Sunday, July 22, 2012
Controversy at St Michael's
- When my comment talks about the church being sold and developers moving in if the renewal project doesn't succeed, I think the more likely situation is that it will be bought by the local Muslim community and used as a mosque. Some people might not have a problem with that but as a Christian it is something I'm dead set against. I believe that Christ was the final and complete revelation of God so the idea of a church being taken over by a religion group founded on the basis of lies or delusions is abhorrent to me.
- The post purports to represent views of "many associated with St Michael’s church". If this really was written by someone in the church then why would they post it anonymously and on an external website? The only reason I can think of is that there is much less opposition to the renewal project than they make out so they are trying to gain support for themselves outside the church. The least they could do is be open and honest about who they are.
- Thirdly there is a question of authority. Being very keen on it, St Paul has a lot of say about authority (eg Romans 13 or 1 Peter 2:13 for that matter). We should debate and discuss the project but once a decision is made we have the obligation to support it and not to attempt to undermine it.
- Finally this idea of freezing buildings at a particular point in time is a modern invention. Buildings have always evolved through time and different uses and trying to stop this evolution in a building that is being actively used is ridiculous. Its particularly irritating that a lot of the people who don't want to see the church change, eg the Victorian Society, don't use it regularly and aren't prepared to put up the cold hard cash to make this a realistic prospect. Instead they expert the congragation to fork out the huge heating, lighting and maintenance costs so they can have a pretty view as they drive past on the A30.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Viscar is off doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the renewal of the building so I've now done a second site: http://www.stmikesopen4all.org.uk/
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
8:30pm tonight who should come around our house but the Colin Dougan (the Tory councillor who Sue was standing against) saying that he's been told that Sue has accussed the Tories of cheating. Its bad enough that Sue was door stepped but how did he find out?
According to Dougan, the returning officer told the Chief Executive (Karen Whelan) who told Dougan. Surely the returning officer and the Chief Executive should keep such conversation private until there is a formal complaint and not go around tipping off the local Tory party. How is Sue meant to have an open and honest conversation with the returning officer if they go and tip off the Tories as soon as she leaves the office.
In my opinion, it is the supposedly non-political members of the borough council doing their best to support and help the Tories and quash anything that might upset or embarrass them.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Council tax - where it all goes
Have you ever wondered what Surrey Heath Borough Council spends all your council tax on? Well I can tell you - its mainly salaries and overheads.
They have now published their planned budget for 2011/12: http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/Surrey%20Heath%20Borough%20Council/eScene/Finance/Revenueestimates201112v1.pdf. It makes very interesting reading if you have the time to dig down into some of the details. Here are a few more interesting items I've extracted:
£66k on employees salaries. Sounds fair enough, presumably that's the box office staff who provide a good service. But then we have
£377k operational management salaries,
£106k on corporate services
£160k on operational management overheads and support.
That's £644k of management costs to run a local theatre.
Management costs £194k
Parks and Open Spaces
Management direct salaries £254k
Total management costs £412k.
Bear in mind over half a million pounds is paid to contracted services so presumably most of the work is actually contracted out so what exactly are they doing to earn their quarter of a million pounds in salaries?
Management direct salaries £78k
Total management costs £132k.
Its a car park for goodness sake, how hard are they to manage? These are just the management costs: maintenance, power, security, repair etc are not included in the management costs.
Civil Parking Enforcement and Controller Parking Zone
Management costs are £502k
Total expenditure of £554k
ie over 90% is management costs.
Centres of Older People
Management costs of £468k
Total expenditure of £658k.
At least now we know why they couldn't afford to keep the Ian Goodchild centre open. It wasn't the running costs of the centre, it was the management costs.
£157k on supplies and services
£261k on management costs, including £166k on direct salaries to managers.
So they spend more on the salaries of managers than they do providing the service
They spend £81k doing whatever a corporate communications department does and then £222k paying managers to manage it.
And the list goes on. So next time the council claim they can't afford to keep the library open or need to cut back on service because they can't afford it, you know they can easily afford it, and a lot more, if they weren't so hugely inefficient.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Camberley Mosque Appeal
So we have the BWA in the last planning hearing stating that they could not build the originally planned extension at the back of the school as they could only get funding for an Arabic style mosque. Now they are saying they can't afford to heat or maintain the building but they can afford hundreds of thousands of pounds on legal advice.
If you look at the accounts submitted to the Charity Commision you can see that they are not a rich charity. So clearly they have some form of external funding and whoever is funding them are only prepared to give them money towards a large Arabic style mosque in that location.
My guess would be that the money is coming from Saudi Arabia, it certainly wouldn't be the first time this has happened, eg see these comments by our local MP.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
89 Gordon Road and Longacres
The good news is that, after an excellent presentation from Sue, the councillors rejects the plans to demolish 89 Gordon Road. Hoorah. However we also had to sit through several other planning applications. One was from Longacres nursery to extend the size of their building by about 250 square metres. Bearing in mind that this is in the green belt I thought it would be obvious that they would follow the planning officers recommendations and reject the proposal. But no, nearly all over them tried to make out that it wasn't proper green belt because there were roads and railways surrounding it, not to mention a car park so allowing Longacres to extend even further was just fine. The fact the Longacres has a history of building and selling what they want, regardless of planning restrictions didn't seem to bother them either.
There was another application in Bagshot which fell within 400m of the Special Protected Area so it would be illegal for them to grant planning permission. They still did their best though. One of them asked why they couldn't just approve it anyway. Another asked if they couldn't move the SPA a bit further away.
All these pesky restrictions on green belt development and SPAs must be such a nuisance for them. Or would be if they took them seriously.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Camberley Mosque Planning Appeal
I'm reliably informed that a planning appeal has been launched over Camberley mosque. I've no idea on what grounds so it will be interesting to see if there is an award for costs.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Do you trust your councillor?
Either way you can have your vote here: http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/survey/decisionmaking.htm
I notice the choices are "strong leader" or "elected mayor" like someone who is elected can't also be a strong leader.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Muslims and Bedfordshire police
BEDFORDSHIRE (U.K) POLICE FORCE'S
RULES REGARDING TERRORISTS AND DANGEROUS CRIMINALS
If they are non-Muslim
• Consider the most opportune time of day to be able to arrest suspects with minimum resistance
• Apply all necessary force to enter the premises and arrest suspects accordingly.
If they are Muslim:
Community leaders must be consulted before raids into Muslim houses.
Officers must not search occupied bedrooms and bathrooms before dawn.
Use of police dogs will be considered serious desecration of the premises.
Cameras and camcorders should not be used in case capturing women in inappropriate dress.
If people are praying at home officers should stand aside and not disrupt the prayer -they should be allowed the opportunity to finish.
Officers should take their shoes off before raiding a Muslim house.
The reasons for pre-dawn raids on Muslim houses needs to be clear and transparent.
Officers must not touch holy books or religious artefacts without permission.
Muslim prisoners should be allowed to take additional clothing to the station.
With this continuing appeasement, no wonder it’s now predicted that Britain will become an
Islamic State by 2070.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This is what it will look like: https://www.public.surreyheath-online.gov.uk/whalecom60b1ef305f59f921/whalecom0/Scripts/DocsOnLine/47399_6.pdf
I think I will engage in my new found hobby of writing to the council.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Dr Taj Hargey and the MCB
In other news, the Camberley Mosque website has been updated to say that the "rundown building that we use as a place of worship is too precious to be replaced by a new modern building so please continue your worship in the existing rundown building as normal"
Mrs Chaudhry has said that "in the meantime (waiting for the appeal process) the building is going to be as it is, in a terrible state"
The new plan appear to be to let the building fall into disrepair. Hopefully the council won't let them and will issue a repair notice, something it sounds like they should've done a while ago.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I think we won in the end because we focused on the planning issues. When the other side spoke, most of them talked about their needs for a suitable place to pray and meet. No-one was denying that. What they failed to do was justify why it had to be on that site with that particular design.
We had Taj Hargey speaking on our behalf. He made the very good points that the proposed design wasn't a global mosque design but specific to certain parts of Asia: there is no need to have domes and minarets. And having separate prayer facilities for men and women (and the women's only about 25% of the size) isn't part of moderate Muslim belief.
The evening took at nasty turn at the end when someone threatening to kill Dr Hargey and he had to have a police escort away from the venue.
Labels: Camberley Mosque
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
In the papers
People have been gathering outside Camberley Theatre already but the police have moved them on.
Labels: Camberley Mosque
Sunday, March 07, 2010
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