right to knock off the discount. Fortunately, the letter was in 14 point Tahoma, so we could just about read it with a magnifying glass.
We haven’t had a response to that question either.
Transparency, through a glass darkly. We have emailed the City Council meisters in charge of the requests. Maybe they haven’t had the influenza immunization yet.
THE PLUCKY banana plant, no doubt, will have its nadgers frozen when the frost starts.
But it continues to entertain! ♣
I HAVE GOT quite a lot of time for Susanna Pressel, Labour politician of this yard, let me tell you. Never lend her your secateurs though, if you want your cotoneasta to stay untrimmed.
I understand she is a dab hand at pool, which she used to play at the currently closed The Kite, and deffo she is responsive to the locals when we ask her a question. She was, for example, a heroine in our campaign against The Wall between numbers 19-41 Mill Street. That is currently being pre-fabricated, much to the annoyance of badgers and other wild critters.
Pressel is up for re-election on the 22nd of May next, and as you can see from the blurb above, has quite a track record. I don’t know which two schools she is governor of, though but. There are certainly more than two schools in the Jericho and Osney ward.
But I will never, ever vote for her Labour colleague, a Mr Colin “cycle clips” Cook. Ever. ♥
I GET a lovely leaflet from those lovely people who opposed the Port Meadow development. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, although I’m not sure if the lasses and lads are aware that Google on gmail monitors every email in and out.
There are some fab quotes on the leaflet. Colin Cook, a Labour councillor, describes the whole thing as “a storm in a teacup”. City council leader Bob Price says: “It is difficult to see precisely what is getting people so exercised.” Planning minister Nick Boles, MP, says: “A disgrace… one of the worst designs I’ve seen in the last 10 years.”
Now there is damage that needs to be undone, although some damage in our opinion at Volesoft is terminal. Although by nature of a leftish stance, we will never vote for our councillor Colin Cook ever again, despite his lovely cycle clips. We are even considering not voting for lovely Susanna Pressel, even though she is slightly leftish too. We at Volesoft think the Labour controlled Oxford City Council needs some Ex-Lax… ♦
Day Two: The truck traverses Mill Street and is now at the bottom of my garden. While the apple tree will cover the Wall when it is built, to some extent, I need some advice on fast growing beautiful plants to shield the monstrosity once it’s erected. ♣
Wilkommen! And hello to Meindl, delivering the first of nine pre-fabbed bits that will eventually form a Wall at the back of Mill Street. The Wall – which will be a corridor really – will be stuffed with unfortunate students who will feel the vibrations of high speed freight trains all day and all of the night.
What’s worse for the poor scraps, is they’ll have to be neighbours with the bohemian lot who live on the east side of Mill Street.
We apologise for the three white vans from the Immigration Enforcement division of the Home Office which completely ignored the message Jason Thacker of Exel distributed down our street the other week. We dunno what they were after. You can see one of the vans blocking the path of the truck on the far left of the photo.
We also apologise that as yet we haven’t prepared the dishes we hoped to provide – along with lashings of good Austrian beer. ♥
Ahead of the Austrians coming to Mill Street – next week – the scaffolding is going up. If there is a god at the bottom of the gardens between numbers 19 to 41 it has to be Jason Thacker.
To look on the bright side, once the Wall has been built, we won’t be able to take a snap of the extremely ugly Said ziggurat.
Oh, by the way, the blackbird is still nesting happily in the tuti puti shed halfway down Nathistan. ♦
There are quite a lot of people aged over 40 live here in Oxford Town. So when Oxford City Council delivered its schedule of wheelie bin pick ups, I did a straw poll.
100% of the people I surveyed could neither (a) read the small print on the wheelie bin instructions and (b) understand what Oxford City Council was on about.
Perhaps the Council could hire professionals who could (a) string a sentence together and (b) realise that if print is too small, no one over the age of 40 could possibly read it without an electron microscope. Oh, and BTW, Oxford City Council, not everyone who lives here is on the world wide wibble. ♣
Just a few weeks ago, Oxford City Council put forward a proposal for the regeneration of the canal the other side of the Oxford Retreat pub on Hythe Bridge Street.
It really is pretty nice over there already, especially in summer, but can be a bit treacherous when the rain decides it is going to freshen up things. It’s also very nice on the Thames.
Just a few weeks back, when the weather was fair, I took a walk, five minutes from where I live on Mill Street, and noticed a little yellow sign on the way to Port Meadow. It is an application for student flats close to Fiddler’s Island, according to a letter by Julian Le Vay, who according to the Oxford Mail, lives in Abbey Road.
The application was withdrawn earlier this year, but Julian writes that it’s been re-submitted. We are still living with the Port Meadow student block fiasco – see the Ballad of Roger Dudman Way – and probably we have to really stay quite alert because our esteemed councillors don’t necessarily have eighteen heads with three eyes in each head and multiple arms, like some forms of Durga. ♦
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