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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Yawwn ...

The Cold Light of Day

"Kevin said:

"It's not about preferring gas to renewable energy, we need renewable energy as well, that's the future. 

But they can't be everything in the present time. We'll need gas in any circumstance for 20, 30, 40 years. 

I absolutely defend the right of anybody to peacefully protest against something they don't want.

I support that 100%. What I don't agree with is when people then take illegal action like blocking the highway, locking themselves onto gates or equipment."

Erm, more to the point why should the UK import gas at other nations exploitation & expense?

That Q remains unanswered.


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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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Talking Shops

"three strikes and out rule".

"If they park on council land or private land more than three times, can we give police the power to take those assets and sell them for the good of the community and clear up some of the mess it's left behind?"

"I can therefore announce that the government intends to consult on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised developments and encampments.

"And we want to seek views on whether there is anything that would ensure existing powers can be used more effectively.

"But let me be clear, this is not a signal to local authorities and the police that they should wait for the outcome of such a consultation - they have the powers to act and we expect them to act."

"Now it doesn't take a mathematical genius to work out that if something like 0.1% of the population in England and Wales is a Traveller or Gypsy, and if 5% of the prison population identify themselves as Gypsies or Travellers we've got a massive problem in terms of crime," he told the Commons...."

Except they are not 0.1% of the population... and the other 95% are?

"The term traveller refers to anyone who has a nomadic way of life. It can not only refer to Irish Travellers or Romany Gypsies, but also those who live on the road for economic reasons such as New Travellers or Showmen."

"Irish Travellers mainly came to England after the potato famine in the 1850s and then after World War II, when men came over to build motorways and work as labourers."

There's no fear of that eh?

Good Morning World ;-)

"What I don't agree with is when people then take illegal action like blocking the highway, locking themselves onto gates or equipment.."

Erm, Authoritarian Hypocrisy in action ...

How about if the local Council parks a development on your land can we seize their assets? Sell them for the good of the community and clear up some of the mess it's left behind?"

Hmmm ...


"Voters may balk at the higher taxes required, with the report earmarking a massive reduction in the personal tax allowance from the current rate of £11,500 to as little as £4,300 to pay for the changes.

Steady increases to the threshold at which people start paying income tax have proven popular in polling, while the Conservatives claim about 4 million people have been lifted out of income tax altogether since 2010. Lowering the rate by £7,200 would also set the personal allowance at a level unseen since the turn of the millennium."

The Nanny state?  Makes North Korea & Weinstein look quite inviting.


Oops. Someone has to say 'it'. Ya know those 'it'  gals ...


To market to market ...

How Now ... about that Cake.


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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 Upper Dales

"...Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) narrowly voted to ask the Government to trial huge council tax hikes for second homes within the Park in December.

The plan, which would equate to an annual £8,500 tax bill for a Band D property, is part of radical new approach to attract more young families, and while initial talks with district councils have been supportive - RDC will only formerly debate the proposals at its council meeting next month.

In his resignation letter, Coun Blackie wrote: “I am passionate supporter of young families in the Upper Dales with a 20+ year track record I am very proud of in promoting their best interests – so I cannot stand idly by and watch such a misguided and ill-researched, back of an envelope policy emerge without taking personal action to try to prevent the adverse and unintended consequences it will undoubtedly cause.”

Carl Lis, chairman of the YDNPA, has previously acknowledged the value of second home owners, but said permanent residents “would very likely contribute much more”.

The Harolds' shed

"He said: “It has now been put into the garden - although it is a really big shed it is permitted in the garden.”"

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Ghost Busters

"1:53pm 18th October 2017

North Yorkshire Police, working in partnership with major statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations including health, local government and local businesses, have launched a Modern Slavery Partnership for North Yorkshire.

Announcing the launch of the Partnership on Anti-Slavery day (Wednesday 18 October 2017) Detective Inspector John Freer, lead in force for modern slavery and human trafficking, said:

“North Yorkshire Police is keen to work with local organisations and businesses, to raise awareness of the fact that North Yorkshire is not untouched by modern slavery and to work together eradicate the crime.

People have the belief that slavery exists only in densely populated areas and cities, which isn’t the case. Modern slavery can be found in towns and villages, rural and isolated areas. The Partnership’s aim is to work with private, public and voluntary organisations throughout the region to equip them with the knowledge to be able to recognise the signs of modern slavery, how to prevent and stop it and how to support its victims.”

Professor Gary Craig, Professor Emeritus of Social Justice, WISE, University of Hull, who is involved in the development of the Partnership, said:

“Modern slavery can be found anywhere in the county and city. Everyone can have a role in combating slavery by knowing what it looks like, recognising it when they see it and then taking action by reporting it to the police or local authorities.”

Modern slavery has increasingly been recognised as a very serious issue in the UK, leading to the passage of a Modern Slavery Act in 2015, which gives many organisations the knowledge and access to expertise to combat this appalling crime.

Although precise figures are not known, on a pro rata basis, there are likely to be several hundred people in some form of modern slavery in the North Yorkshire/York area at any one time, with upwards of 30,000 across the whole of the country, according to latest estimates from the National Crime Agency.

Modern slavery covers forms of serious sexual and physical exploitation such as human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude, cannabis farming, car washes, child labour and organ trafficking. The Partnership is keen to point out that modern slavery may be found in any economic activity including hospitality and leisure, agriculture, construction, care, food production and fishing.

Already some groups across the county have taken action to raise awareness of modern slavery and combat it through their work. Both of York’s Universities have planted modern slavery roses in dedicated gardens to raise awareness amongst their students of the issue and the Monkbar Hotel in York, owned by the Shiva group, has trained its staff to recognise and act on the indicators of modern slavery.

The Partnership will formally be launched at its next meeting in early November. Organisations wishing to be involved in its work are encouraged to contact Detective Inspector John Freer at john.freer@northyorkshire.pnn.police.ukor Professor Gary Craig at

For more information on recognising the signs of modern slavery go to the North Yorkshire Police website the Modern Slavery helpline website"

Spot the Fog ...



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Pitch & Putt

"Brown, of Dickens Road, Malton, who ran Roomz Ltd, formerly More Happiness Ltd, a real estate management company based in York, for three-and-a-half years until it collapsed last July, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply it to others...

Half the 85g of the drug was high purity, the rest was street deal level purity, and he had texts relating to drug dealing on his mobile phone. He told police he had got into debt through a failed business, needed money to pay the debts, so started selling cocaine.

"“You have much to offer your local community and I certainly hope that is what you will continue to do,” the judge told Brown.

He ordered Brown to do 300 hours’ unpaid work to the community on top of what he was already doing."

"The new kiosk will become a one-stop shop for selling tickets for the pleasure boats, Naval Warfare shows and for hiring pitch and putt equipment. It will also continue to sell ice creams, hot and cold drinks and light snacks during the summer season and main holiday periods..."

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Grand Designs

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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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Coastal Communities Funding

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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 :


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Paddle Faster ... I hear Zip Wires

"Whilst this is unusual, insofar as the restoration works could simply involve clearance of the structures from the lake and park, the demolition works are required to facilitate the replacement deck and shelter, and hence the reason for these works being the restoration scheme.

"The new shelter will not be a replica of the existing boathouse, which itself has been the subject of alterations of time, but it is proposed that it be built in a similar style, taking influence from the Japanese themed structures positioned throughout the park."

"Ten members of the public objected to the demolition.

One wrote: "Do not spoil Peasholm Park. Keep it as it is. I have come every year since 1976."

At the meeting, Cllr David Billing expressed his surprise at some people who had questioned the need for the demolition.

He said: "I read some comments that said 'how do we know it needs demolishing?'.

"To them I would say just go down and look at it.

"You do not need to be a structural engineer to see that it is falling into the lake and there is bits falling off it."

Obviously the bespoke joinery company that won the contract woud be very proud to announce  award of such a prestigous project.

"We are sure that local people will jump at the opportunity to become involved in this wonderful project and learn about their heritage."

How Now.

"At the highest point of an island in an ornamental lake, it dates from when Tuckers Field was laid out as Japanese-style gardens. It will be rebuilt to George W Alderson's original design, for a grand reopening next summer.

The 309,500 grant will also pay for the willow pattern footbridge to be restored, allowing visitors to cross onto the island and sit in the black, green and red structure.

The cascade from the top of the island into the lake will also once again run at full capacity..."

Not to be missed ;-)

"Ice Cream, Anyone?

Other venues in and around the park included the Buttercup Kiosk (still operating today), and Cotswold Farm,  whivh was located in the approach to the former Mr Marvel’s fun park, adjacent to Peasholm Park. The farm, which was basically a kiosk, produced the largest ice creams I have ever seen, in huge hand-rolled wafer cornets, made on the premises. Other kiosks included a nearby sweetshop and an outlet overlooking the North Bay itself. This was part of the former Corner Cafe complex.

There was also an aviary in Peasholm Park, long since gone, along with putting greens and the boat deck, all still doing well. Brass band concerts took place on Sundays, from the lake’s bandstand. This was reached by the band members using the motor launch that belonged to the boat deck – I often wondered what would happen if any of the band members fell in the lake!"



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Keros On Ice

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Forward Planning Ooozo

"We have apple, cherry, and quince," says Fritz Bernhard. "We make juice, and schnapps, but only for ourselves."

His farm, located a few kilometres north of the Swiss capital Berne, is benefitting from a direct payments scheme.

An orchard of fruit trees, all ancient species, brings much needed income for him and his family. But the fruit itself has no commercial value.

Instead Fritz is being paid for biodiversity: these tree species would be extinct in Switzerland if they relied on market forces for their survival..."

"Switzerland's farmers, most of whom work small, geographically difficult plots of land, have felt the chill wind of the global market, and realised they cannot compete.

"Costs in Switzerland are very high," explains Beat Röösli of the Swiss Farmers' Union.

Nevertheless he points out, no country wants to produce no food at all. "If we want to produce at least a part of the public consumption it's necessary to have public support of some kind..."

"If we maintain a beautiful landscape, we can also request a salary, a certain remuneration for that," explains Mr Röösli.

Tourists, he adds, expect to see a cultivated countryside in Switzerland. "If they want to see wilderness they go to Canada, they go to Russia..."

"In Switzerland we're many people in a small country, we have good jobs, we have high salaries" he points out. "So you see people have money to invest in nice things like landscape. I'm not sure if in Great Britain people are so willing to spend their taxes for these public goods."

Hmmm ...

“It was a walk in the mountain air that inspired the prime minister to call a general election, so I am discouraging her from taking any strolls,” the chancellor quipped."

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"Your article ‘Questions posed over £9 million waterpark loan’ asks if the council should have taken a legal charge over the waterpark as security for its loan of public money? Given the secrecy surrounding the arrangements made between the council and Benchmark Leisure it’s difficult to know whether the council’s cabinet or the opposition Labour councillors are correct.

However, I think that there are additional issues regarding the North Bay development generally:

1) In these times of austerity, was it appropriate to risk £9 million of public money funding a luxury private waterpark?

2) The waterpark opened several months later than originally scheduled in 2016. The completion date for Benchmark’s current project of the multiplex cinema/restaurants/apartments has also already been postponed from autumn 2018 to Easter 2019.

The wellness spa at the waterpark still hasn’t opened despite featuring in its publicity map since 2016.

3) The council’s capital budget plan includes spending £500,000 to demolish the old indoor pool building before selling the site to Benchmark as “special purchaser”.

However, the site is only adjacent to (and therefore not already part of the Benchmark Development Agreement land) so why are Benchmark being treated as a special purchaser?

If the council really wants to sell the land at market value why is it not being offered on the open market to the highest bidder? Why is the taxpayer funding the demolition work?

4) The closure of the old indoor pool and its gym has left North Bay residents with no publicly funded sports facilities for health and fitness in their neighbourhood.

I think that £500,000 would be better spent on repairing the old indoor pool and reopening it rather than demolishing it.

5) Benchmark are proposing to convert some land next to the waterpark into a glamping site.

The council’s planning application website shows 30 objections to this project, primarily from neighbouring residents."


Worth a visit.

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Yorkshire in Bloom

"3:03pm 8th February 2018

Filey in Bloom volunteers have been nominated to represent Yorkshire in this year’s National Britain in Bloom Competition.

Following their Gold Medal winning performance in the regional heats of Yorkshire in Bloom last summer, the group are now setting their sights higher as they compete, once again, on the national stage. 

In 2016 Filey were awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society judges and Chairman of Filey in Bloom, Marion Wright, is hoping that the town can keep up this excellent standard.

She said:

"We are very excited and proud to be representing Yorkshire in the Small Coastal category of Britain in Bloom.

But we know how much hard work lies ahead of us.

However, our wonderful volunteers will pull out all the stops over the next few months and with the help of all the community groups in the town, and all the partner organisations we work with, I'm sure we will do Filey proud, once again, when the results are announced in autumn".

Filey in Bloom are currently working on organising working parties, social events and fund raising activities for the coming year and would like to hear from anyone who is able to help in any way.

Mrs. Wright added:

"You don't have to be an expert gardener to help out.

Just a willingness to get involved in whatever way you can would help us greatly.

Our ultimate aim is to keep Filey on the national bloom "map" by making sure our beautiful town is at its best throughout the summer but especially when the Royal Horticultural Society Judges visit us in early August."

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The Vexatious List

"Dear ** ******

Reference is made to the emails you have sent to all Borough Councillors, and in which you make very serious allegations as well as disparaging and defamatory comments.


If you have evidence to support your allegations of criminal behaviour then you should contact the police using the non-emergency telephone number 101.

If you believe the Councillors against whom you make your allegations are in breach of the Council’s Code of Conduct and can provide evidence to support this then you should make a formal standards complaint via the Council’s website at:

Please refrain from sending further emails of a similar nature and direct any future communications through the correct channels as set out above.

Defamatory Comments

Your allegations are being made without the support of evidence, and the content of your emails contains defamatory statements. This is causing considerable anxiety, nuisance and distress. This is heightened because you are sending your communications to multiple recipients.

Please note that your emails have been passed to the North Yorkshire Police, who are currently reviewing the evidence in relation to harassment.

Unreasonably Persistent and Unreasonable Complaint Behaviour

Needless to say the Council does not expect its staff or members to tolerate unacceptable behaviour by complainants or any customer.

The Council has in place a policy for dealing with unreasonably persistent and unreasonable complaint behaviour. This policy is derived from the Local Government Ombudsman and has been adopted by the Council. A copy of the policy can be accessed via the following link:

Should you continue to send emails or other correspondence containing unsubstantiated allegations and defamatory statements, the Council will consider applying the above policy. This will mean that your access to Officers and Elected Members will be restricted. The Council will also pass the correspondence to the police.

It is repeated that should you have evidence to support your allegations, then you should pursue this through the appropriate channels as set out above.

Scarborough Borough Council"

Clearly to publish the names on the vexatious list would be a breach of the ICO & may hinder/prejudice ongoing investigations.

PS I should add that all Councillors prior to 2015 know of the Vexatious list.   To all new Councillors those on the Vexatious List have yet to be confirmed.

No change without challenge :-)

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Peasholm Pods & Bods

"Peter Croft, on 12th February 2018 5:59pm

The minutes of an SBC meeting highlight the cost of dredging was £232000.
The money was obtained from the COASTAL & FLOOD DEFENSE FUND.
Dredging to allow sufficient depth for pleasure boats and warfare re enactments seems to be a very long way from defending our coastline
Finally 22 miles away in Whitby where £9 million pounds is required to repairthe piers, the council has not got past the planning phase and the council is £3 million pounds short to fund the project? Where is the Level playing field, what’s more important a pond with rowing boats or 200 properties at risk of flooding." ???

Erm, a pond with rowing boats.


Oooh ....  a Tour de Peasholm for les enfants.

Ah, so ...

"Following a pursuit, the pair were detained with no injuries. However, one was rather wet.

The park was busy at the time, so I’d like to reassure members of the public who may have seen events unfold that this was an isolated incident.

Officers acted with the public’s safety in mind, and to reduce any risk that was posed.”

Oh, OK: -)


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'Driple Cotes'

"First of all, no gentleman in his right mind would have chosen Scarborough in the 1640s or the 1650s as a place that might guarantee a health cure and a gathering of affluent gentry and nobility. Few towns in England had suffered more property damage, more depopulation, and longer martial law than Scarborough. As a county, Yorkshire was well known to have experienced more prolonged sieges, more pitched battles and a greater passage of marauding troops, Royalist and Roundhead, than any other in the kingdom. Scarborough itself and its hinterland was wrecked and ransacked repeatedly between 1642 and 1649. During these years the town changed hands five times. Alternatively, should any potential visitor have considered reaching Scarborough by sea, news of the constant activities of privateers and Dutch warships would have been sufficient deterrent.

Secondly, though Scarborough Corporation assumed that, since the spring emerged from Driple Cotes (South Cliff), it was its property, the foreshore sands belonged to the Crown and the borough’s use of them as a fish market was granted by royal charter. Yet, as with so many Crown rights, they went by default during the republic and were not reasserted after the Restoration. Scarborough borough’s considerable privileges were still purchased from the Crown during the reigns of Charles II and his brother James II, but not after the Revolution of 1688-9. Perhaps uncertainties in the Common Hall about the legality of the foreshore sands between high and low tides might well be one reason why it was slow to exploit the commercial potential of the spa. It was not until nearly the end of the century that the Corporation took the trouble to secure the waters against theft by building a cistern for them with a sealed cover and appointing night watchmen to safeguard them.

Another possible explanation for the failure of the town’s rulers to appreciate the commercial possibilities of the spa for nearly half a century was its remote location and the difficulties and dangers of access to it. After centuries of erosion and periodic collapse, South Cliff is nothing like as steep-sided today as it was 400 years ago. Only a roped mountaineer could then have reached the sands from the top of Driple Cotes or St Nicholas Cliff. Also, the site of the spring was vulnerable to tidal flooding as well as cliff falls..."

"... Those who suffered from the results of eating too much red meat and taking too little exercise, would find a daily dose of four or five pints acted as a speedy and painless purge. On this subject, he had nothing favourable to write about “sallets”, such as fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs..."


Ah, so ...