Letters: Generosity could heal Staithes rift

Date:22nd March 2018.'Picture James Hardisty.'East Coast Series.....Staithes. 'Possible Picture Post/Country Week.'Pictured A view towards the Cod & Lobster, Staithes.''Camera Details: Nikon D5, Lens Nikon N VR 70-200mm, Shutter Speed 1/320s, Aperture f/7.1, ISO 80.
Date:22nd March 2018.'Picture James Hardisty.'East Coast Series.....Staithes. 'Possible Picture Post/Country Week.'Pictured A view towards the Cod & Lobster, Staithes.''Camera Details: Nikon D5, Lens Nikon N VR 70-200mm, Shutter Speed 1/320s, Aperture f/7.1, ISO 80.

On behalf of many residents of Staithes and Staithes Community Initiative, we would like to make everyone aware of the present situation regarding the siting of a telecommunications mast at Staithes Athletic Club.

Firstly, Irene Ward, who is a local business woman and landowner, has contacted the solicitors of Shared Access, the developers of the mast, and has put forward a suggestion that would solve this ongoing disagreement.

She has generously offered Shared Access the use of her land and is willing to host the mast at a reduced price.

This offer is purely for the wellbeing of our community.

Furthermore, Mrs Ward has pledged to donate money to local charities, one of which is an adult education centre. This centre is essential to adults with learning difficulties in our locality.

As well as this, Mrs Ward has also pledged to donate money to support other local organisations that are in much need of financial backing.

Staithes cricket and football clubs will be among the organisations mentioned.

It is Mrs Ward’s intention to share £4,000 equally between them.

Surely, Shared Access should seriously take advantage of this generous offer as not only are they saving money but all these wonderful causes will benefit immensely and so will our community.

This proposal would solve the current rift in our once peaceful village and help to heal the wounds of a community that has been torn apart.

If Mrs Ward’s proposal is accepted, then we are certain the community will unite and continue to support Staithes Athletic Club and Sports Association.

We pray that one day soon, our community will be the peaceful place it once was.

Charles McLaughlin

Treasurer, Staithes Community Initiative