Honorary Alderman, Buggin’s Turn or a reward for failure? It’s not just “a bit of gold paint”

civic insigniaOn Friday 23 October at a special meeting of Scarborough Borough Council two gentlemen are to be admitted to be Honorary Freemen of the Borough and five people will have the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough conferred upon them. I don’t know the two who are to become honorary freemen, but I understand that the honour recognises the work they have done for the benefit of others. To my mind, the honorary aldermen are a different kettle of fish and I shall vote against the title being conferred. There are several reasons for this, which I shall set out below. But, first of all, I must insist that this is not about personality. In the spirit of Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn, this is a question of principle, not persons. I served as a school governor with one of the five candidates, but I have never even spoken to any of the other four. More

Being a Councillor – three months and still standing

It’s now almost three months since I stood on the stage at the Scarborough Spa trying not to give away my emotions at having been elected to Scarborough Borough Council. And what a time I have had. Obviously, the first thing to sort out was the perks about which the Councils’ critics love to tell us: would I get a new iPad? (no, it’s a second-hand one snatched from the hands of a defeated councillor). Will I get a car park pass? (yes, but only for use on Council business, and there are no car parks in Mayfield anyway). How much do I get paid? (well below minimum wage is the outcome so far).

My next concern: What does a Councillor actually do? More

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: http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/first-labour-party-surgery-in-town-for-over-ten-years-1-7313668

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 whitbyf4f@nhs.net including your name and contact telephone number. More