Talk Blyth Valley

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February 11, 2014
by Talk Blyth Valley
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South Shore Development in Blyth Northumberland.

southshoreThe 106 saga continues…

I have had confirmation via a copy of the 106 contract between the NCC and Persimmon homes that the £215,000 that Persimmon were supposed to pay the old BVBC was allegedly paid in 2007 but the bank account that the monies were supposed to be put into, which was called “the Blyth Links,” account, no longer exists.

The contract can be viewed here and has some interesting covenants

Talk Blyth Valley are unable to confirm from the public record that monies were received in the first place. NCC claim that the money was spent on fencing, the band stand and car park improvements but as yet confirmation has not been forthcoming.

Many South Shore residents still have issues with the unfinished roads, removal of protected trees, lack of a Bat survey on phase 2 which is legally mandatory and many other issues of shoddy workmanship.

NCC should have taken a land charge according to the agreement and I understand this would not be released till the development was signed off. There is no sign of that happening anytime soon. Also we were unable to confirm the land charge was taken in the first place which is pretty standard stuff for a council planning department.

TV will keep you posted as the story develops.

November 17, 2013
by Talk Blyth Valley
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Gauntlet thrown down to NCC Leader Grant Davey and MP for Blyth Valley, Ronnie Campbell

…by Barry Elliott UKIP councilor for Newsham. This has been taken with his permission from his Facebook page.

“Still no response from any of our NCC Councillors!!

Through my continued persistence the Blyth town council have now formally requested as to why NCC have NOT published ALL the sec 106 agreements for our town for us all to see.They( NCC) should produce this public / legal document / record WITHOUT us having to ask for it !!

I will drive on ( this is now over a year ) to get our administration ( Labour Party Controlled ) to do what we put them into office to do. GIVE US in BLYTH TOWN our monies. Monies that are due . If you have allowed them to be spent elsewhere then we want them back. Three weeks have passed and still no response to the £500k and One North east Grant ( figure to be confirmed ) pledged to our town centre. Grant Davey, Kath Nisbett , MP and the rest I know you are reading this or getting feedback .

Get something done as I will not give up in my campaign to get what we are entitled to.The people of our town are also watching with interest . They have returned a Labour Party administration year in year out but things are different now . UKIP is now your main opposition. It brings a common sense approach to connect with the people on common sense issues.

Three decades of ruling ( in my adult time ), suppression , false promises , cover ups etc have got our town in the position it is in . The people of our town continue to return a labour administration but we must between now and next election educate our town on what these Labour Party members are doing . Our town votes them in to their £20/40 k plus per annum jobs( minimum ) and what do they return us !!!Take for example the Newsham Cllr and the Cowpen Cllr who not only spent most of their £75 k allowances ( should have been spent on Newsham and Cowpen) in parts of the town that most citizens cannot reach !!!!! but allowed contractors from the south to benefit from the monies for doing the works !! What happened to spending our monies on local people ( localism act) . IGNORED

What about the CEO of Ncc Mr Steve Stewart ,lives in Yorkshire I believe , gets more than the prime minister in wages( tbc) and would appear to have little or no interest in ensuring our local electricians , joiners , plumbers , painters cleaners get the contracts to do the works on our towns housing stock as a minimum (6000 of them tbc).LOCALISM Act. IGNORED I am investigating that these contractors MAY have been employed from , yes you have it , the Yorkshire areas or close to !!

It would be good if they could come out and prove me wrong , confirm the above and the other questions asked.I will not be offended , not be upset but what I say now is to ALL we elect ,we expect the future works to be Given to our local people as we investigate the above .Local people getting local jobs spend their monies in local places . It’s a ” NO BRAINER” Common sense approach .

What about our Labour administration depleting /moving Our frontline services far away . We have lost many of our highways staff who deliver our frontline services to our community, sometimes in extreme weathers ,with those remaining expected to do the work of three!! With executive officers on gold plated wages let’s get rid of one and replace with 8 highways staff(yes . Your grass cutting , streets , parks , footpaths , weed killing programmes , litter / debris etc will benefit . Grant Davey / the Labour Party administration CAN do this . I have asked him to . He IGNORES me .

 Davey is moving OUR council staff from OUR Blyth Towns offices leaving more empty spaces in our town to the north and west who are already prospering . I have asked the Labour party administration to STOP doing this , RETURN these employees and more to our Town and help fill the many empty office blocks etc. They IGNORE me .

I have asked the MP, Ronnie Campbell to use his office allowance ( £130k per annum tbc) on our towns people .

Instead of employing his wife( gets upto £40 k per year as a councillor already ) he could take four local citizens off the dole ( preferably from our ward areas of high deprivation) train them and continually employ them for years . Yes IGNORED. His comrade across the Wansbeck river does the same !!

They have lost touch with us , have no common sense , and blatantly IGNORE an arrogance that I am sure will be removed very soon .

By ignoring me they ignore you . Get onto your local councillor , your MP , your CEO and ask the questions . They are not likely to ignore you !! I need support , your support . I put myself up to secure these multi millions for our town , make our town centre vibrant , our communities to have better opportunities again like our close neighbours up north and to the south and west .

I aim to do many public talks in coming months and will bring many many issues as these to the forefront . Attend these meetings , ask Questions , I come with no agenda .Be great to get one or more of those our town elected to attend with me !!

I drive on and yes some will say against the odds but I can only try . Try with me

Barry Elliott

Blyth Town Councillor UKIP.”

November 10, 2013
by Talk Blyth Valley
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Ronnie Campbells Pitch for re-selection as MP for Blyth Valley.

Here’s Ronnie Campbell’s pitch to Labour Party members asking for him to be re-selected as MP.

Branch meeting 18th Nov 2013.

“First off, I would like to thank all of you in the Constituency Labour Party for your support over the years. You are the backbone of the Labour and trade union movement. I would also like to thank my wife Deirdre, who has kept the flag flying on the county council, and the rest of my family.

Most of you know me, and my background, so I will not bore you with a lengthy biography. But, for the record, I grew up in a family of eight brothers and sisters, was educated at Blyth Ridley County High, a secondary modern which is now Blyth Community college, and left school at 14 to go down the pit aged 16 where I spent for 29 years at Bates Colliery. The sense of community and comradeship I learnt there has never left me. It is my main motivation. I was a Blyth Valley councillor and lay official of the NUM.

I was lucky enough to be elected to Parliament in 1987 and since then I have worked at a very different workface. Sometimes I feel that Westminster has softened my radicalism, but then I think; who better to take on the fat cats, the greedy bankers, the city yuppies, than an ex-miner? The comradeship and values of decency and fairness I experienced in the pits still exists in both Blyth Valley and Westminster. I’m proud to call myself a socialist and proud of a Labour Party heading for victory in 2015 against a miserable, discredited, Tory-led coalition which uses “austerity” to penalise the poor for the mistakes of the rich.

Mind you, I have also in the past voted against previous Labour governments on issues I feel passionate about, such as the Iraq War. I am no-one’s toady. However, I recognise that to win a crucial election we sometimes have to compromise without sacrificing core principle.
Now for the nitty-gritty details of my Parliamentary record. When the Labour government nationalised Northern Rock in 2008, I declared it the People’s Bank and opened an account but it was short-lived.
I have in no particular order, voted against replacing Trident, against raising the VAT rate because it impacts most strongly on the poor, against the ongoing undermining of comprehensive education, against the ban on smoking in pubs, against the proportional representation voting system – a shabby con trick to prop up the Lib Dems and boost Right-wing nutters – and against raising the undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. Most recently voted against HS2, I think the money could be better spent like the Blyth & Tyne rail link, which I have argued for years.
I have voted for foundation hospitals, the introduction of ID cards, and the hunting ban, the removal of hereditary peers, Labour’s anti-terrorism laws, and stricter asylum system.

My voting record, for the number-crunchers amongst you, is 71.6 per cent, and have, as a matter of conscience, voted against Labour’s front bench 17 times. I value loyalty, but occasionally I have to go with my conscience.
I regularly contribute to local newspapers – while I am no fan of the right-wing tabloid national media, I value the contribution of local newspapers to local communities. It also provides a platform to hammer the Tories, the Lib Dems and their sleazy fundmasters.

On constituency issues, I have pressed ministers on further education, the New Deal as it affects Blyth Valley, carbon capture and storage, Ashwell Prison, wind farms, childcare, Northumberland Social Service, adoption policy, and the effects of anti-epilepsy drugs on pregnant women. Pressed the government regarding the Enterprise Zones & was successful. I was very vocal regarding new schools for the future under Labour and again success you only need to ask Wansbeck how successful Blyth was (six new schools).

These are issues which rarely grab the headlines but which are of vital importance to the day-to-day well-being and quality of life of decent hard-working families at the sharp end of coalition cuts, which is evident every day.

I previously served on various select committees the Ombudsman Select Committee for 9 years and then spent a further 7 years when it amalgamated to become the Administration Select Committee. In addition, I spent four years on the Health Select Committee and two years on the Speakers Conference.

That is why I am asking for your support, as I am proud to be part of this great movement of ours and want to continue to serve the people of Blyth Valley for another term and if I am fortunate enough to be successful it will most probably my last.

Ronnie Campbell MP”

May 6, 2013
by Talk Blyth Valley
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Election result in the Cowpen Ward of Blyth Valley called into question…

polling stationThe plot thickens…

The extensive reporting by the press of an alleged breaking of the rules by UKIP in the council elections on 2nd May may have influenced the result. The release of the information by the police at such a critical time would appear to have given advantage to the Labour Party. Why would the police do it before they had investigated the complaint?

My investigations have discovered that the word at grass roots levels seem to indicate that the Labour candidate and her assosiates may be heavily involved in the instigation of this allegation.

To add substance to this theory; Mr Grant Davey was caught at the polling booth for Cowpen by Mr Barry Elliott, the UKIP Candidate. Under election rules Mr Elliott is allowed to attend but Mr Davey, husband of the official Labour candidate and leader of Labour in Blyth, is not permitted to be anywhere near the polling station.

He had FULL view of the electoral paperwork and was known to ALL the staff employed that night and chatted with election officials who were comfortable for him to be there when they should have asked him to leave under the rules.

This does make one wonder if the votes were in some way tampered with, added to or removed from the ballot boxes. The police have confirmed that Grant Davey did attend the Cowpen Polling Station and did have discussions with election staff. Many voters came in and out during this twenty minute period.

The matter has been reported to Northumbria Police who have passed it on to the serious crime team in Manchester who are investigating. Barry Elliott has asked the Returning Officer at Northumberland County Council to investigate too.

Time will tell where this goes…

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