Friday, 12 May 2017

Boycott of the Hexham Courant by Labour Northumberland County Council has been stopped by the new Conservative led group
Pleased to back the Your Right to Know campaign and see it through. The labour council boycott was malicious, and utterly wrong. Whether it was legal to fail to comply with the law to notify local communities of planning and other local events, as part of democracy, is highly questionable. On any interpretation it stank, and I am delighted it has been immediately overturned.
This from the Courant this week:
The Your Right To Know campaign, launched by the Courant to challenge the impact of the decision on the values of transparency, accountability and local democracy, included a 2,700-name petition and cross-party support from councillors, Hexham’s MP and even Secretary of State, Sajid Javid.
Hexham East’s Coun. Cath Homer said: “I’ve had sight of an email from Steven Mason which was issued straight after the meeting with Coun. Jackson.
“To have the notices back in the Courant is fantastic news for the people of Tynedale and it’s great that we have already been able to deliver on that promise.
“This area has been neglected for too long and it’s time people had a proper voice and got their fair share.”

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