Thursday, 16 January 2014

The LibCon alliance at County Hall cut 1500 jobs in Morpeth were moving away from the graveyard to Save Morpeths Economy!

The LibCon alliance at County Hall cut 1500 jobs in Morpeth were moving away from the graveyard to Save Morpeths Economy!

Morpeth Town is a pretty little place with a booming high street easy access to the A1, an East Coast Mainline station and 60% of its workforce employed by the state. Most are employed at three hospitals located nearby or commute to Newcastle's massive ministry buildings.
On the edge of what is Northumberlands best shopping experience, sits its County Hall, home to the remnants of a workforce ravaged by Local Government Reorganisation and the resulting Centralisation, a catastrophic spin off of change. That change includes a move by the people of Northumberland to replace a coalition administration with a Labour one in May 2013. They preside over a huge predominatly rural land mass abutting Scotland that suffers from large pockets of deprivation in its townships particularly in the South East and extreme North of the county and a decaying list of market offers to its populous. They also have the future problems of a devolved Scotland or even worse a Devo Maxed one to contend with and will be affected more than any other area in England by this change. The average wage in Northumberland is only
£10,600 per annum.
The Coalition Government's recent funding announcements have further burdened Northumberland with a series of cuts in revenue that will reduce its spending power by almost a third over the next four years.
The Labour Group on the County Council led by Grant Davey agree that the only way to save Northumberlands economy and therefore its market towns is to maintain current workforce levels, deliver the best services they can with the diminishing money they have and increase the County's meager population.
To achieve their aims they have decided to sell County Hall and move to several bases around their massive County.
The local Tories across Northumberland have accepted the news with mixed feelings, those based in market towns relish the change but those based in Morpeth are set against it.
Labour Leader Grant Davey said "I'm disappointed with those detractors who are against this move, the sale of County Hall will allow a workforce that travels in from all over the County to be based nearer their homes saving the economy of our rundown market towns. The site be replaced by homes filled with families who will live, go to school and shop in Morpeth, thereby developing a sustainable future for the town through growth. The former LibCon alliance at County Hall simply removed
1500 families from their jobs and lowered the GDP of Northumberland over the last five years causing a localised depression and the closure of many businesses over and above those expected through the dip and the resulting austerity measures. County Hall is a graveyard of lost jobs and were moving away to save and sustain both Northumberland's and Morpeths economy."

Monday, 13 January 2014

Labour councillors on council committee to start plans to ‘end 20 years of frustration and delay’ as traffic lights on Cowpen Road come under the microscope

Labour launches plan to tackle Cowpen Road travel chaos
Labour councillors on council committee to start plans to ‘end 20 years of frustration and delay’ as traffic lights on Cowpen Road come under the microscope

Northumberland County Council Joint Streetcare, Infrastructure and Culture Working group was told Cowpen Ward Councillor, Susan Davey that ‘residents had to put up with 20 years of traffic problems on Cowpen Road and that she was keen to tackle the traffic problems on road as a matter of urgency’ at a meeting of the committee on 8 January.
Labour Councillor Davey has sought assurances that information from the pollution recorder situated beside the entrance of Coniston Road would be made available for the next meeting of the working group in February. She also highlighted the need to look at comparative data from an area where traffic flowed freely and she stressed the need for the working group ‘to get to grips with the problem and look for workable solutions’ to the long running problem which has seen gridlock on the road at rush hour and lengthy delays during the day. She also stressed the need for the committee to look at the traffic flow figures for another controversial road scheme which saw traffic lights situated at Telford Bridge in Morpeth before and after the removal of the lights and she urged that the group compared the outcome of the removal of the lights.

Councillor Mrs Susan Davey said:
"We’re obviously disappointed to be snubbed by the coalition government in our bid to secure pinch point funding but we’ve got to find a solution to this problem which has beset Blyth for over 20 years. Almost 20 year ago a mini roundabout at the junction of Cowpen Road and Coniston Road was replaced with a traffic light system which was a result of the demands of a local Transport Company. Now the people of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster are faced with a dreadful problem. Quite often the traffic is queued from the lights back down the slip road onto the A189. I have seen the improvements removing the traffic lights has brought to Morpeth and I'm determined to open up the debate about road traffic improvements on behalf of our communities. While the coalition government has set out plans to strip £130m from our budget, we’re determined to seek a cost effective way to strip out the traffic lights which are contributing to this massive impact on people’s day to day business"