It is disingenuous to say the least for Tory councillor Ken Barrie to complain about cuts to North Tyneside’s environmental budget when it is the Tory government’s unnecessary and ideologically-driven cuts that are forcing councils into making impossible choices.
The level of litter, crime and anti-social behaviour on the streets is a pretty good indication that we’re living under a Conservative administration, as anyone who remembers the 1980s will attest to.
Coun Barrie also claims that residents are concerned about weeds and a lack of grass cutting.
To argue that keeping grass neat should be a priority when nurseries are closing and social care provision is on its knees requires a level of blinkeredness I find hard to fathom.
Besides, long grass and wild flowers really are good for insect and bird life, and who could complain about that?