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MIDDLESBROUGH will keep its central Bus Station – that’s the pledge from Mayor Dave Budd.pn4994_Mayor_in_Bus_Station_pledge_Pic_1_(002).jpg

The terminus – one of the region’s busiest transport hubs – remains a key part of major plans to transform the city centre.

Long-term proposals include the creation of a Teesside Media and Innovation Village which would incorporate the current Bus Station site.

But with other plans already progressing rapidly, Mayor Budd has reassured local residents and bus users that a modern central bus station will form part of any major overhaul.

 

He said: “Middlesbrough is changing rapidly, with investors and developers keen to play a part in transforming us into the city centre of the Tees Valley.

“But people have made assumptions based on plans that are at a very early stage, and it is therefore important we are clear about our priorities.

“There will be a bus station as part of our city centre, and no scheme will be allowed to progress which proposes using the site of the existing bus station without providing a brand new station in a central location.

“Middlesbrough Bus Station is a gateway into our city centre and is a regional transport hub.

“We have had that for 35 years and we will keep that, either in a new building, or in the existing one.

“I want that to be crystal clear. That’s why I have made that a pledge – in black and white.”

Proposals for a Teesside Media and Innovation Village feature in Middlesbrough’s ambitious Investment Prospectus which was launched earlier this year.

The wide-ranging strategy seeks to build on the successes of recent years, with plans for more than £700 million of inward investment to cement Middlesbrough’s place as the city heart of the Tees Valley.

It will build on a string of landmark developments including the iconic Middlesbrough Sports Village and the Holiday Inn Express on Centre Square.

Mayor Confirms that Middlesbrough will Continue to have a Central Bus Station

MIDDLESBROUGH will keep its central Bus Station – that’s the pledge from Mayor Dave Budd. The terminus – one of the region’s busiest transport hubs – remains a key part...

An obituary by Andy McDonald

We are reeling from the news of the death of our much loved colleague and comrade Bernie Taylor.

Many of us in Middlesbrough Labour have had the privilege to have known Bernie for decades and the term "stalwart" can be much over used but not in Bernie's case.

There is now a huge gap in our Labour family. It's been strange in the last few weeks not having Bernie or "Ted", as Joan so fondly called him, knocking on doors with us because of his illness. Whenever we had elections Bernie would be at the forefront. A true foot soldier in the struggle.

And in the Council and elsewhere how many times did we hear Bernie start his detailed analysis or demolition of a Tory policy with the words: " I'm only a boilermaker but.....".? He did that to deliberately disarm those who were not convinced of his arguments or his ability to make them, which he then delivered to withering effect.

Bernie had seen at first hand the decline in our precious core industries and was never found wanting in pointing out the failure of Tory governments to address the needs and aspirations of the people of Teesside and beyond. A particular Prime Minister and her attack on steel, our coalfields and our industrial base was a regular target for his criticism and as long term parishioner of St Francis of Assisi in Acklam, I know that her recital of St Francis's prayer on the steps of Downing Street in 1979 was very difficult for Bernie to bear. He was not alone.

Bernie was a man of great faith. There was a golden thread that ran right through from his Christian values and devoutly held beliefs, his compassion and care for fellow our citizens, of not walking by on the other side, all of which directly translated into his trade unionism and his democratic socialist beliefs to deliver a better, a more equal society.

Joan and family will be inundated with heartfelt and the most sincere condolences and the family's loss will feel unbearable. He was undoubtedly a much loved friend to so many people but it is his family we feel for today. But hopefully they will take some solace in knowing just how highly Bernie was regarded and that in the Labour family, his legacy will endure for many a year to come.

A true son of Middlesbrough, a true friend and a real hero.


RIP Bernie

R.I.P. Bernie Taylor

An obituary by Andy McDonald We are reeling from the news of the death of our much loved colleague and comrade Bernie Taylor. Many of us in Middlesbrough Labour have...

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MIDDLESBROUGH Mayor Dave Budd has hit out at claims of special treatment for a Tory Council facing a potentially damaging Council Tax hike.

Details emerged this week of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ between Surrey County Council and the Government to help the authority avoid a referendum on raising Council Tax in the county.

 

The County Council was preparing to seek approval to raise Council Tax by a massive 15% to help it meet a severe shortfall in social care funding, but the referendum was scraped and the planned rise reduced to just 4.99% following discussions with the Government.

 

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked the Government over leaked text messages from the Tory Council Leader to a Government source named ‘Nick’.

 

And today Mayor Budd joined more than 60 fellow Labour Council leaders in signing a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding answers over the ‘behind closed doors’ deal.

 

The group also issues a strongly worded challenge over the underfunding of local government and urges action over the projected £2.6 billion shortfall in social care funding by 2020.

 

The letter states: “We have a crisis in social care, resulting from the Conservative Government’s cuts to local authority funding.

 

“Secret backroom deals are not the answer.

 

“We urgently need a proper solution, which means providing councils with the funding they needed to solve this crisis.”

 

Mayor Budd added: “Yet again, it seems that Tory-run councils in the south get a very different deal to communities like ours here in the North.

 

“Here in Middlesbrough we have had no choice but to make do with the massively reduced budgets now available to us, but social services in the town will undoubtedly come under ever increasing pressure in large part as a consequence of several years of austerity.

 

“This social care crisis is a crisis made in Downing Street, and they need to find a solution which sees a properly funded system for all of the country – not just their political allies.”

MAYOR QUESTIONS ‘SWEETHEART DEAL’ ON COUNCIL TAX RISE MIDDLESBROUGH

MIDDLESBROUGH Mayor Dave Budd has hit out at claims of special treatment for a Tory Council facing a potentially damaging Council Tax hike.


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