Oil Polution In Harbour May Be Killing Swans
- Mr Brian BENNETT – Head of Tourism & Culture and Harbours – SBC
- Yorkshire Swans – Pickering
- Whitby Town (Parish) Councillors (Abbey Ward)
- Councillor John Freeman (Whitby Town Mayor)
- Councillor Ian Havelock (Chair: WTC Harbour Committee
- Councillor Mike Cockerill (Chair: SBC Whitby Harbour Board)
- Councillor Sandra Turner (Chair: SBC East Side Action Plan)
- Councillor Dorothy Clegg (SBC Streonshalh Ward)
- Councillor Peter Popple (SBC Northstead Ward)
- Councillor Colin Challen (SBC Castle Ward)
- Councillor Dilys Cluer (SBC Stepney Ward)
Mr Jon Whitton (former Chair: Whitby Harbour Users’ Consultative Group)
- Mr Robin Rawson (Environmental Health Officer – SBC)
- Captain Ian Vasey (Borough Harbour Master – SBC)
- Pat Duncan (Health & Safety Executive)
- William Bartholemew (Natural England)
- Cc: Mr Robert Goodwill MP (Scarborough & Whitby)
- Cc: Mr Jon Stokoe (Editor: Whitby Gazette)
- Cc: Mr Glenn Kilpatrick (Editor: Real Whitby)
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am astonished to note that a period of three weeks has elapsed since I emailed to many of you, drawing your attention to the occurrence of large-scale oil pollution in Whitby Harbour.
The record now shows that not one of you has responded to me, thanking me for raising concerns regarding the extent of the demise of the swan population here in Whitby – from 23 in 2001, down to a single pair today – nor, apparently, for the environment more generally.
It may be a rural myth, but it is popularly held the the swans enjoy the protection concomitant with their status as possessions of the Crown.
Would each of you please be so good as to respond to me on this matter? Thank you.
I will be happy to publish your remarks in to the public domain.
Yours, with very kind regards,