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South Tyneside Council may get tedious on Thursday

The Independent Alliance group of councillors have tabled no fewer than six notices of motion for next Thursday’s meeting of South Tyneside Council at South Shields Town Hall. If you’d like to go along the meeting starts at 3:00 pm, and by the looks of things may not finish by 6:00 pm, the Alliance have also tabled a question on the agenda, and that is before they start to speak to or ask questions on the reports of cabinet or select committees.

One notice of motion is on car parking charges (despite the council being in the midst of a consultation), another calls for the council to join some climate change campaign headed by a newspaper, another even calls for guarantees that the Westovians be rehoused in any sea front developments (a commitment that I’m sure has already been given) another calls for the old Asda car park to be made available for public use (even though it is now owned by a private developer not the council), they also call for the council to do everything possible to ensure that the Metro system is not privatised (the council of course has no power to prevent it), and finally they make a sensible call for councils to be able to retain the power and ability to set and retain business rates in their areas.

I’m not going to criticise their apparent moves to look busy and purposeful as Cllr. Allen Branley returns to the council chamber, but I will say that such an injudicious use of these notices of motion may cause the council meeting to time out, thus causing unnecessary expense in the calling of a second meeting to finish the business. Perhaps they could in future choose one big burning issue and concentrate on that?

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Written by curly

October 18, 2009 at 11:09 am

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  1. South Tyneside council certainly could have opposed Metro privatisation through its representation on various decision making transport bodies.
    Who’d have thought that Cllr Tommy Hanson, after all those years bitchin’ about Thatcher, would have ended up supporting privatisation of the Metro system.


    October 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

  2. Surely the council shouldn’t be in the business of running car parks? Privatise the car parks and let the market handle it.


    October 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

  3. Speaking with my “pragmatist” hat on, I don’t think this would be the most popular of political decisions to take in South Shields!


    October 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

  4. How many theatres should the Council support – Customs House, Westovians, Boldon Comp, how many of the Building Schools for the Future schools will have a modern theatre ?

    cherry bear

    October 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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