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Me Tarzan you Jane ....  is anyone actually sticking up for Scarborough?   Scarborough Town is coming under attack from  Whitby Town and Filey Town. Whexit & Flexit - Neighbours eh?   Perish the Parish.  Scarborough does not have a Parish thou is due some boundary changes.

Historicals :

OK. Thats the Tarzan bit ;-)

Skexit :

The Rules.  2010  "Scarborough Borough Council has resolved to undertake a Community Governance Review of Scarborough town which consists of the wards of Castle, Central, Falsgrave Park, North Bay, Northstead, Ramshill, Stepney, Weaponness and Woodlands. This is to look at the area which is currently not part of a parish. A parished area has a parish council. This is not connected to any church, but is the first tier of government for an area. Parish councils can also be called Community Councils and this will be the term used in this document although the term parish will also be used where appropriate...."   Ref:

Where is Scarborough Town Parish? Oh, so .. Scarborough Town does not  have one. Perish.

Meanwhile (thank goodness for the coast an' tis a North South thing) : The SNooze delights in Filey & Whitby's attack on Scarborough,   erm perish the parish, pearls... &

Oh, do excuse me wot about Scarborough. Ya know a democratic place with an electorate of .... erm many tens of thousands ... I will do the math later.  Does Wykeham have a Parish?  East field does. Left of Field ... pearls.

Fun, innit ? :

Flexit "Filey Town Council is set to discuss proposals of a motion of no confidence in Scarborough Borough Council.

It will be discussed at a town council meeting on Monday 13 February. It's thought reasons such as ignoring Filey for the Tour de Yorkshire, a lack of playground facilities for children and less funding for the town have led to unhappiness from the town council at the borough council

Earlier this week, Whitby Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the Borough Council. 

It's thought a delay on repairs to the Whitby Piers and more funding going into Scarborough rather than Whitby is the cause of the unrest in the town."

Peers. Oh, just a minute !!!!

"It's been three years since £4.8 million of funding was granted by the Environment Agency, which itself took five years to get...."  Yep, and orriginally it was via the EU and now via the Coastal Communites Fund (hence the hesitation). These same people campaigned to leave the EU. Oh well ...  in for a penny

Meanwhile Filey gets a whopping £4mil for its 'flood defences' ... Oooh nope its been barbed, £5mil  :  

Filey...  part of the Borough but not the County.   Mind they still get their 'precept' :

And, the biggest 'precept' of awl goes to Mind Whitby can't even agree with itself

Ah, so ...

Ne'er bite the hand that feeds ...

Free Whitby? Free Filey ?  Yep ... off ya go. Ta Ra.

Meanwhile,  some rather serious business (it may have got missed)   The  Boundary Review

1st May 2017 "The first part of the review will determine the total number of councillors to be elected to the Council in the future. We call this ‘council size’. We will not consider ward boundaries until we have completed this phase....

"Making an effective representation -  When you put forward a council size, we will assess your number (or range of numbers) against your 15 ‘nearest neighbour’ authorities as set out by CIPFA: - If your proposal means that your council size would be well above or below the average of your statistical neighbours, you need to ensure your case for that council size is particularly strong. In some cases, your current council size could put you outside the range of your neighbours so we would need a strong case to retain the status quo."

Stage One - public consultation on new ward boundaries: 23 May – 31 July 2017

Draft recommendations - public consultation  17 October – 11 December 2017

Delivering electoral equality for local voters - "Once the Commission has taken a view on council size, it gives us, and anyone interested in submitting proposals to the review, a clear idea of the target for achieving electoral equality for future patterns of wards...."

"The Commission has an obligation, set out in law, to consider electorate forecasts five years after the completion of the review. The purpose of the forecasts is to try and ensure that the review delivers electoral equality for voters in the longer term. We will work with council officers to draw up realistic forecasts for your authority. Further guidance on how we calculate projected electorates are available on our website at:
Exhibit 1, over the page, shows how the Commission calculates and presents electoral variances in its reports.... You can read the full report, which includes the complete table of wards at: "

"Interests and identities of local communities

Unlike electoral equality, it isn’t possible to measure levels of community identity so we will be looking for evidence on a range of issues to support your reasoning. The best evidence for community identity is normally a combination of factual information such as the existence of communication links, facilities and organisations along with an explanation of how local people use those facilities.

Below are some issues that we often use to assess community interests and identity. You may wish to use some of these examples to tell us why you are putting forward your view.

Transport links – Are there good communication links within the proposed ward? Is there any form of public transport? If you are proposing that two areas (e.g. streets, estates or parishes) should be included in the same ward together, how easily can you travel between them?

Shared interests – Are there particular issues that affect your community which aren’t necessarily relevant to neighbouring areas that might help us determine where a ward boundary should be drawn? For example, many local authorities contain areas which have urban, suburban and rural characteristics. Each of those areas may have different needs and interests though they could be located next to each other. One area might be more affected by urban issues such as the local economy while an adjacent area might be more concerned with local transport matters. We would like to hear evidence about what those issues are and how they mean boundaries should combine or separate the areas in question.

Community groups – Is there a residents’ group or any other local organisation that represents the area? What area does that group cover? What kind of activities do they undertake and are there any joint-working relationships between organisations that could indicate shared community interests between different geographical areas?

Facilities – Where do local people in your area go for shopping, medical services, leisure facilities etc? The location of public facilities can represent the centre or focal point of a community as do some service arrangements such as NHS commissioning groups. We would like to hear evidence from local people about how they interact with those facilities so that we can understand the shape of local communities and the movement and behaviours of their residents.
Identifiable boundaries – Natural features such as rivers can often provide strong and recognisable boundaries. Similarly, constructions such as major roads, railway lines or commercial developments can also form well known and effective barriers between communities.

Parishes - In areas where parishes exist, the parish boundaries often represent the extent of a community. In fact, the Commission often uses parishes as the building blocks of wards. Parishes which share a secretariat or other arrangements often fit together well in the same ward.

These are issues you may wish to consider when proposing a pattern of wards or if you are commenting on the Commission’s proposals. It is not – and is not intended to be – an exhaustive list of matters the Commission will consider when coming to a conclusion on wards and their boundaries. Similarly, the Commission attaches no specific weighting to any of the issues above when taking decisions. This guide simply intends to provide some prompts for you to be able to have your say.
There are also a number of things the Commission does not consider to be strong evidence when it takes decisions. For example, an area’s history and tradition may be the basis of a sense of community identity. However, communities change over time and perceptions can vary between individuals as to the nature of those ties. The Commission would need to hear how and why those traditional arrangements reflect communities now."

Why Scarborough?

Electoral reviews look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within a local authority need to be altered. We might conduct these reviews either to ensure fairer representation at local government elections after any significant changes in the distribution of electors, or at the request of a local authority for other reasons.
Scarborough Borough Council requested a review following a resolution by the Council on 9 May 2016. The Council envisages a reduction in council size.

How to have your say -  An electoral review is a consultative process. You, and your community, can influence the outcome. We have an open mind about adopting proposals from groups or individuals that are supported by evidence and complement the statutory criteria.
In addition to the preliminary phase of the review, when we gather information about the council and assess your views on council size, we will hold at least two phases of public consultation.
We encourage councillors to take part in each phase of consultation, as individuals or as groups, and we hope that elected members can also encourage communities to take part in consultation.
We are only able to consider evidence that is made to us in writing as all decisions are taken by formal meetings of the whole Commission. The best evidence includes the reasons why you agree with our proposals or why you disagree with them. If you do not think our proposals are right for your area, we would welcome alternative suggestions for boundaries that meet our criteria.

There are several ways in which you can keep up to date with the progress of the review and to have your say:  Website: you can keep track of the electoral review for your area through our website at We set up a dedicated web page for each review where you will find details of its timetable, our reports, maps, proposals and guidance. You can comment on our proposals directly through our website or by emailing: And you can write to us at the address shown on the contacts page (see page 25). We also publish all the submissions we receive so you can see what kind of evidence we relied on to make our decisions.
Interactive consultation portal: the portal allows you to view and interact with our maps as well as comment on our proposals directly. By logging on to you will be able to view our proposals down to street level, draw your own pattern of wards or annotate the maps to tell us about the nature of community interests and identities in your area. Over the page, you can see what the site looks like and how you might be able to put forward your views."

"Parishes and/or residents groups: if your area has parish councils, we will offer to hold a briefing meeting locally at the start of an electoral review with representatives of the parishes. Alternatively, we will consider offering a briefing meeting for residents associations at the start of a review to brief them on the process."

"Will parishes be affected?

We have no powers to alter the external boundaries of local parishes. However, if our recommendations propose to divide parishes between wards, we will alter the electoral arrangements of that parish to create parish wards. We can also make changes to the years in which parish council elections take place so that they do so in the same years as borough elections in their associated wards.
More information about possible implications for parishes are set out in our technical guidance: ...

"Can the council veto your recommendations?

No. We will work consultatively with you throughout the review and seek to build consensus. However, the final recommendations of the review are those of the Commission. After we publish our final recommendations, we will lay a draft order – the legal document that seeks to implement the recommendations – in both Houses of Parliament. It is up to Parliament to approve or reject that draft order before it is implemented."

Oh, What a shame ...

The Slide Show can be found somewhere.

The key contacts at the Commission for the electoral review of Scarborough Borough Council are:
Alex Hinds – Review Officer
Tel: 0330 500 1274

Richard Buck – Review Manager
Tel: 0330 500 1271

If you want to send in a submission on the review:
Review Officer (Scarborough)
14th Floor
Millbank Tower

Best not mention the Shard ... Shed.


Fit innit ;-)






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The Yorkshire Brand - Fiefdoms

Seriously,  whilst the Boundary review is an aside (democratic) from Devolution (economic) the two are running concurrently and if you wanna have a say ... best get stuck in:

T'inking caps on....

Percy, pearls & porcelain.

"“We need to use this time wisely to think what about what is the best model of devolved government for the Yorkshire area,” he said. “There needs to be a debate about whether there’s a solution that brings the whole region together.

“The benefit of that is it gives us scale and mass. The downside is it is a vast geographical area and it would require very strong leadership to draw it all together. We need to put aside parochial political considerations. This can’t be about fiefdoms. It has to be about the best possible’s important to listen to what people say.”

"“It’s not about political fiefdoms or the interests of’s about deciding how Yorkshire and the Humber is better served so it is in the strongest position of competing not just in a national market but an international market.

“Although it is a vast area, we have the strongest brand. The Yorkshire brand is a global one. With the right leadership, it could be drawn together, but it needs to be established that it is in our best interests.”

"Though Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy rejected the so-called ‘One Yorkshire’ concept, influential business leaders favour this approach. And Mr Jarvis played down the Minister’s remarks. “It’s not insurmountable,” he added. “That shouldn’t be a red line. We all have a responsibility to try and work towards the best possible deal here. That’s what the public expects.”."

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Top of the Tides

"For every designated bathing water in England, the Environment Agency monitors Escherichia coli and intestinal enterococci in the water, throughout the bathing season. Values can vary; depending on the weather, pollution from agricultural and urban sources, storm water overflows, amongst other factors. The readings taken over the last four bathing seasons then determine the annual classification for that water. The 2017 results cover the period from 2014 to 2017..."

"Bacteria from industrial effluent may have an occasional impact on water quality, but not a continuous one."

Not Quite.

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SBC Public Engagement

Thursday, 25 January 2018
Scarborough Borough Council is looking to seek the views of local residents and businesses on how it could improve its methods of public engagement in relation to the planning process.

The council already uses a number of recognised methods of statutory consultation, but following the adoption of the borough's new Local Plan last year and public comments made during the plans development about the complexity of responding to consultations, the council is keen to review the methods it uses. The council wants to find out how it can make it easier for members of the public to engage with the planning process and have their say..."

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'Sling yer Hook'

Ah, so ..

"Legendary dance DJ Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley will bring a taste of Ibiza to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

"It gave us a real insight into the chaotic lives that some of these poor people have led. 

My view is that you're only ever two or three bad decisions away from being homeless and being a rough sleeper."


If only we could afford a ticket ;-)

Yo, Give the Cat another Goldfish.

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Looms & Blooms

"6:30am 16th February 2018

Scarborough council says the demolition of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre is still on schedule to start in March.

It's after preparation work over recent weeks, mainly on Foreshore Road.

That has involved highways work to accommodate the vehicles that will be used in the process.

The demolition proper will be done bit by bit, with cliff excavation followed by the removal of parts of the building.

The council's Cabinet Member for Major Projects, Mike Cockerill, has been talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke.."

Meanwhile:  The only part worth salvage is the Zenith 450 Projector.  It is in fact a projector and a half and the only way to get it out is for some clever bod to dismantle it.   (there are *** noted persons of interest)

The foam in the seats is having to be ripped out because deemed as a hazaardous material and are not been sold on ebay.

Sling yer Hook?

Shame about that North Bay cinema, innit...




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Futurist & Salvage Hunters

"“On 24 February Urban Explorers broke into the Futurist building and recorded a video of various internal areas, which was subsequently posted on the internet. The video shows the exceptionally poor condition of the building and that stripping out work is well advanced.

The building had security guards present and once they became aware the trespassers were in the building, the police were notified. We are currently using the network of CCTV cameras throughout the town to attempt to identify those responsible.

Any demolition or construction site is a particularly dangerous environment and people who intentionally trespass are putting themselves and others in great danger of death or serious injury. In the case of the Futurist, the building contains asbestos and other dangerous materials and hazards which could harm unauthorised persons accessing the site. It is a miracle that no one was injured although the effects from exposure to asbestos can take many years until they are known, and we would urge those responsible to seek medical attention.

Scarborough Borough Council and Willmott Dixon have taken all reasonable measures to prevent access including hoarding, boarding up, providing security and erecting warning signs to highlight the dangers. We will also shortly be installing a new CCTV system to cover the whole of the site. Members of the public must not to attempt to access the Futurist site now the works to demolish the building have commenced.”

Willmott Dixon issued a Newsletter#2 - Feb 18 and will be booking a venue to discuss mitigations and demolition procedure in due course.

Silicates of the Serpentine ...

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In The Mean Time

The Stuff of Legends:

"1. When the new multiplex cinema is ever going to be built?

2. What is intended for the closed indoor pool in Ryndle Crescent?

3. When is the hotel is going to be constructed next to Alpamare waterpark.

4. When will the former Kinderland have an intended use and tidy up.

5. Marvels site update

6. When will the former Constitutional club site in Huntriss Row hotel extension work start and end

7. Will the pair of migrating arctic swans ever return to Peasholm Park?"

Erm, insert at your own peril ;-)

OK. The Camelot of the North.

Spitting image...