Durham Gate

IN response to Peter Molloy’s letter (Echo, Mar 10) I can inform him that I replied to all those who signed the petition about jobs in the Spennymoor area.

I wrote to advise that the claim made on the petition that the Durham Gate project didn’t benefit people from the local area is inaccurate.

Figures clearly demonstrate that the project has been beneficial to the area in a number of ways. For instance 76 per cent of the workers involved in the construction of the building are from the North- East. In addition, some 98 per cent of people involved in the highway upgrade aspect of the project are from the region.

What’s more, 60 per cent of the suppliers and contractors supporting the project are based in the North-East – boosting the regional economy.

In short, Durham Gate is both good for jobs and good for the local economy.

However, high unemployment is still a serious problem despite the benefits brought to the area by the Durham Gate project.

I also reject entirely Mr Molloy’s accusation that I don’t care about the people of Spennymoor.

I care profoundly about the people of Spennymoor and that’s why I’m working hard in parliament to secure jobs and investment for the local area.

The Tory-led Coalition’s regressive cuts are inflicting immense damage on the area and I’m doing all I can to oppose them.

Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland.

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7:02pm Thu 22 Mar 12

D D Coy says...

Perhaps the M.P for Bishop Auckland could investigate why the new office for Livin formerly Sedgefield Borough Homes was built with less than 80 car parking spaces when 200 were required.

Now alternative car parking has been leased for 120 staff cars with a private bus company shuttling staff to and from the car park & its new offices.

This is Spennymoors very first 'Park n ride' & must account for why rents at Livin have risen by upto 10% for 2012 / 2013, this is another item that the M.P should be investigating for the resident's effected but that won't be!

Hardly a single new job has been created at Durham Gate, construction jobs are temporary the residents of Spennymoor want the 8000 plus jobs lost under New Labour from Spennymoor but that is very unlikely.?

The irony is that when collieries closed in County Durham the Tories blamed market forces cheap coal from Poland, China, Australia etc. New Labour used the same excuse plus globalisation for the exodus of manufacturing from Spennymoor, no one believed the Tories then & no one believes Labour now.

Blair & Mandelson fell in love with globalisation and building empty stagnent homes on former manufacturing sites was the way ahead, now Lord Mandelson regrets the globalisation policy followed by New Labour and he understands that more should have been done to protect manufacturing in the region.

Spennymoor in Tony Blairs back yard seems to have been an experimental zone for this policy, and the results of it going wrong are there for us all to see in clear detail, stagnent new build housing estates and derelict manufacturing sites, this is Tony Blairs Legacy for the peopl of Spennymoor.

The town now has very little to offer younger generations whom have switched to voting for the BNP in droves, and once the redundancy payments have dried up Labour stalwarts will no doubt be following them on the BNP band wagon.

Unemployed people maybe interested to know that well paid part-time work is available in the town from May 2013/

Town Councillors claim between £2000 to £5000 per annum & County Councillors £10,000 to £30,000 per annum, for the more ambitious independently minded an M.P can earns £65,000 plus expenses..
Perhaps the M.P for Bishop Auckland could investigate why the new office for Livin formerly Sedgefield Borough Homes was built with less than 80 car parking spaces when 200 were required. Now alternative car parking has been leased for 120 staff cars with a private bus company shuttling staff to and from the car park & its new offices. This is Spennymoors very first 'Park n ride' & must account for why rents at Livin have risen by upto 10% for 2012 / 2013, this is another item that the M.P should be investigating for the resident's effected but that won't be! Hardly a single new job has been created at Durham Gate, construction jobs are temporary the residents of Spennymoor want the 8000 plus jobs lost under New Labour from Spennymoor but that is very unlikely.? The irony is that when collieries closed in County Durham the Tories blamed market forces cheap coal from Poland, China, Australia etc. New Labour used the same excuse plus globalisation for the exodus of manufacturing from Spennymoor, no one believed the Tories then & no one believes Labour now. Blair & Mandelson fell in love with globalisation and building empty stagnent homes on former manufacturing sites was the way ahead, now Lord Mandelson regrets the globalisation policy followed by New Labour and he understands that more should have been done to protect manufacturing in the region. Spennymoor in Tony Blairs back yard seems to have been an experimental zone for this policy, and the results of it going wrong are there for us all to see in clear detail, stagnent new build housing estates and derelict manufacturing sites, this is Tony Blairs Legacy for the peopl of Spennymoor. The town now has very little to offer younger generations whom have switched to voting for the BNP in droves, and once the redundancy payments have dried up Labour stalwarts will no doubt be following them on the BNP band wagon. Unemployed people maybe interested to know that well paid part-time work is available in the town from May 2013/ Town Councillors claim between £2000 to £5000 per annum & County Councillors £10,000 to £30,000 per annum, for the more ambitious independently minded an M.P can earns £65,000 plus expenses.. D D Coy

9:04pm Thu 22 Mar 12

D D Coy says...

County Councillors receive £13,300 basic, plus expenses, plus extra responsibility if selected to be on the Cabinet of £13,300 the Leader of the Council receives in excess of £51,000 when all allowances & expenses are totted up.
County Councillors receive £13,300 basic, plus expenses, plus extra responsibility if selected to be on the Cabinet of £13,300 the Leader of the Council receives in excess of £51,000 when all allowances & expenses are totted up. D D Coy

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