Enough is enough – I’ll support what I believe is best for local people Martin Whittle
Martin Whittle

Like many of you, I have watched aghast at the decisions made by Scarborough Borough Council. Finally you have to say ‘Enough is enough’, and put yourself in the frame to help make change.

I will always consider each issue on its merits, and vote for what I believe is best for local people.

Labour will bring back transparency and run the council in a fair and democratic way

There’s a pretty endless list which shows the incompetence of the group running our council, and why we need change. Now is the time for a new way of doing things, and investing in services that we really need.

The council has wasted and risked millions on ill-judged and unwanted schemes: loans for the water park, losses on the Open Air Theatre and Spa, the demolition of the Futurist theatre, the Park and Ride, the non-existent cinema. They have neglected some of our prized assets, risking the future of the Whitby piers and failing to win Blue Flag status for our beaches.

They have also run the town hall in a way that many people think is undemocratic. Your own Independent councillor in Hunmanby was excluded from council meetings; it was Labour councillors who came to her support. The Conservative mayor has shut down debate and would not allow a no confidence vote at council. Councillors’ emails have been snooped on. Labour promises to bring back transparency and run the council in a fair and democratic way.

My wife and I moved to this area 30 years ago. I worked in retail until a work-related condition forced me to stop. My wife Liz worked in the NHS for 37 years, the last 25 as a midwife at Scarborough Hospital, until she took early retirement to look after her mother.

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