Open Letter from the newly-elected Mayor of Whitby
Following an invitation from Enquirer correspondent NIGEL WARD, Whitby Town Councillor Bob DALRYMPLE, the newly-elected Mayor of Whitby, has submitted a commendable Open Letter to the people of Whitby encouraging their engagement and support in representing the town to the new North Yorkshire Council unitary authority.
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Since receiving Whitby Town Clerk Mr Michael KING’s email of 09:52am on Tuesday 9th May 2023, bearing the above PDF of the newly-elected Mayor’s Open Letter to the people of Whitby, and following its submission to the Editor, the Enquirer has now learned of a potential challenge to the legitimacy of Councillor Bob DALRYMPLE’s election to the position of Mayor/Chair of the Town Council.
Apparently, the suggestion is that the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Linda WILD, may have inadvertently deviated from the proper procedure in regard to the validity of the nomination of potential candidates for the Mayoralty; in particular, her monocratic disqualification of the nomination of Councillors unable to be physically present at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 when the vote took place.
It is also understood that the Town Clerk has apparently conceded that there may have been further departures from the regulatory requirements in the way that Councillors were elected to positions on various Committees of the Council – a procedure that was arguably carried out too hastily as the 3 hour limit to the duration of the meeting was approached.
The Enquirer will be conducting its own investigation into the sequence of events and publishing a detailed report in due course.
Hopefully, these technicalities will not impair the Council’s performance going forward – though it does seem possible that the election of the Chair/Mayor and certain Committee members may have to be revisited, with uncertain outcome.
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