What a difference three years make. Back in 2010 our constituency Labour Party was at a low ebb. We had lost heavily at the General Election and had just two Scarborough councillors and not a single County Councillor.
As we move into 2014, we can see that the tide is turning and we really are getting back into our stride with the election of:
9 Borough councillors
4 County Councillors, as well as
Several members serving as parish and town councillors.
And these councillors really are making a difference and forcing those in power to reconsider decisions and to sit up and take notice of what the people of Scarborough and Whitby really want. More …
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 call in against the decision of the Yorkshire Coast and Moors special meeting on 19 September, to implement the Whitby Park and Ride will now be heard at County Hall on 9 October.
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 …
After 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 …
We’d like to give the council the benefit of the doubt and assume that there are sound ‘technical’ reasons for designing the scheme the way that it has. However, it completely ignores the needs of the people who live and work Whitby. In essence, it creates inequality and takes away our freedom to enjoy this wonderful town the way we do today.
Whitby and District Branch Labour Party is leading a community campaign calling for a root and branch re-think of North Yorkshire County Council’s plans for parking in Whitby. The online petition hosted by 38 degrees has garnered over 500 signatures by the end of its first full day.