Po­lice called to clear out public

Five of­fi­cers called af­ter clap­ping dur­ing the lat­est No con­fi­dence dis­cus­sion on SBC lead­ers

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - BY carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

Po­lice were called to Scar­bor­ough Town Hall to clear out mem­bers of the public dur­ing the lat­est vote of no con­fi­dence in the coun­cil lead­er­ship.

A vote of no con­fi­dence in Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil’s leader and cabi­net de­scended into farce af­ter po­lice were called fol­low­ing at­tempts to re­move mem­bers of the public for ap­plaud­ing.

Mayor Cllr Martin Smith had warned the 20-strong crowd in the town hall’s public gallery af­ter one round of ap­plause dur­ing the de­bate and when a smaller smat­ter­ing of ap­plause rang out he or­dered the coun­cil cham­ber to be cleared and brought the meet­ing to halt.

The public re­fused to budge and, as coun­cil­lors sheep­ishly min­gled around, FIVE po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived at the town hall.

How­ever, fol­low­ing a 20-minute break the mayor reap­peared and sent the meet­ing straight to a vote.

Ear­lier, the coun­cil­lors had been told that the eight mem­bers of the cabi­net would be al­lowed to vote and, as so the Con­ser­va­tives, along with in­de­pen­dents Vanda In­man, Bill Chatt and Mick Cock­er­ill eas­ily de­feated the UKIP no con­fi­dence mo­tion by 25 votes to 19.

Cllr San Cross brought the mo­tion fol­low­ing votes of no con­fi­dence from Fi­ley and Whitby town coun­cils.

In a terse ex­change he was pressed to clear up “al­le­ga­tions” he had made about the cabi­net on­line, re­gard­ing the Fu­tur­ist and other mat­ters.

Coun­cil leader Cllr Derek Bas­ti­man in dis­miss­ing Cllr Cross said he was “bit­ter” af­ter be­ing voted out in the elec­tions in May. Cllr Cross re­sponded in kind to Cllr Bas­ti­man that he “did not have to an­swer” to him.

Cllr Steve Sid­dons, leader of the Labour Group said: “The vote of no con­fi­dence de­bate pre­dictable turned into a fi­asco as the UKIP Leader had not done his home­work and sub­se­quently lost the vote. How­ever the de­bate has not gone away and a num­ber of key con­cerns are be­ing masked. The coun­cil did noth­ing to al­lay dis­quiet of res­i­dents.”

Although the coun­cil de- feated Fu­tur­ist campaigners, there are ques­tions about the man­ner of do­ing so.

The public in the gallery and, in­set, the po­lice at the town hall

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