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So It Begins

Seems that Miss Piggy, council leader Iain Malcolm has finally shown his hand and is busy preparing the way for the sale of the century..

Bloggers who bother reading the Malcolm Fanzine will have noticed that South Tyneside Council intends to dispose of land in Garth Crescent, South Shields to build 10 executive bungalows. CLICK HERE.

Mr Monkey predicts that this latest example of corporate rape is just the tip of the iceberg and that councillor Malcolm is planning wholesale disposal of the borough’s assets to prop up his regime.

Executive officers of the council seem hell bent on reviewing every aspect of the council’s work often wasting massive amounts of public money in officers time and to pay their mates consultants to prepare reports recommending cuts, closures and sell offs.

In the past year the council with the Labour party approval have sold off Sandhaven and Lizard Lane caravan parks, school playing fields, school buildings, community buildings and pockets of public land.

Bloggers will remember that shortly after the 2007 local elections Labour announced that a number of primary schools would be closed as part of the TOPS (Transforming or Primary Schools) programme. Labour promised consultation but after a series of delaying tactics they ignored public opinion and announced closures anyway.

In July Labour announced the SEN (Special Education Needs) Review which include closing some of the borough’s special schools. Again consultation was promised and again it seems that delaying tactics are being used as a smoke screen to hide the real motives behind this review – disposal of large tracts of land.

It seems South Tyneside Council led by a handful of senior councillors has only one goal – to sell off as much as possible and fuck the long term consequences. 

Mr Monkey reckons that staying in power and lining a few greedy pockets means more to certain individuals than leaving behind a legacy for the future.