4 July 2017 Some members of the Labour Group walked out of the full Council meeting on 3 July in protest over the lack of democracy and free speech following the Vote of No Confidence meeting the previous week (26 June) in which most councillors were denied the opportunity to speak in the debate. More …
Scarborough, 26 June 2017 Cllr Steve Siddons, Leader of the Labour Group said, “The vote of no confidence debate today predictably turned into a fiasco as the UKIP Leader had not done his homework and subsequently lost the vote. More …
Scarborough councillor and former Mayor, Eric Broadbent, has been selected as the Labour candidate for Scarborough and Whitby for the General Election on the 8th June.
Mr Broadbent attended Northstead and Friarage County Modern Schools, before being taken on as an apprentice coach-builder with Plaxtons. Married with three grown up children, Eric has been a local councillor for over 20 years and has previously served as Mayor of Scarborough.
He is currently Borough Councillor for Scarborough Central Ward, County Councillor for Northstead Division and leader of the Labour group on North Yorkshire County Council. More …
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive,
and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.
“A Council that can spend £millions supporting private vanity developments but can’t spend a penny when it is needed is not putting its residents first”
Scarborough Borough Labour Group Leader, Steve Siddons, has vowed to fight on to keep all essential public conveniences open More …
The elections to North Yorkshire County Council are coming up on Thursday 4th May. The Labour Party is fighting on a strong manifesto entitled “Rebuilding Community Trust” focussing on education, health and social care and economic regeneration.
A newly elected Labour Group would subscribe to the principles set out by the Cooperative Councils Network:
Principle 1: the Council as a strong community leader
Principle 2: providing services at the appropriate level, personalised and community-based
Principle 3: citizens and communities empowered to design and deliver services and to play an active role in their local community
Principle 4: public services enabling residents to engage in civil society through employment opportunities
Principle 5: a settlement between public services, our communities and the citizen (this is what we provide, this is what you do for yourself) underpinned by our desire for justice, fairness and responsibility
Principle 6: taking responsibility for services – regardless of where they are accessed or which agency delivers them
Principle 7: simple, joined-up and easy access to services – location and transaction; “one place to do it all”, “one form, one time to do it all” – providing visible value for money
‘10 years too late & now local taxpayers are being asked to pay Robert Goodwill’s bill’
Scarborough Borough Labour Group is concerned not only that the Whitby Piers have been left almost 10 years since repairs were recommended but also that Borough and County taxpayers look likely to pick up a £3m+ Government shortfall for the £8m+ bill.
Whitby Labour councillor Gerald Dennett sought assurance at the March Council meeting that local taxpayers would not be left with a major bill to make up a grant shortfall, he also asked about contributions from repair “beneficiaries” who the government planned would make up the £3m difference.
Scarborough Cabinet member with harbour responsibilities, Cllr Mike Cockerill, indicated that BT had declined to contribute, and that gas, water and electricity providers had not replied to his request.
Rather than assure Cllr Dennett and local taxpayers, Cllr Cockerill confirmed that local County Council taxpayers in addition to Borough taxpayers were being asked to make up the shortfall.
Labour Group Leader Steve Siddons reminded councillors at the annual Council Budget meeting that Coastal Protection was a government duty. “The Whitby Piers should have been repaired 10 years ago.
If they had been repaired then, Gordon Brown’s government would have paid 100% of the bill.
Instead today we are left with more than a £3m shortfall. This is Robert Goodwill’s bill not local Council Taxpayers’. The government has shamelessly abdicated their duty and the Scarborough Cabinet have meekly accepted it.
It has been the government’s job since 1949 to ensure Whitby, Scarborough and Filey don’t fall into the sea. Local councils have never had the resources for Coastal Protection and could end up bankrupt if they have to find them now.”
The Labour Group plans a follow up once the Borough Council has had a reply from local MP Robert Goodwill who was hoping to meet Under Secretary of State Therese Coffey the Minister responsible.