When the west pier first closed in early September it seemed as though everyone in Whitby were getting together and putting up a united front to do something about it, including the Whitby Gazette. How quickly things change. The Facebook Save Whitby Piers page seems to be full of stuff that has nothing to do with the piers or even Whitby. The piers hardly get a mention these days in the Whitby Gazette. The town is heading for a long, cold winter. The economy of the town is based on visitors coming and spending money in the town. If they don't, it affects all of us. Even it you don't use the pier yourself, it's closure will affect you. How many of our local businesses will close down this winter? Will next summer see the opening of more charity shops in place of the shops the locals need? How many of your family and friends work in business that could close down? If visitors don't come to Whitby, they won't be using our cafe's and resturants, putting petrol in their cars while they are here, buying a newspaper, doing a bit of shopping. Local people will lose their jobs. The co-op redundancies is only the start of it. Will the visitors who have stopped coming, ever come back or will they have found somewhere else to go? Weeks ago we were fed the story that a temporary bridge would be put up, so we all sat back and shut up. Where is it? It would take a scaffolding company a couple of hours to put it up. A couple of hours that could save so many jobs and save our town. The weeks go by and it has become more and more forgotten. Well when we can't go and buy what we need in Whitby, when our children have to move away to get a job, when our facilities are not there anymore, who will we have to blame? Not SBC. Whitby will only have itself to blame for putting up and shutting up and not bothering anymore.