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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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‘Prudhoe’s still my home’

WITH an election just round the corner, questions have been raised about the future of Tynedale’s most prominent county councillor.

Coun. Neil Bradbury, the district’s only representative on the ruling Lib Dem executive at County Hall, has not been seen at his home in Prudhoe for several weeks.

It is understood the house is on the market, but has not yet been sold, amid reports that he has moved to Blaydon.

And although Coun. Bradbury maintains he is still available to deal with residents’ problems, and can be contacted via the county council website, town councillors have concerns.

Town councillor Glenn Simpson, who brought matter of the alleged move to the town council’s attention, said: “Coun. Bradbury deals with tourism on the council; he’s promoting the county and it appears he doesn’t even live there.”

Town councillor, Coun. Jennifer McGee, said: “I think, as a county councillor, you need to be living in the town you represent.”

Coun. Bradbury did attend Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s west area committee, where his availability to the public was questioned by Coun. Simpson.

Coun. Bradbury insisted he remained contactable, but no longer answered calls from one individual who rang him up to eight times per day.

Coun. Bradbury could not be contacted by telephone this week, but in a statement sent by email, he said: “I’ve been a councillor for 10 years now and I’ve always worked hard for the people who have elected me. My attendance at county council is good.”

He added: “My home is still in Prudhoe and I continue to serve my residents as always.”