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The Real Reason Mad Dog Marj is Hell Bent on Seaton Parking Charges She’s argued with residents, re-directed their e- mails and refused to meet them. Now she’s seeing driveways where no one else sees them but what’s the real reason Mad Dog Marj is so hell bent on bringing in parking charges at Seaton Carew? Headland & Harbour Councillor Sylvia Tempest Resigns Headland & Harbour Councillor, Sylvia Tempest has resigned her ward seat. A by-election will now take place on May 4th, the same day as the election for an elected Teesside Mayor. Public Questions to Council The Labour/Tory Coalition of Councillors recently voted against making the list of questions submitted to the council by the public available on- line. So we publish the questions submitted so far during 2016/17 ourselves. The Mystery of George’s Council Chamber Statement It seemed a little odd at the time - the end of an, as yet, untold story . . . and there was a story. Somehow we don’t think UKIP’s George Springer will be invited again into the Mayor’s parlour for pre-Christmas drinks any time soon. Not So Inspirational Cemetery Café to Close After Costing £357,000 The controversial Café in the Cemetery, Inspirations is to close at the end of March after costing the local taxpayer no less than £357,000 Labour Vote Down Call for Councillors to Pay for Civic Centre Parking A proposal that would have seen councillors made to pay for parking at the Civic Centre has been rejected by Labour and Tory Councillors. The suggestion was made by Seaton Councillor, Paul Thompson during a meeting of the full council held on Thursday, 23rd February during a move to increase council tax by 4.9% Watch the Video Councillor Thompson said that letting the 15 available car spaces be used by council staff, who pay for their parking, would raise around £5,000 which, together with a halving of councillor ward budgets, would mitigate much of the need for the 1.9% element of the proposed rise in council tax; the other 3% increase being the social care precept introduced by the Government. Councillor Refuses to Meet Residents Over Seaton Car Parking Charges A councillor has refused to meet with Seaton residents to discuss the introduction of parking charges at Seaton Carew. Councillor Marjorie James, who Chairs the Neighbourhood Services Committee which introduced the charges, has told residents not to contact her and to direct their comments to Chief Solicitor, Peter Devlin instead. Posting on the Seaton News Facebook page, petition organiser, Steve Gooderman said, “Cllr James has declined any assistance from myself to arrange a meeting with Seaton residents over parking charges, I have been instructed to communicate through Peter Devlin for future communication. However, in order for Cllr James to feel welcome to Seaton may I suggest that residents email her at marjoriejames45@yahoo.com and extend a welcome to her to come and discuss her introduction of parking charges to Seaton Carew. If we can get 3500 invitations to her it may encourage her attendance." Watch the Neighbourhood Services Video Lindridge Spills the Beans On Labour’s Political Eunuchs If what Labour’s Fens and Rossmere Councillor, Jim Lindridge is to be believed, then any misbehaving Labour Councillors planning their summer holidays should perhaps be wary of any young women approaching quickly from behind at the airport. Lindridge has described how the traditional pre- agenda meeting of Hartlepool Labour Group is now taken up entirely dealing with the group leader’s paranoia over opposition councillors and woe betide anyone careless enough to show signs of dissent. Maximum Council Tax Rise Forced Through Despite Opposition Hartlepool’s Labour Councillors unanimously forced through the maximum increase in council tax that it could last night at a meeting of the full council. All councillors present voted through the ring- fenced 3% Social Care Precept which will go some way to address the crisis in social care funding resulting from Government cuts but opposition councillors refused to support an additional 1.9% increase in council tax, the maximum increase allowed before triggering a local referendum on the increase. Tory Councillors called for the privatisation of the running of Mill House Sports Centre to reduce its running costs to the council while Independent and PHF Councillors also voted against the 1.9% increase ‘until the council puts its own house in order’ citing several examples of money having been wasted by Hartlepool Council such as the £357,000 lost by the Inspirations Café located within Stranton Cemetery. Two UKIP Councillors, George Springer and Tim Fleming supported the full 4.9% increase. New Town Plan Pushed Back By Another 2 Years To 2018 The completion date for Hartlepool’s new Town Plan has been pushed back by another 2 years until 2018. The original plan, which cost £1.5m to produce, was controversially scrapped in October 2013 with Council Leader Christopher Akers- Belcher stating at the time that he believed the new plan could be turned around in 6 months. This was changed later to a completion date of December 2016. At a meeting of the Finance and Policy Committee held on Friday 11th February, it was revealed that the 2016 date has now been pushed back to 2018. This means that the replacement Town Plan, when finally in place, will have taken 5 years to produce, the same length of time as the original plan. Charity Commission Confirms Councillors Were Trustees of Community Group A Freedom of Information request to the UK Charity Commission has confirmed that both Cllrs Paul Beck and Stephen Akers-Belcher were Trustees of Manor Residents Association and thereby shared responsibility for ensuring the financial probity of the organisation. The confirmation comes after Cllr Beck, speaking for both himself and Cllr Akers-Belcher, denied in a meeting of the full council that either had ever legally been a Trustee. In December last year, the Manager of Manor Residents Association and former Labour Councillor, Angela Wilcox, was jailed for 20 months after 17 fraud and related charges were brought against her. ‘The Vision 3 Years On A failed compulsory purchase order and an embarrassing listing on eBay but, 3 years on and hundreds of thousands of pounds later, has the Hartlepool Vision actually changed anything or started to create any the 2,000 jobs that it promised beyond those involved in the production of colourful artist’s impressions? Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge  scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’ WILCOX “a thoroughly dishonest woman motivated only by greed . . . “ Court Judge Simon Phillips The Full Story
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Bankruptcy Petition Against Hotel Owner Morton As Hillcarter Left in Darkness The Mystery of George’s Council Chamber Statement Where Is Sylvia? Not So Inspirational Cemetery Café to Close After Costing £357,000 Labour Vote Down Call for Councillors to Pay for Civic Centre Parking Councillor Refuses to Meet Residents Over Seaton Car Parking Charges Lindridge Spills the Beans On Labour’s Political Eunuchs Maximum Council Tax Rise Forced Through Despite Opposition New Town Plan Pushed Back By Another 2 Years To 2018 Charity Commission Confirms Councillors  Were Trustees of Community Group WILCOX “a thoroughly dishonest woman motivated only by greed . . . “ Court Judge Simon Phillips The Full Story
The Real Reason Mad Dog Marj is Hell Bent on Seaton Parking Charges She’s argued with residents, re-directed their e- mails and refused to meet them. Now she’s seeing driveways where no one else sees them but what’s the real reason Mad Dog Marj is so hell bent on bringing in parking charges at Seaton Carew? Headland & Harbour Councillor Sylvia Tempest Resigns Headland & Harbour Councillor, Sylvia Tempest has resigned her ward seat. A by-election will now take place on May 4th, the same day as the election for an elected Teesside Mayor. Public Questions to Council The Labour/Tory Coalition of Councillors recently voted against making the list of questions submitted to the council by the public available on-line. So we publish the questions submitted so far during 2016/17 ourselves. The Mystery of George’s Council Chamber Statement It seemed a little odd at the time - the end of an, as yet, untold story . . . and there was a story. Somehow we don’t think UKIP’s George Springer will be invited into the Mayor’s parlour for pre- Christmas drinks any time soon. Not So Inspirational Cemetery Café to Close After Costing £357,000 The controversial Café in the Cemetery, Inspirations is to close at the end of March after costing the local taxpayer no less than £357,000 Labour Vote Down Call for Councillors to Pay for Civic Centre Parking A proposal that would have seen councillors made to pay for parking at the Civic Centre has been rejected by Labour and Tory Councillors. The suggestion was made by Seaton Councillor, Paul Thompson during a meeting of the full council held on Thursday, 23rd February during a move to increase council tax by 4.9% Watch the Video Councillor Thompson said that letting the 15 available car spaces be used by council staff, who pay for their parking, would raise around £5,000 which, together with a halving of councillor ward budgets, would mitigate much of the need for the 1.9% element of the proposed rise in council tax; the other 3% increase being the social care precept introduced by the Government. Councillor Refuses to Meet Residents Over Seaton Car Parking Charges A councillor has refused to meet with Seaton residents to discuss the introduction of parking charges at Seaton Carew. Councillor Marjorie James, who Chairs the Neighbourhood Services Committee which introduced the charges, has told residents not to contact her and to direct their comments to Chief Solicitor, Peter Devlin instead. Posting on the Seaton News Facebook page, petition organiser, Steve Gooderman said, “Cllr James has declined any assistance from myself to arrange a meeting with Seaton residents over parking charges, I have been instructed to communicate through Peter Devlin for future communication. However, in order for Cllr James to feel welcome to Seaton may I suggest that residents email her at marjoriejames45@yahoo.com and extend a welcome to her to come and discuss her introduction of parking charges to Seaton Carew. If we can get 3500 invitations to her it may encourage her attendance." Watch the Neighbourhood Services Video Lindridge Spills the Beans On Labour’s Political Eunuchs If what Labour’s Fens and Rossmere Councillor, Jim Lindridge is to be believed, then any misbehaving Labour Councillors planning their summer holidays should perhaps be wary of any young women approaching quickly from behind at the airport. Lindridge has described how the traditional pre- agenda meeting of Hartlepool Labour Group is now taken up entirely dealing with the group leader’s paranoia over opposition councillors and woe betide anyone careless enough to show signs of dissent. Maximum Council Tax Rise Forced Through Despite Opposition Hartlepool’s Labour Councillors unanimously forced through the maximum increase in council tax that it could last night at a meeting of the full council. All councillors present voted through the ring- fenced 3% Social Care Precept which will go some way to address the crisis in social care funding resulting from Government cuts but opposition councillors refused to support an additional 1.9% increase in council tax, the maximum increase allowed before triggering a local referendum on the increase. Tory Councillors called for the privatisation of the running of Mill House Sports Centre to reduce its running costs to the council while Independent and PHF Councillors also voted against the 1.9% increase ‘until the council puts its own house in order’ citing several examples of money having been wasted by Hartlepool Council such as the £357,000 lost by the Inspirations Café located within Stranton Cemetery. Two UKIP Councillors, George Springer and Tim Fleming supported the full 4.9% increase. New Town Plan Pushed Back By Another 2 Years To 2018 The completion date for Hartlepool’s new Town Plan has been pushed back by another 2 years until 2018. The original plan, which cost £1.5m to produce, was controversially scrapped in October 2013 with Council Leader Christopher Akers- Belcher stating at the time that he believed the new plan could be turned around in 6 months. This was changed later to a completion date of December 2016. At a meeting of the Finance and Policy Committee held on Friday 11th February, it was revealed that the 2016 date has now been pushed back to 2018. This means that the replacement Town Plan, when finally in place, will have taken 5 years to produce, the same length of time as the original plan. Charity Commission Confirms Councillors Were Trustees of Community Group A Freedom of Information request to the UK Charity Commission has confirmed that both Cllrs Paul Beck and Stephen Akers-Belcher were Trustees of Manor Residents Association and thereby shared responsibility for ensuring the financial probity of the organisation. The confirmation comes after Cllr Beck, speaking for both himself and Cllr Akers-Belcher, denied in a meeting of the full council that either had ever legally been a Trustee. In December last year, the Manager of Manor Residents Association and former Labour Councillor, Angela Wilcox, was jailed for 20 months after 17 fraud and related charges were brought against her. ‘The Vision 3 Years On A failed compulsory purchase order and an embarrassing listing on eBay but, 3 years on and hundreds of thousands of pounds later, has the Hartlepool Vision actually changed anything or started to create any the 2,000 jobs that it promised beyond those involved in the production of colourful artist’s impressions? Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge  scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’ WILCOX “a thoroughly dishonest woman motivated only by greed . . . “ Court Judge Simon Phillips The Full Story
Labourís Fens and Rossmere Councillor Jim Lindridge
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