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Safe overnight stops for Motorhomes

We travel all over this country watching and writing about pantomimes usually over Christmas. It is a real challenge to park and find places to stay overnight, I contact councils in the towns or cities we are visiting and they have been most helpful. We have now joined CAMpRA (Campaign for Real Aires UK) Please […]

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Safe overnight stops for Motorhomes

We travel all over this country watching and writing about pantomimes usually over Christmas. It is a real challenge to park and find places to stay overnight, I contact councils in the towns or cities we are visiting and they have been most helpful. We have now joined CAMpRA (Campaign for Real Aires UK) Please […]

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Make motorhomes welcome

I love Whitby. However I don’t visit anymore because you are extremely unwelcoming to motorhomes. We travel all year round and love visiting places out of season, but instead of welcoming motorhome tourists and the money they bring (and yes, they do spend money in local pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes) you put up height […]

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Restore Whitby Station

The contrast between boarding a train at Pickering and alighting at Whitby is huge! Whitby Station should be restored to its former glory with its overall roof rebuilt to match that of Pickering’s (as it used to be) platforms should also be paved instead of tarmacked. This would then create an uplifted sense of arrival […]

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Widen paths to sandsend

By using some of the council owned land on either side of the road to sandsend( currently the rough of the golf course), we can provide a proper cycle lane and better walking facilities.Currently the traffic travels at speed only the road, exposing cyclists on the road and pedestrians on the narrow path to danger. […]

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Dilute town centre

The town is currently struggling to cope with the extra numbers of visitors. By just investing in the harbour area we will not overcome the crowding and potential for accidents to occur. Making the centre car free will not stop large numbers of people in one area, we need to diversify and spread the load […]

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hi i think we should go with what everyone is saying

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Regeneration of historic buildings.

Whitby has a strong seasonal offer for tourists, but little long term employment outside the summer season. Many shops are for tourism purposes. Given the range of beautiful historic buildings in the town centre in poor condition perhaps investment & a range of year round businesses utilising historic properties would encourage year round visitors & […]

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Tackle use of recreational drugs

Whitby, like many other places in the UK and around the world, has a terrible recreational drugs problem. I think it is worse than a lot of people realise, and how easy it is to get your hands on. Drugs are being used in every area of our society eg. young people, the working-class and […]

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Cleanerpavements

Spend time whilst it is quiet take the opportunity to clean the pavements around the harbour area. Visited a couple of days ago there is ground in dog faeces and all other manner of detritus. Very off putting making the town look very scruffy and unappealing.

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Drunks

I’d like a bit more control on the drunks that turn up at the weekend. It stops being a family friendly place quite early on and turns in to an open air pub.

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More Eco-Friendly

I think we should stop visitors with cars from coming in and out of our town to help ease congestion for the locals, and that visitors coming to Whitby to stay in a B&B should use the Park and Ride (making Whitby’s air clearer and less polluted). We should have a few more sustainable clothing […]

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sports shop

i suggest we should have a sports shop in our town so we don’t have to drive to scarborough to go to sports direct.

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Youth employment

A place where young people can find jobs/employment to earn pocket money safely while still school age. Maybe a youth community bakery or sweet shop, etc

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Better shopping facilities

I think it would be a good idea to have a shopping mall- or better shopping facilities. Many people will argue that we have a lot of shops already, like Sainsburys, and B&M, yet i think it would benefit the town, as it will attract tourists, and locals, therefore, benefiting us in the future when […]

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Football Pitch

We can use the school ones but I would like to have one for the public so we don’t mess the school grass also it would help everyone’s football skills also it is something some people have wanted for a bit

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Car free

Make Whitby car free – it would be a wonderful boost to the look and feel of the town as well as increasing capacity for visitors if they’re not competing for space with cars and make it more welcoming. Deliveries etc could be dropped off before 10am

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Theatre

I would like to see some money given to the Whitby Pavilion so it can offer more to professional theatre companies that may like to hire it for their productions. The local amateur dramatic societies would benefit too. It is still such a lovely little auditorium for the audience but a bit lacking on the […]

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Better pedestrian/cycle routes

Improve pedestrian and cycle routes, so residents and visitors can safely get around the town and access the wonderful trails into the surrounding countryside. During the COVID crisis, many residents have enjoyed daily exercise on the Cinder Track and other footpaths around the town. In normal times, we have visitors who come to the area […]

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Accessible Whitby

A long-term approach and a commitment to making Whitby more accesible for disabled people. Access is the number one issue facing disabled people, with three out of four disabled people and their families reporting that they have walked away from a UK business because of poor accessibility, and/or poor customer service. The accessible overnight tourism […]

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Accessible Whitby

A long-term approach and a commitment to making Whitby more accesible for disabled people. Access is the number one issue facing disabled people, with three out of four disabled people and their families reporting that they have walked away from a UK business because of poor accessibility, and/or poor customer service. The accessible overnight tourism […]

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Development of Cadet Facilities

Cadet organisations develop a variety of key life skills. Young adults passing through such organisations have discovered and perused successful careers; often regarding cadet experiences as a factor in their success. Our cadet facilities aren’t in the most accessible and obvious of places. The buildings of the Air Cadets and Army Cadet Force are notably […]

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An internet cafe

Have an internet cafe in town, as we are becoming more and more technologically advanced it is important that people can have access to the internet, however it is also important that people can meet up and socialise. Therefore mixing an internet hub and a cafe is the best of both worlds.

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Arts and Crafts Hub

ARTISAN ART & CRAFT COLLECTIVE Art Centre/Gallery/Shop/Cafe Art & Craft Centre filled with unique work of local artisans for sale to the public. Regular demonstrations and workshops, inviting visitors & locals to learn new skills. Housed in a vacant building in a prominent place for passing trade, at a peppercorn rent or a rent payable […]

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Sustainability

Create a hub for the development and trialling of tidal energy, harnessing the town’s natural resources and it’s maritime traditions and construction skills to give the town a sustainable energy source for the future. Create a Whitby Energy Cooperative to run the initiative, with the ownership and dividends returned to the people of the town. […]

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F M Sutcliffe heritage gallery

To add an extension to the Pannett Art Gallery (PAG) to house the world famous collection of photographs of the Whitby area taken by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. This would include artefacts as well as images. Basic plans and feasibility were drawn up and are at present with Whitby Town Council(WTC) . The concept was to […]

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Whitby’s Community Food System

Whitby is surrounded by farming, forestry and fishing but has limited local food production in particular dairy products and no local food markets. A “community food system” is one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, and social and nutritional health of a particular place. A […]

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Lifelong learning

Access to all levels of vocational and academic learning including improved transport links to the Coventry university campus in Scarborough. Learning is transformational and will provide a workforce with relevant, better skills that anticipate present and future requirements of employers. Improved public health is also an outcome of higher levels of education. Everything doesn’t have […]

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Stone paving of historic streets

In the 1980s the bitumen surfaces of Church Street, Grape Lane, Sandgate and Henrietta Street were replaced by stone. This work had a transformational impact on the historic core of the town increasing visitor numbers with consequential economic gains. My proposal is to replicate the success of this scheme on the west side of the […]

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Whitby’s Maritime Quarter

Create a “maritime quarter” in order to conserve heritage and promote tourism with the end goal of fostering local economic growth. The heritage sector is indirectly a significant source of support for jobs in the local economies and Whitby has a large Conservation area and a high number of listed buildings and ancient monuments Have […]

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Whitby’s Maritime Centre

2.1 Harbour has always been the business centre and focal point but piecemeal development has led to a dysfunctional overcrowded area with low paid jobs, long-term strategy is needed. 2.2 Parkol build second centre on Endeavour wharf, include Viewing Gallery to watch ship building in progress & Maritime Centre (link to National Maritime Museum in […]

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1. Whitby – First UK Green/Car Free Town Centre

1.1 Conservation area closed to all traffic except: resident’s cars, delivery vechilcle, small electric buses, bikes and walkers 1.2 Access£50m fund for town to have all-electric buses Department for Transport (DfT). 1.3 Build buses locally – Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL)/Plaxton Scarborough 1.4 Build/extend Park & Ride centres on outskirts to include bus station for larger […]

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Extend seawall to Sandsend

The extension of the seawall from upgang to Sandsend will have several benefits; The wall would provide protection for the unstable cliff and the golf coarse. The existing wall is a popular walk, cycling, and recreation facility and extending the wall would increase the health and recreational facilities for visitors and residents. There would be […]

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Provide for our Young

Changes for good of Whitby residents all year round; not just to the benefit of tourist industry. Inspiration for our young – invest in future, drive forward into 21st century. Provide education facilities for their needs. Community hub /Learning Centre to provide recreational facilities, youth café, drop-in advice centre. Daytime hub then open for others […]

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Hilda’s World

If anyone has been to Jarrow and seen Bedes World you will know what I mean. A recreation of Hilda’s monastery in Whitby on the cliff top with historic and archeological information about this iconic place. Remind people why the abbey is there. There are thousands of people here already!!

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Work and Recreation

More light ‘industry’ workshop space to be made available by the Council at reasonable rent and rates on the outskirts of Whitby, for business and work opportunities. And a lovely attraction like a beautiful ice rink for locals and to attract the wonderful ice show spectaculars that tour the world and bring an audience with […]

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Film festival

Whitby needs a high-profile film festival, with films showing at non-standard venues across the town and with imaginative programming. Take Leeds International Film Festival as an example, and use it to showcase local stories and local artists/film makers. Include the touring Ocean Film Festival as a feature.

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Move the Fish Market

Currently, the Fish Market is where it has been for centuries, on the quayside in the lower harbour, on Pier Road. This was all fine in the past before motor vehicles, but today vehicles have to squeeze through Whitby’s medival streets to get to the Fish Market. Additionally, the market area used to be open […]

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Connections

We need to look to the future and the jobs that are on the horizon – green jobs and tech jobs – they need to be supported to come here. Our community needs to support our families & young people who have been left behind to gain those jobs. Basic maths and literacy skills are […]

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Calla Beck Heritage Centre

Develop Heritage Centre on Calla Beck land to celebrate our fishing history, also walkway to Caedmon trod. Visitor centre would be self sustainable moving forward after funding is no longer available creating jobs for local residents.

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New businesses & town scape

We need better lighting in several areas of the town and I’d like to see more modern store fronts and updated business not another fish & chip or charity shop. We need to catch up with times. Need year round landscape in all areas of the town center with features from local artists perhaps or […]

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Pop Up Power and sites

provide pop up event power in public areas as cities like York and Manchester and accrington and…. well you get the idea. Then you have event friendly spaces without having to bring in noisy smokey generators. Plus you don’t have to run miles of cable for people to trip over. Also unused space within the […]

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Youth Provision

We have an abundance of natural ‘facilities’ for the summer that the youth of the town can enjoy outside. However when it comes to winter where can they go to learn, let off steam and enjoy themselves. There needs to be some form of youth provision that they can enjoy all year round but certainly […]

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Business Hubs and Innovation Centres

Smart, connected work space for start up businesses. Be it office space or hot desks where assistance can be provided to access government funds available or private investment. Somewhere that hosts talks, seminars and brings together new and existing business owners from within the town for a sharing of ideas and getting support. Increased connectivity […]

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Dog Mess

An increasing problem in many towns and cities, however the last summer season in Whitby was frightening with many visitors complaining to councils. Improved signage as well as increased number of wardens. I think we have two but I’ve never seen them. Something needs to be done

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Additional Park & Ride

In addition to the existing Park & Ride being open all year round, we need another Park & Ride car park on the Scarborough road. Parking in Whitby at the height of season is an absolute nightmare. It seems to me we get as many visitors coming from the direction of Scarborough as we do […]

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My Town, My Community, Our Compassion

This is about regenerating my community. An area whose residents care about each other’s wellbeing will be a stronger, better and happier place to live, raise children, support older folk, attract small skills-based businesses and still continue to welcome visitors even more warmly. A Wellbeing Spa Town! I witnessed the impact of a so-called Compassionate […]

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Bins

More bins for dog poo bags. A supply of bags around Whitby in case the dog owner runs out or forgets them.

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Trains

I think it would be better if trains went to bigger cities like York which would make travelling to and from Whitby easier for more people

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Lighting

I would like to see solar lighting along the sea wall and up the ravine so people will can use the pathways all year round.

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Park and ride

The park and ride needs to be open all year round, even if October to March is at a reduced service. It should be available for long stay parking so visitors staying for the week/end can drop off their belongings at place of stay then park at park ride for the duration of stay. Therefore […]

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Car parking is strangling the town

We receive thousands and thousands of visitors, who provide the life blood in business and commerce here. Everyone, residents and visitors alike, complains about the parking. Visitors will sail past the Park and Ride, fail to find a car park space, and then park inappropriately or take up residents’ spaces on private streets and car […]

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