First Labour Party surgery in Whitby for a while

Councillors Rob Barnett and Gerald Dennett are holding the first Labour Party council surgery in Whitby for over a decade. Residents of Whitby are welcome to come to the Tourist Information Centre on Saturday 27 June, between 10:00 am and noon to discuss their issues with the Council and its services.

We will be pleased to hear from anyone who lives in Whitby and District, not just the residents of the wards we represent (Mayfield and Streonshalh).

We are delighted in having a positive story about the Labour Party in the Whitby Gazette:

Plans for Whitby Hospital – Have your say

Whitby Memorial HospitalNHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its next Patient Congress event on Thursday 16th October from 5.30pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby, YO21 3QN. Click this link for more information: Fit for the future

We have had a message from NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG:

“Our Patient Congress is a forum for patient representatives from all practices in the CCG with members of our Health Engagement Network. At the Patients’ Congress we update people on developments at the CCG and discuss the latest initiatives and plans.

“If you would like to attend the event, to help us manage numbers, please call 01609 767600 or email including your name and contact telephone number. More

Council and Parkol express frustration with Whitby Gazette Eskside Wharf article

Parkol Boatyard

Councillor Tina Davy, Labour Councillor for Streonshalh, is fully aware of how vital Parkol is to Whitby’s economy and image. She has looked carefully into the matter and unlike the alarmist reaction of our MP Robert Goodwill quoted in last week’s Whitby Gazette is pleased to report,


Cllr Tina Davy, SBC, Streonshalh

“I am very relieved to have confirmation from the Council and Parkol that the situation is not as dire as that portrayed in the Whitby Gazette last week. It is reassuring to know that the Council is working with Parkol to find a solution to the problem at Eskside Wharf”.Tina wants residents and employees of Parkol to know that she will keep a close eye on the situation and report on any developments.

SBC News Release issued 13 March 2014

Whitby boatbuilding company, Parkol Marine Engineering and Scarborough Borough Council have joined forces to express their disappointment and frustration with the article about the town’s EsksideWharf, which was featured in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 7 March.  More

Whitby Parking update – People power pays off

park and ride The final decision was taken today.
The scheme is far from perfect but light years better than it would have been if we in Whitby had not spoken out very loudly and clearly.
Here’s the important stuff:
  • one small central zone with a very small amount of residents only parking,
  • the 40 minute waiting areas extended to one hour
  • parking in the rest of the zone extended from one hour to two hours
  • further concessions for households with more than 1 car.

This means that people will have a chance to come into town to do a bit of shopping and have a coffee etc….. The really dangerous threat to the town’s trade has at least been partially averted.
This is a million miles from the original proposals.  They are not great – but not the total disaster that was threatened. More

Whitby Parking Consultation

TinaThe scheme for parking in Whitby as it currently stands seems to be unworkable for various reasons. The fact that there are so many different zones will make life very difficult for residents if they cannot find a parking space near their home.

The scheme does not give any priority to residents, despite this claim being made as a reason for introducing the scheme. The design of the zones does not seem to be based on empirical evidence, nor is the scheme derived from best practice in other locations.

Many of the people in the East side of Whitby – some of the least well off in Whitby – are excluded from the zones, and will have to pay to park in the town. There is a risk that this will result in social exclusion, discouraging people from using facilities in the centre of Whitby, and increasing isolation as people have to pay to visit family and friends in other parts of their town.

The scheme may discourage people from visiting Whitby, and seems to impose a “local tax” on people, which means that the less well off visitors are further disadvantaged, at a time when public transport provision is limited and threatened with further cuts. The same applies to lower paid workers in the town, who may travel in from nearby villages, for example.

The provision of transport from the Park and Ride sites seems to be inadequate to cope with anticipated numbers.

In my view the scheme needs to be scrapped, and open consultation be undertaken with residents and other interested parties to address the issues around parking in Whitby, informed by best practice elsewhere.

Spital Bridge – part 2

spital bridgeUseful meeting with Town Councillor Ian Havelock about the Spittal Bridge Tip. The attached picture shows what the site currently looks like – even after the site leaseholders, (Wharton Skip Hire)  has supposedly started work clearing it.  It’s still an unhygienic and dangerous eyesore.  The Environment Agency has issued Wharton’s with an order to clear it by May 10th but it’s unlikely that this will be the end of the problem.
Spital is the WRONG place to have a building materials tip.
It wasn’t great when it was the main houshold tip for the town – but at least it was well run with an orderly arrangement of skips which were regualrly emptied and always clean.
A far cry from Wharton’s operation. More