Tearful school boss won’t give up on kids despite culture of fear on corridors – Teesside Live

Freebrough Academy in Brotton was put in special measures after a scathing Ofsted report — Read on http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/tearful-school-boss-wont-give-15926739 As the R&C Cabinet Member for Education, I know that the failure of this school is caused by academisation. There is simply no proper system, and the Govt have cut funding, in other words a perfect storm. Your elected Council has no say because it’s an academy, and the Govt has removed our Education money so we can’t even give them much help. When things go wrong, senior civil servants are supposedly in charge, but they can’t do much either because there … Continue reading Tearful school boss won’t give up on kids despite culture of fear on corridors – Teesside Live

So Much Litter!

Walking the dog on Marine Parade the other day, I was shocked by the amount of litter on the banks: everything from baby wipes to bottles to plastic cups and food containers. So I climbed over the railing with my litter-picker this morning, and filled three bin liners just between the steps down at the Look Out and the next ones along to the west. There are an awful lot of people who won’t walk a few metres to the bin! Continue reading So Much Litter!

Press release: Your Labour Council Saves the Regent Cinema

Multi-million pound plans for the borough will guarantee the future of The Regent cinema and create new leisure-based facilities and hotel in Redcar. AN INVESTMENT plan that will guarantee the future of The Regent cinema in Redcar, create a new hotel with leisure-based facilities and support local projects across the borough has been unveiled. The £30 million pot will support the ‘Revitalising Redcar’ project and deliver an ‘Indigenous Growth Programme’ to boost business support schemes across the borough, including a bid to rejuvenate Loftus High Street. The ‘Revitalising Redcar’ strategy will secure the future of the town’s much-loved Regent Cinema … Continue reading Press release: Your Labour Council Saves the Regent Cinema

Saltburn Parking Proposals Consultation Outcome

Well, our consultation on the Saltburn Parking Proposals (TRO) has ended, and the result is very much against waiting times. Given this emphatically negative outcome, the Cabinet has decided the planned waiting restrictions will not go ahead. We have listened carefully to residents’ views. Going forward, we will only seek to increase the number of parking spaces wherever possible, and remove/put in some double yellow lines. I think what we need to do next is seek out sources of funding, especially from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, to do works which will create more parking spaces in Saltburn. Thank you … Continue reading Saltburn Parking Proposals Consultation Outcome

“Taxpayers’ investment” in the NHS.

Yesterday at the Health and Well-Being Board, we discussed a document called the “NHS long term plan”. It kept referring to “taxpayers’ investment” in the NHS. This is quite a worrying phrase. The word investment means money put in to get a profit. So this raises the question of who is going to get a profit from the NHS. We taxpayers pay into it, not for profit, but on the understanding it will be there when we need it. So spending on the NHS is exactly that, spending, on treatment, surgery and medicines, not “investment”. It looks like a political … Continue reading “Taxpayers’ investment” in the NHS.

The Tories now treat the nation as they have long treated the poor | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian

From universal credit to Brexit, the party is hellbent on diminishing us all — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/19/tories-now-treat-the-nation-as-they-have-long-treated-the-poor-universal-credit-brexit Continue reading The Tories now treat the nation as they have long treated the poor | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian