Northstead through and through Eric Broadbent
I have lived in the Northstead area for most of my life, and am very much aware of local residents’ needs and concerns: poor bus services, speeding traffic, and a lack of affordable homes.
we have achieved a great deal in partnership with residents, to tackle crime and drug dealing
Most of you will already know me as someone who works hard for our local community, as your county councillor and borough councillor. I pledge to you that if elected again to Scarborough borough, I will fight just as hard for local issues and will be accessible to you and reply to any concern that you raise with me within a week.
In Northstead, I am an active member of the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, who keep our historical graveyards in good order. The Friends organise trips for school children to explain the history of the cemetery, and raise money through open days for shrub and flower planting that enhances the whole area. I am also involved in the latest campaign to convert the old Dean Road Chapel into a community hub. The Heritage Lottery Fund is advising us on securing funding to convert this beautiful old building
I am also a member of RAFTS, the residents and friends of Trafalgar Square, where we have achieved a great deal in partnership with residents, to tackle crime and drug dealing.
I’ll continue to promote the north side of Scarborough, and fight for investment that will enhance our neighbourhoods and provide much-needed year-round jobs for our youngsters.
I have been an active Labour Party member since the mid-80’s, was mayor of Scarborough Borough in 2004-5, and fought the Scarborough and Whitby seat for Labour in the 2017 general election. I have been a Scarborough borough councillor for 28 years, since 1991, and North Yorkshire county councillor since 2001. I led the Scarborough Labour councillors for 12 years, and I’m currently the North Yorkshire County Labour Group Leader.
I am married to Lynne, with three grown up children, and have lived in the Northstead area for most of my life. I attended Northstead School, and was followed there by my children and my grandchildren, so I consider myself to be Northstead through and through. I achieved my Engineering City and Guilds certificate at Scarborough Technical College. For most of my working life I was a coach-builder at Plaxtons, and an active trade unionist. I was elected Senior Union Rep for over 1,000 local employees, and later awarded an outstanding service certificate from the TUC for being the Scarborough and District Trades Council secretary for 18 years.