Tory and Green elected to civic roles

by Dave Barry 

Cllr Joe Plant has been elected as mayor of the borough of Scarborough for 2018-19.

He was born in Whitby and lives in the town with his wife Margaret, who will be the mayoress. They have a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Cllr Plant studied catering at Scarborough Technical College. His first job was as an apprentice chef at a Whitby hotel. He worked for various local companies in Whitby and served in the Territorial Army.

He was first elected to the borough council as a Conservative member for Whitby’s West Cliff ward in 2003. He was deputy mayor in 2014/15.

He has chaired the resources overview and scrutiny committee and been the cabinet member for transformation.

He has been the county councillor for the Whitby Streonshalh division since 2009.

Cllr Plant has served as a governor of Airy Hill primary school, which he attended. He is a founder member of the Friends of Pannett Park and sits on their management committee. He championed Whitby’s skatepark, which opened in 2008.

In his spare time, he enjoys walking, photography, gardening and computing.

Cllr Plant said: “I am incredibly honoured to become the borough mayor. Together, Margaret and I will uphold the value and traditions of this prestigious role and promote the borough in every way we can. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and the opportunity to meet the many unsung heroes that do so much for our communities. We have chosen Healthy Heart as our theme for the year and will be supporting and raising awareness of local heart nurses delivering patient care and support and associated charities”.

Cllr Plant took over from Cllr Martin Smith who was mayor for the previous 12 months.


(Sub-heading) Deputy mayor

Cllr Dilys Cluer, the new deputy mayor, grew up in London and lived in Brighton and Chesterfield before settling in Scarborough in 1986.

She gained a 2:1 degree in classics at Cambridge and a PGCE which led to a career in teaching, including six years at Scarborough Sixth Form College. She still teaches Latin online.

As a passionate vegan, Cllr Cluer maintains her family's values of integrity, diligence, peace and love of nature.

She joined the Green Party in 1979. In 1989 she became a member of the Religious Society of Friends and is both clerk and an elder of the local Quakers.

Cllr Cluer has served on Scarborough Council for the Stepney ward since 2007.

In her spare time she sings with Scarborough Choral Society and enjoys reading, gardening and learning languages.

Her husband and consort, Chris Phillips, has lived in Scarborough since 1990. A philatelist since childhood, he is a key member of the philatelic societies of Scarborough and Bridlington. 

A retired maths teacher and educational book salesman, Chris has acted with Phoenix Drama. 

He enjoys photography and networking online with others around the world that share his values and interests.

Cllr Cluer said: “Through our duties we shall be glad to meet some of the many people who make our borough a happier, healthier place”.

 New role

* The new mayor and mayoress will be accompanied at events and functions throughout the mayoral year by police cadet Mally Leybourn, of Scarborough.

Mally, 17, will act as an ambassador for his cadet group and the borough.

His duties will include socialising, speaking to members of the public, helping with prize draws and charity events and giving readings at church services.