Friday, May 11, 2007

Local elections

So it's all over. The dust is settling on a Tory minority administration for Bath and North East Somerset. Overall the Tories went from 26 to 31 seats and are now the largest party in B&NES. However here in Bath honours were even with Tories and Lib Dems exchanging three seats - two Bathwick and one Combe Down gains by LD from Con and one Lambridge, Weston and Widcombe seats gained by Con from LD.

In Combe Down Cherry Beath was elected with a majority of more than 300 over the nearest Conservative candidate and I was elected with a similar majority. We have called on almost all households in Combe Down during the past year, so you can imagine the wear and tear on our shoe leather.

We would like to thank all those who had enough confidence in us to cast a vote our way and we will try to live up to that confidence by representing all the residents of Combe Down to the very best of our ability.

Orange Problems

I signed up with internet provider 'Freeserve' a few years ago for Broadband access, so imagine my surprise when I found that I could no longer access the internet or my emails at home, and Orange was my Broadband provider. Apparently 'Freeserve' was taken over by 'Wanadoo' and 'Wanadoo' was then swallowed up by Orange.

I had various explanations as to why I was unable to get on line and a number of empty promises about getting back on line. Now 4 weeks on, I am still unable to access the internet through the broadband system provided by Orange.

Neither am I able to sign up with another Broadband provider until I can get my 'MAC' number from Orange and so far they have promised, but not supplied it. I am now trying to get the number through the regulator OFFCOM. If I was a small business that relied on the internet I would have been out of business by now. As it is I work from home and to be off-line during an election campaign has been very difficult.

This is why I have not been able to update the website very often in past weeks. I feel that I should let others know how appallingly Orange have behaved over this issue - one of my neighbours is also suffering similar problems.