Mayor looks to the year ahead

PONTELAND’S Mayor believes that the town is well placed to handle any changes in 2012.

Since he was elected to the role by members of Ponteland Town Council in May, Peter Cowey attended 26 different events to represent the area or present awards.

But he has also been involved in a range of decisions and projects, along with fellow councillors and with support from council staff, in the interest of Ponteland and its residents.

His biggest task has been organising the creation of a Local Development Framework (LDF) for Ponteland, with no consultants used in the process. It covers the possible development in the town over the next 20 to 50 years and details the priority areas for housing and schemes providing employment among other sectors.

Also included in his New Year’s message are some comments on what the future might hold for the authority.

“Since the Government has cut county council budgets, some county services will suffer,” said Coun Cowey.

“Ponteland will be given two options — one is to take on those services being cut and increase the local community charge and the other is don’t provide them.

“For Ponteland Town Council, this is not all bad news as we are ahead of the game.

“We only need to adjust our ‘additional wish list plans’ being considered for 2012/13. Residents should be rest assured that all councillors strive to provide and protect the Services we carry out, giving best value for money.”