There may seem some irony in that the Welcome to Yorkshire team are selling off local Tourist Information Centres, strategically placed at Whitby and Scarborough, harbourside. Though there is little 'strategic' evidence to find of thought process, thou to suggest that an opportunistic, erm, knock off exists at these here shores. Aye tis is a shore thing that SBC are sure to sell off wot it can to keep its financial vaults, flowing outward and inward. Tidal. But not quite tidy.
There may have been some local mumbles and grumbles when SBC propped up the Sand Development to the tune of £3mil, then £9.4 mil, and some aghast at the £4mil destined for the Futurist site, along with almost £2mil for the Sports Village, not gorgetting the £8mil funding required for the Spa and a further £2.5mil secured for the Market and the £12mil required to shore up the local banks, aka South Cliff & coastal erosion, cliff topping ... blah blah. Though the latter three are essentially funded via European Central, clearly the Council likes to dibble and dabble and take the odd punt. The Council Leader's recent claim that it's financial 'strategy' is "not written on the back of a fag packet"- tis true.
Yep, size matters, as do scales, social & economic and whilst those 'larger' developments continue to be crayoned in/developed, below those constructive cranes that adorn the skyline of both Bays, some devil maybe in the detail, it is the small things that matter. Grey cells, fag packets and erm, plans. To pin point exactly, this letter to the Whitby Gazette has some actual 'large' pillars: http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/letters/letter-confusion-over-legal-...
"What is going to happen to Whitby’s Tourist Information Centre? I refer to the Whitby Gazette of May 13 and the article about a “legal bid to save the tourism centre”.Can someone from Scarborough Borough Council please tell the people of Whitby what this legal dispute is about and how it refers to closure of Whitby’s Tourist Information Centre?
There was also mention that income from harbour land should be “ring-fenced”. Does this mean that money from Whitby harbour land, including revenue from the marina car park, should be used for maintenance, repairs and improvements to the piers and other harbour facilities and not go into the borough council’s general coffers? It would be good if borough council officers and councillors could tell us what all this is about."
Indeed it would. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA
What is this all about?
Listed under Borough Assets for Sale: Scarborough TIC: http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/former-tourist-information-centre-sandside... & Whitby TIC: http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/tourist-information-centre-langborne-road-...
Ya, Ok: Welcome to Yorkshire would like to dissolve its responsibilty in operating these sites, with frontline tourism service operatives being sent behind enemy lines... (closed doors) oh yes, tourism is a high risky business. Never underestimate a tourist ... the consumer and the business case v basket case... to bread or bin. Recycle? SBC needs the money ... Dough. WTY & SBC in it together. Sounds like a plan... for a Visitor Economy.
Yep, looks simple enough. Two huts (baskets) for sale in prime punting positions. Get it baked. Wots the problem? Pies. People. Community. Heritage. Both of these assets are community buildings and attached to both are some historical facts.
Yeast - ya forgot the yeast. Yesteryear. Yep those yes people ... have their place.
Anyhoos this is dribbling on... to 'elp answer your question - ask for Appendix C :-))
Demise? Nope it was not just about demise. It was a bout a future strategic vision .... procedure, procurement and ports.
Sssssh ... don't mention Area51.
Black eyes n blue tears ...
Part II to follow: