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Call for Tories to Join Scarborough Council Cabinet

Call for Tories to Join Scarborough Council Cabinet

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 2:32pm 4th May 2020.

The former leader of Scarborough Council has called on the authority to bring in a coalition cabinet to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

In an open letter, Conservative leader Cllr Derek Bastiman has called on all the parties on the borough council to work together to put Scarborough back on track when restrictions are eased then lifted.

Since May 2019, Scarborough Council has been ruled by a Labour and Independent Group coalition after that month’s elections saw the end of 20 years of Conservative control.

In a letter to all the group leaders on the council, Cllr Bastiman wrote that the authority should look to use the skills of all its members.

He added:

“The borough council is the ideal organisation to take forward the initiative and with this in mind I have suggested to my fellow group leaders that a coalition administration should be set up, bringing together all political affiliations, and those with none, to enable the borough to be prepared to take on board opportunities which may be presented to us.

Across the council membership we have many varied skills and bringing them together I believe we can bring about the early revival of this area’s economy.

Such a coalition council should work with the many entrepreneurs, business leaders, and organisations in the council’s area to pool ideas and innovative projects to ensure that our workforce can return to employment, our tourist industry can once again boom, the many rural enterprises and businesses find new markets and our residents enjoy the health and wellbeing of which they are rightly proud and deserve.”

Scarborough Council will hold its first virtual cabinet meeting on Tuesday next week (12th), with the public able to watch proceedings on Youtube.

Cllr Bastiman added that in order for the council to continue investing in a post-pandemic Scarborough it cannot rely on making decisions “arbitrarily”.

He ends by saying that he hopes his fellow group leaders support his belief that a coalition cabinet is the best way to ensure the borough comes through the crisis.

In response to Cllr Bastiman the Labour leader of Scarborough Council, Cllr Steve Siddons, said now was “not the time for unnecessary diversions”.

He said:  

“We already are a coalition council, Labour and Independent, and have been since last May.

We have been working together for the health of our local people and the locally economy, all groups have been involved.

With Whitby in the worst 10 and Scarborough in the 20 most-affected town economies in the country, now isn’t the time for unnecessary diversions, our residents deserve better.

All councillors need, and seem keen, to get behind the plan to protect the borough.

I hope we can all work together in the best interests of our communities.”

 

Full letter:

"Is it time for a coalition at the council?

With the prospect of some relaxation of Government regulations on lock-in during the current COVID-19 outbreak, it would seem an appropriate time for our Borough to explore its regeneration to help the revival of the local economy.

The Borough Council is the ideal organisation to take forward the initiative and with this in mind I have suggested to my fellow group leaders that a coalition administration should be set up, bringing together all political affiliations, and those with none, to enable the Borough to be prepared to take on board opportunities which may be presented to us.

Across the council membership we have many varied skills and bringing them together I believe we can bring about the early revival of this area’s economy.

Such a coalition council should work with the many entrepreneurs, business leaders, and organisations in the council’s area to pool ideas and innovative projects to ensure that our workforce can return to employment, our tourist industry can once again boom, the many rural enterprises and businesses find new markets and our residents enjoy the health and well-being of which they are rightly proud and deserve.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak there was general interest in investing in our Borough and of course Scarborough was the most visited overnight destination outside London.

But the council cannot undertake such regeneration arbitrarily.

While we may hopefully get some financial help from the Government and the Local Enterprise Partnership, it will be up to the council to take the lead and a coalition administration would, I believe, be the best solution to take it forward.

I await what I hope will be a positive response from fellow group leaders.

Cllr Derek Bastiman
Conservative Group Leader"

 

 

Comments

There are 3 comments on this page.

PMK, on 4th May 2020 8:02pm
There is absolutely no limit to which this Councillor and his co-conspirators will not stoop to get back into power. They still haven't accepted that the voters of Scarborough gave them such a comprehensive drumming in the recent elections for a reason. They do not have confidence or faith in your ability to lead this town anywhere Councillor. I must say that I find the use of the coronavirus emergency in this way reprehensible in the extreme.
Karl Doab, on 5th May 2020 1:16am
Is he completely delusional? The last person we need right now is Bastiman back in charge.
zara, on 5th May 2020 9:49am
maybe as long as it is the new ones not one him or his old cronies. We need fresh blood, not that Councillor Siddons has shone either. They should all resign completely and do the borough a favour.

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