First, I would like to point out I am of no political persuasion, but simply a concerned resident.
I have lived in Blyth for nearly 30 years. During this time I, like many others, have used this column to point out problems to our councillors.
To date, I have never seen any reply to the serious points raised, such as more schools or better road links. Instead councillors point out short-term success, such as the Tall Ships, which I always thought was brought by Blyth Harbour Commissioners, not the council.
They never seem to answer the question regarding where children from the new 3,200 homes being built in Blyth are going to go to school as the schools are already overcrowded, as are the roads.
They always appear to answer their own questions, but never the direct questions put to them by you.
Shortly, we will be able to let our councillors know how we think they are doing because in May there are elections and if you have registered, you can use your vote to let them know how well they have done, or not done.
Do not forget they are getting well paid in expenses and allowances so let them know you want someone who will fight for more schools and better road links, not just tinker with them such as in Cowpen Road, and not just tow the party line, whether or not it is what we need.
Will they fight for what we the voters want? Do not vote on party lines, vote on what you think they have done to help you.
One last thought, if you do not vote, do not complain about it when you are stuck in crawling traffic trying to get in or out of Blyth, or when you have not got your child into the school you want for them.