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South of the Bay

Man Made Island Plan for Scarborough

"12:04am 1st April 2017

Plans for an artificial archipelago have been submitted for Scarborough’s South Bay.

The man-made island has been inspired by the Palm Jumeirah islands in Dubai and would be home to holiday accommodation, a water sports centre with an enclosed lagoon, restaurants and an entertainment venue.

The plans have been proposed by French development company Flora Lopi who have a track record of creating unique holiday resorts.

The companies CEO, Pierre Fausses-Nouvelles hopes the development will have year round use.

“We plan to use the resort to extend the season – with families holidaying in the five star resort during the summer and extreme surfers using the resort during the winter months, we will also bring touring shows to the islands theatre offering year round entertainment for the local population”

Nick Taylor, Scarborough’s Investment Manager said:

“If such a resort could be built in the south bay it would certainly put Scarborough on the map, quite literally in fact, the Palm in Dubai is visible very clearly on google earth, if we could have a similar development on the Yorkshire Coast the publicity will be immense.”

"Flora Lopi say they are involved in several similar projects around the coast of Europe and intend to create the artificial islands to reflect the local culture and landmarks.

Pierre Fausses-Nouvelles says..

“In the same way that the palm tree is associated with Dubai we want to reflect the heritage of the Yorkshire seaside in our Scarborough development, this is why we have submitted plans to build the island in the shape of a Donkey”

 There is more information about Flora Lopi's plans here. "

Excellent.... On the Chin ;-))



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FT: Alternative Truths about Coal

Is coal finished?

"... Until the new sources of energy supply can beat the current low prices coal will remain the leading source of heat and power and will meet something like a third of the world’s energy needs. The proportion burnt in high efficiency, low emission plants will rise but that will remain a fraction of the total for the foreseeable future, not least because coal users cannot afford the upgrades necessary. Coal is the energy source of choice, through necessity, of the poorer half of the world.

Times may be tough for the industry, and the continued use of coal in sub-critical technology may be bad for the environment, but like it or not coal is not in free fall."

Easy Readers :

"You have to admire the grit of Chris Fraser, ex-bouncer, banker, and now chief executive of Sirius Minerals, who last week announced the miner was moving from Aim to the main market to find new backers.

"The Australian has faced down many obstacles to his plan to extract 20m tonnes a year of white polyhalite pellets of fertiliser from under the Yorkshire moors.

"First Mr Fraser had to gain support from the moors’ guardians; second he has had to win financial backing for a technically-challenging project that involves building a 23-mile underground conveyor belt to take polyhalite to the sea and is costing $3bn in capital.

"So far Sirius has raised $1.2bn to sink shafts and start taking polyhalite out of the ground in 2021. Sirius must borrow another $1.7bn to construct the conveyor belt. If all goes to plan (which is rare in mining) the group will be spewing out 10m tonnes of polyhalite by 2024. But the miner still must persuade farmers in Asia and the Americas that Sirius’ crop food is as good if not better than potash rivals found close by.

"There is a potash glut at the moment. Mr Fraser insists polyhalite is a premium product, particularly compared with the bulk of potassium fertilisers that contain chloride. It also contains other minerals and does more to boost crop yields than bog-standard potash, he says. He reckons polyhalite could trade at a premium: that is, $200 a tonne.

Perhaps, even in time, it might trade at nearer to the price, on a relative basis, of more concentrate potash sulphate. In his dreams.

Until the market in polyhalite has been established, it will sell at a discount to cheaper potash at about $145 a tonne — the price at which customers have agreed to take 8.1m tonnes a year. True, at $145 a tonne, Sirius’ revenues will be a good whack above production costs of $30 a tonne. But would-be backers will have to take Mr Fraser’s word for it that the conveyor belt will keep going, costs will not rise and prices will not fall."

Oh. Whacky Races...

Needs Must.

Erm, @ Ms Kate - its called research :-)


"...the various monies that they will feed into the community via several means was anything but voluntary.

If you think its adequate and fair, then thank the local politicians for cutting the deal."

Ha... Evil Laugh :-)))

Am I bovverred...


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Shelly on the Shore

Nicked LSE :-)

"Like Frankenstein's monster the SP received a jolt from the electrodes last week and re-animated moved up and off the last, after the precipitous collapse last November and the torpor since we have seen movement, maybe that movement is a bit clunky and unsteady but movement in the right direction nevertheless.
Relief expressed in many quarters but some irrational exuberance expressed from others over what are, at the moment very small SP steps forward.

Of course the slightly earlier than expected move to the main market was the catalyst for last week's movement and there ought to be great benefits in terms of stability following the likely initial 'feel good' boost in the SP at the end of April.

But the main factor leading to a sustained assault on much, much higher ground will be getting stage two funding in the bag without CF churning out the share certificates again! Until such time as that funding is clear the market will have reservations about this share with reassurances about stage two being senior debt only becoming more accepted when more TorP deals emerge, the absence of any further such deals in the update meant that I didn't forsee last week's kick upwards.

Highly amusing though to see the BoD having to put an assurance in last week's RNS over not issuing anymore shares associated with the move to the main market - I should think not! Touchy subject perhaps? I for one won't sit back and relax with this share until such time as I see the 2018 RNS coming out with the terms of stage two funding being all debt only! as promised!

So entry onto the main market and then two months to the AGM, awkward questions over last year soothed out of existence by a rising SP? New TorP deals propelling the SP northwards? Announcement of favourable geological conditions from the test bore?

Who knows? But market expectation will quickly grow around the three monthly updates even more so than unexpected RNS updates, on last week's performance the updates could become major SP events, hopefully to the upside!

Let's hope Frankenstein's monster can maintain a steady northerly track whilst avoiding getting stranded solitary on the ice."

Hop a Long?

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'Geological Brexit'

"...  The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier "Brexit".

They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was destroyed.

The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the Dover Strait...

"More than half a million years ago, in the midst of an Ice Age, a land bridge connected Dover in the South of England to Calais in northern France.

Immediately to the north of it, was a huge glacial lake, which had formed at the edge of an ice sheet that covered much of Europe.

The researchers believe that this lake started to overflow, sending vast amounts of water crashing over the land bridge.

"Prof Gupta said: "These holes are now in-filled with sediment, but what's interesting is that they are not linear features like canyons or valleys - they are isolated depressions.

"And they occur in a line - a whole series of them stretching between Dover and Calais. And they are huge, 100m-deep carved into the bedrock and hundreds of metres to several kilometres in diameter.

"So we interpret these as giant plunge pools. We think there was basically lake water plunging over this rock ridge in the Dover Strait through a whole series of waterfalls, which then eroded and carved out these depressions.

"It's difficult to explain them by any other mechanism."

"...The researchers would now like to work out more precise timings of the "geological Brexit".

This would mean drilling into the bottom of the Dover Strait and analysing the age of the sediment.

"But that would be a huge undertaking," admitted Prof Gupta.

"The English Channel is the world's busiest shipping lane and it has huge tidal currents. It will be hugely challenging."

Downright daft more like, Michael Cain eat your heart out.

Ah, so ... the Ancients...

Err, The Straits !! The Straits !!


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Waxing Lyricals

"'...'It stretches the mind to imagine these wee little embryos growing into a one-ton feather-covered dinosaur that would have looked quite a bit like Big Bird,'' he said..."

Trying to fly ...

wot a shambles...

'Beibeilong sinensis'



Time for a 'manifesto'

Ah, so ...

"Greetings people from the past"

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The Ministry of Antiquities

"Dahshur is where King Sneferu of the 4th Dynasty built ancient Egypt's first true smooth-sided pyramid, the 104m-high (341ft) Red Pyramid, about 4,600 years ago.

He also constructed an earlier version, the 105m-high Bent Pyramid, whose slopes change angle from 54 degrees to 43 degrees about halfway up.

Sneferu was succeeded by his son Khufu, renowned for the Great Pyramid at Giza, which - at 138m high - was a wonder of the ancient world..."


Red Stuff....

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GE & The Great Escape

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Airlander III

Next ...

Ne'er underestimate a 'consumer' :-))

Trump Terminology

"US President Donald Trump has insisted he is not under investigation, while dismissing the FBI director he fired as a "showboat" and "grandstander"."

How Now, about that theme tune....

Ah, so ...

Away wiv the faeries ...

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Belt n Races

"...Bewilderingly, the ‘road’ is not actually a road but rather a sea route linking China’s southern coast to east Africa and the Mediterranean. The ‘belt’ is a series of overland corridors connecting China with Europe, via Central Asia and the Middle East.

“It is a very confusing name,” admits Peter Cai, the author of a recent report  about Belt and Road, who blames China’s propaganda-focused state media for failing to properly explain the concept to the world. “There is still a lot of confusion about what the Belt and Road initiative is and what it actually entails.”

The initiative’s Chinese name - yi dai yi lu or “one belt, one road” - rolls off the tongue far more easily."

Yi dai yi lu ore.... (Yodels) 


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The Ministry of Peace

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The Ministry of Truth

"Chatham House has been at the forefront of thinking on Britain’s role in the world. So with the General Election less than a month away, it’s a great place to set out my approach: on how a Labour Government I lead will keep Britain safe, reshape relationships with partners around the world, work to strengthen the United Nations and respond to the global challenges we face in the 21st century.

And I should say a warm welcome to the UN Special Representative in Somalia,  Michael Keating, who is here today. On Monday, we commemorated VE Day, the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in Europe...

"Alert citizens or political leaders who advocate other routes to security are dismissed or treated as unreliable. My own political views were shaped by the horrors of war and the threat of a nuclear holocaust. My parents met while organising solidarity with the elected government of Spain against Franco’s fascists during the Spanish civil war.

My generation grew up under the shadow of the cold war. On television, through the 1960s and into the seventies, the news was dominated by Vietnam. I was haunted by images of civilians fleeing chemical weapons used by the United States.

I didn’t imagine then that nearly fifty years later we would see chemical weapons still being used against innocent civilians. What an abject failure. How is it that history keeps repeating itself? At the end of the cold war, when the Berlin Wall came down we were told it was the end of history. Global leaders promised a more peaceful, stable world. It didn’t work out like that....

"Today the world is more unstable than even at the height of the cold war. The approach to international security we have been using since the 1990s has simply not worked. Regime change wars in Afghanistan Iraq, Libya, and Syria – and Western interventions in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen – have failed in their own terms, and made the world a more dangerous place.

This is the fourth General Election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond. The fact is that the ‘war on terror’ which has driven these interventions has failed.

They have not increased our security at home – just the opposite. And they have caused destabilisation and devastation abroad...

"We need to step back and have some fresh thinking. The world faces huge problems. As well as the legacy of regime change wars, there is a dangerous cocktail of ethnic conflicts, of food insecurity, water scarcity, the emerging effects of climate change. Add to that mix a grotesque and growing level of inequality in which just eight billionaires own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest people.

And you end up with a refugee crisis of epic proportions affecting every continent in the world. With more displaced people in the world than since the Second World War. These problems are getting worse and fuelling threats and instability. The global situation is becoming more dangerous...

"They have balanced the books on the backs of servicemen and women. Deep cuts have seen the Army reduced to its smallest size since the Napoleonic wars. From stagnant pay and worsening conditions, to poor housing. The morale of our service personnel and veterans is at rock bottom.

And as the security threats and challenges we face are not bound by geographic borders it is vital that as Britain leaves the EU, we maintain a close relationship with our European partners alongside our commitment to NATO and spending at least 2 per cent on defence.

That means working with our allies to ensure peace and security in Europe. We will work to halt the drift to confrontation with Russia and the escalation of military deployments across the continent...."

"To lead this work, Labour has created a Minister for Peace .."

Oh.... rewind?

"Because security is not only about direct military defence, it’s about conflict resolution and prevention, underpinned by strong diplomacy. So the next Labour Government will invest in the UK’s diplomatic networks and consular services. "

Wot like the EU?


Me thinks you just scored a home goal JC ...

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The National Sheep Association

Oooh :

Sign us up sniffy !!

Oh. "There is no age limit for anyone wanting to take part, only those competing are required to be under 27."

Polly hey la do

Eh?  “It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep and any dog caught in the act, can legally be shot with no compensation to the dog’s owner.”

Mr Graham added: “We ask that owners stay legal and keep their dog under close control preferably on a lead.”

Fascinating ...

Bah ...

Seriously ... all is quiet on the Eastern front. Just the ticking of a clock.

Lovely jubbly.... tickety boo.


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The Ministry of Math

"Labour says it would raise billions of pounds for public services with a new tax on financial transactions - known as a "Robin Hood" tax.

The party said extending the way shares were taxed and closing a loophole would bring in up to £26bn in the next Parliament, if it won the election.

It is also wants a tax avoidance crackdown and would require £1m+ earners to publish their tax records....

"Labour said it would extend the existing 0.5% stamp duty paid on shares to other financial assets, including investments known as derivatives.

It would also end an exemption, known as intermediaries relief, that applies to some banks and hedge funds, saying that together the measures would bring in between £4.7bn and £5.6bn a year.

"If Labour's plans came to fruition, critics say these transactions would simply move elsewhere or the costs would be passed on to the likes of pensions funds, ultimately hitting consumers.

That's on top of worries over the potential loss of business and jobs in the City because of Brexit....

"...attacked by the Institute of Economic Affairs, which described them as "another example of the fallacy that corporations can be tapped for cash with no wider costs"."In reality, it's always ordinary people who ultimately pay, including consumers and workers," said the free market think tank's chief economist...

"Vince Cable said Labour's economy policy was "less Robin Hood than Mickey Mouse"."

Sssh ... tis the sound of raindrops.

Ah, zo ...



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Allo, Allo ...

"So although the concrete issues that shaped this election were primarily regional - such as schools, transport and security - this state also matters nationally. It is seen as a bellwether for national elections.

There was a boost in his poll ratings and a surge of excitement when Mr Schulz announced earlier this year that he would challenge Mrs Merkel - it became known as the "Schulz effect".

His plan was to win over voters with a down-to-earth approach. But policy proposals have remained vague, and critics say the folksy charm has started to wear thin."

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The Ministry of Work

"... Its manifesto will promise to keep all workers' rights currently guaranteed by EU law, put worker representation on company boards and protect pensions.

There would also be a statutory right to a year's unpaid leave to care for a relative, under the election plans.

"And the GMB union said its members would "believe it when they see it".


"Holding a 12ft (3.7m) long steel-tipped wooden lance in front of him, he rides a stallion full pelt towards another would-be knight coming at him in a similarly determined attempt to knock him off his horse.

"You are both moving at about 20mph (32km/h), so [if the other person's lance hits you] it is like hitting a brick wall at 40mph.

"I have never fallen off, but I have taken three people out of the saddle. Historically people have died, and it is always the lance tip going through the eye slot [of the helmet]."

""What the code comes down to is try to be a decent person... and there are three parts - bravery, honesty and kindness.

"In business the need to be brave is obvious; the ability to charge forward and seize the opportunity, and do the best that you can with it.

"It is also about exploring new territories and seeking out new markets. It is an essential component in being a leader."

Ah huh ...


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The Ministry of Transport

"Don't be distracted too much by the detail.

Labour's manifesto will have policies on everything from preserving the bee population to the provision of wifi on public transport...

""The graffiti was reported by Hastings Borough Council and affected council property, locations administered by East Sussex County Council and Highways England and one private dwelling."

Ms Rudd is aiming to retain the Hastings and Rye seat which she won with a majority of more than 4,700 in 2015.

However, she faces a challenge from Labour after the Green Party formed an alliance with them and stood down its candidate."

"Now there will be a bit of political cross-dressing in this campaign, with the Conservatives under Theresa May showing a bit more enthusiasm for limited state intervention.

But the Labour manifesto will break with what's often known as the Anglo-Saxon economic model of lower taxation and flexible labour markets and in doing so, the party is distancing itself not just from the Conservatives but from its New Labour predecessor too."

"politically-motivated criminal damage"



Ah, so ...


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Sesame Street

"In a rare show of unity in the Middle East, an advanced research centre to be shared by the troubled region is opening today in Jordan.

Despite political tensions and rows, countries usually hostile to each other are jointly supporting the venture.

Its name is Sesame - Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.

The facility hosts a synchrotron, a particle accelerator that acts as a powerful microscope.

Researchers including Iranians, Israelis and Palestinians - who would never normally meet - will now use the machine together.

Sesame is a play on the famous phrase "Open Sesame" and is meant to signal a new era of collaborative science.

By generating intense beams of light, synchrotrons provide exceptionally detailed views of everything from cancerous tissue to ancient parchments to plant diseases.

Sesame's vast white building, located amid dusty hills some 35km north of the capital Amman, makes a stark contrast to the olive groves around it."

Krakens, Cratons, Crayons

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The Ministry of Justice

"Armed police are patrolling in Scarborough following the Manchester terror attack.

It follows the threat level in the UK being raised to critical.

The armed presence will remain at least through the bank holiday."

Erm .... how very sad. 

Fear and greed.

Now wot about that M/C that mounted the pavement on Foreshore yesterday?


"But when a team of journalists declared that the tiny Mediterranean island was a "pirate base for tax avoidance", it sent ripples of concern across the EU.

Malta currently holds the presidency of the European Union, so the allegations are all the more sensitive. And they come at the tail end of a bitter election campaign that has seen the island's Labour government fending off serious claims of corruption, ahead of a vote on 3 June."



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NSA - The Uplands

"...His plea to politicians to listen to the wishes and concerns of the upland farming fraternity comes in the run-up to both next month’s General Election and, on the day before voters go to the polls, the staging of the North’s biannual industry summit - NSA North Sheep - on June 7."

Bah ...

Flock ...


Ere ?


Clumsy person requires item for merriment event of the year :-? 

Ah, so ...


Oooh fly a kite...

wtf is the point in footfall ... erm football ?



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Pirate Waves

Mind there's always ...

Meanwhile via Lowestoft

"Pirate radio first gained mass popularity in the early 1960s, when unlicensed stations began broadcasting pop music from offshore vessels.

They played the kind of pop and rock that was not permitted on mainstream radio, before the government’s 1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act prohibited the existence of offshore stations.

But the eradication of pirate radio was unsuccessful and many illegal broadcasters simply came ashore and set up their own transmitters."

Ah, so ...

"It is easy to think that the Radio 270 was put together on the cheap yet in truth this was a £40,000 venture. It involved local businessmen ... an entertainments promoter. Leonard Dale was the head of Dale electrics at Gristhorpe... a Scarborough fisherman was involved with the company as Maritime Director. He picked out a vessel - a lugger from the Netherlands for £2500. It was 137 feet long and had a 240 horse power engine - it was built in 1939. The vessel came into Scarborough towed by a local trawler 'Courage' and was fitted out. The fish hold was converted into a communications room and living space for three DJ's and three tecnnicians. There was a distillation unit which could produce 200 gallons of fresh water daily from sea water. Twenty tons of ballast was added to help make the boat ride better at sea. The vessel was renamed Ocean 7 - an anglicized version of Oceaan VII.

In June 1966 the first record was played. It was the current number one - 'Strangers in the night' by Frank Sinatra. It followed the example of other pirate radio stations dishing up rock and roll records. It was presented in a hip and stylish way with slogans such as "Your swinging boat on the north east coast". It was tremendously successful reaching a potential 15 million listeners..."

Oh,OK.  Grow your own ..

The FEX.

Nautical moments...

"IT WOULD have been the biggest radio party for a generation - the golden anniversary of the sinking of the station they loved. But then they discovered that hardly anyone remembered it.

Radio 270 was Yorkshire’s Radio Caroline - a pirate station that broadcast pop music to the culture-starved teenagers of the region. It fell silent, along with the other pirate ships, exactly half a century ago, when Tony Benn’s Marine Offences Act made it a crime for UK citizens to broadcast from offshore.."

“But it was the only one that operated with a proper captain and could actually get under way.

“It used to steam in and out of Bridlington and Scarborough at midnight to pick up supplies. Sometimes it was still there at six in the morning when transmissions started. On one occasion two local bobbies sat on the ship when it went on air.”

The Labour government was determined to shut down the pirates, claiming they were a danger to shipping and that their signals could interfere with the emergency services. To placate listeners, it persuaded a reluctant BBC to create a pop station of its own, and Radio 1 went on air a month later."


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The Polar Express

"A hole as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists aren't sure why it's there.

The gigantic, mysterious hole "is quite remarkable," "It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice."

Oh. Ne'er mind ...

"To really rub salt into the wounds, the below message appears in Portuguese over images of the fans in turmoil:

That day
That they thought
Was never
Going to arrive
Has arrived

It's all or nothing
For them

Argentina have only won once at Ecuador and that came way back in 2001 thanks to goals from Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo.

Visiting teams often struggle at the Ecuador national stadium due to its location over 9,000ft above sea level, with Lionel Messi vomiting on the pitch amid the thin air a few years ago."

Oh, OK:

"Messi will be 35-years-old by the time the World Cup is held in Qatar and would arguably be well past his best.

That means he’ll go all guns blazing for victory in Russia."

The game kicks off at 12.30am BST on Wednesday 11 October at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

Ecuador to win: 7/1

Oh, well.  Can't win 'em all ...

All things being equal.

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Freeze Frames

"Understanding how neutrinos interact is key to the operation of IceCube .."

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is the host laboratory for the LBNF/DUNE project, which will use Fermilab’s world-leading accelerator complex to send a beam of ghostly particles called neutrinos 800 miles through Earth to a massive detector that will be built a mile below the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota.

More than a thousand scientists from institutions in more than 30 countries around the world contribute to the LBNF/DUNE project. The UK has been an essential partner in the experiment since its inception, and the collaboration includes scientists from 16 UK institutions. The U.S. contribution to LBNF/DUNE is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

“The United Kingdom has long been a leader in this area of science, starting with Ernest Rutherford in the early 20th century,” said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer. “This agreement ensures that LBNF/DUNE will have great scientific and technical strength on the team as we chart the bright future for neutrino research.”

"Seismic survey - road closures 

We are conducting seismic surveys between the Dean Hall Brow and Littlebeck Bank Roads between 22 - 30 November. The road will be closed for the duration of this process (see below - in red), with a diversion in place (see below - in blue). Access for residents of the properties along the route is available as usual.

Seismic surveying is required to gather further geophysical data to support the complex design and construction of the mineral transport system. Please click this link to find out further details."

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Tinsel Town

"Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.

Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.

“This whole tech thing,” he said in the June interview. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”

"But he won’t be able to test the rocket before he climbs inside and attempts to steam himself at 500 mph across a mile of desert air. And even if it’s a success, he's promised his backers an even riskier launch within the next year, into the space above the disc. He told Ars Technica last year that the second phase of his mission might involve floating in a balloon up to 20,000 feet above the ground, then rocket-packing himself into outer space.

“It’s scary as hell,” Hughes told the AP. “But none of us are getting out of this world alive.”

This is true. And yet some hope to live to see its edges."

"The only thing that César Chávez knows with respect to energy is that it does not reach his house and that converting the Marañón into a bathtub will not generate light for Tupén Grande.

Currently, Peru consumes 6,500 megawatts (MW) at peak demand each year. It has a generation capacity of more than 10,000 MW. More simply, the country has almost 50 percent of the energy it produces left over. Peru generates so much energy, that by 2018, this reserve will reach 70 percent, following MINEM projections. That is to say, production vastly exceeds demand. Yet the State has still not achieved bringing light to every corner of Peru."

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Adonis Rules

"1:58pm 2nd January 2018
(Updated 3:27pm 2nd January 2018)

Labour's transport chief has been stuck on a broken down train - on his way to a protest about rail fare rises.

Andy McDonald had taken part in a demonstration outside King's Cross earlier on Tuesday and was hoping to spend the day touring similar protests at other railway stations.

He said the Virgin East Coast service he was on suffered a "complete loss of power, just like this awful Tory government".

The shadow transport secretary highlighted the irony of the 9:56am service from Stevenage to Leeds grinding to a halt just outside Grantham on the same day train fares increased by an average 3.4%.

Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is on a trip to Qatar meeting senior politicians in the Gulf state.

Mr McDonald's train was due to pull in at 11:50am, so he could join some of the 40 groups outside stations across the country protesting fare hikes.

But instead a power outage brought it to a sudden halt - leaving passengers on board stuck for almost two hours.

Virgin was forced to scramble a "rescue locomotive" to tow the train to the next station, but other services faced knock-on delays or cancellations.

In a video message recorded from a vestibule on the scuppered service, Mr McDonald said: "My day of campaigning for a publicly-owned railway has been interrupted today because of the breakdown of this Virgin train as I head to Leeds.

"So it's run out of power, a little bit like the Tories."

:: In numbers - UK rail fares vs rest of Europe
:: Adonis slams Govt rail 'bailout'

"But this is on the same line that's had the benefit of a £2bn payout in the last few weeks and of course it comes hot on the heels of a 3.6% increase in fares for the travelling public.

"If anything demonstrated how broken this system is it's this."

Mind, whats the point investing in trains that stand still.

"Many hospitals are buckling under the strain despite intensive NHS-wide planning for a winter that bosses have long feared would be particularly difficult, including measures such as creating extra beds in hospitals and hiring “step-down” beds in nursing homes to help."

Stick em on a Train .... Oh... Erm, that could be complicated.



"Fancy a holiday running a bookshop?

A bookshop in Scotland has gained a new lease of life by inviting tourists to run it."
The Two Party State?
No Thanks.
"‘Brexit might NOT happen!’ Vince Cable’s SHOCK claim Britain might NOT leave the EU"
Try changing a lightbulb with one arm ...  ;-)
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Astrix the Ambidextrous

"But today, Johnson also wants to talk about his latest preoccupation, which is on an altogether more domestic scale: advancing women’s education around the world.

“I genuinely think, having done this job now for 18 months, having been to about 62 countries, having seen many of the problems of the world much more clearly than I ever saw them before, I really think that that is the number one challenge that we have – and also the biggest opportunity to transform the world,” he says...

Global development is not formally part of Johnson’s brief."

"Grocery stores, workshops and farmhouses were destroyed, never to be rebuilt. The people had lost not only their homes but their livelihoods. “Our fathers needed work and investments to restart the economy destroyed by the earthquake,” says Pagliaroli. “The state instead gave us a modern work of art that did not belong to us.”

“But the traditions and lives of its inhabitants have not moved, and remain buried beneath rubble in the old city.’’

After dark, stray dogs roam the square, older residents who once gathered to play cards now stay indoors, and there is a notable absence of young people."

hmmm ...

"A middle class white man — whom EVERYONE underestimates — travels through a magical kingdom to the tribal world of the primitive people. Sure, he underestimates them, and sure, they are formidable, but he’s an innovator, learns their magic, DOES IT BETTER than them, SAVES THE WORLD FOR THEM, wins the THRONE, and then GIVES THE THRONE to a brown woman who expresses GRATITUDE for his MORAL EXCELLENCE. He retires to a simple life of universal acclaim and perennial luxury, but still nonetheless modest."

"To Shitsville. Come. Let me show you the way.

White males like me have a similar problem to the ghosts in “The Sixth Sense,” only instead of “they don’t know they’re dead,” the problem is “they don’t know they’re white males.”

The privilege of privilege is not knowing itself. I’m being serious. If you have some kind of privilege, then one of the main ways it will manifest is literally in the luxury of not having to think about it. White people aren’t self-conscious about their race. Males aren’t self-conscious about their sex. Straight people aren’t self-conscious about their sexuality. Able-bodied people aren’t self-conscious about being able-bodied. And the more privileged you are, the less likely you are to think about these categories because you will tell yourself that these categories belong to the Others, and that these categories are all a distraction from the true issue, which is class mobility, to be specific, yours."


Grrrr ...

No Doubt?

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'Stalked by a Zombie'

"What to do when our economy benefits only the few, but politicians seem powerless to change it? This new series follows communities who are working out their own answers.

"Britain in 2018 is stalked by zombie ideas, zombie politicians, zombie institutions – stripped of credibility and authority, yet somehow still presiding over our lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the way we run our economy...."

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Parking Permits

"In the 21st century, the search for national security has become a source of urban insecurity.

The traditional security paradigm in our western-style democracies fails to accommodate a key feature of today’s wars: when our major powers go to war, the enemies they now encounter are irregular combatants. Not troops, organised into armies; but “freedom” fighters, guerrillas, terrorists. Some are as easily grouped by common purpose as they are disbanded. Others engage in wars with no end in sight.

What such irregular combatants tend to share is that they urbanise war. Cities are the space where they have a fighting chance, and where they can leave a mark likely to be picked up by the global media...."

tis just chuckked owt there for the very interesting comments.

Hmmm ...

The Grass Roots Co-ordinating Group.

"In the old wars, there was the option of calling for an armistice. In today’s wars, there are no dominant powers who can decide to end it. Today’s urban wars, above all, are wars with no end in sight."



Ah, so ..

"A mouse, as the Roman dramatist Plautus observed, never entrusts his life to only one hole. And now some of us humans are following that animal instinct, by purchasing multiple holiday homes..."

"What all have in common is that their additional sets of bricks and mortar are relatively modest. Beacham even calls hers “a series of hovels, really”.

And the Question was?   Why do folk retire to the coast...

The Ships Cat.

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Have Another Cherry ...

"“Scarborough is a harbour town,” said Coun Mark Vesey, member of Scarborough Council’s harbour task group. “All the history is there, locked in those walls. We once had one of the largest ship-building yards in the country. We built ships that went all over the world, taking convicts to Australia. That all went in the age of steam. This is about a long-term vision about development for the future.”

The taskforce was set up by Scarborough Council in September, to draw up a plan around projects, investment and direction. Public meetings are to be held in coming days, with fishermen, professors, specialists in fisheries, conservation, and maritime industries.

The harbour currently houses around 35 fishing vessels, and is visited by 300 more, a report to be considered on Wednesday reveals. It provides 150 jobs in the town. And while it’s difficult to quantify the benefits it brings to the area’s wider economy, the report recognises that a visible fishing industry adds to the town’s appeal as a major tourist destination.

The group, drawing up an action plan, is looking at ideas around investments which could secure its future as a working harbour – relatively rare in a modern tourist town – and to improve its surroundings for future income generation.

“We know facilities need investment,” said Coun Vesey. “The harbour is hundreds of years old.”

As well as potential investment in facilities, the task force is looking at ways funding can be generated from the harbour. There’s a waiting list for berths going into years, Coun Vesey said, and there are considerations as to whether this could be expanded. The West Pier, parking in summer, is “empty space” is winter, he said, and there were options around making more of this space. There could be crab stalls, or cafes, he adds.

“There’s a lot to look at, to try and balance it all,” he said. “Scarborough harbour is quite unique in the world of fishermen, as a working harbour with tourists visiting as well. We want to keep that heritage, to keep the tourism, and to make money so that it can pay its way in the future. It’s a big challenge.”

Scarborough harbour is a working harbour and must remain as such, fishermen have urged, despite its appeal as a tourism destination.

Fred Normandale, a vessel owner and now retired fisherman, whose father and both grandfathers fished here before him, has commented on the reports as to how it could be developed.

“The harbour is a Scarborough centre for vessels - it’s for fishermen,” the 69-year-old said. “The harbour is the focal point. The harbour was built for a reason, and that was for a maritime purpose.”

The first records of a fishing fleet were are in 1225, when Henry lll gifted 40 oaks from his woods to use in the harbour.

In 1914, the lighthouse was seriously damaged during the bombardment of Scarborough by German cruisers and the tower had to be dismantled. It was rebuilt in 1931.

“It’s been there a long time,” said Mr Normandale.

“The old boys always say, we owe it to the next generation to leave this harbour, if not in as good a condition, then a better one than that which we inherited it.

“We like that line - that’s gone down through the generations. Fishing is not a job, it’s a way of life.”

Scarborough Harbour’s fishing task group is to meet on Wednesday to update on its latest progress.

A range of experts are to join the discussion panel, and among the topics to be discussed are the projections for the UK fishing industry, emerging sectors, and potential changes to the UK’s policy and funding following Brexit and the impact on industry."

Is that so ...

Oh Dear ... All Work & No Play ?

Don't be silly ;-))


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The 'Swivel-Eyed'

"...The need for action to boost the Dales economy is ever more pressing, and has been underlined by a series of reports over the past couple of years. While none was specific to the area, the findings of each have had particular resonance there.

Public Health England and the Local Government Association warned of increasing rural deprivation in apparently idyllic towns and villages. Low-paid work, unemployment, high housing costs, fuel poverty, poor transport links and social isolation amongst the elderly were all growing problems.

Then the Centre for Towns
pointed out that small towns and villages lost more than a million young people over the past three decades as they moved to the cities in search of work.

Over the same period, there was an influx of more than two million people aged 65 and over into the smaller places. The trend was particularly pronounced in the North.

Government stinginess towards national parks is only aggravating matters, with overall funding levels potentially a fifth lower by 2020 than they were in 2010, added to which is the uncertainty of what happens post-Brexit when EU money is no longer available..."

Ah, so ...

Did someone not mention the Trans North Sea Partnership?

Oh Dear...  we seem to be running out of Cherries.

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The Hills Have Eyes

"On a windy hill in Scarborough, next to a slightly ramshackle sheep farm, one of Britain’s most secret buildings sits behind a barbed-wire fence. It is a GCHQ base dating from the First World War, when our spies intercepted messages to and from the German fleet. More recently it spearheaded an investigation into Manchester bomber Salman Abedi’s terror network.

The Sunday Times has been given exclusive access to the base as GCHQ today announces a significant expansion of its northern spy hub..."


“Every year thousands of visitors to Haworth follow the three-mile moorland track to that ruined farmhouse. It’s become a rite of passage, but seeing nothing more than a few sheep most assume that this has always been an area of bleak, unproductive desolation..."


"A Spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Our National Funding Formula, supported by an additional £1.3 billion, has been widely welcomed for putting an end to historic disparities in funding. “Under the new formula, schools in North Yorkshire will attract an increase in funding of 3.6 per cent on average by 2019-20, representing a total increase in funding of £11.7 million. We recognise that some schools are necessarily small because they are remote and do not have the same opportunities to grow or make efficiency savings as other schools.

“These schools may be eligible for additional support from the £26m we have made available through the ‘sparsity funding factor’.”

“They said if it’s financial woes that are the biggest problem, then we could look at some programme of giving in the community,” said Mrs Vetch. “If we want to keep our communities going, these are the things we have to do. Even when it comes to funding education ourselves - to a point.”


Ah, so ...

"millions in the north want to know why, if I go online right now, and want to travel to London at 659am tomorrow, returning Tuesday 640pm the cheapest ticket is £277.50. Same ticket travelling in four weeks time costs £156.50. Why?"

"We want more northerners - they are the smartest.”

Indeed ;-)


"just read your run of tweets. I’m hugely disappointed by this. The article on Emma was written because, quite rightly, GCHQ staff are proud of her story. They gave me her blog to base it on. It is in the paper because I wanted to report it. To suggest otherwise is utterly wrong."

Oh no its not ...


“To say he’s terribly sorry for what’s happened is perhaps an understatement. I’m instructed to apologise deeply to the young woman concerned for the catastrophic injury he’s caused her. He feels terrible about it.”

"Anyway, there are plenty of times when journalists play a crucial role in the detection of crime. A classic example came last week with the conviction of the serial killer Levi Bellfield for the murder of Milly Dowler.

One key component of the evidence against him was provided by a Daily Mirror reporter, David Collins, who tape-recorded a phone call with Bellfield in which he admitted for the first time that he had been driving the car spotted at the scene of Milly's disappearance.

Collins used subterfuge to obtain that interview but, quite rightly, was absolved by the Press Complaints Commission for his actions. He had not struck a confidentiality agreement with his sources, Bellfield's mother and brother.

Every case must be taken on its merits, not least because the intimate interaction between source and journalist is crucial to what happens afterwards. It is, admittedly, a grey area. But that's a reflection of life, is it not?"

Fun, innit ...


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The Fun Stops Here?

"Authorities in Japan have warned people of the risk of large flying rocks within 4km (2.5 miles) of an erupting volcano on Kyushu island.

Mount Shinmoedake has been spewing ash for days but eruptions turned explosive very early on Saturday.

Volcanic activity there could continue for several months, experts say.

In the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, Mount Shinmoedake was used to depict the exterior of a criminal organisation's secret lair.

On Saturday the country's meteorological agency issued new warnings, saying flying rocks could now be expected to reach a 4km radius around the volcano."

Baldrick!!! I have a cunning plan ;-)

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Filey by Post

"Flamborough Head Lighthouse will be opening its doors to the public once again at the start of the 2018 season.

From Saturday 24th March, staff members from Sewerby Hall and Gardens will offer visitors informative guided tours of this iconic structure between 12 noon and 4pm..."

"A new multi-million-pound strategic plan which would focus on the creation of a new "town" on the outskirts of Scarborough will be considered by councillors ahead of a predicted population boom in line with industrial growth..."

"The lighthouse is located on Flamborough Head and offers breathtaking views over Bridlington Bay and the Heritage Coast.

Visitors can climb the 119 steps to the top of the lighthouse to see the magnificent views of the surrounding area, all the while learning about the history of the lighthouse and Trinity House.

Tours cost adults £4.50, children and over 60s £3.50 and families (two adults and two children) £14.

The lighthouse can also be booked for parties or individuals and has even been used as a romantic and unique location for marriage proposals. Please note that some restrictions on access apply."

"Sir Major Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire's interim Chief of Staff/Press Secretary/Legal Counsel/Communications Director/Policy Adviser/Presidential Secretary/Cycle Caddie, refuted allegations that the Light House had been rendered useless by the constant firings, scapegoating and the fickle whims of Donald Trump...

I’ve seen Blue Peter enough to know that you can make anything you want to if you have enough sellotape, thanks very much."

"UK passports, have confirmed today that they will not be offering a postal service and that UK citizens who wish to travel abroad will need to collect their passport in person from Amsterdam.

The shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer who had carefully constructed a consensus told us today, “It is true that, in order to keep the cost of the contract as low as possible, we have not included a postal option...  but is demanding a say in future trade deals."

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Dome Sweet Dome

Oooops ... @ google :-(

The point is that the North Bay Sands Development is one soggy saga that has been almost twenty years in the making... but from a geological point of view, (birds eye) it is almost an island... 

The original plan to build a dome was deemed too ambitious for its day aka The Zenith Project.

Meanwhile Benchmark's latest plans are seeking a £25mil investment on the former Atlantis site.  The question is - is Duce a sitting duck ?   

The Sands Development has until end of 2020 to materialise. 

A North Bay Residents Association was mooted, along with a North Bay in Bloom at a meeting Duce et al failed to attend... (tis a Sunday so I will witter on cos no one is listening) 

The conundrum here is that of intervention - to object to the latest 'Multiplexed' would be 'futile'. On the one hand, objections will be ignored.  On the other hand this could be the final finanical 'sink' that puts Duce et al 'out to sea' (if you get my drift).

Enjoy :-

The Think Tank ;-)


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Shaken Not Stirred

"There are reports of cracks appearing in properties near the site of the demolition of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre.

Councillor Janet Jefferson, who represents that area, says she's unhappy about how sheet pile driving is affecting homes and businesses on and around Blands Cliff.

We told you last month, that this method was now being used to stabilise the cliff, instead of a concrete wall originally planned..."

“I will not let you go into the unknown alone.”

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SBC & A Cultural Exchange

"A Scarborough Borough Councillor has asked the Leader of the Council to justify more than £2,000 being spent on a trip to Paris.

During yesterday’s full council meeting, Councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff addressed Councillor Derek Bastiman to question the expensive travel bill.

She said: "Can the leader justify why he required himself, the Chief Executive and two other individuals from SBC to travel to Paris to be the guests of Welcome to Yorkshire at a Tour de France finish at a cost of £2,319?

"As to why you took four people, in the words of Kylie Minogue, je ne sais pas pourquoi."

Also questioned by the councillor was Cllr Bastiman’s decision to accept hospitality from a gambling company at York races.

She said: “Given the immense damage caused by gambling in our borough, does he not think that it sends an awful message?”

Cllr Bastiman did not justify the cost of travelling Paris. However, he said these activities were a "fundamental part" of his and the Chief Executive's roles and should not be discussed in a full council meeting.

He said: "The position of leader and Chief Executive regularly requires them to attend a range of events in an ambassadorial or social capacity to promote the interests of the borough and develop relationships that often result in economic investment.

"These activities are a fundamental part of these roles and therefore there is no requirement or expectation to report such activities to a meeting of full council."

In response to the latter accusation Mr Bastiman only said: "As leader, Chief Executive or Mayor we make a lot of decisions. We make decisions on whether to open shops, parks, public houses but that doesn't make us alcoholics."

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Tees Time

"A cargo ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of steel and equipment for a new wharf has successfully docked in the Antarctic after a month-long voyage.

The DS Wisconsin left Teesport, near Middlesbrough, at the end of November carrying 83 sea containers of supplies.

It was guided through sea ice towards the Rothera Research Station where work on the new wharf will begin in weeks.

Martha McGowan, from construction firm BAM, described the sailing as a "major logistical undertaking".

The new wharf is part of a £100m upgrade of the British Antartic Survey research station to accommodate its new, much larger vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough...

"The shipment, which arrived last week, includes two 300-tonne crawler cranes, 90-tonne long reach excavators, drilling rigs and about 1,000 tonnes of structural steelwork.

David Seaton, BAS project manager, described the creation of the new wharf as a "complex, marine civil engineering challenge", akin to "building underwater on the edge of a crumbling ice cliff".

"We are all now very keen to get on with the work of building the new wharf - an integral part of modernising our infrastructure and keeping the UK at the forefront of polar science," he said.

BAM project manager, Martha McGowan, added: "It was a major logistical undertaking to get every single thing needed to build a wharf in freezing Antarctic waters loaded onto one ship.

"One month and 11,000km later, it is very good to see all that hard work paying off."

The wharf should be up and running by April 2020."


"And Environment Secretary Michael Gove said that those considering rejecting Mrs May's agreement in the hope of securing a better deal "were like swingers in their mid-50s waiting for film star Scarlett Johansson to turn up on a date".

Ah, So ;-)

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Futurist & 'Cobblepot'

"Scarborough householders living near the Futurist Theatre site say they're very unhappy about damage which they claim is being caused to their properties.

Contractors Willmott Dixon are using the method of sheet pile driving to stabilise the cliff, instead of a concrete wall as originally planned.

Residents have been complaining about the noise - which even stopped a council meeting earlier in the week.

Some of those on Prospect Place - which is near the Futurist site - have seen cracks inside their properties and on their patios, with some saying they were promised pile driving would not be used; nor were they told of a change in method.

Councillor Mike Cockerill, Cabinet Member for Major Projects at the council, said:

"All the experts, on which we rely and which Willmott Dixon rely, assure us that there is no problem and that's also why there is a very detailed and extensive monitoring regime which will automatically notify if there is any danger.

At the moment the project is the responsibility of our contractor, Willmott Dixon.

Any allegations of damage should be reported to them and they are totally responsible."..."

Fact is the Futurist was cobbled together, with wot at times appeared to be dung.  That rather huge piling should ultimately secure their homes ...

Should the residents fears be realised then alternative accommodation should be prioritised.

One for the Prime Directive ;-)


"Now Willmott Dixon is saying cracks and damage that has been reported - was already there - and its work has had no effect.

A spokesperson at Willmott Dixon, said:

"As you can imagine with a complex and sensitive demolition, we have a strict process agreed with the council and part of that includes rigorous monitoring of the local surroundings and buildings to check vibration levels.

This includes 24 hour noise and vibration monitoring in key areas of the site. We also carry out intermittent checks to local properties.

An independent NEC Supervisor from NPS, employed by Scarborough Borough Council, has confirmed to both Willmott Dixon and the council that all cracks highlighted by residents are age-related and not a result of work on the site.

Willmott Dixon have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to implement further monitoring of these cracks to assure local residents that they are not being worsened by the piling.

We will remain vigilant in our work to ensure we keep any disruption to an absolute minimum."

They added:

"In terms of the monitoring, some is very visible and other systems are quite discreet.

Noise and vibration monitors are very visible as they have a huge comedic mic on top of them and on some houses we have them over the gable and garden wall.

There over 40 different monitoring points for movement which are measured in three dimensions up to three times a day.

They are measured to the nearest millimetre in all directions and checked by three different people every day."

John King, who also lives on Prospect Place, disagrees:

"How can you monitor the building moving and vibrating with absolutely nothing attached to them whatsoever? There's nothing; there's no devices attached.

We were told there would be vibration sensors and all sorts set up monitoring. There's nothing, absolutely nothing; and we weren't advised that they were going to use piling instead of any other method.

It's just unreal."


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Upstairs Downstairs

Awwe Bless :

Keep Digging ...

"WORK is expected to start next spring on a £2 million scheme to build a new shop in Scarbor- ough with a rooftop terrace cafe.

Barry Jackson and other members of his family are planning a new Upstairs Downstairs to replace the shop they lost in St Nicholas Street.

The development will take place on the Sunken Gardens site between the Panorama Cafe and St Nicholas Cliff.

Mr Jackson said: "If everything runs smoothly we hope to have the new shop open 12 months after work starts. A site survey has already been completed.

"The new business will operate on the lower-ground floor, ground floor, first floor and second floor, which will incorporate a rooftop terrace cafe and bar."

The Sunken Gardens site is also known as The Lounge area because there used to be a coffee lounge on the site until just before the Second World War.

Scarborough Council's new Customer First centre opened in February on a site which included the Upstairs Downstairs and Connections shops in St Nicholas Street."

"Council chiefs have stressed the work is just the start for the gardens, with more planting and further improvements planned.

Eileen Bosomworth, leader of Scarborough Council, said: "I am so pleased to see these improvements. This project has been one of the biggest enhancement schemes in the town for years and has completely transformed the image of that part of the town centre.

"The improvement of St Nicholas Gardens shows our determination to restore civic pride in the borough.

"Furthermore we have upgraded Foreshore Road, key buildings are now floodlit and proposals are in place for King Street and Marshall House.

"Never before has so much investment gone into such a small area."

Mrs Bosomworth said once plants had had time to establish themselves and the council gardeners had "worked their magic" the gardens would be a place the town could be proud of..."

"ST NICHOLAS Street has been closed, flats evacuated and businesses closed amid fears that Marshall House is in danger of collapsing.

The street was closed at 5pm yesterday and the road and pavements at either side of the building cordoned off.

People inside the four businesses affected were advised to leave and residents at the back of Marshall House were also told of the threat.

Work to transform Marshall House, which has been derelict for six years, into two bars was due to begin in two weeks.

Problems first came to light yesterday when building contractors turned up at the property owned by the Goodall Group.

Scarborough Council's chief executive John Trebble said the contractors said it was not safe to start work.

"Our building control officers have inspected the danger and all agree the building is unsafe," said Mr Trebble.

"If the building were to collapse it would collapse into the road rather than in on itself.

"The whole building is at risk and our first concern has been for the safety of the public.

"At this early stage in the process we haven't given any detailed consideration to any other future issues relating to the property or where the development goes from here.

"Questions of compensation will have to be sorted out at a later date," he said."

Oooh I feel a King Street Special coming on ...

Sabre Rattling ;-)

Mind, thats over development for you ..

It can wait. 

Far too below my pay grade :-)


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