SDC Tory leader Duncan McGinty has angered many people around the district with his comments about his Councils latest position on the Northgate development.
In an interview with the Bridgwater Mercury, McGinty says “Whatever the development at Northgate, there should be linkages with the town centre and ways to improve and regenerate the town centre and at the moment, Tesco’s thinking is not along the same lines as ours.”
Bridgwater Labour Party alongside such local campaigning groups such as Bridgwater Forward and the Bridgwater Trades Council, have long argued and campaigned for Town centre swimming to provide this crucial linkage as it did with the Splash - which the Tories hastily knocked down in the face of petitions.protests and even an occupation last year.
Ian Tucker, Labour party candidate for the Woolavington By-Election on September 30th says " The council has let Bridgwater down badly. I can't see how a supermarket is going to regenerate the town centre at all, we have enough of them within easy reach of the centre as it is, and look what has happened to Eastover since Asda arrived. Come on SDC times will get better, your Chief Execurive keeps stating Bridgwater is in an enviable position so keep Northgate for leisure/ swimming."
Ian is currently knocking on doors in Woolavington in his campaign to keep up the pressure on Sedgemoor Tories by ensuring that Labour keeps it's seat at the By-Election .
Cllr Brian Smedley, Labours shadow spokesman for Health & Well Being said "Ian has been consistent in his campaign to support local people in their fight to retain town centre swimming and with him on the Labour group we can make sure the Tories really do get the message that people are not happy with their running of the District Council;!