Councillor denies he has a conflict in Eskdale decision

Mayor of Whitby - Heather Coughlin with David Chance
Mayor of Whitby - Heather Coughlin with David Chance
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A Whitby councillor has claimed he has no conflict of interest when it comes to the Eskdale School decision, despite having been a governor at Caedmon College.

County councillor David Chance said he will not be speaking at scrutiny meetings on the future of the school, so as not to prejudice his vote ahead of the authority’s executive’s decision in June.

Cllr Chance was an associate (non-voting) governor of Caedmon College, but he says the county council’s legal 
department have told him there is no legal barrier to him taking part in the vote.

In a letter to the Gazette he wrote that he denied local 
reports that he attended a meeting at Caedmon to discuss the future of Eskdale.

He said: “As to whether I am biased, this is not the case, my mind is open and I am listening to all arguments, I am no longer a non-voting governor at Caedmon College and I reiterate that I was not present at [a] meeting of governors held on June 26 2015. I would also confirm that I resigned as a non-voting associate governor of Caedmon College on Wednesday March 16.”

He added: “My principal concern is for the quality of the educational offer for all children and young people in the Whitby secondary schools catchment area, the maintenance of a broad curriculum at GCSE, not a range of subjects limited by the money available to the educational establishments providing it; together with the maintenance sixth form education in Whitby both now and in the future.”

Parents and people in the town are continuing to fight to keep their school open.

Earlier this month a video of the children signing Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know went viral.