I’m not a Whitby local, but due to being of a dodgy Gothic persuasion I seem to have spent quite a bit of time there over the last 10 plus years. For anyone who’s never been there it’s a lovely place and well worth the visit, but it’s been the suspicion amongst some gothic Whitby goers for a while that Scarborough council (which covers Whitby as well) has been rather jealous of Whitby’s popularity and has tried to push events out of Whitby in the hopes they’d end up in Scarborough. A quite laughable hope in the case of the goth events at least. With this suspicion of animosity from the larger town where the council is based meant that I wasn’t hugely surprised when I got pointed towards the Real Whitby Magazine and their reports of the neglect of the town, it’s harbour, bridges and general infrastructure. I was surprised at the scale of the neglect and the level of damage being risked to the local economy (which wouldn’t help Scarborough any) as Whitby is still a working fishing harbour.
Beyond the local fishing industry Whitby also has rather a good tourist industry, so that state of disrepair the harbour piers have been allowed to get into seems to be an exceptionally stupid double blow. In the spirit of modern activism there is an on-line petition to try and persuade Scarborough council to actually maintain the infrastructure they’re responsible for so if you’ve ever been to Whitby you might want to consider signing the Save Our Whitby Piers Petition.