The Prime Directive

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"“I think we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t but I do think we have to take matters into our own hands here.”

"Before the BID, which is backed by Scarborough Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council can come into effect a month-long postal vote of the 1,300 businesses will be held through November, with ballots arriving on Thursday. The BID team must secure more than 50% of the businesses to vote in favour. Also, the total rateable value of those who vote ‘yes’ must exceed that of the ‘no’ votes. If approved, money collected would be put into a pot and projects will be devised between the partner groups and business as to what it should be spent on.  Originally, the plan was for Redcar and Saltburn to be included as part of the bid area.

However, Redcar and Cleveland Council withdrew its support for the scheme earlier this year. Councillors on the authority had raised concerns about forcing businesses that voted against the BID to pay the levy.

Figures from the BID team show that businesses in Scarborough town on their own would contribute more than £2.36 million of the £5.4m raised over the five-year period. The next highest contributor would be Bridlington with £850,000."

Oh Dear.... tis like a mini-EU, innit :

"The rise of “city breaks” – 48-hour bursts of foreign cultures, easier on the pocket and annual leave balance – has increased tourist numbers, but not their geographic spread. The same attractions have been used to market cities such as Paris, Barcelona and Venice for decades, and visitors use the same infrastructure as residents to reach them. “Too many people do the same thing at the exact same time,” says Font. “For locals, the city no longer belongs to them.”

"What to do about it is less obvious. In tourists and residents’ battle for supremacy of shared spaces, local authorities are uncomfortably in the middle. The tourism and travel sector is one of the largest employers in the world, with one new job created for every 30 new visitors to a destination – but at what cost to locals’ quality of life?"

“When tourists dress differently to us, eat differently, and are active at different times of the day,” he says, “we resent them much, much more.”

"For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. Lao Tzu" 

Thick as Thieves.




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"Looking at projections in the early 60s, Spilhaus saw that the US population was set to grow to 400 million by the 21st century, which translated into the equivalent of building 12 new cities of 250,000 people annually. This was in an era when existing cities were dying – blighted by crime, urban decay and “white flight” to the suburbs. So in true postwar visionary style, Spilhaus rethought the entire concept of the city from first principles. He called it a “total systems experiment”

"In proposing his prototype 21st-century city, Spilhaus correctly diagnosed many of the shortcomings of the 20th-century one. He cottoned on early to concepts such as air pollution, even speculating that it was changing the Earth’s atmosphere. He focused on the problem of waste, noting that prosperity in 1950s and 60s America was being measured in terms of consumption, and suggesting that “waste is a resource that we don’t yet know how to use”.

"Does the failure of MXC suggest that blank-slate utopias are not the answer, and never will be, or that society has become too timid about big, bold solutions? With the current global fashion for building entire cities from scratch as a way to fix the problems of our unsustainable urban lives, there’s plenty to learn from Spilhaus’s grand, ultimately fruitless vision. Even failed experiments have their value."


It's not you.

Seven of Nine

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Franken Weenies

"Published at 8:13am 6th November 2018. (Updated at 11:31am 6th November 2018)

A cigar-shaped interstellar object that flew past the sun could be an alien spacecraft, researchers from Harvard University have said.

Scientists have been trying to figure out what the 1,312ft (400m) object named Oumuamua might be after it was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii in October 2017.

The object's flat, elongated shape and reddish colour is from outside our solar system, according to the researchers.

It was moving at 59,030mph when it was first tracked by scientists.

Oumuamua's unusual trajectory and high speed sets it aside from other space objects such as asteroids and comets.

Harvard researchers have now said it "may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilisation".

In a letter published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on 12 November, the researchers add that Oumuamua could be a spacecraft pushed along by light falling on its surface.

They add in the paper that the object could be a "lightsail of artifical origin".

Lightsails are a proposed method of spacecraft propulsion which uses radiation pressure exerted from sunlight or large mirrors.

The researchers are not saying outright that Oumuamua is a sign of extraterrestrial life.

Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department and co-author of the paper, told NBC News: "It is impossible to guess the purpose behind Oumuamua without more data."

If the object is a lightsail, the paper adds it might have been floating in interstellar space when our solar system ran into it "like a ship bumping into a buoy on the surface of the ocean".

Mr Loeb is an adviser to Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative that plans to send a fleet of tiny laser-powered lightsail craft to the nearest star system.

Alongside Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, acknowledges that the alien spacecraft theory is an "exotic" one.

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for extraterrestrial intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, said: "It's certainly ingenious to show that an object the size of Oumumua might be sent by aliens to another star system with nothing but a solar sail for power.

"But one should not blindly accept this clever hypothesis when there is also a mundane explanation for Oumuamua - namely that it's a comet or asteroid from afar."

Coryn Bailer-Jones, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, said: "In science, we must ask ourselves 'Where is the evidence?

"Not 'where is the lack of evidence so that I can fit in any hypothesis that I like?"

Mr Bailer-Jones led a group of scientists earlier this year who identified four dwarf stars as likely origin points for Oumuamua.

He raised questions in particular about the object's tumbling motion.

He said: "If it were a spacecraft, this tumbling would make it impossible to keep any instruments pointed at the Earth."

Mr Loeb called his findings "purely scientific and evidence-based" and added: "I follow the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

Oumuamua has now left the solar system and is no longer visible even with telescopes.

When the object was first spotted scientists believed it might have been travelling through space for hundreds of millions of years.

In December 2017 it was announced the astronomers were going to scan Oumuamua for signs of alien life."

Oh Dear ... no roof rockets scene, that must be science!!

Tim Burton for President.

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Town Centre Technicalities

"Published by Jon Burke at 10:55am 7th November 2018.

Scarborough Borough Council is seeking ideas from businesses and members of the public about what they think Scarborough town centre should offer in the future and how it can continue to improve as a destination for leisure, retail and other goods and services.

The call to action is the first stage of delivering on the outline version of the council’s new Town Centre Strategy, which aims to continually improve people’s experience of Scarborough through a range of initiatives such as investment in the public realm, broadening the offer of what is available and encouraging people to think about the town centre differently and not just as a place to go shopping.

Two workshops style events will be held at the Royal Hotel on St Nicholas Street between now and Christmas, which will give the council’s Regeneration Services team the opportunity to introduce the strategy to the community and find out what those attending want from the town centre. Feedback obtained at the events will help inform the final version of the strategy, which is expected to be adopted in February 2019.

The first event, which will be a private event for local businesses and service providers, will be held on Wednesday 28 November, starting at 6.00pm until 8.00pm. An open, public event will then take place on Tuesday 4 December, also between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

Those attending the workshops will get to hear about the bold ambitions of the council’s strategy, which are to be the best performing coastal town centre in England by 2025 and the primary economic hub for retail and night time economy activity within the Yorkshire Coast area. The strategy also aims to increase residential living within the town centre by 25% by 2025 and foster an approach of working with public and private property owners and organisations to ensure the built environment and infrastructure exceeds the expectations of the community.

Matthew Joseph, Scarborough Borough Council Senior Community Regeneration and Support Officer said:

“With the Borough of Scarborough welcoming more than 5.5 million visitors each year, as well as a resident population of 108,800, the importance of the quality and management of Scarborough town centre, as the area’s main principal town, are paramount.

Scarborough faces similar challenges to other town centres of its size across the UK, including the withdrawal of national retail brands to consolidate in larger cities, as well as the ever growing trend of online shopping, so key to future success is looking at how we can reinvent the town centre to create an environment that still includes shopping but has far less reliance on it. We want to create an inviting public realm that everyone can be proud of and enjoy spending time in.”

The focus of the council’s activity will be making the town a mixed use environment; encouraging a diverse offering through festivals and events, incentives, planning, licensing and regulation and building on the town’s cultural and heritage assets. It will also look to capitalise on the town’s growing university student population, introduce SMART town centre infrastructure, encourage a collaborative and supportive town centre community and maximise the Scarborough ‘brand’ through enhanced marketing and promotion."

"But, like the nation’s high streets, they need investment and innovative ideas in order to maintain their appeal to families.

Members of the House of Lords Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee heard evidence from representatives of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Crown Estate about the specific challenges facing seaside towns, and how funding for coastal areas, including transport access, does need to be improved.

Chairman Lord Bassam has previously said that the committee wants to find out what the problems are and how they can be solved. What is vital is that solutions are put into place to ensure the sustainability of seaside towns in this region – and across the UK."

"The Prince of Wales says he will stop speaking out on topics he feels strongly about when he becomes king, as he is "not that stupid".


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SBC : Decisions Decisions

"Given the current prevailing wet weather and the risks associated with leaving the steep section of ground unprotected over a full winter, it is recommended to proceed with the demolition of the chalets immediately."


How convenient:

"It aims to continually improve people's experience of Scarborough through a range of initiatives such as investment in the public realm, broadening the offer of what is available and encouraging people to think about the town centre differently and not just as a place to go shopping.

Two workshops style events will be held at the Royal Hotel on St Nicholas Street.

The first event, which will be a private event for local businesses and service providers, will be held today (Wednesday 28th November) starting at 6pm until 8pm.

An open, public event will then take place on Tuesday 4th December, also between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

Feedback obtained at the events will help inform the final version of the strategy, which is expected to be adopted in February 2019.

Those attending the workshops will get to hear about the bold ambitions of the council’s strategy, which are to be the best performing coastal town centre in England by 2025 and the primary economic hub for retail and night time economy activity within the Yorkshire Coast area.

The strategy also aims to increase residential living within the town centre by 25% by 2025 and foster an approach of working with public and private property owners and organisations to ensure the built environment and infrastructure exceeds the expectations of the community."

Another bright idea???

"An open verification and vote checking process will take place at 10.00am on Friday 30 November at the Town Hall in Scarborough to determine the result of the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID) ballot.

The count will be carried out by Scarborough Borough Council’s experienced Elections team, which is acting as ballot holder, independent of the business led team proposing the BID.

The result of the count will determine whether or not the BID will be introduced. For the BID to be implemented more than 50% of businesses that vote must vote in favour of the BID and the businesses that vote yes must represent a greater total rateable value than those that vote no.

All votes received during the ballot period have been verified, scanned and recorded for their vote by the Elections administrators as they have been received. Doubtful papers have been separated ready for adjudication after the close of the ballot by the Returning Officer. The opened ballot papers have been placed in a sealed ballot box, which is being stored securely. The ballot closes on Thursday 29 November.

On Friday 30 November, the ballot box will be opened for the final verification and checking of votes cast. The process will be open for observers to watch, with the permission of the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer and the Elections team will demonstrate that the count of yes and no votes by date matches what has been recorded in the database. Observers will be able to see the votes cast, but not full ballot papers, as that would reveal the voters’ identities and breach the secrecy provision of the ballot."

Pure Decadence...

To Market to market...

Mind the gaps.

OOh I feel another executive decision coming on ;-)

Not quite rocket science is it?


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Whitby BID & Transparency

"Some Whitby businesses are very upset at what they call unfair taxation and the lack of consultation in the recent Yorkshire Coast BID.

There was inadequate information with business leaders and zero transparency in the delivery of this recent BID.

Many Whitby businesses complain that they did not receive any information.

Many others had no vote. Consultations had taken place but the number of businesses who had participated was minimal. 

Some businesses which attended YCB presentations called them a fait accompli and definitely not a consultation.

How could that be classed as representative or democracy?

Now 70-plus businesses have joined together and lodged an appeal to the Secretary of State to have the vote overturned.

Hopefully, Scarborough Council and the Yorkshire Coast Bid Group (YCBG) will start to listen.

Everyday, through the media, we hear stories of struggling and closing businesses on the high street.

Our business rates are to increase by 3% this year and following the YCBG vote an additional 1.5% will also be added to this increase.

We will see job losses and business closures.

This burden does not fall evenly on all businesses.

The YCBG have decided which businesses are to be taxed.

How did they decide without consultation?

The YCBG will not disclose the criteria for this taxation.

Many businesses feel that they will be subsiding their competitors.

There are over 2,230 holiday accommodation businesses in Whitby.

Only 50 larger accommodation providers will pay the tax.

This additional burden falls only on 2% of providers who are operating from large buildings. The non-paying 98% are mainly second home owners and investors.

The non-paying businesses are obtaining an additional source of income from their property but will not be paying the tax.

They will obtain all of the benefits (if any) without contributing a single penny.

This is discrimination and an unfair commercial advantage.

It is a fundamental requirement that BID groups should operate with openness and transparency.

However, requests to the YCBG to provide the feasibility reports and information have been refused and ignored. Why would the members of the group refuse such requests?

BIDs are Business Improvement District and are a means for businesses to improve their local area and provide additional services leading to improved trading. 

It is difficult with this proposal to understand what “local” means.

The area is so large, covering some 60 miles of the east coast. The original coastal strip was from Redcar to Patrington (near Hull).

Redcar dropped out (they could not see any benefit) so now the area is from Staithes to Patrington. Whitby businesses raised many concerns about the size of the area and the imbalance and mismatch of the needs of businesses within the geographical area.

Our concerns have been ignored by the task group.

The YCBG have not explained how businesses will benefit.

How will trade be improved?

Will there be an increase in profits?

What additional employment will be created?

What is not commonly understood is that BIDs are run via private companies with directors. And following the Yes vote a private company is to be set up.

The Whitby business tax payers have asked to have some input in the formation of the company to ensure that we have proper representation and access to information.

Also that the directors can be held accountable to the taxpayers.

We are awaiting a response from the YCBG.

Whitby businesses are talking and working together against this proposal, and businesses who are affected are encouraged to get involved."

No one at SBC wants to dicuss it - it is nothing to do with them ...

Mind the BID need to partner with a lead authority.


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Fare Thee Well

"Published by Alex Taylor at 6:03am 11th January 2019.

An appeal has been launched to the Business Secretary, for a judicial review into the Yorkshire Coast's Business Improvement District (BID.)

The BID aims to deliver £5million of new projects into the Yorkshire Coast to boost things like visitor numbers and footfall. Funding would come from eligible local businesses paying 1.5% of their rateable value to the BID each year.

For the Business Improvement District to be created it had to be approved by those eligible business in a vote which took place in November.

217 businesses voted in favour of the BID, with 175 voting against.

Now, an appeal has been launched by the Whitby Business Group. In the letter to Business Secretary, Greg Clark, it outlines its concerns from the Whitby area as:

  • "Despite members of Scarborough Borough Council being present at the meeting, it was not possible to ascertain any transparency with regards to how they had been included in the ballot and voting procedure - i.e. there were ‘to the  best of their knowledge’ 37 hereditaments ‘owned’ by the Borough included in  the BID area.  The councillors were not aware of any democratic process by which they had been given an opportunity to vote at full council or to consult the public.  They said were not at liberty to reveal the outcomes of any such votes, nor the totals of ‘aggregate’ that formed the final outcome of the ballot.
  • It was felt that there had been insufficient engagement with the business community in the Whitby area which had resulted in unfair representation in the ballot. 
  • Persons entitled to vote had been prevented from doing so as a result of both the lack of engagement and the lack of understanding on the part of businesses responsible for paying the levy on multiple properties but who only received single voting slips. 
  • The timing of the consultation process was considered to be unfairly ‘weighted in favour of the BID’  as it took place during peak tourist season when many of the people qualifying to vote for the BID were either unaware of it or unable to spend the necessary time to make sure they were au fait with its contents
  • Many businesses were simply not contacted at all in respect of the BID.  This was unacceptable and blamed on a lack of letter boxes in a radio interview held by a representative of the BID.  As a business community we found this particularly hard to accept.  We believe that a list of the eligible businesses would be quite simple to compile from the information held by the District Valuer or Scarborough Borough who collect our rates and who may be responsible for collecting the levy.  Surely a simple letter sent to wherever they send their rates demands would have been enough to at least inform us that the process was occurring.
  • The involvement of Scarborough Borough Council and the way in which it operated the ballot has raised many concerns about the process of democracy/transparency and the handling of information
  • The BID had been unanimously rejected by a meeting of Whitby Town Council .   Redcar, Cleveland and Teeside rejected the BID before it even came to ballot.  The Borough Council (i.e. Scarborough) has subsequently excused itself from undergoing the same process of democracy with the implication being that it is of a higher authority and therefore subject to a different set of rules

In our opinion the above points constitute a fundamental failure of the ballot process and that there are material irregularities in the way it has been operated. As such, we would like to appeal to you to undertake a judicial review of the BID process in respect of the Yorkshire Coast Destination BID."

Hero Sumner is part of the Whitby Business Group, she said:

"If you look at somewhere like Hexham for instance further up the coastline, they actually overturned their BID simply by refusing to pay because there was no way in a million years that any council was going to be able to take all those businesses to court. 

They've been very, very supportive."

On the claims businesses who were eligible of casting more than one vote but never received more than one ballot paper, Hero adds:

"It would be like, say you have a household of four people, all over the age of 18 and entitled to vote, but just telling one person in that household 'you're entitled to vote but you've got to vote on behalf of everyone else and you only get one vote.'"

The team behind the BID have confirmed to Yorkshire Coast Radio that Scarborough Borough Council did qualify for 38 votes.

In an email the BID team say that..

"The Ballot was independently carried out by Scarborough Borough Council and a ballot paper was sent to every single qualifying business in accordance with the BID Regulations of 2004."

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Rogue Valley

"A meeting for businesses and organisations affected by the Yorkshire Coast BID is to take place on Monday in Whitby.

Borough and town councillors are due to attend the meeting at the Friendship Rowing Club on Church Street.

Hero Sumner, of the Moon and Ballon shop on Grape Lane and organiser of the meeting, said: “We have had a lot of concerns raised from businesses and organisations along the coast following our first meeting on December 17 and subsequent appeal to The Secretary of State.”

The main concerns are:

* the relevance and size of the BID area

* the lack of engagement with businesses

* the fact that, with it being supposedly business-led, there were 71 votes for car parks/public toilets/public buildings which came from councils.

“This, significantly altered the outcome of the ballot and it is now small businesses who will have to pay the levy as well as rate payers who will foot the bill ultimately,” said Hero.

“The Government at the moment is paying lip service to High St independents by promoting the BID process, which is working in some areas, but in the majority of cases is causing division between businesses at a time when we should all be pulling together.

“This is Whitby’s way of showing solidarity and we invite our formerly seen as ‘rivals’ in Scarborough and coastal areas to join us and fight against this encroaching menace.

“Anyone who thinks this is a way of creating wealth and employment would be quite correct - but it won’t be for the independent traders and associations who have to foot the bill.”

The meeting starts at 7pm."

"With councils such as yourselves, East Riding and North Yorkshire using a total of votes amounting to 71 (car parks, toilets and public buildings) out of the 217 votes in favour this BID is NOT 'business led'.  The 'No' votes were 175.  Even with your 71 votes included in the 'Yes' this is only 16% turnout in favour. 

It's absolutely shocking to hear elected councillors and self appointed 'board members' announcing that this is a 'win win' or that Janet Deakin from Welcome to Yorkshire would love to have 1.5 million in her budget - It shows a total lack of engagement with real businesses who  provide employment  and contribute to the economy -  NOT car parks and public toilets..."

Hmmm ...

Thats a very nice shed ...

Oh go on then ... ;-)


Fact is the BID does impact on the budget ;-)

Obviously there have been some heated 'internal' emails' ...

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Moon Lighting

How Now ... about that yellow Chopper?

Moon Light Cinemas

Welcome, to Yorkshire :-))

"Its been a difficult few years sourcing parts for the Sea King cafe project, along with several rejections for the local council about potential sites.

Along with your donations I have personally invested over £25,000 on parts and transportation costs, unfortunately its looking like the local council aren't willing to back down and support this project and provide us with a site. Its with a very heavy heart that I have decided to put the project up for sale as a going concern. The on going storage costs are a contributing factor of this decision and lack of available time to spend on the project means its not really progressing as much as i would of liked.
Each and everyone of you will receive your full donations back upon the sale of the project, with any additional profits from the sale going to a local charity.
Thank you all for your support over the years, I truly hope someone out there continues with this project and gives her another chance to impress people."
Ooh Baldrick  ...
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Pause for Thought

"Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 12:35pm 12th February 2019.

Scarborough Council has stopped progress on a controversial business levy following concerns from residents.

The borough authority announced this morning (Tuesday) it had written to the Yorkshire Coast Destination Business Improvement District (DBID) informing it of its decision.

The DBID aims to raise more than £5 million over five years to put back into the communities by way of creating new events, festivals, markets and general improvements and infrastructure.

But a number of businesses have expressed concerns about how the money will be raised via a mandatory levy on every retail, leisure, accommodation and food and drink organisation with a rateable value of £12,000 and above.

These businesses would have to pay into the levy, which would be calculated at 1.5% of that value.

A number of businesses in Whitby have written to James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Local Government, asking him to set aside the result of the public vote last year that approved the DBID, which was approved by 217 votes to 175 with a turnout of just 29%.

Cllr Helen Mallory (Con) told today’s cabinet meeting the council had informed the DBID team it would be “pausing” its participation in the scheme until Mr Brokenshire had responded to the businesses.

The council’s role in the process is to collect the levy from businesses, it would also be required to take action to recover money from any businesses that refused to pay.

Whitby ward Councillor Sandra Turner (Con) told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it was right for the council to wait.

She said:

“There have been a lot of concerns raised by businesses, particularly in Whitby, about the process and the setting up of the board for the DBID.

Even though this is a private initiative and not a council project we felt that it was right that we wait until we hear back from the Secretary of State before going any further.”

A meeting of around 70 businesses was held in Whitby last night against the DBID where the Yorkshire Coast Levy Payers’ Association was formed.

One of those, Graham Collinson from Discovery Accommodation, said:

“It’s about time the council started to listen to what the businesses are saying.

We have been complaining about lack of information and consultation for a while now.

It is not just businesses from Whitby, it is up and down the coast, we are getting people coming forward.

I’d like to think common sense will prevail and they will cancel it.”

Oh, OK ;-)

I'll be Bach...

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Item 3.3.3 :-

"In the 2018 budget the Government advised that a discount in rates payableof one third would be available to “retail occupied” premises that had a Rateable Value of £51k or less. The discount must be awarded by the Council in accordance with the Discretionary Rate Relief powers as contained within the Local Government Finance Act 1988. The “retail” discount awarded by the Council will be fully reimbursed if made in accordance with the Government Guidance.The Council’s proposed policy is shown at appendix E to this report, and will be added as a new appendix to the overarching policy. The policy fully reflects the guidance to award relief to “occupied retail premises” and the relief will be awarded for the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 financial years only.This relief will be awarded automatically without the need for applications."

Wallace & Spanner ...

Oh well ...

Sleep Tight


"As an Events Delivery Officer, you will be responsible for developing and delivering first class events such as Seafest, Armed Forces Day, Christmas Sparkle, Promoting Clean Shores and many more.  As well as organising events, the role will also involve promoting community involvement, identifying funding opportunities and developing marketing plans. This is a great opportunity for someone who is seeking to utilise their creative and organisational skills."


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"Scarborough Council has suspended its involvement in the controversial Yorkshire Coast Destination Business Improvement District (DBID).

The authority voted today to step back from the scheme until the legality of a ballot of businesses had been ruled on by the Secretary of State for Local Government James Brokenshire MP.

A group of Labour and Independent councillors tabled a motion to suspend the authority’s involvement in any BID for five years.

At today’s full council meeting the councillors instead voted in favour of an amendment by Conservative Cllr John Nock that will see the council suspend its involvement until a ruling is made.

Once a ruling is received the council, alongside the concerned businesses, will then look at what options are then open to them..."

Oh Dear

"We started with bows and arrows and we got through to missiles — I think space is one of the next logical elements for us to be part of..."

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A Small Majority

"Some people didn't win ... that's how it works"

“There is absolutely no procedure enshrined in international law on how to respond to a signal from an alien civilisation,”

"“Whitby is a misfit’s paradise”."


"There have been various thoughts on what could sit on the empty Futurist Theatre site in Scarborough.

That's according to the Chairman of the town's South Bay Traders' Association.

John Senior has been reacting to the idea of having an Observation Wheel, after we told you last month the borough council's invited tenders from operators to occupy the site until a permanent use is approved.

He says other things - like a Moonlight Cinema or a Farmers' Market have also been discussed.

Flamingo Land has put forward its ideas for an attraction, which would feature a rollercoaster and 60-metre Shot Tower  Coast.

John said there are no strong feelings either way from his members on that:

"We have had a change of administration. It is for them to decide what happens with the town - they've been voted in by the general public and ultimately it's up for the people of Scarborough to decide, through their voted members. That, honestly, has to be the way it is.  So, we are fairly neutral I think. We don't have a view either way. I'm not sensing that, through the traders anyway."

How Ironic.

Land Safely.

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Opt In Opt Out

"More than 1,000 businesses with a rateable value of above £12,000 will pay into the levy, which aims to raise approximately £5 million over five years to promote and organise events from Staithes in the north of the region to Spurn Point in the south..."

"“A small majority of businesses wanted to be in the DBID, because this small majority they all had to be in it. To join and club and not be able to get out of it I think is wrong.”

Speaking after the meeting, council leader Cllr Steve Siddons (Lab) told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that he saw the DBID as a “partner” to the council’s ongoing town centre strategy."

Fixed paramateurs... Parameters.

Ooh I feel a co-op coming on ...


"The number of properties or hereditaments liable for the levyis estimated at 1,354"

How would you define a retail, hospitality etc etc.  would other business enterprise be able to opt in to replace those that opt out?

"Accommodation (Camping, Accommodation (Caravan Park), Accommodation (Guest House), Accommodation (Holiday Units), Accommodation (Hotel), Accommodation (Self Catering), Advertising, Beach Huts, Car Parking, Communication, Conference, Entertainment & Leisure, Food and Drink, Language Schools, Marine, Public Conveniences, Public Houses, Retail"

Wot no boats, farms, chip factories service staions or light industrials?

Consume... Page 16 :


"The Yorkshire Coast BID area and the levy percentage cannot be altered without a further ballot"

Slightly convenient that WtY is on the way out, innit.

"every retail, leisure, accommodation and food and drink organisation"

That was a bit silly.

"Identify yourself."

Someone said that once...

A Toll Booth ;-)

Someone somewhere has a list...

I'll be Bach.

"We can finally use our toys during the day because it's always at night that we use them."

Shall We Begin ...

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The 'Disaffected'

“Seafest is a wonderful event for all the family to enjoy. It celebrates the Yorkshire coast’s maritime heritage, our love of locally sourced produce and artistic talent and our community’s passion for caring about our coastline and beaches.”

"At its peak, more than 230 travellers set up their homes on the field but in 2018 that number fell to just 55.

Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Police have taken a number of measures in recent years to address concerns from a few residents living close to the location of the fair, including erecting a metal fence around the site and having police officers stationed there at all times."

Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever.

"The leader's office was "angry and obstructive" when it came to the issue"

I never mentioned train sets once.