An Invasion of Privacy

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Back to 'it' :

Of interest :

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dumb? @16.43

Q1:  How many task Group Meetings did the Chairman (Deputy Leader of the Labour Group) attend?  "Job descriptions may change ..."

Q : "Cllr. Siddons were you involved?" 

A:  "No."

Thorough etc etc. "complete with regard to every detail; not superficial or partial."

Mind, at the Overview & Scrutiny Board Meeting, (at two minutes notice) Cllr. Siddons (Labour Group Leader) silenced the Minority Report & presentation as prepared by a Task Group member as requested by Chair of Task Group"  as reported by Officer "it would over power the group report, therefore the Minority Report cannot be heard".  

Minutes :

"if you go for expert advice (the Report) ... you would be stupid not to support its recommendations"  Oh.

The ADAS Report?

Commercial activities?  (as sanctioned by Dillys)

Mind the Gaps.

Meeting of the Stakeholders? ' rigorous, in-depth, exhaustive, thoroughgoing, minute, detailed, close, meticulous, scrupulous, assiduous, conscientious, painstaking, methodical, careful, sedulous, complete, comprehensive, elaborate, full, intensive, extensive, widespread, sweeping, searching, all-embracing, all-inclusive"


The 'wiped...'

Not quite the truth reported by SBC .. is it?

TBC ... (to be continued)

PS:  Do the Math & learn to read ;-))

PSS:  About that 'handle' 

Not a chance.

Ports ....

How Now.

The Middle 'finger'.


The fast & the Furious ;-)






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The Plain & Simple

The tall building pictured here is what the consultants say prevents growing seeds due to lack of light:

it needs knocking down...

fascinating ;-0

"1:18am 29th August 2017

(Updated 2:25am 29th August 2017)

At street level, there's nothing special about this road in south-west London. But take a journey 33 metres underground, and you'll see something quite remarkable.

Since 2015, farming company Growing Underground has been growing micro-herbs, including pea-shoots and mustard leaves, in a disused World War II air-raid shelter.

The farm, founded by Steven Dring and Richard Ballard, occupies nearly 1.2 miles of tunnels, which the duo lease from the capital's Transport for London agency.

Mr Dring told Sky News: "We wanted to build something that is grown close to where it is consumed.

"Someone has basically built a big poly-tunnel for us here so all we had to do was add the lights and the LEDs."

Mr Dring and Mr Ballard had originally looked in office buildings for their urban farm. But the tunnels provided a cheap, city-central location which, after six months of refurbishment, now provide an ideal growing environment.

The micro-herbs are grown using a hydroponic system that doesn't use soil. The result is a micro-green that's more consistent in shape and quality than its above-ground cousin. They can also be grown year-round.

Mr Dring said: "One of the benefits of being down here is that we are not affected by adverse weather or the winter months, so we get a lot more crops by growing in a controlled environment like this.

"I think we need to look at innovative ways and embracing agricultural technology and technology to help produce more food locally and in the UK."

This continuity of supply, as well as their geographical proximity to clients, have given this small farm a competitive edge.

For the past year they have provided their greens to top London restaurants and food markets and they have just signed a new contract with a major high street retailer.

Growing Underground's success comes at a time when many other small, British farms are struggling.

Figures from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board indicate more than 1,000 small British farms have closed since 2013.

This led some food policy experts to warn of a looming crisis in the UK's food supply, especially with post-Brexit trade deals yet to be agreed upon.

A new report by from the University of Sussex warned the government is "sleepwalking" into a post-Brexit future where food supply could be insecure, expensive and unsafe.

"The UK's home production has been steadily declining," the report's author Tim Lang wrote.

"It's like the rabbit caught in the headlights with no goals, no leadership, and eviscerated key ministries."

Around one-third of the UK's food is imported from the European Union and it's from the EU that the UK derives its food policies, such as food and farming production standards..."

Lockdown... some kinda strange local media disappearing  acts.

"The evidence they present, in particular the comparisons they make throughout the report between current practices at Manor Road Nursery and practices on a commercial nursery .."

Presentations not allowed...

Oh well.

And the Dean Road Depot site plan is ???



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The Spa & Shape Shifting

"7:20am 8th September 2017

Work to stabilise cliffs at Scarborough's South Bay has taken another step forward.

The project has been given the go-ahead by the borough council's planning committee.

If the spending gets approval by the council itself later in the year, it's hoped the work to the area at the Spa and South Cliff could start early next year and be finished some time in 2019.

It involves driving nails into the soil and putting vertical sheet piling to strengthen the sides of the cliffs.

It will involve some disturbance to the South Cliff and Italian Gardens..."

Stoopidity is no excuse ...


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"One he particularly recalls is ‘The Ghost Man’. “He’d turn up at fairs and suddenly loom up at the side of you and say: ‘Have you anything ghostly?’ I haven’t seen him lately though. I think he may have passed over to the other side. He’s possibly a ghost himself now.” Though clearly not at the Haunted Bookshop."

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An Alternative Reality?

"6:02am 11th September 2017

Scarborough's Manor Road plant nursery is to close and be sold off by the council.

A final decision on the plans announced earlier this year was confirmed last week at a full council meeting.

Instead, plants will be bought in from outside, which is expected to save around £120,000 a year.

Councillor Mike Cockerill said:

"I'm very pleased that the skills of the current staff have been recognised, they'll be redeployed still within that basic area. The intention is that we will market the Manor Road site, and we will merge the operations from the Manor Road site into those at Dean Road.

We referred this to the Overview and Scrutiny Board and they organised a task group which did a tremendous job, but we also brought independent people in with relevant experience. They've proved to us that we can buy plants in and do just as good a job."

Listen to an interview with Councillor Mike Cockerill here... "

No. Thanx.


In the potting shed.

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The Cinder Track

"(Updated 7:10am 14th September 2017)

A task group will be set up to doscuss the future of the Whitby Cinder Track.

Plans for the redevelopment were heard at an Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting yesterday, during which nine members of the public had their say.

The group will be made up of councillors, as it was felt that there was too much information lacking in the plans and no proper funding in place.

Councillor Hazel Lynskey chaired the meeting.

She said:

"We need the officers to give us a report, rather than 500 pages of information. We need to know what they're actually doing, not what they might do.

So many people came and were so passionate about it and I believe we should listen to them. We should include them in the negotiations before we move forward.""

to do 'nothing' is always a strategic option ;-)



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The 'Blooming Marvellous'

Times a wasting ...

"6:01am 14th September 2017
(Updated 7:12am 14th September 2017)

There were gold awards aplenty for the Yorkshire Coast in the recent 'Yorkshire in Bloom.'

The most notable award was for Filey, who claimed gold in Coastal Towns with a population of under 12,000. 

There were plenty of awards for the Yorkshire Coast in the Open Spaces Category. Friends of Filey Parks claimed Platinum whilst there were gold awards for Pannett park in Whitby, Friends of Dean Road & Manor Road Cemeteries in Scarborough, Friends of South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough and Peasholm Park Friends in Scarborough.

There was also a silver gilt for Friends of Falsgrave in Scarborough. 

Proudfoots in Newby was named as joint category winner for Large Business Premises, Basin Howe Farm Cottages in Sawdon claimed gold in the guest houses, holiday cottages and small hotels category while Raithwaite Estate in Whitby was awarded a silver gilt in the large hotels category.

And there was a silver gilt for Friarage School garden in Scarborough in the Harrogate Flower Show Young People's Award. 

Marion Wright is the Chairman of the Filey in Bloom Group. She said:

"There's an awful lot of people that Filey gets left out, that the Scarborough Borough doesn't give enough to Filey.

But we feel it's very, very important that we keep going and visitors always say to us what a lovely town we have and how nice and tidy it is. 

We try to keep the town the best we can and we're always looking for people to help us with extra bits of work.

They can come along and do a few hours work. We're all getting older you see, sow e need other people to help out."

Yawwwnnn ...

Three belts .. one road.

On track.

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Springs & Spokes

"8:00am 7th October 2017

Coast and Dale Bike Library has found a new place to 'lock up' their bikes.

They'll now be chained up at Scarborough's Victorian prison, a grade two listed premises, built in 1866, that was only used as a prison for 12 years before it closed. 

Since then, it has rarely been used, but does have some claims to fame. It was the setting for the 2011 film 'Screwed' starring James D'Arcy and appears in a music video by Beautiful South.  

Little has changed inside the premises since it was used as a prison in the 1800s. Scarborough Borough Council has stepped in and offered the Coast and Dale Bike Library a two year lease on the prison...

"The bike library, which has been running for just over a year, gives the opportunity for people to borrow a bike for free.

Bikes are provided for all ages, including adapted bikes, and some of the bikes will even be stored inside the old prison cells. 

Rob Brown is from Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling, he said:

"We were based at Basics Plus on Salisbury Street in Scarborough at a warehouse they had. 

They have downsized and moved to a smaller premises, so basically we were out of a home. 

We kept looking and then I put out an appeal to Scarborough Borough Council and they didn't want to lose us. 

They suddenly stepped in last minute and said 'Look we've got a building, it's a bit quirky. But come and have a look and see what you think.'

Let's hope that the bikes are safe here! it should be the most secure place! We like to think that because it's a service for everybody, there's no cost to it, we would hope that everybody would respect that, and not wish to break into prisons, whereas years ago people may have wanted to break out of them!""

lol ..   counting crows

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HLF - Parks for People

"The Cabinet is recommended to:

1.  Aprpove proceeding with the development stage of the Saving South Cliff Gardens project

2.  Accept £334,200 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Funding for the Saving South Cliff Gardens project Stage 2 development

3.  Approve the allocation of £90,000 towards the development stage of the scheme to be funded from the Capital Revenue Reserve as approved by Full Council (ref 17/58)

4.  Approve entering into a contract with Southern Green Ltd to undertake the stage 2 development work and the option to instruct the delivery of Stage 3 should the stage 2 bid be successful.

5.  Note that the maximum grant the HLF can award of £5m has been applied for and provide a formal commitment to the the HLF to underwrite any further increae in costs to stage 3 provided that the Council and the HLF have made a decision that the project should proceed to Stage 3.

Provision of this commitment is a condition of the grant and the Leader is asked to note the strategy within the report to ensure costs remain within budget."


"To save the unique and enchanting heritage of South Cliff Gardens from a point of critical decline and to beathe new life into the Gardens so they appeal to 21st Century communities and become a vibrant and well used park again"

It's like poets corner innit ...'unique and enchanting'  hmmm

The Public Reports Pack ;-0

Thou must not scratch ...

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The Spa Season - STEM

"We are so proud to sponsor Scarborough Engineering Week for the sixth year running. Come down to Scarborough Spa to find out more about our Project and the #STEM training and employment opportunities available to young people in the area. We're here until Thursday."

Hmmm ... Gatecrashers:

Darned Asteroids ...

"In addition to ensuring a stable orbit, redirecting the asteroid mass to a distant retrograde orbit around the moon also will ensure it will not hit Earth."

A squeeze a day.

Ah, so ...

Oh,OK: YCR having much fun ;-0

"1:23pm 11th October 2017
(Updated 3:52pm 11th October 2017)

A three-day annual event designed to show how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can make a difference in the real world, is taking place at Scarborough Spa.

It's to inspire students and their families to consider the exciting opportunities that studying and working in STEM open up to them.

Now in its eighth year, the event was founded in 2010 by The Scarborough Business Ambassadors with huge support from Unison Ltd, Scarborough Borough Council and NYBEP Ltd, was and is driven by the need to promote careers in engineering and the local progression routes available to improve recruitment in the sector.

Empowering young people to take control of their future in an ever-changing world is essential for successful futures, especially as they progress to careers which do not yet exist, use technology not yet invented and solve problems we do not even yet know are problems. This is at the heart of Scarborough Engineering Week (SEW)."


ya have to push the LISTEN button to get the full 'excitement' of the event.

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Blackie is Back

"A village petrol station is to be taken over by a community group in a bid to save it from closure.

The Upper Dales Community Partnership (UDCP) has taken out a three-year lease on the Dale Head Garage in Hawes.

Had the petrol station closed people living in the village faced a 36-mile round trip to buy fuel.

During the tenure it hopes to buy the site via a community share offer, and install a 24-hour self-service pump along with an electric charging point.

John Blackie, councillor and executive chair of the partnership, said: "The petrol station is hugely important to Hawes. It fuels every day life, business and tourism in the area.""


Unlike shale gas ...

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The Lavender Hill Mob

"Taking a stroll up on South Cliff I became aware of the hundreds of commemorative seats occupying every available space alongside the footpaths.

I felt like I was walking through the memorial gardens of a cemetery or crematorium, a bit depressing really.

Are so many of these seats really necessary or could it be that they are there to provide a nice income for the council and their seat manufacturers?"



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Soap Stabilisation

"The £14.7m project aims to stabilise the cliffs that overlook the Victorian entertainment venue.

An exhibition is being held at South Cliff Methodist Hall to give residents a chance to comment before a final planning application is made.

The Scarborough South Cliff scheme also aims to make improvements to the sea wall.

In a report, Scarborough Borough Council said the South Cliff area is inherently unstable and has witnessed major landslides, including in 1737 when the cliff collapsed destroying the previous spa buildings.

In 1993, a hotel, about a kilometre away, was destroyed in another incident, it said.

Part of the plan is to reinforce the cliff face with steel piles to prevent further landslides.

Another report in 2014 claimed any cliff collapse could result in the loss of the Grade II-listed spa building and put about 380 cliff-top residences at risk."

Meanwhile, less than a 'kilometer' to the left:

"The Secretary of State has been asked to call-in the decision to grant planning permission to demolish Scarborough's Futurist Theatre.

It's after Friday's vote by the council's planning committee to approve the methodology of knocking it down.

The Theatre's Trust is one of the bodies asking for it to be looked at..."

ie Cinema Theatre Association:

"Yesterday the Theatres Trust released this statement:

“We are extremely disappointed that Scarborough Borough Council has decided to approve the demolition of the Futurist Theatre, on our Theatres at Risk Register.

Retention and reuse of the landmark Futurist as a performance venue had such clear public support, and was a real opportunity for the Council to listen to the wishes of its community.

We have requested that the planning application be called-in by the Secretary of State, and are awaiting their decision on the matter.”

It’s particularly disappointing for the valiant local campaigns led by @savethefuturist supported by the Theatres Trust, the Cinema Theatre Association, Save Britain’s Heritage and the 20C Society, and not helped by the unwillingness of Historic England to list the building on every one of the four applications whilst it has been on the Theatre Buildings at Risk register.

This is the last and finest of local architect Frank Tugwell’s theatres in Scarborough, where they demolished his Royal Opera House (1877) in 2004 for a casino, but thankfully his London Savoy Theatre and York Theatre Royal, both Listed Grade II* survive.

The Futurist was built originally for film opening in 1903. Its fine Edwardian-Baroque-style façade survives behind the 1960’s cladding which could again make an important architectural contribution to the appearance of Scarborough historic sea-front promenade.

It could provide summer and winter entertainment again for everyone, rather than the fair weather theme park planned by the council, and at much less cost than the estimated £4million price for shoring up the cliff behind! It is extraordinary that a local authority can find this money for a speculative development apparently without having a signed agreement with any developer."

Not quite rocket science is it?

Oh we do like to Geek beside the seaside ...

About that Super Zenith 450

(Planning Approval for the South Cliff Stabilisation was passed on 7th September 2017)

Had the decision on the Futurist gone the other way there would be a case for Judicial Review. As it stands tis legless.

Mind that Super Zenith 450 is worth a squeeze

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Cracker Jacks

One for all the Coastal Geeks ;-0

Of interest (to some) 

Coastal Inspection Reports - Staithes to Flamborough  Head - SBC 2016


Winding the neck in, moi?


How, Now.

About installing those fresh water taps... for rinsing ones sandy toes on't South Bay?

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Flamborough Flags It

"9:29am 31st October 2017

Flamborough's South Landing Nature Trail has to close temporarily for access improvements. 

The work's being carried out by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and that means there will be restricted access to the site until Christmas.

It's due to the fact that the surface of the nature trail has deteriorated over the past few years, resulting in the surface becoming unusable, especially for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. 

The improvements to the trail will result in a smooth surface and several drains will also be installed ti help prevent the surface eroding in the future. 

Work will start on Monday 6 November and will be carried out from 8.00am until 4.00pm from Monday to Friday. 

Outside of these times, the site will be open to visitors as normal. Access from the car park to the beach will not be affected. 

James Taylor, countryside access officer for the council, said:

“The access improvements that will be starting soon are great news and will benefit everyone who uses the site.

We apologise that the site will have to be closed for a while but the safety of visitors is of course paramount.

Once completed, the newly -surfaced nature trail will be accessible for all for many years to come.”

Oh. Darn it....

The Complete Guide to Needlework.

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Pride & Priviledge

"Previous studies had shown that sheep could identify other sheep and human handlers that they already knew"

"6:03am 8th November 2017

The stabilisation of the cliffs behind the Scarborough Spa is expected to be completed by July 2019. 

That's according to Councillor Mike Cockerill, who's been speaking to us after the full council meeting on Monday (6 November) in which the £16 million scheme to stabilise the cliffs was passed.

It's thought that the cliffs behind the spa are at risk of mudslides and landslides. 

The report that was put in front of council highlighted some key risks to the development which include:

  •  Financial risk to the Council due to cost overrunning on the scheme;
  • Loss of life, injury to persons, or damage to property due to wave overtopping;
  • Loss of life, injury to persons, or damage to infrastructure, assets and property due to landsliding; ..."


Odd Bod Alert:

Oh, OK :