Feedback, Gazette – 1 February 2016
Edward Grainger, Nunthorpe.
DAVE Robers, prospective Tees Mayoral candidate, has, better than anyone for some time, just made the overwhelming case for the five councils of the Tees Valley to be scrapped (Bigger, better for bargaining power, The Gazette 27.01.16).
With the single, largely all purpose authorities of Teesside and Cleveland now but a distant memory, the projected combined authority offers only the last chance Teesside has to assert itself and, as Dave suggests, arm ourselves with a bigger and better bargaining power before each of the five become so weakened by ever more cuts, that with the continuing leakage of population due to the shortage of the economy of the Tees area creating nothing more than ineffective and expensive talking shops with no real power.
We are in the last chance saloon to show the Government, despite all the difficulties largely of their own making with its faltering Northern powerhouse, that we can pull together to revitalise our economy and improve skills , education and infrastructure with regard to housing, transport and jobs.
Dave rightly asserts that our struggling borough councils are just not up to the job.