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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Leading the way

IT is now one year since we Labour councillors became the administration of Barrow Borough Council.

EM Dave Pidduck column
Dave Pidduck

I would like to thank the councillors for their hard work and their steadfastness in making some very tough decisions and if I may thank new councillors who are learning new roles and new rules as we try to resolve the difficulties that we face.

There is another group of people who I would also like to thank, the officers of the council, the people who deliver our policies and deal with every situation.

When we decided to restructure the council, for example, whole sections moved offices, plus all their equipment, etc, a task that was carried out efficiently and with little or no disruption to the public. Some officers still smile at me and say ‘good morning’.

I wish we had time to draw breath to sit a spell and reflect, but we have to plan for next year.

How will the governments plans impact upon us? Are we as a country in recession?

We have to deal with the snub from a government minister over our support for the Remploy workers and the proposed investment by Centrica in a biomass plant.

Support for local retailers in second tranche of funding to improve Dalton and Barrow town centres.

The promise we make is to do our very best for all the people of the borough to work with the county council to try and resolve at least some of the difficulties both the authorities face and continue to work with our partners to deliver for the people of the borough.

The local press have been very supportive in a campaign to bring to people’s attention (one of the banes of our life) — ‘dog fouIing’ and I thank them for that support.

Now, I have a slight rant on a subject that’s not as dangerous and unsightly as dog fouling, but seems to be a growing menace in our borough. Why do people park their cars on the pavement?

I know that some of our 19th century streets are trying to cope with 21st century volumes of traffic and you have to park on the pavement to give access to ambulances and fire engines, but some people park on safety areas, thus preventing motorists from seeing pedestrians who are trying to cross the road, these areas are not your private parking space.

Motorists bounce their cars over fairly high kerbs, damaging the flagstones, they churn up grass verges and park on green spaces that we try to create, so we now have to fence them off to protect them.

I suppose we will eventually win over these reluctant citizens to see the dangers their actions can create and who may one day take a bit of pride in the area we live in.

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