Stewart Hay is the Conservative candidate to be Mayor of North Tyneside.
I am a local man who was born in Willington Quay Maternity Hospital in 1956, my maternal grandparents were from Howdon, my parents (George & Marie Nee Ormston) now deceased lived most of their married life in West Monkseaton, and they remained local residents there till their deaths a few years ago. I still reside in the constituency. I am a former pupil of Monkseaton Grammar School and a graduate of Northumbria University. In my younger days, I played rugby for Rockcliff RFC and cricket at Whitley Bay Cricket Club.
I have had an interesting and diverse career path from my first ever job as a teenager working in the summer holidays at the Spanish City Amusement Park in Whitley Bay. I subsequently joined Northumbria Police in 1975 completing 30 years’ exemplary service before retiring at the substantive rank of Detective Inspector (Acting Detective Chief Inspector). Since then I have practiced as a solicitor and a company director giving me the acumen and skills needed to be an effective Mayor for North Tyneside.
On a successful election, I will carry out a 28 days strategic scrutiny of the borough, encouraging consultation to identify the way forward, for all our constituents. This will include a review of the very controversial local plan to build so many houses on the precious green field sites.
I will ensure that there will be good governance, looking at local authority loans and finances with a view to consolidate, and renegotiate a more competitive interest rate and save council taxpayers money.
Another priority will be to fulfil North Tyneside Council’s obligation to the Armed Forces Covenant. I will make North Tyneside a veteran friendly borough, ensuring that those who have served their country are not disadvantaged in employment or housing. I will restore the veteran’s right to use the borough leisure facilities free of charge.
There will be a comprehensive programme of repairs to our roads and pavements; an issue raised by residents.
Brexit is not part of the mayoral election campaign; however I am the only candidate who can work with government on this issue exploring the opportunities for trade and business. The locally decimated fishing industry’s future growth potential is an obvious positive for the area.
When elected I will donate half of my salary for the first year as Mayor to the Tynemouth Lido Pool Project. This will be part of an ambitious plan for the regeneration of the borough.
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