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Tory Mayor introduces free parking

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North Tyneside to boost trade

North Tyneside’s directly elected Conservative Mayor Linda Arkley is to introduce a scheme that will allow two hours of free parking for shoppers in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay in a move that is designed to boost trade and footfall for retailers, something which I have been calling for in South Shields for a long time. Although the introduction of one penny per minute parking was welcome here it is only a step in the right direction, along with transferable parking tickets for certain car parks. I still favour a scheme to involve retailers who are willing to enter into a partnership and refund the cost of car parking in South Shields as described here.

It is estimated that the loss to North Tyneside Council for the two hours free parking will be £130,000 pa and Mayor Arkley is offsetting that loss by scrapping a council newsletter and a free breakfast scheme for school children, she is also reducing the cost of school meals by 10p. Conservative cuts don’t have to hurt if they are targeted at the right areas and spending rationalised to produce better quality and value.

How much does South Tyneside’s Labour Council spend on newsletters, stationery, and it’s press office?

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Written by curly

September 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

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  1. Probably the same as North Tyneside’s which is over £1m per year. The Mayor’s newsletter cost £35,000. Much as I find Pottsy amusing – I find his train of thought ‘potty’.
    North Tyneside is now Dr Frankenstein’s labratory run from Central Office setting out a very predicatable agenda. Maybe Potty would like to explain why the Delectable Linda has cut £7m from the £8m skills budget for young people. Its a Bould idea and Potty will know what I mean. Read tomorrows Journal to see how much faith the Tories put in ‘spin’.
    Toodle Pip and love your blog from the original ‘rotten Borough’.

    Charles Alex

    September 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

  2. Well I think the kids deprived of a free breakfast might feel these particular cuts. Of course a good start to the day for kids who might otherwise get nothing probably goes against the grain.

    Dee

    September 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

  3. the mayors gifts to the rich are being paid for by scrapping kids breakfasts. She`s also wisely spending money on changing all the council vehicles livery for no reason and all the stationary to “Wider Horizons”. Really sensible eh ?

    Rob Morley

    September 10, 2009 at 12:09 am

  4. Abolishing ‘On View’ and cutting back on stationary costs were two of our fully costed counter budget proposals tabled earlier this year. Combined, these proposals would have allowed us to freeze council tax with no negative impact upon public services. Labour, however decided to ignore our proposals and ratched up the rates as per usual.

    David Potts

    September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    • does “abolishing” mean spending on totally new logos ( Wider Horizons as opposed to CLOSER ) and changing all stationary and paintwork on vehicles ? CLOSER or Wider Horizons its all semantics and does nothing to improve the service to residents only the ego or Mrs Arkley I`m afraid. Those who pay the cost of massaging this ego are children and people losing jobs. By the way , if you choose to reply please don`t pick out bit parts that you want or feel able to reply to and please reply to the whole concept

      Care to answer yet Mr Potts or do you need to clear it with your mistress first ?

      Rob Morley

      September 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

      • Mr. Morley, I’m not sure that I care for your personal approaches to a third party via this blog, it somewhat disabuses my hospitality. Perhaps I may suggest that you use another avenue, perhaps Twitter might do?

        I don’t mind attacks on political parties, policies, or presentation, nor do I mind people advancing alternative arguments, but perhaps I should draw the line when this platform is used for attacks of a very personal nature, especially when other means of more direct communication are open to you.

        curly

        September 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

  5. does “abolishing” mean spending on totally new logos ( Wider Horizons as opposed to CLOSER ) and changing all stationary and paintwork on vehicles ? CLOSER or Wider Horizons its all semantics and does nothing to improve the service to residents only the ego or Mrs Arkley I`m afraid. Those who pay the cost of massaging this ego are children and people losing jobs. By the way , if you choose to reply please don`t pick out bit parts that you want or feel able to reply to and please reply to the whole concept

    Rob Morley

    September 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    • I would hope that abolishing means putting an end to Rob, I’ve never quite understood some council’s desire to re-brand things and spend a fortune doing it. Budgetary cuts should either lead to savings which peg back council tax, or redistributed spending to areas of most need (isn’t this what they call efficiency?). Any, I understand your question was to David Potts.

      curly

      September 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      • Curly

        your reply was exactly the nub of my argument. Why spend a fortune rebranding the authority vehicles and staionery rather than feed bairns ? Lovely Lindas reason is ” CLOSER is too CLOSELY associated with th previous administration. ” Doen`t matter if the CLOSER values were valid and sound, she didn`t think of them so lets change everything.

        I see Mr. Potts hasn`t replied yet, too busy consulting the propaganda machine I imagine.

        Rob Morley

        September 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

  6. ‘Stationary’ not moving
    ‘Stationery’ writing materials etc.
    Tut tut Mr Potts what is it you are really trying to cut back on. Go to the bottom of the class.

    Dee

    September 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

  7. C’mon Curly I know you’re a gramamar school boy but i’m sure you understand constructive allusions by Rob which i’m sure it was ‘Mistress Linda’. Like you Curly I like to see myself as relatively independent minded but maybe you should check out the other side of the river more closely. Your bloggers are right – changing the livery doesn’t change the policy direction – you may like to have a gander at TPA/IOD report and have a look at how redistribution will work under a Conservative government. We now find out that the Mayor of NT who railled against the use of council spin has a seconded spin doctor in and David will know him – the Journal calls him Peter Bould. So Linda says ‘I will cut £1m from the communications budget’ and her first task is to second a spin doctor.
    And just for the record, its very elitist to correct people on mis-spelling given our ‘textual’ age.
    5 New high schools to be scrapped by the blessed ‘Mistress Linda’ along with £260m investment in schools. You read it first on Curly’s blog.
    Toodle Pip

    Charles Alex

    September 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    • the “mistress” was in the context of poodle ?

      Rob Morley

      September 12, 2009 at 11:11 am

      • Suitably informed Rob – Thank you for the heads up

        Charles Alex

        September 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm

  8. By the way, what does ‘widening horizons’ mean? At least with ‘closing the gap’ it was meant to do what it said on the tin. I presume Widening Horizons is a reference to ‘Shangra-La’ of the classic movie genre. I’m afraid Whitley Bay will never achieve that status even if it does have a guest house called Shangra La.
    Anyway late and rambling again

    Charles Alex

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm


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