This page provides background information. You may be looking for information about the local elections (2 May 2019), for that, start here.

Scarborough Borough Council is a second tier authority. While the borough collects our council taxes, the lion’s share of what’s raised goes to North Yorkshire County Council to pay for education, social care, highways, and a range of other services.

But Scarborough borough has some very important responsibilities. In particular it has a remit for housing and homelessness – though it’s no longer a residential landlord. Social housing is now accessed through a housing association, North Yorkshire Home Choice.

The council’s other main concerns include emptying our bins, handling planning applications, environmental issues, parking, sport and leisure centres, tourism, and harbours.

SBC elections are held every four years, when the whole council is up for re-election. Voting in 2019, on Thursday 2 May, will use new ward boundaries, with the number of councillors reducing from 50 to 46.

You can check which ward you’re in by looking on the Boundary Commission website.

The Scarborough Borough Council website lists all current councillors

The political make-up of the council in January 2019 (50 councillors) is Conservative 25; Labour 13; Green 2; Independent 6; Independent (not forming a group) 4.

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