Letters: Voting for the future of Whitby

Much like Brexit, there will be a lot of people who are confused by the forthcoming town poll.

Sunday, 29th April 2018, 8:00 am
Date:22nd March 2018. Picture James Hardisty. East Coast Series.....Whitby. Possible Picture Post/Country Week. Pictured A view towards Whitby Abbey through the replica Whale's jaw bone which replaced the original archway that was erected in 1853. Camera Details: Nikon D5, Lens Nikon N VR 70-200mm, Shutter Speed 1/250s, Aperture f/5.6, ISO 80.

These are the facts as I know them ...

• The piers in Whitby have been in a state of disrepair since 2009; we still don’t know when they will actually be repaired.

• The swing bridge was in a state of disrepair and had to be given to North Yorkshire County Council from Scarborough Borough Council and had to have £250k emergency repairs made.

• The Tourist Information Centre which was built with funds by Yorkshire Water and others but not Scarborough Borough Council was closed, moved and downsized and rented out.

• Green areas such as Helredale playing fields have been sold off and not replaced with other facilities.

• The golf course is being sold off.

• Toilets are being closed.

• The ice house was demolished.

• The fish quay has had very little investment, if any.

• Over £1m per year generated by the harbour is not being reinvested in the harbour.

• The leisure centre has been privatised.

But in Scarborough...

• Alpamare leisure park has been supported by a £9m pound loan

• There is a new sports village

• Open Air Theatre is running at cumulative loss

• Futurist redevelopment at £4m

• Peasholm Park renovation

• Indoor market renovated

• New street refurbishment in main town area

• Rotunda Museum Trust receives £600,000 per year.

The borough council successfully bid for funds from the community-led development fund, the caveat was that no grant money could be spent in Whitby as we are classed as being in the Tees Valley area, however we are not represented.

The decision is down to the people of Whitby.

Don’t say you never had a chance to let your elected representatives know how you feel, this is not about the politics of left or right but the future of your town for generations to come.

Peter Croft

Sandpiper House