Sheep plans at Scarborough
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• Memories of the violent public protests at Shoreham and Brightlingsea are causing Scarborough councillors to reconsider the approval of live sheep exports through Whitby Port. A Hull shipping agent has sought consent for the twice-weekly export of 2,000 sheep (six lorry loads) through the North Yorkshire .port, which was approved for sheep exports in 1980.
The port has no livestock facilities, says Scarborough council's acting technical services director Keith Allen. But he concedes that bringing the business to Whitby would boost local shipping trade and generate much-needed income For the borough.
Councillors must balance this against the possible adverse impact on the area, he says.