'Muck Tubs'


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Home Grown 'Hugelkultur'


"6:01am 5th July 2017
(Updated 7:11am 5th July 2017)

Plans for a £100 million investment in the McCain Foods plant in Scarborough will be discussed by councillors in the town tomorrow.

Earlier this year, the company unveiled their proposals to upgrade equipment, introduce odour reduction technology and provide extensive landscaping around the perimeter of the plant...


Wot No .... Response @ Eastfield Parish


Part of the concept of the garden is to invoke the senses. Strawberries nestle among other plants, where you can reach out and pick them. There's moss to tickle your toes if you walk barefoot along soft paths.

"We're trying to get people to get all their senses involved when experiencing this garden," says co-creator Andreas Christodoulou.

"So there's an edible element to every plant and so therefore you can taste what the plants are like.

"There's a lovely smell, especially during the rain, along the lawn paths, and we encourage people to take off their shoes as they walk through so that they can feel and try to explore the soft landscaped paths."




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Fragant & Vacant


"The closure of Manor Road Nusery has moved a step closer after Scarborough Council's scrutiny board backed the proposals.

The plans will see the nursery move to the authority's Dean Road Depot site and will also mean the council buys in plants rather than growing its own.

The council says the move will help it make savings and also provide close to £300,000 in capital gains.

Yesterday's decision came as a bitter blow to the volunteers who fought to save the nursery from closure just three years ago,

in 2014, the former chairman of the Friends of Manor Road Nurseries, Dorothy Russell, led a successful campaign to force the council to retain the site, which grows flowers for displays across the borough.

Last year, the council announced it was investigating the possibility of moving the nurseries functions to the Dean Road depot site, where it would join the new MOT garage for all of the borough's taxis.

A task group was set up, led by Cllr Tony Randerson (Lab), which, following consultation, decided the best option was to move the nursery from Manor Road.

In order to make the Dean Road site usable for nursery purposes close to £400,000 will be spent decontaminating the land on the site.

A 'community and education hub' will also be created in Peasholm Park as part of the move.

The work and the hub will be paid for by the sale of the Manor Road site, which has been estimated at £860,000 and will likely become new houses,

The cost of buying in plants is estimated at £65,000 compared to the current price of £182,000 per year for the council to grow its own plants.

The council's director of finance, Nick Edwards, told the meeting that "the cost of doing nothing" and keeping the nursery where it was would be £900,000 - as Dean Road would still need to be decontaminated and Manor Road would require significant investment to allow it to continue.

He added that the skilled staff would be retained by the authority.

Scarborough Council's cabinet will decide the nursery's future later this year"

Scheduled. 18th July.


Monty Pythons ....


Awe ... bless



That roof was pretty high ;-))

Mind they built drain pipes properly in those days.

Bats n Slippers.

Samba ... dunno why they called me that.

Oh well back to it ....





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Booming Blooms


"Volunteers preparing for their town's Britain in Bloom bid say they were "absolutely horrified" when the council cut down trees the day before judging.

The trees were removed from the Market Place in Melksham, Wiltshire, as part of a planned redevelopment.

Volunteer Kathy Iles said she "stood in the town hall and cried" after seeing the felled trees while walking "the route for a last check".

Wiltshire Council apologised and said hoped it "doesn't affect the judging".

Ms Iles said while walking the route on Wednesday, to her "horror" she saw a team of contractors in the Market Place cutting down trees.

She said judges did "not just look at the blooms but took everything into account"...

"And definitely not the night before judging. I was just absolutely horrified. I rushed across the road and tried to get them to stop but they're there to do the work aren't they?

"They haven't even finished the job. There's a tree stump left standing in the Market Place. The other tree is half-done ..."

bit like the A64 innit.

That about 0.27083333 by my reckoning.... mind it could be the life of Pie.


lol ' ... tis a lottery



The Yorkshire Way.

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The Manor


"6:32am 20th July 2017

Scarborough's Manor Road Parks Nursery is to close.

The council's cabinet has approved the end of the service, alongside plans to buy in plants from outside instead of growing them.

A new holding facility for plants will be built at the Dean Road Depot, using money from the sale of the Manor Park Nursery.

The move is expected to save nearly £120,000 a year, but they hope to keep the council staff in other roles

Cabinet member Joe Plant said:

"Things are going to change, but I believe for the better. The only difference is we're going to buy plants from somewhere else. It's up to staff to make sure the quality of plants is high, wherever they come from.

The staff at Manor Road Nursery have good skills. We're not going to lose those skills, they're going to be in place in the Parks Department elsewhere.""



The Task Group as reported in the minutes was not in agreement by consensus.  A Minority Report was requested by Cllr Randerson.  This was prepared along with a check list of the report findings. This    presentation was prevented by Cllr Siddons who claimed it over powered the task  group report, two minutes before the meeting officially started.

An abridged version was given, with request for a fourth option to be considered.  This was voted down by the OS Committee led by Cllr (silencer) Siddons.

(All witnessed by Carl Kavanagh of the snooze btw)

An opportunity to present the same to Cabinet was considered.  Mind,  it would have been futile :


Due dilligence ;-??


The Manor Road Nursery closure and outsourcing plants agreed by cabinet is an 'A' item and has to go to full Council on September 4th.

The purported saving of £120k per year is a myth.  Only one Nursery employee will be retained. Another procurement and quality inspector will have to be employed and trained.

Many of the facts remain unqanitified (as suggested by the Cabinet report) and certainly not extrapolated.



90% of the proposal is agreed... just a slight problem with the heritage plants and a glass house.



No rush ... mind some FOI's might come in handy ;-)

Oh happy days..


Ropers ;-)



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The Middle


"Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following an international law enforcement investigation.

The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data.

Police in the US and Europe collaborated on the operation.

According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay.

AlphaBay has been offline since early July, fuelling suspicions among users that a law enforcement crackdown had taken place.

"We know of several Americans who were killed by drugs on AlphaBay," said US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"One victim was just 18 years old when in February she overdosed on a powerful synthetic opioid which she had bought on AlphaBay."

Investigations were led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police..."

Mutton ...


Horses for courses



"He argued that the Conservatives and Labour had been taken over by "ideologues" and British politics had lost its "basic common sense", moderation and mutual respect - his aim was for the Liberal Democrats to move into that space.

He warned that he feared the UK was "heading for a disastrous outcome" over Brexit, headed by a dysfunctional and disunited government - and said he felt there should be an "exit from Brexit".

The party's main campaign pledge during the election was to give the public the final say on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU in a further referendum, ahead of the scheduled withdrawal date in March 2019.

Although Sir Vince has admitted this message did not "cut through", he has argued that attitudes are beginning to change and that the public mood will come round to the party's position.

He has said the Conservative and Labour leaderships are conspiring to negotiate a "hard Brexit" and he is willing to work with MPs from other parties to thwart this.

Sir Vince, who was knighted last year, was elected unopposed after other potential candidates, including Jo Swinson, Norman Lamb and Sir Ed Davey, said they would not be putting themselves forward."




There was a yippeee in there somewhere ...

Oops ...


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Culture Clubs


"A multi-agency operation has launched in Scarborough this week to help improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

The scheme, known as Operation Culture, was introduced following feedback from the local community and aims to tackle those who bring the most long-term and ongoing harm to the area.

Scarborough Neighbourhood Police Team will work in conjunction with Scarborough Borough Council’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to deal with anti-social behaviour in relation to street drinking, users of psychoactive substances (legal highs) and those who urinate/defecate in public places. It will see an increased number of officers present in the town, along with other partner agencies, actively deterring those causing a disruption in the town centre.

Acting Police Sergeant Mike Tinsley said: “Officers will base their patrols on community received intelligence, locating and apprehending those who choose to use and supply drugs in the town and taking robust action against perpetrators of anti-social behaviour. We encourage the public to stop and speak with officers in the town, who will be more than happy to tell them about the operation.

“We hope this operation will demonstrate the commitment of North Yorkshire Police and our community partners in tackling perpetrators of inconsiderate and unlawful behaviour that blights the enjoyment of the town for residents and visitors alike.”

As well as Police Officers, Special Constables and Police Volunteers, Operation Culture is supported by: Changing Lives, a charity that provides specialist support for vulnerable people and their families; Horizons, a charity that helps people recover from drug and alcohol dependency; and street triage teams who support those with substance misuse and mental health problems.

Sandra Rees, Community Safety Manager for Scarborough Borough Council, said: "We work closely with North Yorkshire Police to tackle anti-social behaviour related incidents and Operation Culture is another strand of this close working. We hope to reassure the community, tackle the problem and give members of the public the opportunity to talk to us.”

Operation Culture will initially run for 10 weeks over the summer holidays.

Members of the public can help Operation Culture by reporting any suspicious people or activity. Please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. If an emergency response is required, always dial 999. Information can also be passed on without giving your name by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

"I only deal in trees.
You can Never have too many"

How Now about that fence ;-0



Sweet Plumb.



If the hat fitz ...