Saturday, 2 March 2013

Blyth Valley councillor Deirdre Campbell said she was "so angry" at the "absolutely heartbreaking" comment.

BBC News Web Site

'Blyth is a dump': Council leader apologises for remark

 Jeff Reid said he "used the wrong words"
A council boss has apologised after referring to his home town as "a dump".
Leader of Northumberland County Council Jeff Reid was reported to have told Hexham traders "I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump - so I usually get in the car and go to Cramlington".
Mr Reid said it sounded worse out of context and has since apologised, saying he "just said the wrong thing".

Blyth Valley councillor Deirdre Campbell said she was "so angry" at the "absolutely heartbreaking" comment.

She said the town had been "up and coming" but had declined since being taken under county council control.

"In the last five years, under Jeff Reid's watch, it's just gone downhill," she said.

"Why hasn't he done something about it?"

Liberal Democrat Mr Reid said he attended the meeting with Hexham traders as a private individual, not as leader of the council.
"If you were in the meeting you would have been able to perhaps understand the thrust of what I was trying to say," he said.
"Taken out of context it is absolutely the worst thing that anybody can say."
He explained he was trying to tell Hexham traders that, although he understood their business concerns, Blyth had "taken a bit more punishment".
"I used the wrong words. I obviously don't believe it. I've lived in Blyth for 57 years, this is the place that I grew up."

Peter Dodds, a director at Woodcocks curtain shop in the town – which closed for good last night, said: “It certainly is not helpful for Blyth. It seems incredible that the leader of the county council who represents a Blyth ward would say something like that.”

The Journal
Brian Daniel
A NORTH council leader was facing an angry backlash in his hometown last night after describing it as “a dump”.
Coun Jeff Reid, leader of Northumberland County Council, was at the centre of an outcry in Blyth after saying he travels to Cramlington to shop because his town is “a dump”.
He faced an angry reaction with calls for him to apologise to the town’s people and to consider whether he can continue to represent them.
Coun Reid admitted his comments had been a “mistake” and said he had been trying to explain the difficulties his community is facing.
The Liberal Democrat, who represents Blyth’s Plessey ward, was speaking at a meeting of Hexham Business Forum.
He said: “I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump so I usually get in the car and go to Cramlington to shop.”
His comments have angered Blyth Valley Labour MP Ronnie Campbell, whom Coun Reid has failed to depose at the last three general elections, as well as Grant Davey, party leader on the county council and fellow Blyth councillor. Mr Campbell said: “Jeff Reid has a nerve. He’s having a go at his own town and talking it down.

“He’s hammering the hard-working people who are striving to make a go of their businesses and he’s conveniently forgetting his five years as leader of the council which has neglected Blyth.
“He needs to apologise immediately and unreservedly and he needs to consider whether he’s the best person to represent a place he’s described as a ‘dump’.”
Coun Davey added: “Coun Reid has disrespected the people who put him in County Hall.
“He’s given a big thumbs down to the traders and residents who are trying so hard to breathe life back into Blyth and he needs to apologise.
“He’s gone up to Hexham to bad mouth Blyth which is a pretty despicable thing to do.”
Peter Dodds, a director at Woodcocks curtain shop in the town – which closed for good last night, said: “It certainly is not helpful for Blyth. It seems incredible that the leader of the county council who represents a Blyth ward would say something like that.”
Coun Reid last night said he had been trying to explain to the meeting the difficulties facing Blyth and had condensed that into “it is a dump”.
He said: “I do not often make mistakes but this is a mistake that I have made. I was born here I belong here, I doubt I am going to live anywhere else.
“I love the place, it is my hometown. Do I regret saying it? Absolutely. I totally accept that what I said was wrong.”
He also hit back at his rival politicians, saying Labour had spent “35 years destroying the economic heart of Blyth”.

Remember this rant by Jeff Reid at the count we do ?

Published Date: 11 May 2010
News Post Leader
BLYTH Valley Liberal Democrat candidate and leader of Northumberland County Council, Jeff Reid, was heckled as he accused Labour of running a negative campaign.
Mr Reid was branded a "bad loser" and was almost drowned by slow hand clapping and chants of "get off" as he criticised the Labour Party, which he described as a "wave of negativity", at Friday's general election count.During the speech, which most other candidates had used to thank people involved in their campaigns, Mr Reid said: "You have plunged the country into an era of uncertainty."I'm very disappointed about the negative approach."All you did was just go on about how terrible the council is and how 'if it wasn't for the Lib Dems ...'."This is not the type of political move many thought it would be."Mr Reid explained afterwards: "Labour specifically ran a negative campaign which did not put forward any proposals of what they wanted to do."It was all about how awful the Lib Dem county council is and how terrible a Conservative government would be."It's totally the Labour Party's fault that the county council is in the position it's in. We are trying our best to get it back on track."All they do is moan and complain and they have no positive ideas. They are a wave of negativity, you could hear how they were shouting at me."We are in a hole and it is the fault of the Labour Party. They had a huge political majority, a huge political advantage but they frittered it away."Mr Reid added: "I can't be disappointed with the voters, they exercised their democratic right, but I was bitterly disappointed that over all, throughout the country we didn't do better than we did."Northumberland Conservative Group leader Peter Jackson said: "Conservatives have set a positive agenda and deplore the negative campaigning and mud slinging from the other parties."The Lib Dems did not offer anything for the county but to put down Ronnie Campbell, and Labour was banging on about how badly the Lib Dems are running the county council."That wasn't really what the election was about. It was supposed to be about the national government and the changes needed nationally."Locally, the Conservatives campaigned to make life better for the residents of Blyth Valley, like fixing the roads and filling up all the pot holes, and we need to ensure our elderly people are looked after as well as possible and give young people a positive start in life."I think the Lib Dems were just as bad as the Labour Party, because of that neither of these groups got a positive vote."They were both down on the previous election and I think that's why."Their bickering amongst themselves missed the point completely about wanting what's best for the country."We were absolutely delighted about the increase in our share of the vote. The Conservatives came in third and Barry Flux was very well received."Ronnie Campbell said there was nothing negative about his own campaign."My main leaflet was very positive and if they are saying that they should go away and cry and have a dram of whisky, then come back and fight," the re-elected MP said."That he should have a go at me is an absolute disgrace."Mr Campbell said he had campaigned on issues like affordable homes, jobs, quality of life, health care and schools.He also objected to Mr Reid's view that Labour inflicted the unitary authority on the county."It was the last thing I wanted – it was the (Labour) regime in County Hall (at the time) – we fought hard to try and stop it."Blyth Labour said 'we don't want this' but they completely ignored us.""I think they are bad losers."

Friday, 1 March 2013

He needs to apologise immediately and unreservedly and he needs to consider whether he’s the best person to represent a place he’s described as a ‘dump’.

Ronnie Campbell MP said
‘Jeff Reid has a nerve. He’s having a go at his own town and talking it down. He’s hammering the hard working people who are striving to make a go of their businesses and he’s conveniently forgetting his 5 years as leader of the council which has neglected Blyth. He needs to apologise immediately and unreservedly and he needs to consider whether he’s the best person to represent a place he’s described as a ‘dump’.

Council leader and Blyth councillor Jeff Reid brands Blyth as ‘a dump’


 

                                                                                       
Senior Lib Dem leader slammed by MP after describing his town ‘a dump’.
A row has broken out after Liberal Democrat Council leader and Blyth councillor Jeff Reid branded the town ‘a dump’ in a public meeting held at Hexham Business Forum.
Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has called on the leader of the council to apologise immediately to the residents of the town and to consider his position in the run up to May’s elections.
Local community groups and shops also branded his comments ‘a disgrace’ and disrespectful of the community he represents in Plessey ward.
Councillor Reid was quoted as saying during a discussion on town centres ‘I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump. I usually get in the car and go to Cramlington to shop’.
He went onto defend the council’s controversial car parking charging policy which has been described as ‘a stealth tax for the residents’.
Ronnie Campbell MP said
‘Jeff Reid has a nerve. He’s having a go at his own town and talking it down. He’s hammering the hard working people who are striving to make a go of their businesses and he’s conveniently forgetting his 5 years as leader of the council which has neglected Blyth. He needs to apologise immediately and unreservedly and he needs to consider whether he’s the best person to represent a place he’s described as a ‘dump’.
Kitty Brewster Councillor and Labour group leader Grant Davey said
‘Councillor Reid has disrespected the people who put him in County Hall. He’s given big thumbs down to the traders and residents who are trying so hard to breathe life back into Blyth and he needs to apologise. He’s gone up to Hexham to bad mouth Blyth which is a pretty despicable thing to do’. 



Thursday, 28 February 2013

Jeff Reid Statement in the this weeks Hexham Courant“I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump

Since 2008 Northumberland County Council has been in the hands of a Liberal administration, on vesting day they were handed the opportunity to create a 'New Unitary Council' County wide across a vast area with the second highest population of any Unitary Council in the North East.

Jeff Reid the Leader of the Liberal Administration lives in Plessey Ward in the Town of Blyth and is their Councillor. His mother was a Blyth Liberal Councillor before him.

He recently attended a meeting to announce the launch of a rural entrprise hub for Hexham and was joined by his Tory Coalition mate Peter Jackson. At that meeting Councillor Reid said "I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump I usually get in the car and go to Cramlington to shop".

Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said; "Its typical of his attitude towards his home town, he has had ample opportunity to share the wealth however little around all of Northumberlands market towns but as you can see from his statement he's not interested and has no pride in the town where he lives and the communities he represents. When accepting the leadership of Northumberland County Council in 2008, Jeff Reid took on the mantle of caretaker for the WHOLE of Northumberland.
But in conjunction with his Party he poured money and time into other areas at the expense of his home town of Blyth, Northumberlands largest town"

LABOUR PROMISE TO TACKLE HOUSING SHORTAGE IN NORTHUMBERLAND

PRESS RELEASE
LABOUR PROMISE TO TACKLE HOUSING SHORTAGE
A LABOUR COUNCIL WILL PLEDGE TO BUILD AT LEAST 1300 AFFORDABLE HOMES BY 2017’ – Grant Davey, Labour group leader
Labour have promised to tackle the record housing waiting list in Northumberland by building at least 1300 homes over a four year period should they secure a majority in the council chamber after 2 May elections.
The council’s recently released Housing Needs Survey revealed the council needed to build at least 240 homes per year over the next 10 years to make inroads into its housing waiting list.
Labour’s plans will mean over 450 new affordable homes each for the West of Northumberland, North Northumberland and South East Northumberland areas  with development envisaged for communities from Haltwhistle to Newbiggin and Berwick to Cramlington. Forty seven towns and villages will be in line for new homes under Labour’s plans. There is also a pledge not to touch the county ‘green belt’ with brownfield sites identified for each development.
Labour plans to expand access to affordable houses county wide by supporting Homes for Northumberland and the county Housing Association partners through an innovative plan to use prudential borrowing to enable Homes for Northumberland to build homes on the ‘basis of an invest to save model’. It means the authority would borrow and then lend the cash to build the homes, recouping the loan over 25 years.
Plans also include encouraging Arch, the Councils arms-length regeneration partner to expand use of their intermediate housing stock (Arch Housing former NCPC) as well as assisting through the purchase of void and hard to sell properties, moving them into the intermediate rental market. Arch is believed to have assets over £60m
The spin offs from this pledge include at least 350 new build, affordable homes per year which are envisaged to create at least 500 construction jobs per year.
Labour will begin with a craft apprentice training scheme linked to the construction phase to raise the skills base of our communities and the construction phase will also help to maintain 3000 supply chain jobs throughout the county.

Labour group leader Grant Davey said
Over the last 5 years communities have been crying out for affordable homes and we’ve listened. Our plans would build at least 1300 new affordable homes over the next 4 years which would create new jobs and support existing ones. If the people of Northumberland elect a Labour majority in the council chamber on 2 May, we will bring forward detailed plans to kick start the Northumberland economy through the most ambitious affordable house building programme in the county for over 40 years within the first 100 days’.


Notes for Editors 
Development areas on identified brownfield sites
  1. Acomb
  2. Allendale
  3. Barrasford
  4. Bellingham
  5. Chollerford
  6. Corbridge
  7. Fourstones
  8. Haltwhistle
  9. Haydon Bridge
  10. Hexham
  11. Mickley Square
  12. Newbrough
  13. Otterburn
  14. Ovingham
  15. Ponteland
  16. Prudhoe
  17. Rochester
  18. Stocksfield
  19. Tarset
  20. Wark
  21. West Woodburn
  22. Ashington
  23. Bedlington
  24. Blyth
  25. Cramlington
  26. Cambois
  27. Seaton Delaval
  28. Morpeth
  29. Newbiggin
  30. Acklington
  31. Alnmouth
  32. Alnwick
  33. Amble
  34. Belford
  35. Berwick
  36. Broomhill
  37. Christon Bank
  38. Cornhill on Tweed
  39. Craster
  40. Eshott
  41. Felton
  42. Hadston
  43. Holy Island
  44. Horncliffe
  45. Lesbury
  46. Longframlington
  47. Longhorsley



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Your Labour Team in Cramlington gets thing's done

Shuttle service for footbridge

A FREE shuttle bus service is to be provided for residents in Cramlington following the closure of a vital footbridge.

Northumberland County Council will provide the free bus service to assist local residents following the closure of the Beaconhill footbridge.
The shuttle service is expected to begin on Monday, March 4, subject to tenders from local bus and taxi operators, and will operate two return services from 9.30am and 10.30am, and one return service each between 2.30pm and 3pm, and 4.30pm and 5pm.
The service will be from Longridge Way to bus stops on Forum Way.
The footbridge bridge will remain closed in the interest of safety as it is no longer serviceable.

Monday, 25 February 2013

And one proposal put forward is for the town council to subsidise a bus on an experimental basis.

Options to solve bus-cut decision being examined

An Arriva bus in Amble. An Arriva bus in Amble.
Crunch talks have been held in a desperate bid to replace a crucial bus service which was axed earlier this month.

A number of options are being thrashed out following Arriva’s decision to cut the 20/X20 from Amble’s Links Estate.
And one proposal put forward is for the town council to subsidise a bus on an experimental basis.
Although Coun Robert Arckless stressed to members of the council at Thursday’s meeting that nothing was set in stone.
He said: “Some proposals have been put to Ian Coe (Northumberland County Council’s transport support manager) and he acknowledges there is a problem and he is trying to find a positive solution.
“He said he would examine a re-route of the service. Even if it doesn’t go right into the estate, it may be possible to use the Percy Drive link. But there are no guarantees.
“Another option may include some element of subsidy from the town council with the town council having a share of the revenue.
“A lot of work needs to be done and the detail would need to be considered and it would have to be properly tendered.
“We wouldn’t be the only town council to do this. Newbiggin did something very similar with an estate bus there and that has been running fairly successfully for two years.”

Sunday, 24 February 2013

County Council Candidate for Druridge Bay Scott Dickinson has recently been invited to join one of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird's Advisory Panels


County Council Candidate for Druridge Bay Scott Dickinson has recently been invited to join one of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird's Advisory Panels representing the local area. Using this role he will highlight any policing issues on behalf of local people. Scott and the Northumberland Labour Party are keen to work with the Commissioner to create safer communities and tackle Anti Social behaviour in problem areas across the County. Scott said "Northumberland residents deserve to feel safe in their communities and Anti Social behaviour that destroys people's lives will not be tolerated. If successfully elected I will work closely with the Labour team and the Commissioner to tackle issues important to local people. The Commissioner herself has live in Amble and is familiar with our area; it will be a pleasure to work with and her team to ensure our area has a strong voice"