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...