Reality check time

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TIME for a reality check? Empty shops, a lack of infrastructure and unemployment. All this talk about austerity. How many rate payers are there on the council books?

If only half of the citizens who pay council tax agreed with paying to open the rail line, how much would that be per household?

If it cost £10 per year extra on the council tax, it would be less than a pound a week. The result could help turn this town around.

Tourism, employment, transport. Wherever the money comes from, the town needs investment for the future.

JOHN RAGG