Whitby awarded gold – but cuts will hit hard

Celebrating Yorksire in Bloom results at Pannett Park''w123817b
Celebrating Yorksire in Bloom results at Pannett Park''w123817b

WHITBY is awash with gold once again after the town was highly commended in the Yorkshire in Bloom judging, the results of which were announced last week.

Stakesby Primary School claimed gold and won the Young People’s award, while Pannett Park claimed gold in the country houses, estates, parks and gardens category. Whitby as a whole claimed a silver gilt award, winning the coastal resort category in the process.

Geoff Wilson with his Bloom award''w123817a

Geoff Wilson with his Bloom award''w123817a

Whitby in Bloom chairman, Amanda Smith, said it had been a difficult year for the town, coupled with the poor weather throughout summer, but added: “The people of Whitby have worked exceedingly hard this year to make our town a delightful place to live and work.

“The Yorkshire in Bloom judges praised every sector of our community for the wonderful way they care for their home.

“Whitby can be justly proud of itself, we have a beautiful historic town and everyone tries hard to keep it that way.”

Other areas of Whitby that received special recognition included East Whitby school and Eskdale School, who both received silver in the Young People’s award, won by Stakesby School.

Ruswarp Garden Society and the Youth Hostel Association’s Whitby branch were both declared as thriving in the neighbourhoods category.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum garden received bronze in the charity establishments category, while Quayside fish restaurant received a bronze in the Pubs and restaurants category. There was also a special mention for Geoff Wilson, who was declared a community champion.

However, this week has not all been good news for Whitby in Bloom, as on the evening after judges heaped praise on all sectors of the community for the fantastic efforts they made to improve their environment, Whitby Town Council found they were unable to give their usual financial support to Whitby in Bloom.

At the finance and general purposes committee meeting held on 18 September councillors opted to reduce their spend on environmental improvements.

Coun Smith, who also sits on the town council, said: “The people of Whitby have worked exceedingly hard this year in the face of great adversity to make this town a delightful place to live and work, the judges praised every sector of our community, many by name, for the wonderful way they care for their home.

“Whitby can be justly proud of itself, we have a beautiful historic town and everyone tries hard to keep it that way. The town council has supported the efforts of the whole community and the funding cuts will hit hard.”

The current Bloom projects which will be endangered by the reduction in grant funding include the restoration of the Sunken Gardens, the on-going improvements to the footpath down Waterstead Lane and the development of small planted seating area overlooking the harbour on upper Church Street.

She added: “We hope that our anti-dog fouling campaign and the tidying of St Mary’s churchyard and 199 steps will still be able to come to fruition, as these projects do not require very much financial input but some of our more challenging projects will have to be put on hold.”