Sunderland To Be Part Of North East Super Council
January 2nd 2014 is when the North East has to respond to the plan for the “Super Council”. The Secretary of State will accept the response after its submission. Indeed, all correspondence and files will be for consideration at a later date. In effect, this is all about a North East Super Council!
The cabinet at Sunderland Council lead by Councillor Paul Watson have decided to agree for a combined authority in the North East. However, this was only in principal after receiving only 500 replies to the public consultation. Paul Watson, together with Dave Smith had the final say. But Paul Watson goes on “I feel it would be unsafe to make a decision on such a small sample”.
The massive group will possibly include Durham, Northumberland and of course, Tyne and Wear. Moreover, who will lead the Super Council will be open to debate.
Councillor John Kelly and James Blackburn are both all for the integration. However, Councillor Graeme Miller is asking for the cost of the new authority to the City of Sunderland.
Finally, My Opinion
Opinion: Since I am a blogger on the Sunderland Blog I have my own opinion. All in all, it is not necessarily the opinion of the majority here.
I say no to the new North East Super Council because of many reasons. Firstly, you can bet your bottom dollar it will have a base in Newcastle. Indeed, with that, more say given to them on Tyneside. As we are all aware, Sunderland suffers from far less investment from central government than Newcastle. Of course, that is over the last few decades too. The result is that while Newcastle and the surrounding areas are building up, this is to the detriment of Sunderland!
It is indeed hardly surprising that some councillors are all for the new authority is it? They are only the current crop of councillors who are just acting, as many other previous Sunderland councillors have, toothless!
On the whole, it is about time we think when we vote. Indeed, we need to vote in a strong group of people. In effect, people who will ensure Sunderland is gets its fair share of investment from central government. Indeed, promote the city as it should be!
Finally, I invite people to join me in a debate here or in the Sunderland Forum about this subject.