New super authority leaders named

The Northern Echo: The council chiefs who will lead the Nelb The council chiefs who will lead the Nelb

THE politicians who will lead a new North-East “super authority” have been chosen.

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig had already been named as chair of the North East Leadership Board (Nelb) combined authority, which will have powers over transport, skills and economic development across seven councils and nearly a million people from the River Tees to the Scottish border.

Now the Nelb has appointed two vice-chairs: Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry and Norma Redfearn, Mayor of North Tyneside.

In addition, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes will take responsibility for transport, Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson will take the lead on economic development and regeneration and Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey will be responsible for employment matters.

The combined authority has had a difficult birth, with Sunderland in particular taking some time to sign up.

But Councillor Henig said he was looking forward to the legal process being completed and launching the Nelb as soon as possible.

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7:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

and when did i get to vote for these leaders or the supa dupa council?
still i expect the gravy train to go full steam.
and when did i get to vote for these leaders or the supa dupa council? still i expect the gravy train to go full steam. punkrocker
  • Score: 9

8:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

settheworldonfire says...

punkrocker wrote:
and when did i get to vote for these leaders or the supa dupa council?
still i expect the gravy train to go full steam.
Well said ...We did not vote for this...But guess what?...These gravy train show-boaters do not care what us a the electorate think......
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: and when did i get to vote for these leaders or the supa dupa council? still i expect the gravy train to go full steam.[/p][/quote]Well said ...We did not vote for this...But guess what?...These gravy train show-boaters do not care what us a the electorate think...... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 10

8:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

markno1 says...

So these guys already get an absolute fortune in allowances, will they be getting even more tax payers money for these new positions?
So these guys already get an absolute fortune in allowances, will they be getting even more tax payers money for these new positions? markno1
  • Score: 7

12:02am Tue 1 Apr 14

DURHAM CITY says...

what a disgrace
what a disgrace DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 8

12:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

Steve_2009 says...

All Labour politicians. Where is the scrutiny? Where are the checks and balances? It's like living in the old Soviet Union.
All Labour politicians. Where is the scrutiny? Where are the checks and balances? It's like living in the old Soviet Union. Steve_2009
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

The Echo seems unwilling to print letters about this disgraceful development. Here's the contribution I offered 6 weeks ago when the news broke. They rejected it.
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In November 2004 the people of the North East rejected the creation of an elected Regional Assembly. However many voters may not have known that they already had an unelected Regional Assembly beavering away from its base at the Guildhall in Newcastle.
In July 2007 Labour decided to scrap these bodies – branded expensive, unnecessary and unaccountable - and devolve the powers they held to local authorities. Was that the end of it? Not a bit!
First of all they got together and set up Regional Local Authority Leaders’ Boards and simply transferred into them the powers of the defunct Assemblies. In stepped Eric Pickles and forced their closure, with a saving of £16 million a year. Did they get the message? Absolutely not.
We should therefore not be shocked to learn that in spite of these attempts from across the political spectrum to stop council Chiefs spending our taxes on meaningless talking shops, once again they are up to their old tricks.
They are seeking permission to set up a new North East Leadership Board, stretching from the River Tees to the Scottish borders, covering seven councils and more than a million people. Lurking in the wings as its potential boss is Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council. When he appeared in the regional slot on Sunday’s Daily Politics show, Mr Henig repeatedly avoided giving a guarantee that council tax payers wouldn’t have to stump up more money to fund his pet project.
Let’s hope that the Government vetoes this barmy idea, but with the LibDems flexing their muscles around the Cabinet table, who knows what will happen?
The Echo seems unwilling to print letters about this disgraceful development. Here's the contribution I offered 6 weeks ago when the news broke. They rejected it. . In November 2004 the people of the North East rejected the creation of an elected Regional Assembly. However many voters may not have known that they already had an unelected Regional Assembly beavering away from its base at the Guildhall in Newcastle. In July 2007 Labour decided to scrap these bodies – branded expensive, unnecessary and unaccountable - and devolve the powers they held to local authorities. Was that the end of it? Not a bit! First of all they got together and set up Regional Local Authority Leaders’ Boards and simply transferred into them the powers of the defunct Assemblies. In stepped Eric Pickles and forced their closure, with a saving of £16 million a year. Did they get the message? Absolutely not. We should therefore not be shocked to learn that in spite of these attempts from across the political spectrum to stop council Chiefs spending our taxes on meaningless talking shops, once again they are up to their old tricks. They are seeking permission to set up a new North East Leadership Board, stretching from the River Tees to the Scottish borders, covering seven councils and more than a million people. Lurking in the wings as its potential boss is Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council. When he appeared in the regional slot on Sunday’s Daily Politics show, Mr Henig repeatedly avoided giving a guarantee that council tax payers wouldn’t have to stump up more money to fund his pet project. Let’s hope that the Government vetoes this barmy idea, but with the LibDems flexing their muscles around the Cabinet table, who knows what will happen? David Lacey
  • Score: 5

11:01am Fri 4 Apr 14

tubgut says...

Some old pile of wood is reshuffled. What are the objective and more importantly the deliverable linked to timescale cast in stone. If what we have failed to deliver how will this lot change things. Spenders of money not creators of wealth. It's time this was challenged at the ballot box. As a previous contributor mentioned more expenses no wonder they are all smiling thinking about the bank accounts. As UKIP mentioned join the peoples army and sweep this lot into the bin.
Some old pile of wood is reshuffled. What are the objective and more importantly the deliverable linked to timescale cast in stone. If what we have failed to deliver how will this lot change things. Spenders of money not creators of wealth. It's time this was challenged at the ballot box. As a previous contributor mentioned more expenses no wonder they are all smiling thinking about the bank accounts. As UKIP mentioned join the peoples army and sweep this lot into the bin. tubgut
  • Score: -1

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