” Communication is the message from the new Mayor of Scarborough Borough Council (SBC). Starting her year in office, she warned the new-look council it must listen to the public, as it heads into uncertain times.
“She said the new Council must learn the lessons of May’s local elections, where the Conservatives lost power and a new minority Labour administration, backed by Greens and Independents, took control.
“Councillor Hazel Lynskey (Conservative) was sworn into office at Scarborough Town Hall for her second term as the Borough’s First Citizen, having donned the chain before in 2010/11.
“She said that politics had become divisive and called for all parties to work together for the good of the Borough and its people. She said ‘… if we want to move forward I believe we need to know what’s happened in the past. Recent politics… has divided countries, divided towns, families and parties. Sometimes we have to forget the colour of our politics and vote for what is best for the Borough… the people of Scarborough [and Whitby!] are disillusioned with this Council.
“It’s unfortunate, but we must regain their trust. We have a new Leader (Labour) we have a new, smaller Cabinet [of different parties]… we have 20 new Councillors who will take time to settle in. For this reason I have chosen the theme of the year as Communication, reaching out. We must do this. We must.
“If we want to move on, we must reach out and build bridges. We have to listen and we have to learn. We can only do this if we do it together.’ She also said that the appointment of a new Chief Executive, starting work in August, represented ‘a new beginning’ for SBC.”
With thanks and acknowledgements to the Editor, Whitby Gazette, where this story was published on13 June 2019.
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