An insult to the North
Like thousands of people throughout Northumberland, I received a glossy piece of paper the other day.
It is headed ‘Help to shape the future of your county’ and invites residents to a consultation on Northumberland County Council’s draft Local Plan.
This is a plan that had already been discussed, and more or less decided upon, on June 14 by the council’s cabinet.
It is intended to set, until 2036, the planning policies of the council, the general scale and redevelopment of the county, provide guidance on planning applications, and show in detail where new homes and workplaces are to be located. All very strong stuff.
Doubtless Berwick-upon-Tweed, that most northerly and most Scottish part of Northumberland, was well represented in the council’s cabinet?
Well, no, for it is made up of a vice-chairman from Cramlington who did not attend, two councillors from Hexham, one of whom did not attend, two councillors from Ponteland, one of whom is the council’s leader who more-or-less had to attend, one councillor from Corbridge, and two from Morpeth.
Talk about not only bias in favour of the south of the county, talk about a blatant ignoring of the principle of representation of the people, and talk about an insult to Berwick-upon-Tweed and its deep Scottish history. What a county council rip-off.