Real Change- A fair transport deal for the Yorkshire Coast

Labour Anger as David Cameron’s “biggest investment in the railways since the Victorians” excludes the line to Scarborough
‘These Plans Stop Short. The Coast is being Sold Short’

Ian McInnesLabour’s Ian McInnes, Scarborough & Whitby candidate at next year’s general election, reacted angrily to news that Yorkshire Coast passengers have been excluded from today’s Rail Modernisation announcement.

Ian, who has been running a series of consultation meetings on Transport in Scarborough & Whitby said,
“David Cameron today announced the HS3 and electrification of the north Transpennine route as ‘the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorians’.

“But the Coast has been left out of that planned investment and the Scarborough to York line looks likely to be downgraded to a branch line. More

Shortlisted bidders for supplying services at Whitby Hospital

MEDIA RELEASE
17 October 2014

Whitby Memorial HospitalAnnouncement of shortlisted bidders for providing community and out of hours services in Whitby and surrounding area
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG) has today announced the shortlisted bidders entering the second stage of the process to select a provider of community and out of hours services in Whitby and the surrounding area.
Following an extensive period of market engagement, a formal procurement process was launched on 19 August 2014 where all interested providers were invited to join the pre-qualification phase with the intention of identifying a shortlist of qualified potential bidders.
Providers were rigorously assessed on their likely ability to meet the needs of the local community in Whitby and the surrounding area and as a result, three organisations have been invited to proceed to the next stage. These organisations are (in alphabetical order): Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Doctors Urgent Care and Virgin Care Services.
These three organisations will now go through challenging evaluations and assessments in the coming months before a preferred bidder is identified. The CCG anticipate that the successful provider will be in place and delivering services from 1 July 2015. More

Labour Selects Former Whitby & Scarborough Student as General Election Candidate

Ian McInnesFormer Whitby Community College and Yorkshire Coast College student Ian McInnes has been selected as Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for next year’s General Election.

Ian, now an outdoor pursuits executive organising events throughout the UK, plans to replace local Tory MP Robert Goodwill in the May 2015 General Election and become Labour’s second ever MP for the constituency

Ian was a pupil at Lealholm Primary School, Eskdale School and Whitby Community College. At the time of the historic election of Labour’s first MP for Whitby in 1997 he was Labour candidate in the Community College’s mock election. Ian later went on to Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough.

Now a Director of Development and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust organising adventure learning throughout the UK,  Ian told Labour members at their selection meeting that Scarborough & Whitby desperately needed an MP who could lead regeneration of the area so that local young people can have good jobs and prospects without having to move away.

“My family still lives here but when I was 18 I moved away from the area because like so many young people I felt, with few jobs and prospects, that there was nothing here for me.

“That doesn’t need to happen to our children and grandchildren.

“Scarborough and Whitby are full of people with real skills, real motivation and real passion but our local Conservative MP and Councils have become complacent and stale; that leadership needs replacing. We need people with drive, vision and passion for our future.

“Services to support and nurture our young people shouldn’t be just adequate, but as good as the rest of the country, if not the very best in the country.

“Central government and out of touch local authorities have been allowed to ignore the challenges faced by coastal and rural communities, that must be stopped.

“We have incredible local assets and collective potential here on the coast; to release that we have to enable and encourage local people, business and government to work together as never before.

“This all needs an MP working exclusively and full time for Scarborough and Whitby.”

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

Musical chairs on Scarborough Borough Council

colinI’m pleased to say that the Labour Group is now the ‘official’ opposition on Scarborough Borough Council – no, not because we have won yet another by-election – but because the forces of the right seem to be engaging in a pre-election game of musical chairs. The ‘Independent’ group has now lost two members, one to the Tories (giving them overall control of the Council by one vote) and the other to UKIP. This means that UKIP can once again call itself a group – even though both members were not elected to the Council under the UKIP banner. More

Art? What’s that then?

 

Cllr Colin Chalen

Cllr Colin Chalen

I recently organised a meeting of the Scarborough Arts and Culture Forum, a group that meets every two months or so to consider the state of the arts in the area. The meeting took place in the Old Parcels Office on Platform One of Scarborough railway station. The building has been gutted and prepared for the day when it can be converted into artists’ studios. More

Labour Group censored?

A debate on tax avoidance at the next meeting of Scarborough Borough Council has been prevented on the grounds that a Labour Group motion was allegedly not submitted in time and besides did not deal with something to do with the budget or was within the council’s ‘policy framework.’ This is despite the motion calling for a fairer funding regime for local government.  More

Spin and delusion – making the figures add up

colinThe Government is ecstatic. Employment figures are high, unemployment is decreasing. Economists have been scratching their heads, seeking an explanation as to how this can possibly be the case when we are still suffering the after- effects of a bad recession. For the Government, there is no question that things are ticketyboo, and so concern about employment may be assigned to the back burner.

I don’t go along with this complacent attitude. More