Protest against cuts in services

WHITBY people can voice their anger at the level and speed of government cuts at a protest.

The march is being held in Scarborough Town Centre and has been organised by Scarborough and District Trades Council to coincide with a national protest in London, organised by the Trade Union Congress on 26 March.

The march will begin at the train station at 11am before progressing to the town hall and the Conservative club.

Letters will be delivered to Scarborough Borough Council chief executive Jim Dillon and Whitby’s MP Robert Goodwill.

Councillor Eric Broadbent, secretary of the Trades Council, said invites would be sent out to local trade unions, and anyone who wished to protest against the level and speed of cuts is welcome to attend.

“It will be well organised and I am hoping it will be well attended, “ he said. “I know quite a few people are travelling to London but it’s a long way to go.

“Now people have a chance to do something here as well.”

Coun Broadbent went on to express concerns about the consequences that the government cuts and reforms will have on the lives of people in the district.

“The hospital and the council are also big employers here and there will be a knock-on effect to private businesses.

“A lot of people don’t want this and this is a march for a different course of action.

“Cuts are necessary but there are alternative ways of doing it. They are too fast and too deep.”

Scarborough Borough Council has been told to save £4.2 million over the next two and-a-half years while North Yorkshire County Council recently unveiled plans to make £69m of savings.