Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

Liberal Democrat campaigners for Consett North Learn more

The answer’s NO. So what’s the question?

by Owen Temple on 23 September, 2016

Two questions actually, put to the legal section of Durham County Council more than a week ago and answered yesterday: With Wednesday’s meeting of the council in mind, can you confirm whether: 1)    you are aware of any successful equal pay claim in County Durham in which the role of classroom assistant has been used […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Recorded Delivery

by Owen Temple on 23 September, 2016

My letter to Clive Selley, Chief Executive of BT Openreach, has been delivered today, Private and Confidential – Addressee only. Obviously I can’t disclose to you what is in it. If you want to read the story from which this picture was taken, click here . If you live on The Links Estate you will know […]

Read more    Leave a comment

344 cameras trained on you – Zero trained on councillors

by Owen Temple on 21 September, 2016

Today DCC proudly showed councillors a refuse wagon bristling with cameras (4 on each of 86 wagons), alongside a video showing some local residents displaying behaviours that they might wish had not been witnessed. It prompted me to put this question: Now that the council has equipped all of its refuse wagons with cameras, when can […]

Read more    1 Comment

Wellbeing for Life Survey

by Owen Temple on 15 September, 2016

  Some of you will know this logo. Others won’t. In a nutshell its self-description is “FREE service supporting you to live well in County Durham.” You could help them (and me) know how they (and we) are doing by completing their survey at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/R6ZH8/ (applicable only to those of us who live in the North of […]

Read more    Leave a comment

This morning’s TA debate

by Owen Temple on 14 September, 2016

This morning council debated its new proposal to extend the period of compensation for loss of earnings to two years instead of one, provided that teaching assistants vote to accept the revised contracts which will reduce their pay by between 10 and 25%. If the proposal had simply been to increase the compensation two two […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Five years on

by Owen Temple on 10 September, 2016

Actually it’s only four years and ten months years since we had the first consultation on the replacement skate park for Consett. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then – the whole debate about the site for the Academy, a local council election, the demolition and rebuilding at Belle Vue, but the […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Ours for £1 – but where is it?

by Owen Temple on 8 September, 2016

I recently received advice that BT plan to disconnect and remove a phone box  in this ward. That came with an offer for a local charity or council to adopt a red phone box for £1. There’s just one problem. The site was given as being outside 154 Durham Road, Blackhill, but as far as I know […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Council to consider a new approach on Teaching Assistants

by Owen Temple on 6 September, 2016

That’s the official line. In reality of course the majority group will already have decided to implement the proposal in the council papers – so what is it? Essentially it offers a sticking plaster on the wound that is the big cut in Teaching Assistants’ pay, by promising to “fill the gap” in their pay […]

Read more    Leave a comment

After the recess

by Owen Temple on 23 August, 2016

Special Council meeting about Teaching Assistants

by Owen Temple on 28 July, 2016

As the holiday season starts, councillors get an email out of the blue telling us that there is a Special Council Meeting on September 14th, the only subject matter being Teaching Assistants. I don’t know when we’ll hear any more, but I know which side I’m on:

Read more    4 Comments