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Withernsea
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Pier Towers, Withernsea
Withernsea shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 6,159 (2011 census)
OS grid reference TA344277
• London 150 mi (240 km) S
Civil parish
  • Withernsea
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WITHERNSEA
Postcode district HU19
Dialling code 01964
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
  • Beverley and Holderness
List of places
UK
England
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Withernsea is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, and forms the focal point for a wider community of small villages in Holderness. Its most famous landmark is the white inland lighthouse, rising around 127 feet (39 m) above Hull Road. The lighthouse – no longer active – now houses a museum to 1950s actress Kay Kendall, who was born in the town.

The Prime Meridian crosses the coast to the north-west of Withernsea.

According to the 2011 UK census, Withernsea parish had a population of 6,159, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 5,980.

History

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St Nicholas' Church

Like many seaside resorts, Withernsea has a wide promenade which reaches north and south from Pier Towers, the historic entrance to the pier, built in 1877 at a cost of £12,000. The pier was originally 399 yards (365 metres) long, but was gradually reduced in length through several impacts by local ships, starting with the Saffron in 1880 before the collision by an unnamed ship in 1888, again by a Grimsby fishing boat and again by the Henry Parr in 1893, leaving the once grand pier with a mere 50 feet (15 metres) of damaged wood and steel, which was removed in 1903. The Pier Towers have been refurbished.

During the mid-19th century the Hull and Holderness Railway was constructed, connecting the nearby city of Hull with Withernsea (via Keyingham and Patrington) and making possible cheap and convenient holidays for Victorian workers and their families, as well as boosting Withernsea's economy. It closed in 1964 and all that remains of it is an overgrown footpath where the track used to be.

Withernsea, like many British resorts, has suffered from a decline in the number of visiting holidaymakers.

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Withernsea sea front

Landmarks

Withernsea Lighthouse
Withernsea Lighthouse

Some of the town's better-known tourist attractions and landmarks include:

  • The lighthouse situated on Hull Road with a museum dedicated to the actress Kay Kendall.
  • The Pier Towers leading onto a Blue Flag beach.
  • Valley Gardens with a large square and outside stage for local events and celebrations.
  • Various amusement arcades (informally known as 'muggies') that line the road opposite the Valley Gardens.
  • An RNLI lifeboat museum.
  • The parish church of St Nicholas, a Grade II* listed building.
  • The Greenwich Meridian; Just outside the town.

Withernsea Town Council

Withernsea Town Council has been in existence since 1986 and contains 11 councillors; 5 from the North Ward and 6 from the South. Preceding the Town Council was the Withernsea Parish Council which existed from 1984-1986 and preceding that was the Withernsea Urban District Council which existed from 1898-1974.

The current Mayor of Withernsea is Cllr. Matthew Lloyd who has been Mayor since May 2016 and his current term ends in May 2017. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr. Terry Dagnell.

The next full council election is due to take place in 2019 when all councillors will be up for election. Here are the results of the last full council election and the subsequent by-elections:

Withernsea Town Council election 5 May 2011 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Anne Blake 254
James Arthur Blake 140
Loraine Frances Clark 133
Gordon Mervyn Hodgson 300
Terry Render 307
Independent John Windas 467
Married father of one daughter Stewart Winters 186

For the North Ward the following were elected: Anne Blake, Gordon Mervyn Hodgson, Terry Render, John Windas, and Stewart Winters.

Withernsea Town Council election 5 May 2011 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Brian Michael Cloke 307
Graham John Gibson 216
Keith Hardcastle 474
Heather Jean Hilton 172
Michael Kevan Hough 360
Georgie Owens 324
Patrick Michael Spicer 335
Sandra White 191
Independent Stuart Woodruff 470

For the South Ward the following were elected: Brian Michael Cloke, Keith Hardcastle, Michael Kevan Hough, Georgie Owens, Patrick Michael Spicer, and Stuart Woodruff.

A by-election for the North ward was called following the resignation of Terry Render.

Withernsea Town Council by-election 20 December 2012 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Fiona Edgington 64 48.48%
Callum Hollingworth 67 50.76%
Majority 3 2.28%
Turnout 132 5.4%

The following was elected for the North Ward: Callum Hollingworth.

A by-election was called for the South Ward following the resignation of Stuart Woodruff.

Withernsea Town Council by-election 21 February 2013 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Fiona Edgington Uncontested

The following was elected in the South Ward by-election: Fiona Edgington.

A by-election was called for the South Ward following the resignation of Michael Kevan Hough.

Withernsea Town Council by-election 24 July 2014 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Edwards 67 28.76%
Matthew Lloyd 99 42.49%
Alisdair James Watson 67 28.76%
Majority 32 13.73%
Turnout 233 8.92%

The following was elected for the South Ward: Matthew Lloyd.

A by-election for the North Ward was called following the resignation of John Windas

Withernsea Town Council by-election 21 August 2014 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Edwards Uncontested

The following was elected for the North Ward: Dave Edwards.

A by-election for the South Ward was called following the resignation of Fiona Garnett (née Edgington)

Withernsea Town Council election 21 August 2014 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Peter David Millard 72 34.95%
John Michael Tasker 79 38.35%
Alisdair James Watson 55 26.7% -2.6%
Majority 7 3.4%
Turnout 207 7.9% -1.02%

The following was elected for the South Ward: John Michael Tasker.

The full council elections due to be held on 7 May were unconstested.

Withernsea Town Council election 7 May 2015 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Terry Dagnall UNCONTESTED
Keith Hardcastle UNCONTESTED
Matthew Lloyd UNCONTESTED
Patrick Michael Spicer UNCONTESTED
John Tasker UNCONTESTED
Majority
Turnout

Terry Dagnall, Keith Hardcastle, Matthew Lloyd, Patrick Michael Spicer and John Tasker were subsequently elected. Brian Cloke was co-opted to fill the sixth seat.

Withernsea Town Council election 7 May 2015 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Pete Barker UNCONTESTED
Dave Edwards UNCONTESTED
Silvia Lafleur UNCONTESTED
Stewart Anthony Winters UNCONTESTED
Majority
Turnout

Pete Barker, Dave Edwards, Silvia Lafleur and Stewart Anthony Winters were duly elected. Gary Chambers was co-opted to fill the fifth seat.

A by-election for the North Ward was called following the resignation of Pete Barker.

Withernsea Town Council by-election 26 November 2015 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Loraine Frances Clark 46 26.14%
Patrick Wilkinson 130 73.86%
Majority 84 47.8%
Turnout 176 8%

Patrick Wilkinson was duly elected. Note when he was elected he was the youngest Councillor in the UK aged just 18 years and 43 days old.

A by-election was called following the resignation of Gary Chambers

Withernsea Town Council by-election 30th June 2016 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Darren England UNCONTESTED
Majority
Turnout

Darren England was duly elected

A by election was called following the resignation of Patrick Spicer

Withernsea Town Council by-election 15th September 2016 South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
David Hillman-Barnett 38 22.75%
Eric Leslie Saxby 129 77.24%
Majority 91 54.5%
Turnout 167 6.1%

A by-election was called following the resignation of Silvia LaFleur and Darren England.

Withernsea Town Council by-election 3rd November 2016 North Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lucy Carter 100 39.53%
Independent David Hillman-Barnett 57 22.53% -0.22%
Felicity Walmsley 96 37.94%
Majority
Turnout 7.3%

Lucy Carter and Felicity Walmsley were duly elected.

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