Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Masterly inactivity


A curious article in yesterday's Echo, ostensibly a puff for the LibDems in North Road. Apparently the Rise Carr area of the ward resembles nothing less than downtown Beirut.


Cllr. Fred Lawton comments, "Over the last few years, it has become a quite shabby-looking area, particularly around the William Street end. The beds and the borders have become unkempt and filled with rubbish, and bricks are missing. They have suffered from a lack of regular maintenance. Residents say they haven't been looked at for two years."


So which party has continuously represented North Road for the last 20 years? Why, my friends in the Liberal Democrats. Just what have Fred and co. been doing year after year as the area has declined and become, apparently, a sink estate?


It would appear that residents in Harrowgate Hill and Haughton East had a narrow escape in May. To stay on the right side of the advertising regulations, the LibDems may want to revise their "working all year round" boast...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, but who has held the reigns of power in Darlington during this period?

Anonymous said...

We are now back to the good old days of Darlington politics blame everybody but yourself.

Look at the facts it is very obvious that some estates in the town have much more in the way of facilities than others.

The councillors I have spoken to say that money is allocated for deprivation so Rise Carr can't be deprived.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you sort out the mess in your own back yard Nick namely the Education Village?

Anonymous said...

I am disgusted by the comments made by Cllr Lawton i do not live in an area that resembles Beruit, i find his remarks about the shabby state of RISE CARR laughable, if this Cllr lived any where near and not the other side of town then maybe he could comment, but as it is the two Lib Dems only have a quick drive through and only ever seem to make statements like these when there trying to score political points, the ward of NORTH ROAD should be about the residents and not about look what the LIB DEMS have done, leave politics in the town hall and listen to the people more.

Anonymous said...

Did you know nick that Mike Barkers blog is moderated, i left him a comment last night, that he promptly removed, i was talking about the riverside residents meeting that i attended, the comment obviously didnt praise him enough, your blog seems a lot fairer.

Anonymous said...

I do now moderate my blog. Nick is obviously more impervious to the personal and sometimes unpleasant comments he receives.
I will continue to moderate posts on my blog from anonymous posters which contain lies. I don't care if you oppose the Lib Dems on the grounds of their policies or activities (however misguided you might be) but I do object to having lies told about me. Small wonder that all the parties have difficulty finding enough decent people to stand for the Council, when in little over a month, and having barely found my feet on the Council, people are prepared to post anonymous lies about me.
I see no reason why I should allow them to do that on my own blog.

Anonymous said...

I do now moderate my blog. Nick is obviously more impervious to the personal and sometimes unpleasant comments he receives.
I will continue to moderate posts on my blog from anonymous posters which contain lies. I don't care if you oppose the Lib Dems on the grounds of their policies or activities (however misguided you might be) but I do object to having lies told about me. Small wonder that all the parties have difficulty finding enough decent people to stand for the Council, when in little over a month, and having barely found my feet on the Council, people are prepared to post anonymous lies about me.
I see no reason why I should allow them to do that on my own blog.

Mike Barker said...

Above post made anonymously in error! Mike

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks Mike.

Clearly you have to do what feels right to you, and if that means a moderated blog, then so be it.

For what it's worth, here's my two penniworth...

Over the last three years, I've lost count of the lies about me, my colleagues and Party which have circulated in the town, and on the internet and the Town Liar site most obviously. Most of the stuff have been accusations based on an ignorance of the facts, and for a while I was fine to go on the Liar regularly and "explode a few myths" (before I gave that up as a mug's game, and concentrated on this blog).

For the most part, Liar contributors (like both Ians who post here) have been cordial even when we massively disagree on particular topics. Characters like Chris Close, however, seem to have taken great delight in posting as spitefully as possible with a reckless disregard for the facts.

This lengthy introduction is to highlight that sometimes it's best to get untruths, and certainly half-truths out into the open so they can be knocked on the head.

I know I should be annoyed by the personal stuff (colleagues and officers I know have justifiably been wounded and outraged by some of the material about them) but I have a political gift/curse that I tend to forget personal slights, although I have a long memory for those who have said a kind word or helped me.

Obviously I don't know what happened at the Riverside meeting, but it's entirely possible that whatever you did, in the confusion after the meeting some residents may have felt you didn't stick around. Your blog gives people the chance to vent their spleen, and you can respond.

How can I put this tactfully? - sometimes as a party the LibDems seem to regard themselves as above the mucky end of politics (even though they have the reputation with us and the Tories of being the most likely to engage in mud-slinging). Residents out there, however, see us as pretty much all the same, and you and the rest of your group will suffer from much of the same cynicism and distrust that we get.

As you say, it's early days for you, and so I fully understand why you've turned comment moderation on - maybe after a bit you can have another experiemnt with it turned off, as it certainly allows for free debate in a way that a controlled blog does not.

STEVE said...
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STEVE said...

Mike,
I must agree with Nick when i set up my blog i wanted it to be as open as possible to stimulate debate among'st people,this will also involve people who want to challange what you do and say,some of which might be true and some not, you will also have misunderstandings but at least with an open blog you can clear these up and defend yourself,if people can not see things in black and white they will wonder what you are hiding defence is better,
thats what i think.keep bloging.

Anonymous said...

How refreshing to see a Cllr that is open to the the residents and other Councillors alike, allowing then to have there say and not surpressing other peoples views just because he might find them not to his liking, hope you get the award for this blog.
KAI...

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