The Gazette had great news for South Tyneside, Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, could hardly contain his joy.
I quote: “At present there is a gap in provision of grade A office accommodation and industrial premises within the borough, which is a barrier to growth to existing companies and also prevents inward investment in services supporting key growth sectors such as marine, energy and high value manufacturing, this announcement addresses that gap.”
Was this to do with the £100m Labour council dream of a revitalised South Shields, well under way now. No! It was our council welcoming a Conservative Government finding money for a new enterprise zone at Holborn, the old Readhead shipyard site.
What an admission. After six decades of Labour council mismanagement, we do not have enough A grade office accommodation and enough good quality industrial premises in to attract businesses,
So what has our council done about this? It borrows £100m for non-job projects such as a new bus station, new Metro station and a fancy £10m library. I haven’t heard the mega cinema project mentioned for a while now. Meanwhile, thriving businesses, yet for the chop in Fowler Street, have nowhere to relocate?
We could stop now, suspend the compulsory purchases until the new enterprise zone is up and running, new riverside offices and industrial units with financial incentives and streamlined planning.
In South Tyneside voters always vote Labour, perhaps now with Comrade Corbyn at the helm of a far left Labour Party, and a Shadow Chancellor who carries Chairman Mao’s little red book, in the May local elections the blinkers can come off and voters can have a hard look at where we are all best off, and surely that is with any candidate but a Labour one.