ELECTION fever is gripping the Whitby area as candidates for the borough and parish council elections were revealed this week.
A total of 143 candidates have put themselves forward for the 50 seats on the borough council being contested at next month’s elections.
All councillors currently representing Whitby and the surrounding villages on Scarborough Borough Council are up for nomination with the exception of Conservative member, Coun Steven Leadley from the Mayfield ward, who won’t be seeking re-election.
One of the most hotly-contested wards in Whitby is set to be the Streonshalh ward currently held by Conservative members Couns Sandra Taylor and Dorothy Clegg.
Battling with them for the seats are two Labour candidates including Simon Parkes who served during the 1990s on Hackney Council in London before relocating to Whitby in 1999 and Noreen Wilson.
Four candidates are standing as Independents including John Dickinson and Ian Havelock who both sit on Whitby Town Council, charter skipper Ken Graham and a regular at local meetings, Richard Ineson.
The full list of candidates for the local wards are: Danby Janet Peake (Lab), Herbert Tindall (Con)*;
Esk Valley Brian Crinion (Ind), Tim Lawn (Con)*, Dalton Peake (Lab), James Preston (Con)*; Fylingdales Judith Dennett (Lab), Jane Mortimer (Con)*;
Mayfield David Chance (Con); Tricia Griffin (Green), Jane Kenyon (Con)*, Elsie Whitehead (Lab);
Mulgrave John Armsby (Ind)*, Maria Harland (Con)*, Diana Jeuda (Lab);
Streonshalh Dorothy Clegg (Con)*, John Dickinson (Ind), Kenneth Graham (Ind), Ian Havelock (Ind), Richard Ineson (Ind), Simon Parkes (Lab), Sandra Turner (Con)*, Noreen Wilson (Lab);
West Cliff Alf Abbott (Con), Gerald Dennett (Lab), Wynne Jones (Green), Joe Plant (Con)*, Mike Ward (Ind)*, Geoffrey Wilson (Lab).
On 5 May electors will be able to mark their cross in the parish council elections in the wards where seats are being contested.
Of the 39 parish councils in the borough, five will hold an election including Hinderwell Parish Council and Whitby Town Council (WTC).
On WTC there are five seats up for grabs. Three are currently held by Independent Couns Steve Smith, Amanda Smith and Dennis Collins. Coun Jackie Daniels is not standing and the other seat is vacant following the resignation of Dan Johnson.
Also putting themselves up for election are: Tom Brown, Pete Budd, Kenneth Graham, Richard Ineson, Phillip Trumper and Nigel Ward.
Those standing for Hinderwell Parish Council are: Alan Barwick, Claire Barwick, Michael Dalton, Marie Harland, Arthur Jackson, David Mitchell, Graham Naylor.
* denotes sitting councillor.