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Move for No Confidence Vote in Scarborough Leader

Move for No Confidence Vote in Scarborough Leader

Published by Jon Burke at 10:16am 17th December 2019. (Updated at 9:52am 18th December 2019)

A group of Scarborough Borough councillors is asking for an extraordinary meeting of the council.

It's so they can discuss a motion expressing no confidence on the Leader, Steve Siddons.

In a letter sent to the Mayor of the borough the five councillors say..

"In recognition of the discontent amongst members in regard to the Leader's many departures from the vision he set forth upon his assumption of the Leadership, this Council has NO CONFIDENCE in the Leader."

The letter was signed by Independent Councillors Bill Chatt, Sam Cross and John Casey and by Conservative Councillors Heather Phillips and Alf Abbott.


Independent Councillor Bill Chatt, who represents Woodlands ward said:

"I think when he spouted on about openness and transparency, that's the last thing we're seeing in the council at the moment.

I think this council is terrible and the Leader's not there more than what he is and decisions are being made without really members' involvement.

I think it's time that a vote of no confidence was put in; and that Steve Siddons either defends himself, or does the honourable thing and resigns.

Everybody who was asked to sign, signed without hesitation.

That to me tells me that this is a cross-party move so everyone's saying 'enough is enough'.

Steve Siddons has had time to change things, to look at new structures, to look at all that and he's done absolutely nothing.

My issue, one of the big things, is the failure to communicate and the communication has been horrendous."

Councillor Chatt has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Councillor Steve Siddons, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

“Today was a big day as we launched an important plan for the future of our towns.

Our Building A Better Borough Strategy is designed to create a better quality of life for all our residents and boost the economy.

It is a pity that a handful of councillors instead of supporting us, moved a motion to derail our progress.

I’m getting on with these projects to improve lives in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey: 

We’ll soon be announcing a boost for those dependent on our tourist industry.

I won’t waste time responding to inaccurate comments. Our constituents deserve better!”


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