REPRESENTATION: Leave out the politics

In reply to Kath Nisbet’s letter (News Post Leader, August 13), at one point in her letter she states, “Blyth has been bombarded with criticism”.

Wrong. It is Blyth town centre that has been bombarded with criticism, and the councils and councillors responsible for the mess of a market place (what fountains?), the moving sinking mass that is Waterloo Road, and the high rise road that is Bowes Street.

And believe me, Poundland and Iceland are not going to bring swarms of visitors to our town to stay in our nice new hotel.

Look at other areas of the town. Chestnut Avenue has long grass growing in the gutters, and Limes Avenue has a road surface that any third world country would be ashamed of. Then there are the streets without name plates in Croften.

Cowpen Quay is a mess with its stone bollards, dead-ends, and chicane-filled streets, and the pavements are cracking and splitting in South Beach.

These are a just a few examples of bad maintenance in our town.

But, hallelujah, we can take heart – the tall ships are coming. We haven’t got enough berths for the locals who wish to berth a boat in the river (I can name two people who own a boat but have nowhere to tie up on the River Blyth), but we can find room, and the money, for the tall ships.

And yes, Martin Lawlor (among others) deserves credit for bringing the event to Blyth, but how about we think local for a moment and get some more ‘social’ berths on the water?

There seems to be money galore to allow Northumberland County Council to up sticks and move County Hall to Ashington, and for Arch to construct a large hotel on the quayside, yet no money for the basics.

The tall ships are here for three days. We live here for 365 days, year after year.

In the same letter, Ms Nisbet had a pop at the Liberal councillor Jeff Reid, who only reiterated what all of Blyth has been saying for years, and goes on to have a sideswipe at the Tory leader Peter Jackson.

Why can’t councillors just get together as a council of elected representatives of your wards (forget your political affinities) and clean up this town?

Various projects in Amble, Hexham, Prudhoe and Alnwick are also lauded by Ms Nisbet in the name of Labour. Like thousands of others in Blyth, and with respect to those areas in Northumberland, all I’m concerned about is Blyth. I wish all those other areas every success, but to people in Blyth, it is Blyth that matters.

Private landlords are mentioned. We do not pay taxes to private landlords, we pay taxes to Northumberland County Council. It is great to see private individuals investing in Blyth, but I would also like to see the council investing in our town centre and getting it cleaned up. It will take more than one hardworking individual with a dust cart and brush, as seems to be the case at present.

Like a lot of people in Blyth, I could not care less which political party our councillors vote for, but we do care when they can not simply get on with representing the people and not the party when it comes to sitting down and solving our town’s problems.

Voters of Blyth want their councillors to represent their wards/parish at council meetings, as opposed to someone who simply goes along with the views of their political party.

Finally, will someone please explain clearly who and what is Arch? Who are the directors? Who pays them? Where do the profits go?

All of a sudden, it seems, we have this fantastic company in our presence that is changing the face of Northumberland, but the man and woman in the street knows nothing about it, apart from the fact that it is an ‘arm’s length company of the council’. What the heck does that mean?

Revell Cornell (Sr)