Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Buck Stops with Council, Not Others; VOICE OF THE NORTH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Buck Stops with Council, Not Others; VOICE OF THE NORTH

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HOLD on a minute, have I missed something here? When our council "leader" in Northumberland Jeff Reid said all the problems they face are caused by other people (The Journal, June 26), it really hit a chord with me.

In this instance, it's council tax collection and the market place in Blyth. Next, Jeff, how about play facilities, housing investment or the links schemes? Oops, I forgot: if the scheme is popular then it will be your idea, if not someone else will be blamed.

As the biggest council, Blyth Valley had the highest level of council tax to be collected. It also faced the highest levels (with Wansbeck) of deprivation.

And council tax collection levels were reported regularly to the executive of which Mr Reid was a member.

The market place is described by the new council as not being wanted, yet I have spoken to hundreds who think it is great and the fact that it is attracting more stalls shows it is popular. In the day care controversy, people are told that even if they want them to stay open, they might still be closed. …

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