POLITICS: Council history of not listening

I refer back to a letter by Coun Joan Tebbutt saying that Grant Davey and his Labour colleagues should listen to the views of residents.

Sunday, 11th December 2016, 05:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:39 pm

I agree with her sentiments, but she is a Liberal Democrat member of Morpeth Town Council.

It is my view that when this party formed the Northumberland County Council administration between 2009 and 2013 it didn’t listen to the views of residents on some key issues.

For example, I was interviewed in Morpeth town centre to argue the case for a fair system for the county council’s car parks.

The vast majority of Morpeth residents agreed with this stance.

Under the old district councils charges were being applied at market towns to the north and west of the county, but parking was free in south east Northumberland.

When Northumberland became a unitary authority, a policy to have the same charges everywhere, or free parking everywhere, should have been implemented quickly, but the then council leader Jeff Reid defended the position.

There’s also the traffic lights that were in place a few years ago next to the Telford Bridge in Morpeth.

It was clear that the majority of residents were against them and the Lib Dem administration should have taken the common sense decision to have them removed.

I think the councillors of various political parties on the planning committee that allowed them to be installed in the first place should have contributed money for their removal.

Keith Soulsby