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Most Scarborough Borough Councillors Will Pay Towards i-Pads

Most Scarborough Borough Councillors Will Pay Towards i-Pads

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 8:11am 28th February 2012.

It looks like most Scarborough Borough Councillors will contribute towards the cost of their new i-Pads.

In a controversial decision, councillors voted to bring in the new computers as the council says it will save £53,000 compared to printing council agendas, which can be up to 1,000 pages long, on paper.

Council Leader Tom Fox announced that those councillors who wanted to donate towards the cost of the tablets would be allowed to do so.

Yorkshire Coast Radio has tried to contact all 50 councillors to ask if they would make the donation and heard back from 36 of them.

18 say they will make the donation, 13 say they're undecided (that included all Labour councillors who will make a joint decision at a party meeting), while three said they would not make the donation. Two councillors declined to give a response.

It's unclear whether the donation will be put towards the cost of the computers, which will cost £160 each, or will be donated to charity.

Councillors will not own the i-Pads even if they make the donation and they will remain the property of the borough council. There will also be rules in place to prevent them being used for personal use.

You can find out whether your councillor will donate towards the cost in the list below:

Councillor Area Decision Reason
Alf Abbott Whitby West Cliff N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Abbott
Godfrey Allanson Hertford Undecided  
John Armsby Mulgrave N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Armsby
Andrew Backhouse Lindhead Will Donate  
Steve Bairstow Woodlands Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors
Derek Bastiman Scalby N/A Would not make a comment
Lynn Bastiman Stepney N/A Would not make a comment
David Billing Central Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors
John Blackburn Cayton Will Donate  
Eric Broadbent Central Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors 
Nick Brown Ramshill Will Donate  
Colin Challen Castle Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors
David Chance Mayfield Will Donate  
Bill Chatt Woodlands Will Donate  
Dorothy Clegg Streonshaih Undecided  
Dilys Cluer Stepney Will Not Donate Says it is a business tool and is concerned that other councillors who can't afford to pay will feel pressured to donate.
Mike Cockerill Filey Undecided  
Mick Cooper Newby N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Cooper
Sam Cross Filey N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Cross
Geoffrey Evans Eastfield Will Donate  
John Geoffrey Flinton Scalby Will Donate  
Tom Fox Weaponness Will Donate  
Simon Green Cayton Will Not Donate Says it will save £53,000 and says the i-Pad will help him serve people in his area better.
Colin Haddington Filey N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Haddington
Marie Harland Mulgrave Will Donate  
Michael John Jay-Hanmer Derwent Valley Will Not Donate Says it is a normal IT upgrade and points out that he doesn't take any expenses.
David Jeffels Derwent Valley N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Jeffels
Janet Jefferson Castle Will Donate  
Andrew Jenkinson Newby Will Donate  
Jane Kenyon Mayfield Will Donate  
Tim Lawn Esk Valley Will Donate Says he is happy to purchase his own i-Pad and use it for council work only.
Helen Mallory Seamer Undecided  
Pat Marsburg Falsgrave Will Donate  
Penny Marsden Weaponness Will Donate  
Jane Mortimer Fylingdales Undecided  
Norman Murphy Northstead N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Murphy
Roxanne Murphy Seamer Undecided Voted against the i-Pads so unsure whether to contribute for something she voted against.
Joe Plant Whitby West Cliff N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Plant
Peter Popple Northstead N/A Says he doesn't want a new i-Pad and voted against their introduction.
James Preston Esk Valley N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Preston
John Ritchie Falsgrave Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors
Amanda Robinson Ramshill Undecided Wants more information before making a decision but voted against the decision to bring in the i-Pads.
Subash Sharma North Bay Undecided Will make a decision jointly with other Labour councillors
Brian Simpson Eastfield Undecided Wants more information on the donation scheme but is likely to make the donation.
Martin Smith North Bay N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Smith
Herbert Tindall Danby Will Donate  
Sandra Turner Streonshaih N/A Couldn't contact Cllr Turner
Brian Watson Newby Will Donate  
Johan Zegstroo Eastfield Will Donate Says he would buy his own i-Pad if he could but could not ignore £53,000 of savings

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