Council Warning Over West Pier Footbridge

In advance of a protest by residents planned for Sunday 2 October about the closure of the footbridge that links Whitby’s west pier to the west pier extension, Scarborough Borough Council is issuing a safety warning to protestors.

Brian Bennett, the council’s Head of Tourism and Culture said:

“We accept that some local residents wish to conduct a protest about the temporary closure of the west pier footbridge. However, we must stress that people should not access the footbridge under any circumstances.

“We appeal to everyone to respect the closure and in doing so, protect their own safety.”

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9 Responses to "Council Warning Over West Pier Footbridge"

  1. Jack Corner  September 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I heard that they were hiring security guards and there will be a police presence!

    • admin  September 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      kool. That sounds fun.

    • Richard Ineson  September 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

      I’ve heard that there have been armoured cars and tanks moved into the Area 3 Highways Depot and thousands of police are coming,who will be changing into Middlesboro football strip so that they can mingle, unnoticed, with the holidaymakers/day trippers/usual brain surgeons/visitors.

      All the streets have been fitted with temporary CCTV overnight, and there will be plain clothes (not Middlesboro football club strip) officers moving about the expected crowds with cameras and tape recorders, gathering evidence; all boozers have been bugged and premises known to be frequented by dissidents, ‘Monks Haven’ cafe, Abbey Steps tea rooms, and the like,where there is likely to be large scale ‘kettling’ are to be surrounded by a ‘ring of steel’ to prevent any attempt at a government coup.

  2. Richard Ineson  September 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve heard that the special security dungeons underneath the Town Hall on St. Nicholas Strasse,normally reserved for persistent parking offenders, have all been emptied, ready for an expected massive influx of pier protesters.

    They are also supposed to be flying certain, so called ‘ring leaders’ out to Abu Ghraib under the ‘special rendition’ rules for ‘water boarding’ and attack by unmuzzled dogs, they (the faceless ones) are determined to find out who is running the dissident ‘Free Whitby’ movement and intend to stamp it out.

    Pete Budd has probably been targetted for arrest, along with other well known local ‘troublemakers’.

    There has been international interest in what is being regarded as the suppression of free speech and the right to demonstrate in Whitby; a Mr. Gadaffi is quoted as saying, “This kind of government intervention, under the pretence of seeking to safeguard the health and safety of the public, in peaceful protest is a clear violation of human rights” a Mr. Kim Jong Il said, “This is social manipulation on a massive scale, human beings, must have the right to protest against government abuses of power and privilege”.

    It is further reported that the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, is to break his journey to the Far East to hold peace talks with Brian Bennett, in the East Pier lighthouse, if they can get the door open.

  3. Ben Quinn  September 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Meh, theres always a police presence at protests, as people do tend to get out of hand (Seen a few riots in the past and some people use any excuse to come down and ruin a peaceful demonstration),

    I hope that firstly we get the numbers needed to make it a success and not a joke attended by 5 or 6 people

    and secondly that if there are decent numbers involved that they keep to the spirit of the protest and focus on the goal……and the goal means not getting arrested for public disorder

  4. Richard Ineson  September 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

    We’ll all drink to that Ben, most of the people I know who are involved in trying to improve things in Whitby, are coffin dodgers, me included, and would not be physically capable of causing any kind of disorder. Confusion, yes, I am constantly confused, and cannot find my reading glasses, keys, bus pass etc. I also frequently forget what I am ordering when I am at the bar in the Black Horse – the other day I actually walked out thinking that I had finished my pint, when Sue was still pulling it in the rear bar -sorry Sue, I didn’t realise until I was sat down in front of the racing from Chepstow, some time later, I hope that you managed to sell it to someone else.

    As regards Sunday, as Mr.Brodrick points out, the seats on the west pier are in a very poor condition with nails sticking out etc. would it be possible to arrange a block booking on the revolving tea cups, on The Battery, so that persons such as myself who want to attend this peaceful demonstration, but who are not in the first flush of youth, can join in without tiring themselves, unduly?

    We could be issued with approved slogans/notice boards on sticks (thin gauge, so as not to be able to be used as weapons, by those members of the public so disposed) and spin round for an hour or so, thus registering our legitimate protest without risk to our health.

    I also advise that everyone should wear a straw hat of some kind, the weather people predicing an unseasonal heatwave, and also, remember to carry a drink, so as to avoid dehydration – my sister Dolly fainted outside The Futurist theatre, whilst we were waiting in the queue to see the matinee performance of ‘Ken Dodd and the Diddymen’ in 1976, a particularly hot summer, or was it 1959? No matter, the main thing is that we all remember to wear a hat and carry a drink.
    Will medical assistance be available shoud someone require it? I suppose most police officers have some first aid training?
    What about toilet facilities? And is there a discount for pensioners in the cafe, on The Battery?
    I don’t normally visit the west side of Whitby, as it is normally so crowded, so I have little personal experience of the facilities which are available.
    I am looking forward to meeting everyone and making some new friends.
    Good luck, everyone.

  5. Richard Ineson  September 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I’ve just heard that the Royal Rotherham Mounted Sanitary Inspectors Banjo Band is aiming to put in an appearance on Sunday afternoon. This will definitely put the peaceful pier protest on the map.

    Try to keep them out of the pubs until they have done their spot, is my advice.

  6. Francis L. Chalmers  September 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Hello Brian,

    In response to your quotes in the article… Shove it (of course this is mean in the nicest possible sense).

    It’s our property, that YOU are charged with maintaining.

    So, get your lazy ass into gear and get it fixed so we can enjoy it again.

    Just to re-iterate: this is all meant in the nicest possible way.


  7. Andy Shearer  September 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Mr Bennett,
    As the council’s head of tourism and culture, do you really think that it is only some local residents who wish to protest ?
    My family lives 50 miles away from Whitby, but we visit on a regular basis throughout the year to enjoy what the town has to offer. I know several other families who do the same. We often stay in Whitby and I suspect that our money, along with that of the many other day trippers and tourists, helps to boost the towns’ economy. Anglers also travel to Whitby to use the pier (it used to be piers) and spend money in the two Whitby Tackle Shops and also in the various establishments which offer them food and drink.
    So it won’t just be a few locals protesting on Sunday, it will also include people from miles away who have a vested interest in getting SBC to act responsibly and start to apportion their spending in a fairer manner. That means re-dressing the balance so that there is more spending on restoring Whitby for the next few years and less spending on Scarborough which has enjoyed the lions share of the pie for far too long.


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