Council Traumatises Whole Neighbourhood

CSM EDITORIAL When a Local Council is fair and consistent with its planning decisions, those who are turned down can accept its decisions in the hope that the Council is making the correct decision in the best interests of the area. When a Local Council is inconsistent to the point of appearing incompetent or corrupt with its planning decisions then neighbourhoods become divided places, the … Continue reading Council Traumatises Whole Neighbourhood

British Soldier Witch Hunt Must End

CSM EDITORIAL A former British Army officer said he is “broken” after learning he is being investigated for the eighth time over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago. News that Major Robert Campbell, of the Royal Engineers, will face another official inquiry – the eighth – into his conduct in 2003 following the death of 19-year-old Said Shabram, is deeply worrying. Major … Continue reading British Soldier Witch Hunt Must End

Sir John Moore Barracks

CSM EDITORIAL Copthorne Barracks is a British Army military installation in Copthorne, a suburb of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The barracks were built between 1877 and 1881 and initially included a hospital, married quarters, stabling and stores. Their creation took place as part of the Cardwell Reforms which encouraged the localisation of British military forces. The barracks became the depot for the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of … Continue reading Sir John Moore Barracks

No Walk in the Park for L&G

CSM EDITORIAL Local residents of Maidencombe, a rural community that is part of Torquay, are justified in raising their concerns about the re-emergence of plans to build a Las Vegas style complex of buildings on Sladnor Park, an oasis of nature.  History looks set to repeat itself as Keith Cockell and his latest retirement village platform, “Inspired Villages”, try once again to deliver his dream … Continue reading No Walk in the Park for L&G

The Torquay Pavilion Storm

CSM EDITORIAL Torquay has been a turbulent place of late, politically at least. Whether it’s alleged conflicts of interest or repeating votes of no confidence in elected officials based in the area, or planning bodies who run roughshod over wishes of local residents and ward councillors, one would wonder what advantages there are to a person, or their loved ones, in stepping up to get … Continue reading The Torquay Pavilion Storm

Is Torbay Council “Corrupt”?

CSM EDITORIAL Every now and again, an article inspires readers to get in touch with a nugget of a story. This happened over Christmas time following our two articles about Torbay Council here and here. The Country Squires were pointed to an article one reader had prepared in connection with the dubious approval of a proposed major planning development in the heart of Torquay, and … Continue reading Is Torbay Council “Corrupt”?

No Room at The Inn

BY MANDY BALDWIN The upright and righteous of Stoke-on-Trent have hit on a plan to rid their streets of the non-people who offend those scurrying to buy lush food and glittery objects to celebrate the birth of a baby in a stable. Seventeen people, you see, are ruining the town for everyone by existing and erecting small pop-up tents as shelter against the harshest winter … Continue reading No Room at The Inn

The Battle of Biggin Hill

BY MANDY BALDWIN In 1943, some immensely brave young men, none of whom knew if they would see the next sunrise, built a chapel out of prefabricated huts, and it was dedicated on the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, 15th September, 1943.  Three years later, having survived the war, it burned down.  With money in short supply, and greatly distressed, Winston Churchill set about … Continue reading The Battle of Biggin Hill

CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

CSM EDITORIAL The CLA (Country Land and Business Association Limited) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. They have been safeguarding the interests of landowners, and those with an economic, social and environmental interest in rural land for more than 100 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales … Continue reading CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping