Whitby Harbour Users’ Consultative Stakeholders’ Steering Group Meeting – Monday 12th March 2012 – 3:00pm – Whitby Harbour Office
Real Whitby is reliably informed that Richard Ineson attempted to attend the Harbour Office today, in the hope of being allowed to observe the deliberations of the members of the Group at today’s meeting.
Harbour staff told him it was a closed meeting and he would not be permitted to attend.
At that point, Whitby Town Councillor Tom Brown arrived and requested that both he and Richard Ineson be allowed to attend, as observers.
Chair Jon Whitton expressed his willingness to allow them to attend, subject to putting the matter to the membership for a vote. Councillor Brown and Richard Ineson were asked to wait outside, while the vote took place, along with Whitby Town Councillor Mrs Wynne Jones (not a member of the Group), who had been scheduled to make a presentation to the Group, on behalf of the Civic Society.
While waiting outside, Councillor Brown felt unwell and went off to seek medical assistance. A few minutes later, Richard Ineson was informed that the membership had voted against admittance of press and public. Richard left the meeting.
This is the second occasion on which a Whitby Town Councillor has been refused admission to the Group, following the incident last year when Councillors Ian Havelock and Dennis Collins were ejected, causing the continuing rumpus that began with the offensive letters to Whitby Town Councillors, on SBC notepaper, written by appointed Whitby Harbour Board members Tony Hornigold and Edwin Black, and is unresolved to this day.
SBC’s Jo Ireland has been unable to provide authority for excluding press and public from Steering Group meetings.
The campaign for openness, transparency and accountability continues.