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August 3, 2011

I see The Halifax Courier and The Yorkshire Post are reporting Cllr Amanda Byrne, conservative member for Sowerby Bridge is stepping down as deputy leader of the local tory party and also not standing at the next election.

The stated reason is basically job pressure. One wonders how much this pressure has been increased by recent developments such as;

  • The Sowerby Bridge Copley valley project planning application (that she is on video record as backing) receiving the nod from planning committee (that includes her collegue Cllr (I was a copper in the 70’s – I saw a man die etc)) Martin Peel.
  • Because of the above her main employer Lloyds Banking Group no longer need her attendance at the secret planning board. Job done.
  • Could it be that the her relationship with the Sowerby Bridge Community Forum and its emerging use and abuse by planning officers to deceive the planning committee is a bad story too far?
  • or is it just the fact that at the time CMBC officers took the decision not to inform allotmenteers that they may be ingesting poison veg from Council owned land that Clr Byrne was cabinet member with responsibility for Economy and Environment? (see my blog Milner Royd without a paddle).

Whatever the reasons as I stated in my last blog, I believe Sowerby Bridge will be best served by a Council member who lives in the ward and is therefore fully aware of the problems of traffic, litter from the profusion of take-aways and bad behaviour from the worst of the nightlife that residents have to endure. Not one who lives in leafy Holywell Green.

I will also state that as councillors once elected too often toe the party line that I believe the next elected member, for the good of  Sowerby Bridge would best be an Independent! (now that would put the cat among the pigeons).

But my last question for today is…………………is it CMBC that is a sinking ship or the local tories?

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