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Byline: COUNCILLOR BILL CLARKE

IT seems the residents of Guisborough, and other areas of the borough, are getting a raw deal from the Labour administration of the council with the decision to relocate the registrar's office from Guisborough to Kirkleatham in 12-15 months.

They say the floor fill is contaminated and the location of the building is such that it will never meet the requirements of disability legislation. So what can be said of the library, which is only yards away from the registrar's office?

Consultation on this move has been extremely poor with the town council and the two occupiers - CAB and Victim Support. What will happen to the town council chamber and the offices of the other two organisations?

The public transport links to Kirkleatham are poor and not all people have cars. What of OAPs and young mothers with children who will now have to trudge to this new location to register deaths and births?

The report says the move will contribute to the future regeneration of Kirkleatham. So what of Guisborough?

Westgate is in dire need of financial assistance to regenerate it and get the empty and shoddy looking shops filled again with viable retail outlets.

Redcar (again) and Eston have been earmarked for regeneration, so why not spend the pounds 350,000 which should result from the sale of the land which the current registrar's office sits on and the minimum expected amount of pounds 750,000 from the sale of the old Northgate school on regenerating Guisborough?

All I see is money flowing out of Guisborough to regenerate other parts of the borough.

COUNCILLOR BILL CLARKE, Guisborough Town Council

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2007
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