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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #15 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
Sadly, it looks like once again, the man (HWS) is showing his true colours - which lets face it, shouldn't be of much a surprise to those who know of his endeavours!!!

All evidence would suggest, that he's not a 'people's' person, and although he would probably be in favour of the bridge restoration (as that seems to be the one positive thing about the man - sympathetic conservation) he would most likely, want it done on his terms, probably sourced from his quarry, and no doubt on his time scale - which would of course be totally impractical for the the townsfolk.

He has been used to getting his own way - for a very long time - at any expense, and with total disregard to the cost of the local council - which of course is acting on behalf of the local tax payer - the residents of Tadcaster. Also, remeber the time not too long ago, when he objected to the cycle path - which would have made it much safer for school children cycling too and from school? There are many other examples of his 'control' over the residents of Tadcaster, and other areas where he owns property - which seem to have little sympathy, understanding, or consideration of people other than himself!!!

As the brewery is a business which survives solely on having a profitable customer base - it isn't very good PR when your business CEO is apparently anti-people - well that's to say, the likes of most of us lower class / 'below stairs' (his opinion) citizens!!! But of course - as most of us are aware, it's most likely that HWS isn't that bothered about how the business appears to the public - and recent events have certainly demonstrated a comple lack of consideration or compassion towards his staff.

Maybe it's time for the Government to finally get tough with the man, and start making some compulsory purchases. There is currently a new parliamentary bill being put forward, which would give the Environment Agency much more powers, with regards to being able to seize control in such situations as this.
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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #16 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
"As the brewery is a business which survives solely on having a profitable customer base - it isn't very good PR when your business CEO is apparently anti-people - well that's to say, the likes of most of us lower class / 'below stairs' (his opinion) citizens!!! But of course - as most of us are aware, it's most likely that HWS isn't that bothered about how the business appears to the public - and recent events have certainly demonstrated a comple lack of consideration or compassion towards his staff.

Maybe it's time for the Government to finally get tough with the man, and start making some compulsory purchases. There is currently a new parliamentary bill being put forward, which would give the Environment Agency much more powers, with regards to being able to seize control in such situations as this."

Some very good and understandable points there minsterman - BUT - as all regular readers and contributors to this blog know deep down, but sometimes forget, the normal rules simply don't apply to Humphrey. I don't think the business has survived "solely on having a profitable customer base" for ages. You'd be forgiven for thinking that it's a truism for any business, but basically he's so wealthy and has so many associated income streams, including investments, that the 'business' could be cross-subsidised for years - hence his well-catalogued disdain for customers. We don't know this for certain of course because the Sunday Times Rich list were very firmly warned off.

Negative public opinion has absolutely no effect as the infamous clash with Anne Widdecombe over the renaming of the London pub The Cardinal back to The Windsor Castle admirably demonstrated. A petition and bad-mouthing article in a national daily newspaper had absolutely no effect and as far as I remember, didn't even result in a comment from Taddy Towers.

There's no shareholders in the normal sense to lobby or frighten and even the threat of Compulsory Purchase will only result in a very long and expensive legal battle that Humphrey is bound to win, as Bristol City Council discovered to their dismay. No, the normal rules simply don't apply where Humphrey is concerned, in fact the local MP might be well-advised to save any comments for the floor of the House, possibly the only place that provides protection from his lawyers.         

   

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #17 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
He's backed down, but their are conditions. He will allow the temporary bridge if he agrees the new design for the permanent bridge

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14195726.Update_3_30pm__Brewery_says_it_will_allow_footbridge_at_Tadcaster_after_all___but_demands_conditions/?ref=mr&lp=3

Sorry, you couldn't make this up.....just who does he think he is. Residents of Tadcaster it's time to stand up and shove one or two fingers up. The footbridge 'won't be a thing of beauty'!!!!! :GIVEB:

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #18 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
THE PRIME Minister could be about to intervene in the land row which is delaying the installation of a temporary footbridge in Tadcaster.

The town's MP Nigel Adams met David Cameron today, and afterwards said 10 Downing Street had agreed to contact Samuel Smith's brewery - which has so far not given permission for its land to be used to site the bridge.

Mr Adams said: "I think we are in a slightly more encouraging place than we were yesterday.

"I understand that number 10 is going to contact the brewery to see if they can help in any way. I am encouraged that at the highest level of government Tadcaster is a national priority."

You can't make this up! All the evidence shows Humphrey is completely impervious to threats, flattery, inducements or rewards - a concept that might just be alien to many politicians!  :HJH

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #19 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
The petition for land access, to build the *temporary* bridge here, which can be signed anonymously if you wish.
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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #20 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
Thanks for the link I have just signed the petition.  Let's hope Mr Cameron can succeed where other councils and MP's have failed.  The government make the laws (voted through but the MP's and House of Lords) or Europe in some instances so let's see what powers they really have....

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #21 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
Maybe the general message will get through to the OLM (odious little man) who of course is of the opinion that there is no-one no odious than the rest of us poor serfs. Perhaps it is too much to ask that the Trustees can now take some action and thus enable SSOB to make progress in the modern world. HS this time has surely gone too far.

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #22 on: Jan 12 - 2016 »
Victory ....of a sort.... for the people of Tadcaster. Humphrey has agreed to allowing the footbridge across his land, but regrettably nothing is that simple in Taddy Towers. Conditions attached that the new stone bridge 'is approved by the brewery'. Cannot understand this - obviously Humphrey wants something built in a traditional style, but as the bridge is a listed structure, English Heritage will be keeping a close eye on what is proposed. Can Humphrey not trust them to judge what is appropriate, instead of  putting extra conditions on? I think he has just put extra delaying tactics in, so the temporary footbridge will be delayed even more. Sad.

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An open letter from the editor of The Press to the boss of Samuel Smith's Brewery in Tadcaster.



Dear Mr Smith,

We have no doubt that you are fully aware of the strength of feeling in and around Tadcaster over your blocking of plans for a temporary footbridge to link the two halves of the town using land owned by your company.

Hopefully, those considerations informed your decision last night to relax your position to allow the footbridge to go ahead Ė with conditions.

But those conditions Ė that you must have prior approval over the budget and design of the repaired and improved main bridge Ė are both unrealistic and destined to create serious delays in the process.

First and foremost, it is for elected representatives of the people of Tadcaster to make those decisions on their behalf and not the operators of a private business, even one that employs many local people.

Secondly, attempting to hold a Government department to ransom by refusing to co-operate unless you get your own way is unreasonable and doomed to failure.

The response over the past fortnight to the devastating floods has been remarkable.

Across York and Tadcaster, communities have rallied, local people have dug deep, and residents and businesses have helped each other out, showing an indefatigable never-day-die resilience to be proud of.

So why, when local people are finding such strength in unity, are you standing in their way?

The destruction of the main bridge through Tadcaster has cut the town in two, and now residents and business on both sides need a helping hand.

You have questioned the value of the proposed footbridge, as is your right - but nobody is asking you to fund it.

You have accused the county council of failing to maintain the bridge, which may or may not be correct.

You have now said you may allow a bridge - but only if it is on your terms.

This is not enough. Right now, we need action - not finger-pointing or nit-picking.

The people of Tadcaster, its traders, its elected representatives and even Prime Minister David Cameron are helping the town to get back on its feet. It's time for you to get on board.

By all means seek an assurance that townspeople will be fully consulted over plans for the restored bridge. Thatís easy to give and will become a matter of record.

For now, itís all thatís needed to get the show on the road.

Samuel Smith's Brewery has helped make Tadcaster famous around the world, but it is Tadcaster's people who make the town what it is. Many of them work in your brewery and frequent your pubs. They are your employees and customers.

More importantly, they are your neighbours. To turn them away in this time of crisis would be shameful, and would leave a bitter taste indeed.

There is still time to rescue what threatens to be a PR disaster for Sam Smithís, with some people already calling for a boycott of your beers.

Itís time to build bridges, both with local people and in terms of the temporary bridge they so desperately want and need.



Yours sincerely,



Perry Austin-Clarke

Editor; The Press

York


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Original source: York Press

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #24 on: Jan 13 - 2016 »
The article very eloquently highlighted what many on this site gave already written.  Allowing one person to have so much power is leads to unnecessary problems with our friends and families facing delays and massive inconvenience. 

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #25 on: Jan 13 - 2016 »
Its so typical. He's got what he wanted - the full control of the whole situation and towns people. 

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Taddy Bridge
« Reply #26 on: Jan 13 - 2016 »
I bet it was difficult today with the A64 being closed


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« Reply #27 on: Jan 13 - 2016 »
I bet it was difficult today with the A64 being closed


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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #28 on: Jan 14 - 2016 »
According to the Harrogate Advertiser last night Tadcaster Albion FC has offered their car park as one side connecting to the council owned Britannia car park on the other side of the river as a site for the footbridge,problem solved ?.

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Re: Taddy Bridge
« Reply #29 on: Jan 14 - 2016 »
latest from York Press, published about half an hour ago confirming above post


http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14205170.Tadcaster_to_get_bridge__with_or_without_brewery_support/

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