Nock’s ‘sur­prise’ re­quest to be in coun­cil cab­i­net

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Coun­cil­lor John Nock has been ap­pointed to serve on the cab­i­net of Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil.

The Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber for the Mul­grave ward in Whitby ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion from bor­ough coun­cil leader Derek Bas­ti­man to re­place Cllr An­drew Back­house, who re­signed from the cab­i­net last week due to “per­sonal and in­creased work com­mit­ments”. Cllr Nock, who now is port­fo­lio holder for strate­gic trans­port, trans­port ser­vices and ICT, said: “It was a com­plete sur­prise to be asked but I am truly hon­oured.

“I do have many thoughts on pub­lic trans­port. My ward in Mul­grave has a lot of coun­try­side and I feel it has been cut off in re­cent years. I would love to bring more pub­lic trans­port to the area.

“I will have meet­ings in the com­ing weeks to see what po­si­tion we are in and what the burn­ing is­sues are.”

Cllr Nock’s ap­point­ment fol­lows Fi­ley and Whitby Town Coun­cils’ de­ci­sion in pass­ing a vote of no con­fi­dence in Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil.

An on­line pe­ti­tion also call­ing for a vote of No con­fi­dence in the coun­cil has now at­tracted 2,433 sig­na­tures.

He said: “I find it dis­ap­point­ing as we have a group of peo­ple who are try­ing hard to put some­thing back into the bor­ough. Our ob­jec­tive is to make the bor­ough a great place to live for res­i­dents and make it the UK num­ber one hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. We can achieve this by work­ing to­gether with town coun­cils and parish coun­cils.”

Coun­cil­lor John Nock who has been ap­pointed on to the cab­i­net

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