Saturday, 26 October 2013

23/10/2013

23/10/2013

I have just sat down with Guy Opperman MP.
We disagree politically and I wish he would be more supportive of my efforts to sort out the County Council budget which is difficult given the cuts in our support grant. We discussed many other issues that will benefit people. Following a technical debate, transfer of information and a frank exchange of views I will confirm he does not have a second job and is a full time MP, whether I agree with him or not!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Coun Robert Arckless said: “Northumberland County Council has decided to take responsibility for repairing the path across the field from Tyndale Drive into the Horton Grange First School as a matter of urgency.

Parents are celebrating after a school entrance deemed ‘unsafe’ was repaired and reopened by council chiefs.

Last week the News Post Leader reported how pupils at Horton Grange Primary School were having to access the school from Cowpen Road after the pedestrian access from Tynedale Drive was closed to due health and safety fears.
Following the article, Northumberland County Council has now taken responsibility for the path and carried out repairs.

And on Monday children were able to start using the pedestrian access again.
Parent Paula Coulson said she was pleased the gate had been reopened to the school once again.
“Finally something has been done, it’s just a shame it took us to complaining and having it in the paper for them to actually do something about it, it should never have got that far, it should have been resolved within days of being closed and not two weeks,” she said.
“I am now a very happy parent.”

In a statement to parents, headteacher Jackie Chevaugeon said: “We’re delighted to say that the county council has decided to take responsibility for repairing the path across the field from Tynedale Drive to school.

“They will also check and maintain it and have asked us to involve the children in keeping it litter free.”
Coun Robert Arckless said: “Northumberland County Council has decided to take responsibility for repairing the path across the field from Tyndale Drive into the Horton Grange First School as a matter of urgency.
“We have agreed to check and maintain the pathway but have requested that the children be involved to keep it litter free.
“I am sure this will enable children and parents to have a safe route into school.”

“It’s high time that Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs in the county made their voices heard in Westminster and started to stand up for ordinary families facing a Coalition ‘double whammy’ of service cuts and falling living standards.”

Tynedale: Double cuts whammy hits families hardest
By BRIAN TILLEY- Hexham Courant
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
FAMILIES in Northumberland have suffered significantly since the last General Election, according to Labour politicians.
Wages have fallen by an estimated 5.8 per cent in the county and the average family is spending £360 per week just to keep pace with price rises and living costs, such as energy and fuel.

Northumberland County Council leader Coun. Grant Davey has attacked the Government for “sticking up for the wrong people” as figures released by the House of Commons Library show average earnings have fallen by £1,350 since the election.
Labour are also pointing out that in a rural county like Northumberland, families are spending a disproportionate amount of disposable income on the cost of running a car.

Figures released by insurance firm Aviva, show the average cost of running a car has risen to £51 per week.
Coun. Davey said cuts and tax increases are hitting those least able to afford it the most.

He said: “It’s clear where the priorities of this Coalition are with a tax cut for millionaires while increasing VAT, which hits ordinary families disproportionately.
“Coupled with falling living standards that show the average working family has lost £1,350 since the Coalition took power, families in Northumberland now have to face up to the fact that the council has to cut at least £70m as well in the next two years.
“That means every household will lose services worth £222 per year.
“It’s high time that Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs in the county made their voices heard in Westminster and started to stand up for ordinary families facing a Coalition ‘double whammy’ of service cuts and falling living standards.”
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk