Local News Feb 14-21 2019

Including Hungerford’s aims and objectives, Newbury’s speed limits, Wantage’s parking, Marlborough’s missing zebra, Thatcham’s troublesome CAT, Grove’s delayed leisure centre, Shefford’s flood target, East Garson’s asbestos correction, Inkpen’s quiz, Hampstead Norreys’ rural Oscar, Speen’s extra pairs of hands, Chilton Foliat’s new head, Theale’s station, Swindon’s development plans  police and travel updates, £1, £44m, threats to journalism, plastic avoidance, connecting communities, a waterlogged cow, Brexit in Dutch, a sticky Valentine, a draft strategy, Dorothy Parker, toe-squelching horror, atheism and a pin-striped walrus. 

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Police, transport and council contacts

Roadworks updates. Click on the links for news regarding West Berkshire, the Wantage area, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Swindon. Please click here to visit Traffic England’s site for information on motorways and major strategic roads (which include at A34 and the A419). The ‘Map Layers’ toggle can be used to display different levels of information.

• You can also visit Roadworks.org for similar information: this also provides the ability to toggle layers and select dates (it defaults to today’s date but you can adjust this) and other preferences. (It seems that West Berkshire at least – see link above – gets its feed from this source).

Neighbourhood policing updates. For the Thames Valley Police’s ‘Your Local Area’ page generally, click here. For specific areas, click here for Hungerford and Lambourn; click here for Newbury Town Centre; click here for Newbury Outer; click here for Bucklebury and Downlands; click here for Thatcham, Aldermaston and Brimpton; click here for Wantage and Grove; click here for Wiltshire East (including Marlborough); click here for Swindon and other parts of Wiltshire; click here for Hampshire.

• Please click here for more about the tri-service station in Hungerford and policing in the area generally.

• For information on flood warnings and alerts, click here.

• A number of community minibus and car schemes provide transport services for – but not exclusively for – older and disabled people. You can click here to find more about the range of services (and volunteering opportunities) in West Berkshire. Click here for services in Wiltshire and Swindon. Click here for services in Wantage.

District, town or parish council contacts. To view the contacts page for Hungerford TC, click here; for Newbury, click here; for Thatcham, click here. If you live in the Vale of White Horse area, click here (and here for Wantage); if you live in Wiltshire, click here (and here for Marlborough). For Swindon, click here.

Across the area (and further afield)

• Anyone who says that they know what’s going to happen after 29 March is either lying or on drugs. The British Chambers of Commerce is making no such claims of omniscience and has produced this list of 20 key questions which it says need to be answered PDQ by HMG. You may have some of your own to add to this.

• West Berkshire Council is currently consulting on its 2019-23 Draft Strategy which, the council explains, ‘explains what we aim to prioritise and improve over a four-year period…and how we propose to achieve these improvements.’ Click here for more information. You have until 24 March to make your views known. The results will not be ratified or published until late May 2019, after the elections on 2 May.

• This week’s Newbury Weekly News has on p4 an account of its attempts under a FoI request to get West Berkshire Council to reveal information about how many of its staff and councillors have criminal records. The Council has claimed that the questions are merely ‘a fishing exercise’ (asking general questions in the hope that an interesting fact will emerge). ‘The motive of a media reporter,’ a council spokesperson is quoted as opining, ‘is usually to capture interesting information to support or cover a news story.’ Well, yes – that seems a fairly good definition of what journalists do. What’s the problem? The Council has also claimed that the enquiry is ‘vexatious’: ‘inconvenient’, ‘unwelcome’ or ’embarrassing’ might be better words. Journalists asking questions of public bodies is also necessary. The article concludes by saying that the newspaper has asked that the answers be separated, with separate replies for councillors and for officers. I’d agree with this: it’s the councillors who should come under more scrutiny, particularly with elections coming up.  

• As mentioned last week, all questions previous posed in previous editions of this column concerning the London Road Industrial Estate remain unanswered.

• This silence does not stop others from commenting on the matter. One observation from Peter Norman, the former parliamentary candidate, appears in the letters page of this week’s Newbury Weekly News. He refers to the £1 fine imposed on the Council by the Court of Appeal following the Court’s judgement that the Council’s commercial agreement with St Modwen’s was unlawful. He points out that West Berkshire has repeatedly ‘spun’ the story to suggest that the low fine reflected the ‘technical’ nature of the breach. This is, as he points out, not true. As Mr Norman points out, the fine was nominal at the express wish of the appellant, Faraday Development; while anyone who reads the judgement will see that the breach was in fact quite a serious one. I have wondered, as does Mr Norman, what the reaction of the judges is to their conclusions being repeatedly interpreted in this way. Questions still remain as to how and why and by whom the decisions were taken which led to the change of policy which in turn resulted in the new (unlawful) commercial agreement from which the provision of the A339 access road was excluded. 

• I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about the whopping fine handed out to Google under the recent GDPR legislation and how The Independent suggests that other data giants will be next in line and that the judgement potentially represents ‘a seminal moment for people’s privacy.’  I doubted this. We have entered into a complicit relationship with companies like Google and Facebook – we pay them not with money but with our personal data; and they pay us back by giving us access to the personal data of others through their services. If they had to stop using this then not only their financial model but also the whole idea of connectivity on which their services are predicated would collapse. I suspect most people are happy to lose some of their privacy in order to have this instant access to the world. If given the stark choice between the current situation and one where FB etc was both charged for and less connective, I suspect many would keep things as they are. Our brains have become rewired to the extent that we regard these means of communication as essential. I therefore doubt there’s as much of an appetite for data protection as is claimed. Most of our data is everywhere and, despite our protestations of outrage, we now demand the services like FB which rely on this indiscretion. Pandora’s box has been opened. On a separate matter, where does the £44m fine end up (assuming it’s actually paid and not negotiated away)? Does anyone know?

• Many would agree that there is a huge crisis facing journalism in that our appetite for news appears to be increasing in inverse proportion to our willingness to pay for it. Penny Post is part of this. This column, in its own small way, provides free of charge (though you can make a donation here if you wish) a range of information and opinion each week. Some of what I write relies on commenting on (and always referencing or linking to) the work of other on- and off-line media groups. Many of these operate at a loss, or on a shoestring and so tend to cut back on reporters, the number of whom has fallen by getting on for a third since 2007. Revenues have been eroded by the increasing dominance of Google and Facebook which have, in a different way, also contributed to a culture of immediate access, soundbites and sensationalism. As recent high-profile investigations involving phone-hacking and the like have shown, journalists are not always bastions of honesty: but, as a whole, the profession is a vital check on the activities of powerful bodies, including national and local government. Without journalism, we’re left with social-media rants, press releases and fake news. A recent attempt to look at this problem was announced this week in the Cairncross Report, one summary of which (from The Guardian) you can read here. The fact that the report suggests that public funds should be used to support local journalism – an idea unthinkable ten years ago – suggests how serious this problem has become.

• The Community Council for Berkshire, which has been supporting communities throughout the county for the last 45 year, has renamed itself as Connecting Communities in Berkshire (still CCB, you’ll notice). Please click here to read a recent report on its work to combat the often invisible problems of loneliness and social isolation and what community groups and individuals can do to help. 

• If you have an overdue library book, the library service is having a two-day amnesty on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February.

• The animal of the week is a bright blue, six-foot muppet-like creature created Brexit which has been invented by the Dutch government to warn businesses about the need preparations for a no-deal exit come next month. (My representation would have been a huge, menacing and ever-growing walrus in a pin-striped suit and with a mop of unruly blond hair: but the Dutch government didn’t ask me.)

• The letters pages of the Newbury Weekly News this week include, as well as the above-mentioned letter from Peter Norman: praise for the re-opened Greenham Control Tower; the need to do something about the ‘toe-squelching horror’ of a journey along the canal towpath; reassurances about the A4 cycle lane plans; a request for councillors to supply answers to questions; a plea for more social and affordable homes to be built in the area; and a picture of a cat which, so it’s claimed, supports Chelsea and dislikes cheap fish fingers. There is also the usual handful of emails on the subject of the B thing.

• A number of good causes have received valuable support recently, including: Newbury Samaritans (thanks to local shoppers); many local voluntary groups (thanks to Greenham Trust); Hedgehog Bottom and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (thanks to Thatcham Mayor Jan Cover); Prospect Hospice (thanks to golfer Freddie Titcombe).

Hungerford & district

• Please click here for the latest news from Hungerford Town Council.

• Nominations can now be made for the 2019 Freedom of the Town award – click here for information.

• The Hungerford 2036 Team has completed the latest phase of its work with the publication of the project’s aims and objectives: any resident of the town is strongly advised to click on this link and have a look at the document. The authors say in the preamble that ‘Feedback will now be sought through the widest possible public consultation with the local community to make sure that their views are accurately represented. Additional analysis and work will be undertaken to assess the objectives and available options; these will be added back into the consultation process as they become available. This will then be used to revise and add further detail to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.’

• If you would like to find out more about what a career in the army can offer you, the army is coming to Hungerford next week – not the whole army, obviously: even with all the recent  personnel cuts there’d hardly be room for all those tanks. This Army Careers Open Day takes place on Monday 18 February from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Football Club. If you need more info, call 0118 957 3997.

• As is always the case, the start of each month sees the publication of Penny Post Hungerford. You can read the February issue by clicking here

• All village halls need to raise money to keep the roof over their heads (sometime literally) and Inkpen’s is no exception. Click here for details of a fundraising quiz night on 23 March.

Chilton Foliat Primary School officially welcomed its new head teacher this week – click here for more.

Thatcham Refillable, one of an ever-increasing number of groups and retailers which is seeking to wean us off our reliance on one-use plastic bottles, held a pop-up event at the Hungerford Hub last weekend – click here to see a video of the event.

Lambourn Valley

• Please click here to visit the village websites or Facebook pages for Lambourn, East Garston and Great Shefford.

• Last week we reported that the Environment Agency had discovered asbestos in the bed of the River Lambourn as a result of its restitution works arising from the dredging that took place there in November and December. The EA has contacted Penny Post to say that the materials discovered may be asbestos but that further tests are required before this can be ascertained. We’ve amended the post on this subject and apologise for this error.

• Last week saw the publication of the February Valley of the Racehorse newsletter, which you can click here to read. This issue includes a snowy video, beef-boxes, racing news, the latest from Trindledown and 4 Legs Radio, a local lottery, a glimpse of the good life, scams, ghosts, stars, rugby and panna cotta.

• Congratulations to the Great Shefford Flood Alleviation Association whose fundraising efforts are getting close to the £80,000 needed before the Environment Agency will start work. Click here for more information on the GSFAA.

• There have been reports of thefts from vans in Great Shefford and elsewhere in the area. If you see anything suspicious, dial 101 or 999 as the case may be. Thefts from or of vehicles are a pain at the best of times but, when a van is involved, someone’s livelihood could be at risk.

Volunteers are still needed to help run Great Shefford’s youth club.

• The Cheltenham Festival is on the horizon and, as ever, the East Garston Village Hall will play host to a panel of local experts in the annual Cheltenham Preview. This year’s event is on Friday 8 March from 7pm – click here for details. Book now the avoid disappointment as the event is usually a sell-out.

• The outbreak of equine flu which at one point seemed likely to threaten this event has, at the time of writing, abated.

4 Legs Community Radio Station will on Friday have its 44th day of broadcasting – click here for more.

Newbury & district

• Please click here for the latest news from Newbury Town Council: and here to see NTC’s archive of monthly newsletters.

• Please click here for the latest news from Chieveley Parish Council.

• As we’ve had cause to mention before, parish councillors perform a vital role in local affairs: in the words of the Local Gov website,’ they have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.’ The problem is often finding enough people to serve. One parish council which is currently badly in need of some extra pairs of hands is Speen: this was reported in this week’s NWN and confirmed by the Parish Clerk to whom I spoke today. If you’d like to make a positive, practical and important commitment to the life of the area, please contact Jean Lindsell at clerk@speenpc.org.uk

• A recent car accident in Andover Road has, according to the NWN, ‘reignited’ the debate about a 20mph limit, something that West Berkshire Council is reluctant to agree to. 

• Newbury has now officially 13 buildings which are older than the Civil War. The most recent to be confirmed is 102a/103 Bartholomew Street which was probably built in 1623. One part of this is now the Jaipur restaurant: if Newbury’s historians are correct, this would make the building over 100 years older than the city of Jaipur itself, which was founded in 1727. 

• A major road improvement project for Newbury is expected to continue until the autumn – click here for details.

• The NWN reports this week that plans for a bowling alley in the Kennet Centre have been approved with the facility expected to open later this year.

• Click here to take part in Newbury Town Council’s consultation into the future of the City Recreation Ground. This closes at the end of February.

• Details here of the Cook and Eat workshops run by Newbury College.

Click here for information on free English courses offered to ESOL students in Newbury (also Thatcham and Calcot) by the Berkshire School of English.

Compton & Downlands

• Please click here for the latest news from Hampstead Norreys Parish Council (where there are currently two councillor vacancies).

• Please click here for the latest news from Compton Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Ashampstead Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Chaddleworth Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Brightwalton Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from West Ilsley Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from East Ilsley Parish Council.

• The January newsletter from West Ilsley Parish Council can be found here.

• A 20mph speed limit in the area of School Road in Compton has been proposed and West Berkshire has written to all local residents in terms that appear to suggest it supports the idea. There is a consultation on the matter which will run until 15 February (so hardly any time left). More information can be found here.

• The Parish Council in Chaddleworth is continuing to press its case with the local government ombudsman regarding the way the parish has been divided into two for the purpose of school-transport policy.

• Stallholders are wanted for Brightwalton’s Fete on 5 May.

• A reminder about Hampstead Norreys Community Shop’s eco-bricks project which re-purposes your one-use plastic. You can read more about this by clicking here.

• The same shop has also been nominated in the village shop and post office category for the South East Countryside Alliance Regional Awards, know as the ‘rural oscars‘. You can see more on p9 of this week’s NWN.

• If you want to subscribe to Chaddleworth News, please contact chaddnews@gmail.com.

Brightwalton’s January Brickleton News has also recently appeared and you can click here (and scroll down a bit) to download it. 

• Please click here for dates and venues for the PCSO Have your Say meetings in the Thacham, Theale and Compton & Downlands areas.

Click here for details of how to book guided tours at The Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys. 

• The Downs School in Compton recently held an Apprentice Awareness event – you can read a brief report here.

Thatcham and district

• Please click here for the latest news from Thatcham Town Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Cold Ash Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Bucklebury Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Brimpton Parish Council.

• Please click here for details of Thatcham’s civic events in 2019.

• We’ve mentioned before about CATs – community asset transfers – the process by which buildings or services are transferred, usually downwards from district to parish level. One particularly troublesome cat, as the NWN reports, is the Moorside Community Centre. The survey into the building conducted by the Town Council ‘didn’t really give any definitive answers’ (seems a strange sort of survey) and the matter now seems bogged down in discussions about what exactly is wrong and who is going to pay for it.

• If you were passing the Kennet and Avon near Thatcham last week and thought you saw a group of firemen pulling a large cow out of the river then that is exactly what was going on – click here for more.

• Who is the only player to have won the Champions league with three different clubs? What is unique about Nepal’s flag? Where was the cult dystopian TV series The Prisoner filmed? These are three questions that might (but probably won’t) be asked at the Thatcham Mayor’s Charity Quiz on Thursday 7 March. Click here for details.

Volunteers are need by Thatcham Council to help support children ‘in and on the edge of care.’ Click here for details.

• Please click here for dates and venues for the PCSO Have your Say meetings in the Thatcham, Theale and Compton & Downlands areas.

• Click here to see the latest Cold Ash Community Bulletin

Theale and district

• Please click here for the latest news from Theale Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Aldermaston Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Englefield Parish Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Burghfield Parish Council (featuring a new website).

Click here for the latest from Highways England about the progress of the work to tuen the M4 from J3 to J12 into a smart motorway.

• Anyone using Reading Station will be glad to learn that, after eight years, Cow Lane will re-open later this month

• And even better news for users of Theale railway station, with £8.6m to be spent on a number of improvements which are described in this article published by West Berkshire Council. The station was used by 482,000 passengers (or ‘customers’ as GWR probably calls them) in 2017-19.

• Applications are now open (and will remain so until 7 March 2019) for nominations for the Stratfield Mortimer Community Award 2019. Click here for more.

Click here for the December 2018/January 2019 Parish Magazine from Englefield Parish Council.

• Please click here for dates and venues for the PCSO Have your Say meetings in the Thaacham, Theale and Compton & Downlands areas.

Marlborough & district

• Please click here for the latest news from Marlborough Town Council.

St Mary’s School is in the news again. A few weeks ago, Marlborough News reported on the dismay expressed at the way the old school buildings were being disposed of by Wiltshire council; this week, the Gazette and Herald describes further dismay at the failure of the the council’s Highways Department for, as the Town Council claims, breaking a promise to provide a pedestrian crossing near the new school.

The article from Marlborough News suggests that Community Infrastructure Levies (CILs) and S106 payments due from developers are not finding their way to appropriate projects in the Marlborough area in the way they should be.

• A reminder of what we mentioned here last week, from the same source, about the cuts and savings (separate these how you will) in Wiltshire Council’s 2019-20 budget.

• Anyone who believes that the Conservative party’s only major fault-line is over Brexit may want to read what Devizes MP Claire Perry thinks of some of the older male members of her party.

• The pre-school held in the village hall in Great Bedwyn is seeking more children so as to keep the facility going.

• And, from the same village, another example of the region’s chronic shortage of affordable homes can be found here.

• Click here for information on what’s on in and around Ramsbury.

Wantage & district

• Please click here for the latest news from Wantage Town Council.

• Please click here for the latest news from Grove Parish Council. (Be prepared for a long wait for it to load.)

• Please click here for the latest news from Letcombe Regis Parish Council.

• The problem of car parking in Wantage has been mentioned before: here it comes again. This is actually several different problems as the needs of residents and of retailers are not always aligned. Parking revenue is also a valuable income stream for councils. One of the issues is that there are three organisations resposnsible for parking – the Town Council in the Market Square, the Vale Council at The Beacon, Limborough Road and Mill Street and the police elsewhere – and the level of enforcement varies greatly. Plans are being discussed to have all parking de-criminialised, so giving the Town Council control of all parking enforcement which will then be done more consistently. This will increase the TC’s workload but won’t, of course, magically reduce the number of cars that wish to use the town. Where will they go? Many retailers believe that they will stay in their driveways while their owners go online. There is no clear solution to all this. The Wantage Chamber of Commerce is looking into this issue and is in discussion with various parties as to how matters can be resolved for the benefit of residents, retailers and shoppers alike. What’s your suggestion? Contact admin@wantagechamberofcommerce.co.uk with your views. 

• Another issue which seems to admit of no obvious solution, through for different reasons, is the uncertainty hanging over the proposed new leisure centre in Grove. Four months ago the breaks were applied when it was unsure if funds promised from central government would materialise. This state of affairs is likely to continue at least until the autumn. The Wantage & Grove Herald says that the Vale Council still hopes that the building will be completed as planned in 2020 but this is looking increasingly unlikely. This is yet another example of the ever-widening gap between the number of new homes planned for the area and the infrastructure which these require.

• The Consultation by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on the Oxfordshire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is open until  20 February (not long now). To give your comments on the strategy, please visit the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group’s website and follow the link or phone for a paper copy.

• The latest meeting of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) took place on Thursday 7 February to discuss the long-running issue of Wantage Hospital. It was announced that physiotherapy Services would be returning there as soon as possible. The long-running campaign is by no means over, however, as the long-term future of the hospital is still to be decided. Local MP Ed Vaizey’s occasional column in the Wantage & Grove Herald said that he was glad that his efforts, and those of local councillors, had produced these results. Important though these doubtless were, I think there were a few more people involved in it than that, Ed.

• In 2018, the Oxfordshire authorities signed the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal with the government, securing guaranteed funding for affordable housing, infrastructure and economic growth in Oxfordshire. As part of this deal, the Oxfordshire authorities have agreed to produce a plan for the whole of the county, which will guide development in the area up to the year 2050. Please click here to read more about this on the Wantage & Grove Campaign Group’s website, which includes an onward link to the consultation (which runs until 25 March). Julie Mabberley’s regular column on p8 of the Wantage & Grove Herald looks at the above-mentioned issue.

This article in The Oxford Mail suggests that The Beacon in Wantage is going through a tough time, with footfall down and costs up. This seems to be a period of transition for the well-respected venue resulting in part from loss of bookings from King Alfred’s School following the construction of its own hall. The Vale Council has re affirmed its view that it wants The Beacon to be ‘at the heart of the community.’

• South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse Councils have both said that they have allocated no funds for a consultation into the controversial – is that the right word? (Yes – Ed.) – Oxford-Cambridge Expressway. This week’s Wantage and Grove Herald reports that both councils have appended an identical comment to their budgets saying that no sums had been set aside because the ‘view and response to this issue cannot be determined at this time.’ This seems nonsensical to me.  Of course they don’t have a view now, for the preferred route hasn’t been announced: but this is expected to happen during 2019, in the lifetime of this budget. It seems extraordinary that neither body wants to prepare to ask the residents, many of whom will be profoundly affected by the plan, what they think.

• The Grove Airfield forum focused on the several accidents caused by mud on the road from the Persimmon development. The Wantage and Grove Campaign Group has be asked to pass any problems on to the site managers so let them know any details.

• Another local pub has survived after fears that it would close following the departure of the previous landlords: The King and Queen in Longcott. You can read more here. Some friends of ours live just round the corner from the K&Q and said what a great pub it was and how concerned they were when for a time, it was feared it might disappear.

• Click here for the latest edition of the Letcome Register, providing information about events and activities in and around Letcombe Regis.

• Wantage’s Beer and Cider Festival will be back again on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March, at The Beacon.

Click here for the latest from the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group.

• Click here for details of some forthcoming events in Wantage.

• This week’s letters page in the Wantage & Grove Herald includes: a warning about the ambiguous wording on the electoral registration forms sent out by the Vale Council; expressions of bemusement at children going on strike; and a critique of atheism which confuses individual atomic particles with all the myriad things, including the human brain, that these self-evidently can create when they combine.

Swindon & district

• Click here for the latest news and information from Swindon Borough Council.

• An updated list of sites which have the potential for development within Swindon has just been published.

• People are being urged to report suspected child abuse and exploitation following a fortnight of activity by Wiltshire Police to disrupt county lines activity in Swindon.

• Swindon Borough Council is working in partnership with 17 organisations to promote the link between mental well-being and arts.

• Swindon Borough Council has renewed its commitment to boosting literacy levels by ensuring libraries across the town reach their full potential. This initiative and other similar ones are needed nationwide as, according to this 2016 report, England had the worst teenage literacy level of any developed country. 

• STEAM is hosting an exhibition looking back at the almost obsessive time trials that took place between the four big railway companies in the early 20th century.

• Click here for details of the many volunteering opportunities at Great Western Hospital.

The song and the quiz

• The Song of the Week this Valentine’s day is the peerless Alison by the equally peerless Elvis Costello. Why this choice? (1) because it’s bloody good; and (2) because it mentions the word ‘Valentine’, albeit with ‘sticky’ just before.

• Which brings leads, as happens, to the Quiz Question of the Week. This week’s question is inspired by an article in this week’s Wantage and Grove Herald and is as follows: What do the villages of Nuneham Courtenay in Oxford and Milton Abbas in Dorset have in common (aside from both seeming to be the names of characters from a Charles Dickens novel)? Indeed, they’re the only two places in the country which share this odd distinction. Last week’s week’s question was: Who said, or is reputed to have said, ‘If all the women at this party were laid end to end I wouldn’t be a bit surprised?’ With this sort of comment, Dorothy Parker is always a fair guess and on this occasion you’d be right.

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