Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Liberal Democrats Leadership election

Well, my vote is cast.

It was a difficult choice to make because both candidates are a solid, Liberal choice.

Both have their "High Profile" supporters, and both have had a polite but firm campaign.

Whoever wins will have a hard task to raise the party's profile and to raise the number of votes we receive and seats we win.

Good luck to them both.

Oh , my vote went to ........ one of the candidates, I'm not going to disclose who I voted for. But I did vote.

Monday, 29 June 2015

By-election in Seaton Valley

There is to be a by-election in Seaton Valley, just over the border from Blyth.

The election is in Seghill with Seaton Delaval ward of Seaton Valley (Parish Council) and will be held on 16th July

The vacancy was caused by the resignation of a Labour councillor. The Liberal Democrat candidate is the experienced, and well known, Anita Romer.

If you can help, in any way, please contact Penny Reid , at pennyreid@hotmail.co.uk , or telephone 01670 544113

Blyth Town Council , July Meetings

Blyth Town Council and its Committees have the following meetings scheduled for July:-

Thursday 2nd July, Finance Committee 

Tuesday 7th July , Community Grants Committee 

Thursday 16th July, Full Council ... preceded by Public Question Time 

Thursday 23rd July , Planning & Development Committee 

Tuesday 28th July, Events Committee  

Thursday 30th July , Assets Committee 

All meetings start at 6:30 , at Arms Evertyne House

Monday, 1 June 2015

Liberal Democrats Leadership hustings at Newcastle

The local hustings for the Liberal Democrats leadership candidates will be at the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle, on 19th June

The meeting opens at 7pm with tea / coffee, the hustings themselves start at 7:30

Any member of the party at 3rd June is entitled to attend the hustings, and to vote in the election

The leadership election is held under the "one member, one vote" principle, and will be held under STV ( single transferable vote ) 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Blyth Town Council, June meetings

As far as I am aware, the following are the scheduled meetings for June

Allotments Committee, Tuesday June 2nd

Assets Committee, Thursday June 4th 

Planning & Development Committee , Thursday June 11th

Events Committee, Tuesday June 23rd 

Staff Committee Thursday June 25th -- Cancelled 

Planning & Development Committee , Tuesday June 30th -- Cancelled 

All meetings are due to start at 6:30 pm , at Arms Evertyne House

As ever, these are subject to change , check with the council ( 01670 361668 beforehand )

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Events Committee Tuesday 26th May , 6:30 pm

I am told the Events Committee will ONLY be addressing the new Christmas lighting etc at the Market Square.

It was planned tat the meeting would be at Arms Evertyne House before or after the walk around the market , but this has now been changed.

The meeting therefore will be at the Market Square, by the Keel Row entrance, at 6:30. Due to my being less that mobile, I have had to put my apologies in .

Goodness knows how many of the non-councillor members / guests at this meeting will turn up.

I have to thank officers and staff for their attempts to find out what is happening this evening, but I will be formally commenting on this whole situation to the chair of the Events Committee as it goes against all disability equality. I for one cannot walk from the offices, around the market place and back to the offices and so will miss the meting.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Blyth Town Council ..... Full Council Meeting

It was full Council last night and the appointments to committees , election of Mayor etc.

It is usual practice for one years Deputy Mayor to become the next year's Mayor, but last year's Deputy , Cllr Adrian Cartie is having some health problems, so Cllr Margaret Parker was elected as Mayor.

Now Councillor Parker is  long standing councillor, and has been part of the "Civic Party" before, so not unexpected. But her husband, Cllr Bob Parker becomes the Mayor's escort, which may lead to some embarrassment as he is banned from sitting on any Council committee due to previous behaviour.

Anyway, congratulations to them both. I'd like to pass on my best wishes for a speedy recovery to Adrian Cartie, a truly nice bloke.

The appointments to committees was confirmed, and as has become practice, to speed things up the two political groups had informed each other and the officers of their nominations. Nothing strange there, except that I have become vice chair of the Finance Committee.

It is not unusual elsewhere to have opposition members take chairs and deputies positions, but it is unheard of here.

I was separately told, and I'll not say by whom, that "It was to show the non-partisan nature of the Council" (the official line , and rehearsed, as I could never expect the people who told me to use phrases such as non partisan) "We needed an experienced councillor to take on the role, and no Labour member has your experience" ( flattering, but not really true) and "No-one else wanted it" ( probably has a ring of truth)

Anyway, I'll do my best for the Finance Committee and check that the budget is spent in the best interests of Blyth.

It might even be fun come the year end when we look to prepare the 2016-17 budget. ( Insert irony smiley thing here ...)