Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Labour man in the dark?

Dix finds enlightenment.

Former Labour Councillor Robert Dix has presented a petition from residents in the Harton Ward ( a ward he is desperate to represent again) calling for new street lighting. I don't know what is going wrong in Sunderland Road, South Shields, or other areas of the ward, are they living in the dark? Have they somehow failed to pick up the news that Balfour Beatty have a contract worth 63m pounds to replace old lamp standards in a rollling programme? His Labour colleagues on the Council announced it with some fanfare many months ago, and it was even featured in the highly luxuriant glossy magazine that they like to push through our doors at our expense. Just how is it that Mr. Dix and some residents of Harton have failed to know about this?

Amazingly in a comment in the Shields Gazette, Labour's Deputy Leader Cllr. Iain Malcolm claims he knew nothing of the details until he saw the story in the paper - what's worse is that he expects us to believe him!

According to the Council's website, lighting in Harton will be replaced in October of this year.

Of course, Mr. Dix's actions are nothing more than a political stunt, designed to raise his own profile in the ward, it's little wonder that the sitting Progressive Councillors are fuming at his actions. If the residents of Harton had REAL concerns, then their elected Councillors would be their first point of contact. Getting a handfull of names and addresses from Labour Party members and/or supporters is a nice easy way to create a summer story for the man in the dark, but, then again, it is the "silly season".


The Shields Gazette

It seems that bleating on about street lighting is a traditional local Labour press tactic. I've lost count of the number of times its been mentioned in the Gazette, and Lewis Atkinson's blog in the run up to the May election mentioned Labour's street lighting plans:

"One of the priorities Labour in South Tyneside are investing in is making our streets safer and more pleasant by installing new streetlights."

It's interesting that the word 'privatised' hasn't been used.
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