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    parking tickets

    I wouldn't pay. At least, not without a fight. It sounds like it's a contractual parking charge notice. I would appeal (they have to tell you how to do this) citing your circumstances, blue badge etc. If this was private land (ie belonging to the hospital, not the local authority) then Parking Eye have no legal authority to actually "fine" you, merely to try and enforce a claim for breach of contract, showing that you would have seen a sign saying you couldn't park there, or couldn't so without payment, or whatever.
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    Alan Myers

    Maker of big bore guns and cartridges, RFD, etc.
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    Personally I am in favour of clubs buying land, for all sorts of reasons, and agricultural land prices seem to have levelled off at the moment so the next couple of years could be a good time to invest.
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    So, in the interested in open-mindedness (not to mention those famous "balls" of yours) let me ask, yet again: are you facing the prospect of a claim? Yes or no. Simple.
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    So much for transparency. If you are facing a claim, I hope you have informed your local party. They won't be keen this sort of an issue bubbling up in the run up to next May's local elections.
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    It was the judge who made up his own mind, based on the overwhelming evidence. Anyway, back to the main issue; I asked a very simple, yes or no question: are you facing the prospect of claim? And you repeatedly avoid answering. Interesting.
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    Nothing in the tribunal judgment or any report I have read about any claims against you - or can you point me to anything? Better still why not simply answer the question?
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    I read the 40-plus page judgement of Stephen Curtis V British Association of Shooting and Conservation online, and its conclusions are absolutely clear. I gather it is rare for employment tribunals to award costs - they don't want to discourage individuals from taking companies to court. Perhaps BASCs insurers wanted a shot at recouping their legal expenses, given the strength of the judgment. Who knows. But, arguably, if you had investigated the many allegations about Curtis when you were chairman, the matter might never have reached court in the first place. In last year's accounts, BASC said it was determined to recover costs that weren't covered by insurance. So here's a question: are you facing the prospect of a claim?
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    You knew what Curtis was. You had been told. And he had form, as the police say: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-kosovo-police/u-n-police-chief-in-kosovo-quits-on-request-idUSL1445016320070214. Yet you actually tried to defend him in court, where he was trounced after the judge considered what he called "incontrovertible evidence" that Curtis had made what amounted to threats to kill a member of staff (as well as assorted threats to other employees, the court heard) .
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    KENT AND CHICHESTER WILDFOWLERS BUY NEW LAND

    So, a thread started by a former chairman of BASC who left under a cloud, having failed to tackle the Stephen Curtis issue and then actually supported that odious individual in an employment tribunal (which duly found against Curtis), ends up bashing BASC... what a surprise.
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    Shooting Short Eared Owls

    Probably best to read the report. The sources are quoted and the data laid out in charts. By the way, I certainly didn't intend to "snivel" about your vast number of posts; I have admired many of them. Sorry to cause any offence.
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    Shooting Short Eared Owls

    Oh, re England, here's Natural England's 2008 statement in the report "A Future for the Hen Harrier in England?" on the impact of hen harrier persecution: There is compelling evidence that persecution continues, both during and following the breeding season. Persecution continues to limit Hen Harrier recovery in England.
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    Shooting Short Eared Owls

    I believe this was based on the famous research conducted at Langholm. As for golden eagles and English moors, you are right, but I think the statement was including eagles as one of three species being adversely impacted by persecution on grouse moors - even though the eagle applies only to Scotland. The GWCT are currently stating on their website: Q: Why are there so few hen harriers on English driven grouse moors? A: In addition to the reasons above, it has been shown that illegal culling by gamekeepers can restrict hen harrier numbers on some grouse moors. No denial there about he fact of persecution or its impact. The GWCT go on to say: "If there are too many harriers on a moor the shoot becomes uneconomic, the gamekeepers lose their jobs, and numbers of ground-nesting birds decline, including ones of conservation concern such as waders. The Joint Raptor Study and subsequent studies at Langholm demonstrated that this situation can really happen and is no exaggeration." Fair point. That's the clear motive for the current levels of raptor crime on driven grouse moors. So, how do we save driven grouse shooting? Not by stamping on owls, that's for sure. In my own view, the Hen Harrier Recovery Project, involving brood management of hen harriers (opposed by the RSPB), so we don't get damaging concentrations, is the best way forward. But if what I have rather rudely called "the grouse lot" keep on trying to deny or obfuscate the fact and importance of criminality, then we won't get there, because the credibility of the shooting side will be so shot, and we will seem so unreasonable and arrogant, that the politicians will be persuaded to legislate. Hence my frustration with some of the "grouse lot".
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