Councillor at the centre of cyber-storm

Pictured Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, Jane Kenyon at the opening of the new police station in Harrogate
Pictured Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, Jane Kenyon at the opening of the new police station in Harrogate

ONE of Whitby’s most well-known faces continues to be at the centre of a series of allegations which culminated in her appearing in the latest issue of Private Eye.

Jane Kenyon, Scarborough Borough Councillor for Whitby’s Mayfield Ward, a director of Whitby Regatta and chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, has come under fire from bloggers and writers on the Real Whitby website.

The allegations – which due to legal reasons we’ll not be publishing – subsequently found their way to Private Eye as well as other news sources including the Yorkshire Post and BBC Look North.

The satirical magazine, edited by Have I Got News For You’s Ian Hislop, chose to run with the story.

But Coun Kenyon strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Scarborough Borough Council’s Head of Legal and Support Services, Lisa Dixon, said: “The council’s standards board considered a complaint concerning Coun Kenyon’s register of interests relating to Whitby Regatta Limited.

“The board determined that no action should be taken in respect of this complaint.

“At the request of the complainant, a review of this decision was subsequently undertaken by the standards review sub-committee.

“The sub-committee concurred with the original decision of the standards board.”

And North Yorkshire County Council also issued a statement to the Whitby Gazette following the allegations: ‘The County Council’s Standards Committee conducted a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding Coun Kenyon’s entries on the register of members’ interests.

“The committee, which included independent non-elected members, found that there had been no failure to comply with the Member Code of Conduct.”

Due to legal reasons, Coun Kenyon could not comment on the allegations but did say to the Whitby Gazette: “I’d like to thank everyone for their support and friendship, not just my colleagues but to members of the community.

“It really has been overwhelming and heartwarming.”