Night life in Whitby under scrutiny as council consults

25 February 2013......   Poss Picture Post...    The Swing Bridge over the River Esk in Whitby harbour. The current swing bridge was built in 1908 and links the upper and lower harbour areas and the east and west sides of the town. The bridge spans 75ft. Nikon D3s, 70-200mm lens. 320ISO, 30 second exposure @ f18
25 February 2013...... Poss Picture Post... The Swing Bridge over the River Esk in Whitby harbour. The current swing bridge was built in 1908 and links the upper and lower harbour areas and the east and west sides of the town. The bridge spans 75ft. Nikon D3s, 70-200mm lens. 320ISO, 30 second exposure @ f18
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The borough council has launched a consultation seeking views on how to manage night life in Whitby.

It has come up with a strategy and action plan which sets out how the night time economy in the town centre can be managed to the benefit of both residents and visitors.

The consultation runs until 6 September 2013 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 in partnership with a number of organisations including North Yorkshire County Council, the emergency services, health bosses, the probabtion service, Street Angels, Pubwatch, local taxi businesses and the council’s licensing team.

Sandra Rees, a 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 during the day to encourage more overnight stays.

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

‘Night time economy’ is defined as the provision of entertainment, food and drink between 6pm and 6am.