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Parking Restrictions and Changes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 by VGresident

The other day without warning, workers turned up to cancel (black-out) one of the double yellow lines along Valley Gardens. At the same time, as far as I’ve been given to understand, they put double yellow lines along Thatcham Avenue. Usually, when there’s a single yellow line, parking restrictions apply, [Continue Reading]

Electric Fence – Manor Farm

Friday, June 15th, 2012 by VGresident

A lot of people will have seen the “electric fencing” around the horse paddock at Manor Farm next to the Barn Owl. Part of the wooden fence seems to be broken and the “electric” ribbon is only loosely attached in places. It may be that the eventual aim is to [Continue Reading]

Trolleys – Again!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by VGresident

Last night (Monday 6th Feb) at 9.45pm, as I was walking down Valley Gardens, I passed a middle-aged, fair haired woman, accompanied by what I took to be her 2 daughters, pushing two Tesco’s trolleys up the road. The trolleys were filled with Tesco bags, so I assume she’d just [Continue Reading]

Rubbish Collection Service for Fly Tippers

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 by VGresident

Friday, another refuse collection day. Green bin and recycling bin duly left out on the pavement for The Council to collect. I got home at lunchtime to find that some inconsiderate (expletive deleted) had decided to dump 4 carrier bags of rubbish – not all recyclable by the looks of [Continue Reading]

Kingsway Roundabout

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by VGresident

Remember how nice the roundabout used to be at the A38 entrance to Kingsway? (Editors Note: See website header picture) Then one day, for reasons that have already been explained here, the trees and stones were taken away! With the prospect of the road being opened (effectively an extension of [Continue Reading]

Two of Kingsway’s Favourite Subjects

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by VGresident

Yes… Parking and The Underpass. A few days ago, while walking under the underpass, I witnessed a car coming down Valley Gardens towards Matalan. As it approached the underpass, it sped up considerably, as if travelling at speed might allow it to avoid the CCTV. I hope it didn’t. Reckless [Continue Reading]

Careless Parking… Would You Believe It!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by VGresident

There have been recent postings about the bus bollard and the imminent changes, (ie: the installation of a traffic camera). This morning when I went out for a walk, I saw a car turn down the road towards the underpass. Finding the bus bollard in place, the driver stopped at [Continue Reading]


Monday, March 15th, 2010 by VGresident

Last week some irresponsible, anti-social persons dumped 2 bags of rubbish in my front garden! It wasn’t kids dumping rubbish, this was a deliberate act of fly-tipping of a couple of bags of rubbish in a couple of Tesco carrier bags – presumably their own dustbins were full, so they [Continue Reading]

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys

Monday, February 15th, 2010 by VGresident

This week has seen at least 3 shopping trolleys abandoned in the road in Valley Gardens – either by kids or socially irresponsible adults (does nobody care enough these days to challenge people taking trolleys away from stores)? I’ve seen 2 from Matalan and one from Tesco. Why Tesco and [Continue Reading]


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