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

The Man in County Hall Knows Best?

park and rideWould anything have changed if 1,000 people had turned up to contribute and listen to the debate at North Yorkshire County Council’s Coast and Moors Committee meeting on 19 September? The ruling Conservative Group (even with their two Whitby representatives expelled) pushed through Whitby’s Park and Ride scheme and its associated parking restrictions regardless. 2,000 people objecting probably wouldn’t have made much difference. This was the tale of “The Man in County Hall Knows Best.”

We were told that the journey to this decision began around 15 years ago in the late 1990s, and that the original inspiration was to enhance Whitby’s tourism and implicitly prevent its decline. Given how much water has passed under the swing bridge since then, we could have reflected on what has actually happened to Whitby’s tourism economy, and traffic conditions generally. But it doesn’t seem that the original assumptions have been tested since.

Unanswered questions remain – More

Public Outrage As Tories Ignore The Views of Whitby People

park and rideAfter a hard fought community campaign led by Whitby & District Labour Party, local residents and businesses were ignored when Conservative Councillors forced through a ream of parking control measures that jeopardize the future of Whitby.

In a heated debate at the Coast and Moors Area Committee meeting on Thursday 19th September, hundreds of community members made clear their opposition to an ill-considered parking scheme that threatens to kill off the economic development of the seaside town. More

Parking discussion at Whitby Town Council

Date 3 September, 6:45pm, Venue: Pannett Park, Whitby

Parking-Sign-K-7197Thank you to the many hundreds of people who have signed our community petition demanding that NYCC should think again about their proposed parking plans for Whitby.

Keep up the pressure – tell your friends and family about it and let’s turn out in force at Whitby Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday 3 September to show the NYCC officers that we will not allow their plans to be pushed through while ignoring the views of huge numbers of residents. The agenda for this meeting is attached. Click below to open the pdf.

. Full-Council-Agenda-3.9.13



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

Streonshalh warms to Labour

canvassingDiana writes:
A good afternoon campaigning with the Labour team. I got a chance to talk to people as we went round with leaflets. I spoke to people who were very hostile about David Cameron and quite angry with how things are going. I also got a chance to talk about our policies and my own personal priorities. Lots of support for the stand we have taken on both the potash mine and Spital Bridge tip.

Spital Bridge – What a tip!

Diana Jeuda, Labour candidate for Streonshalh, writes about her concerns about the tip at Spital Bridge.
I attended the Town Council together with two local residents to hear the discussion about the tip at Spital Bridge. Spital BridgeAs everyone knows, when it was the main town refuse tip, it was well run, clean, with skips that were regularly emptied. Yes, it was a pity that it was so close to the houses of local residents, but as tips go, it was not offensive.
How different it is today!
A badly fenced area where building rubbish is piled high together with no possibility of this rubbish having been sorted to check for inappropriate waste such as food, oil, and other hazardous substances. The area is not secure with no proper protection for children getting in – and if they do, the area is just waiting for an accident to happen. More