Saturday, 30 March 2013

Labour pledge to back county

Labour pledge to back county


Grant Davey, Leader of Labour Group, Northumberland County Council Grant Davey, Leader of Labour Group, Northumberland County Council

The leader of the county’s Labour Group has set out his party’s manifesto to boost the economy and jobs, ahead of the May elections.

Two weeks ago, the Gazette reported on the Conservative’s manifesto and now Labour have unveiled their own.
Through a ‘We’re backing Northumberland’ campaign, the party promises to ‘act decisively to boost the economy across the county’.
They pledge to scrap the ‘unfair car parking tax’ levied on some towns across Northumberland, which they claim is sucking up to £5million from the local economy.
Labour also wants to modernise council services with a pledge to strengthen ‘in house’ service delivery and to protect local public sector jobs which benefit the local economy.
At the same time, they want to ensure the ‘public service drain’ is halted, where the authority is centralising services and work with local town councils to develop ‘local service hubs’ breathing life back into the county’s towns.
Relevant to north Northumberland, the group promises to set up a rural business sub-committee which will have powers to draw up a Rural Action Plan to tackle the problems faced by important rural businesses such as the farming sector and to tackle rural poverty at source, while they also want to set up a dedicated and funded arms-length body to promote Northumberland’s tourist industry across the country and internationally.
On housing, Labour has pledged an additional 1,300 affordable homes across the county and this also ties in with their goals of boosting the economy.
The promise includes a presumption to buy local, which will protect up to 3,000 local jobs, keeping an estimated £60million circulating within the local economy.
Linked to this four-year programme will be a scheme to create at least 100 new apprenticeships per year.
Labour leader Grant Davey said: “We’re keen to make sure that big council projects under a Labour administration will have a presumption to buy local.
“For example, our 1,300 affordable home pledge will create at least 500 construction jobs along with 100 apprentices per year.”

Thursday, 28 March 2013

New bus shelters to be installed by Newbiggin Parish Council have been branded ‘more suited to Majorca or Marbella’ than the North East coast

Locals question the ‘winds of change’ as new bus shelters installed
‘THERE'S NO SHELTER FOR ALAN THOMPSON ON THIS MATTER’ – Liz Simpson
New bus shelters to be installed by Newbiggin Parish Council have been branded ‘more suited to Majorca or Marbella’ than the North East coast after local people complained that the shelters don’t offer any cover from harsh North Sea winds.
The shelters have open sides and only provide roof cover which leave waiting passengers open to gusting winds and local people have said they want to see ‘protective shelters’ returned.
The shelters were replaced by the Parish Council and with the support of local Liberal Democrat councillor who is also Cabinet member for Transport Alan Thompson who has informed people that the old shelters were illegal’.
Labour County Council Candidate for Newbiggin East Ward, Liz Simpson said
‘I cannot understand why Alan Thompson chose to direct the Parish Council to erect these ornaments. Shelters should offer at least some protection from the elements these offer nothing at all. They would look fine in Marbella or Madrid on a fine day but here in Newbiggin shelters of substance are required and local residents demand for proper replacements should be made a priority’.



Tuesday, 26 March 2013

“This is an example of what having strong councillors speaking up for the area can do. This, and the petition, will make a good case for getting the bus service reinstated. Hopefully we can reach an agreement or compromise

Published on Sunday 24 March 2013 09:07
Northumberland Gazette
A bus company has agreed to meet parish councillors after its decision to cut an important service sparked major criticism.

Arriva is due to attend the April meeting of East Chevington Parish Council following a request from members.
It comes on the back of changes made to the 20/X20 service in February, which meant that the bus no longer stopped at Hadston Square, as well as Amble’s Links Estate.
The decision caused anger in the communities affected. A petition started in the East Chevington parish has been signed by nearly 200 people.
Parish council chairman Scott Dickinson is delighted that Arriva is to attend next month’s meeting.
He said: “This is an example of what having strong councillors speaking up for the area can do. This, and the petition, will make a good case for getting the bus service reinstated. Hopefully we can reach an agreement or compromise.”