A busy year for town council - says mayor

It has been a busy year in many ways for Whitby Town Council, according to the town’s mayor John Freeman.

Coun Freeman was speaking as he gave the town mayor’s annual report to a packed Whitby Coliseum for the Annual Town Assembly on Wednesday evening.

He said: “It has been a busy year in many ways not least that the town has been blighted by two major landslips that have created adverse publicity for the town, although our main concerns have been for the welfare of the individuals and the wellbeing of the church.

“We are assured that the church and the authorities are working together to remedy the problems.”

Coun Freeman added the year had also been tinged with sadness with the death of recently retired town councillor Walter Jones and past mayor and honorary citizen George Tuby.

Coun Freeman said highlights of the year have included the Mayor’s Ball at Larpool Hall which has raised cash for small local charities,the dedication of the replacement west pier bridge and last year’s Armed Forces Day.

During this year and last, the museum and art gallery has undergone major refurbishments.

He added new noticeboards have been sighted at the tourist information centre and on St Hilda’s Terrace at Pannett Park to display information while the council has also taken on an apprentice with no increase in the precept which he said is down to “good housekeeping” by your town council.

Coun Freeman said the major project to create a war memorial in the town centre is well under way which will come to “fruition in early June.”

“Local sponsorship and very generous commitment from local tradespeople and residents have helped the town council create a visible and accessible point of remembrance for people in the town centre.”