“They should be made to live here!”
Cllr. McMillan sermonises on senior officers
Whilst at the Customs House I had a wee chat with Cllr. Audrey McMillan and she tells me that she was also born and brought up in John Williamson Street, South Shields along with me! Noting our concerns over the development of the riverside area over the past fourty years and it’s very incongruous mix of retail, housing, and industry she said (referring to senior council officers);
“They should be made to live here, it should be in their contracts that they have to live inside the boundaries of town, instead of driving in for work and driving out again at the end of the day”.
She has a fair point, during South Shields early development it’s Town Clerks and Borough Engineers were local men who lived in the town. Since the advent of the age of the socially mobile classes it can be seen that it might be preferable for senior council officers to live here, and feel the consequences of their professional recommendations. Yes, Audrey you have a fair point!
However, what does this say about the politicians who over the years voted in favour of these recommendations?
As a little aside, when Audrey asked me who I was and where I was from, I told her that I was Curly from the Corner Shop. She then asked where that was?
Curly was stumped, lost for words, – to think, we even provide them with computers and a broadband connection, with our money….doh!