Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Tweets of The Week in The London Borough of Barnet - 23/7/2017

It's Sunday so it's time for our favourite regular feature. Don't forget to follow any local tweeters who might tickle your fancy (or anything else!). Once again a rather interesting and varied selection!

1. We start in Burnt Oak. A terrible fire and a reminder of what a brave bunch the London Fire service are.

2. Nice historical tweet from LCC Municipal

3.Dipa Patel has found a rather good reason to nip up to Colindale

4. Hendon FC asked for us to retweet this. We've done one better and put it here!

5.This is a nice one. I wonder if I can get the chairman of Thameslink to open my train set!

6.Communist polt exposed in East Finchley! (sorry for the awful Daily Mailesque pun)

7.Fancy a bit of sausage! Cricklewood's your place. I've had one of these tasty bangers and can thoroughly recommend it

8. need your monobrow sorting? Seems like Edgware is the place to be

9. Our Barnet_rebel does love his sparrows!

10. And finally... Excuse the narcissism, but I am chuffed about this

That's all folks!!!!!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Saturday list #139 - The ten biggest eyesores in The London Borough of Barnet

Sometimes I just have to laugh. There is a press release on the Barnet Council website, stating that they are taking action against residents with untidy 'eyesore' gardens. To quote "Three garden eyesores have been cleared by Barnet Council after the owners ignored repeated planning enforcement requests to take action.Teams cleared overgrown vegetation and rubbish from the gardens of three properties in the borough after the owners failed to heed official notices requiring them to clear their land."

It made me think about our locality. If the council are clearing untidy gardens and 'eyesores', where should they start? Here are my top ten eyesores in the Borough. What are yours? I was going to attach pictures, but it really was too depressing, so we've only featured our winner!

Brent Cross Shopping Centre viewed from the North Circular

1.  Brent Cross shopping centre. Inside it is a palace of retailing, but the view of it from the North Circular is one of the most ugly and depressing sights I can possily think of.

2. Mill Hill car park in Flower Lane. This never seems to have any rubbish cleared and Mill Hill
Neighbourhood forum had to organise a litter clearance. This car park earns the council more money than any other in the Borough, but unlike residents gardens, they have no interest in tidying it up.

3. The railway land at Cricklewood. A complete eyesore, with huge piles of rubbish and builders waste. This will soon be replaced by an aggregates depot, which I am sure will have all of the aesthetic charm of an aggregates depot. Here's a video of what greets commuters on a daily basis!

4. Fiveways Corner. A few years ago some money was spent tarting it up and some impressive sculptures of leopards were installed. It has since been untouched and is overgrown and depressing.

5. Burnt Oak Market. I believe a clearance is being done there, but last time I went it was a sorry sight.

6. Mill Hill Bus Station. If your idea of fun is breathing pollution in a concrete void under the Motorway, this is the spot for you! 

7. The Concourse at Grahame Park. Would you believe that an architect won an award for the Grahame Park Estate? The concourse is ugly and unwelcoming and sums up the attitude of the people who built it to the working classes who they built it for.

8. The sculpture outside Hendon Town Hall. Famously described by local punk poet Pete Conway as "ten tons of scrap metal on a pile of broken stone".  The Tory Council leader who was responsible for its erection stated that in years to come residents will come to love it. That was 37 years ago, and we all still hate it.

9. The pond at Church Farmhouse Museum. This used to be magical and beautiful. The Philistines who run the council and shut the museum have allowed it to go to rack and ruin. It is heartbreaking to see.

10.  Pentavia Retail Park. Mostly abandoned and desolate. A depressing sight to see. If the developers get their way, it will become twelve storey high tower blocks and become an even bigger eyesore.

I wonder what Barnet Council's Eyesore squad will do about these? What's your favourite eyesore in the London Borough of Barnet.

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Friday Joke 21/2/2017

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 It's Friday, so here's a couple of items to get you in the mood for the weekend! Have a great one
A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and a halter top.

The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply.

"Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

"And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you?  She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?," replied the  grinning salesman sheepishly.

Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man...

"There you go," she said. "I told you I could get that idiot to lower the price...." "See you later, Dad, Happy Father's day."


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Guest Blog - Report on the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding committee of Barnet Council on 18 July by Keith Martin

Mr Keith Martin

By Keith Martin,

Ed note : The Barnet Eye is always keen to receive guest blogs from Barnet Residents. One of our most long standing and best friends is Keith Martin of Chaville Press. On Wednesday night, Barnet Council held a meeting of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding committee. A key item of discussion was the damning OFSTED report into Childrens services. Unfortunately, we couldn't attend due to a long standing commitment, however Keith kindly stepped up and gave us his report on the meeting. Here are his observations :-

Attendance at council meetings often opens the lid on how our Councils are run. The Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding committee of Barnet Council on 18 July was no exception.

1                     The order paper ran to 260 pages (Ed - This is the report pack under discussion). Clearly this committee is overburdened with responsibilities. It needs to be subdivided. “Children” included a damning indictment by an Ofsted report of Barnet’s acknowledgedly inadequate children’s services. Pages 240/241 described the council’s aim to deliver quality services, the statutory duties of the Council and the risk management necessary. Thus councillors are informed of the appalling risks being taken by pursuing ideologically motivated and damaging policies. Yet they have been doing this as part of a mistaken library strategy since 2002, unchecked by either the Secretary of State for Culture or by rumblings from opposition councillors, the media or the Four Barnet Bloggers who, in response to the Ofsted revelations, have called upon the Chair Reuben Thompstone to resign.
2                     The meeting dwelt at length on the Ofsted report. Chris Munday, the Strategic Director for Children and young People, was questioned by members of the committee on current plans to improve services.
3                     The imminent time bomb was left ticking of how library services, arguably in breach of the council’s statutory duty under the 1964 Act to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service, are currently the subject of a report by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to the Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley. Watch this space.
4                     Clearly lots to do. Islington in contrast to Barnet received an Ofsted report on its outstanding leadership, so good models are at hand.
5                     The CELS committee has four co-opted members. It would benefit hugely by co-opting more pillars of the community with local experience rather than employing expensive consultants without such local knowledge. They have done something right by co-opting Kevin McSharry of the One Stop Shop in Graham Park.

Keith Martin