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Published on Feb 12, 2009
AS SHOWN IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS JULY 20th 2009 ! - BUT IT DIDN'T GET A WRITE UP IN THE EVENING GAZETTE!!!
Feb 17th 2009: An Open Letter To the Middlesbrough Council Labour Party,
Re: Two films for Middlesbrough: "Bulldozing Democracy" & "Beacon of Hypocrisy"
Cllr. Kerr you stated in the foreword in the Green Spaces, Public Spaces Strategy of 2006, We would love to hear from you and hope you share in our enthusiasm in making Middlesbroughs parks and open spaces both high quality and high value to our community. You got it... These 2 films, are all about the public demonstrating/exercising/flagrantly revelling in the right to hold you the democratically elected leadership to account and to remind you of that fact.
I have absolutely no faith in your executive or your Mayor. The trashing of Longridge trashed also your integrity as a green council and as honest and transparent. The trashing of Central Gardens will trash your green integrity further and trash any tenuous claim you may still have of being a party of the people.
In the 'Green Spaces' strategy, Central Gardens is pictured 3 times and described on maps as high quality, high value ...obviously it was in terms of commerce not community. What you are planning is stealing public land and it is indefensible. That space is important for people, for wildlife, for the aesthetic of the town and for major public events of all kinds in the future.
The legacy of damage you are leaving to the environment, communities and ultimately democracy is why I am opposing you. It reminds me why I became interested in the heritage of Middlesbrough in the frist place. Your predecessors in local government and planning committed the greatest planning crime ever against Middlesbrough with the demolition of the town's historic Royal Exchange for a stinking flyover. Every generation for evermore is now affected while those responsible have probably all left Middlesbrough / this earth long ago and no doubt enjoyed fat pensions along the way.
But despite all this, as someone of socialist sway, I cannot believe every Labour councillor does not question the logic of what is going on. I appeal to you now to stand up for the people, the socialist ideals of your party and oppose Mallon and the Executive madness.
To the Mayor, the officers and the nodding dogs who dare not rock the boat, we may not stop you but we will expose you. Your hypocrisy, wanton destruction and grand delusions will be documented for all time.