Consultation on Whitby’s nightlife

The borough council has launched a public consultation to get the views of the area’s residents and visitors on a new night time economy action plan.

The purpose of the plan is to provide a framework so the night time economy in Whitby can be effectively managed in an integrated and co-ordinated way and to ensure that residents and visitors can enjoy a night time economy that is welcoming and safe.

The consultation runs until 6 September and all details, including an online questionnaire, can be found at www.scarborough.gov.uk/consultation under the ‘current consultations’ section.

The council has developed the plan with a number of organisations including North Yorkshire County Council, various North Yorkshire emergency services, Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group, North Yorkshire Probation Service and University of Hull Scarborough Campus. The views of Street Angels, Pubwatch, local taxi businesses and the council’s own licensing team have also helped to inform the plan.

Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership Manager and Safeguarding Officer said: “A vibrant, attractive and safe night time economy is vitally important for the borough’s economy, particularly for the tourism and leisure industry, which needs a quality offering during the evenings as well as the day to encourage more overnight stays.

“We welcome everyone’s comments but we would particularly like to hear from people that live or work within the night time economy and those that visit town centres during the evening.”

‘Night time economy’ is defined as the provision of entertainment, food and drink usually in a social setting, predominantly between 6pm and 6am.