As someone who has a close affinity with Whitby, who fondly remembers spending many happy hours fishing at Kiddies Corner as a child, and then enjoyed regular sessions fishing from both piers during my youth, I am horrified that so little has been done ever since then by S.B.C to maintain these jewels in Whitby's crown. Although I have always lived in Middlesbrough, Whitby was always the first place I wanted to go for a family day out. That passion for the place has remained with me all of my life and it is what drew me to attending the pier protest on 2/10/2011. Although I no longer fish from Whitby's piers myself, I am still regularly drawn to the town and if I could afford to, I would choose to spend my remaining years living there. I long to see both piers packed with anglers of all ages and all of them having a great time of it like I used to. Thankfully for me, W.S.A, and the online Whitby Gazette allow me to keep up with what is going on, so I am very grateful to both websites for that. Unfortunately, the occasional day visitors and holidaymakers will probably not be aware of these issues until they arrive in Whitby, and it is sad that many of them will be disappointed that they cannot fish from either of the piers and may not return in future. I also feel for the tackle shop owners who will suffer financially because of these ridiculously ill-timed decisions. Something has got to be done to wrest control from these pen pushing councillors and give more direct power to the people that are directly affected by their decisions, not just the Harbour authority. Proper consultation involving all interested parties would be a good start.