A SOCIAL landlord has made a cash-back guarantee to South Tyneside voters as he throws his hat into the ring at next month’s local elections.
Colin Campbell is to stand as an independent for Cleadon Park on Thursday, May 22.
And he is committed not to accept any of the monies he would receive from his role as a ward councillor.
Instead, he will donate the cash – about £1,000 a month – to Ridgeway Primary School, to be spent on equipment and school trips.
Mr Campbell, 61, who has a portfolio of 20 properties for rent across the borough, called on other prospective councillors to make the same commitment.
He said: “I want to get back to what being a councillor should be about – the desire to serve your community.
“I’d challenge other prospective councillors to make the same pledge. Any of the allowances I receive can be used by the school as it sees fit.”
Mr Campbell stood for UKIP at last year’s local elections, finishing a creditable third with 25 per cent of the vote in Cleadon and East Boldon, where he lives.
He said: “I have let my membership of UKIP lapse. If the party had 1,000 Nigel Farages I would have stayed onboard. Sadly, that’s not the case – although I do wish the party well in the forthcoming elections.
“I plan to knock on as many doors as I can. Labour has 49 of the 54 wards on the council, and it’s so important that there is a dissenting opposition in the council chamber. I hope to be that voice.”
Mr Campbell was raised in Horsley Hill and went to school at Cleadon Park Senior School.
Earlier this year, the Gazette reported how he had turned into the ‘Lamp Ranger’ after raising a problem with street lights in the Cleadon Vale area of South Shields.
He also tackled housebuilder Bellway over the issue of trees being planted on the Cleadon Park estate.
“My partner Carol lives in Cleadon Vale and I am well aware of the area. I am campaigning to ensure Bellway plants the trees that they committed to in the area and that all dead trees are replaced.
“Sometimes it feels that people are in limbo. I will be their voice in the council chamber.”
Other candidates in the ward are June Elsom (Independent), Jim Foreman (Labour) and Barbara Surteees (Conservative).