Behaviour Unbefitting

CSM EDITORIAL During Country Squire Magazine’s investigations into malfeasance at Torbay Council, the Squires have encountered shocking evidence which makes even one’s most negative imaginings about councillors and local government seem saintly compared to the tawdry reality. At times we have been left asking the question, who on earth would want to be a local councillor?  It seems that across the UK there are too … Continue reading Behaviour Unbefitting

Dear Editor, Re: Torbay

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, we rarely publish letters from members of the public but this one below from Dr Helen Boyles fits in well with our campaign related to Torbay Council, which can be read about here. In short, we’re involved with this issue as we see this council, among many, ignoring local wishes and ploughing up the Great British Countryside. We are … Continue reading Dear Editor, Re: Torbay

The Care Village Con Part I

BY NICK GRANGER Living out our last days in a residential care home is a prospect that few of us would relish. In 2014 the Burstow Commission called such homes “islands of misery”. The finances of such places also tend to be iffy and administrators are forever being called in or staved off – one of Britain’s biggest providers, Four Seasons, is a case in … Continue reading The Care Village Con Part I

The Care Village Con Part 2

BY NICK GRANGER Did you know that with the care village model the biggest profit is taken by the developer/financier? This is why many of these large-scale care villages run into financial difficulties at a later date requiring a bailout by the local authority, which means by YOU, the Council Tax payer. How does this play out? The developer sets up a shell company, Company … Continue reading The Care Village Con Part 2

Legal & General Risk All

BY NICK GRANGER When last August Legal & General announced its establishment of Inspired Villages Group, formed out of English Care Villages, a developer of later living accommodation, business people everywhere could see the logic in the fit. L&G’s life business is already heavily targeted at the third generation. Why not close off the loop and claw back great chunks of pension and annuity pay-outs … Continue reading Legal & General Risk All

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