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Dear Mr Asquith
Whitby has very poor political representation.
Yes we “vote them in” but it’s not quite as simple as that.
There are serious issues with abuse of expenses for example.
A shocking case involving the “metoo” voucher scheme and Cllr Joe Plant.
Many many allegations regards Cllr Jane Kenyon and the Police Authority.
Many many examples of abuse of milage allowances and NYCC Councillors.
Many examples of SBC / NYCC Councillors claiming twice even three times for Broadband Allowances where members also served on the Police Authority.
The list goes on, SBC never answering FOI’s properly if at all.
Whitby’s web news “www.real-Whitby.co.uk has hosted many of these factual well researched stories.
Whitby Town Council are regularly abused by SBC who choose not to reply to many letters from WTC even letters from SBC’s own Councillors !!!
Yet your newspaper seems to be shy of real “grown up” news stories.
Without more serious good reporting, serious reporting on local politics, democracy and real serious issues, politics in these parts gets kicked well into the long grass.
Democracy does not flourish without good honest editors and good reporters.
Then again good reporters won’t work for peanuts or for companies where staff moral is low.
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