TORY SNUB FOR BUDGET IS A SNUB FOR NORTHUMBERLAND
Snub would have meant no new schools and leisure centre for Ponteland and no leisure centre for Morpeth as Tories put politics before people
A budget put forward by Northumberland’s Labour group has been carried despite a last ditch Tory attempt to scupper £350m of capital spending across the county.
The budget which will see new leisure centre’s built in Morpeth and Ponteland, new schools for Ponteland, a new bus station and schools review for Hexham, vital cash to complete the Rothbury landslip repairs and a refurbished Ashington-Blyth-Tyne line would have been halted if the budget had not been passed.
Now Labour are accusing the Tories of ‘turning their back on Northumberland for party advantage’ and they’re pointing to the failure of Northumberland’s Tories to back the capital programme and their failure to submit an alternative budget.
Labour group leader Grant Davey said
“The Tories have turned their back on communities and chose to play politics with the council’s budget. They couldn’t even be bothered to submit their own alternative budget and residents will see that local Tories are happy to see nothing happen in their areas rather than support our budget for Northumberland”.