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“CHAMPING” at Old St Stephen’s Church has caused a great deal of controversy, but a notice from the Churches Conservation Trust was pinned to the door of the Old Church on Bank Holiday weekend to say: “Old St Stephen’s will be closed for all activities for the foreseeable future for security and logistical reasons.”
It is believed that this apparently precipitous decision has been taken as a result of safety concerns raised by the Friends of Old St. Stephen’s.
Bookings from “Champers” were cancelled at short notice.
The online petition objecting to Sustrans plans for the old railway line was nearing 1500 signatures by the end of May. It can be found by googling: change cinder track petition
This, and the paper petitions in many local shops and pubs, clearly shows the strength of local and visitors feelings against Sustrans proposals.
But what proposals? According to the petition “Scarborough Borough Council is considering proposals by Sustrans for them to take over management of the Cinder Track”. However Sustrans final report has not yet been published - only the draft. And the draft contains no suggestion that SBC are planning to hand over the old railway line to Sustrans.
SBC Officer Paul Thompson's report on those final proposals is due to go before the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 13th September, then to Cabinet in October. His recommendation is vital - and we the public need to know what it involves.
According to Jane Mortimer, our local Borough Councillor, SBC leader Derek Bastiman and Officers just laughed when she asked if there was any truth in the rumour they had or were selling to Sustrans for a £.
Are we right to be concerned? SBC’s record of open consultation about the cinder track so far does them little credit.
Good news from the R H Bay Tourism Association:
The 2017 Victorian Weekend will be going ahead this year on THE 8th, 9th and 10th of December. The date has been chosen to avoid conflict with the Winter Fest in Whitby, and to allow more time for Christmas trees, lights and decorations to be put up around the village.
A steering group has been set up under the guidance of the Victoria Hotel’s Beverley Rutherford to chart the way forward to a bigger, better event. Local traders are to be encouraged to take a more active part, and there will be lots of advance publicity this year.
Anyone wishing to help or get involved in this enjoyable community event, which has played a major part in boosting winter trade for over 20 years, please contact Bev on 01947 880205.