<<<I agree, Sunderland stagnated during the Tyne and Wear development corp and one north east years....It's one of my suspicions against being part of any combined authority.....and every town and city take note. It's better to fight for regeneration independently than be part of combined authority where one partner takes the lion's shareHeres something for you to think about. Throughout the 80's 90's 00's the main responsibility for regeneration lay with RDA's. These tended to favour Newcastle.
When the Tories abolished them & transfered that responsibility back to councils in 2010, we've seen more investment in Sunderland than I care to remember.
You blame the council for not buying vaux 1st time round. But they probably didnt have the money as when they did buy it, it was via a government grant. The reality probably is that it was ONE NE who are to blame for not buying it first time round.