Only the Whitby Gazette could place Whitby, Anthrax, Cows and Jane Kenyon in some sort of Holy Order ....
"Concerns about a potential anthrax outbreak failed to put the brakes on a new 246 home housing scheme for Whitby. A heated debate this afternoon at town hall , lasting more than two hours, saw a number of people come forward to object to the application at High Stakesby. Among the concerns were those that an anthrax contaminated cow was buried on the land at Sneaton Castle in the 1950s. This was one of the many reasons put forward why permission should not be granted for the site, which lies outside the town’s permitted development zone." Said Jane Kenyon -Miller “This is probably the most serious and longstanding decision you will ever make for Whitby’”
13/11/14 - source: http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/council-gives-backing-to-sneat...
Given that Jane Kenyon (JK) still holds portfolio for Head of Legal, Finance & Procurement at Scarborough Borough Council (http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=128) despite many attempts to oust her from her contentious position of authority following her 'dubious' history (mainly related to her partner Miller) JK is quite admirable for her stance and stamina against those persecuting her in a witch-hunt like manner ... true love eh? Histrionics at its best ... or worse, depending which side of the fence you are on ... I do hope JK eventually publishes her own memoirs! ... True Love, Conkers ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLw_K-W3GNE
Anyhow, enough of the leading 'lady' and back to the plot:
'The plans were for a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses and 21 bungalows; 40 per cent of the homes would be classed as ‘affordable’. A number of these would have been managed by Tees Valley Housing Association offering social rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and rent to buy schemes.' One of the 300 objectors is quoted as “These homes would have a grave effect on Whitby and people do not want them here.”
Nope, I doubt Whitby wanted 'Dracula' there either ...
'It is the latest in a series of proposals put forward for the site over recent years, which belongs to the sisters from the Order of the Holy Paraclete.'
then 14/11/14 - hardly by a twist of fate:
"Following yesterday’s controversial decision by the borough council planning board to grant outline planning permission for the development at Sneaton Castle Cllrs Jane Kenyon-Miller and David Chance have hired a solicitor and worked through the night on a fighting the decision... They are looking into whether there could be grounds to appeal or even a judicial review and are prepared to take the fight, on behalf of residents, to the High Court if needs be."
Source: http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/councillors-to-take-legal-acti... - with some quite interesting comments from the locals "... I will bet that the none desirables from scarborough/Middlesb'ro will be re located here ... we must fight this tooth and nail" - lol - is that the latest Van Helsing? Oddly enough I had David Chance down for that role ... given his strange connections (best not mention his true love) and loathing of all things, erm 'traffick' - http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=941
Hmmm, the thought of Jane and David up all nite ... shivers ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xACZHv-sLCg
"we were all singing from the same hymn sheet." - I doubt that very much, and hey ho a Holy and timely reminder:
Pope Francis's Holy War on Capitalism : "Here are Pope Francis’s 10 strategies, in his own words directly from his “Apostolic Exhortation,” a 67-page manifesto published by the Vatican before Thanksgiving last year:"
1. Solve economic inequality fast ... or capitalism dooms whole world
Pope: “Inequality is the root of social ills ... as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
2. Never trust the greedy Invisible Hand of free-market capitalists
Pope: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth ... a better distribution of income ... The economy can no longer turn to remedies ... such as attempting to increase profits by reducing the work force and thereby adding to the ranks of the excluded.”
3. Trickle-down economic ideology of the Super Rich is massive hoax
Pope: Some “continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. ... a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power ... the culture of prosperity deadens us.”
4. New tyranny of capitalism gets rich stealing from the public
Pope: “While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation, and reject the right of states charged with vigilance for the common good. ... A new tyranny ... unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”
5. The new Golden Calf Idolatry is capitalism’s worship of money
Pope: “Money must serve, not rule ... The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! ... The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money ... lacking a truly human purpose.”
6. Capitalism fuels excessive consumerism, undermining social morals
Pope: “Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. ... Inequality eventually engenders a violence ... new and more serious conflicts. Some ... blaming the poor and the poorer countries themselves for their troubles ... more exasperating ... widespread and deeply rooted corruption found in many countries ... businesses ... institutions.”
7. Obsessive competition to amass personal wealth destroys democracy
Pope: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless ... masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. ... Such an economy kills ... it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
8. Capitalists treats humans as leftovers in their throwaway world
Pope: “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a ‘throw away’ culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. ... those excluded are no longer society’s underside ... no longer even a part of it. ... but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’.”
9. Extreme conservative individualism is killing democracy worldwide
Pope: “In a culture where each person wants to be bearer of his or her own subjective truth, it becomes difficult for citizens to devise a common plan which transcends individual gain and personal ambitions. ... freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth.”
10. Capitalism rejects God, morality, ethics ... loves total anarchy of money
Pope: “Behind this attitude lurks a rejection of ethics and a rejection of God. ... condemns the manipulation and debasement of the person. ... ethics leads to a God who calls for a committed response which is outside the categories of the marketplace. ... makes it possible to bring about balance and a more humane social order.”
Ending with "yes, hope does spring eternal". OK, here for a bit of balance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyoTvgPn0rU :-)
So, with the Borough Elections coming next Spring one does wonder if the reports by the Whitby Gazette are leading to Jane Kenyon's final exit strategy ... out with a puff and a bang, broomsticks at the ready? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDW0BX59DbE
Meanwhile as the season of goodwill approaches ... (absence noted) ... of course, it would be wonderful if Pope Francis made his Holy presence felt in Whitby ...
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/patti-smith/81091#3z8hmkmyPmwllgSe.99 - Smith's booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as "blasphemous", following the singer's 1975 song 'Gloria', which famously featured the lines: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine".
Patti recently played at the Spa in Scarborough so I guess the Pope is Whitby's next big thing?
Yeah well, personally I don't do 'hope'... or competitions ... but I know a conflict of interests and an exit strategy when I see one ... good luck Jane!
each to our own, eh?
resistance is futile ...