I'm delighted to report to local residents that the Conservative #gardengatetax, sending bills of between £20.00 and £90.00 for access to properties, has been defeated.
Over 200 local people, some who had been using their garden gates for over thirty years, had had letters demanding payment for access over NWLDC owned land.
Local Labour Councillors took the fight to the administration demanding charges were dropped and a review carried out to see if so called 'access licences' were absolutely necessary.
At a meeting of the full District Council on Tuesday local media, residents and Labour Councillors forced the Conservative administration to back down on their ill thought out policy.
As Leader of the Labour Group I am absolutely delighted that the administration saw sense in reversing a policy which caused a great deal of damage to the reputation of the Council.