Residents of the borough are constantly told, ‘the council have no money’, redundancies afoot’, ‘essential services are stretched’.
So why when residents (backed by Sandra Graham) find a way to save the council £50,000, do council officers seem unable to keep the purse strings tight?
I refer to the now infamous Grosvenor Drive parking shambles in Whitley Bay.
The residents’ suggestion, spend a little money to maintain the current paved path. Monitor it and if the pavements need tarmac, do it next year with the almost £50,000 saved.
No, say the council officers, we must spend this money now.
So the question remains – not enough money or not enough prudence?