On September 9 we heard that the Government’s plan to adopt an elected mayor to oversee the operation of the collective northern council has been rejected.
The reason being given is that not enough money was on offer.
However, should that have been the criteria, the driving element, surely it should have been the value to the people of the area not how much was on offer?
Of course, anybody with a couple of working grey cells could see that it was all an exercise in distraction and diversion of the real issue.
That of cutting the budgets and making it appear that the new executive was to blame for reductions in services.
Therefore we should also be asking why the Tees Valley group is still so keen to exercise the option of an elected mayor.
Is our deal so much better, or do they wish to enhance their remuneration and chances of getting the post?
Of course, these are the same people who have for years failed to return Tees Valley Airport to some semblance of its former self, had us endure a rail link that is no more than a branch line from Middlesbrough, and road links that are running above planned capacity.
So why should we support them in this endeavour which will end up costing us more money and add another level of bureaucracy?
We voted against this when Prescott asked, so why should we accept it now without being asked?
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,