COUNCIL: Paying more, getting less

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North Tyneside Council has voted for a five per cent rise in council tax bills this year.

Although it says that this is needed, it also says there may still have to be some cuts.

We still seem to be paying more and getting less back for our hard-earned money.

I have had a pay freeze for the last eight years.

If the council is so hard-pressed and planning more cuts to balance the books, how come it needs to pay two council workers to empty litter bins?

One Sunday morning, while jogging past the entrance to the Briardene car park, I came across a council van with one employee in the driving seat, listening to the radio, while the other emptied a litter bin.

I may be out of my depth here and it really is just a thought, but could one employee do this job? Maybe drive the van, stop, get out of the van and empty the bin himself? Simple, money saved.

As the council has an answer for everything, I don’t believe it can be as simple as that.

Changing the subject just a little, can I say what a fantastic job all those people involved in making the Brierdene pub such a great improvement to our seafront are doing.

It just goes to show what can really be done in such a short time, instead of waiting and hoping for years on end, then having hopes dashed time and time again.

Well done all involved in the project.

Andy Potts

Whitley Bay