Business is at forefront

I would like to comment on the demonstration that was held in Bedlington over the lack of investment.

Can Mrs Reed please explain why she is now against private business?

Tesco is a large world trading business that came to Bedlington to trade.

For one reason or another that business did not develop itself, so the people of Bedlington went elsewhere to shop.

This is called in business terms ‘choice’, ‘freedom to spend your monies were you wish’.

The area of Bedlington Market Place over the years has been upgraded and improved to enhance its appearance and appeal.

Here is where it gets out of canter. Businesses, the UKIP/Tory mantra of all things great, then come in and nothing is done or completed.

Tesco a business, the sheltered home across the way, part completed by a businessman from Blyth, and the old school, standing boarded-up, owned by a business organisation.

Northumberland County Council, after weeks of negotiation, has a commitment from Tesco to allow it to purchase and develop its holdings. This will be done through the trading arm of the county council, Arch.

Jane Craggs’ letter (April 30), omits the fact that the monies from the golf club were part spent on the Bedlington Community Centre by the last Lib-Dem administration at County Hall.

And there were the ring fenced monies provided by the last Labour government for children’s play equipment spent elsewhere. This money was ring fenced but was removed by the Lib Dems with the support of the Conservatives.

The 1974 question I can only part answer. When the three councils were merged in the reorganization of 1974, monies were amalgamated into one budget pot.

If Jane is of my age and she has lived in Bedlington since the late 1960s early 1970s then she will have seen how the town has changed.

A lot of money was spent by the then Wansbeck Council in 1974+ on removing ‘slum’ housing, as it had been termed by health officials, and this did not just cover housing in Bedlington but ‘The Station, Barrington, Choppington, Sleekburn, Winning, Cambois and Netherton’ areas, where mining had existed and was disappearing.

Along with house clearing, shops that had closed as the work diminished had to be compulsory purchased to help with future development plans.

Roads had to be re-laid or built, as many of the streets were privately owned, to bring them and the sewage systems up to standard; things that were owned by private businesses or individuals.

Funny how businesses are always in the background; I should point out I am not against businesses or people who wish to get on in life, but they must acknowledge their responsibilities to those they employ and the wider communities they serve.

Sea defences were constructed around parts of Cambois and North Blyth areas to try and reduce the coastal erosion taking place. These were all settlements within the old Bedlingtonshire Council area.

Coun Alan Sambrook

Pegswood Ward