‘Can of worms’ now feeding the ‘chickens coming home to roost’?

Dear Editor,

Is the ‘can of worms’ now feeding the ‘chickens coming home to roost’?

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) opened a can of worms by down-sizing our superb Tourist Information Centre (TIC), just before several years of Cook 250th Anniversary Celebrations.

Together with HMS Dredgenot, that triggered a huge wave of local anger in Whitby.

Our piers remain unrepaired and the pier extensions are even more decrepit, yet these are the town’s main sea defences. SBC has granted itself planning permission to replace the bridge to the east pier extension – but has allocated zero funds over the next 5 years to do the job. Another 17 years of waiting, perhaps?

Added to which, SBC has the dubious distinction of being the only council in England NOT to have its annual accounts signed-off for the past 2 years – and Year 3 ends next month.

At the risk of mixing metaphors, while more and more self-inflicted SBC worms wriggle out of the TIC ‘can’ and into public view, SBC’s decades of delay and decay are now resulting in all of their neglected chickens coming home to roost…

Yours sincerely,

Niall Carson, Sleights

[This ‘Letter to the Editor’ was sent to the Whitby Gazette on 14 Feb 2018]

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