Elf and safety strikes again

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RE Cwmcarn School (asbestos fiasco). What a total waste of taxpayers’ money, not to mention the disruption to teachers and pupils. This school was doing fine until some elf and safety boffin decided it was unfit for purpose. Root out the persons responsible, and have them embalmed in concrete and placed on the school gateposts.

Norman Jones Preseli Close Risca

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12:50am Wed 27 Feb 13

Careful says...

Mr Jones

I understand how aggrieved you must feel.

It is deeply worrying that the first (Santia) report which recommended, and which CCBC acted instantly upon to close Cwmcarn High School:

> contained so much poor science/statistical analysis (as reported by HSE/HSL in their report) &

> was not (at all) challenged by CCBC in light of the catastrophic disruption to the quality education of nearly 1,000 school pupils.

As you will know, subsequent reports (HSL & Ensafe) independently come to a more balanced pragmatic conclusion based on their own separate independent assessments of all the evidence. It is deeply worrying that the Council continues to fail to publicise and therefore fails to keep its constituents aware of all the facts in an open, honest and transparent manner.

These actions (and inactions) by CCBC are not just deeply worrying, they are concerning to the extent that they may be deemed suspicious. To continue to appear (by their actions to date) not to challenge the Santia report may make one question whether this is normal behaviour expected of a reasonable person (in this case CCBC), and for what motivations would such a person continue to rely on advice that has been successfully challenged by others. This cannot be judged to be open, honest and transparent local government.

CCBC have a chance in the next couple of weeks to look deeply within itself, leave no stone unturned and take the opportunity to demonstrate that it can serve its constituents properly and without question by assessing ALL THE FACTS available and coming to its own decision solely underpinned by indisputable written evidence.

I, for one (and speaking on behalf of countless others I am sure), await this outcome with bated breath.
Mr Jones I understand how aggrieved you must feel. It is deeply worrying that the first (Santia) report which recommended, and which CCBC acted instantly upon to close Cwmcarn High School: > contained so much poor science/statistical analysis (as reported by HSE/HSL in their report) & > was not (at all) challenged by CCBC in light of the catastrophic disruption to the quality education of nearly 1,000 school pupils. As you will know, subsequent reports (HSL & Ensafe) independently come to a more balanced pragmatic conclusion based on their own separate independent assessments of all the evidence. It is deeply worrying that the Council continues to fail to publicise and therefore fails to keep its constituents aware of all the facts in an open, honest and transparent manner. These actions (and inactions) by CCBC are not just deeply worrying, they are concerning to the extent that they may be deemed suspicious. To continue to appear (by their actions to date) not to challenge the Santia report may make one question whether this is normal behaviour expected of a reasonable person (in this case CCBC), and for what motivations would such a person continue to rely on advice that has been successfully challenged by others. This cannot be judged to be open, honest and transparent local government. CCBC have a chance in the next couple of weeks to look deeply within itself, leave no stone unturned and take the opportunity to demonstrate that it can serve its constituents properly and without question by assessing ALL THE FACTS available and coming to its own decision solely underpinned by indisputable written evidence. I, for one (and speaking on behalf of countless others I am sure), await this outcome with bated breath. Careful
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10:14am Wed 27 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

"Root out the persons responsible, and have them embalmed in concrete and placed on the school gateposts."

Seems like a reasonable thing to do in these enlightened times.....
"Root out the persons responsible, and have them embalmed in concrete and placed on the school gateposts." Seems like a reasonable thing to do in these enlightened times..... smokintheweed
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12:16pm Wed 27 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

Gruesome. I like it. Lol!

But seriously, it's like I always say, there is a confidence trick played where people end up accepting faceless corporate logos when they challenge issues such as this.

Some people spend entire careers in jobs that they should never be in. The lack of Individual responsibility is usually where the problems arise. I recommend as little use of the words 'CCBC' as possible in your objections, if you want to shame someone into action.
Gruesome. I like it. Lol! But seriously, it's like I always say, there is a confidence trick played where people end up accepting faceless corporate logos when they challenge issues such as this. Some people spend entire careers in jobs that they should never be in. The lack of Individual responsibility is usually where the problems arise. I recommend as little use of the words 'CCBC' as possible in your objections, if you want to shame someone into action. P C Neilson
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