As leader of the Labour Group I called the decision in as our Councillors were against the scheme being implemented as we felt the there were still many questions to be answered about the present viability of the scheme, issues that local residents had raised that if not addressed could adversely affect residents, visitors and local businesses. More
Would 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
Date 3 September, 6:45pm, Venue: Pannett Park, 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.