Sunday, December 09, 2012

Free parking across Northumberland

I noted Councillor Andrew Tebbutt comments regarding the vote to provide 1 week free car parking to benefit Berwick and its economy were devoid of any fact.
Fact – the Labour party has consistently campaigned for free car parking across Northumberland because we don’t think it is fair that Councillor Tebbutt’s Liberal Council ‘soak’ the local economies outside of the South East in towns such as Berwick and Hexham to the tune of £1.95m per year.
Fact – His administration have stripped £2m from the environmental budget while pursuing vanity projects such as a £440,000 ‘state of the art’ fish pass at Hedgley. That shows the Liberals have their priorities wrong.
Fact – His administration has doubled the council debt while sacking over 2,500 workers so to take lectures on financial decision-making from the Liberals should come with a health warning.
The real fact is this Liberal administration has had four and half years to ‘show the county’ what it could do. Instead they’ve been the willing hand maidens of their Westminster masters and haven’t stood up for Northumberland.
That’s the real issue.

Council under attack as councillor claims ‘Cramlington is the forgotten town’

Press Release
Council under attack as councillor claims ‘Cramlington is the forgotten town’
‘Footbridge problem is a sign of the problem’ as Labour lead calls for replacement bus – Councillor Ian Ayres
A Labour councillor on Cramlington Town Council has accused the county council of ‘forgetting the Town’ after fears he raised over the lack of action over a dangerous footbridge link with the Town has been ‘kicked into the long grass’ by the county council’s Liberal administration.
The Beaconhill footbridge link with the town is vital for many elderly and vulnerable residents and it is now out of action for the foreseeable future and Councillor Ayres is pushing the authority to ‘come up with a plan such as a replacement bus service while urgent repairs are started and completed’.
Councillor Ayres said
‘I’m afraid that it seems the Liberal authority in Morpeth seems to have forgotten Cramlington. We’re losing bus services; we’ve got vital links between communities out of action and all the council can say is ‘they can’t do anything about the matters at this time’. It’s not good enough and residents are now isolated and local businesses are losing out on vital footfall. I’m urging the council to back my idea for a replacement bus service to help alleviate the pressure while the bridge is repaired