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The ships log : 10.00am stardate 12/02/2018.   The triology of the 'fishing' was held at the RNLI  aimed at the South Bay Traders & Association along with others of associated interest and it was an interesting turnout with the usual suspects along with an extra bod from SBC.

The Chair opened the meeting outlining the Council's need for cutbacks with savings of £2mil pa expected to be made over the next five years.  He then asked how can we do more over the next 10 to 30 years? (ergo 'make more')

The role of the fishing industry? To summarise the previous two meetings we need to keep the facilities up to date.   However short & sweetly managed, there was a comfy seat with an extraordinary view;-)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTb3rTmMHnc

FA:  From a traders point of view the harbour together with the tradition of fishing was the best free show in town.  It gives Scarborough integrity , community & proper jobs. we need to find a way of marketing special shellfish ... make the most of our natural and historic heritage. 

JC:  I would only reinforce that view... adding the importance of the diversity of the harbour.   Smaller boats add to more diversity, in turn supporting local families. 

DJ:  The harbour is a magnet.  How about a visitors centre? 

JC:  Only if this was commercially viable, not only commercially but sustainable. We would need an undertaking or caveat from the Council.

DJ:  If we could ringfence the income.

JC:  Even if revenue neutral .. anything eg WC's /parking it needs to be  at least neutral and subject to material  cost.  There are too many loss making ventures although  the market is currently strengthening.  There has been too many empty shops &  to lets,  it is very hard in the private sector. We need a balance through out the harbour.  We are all a bit nervous and have due concerns.  Historically everytime we have this conversation with the local authority it  keeps asking the same questions.  We have been very patient and there is a lot of interest.  There are not many resorts where we all co-exist. 

The harbour  is very unusual and impacts the whole Old Town community.

A scuba diver :  The scallop dredgers are driven out of Scotland due to the damage they are doing to the seabed. The monitoring of auctions. Processors.. 5 processors ... build of processing plants creates a monopoly. An auction house.
We need a plan B. 

MoP:  Do local fish & chip shops sell local white fish?   It is not landed here.  Most of the white fish is caught up north, eg Iceland. 

JS:  We need to look at sustainability. 

JJ:  A bone of contention is the harbour funding...

The leisure side of the harbour  : there is limited reserves for leisure boats, visiting boats find it very difficult to get into the harbour.  The fishing & leisure income is about the same income wise. 

Another pontoon in the inner harbour, how would that impact?

SBC:  Have looked at extending pontoons... to squeeze a few more boats in there.  The problem is with navigation and we have got to accept vehicles up to 70m in length.

The warehouses pay and invest in the harbour (circa £1k pa). More facilitites are needed such as showers and a toilet block.

MoP:   Need to mix it up a bit ... be a bit more creative. 

JC:  Listening to the history, when John Shepherd signed of parts of the harbour near the Ivy House & Luna park ie floating pontoons.

JJ:  He also looked at the outer harbour ...

FA:  It can be done but again needs to be cost sensitive. 

The West Pier has the ability to host events eg the Goldwings, Armed Forces Day along with smaller events

SS:  What about putting a structure over it? 

MoP: It is a waste of space in winter.  Though it provides convenient short term parking.  As does Marine Drive.  How much importance of access & parking? 

The day visitors (mainly camp visitors) it is convenient to use the park & ride. Others want to park conveniently close to the harbour. Not spaces for camping vans.  (another wade into the parking ... yawn)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwEmzppSCg0

Ah, so ...

FA:  What is the Councils vision for the West Pier car park?

It needs to be kept marinal. 

A visitors centre needs to be in keeping with the industrial.  Perhaps repositioning the crabstalls and opening up a plazza with a heritage based contribution.  Keep the traditional, more stalls and to have traction and fit in with the local community. 

More leisure facilities?  The last things we need is more retail outlets.  Certainly no residential units.   The noise from the traditional harbour industry.  

Fishing was once decreasing but is now back in with more smaller boats under 10m.

Clarify the parking income, look at the big picture...   Oh but I was.

for the dead travel fast... better late than never, eh?  Slightly distracted by a whisper.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43130898

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgwFkEUcIK8

Ah, so ...

"It's another demonstration of the power of Big Data - of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the world's oceans are subject to industrial exploitation.

By area, fishing's footprint is now over four times that of agriculture. That's an astonishing observation given that fisheries provide only 1.2% of global caloric production for human food consumption. The investigation shows clearly that the biggest influences on this activity are not environmental - whether it is summer or winter, or whether there is an El Niño or fish are migrating, for example.  Rather, the major controlling factors are very largely political and cultural."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43169824

Indeed. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-c8MIFvaI

For the same old, same old.  How time flies ... 

Skipping.

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Benefitz Betty's picture

Get the Wheels In Line

"6:04am 15th February 2018

Scarborough could become a 'Shellfish Conservation Area.'

The discovery came from a meeting from Scarborough Borough Council and the Environment Agency. 

They were meeting to give members of the cabinet a chance to ask questions on the poor quality rating for the south bay. 

Cabinet Member Councillor Mike Cockerill explained that the detail of the meeting was just to firm up that there were in fact four main causes to the contamination in the South Bay, namely commercial waste, human waste, seagull waste and dog waste.

Investigations will now be made into seeing whether it is possible for Scarborough to become a shellfish conservation area, as Mike explains:

"If it is achieved, it will give the Environment Agency even more control powers as to what can go into the sea.

I've been in touch with colleagues and the Harbour Master and we are going to actively investigate the possibility.

The vast majority of the catch landed at Scarborough Harbour, about 95% of it, is shellfish.

What was mentioned by the guy from the Environment Agency was that you can have an area of coastline designated as a shellfish protection area and we were unaware of this."

https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2504677/scarborough-...

More on this to follow ... ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOGhuhC4AF0

https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2514776/40-million-r...

"3:03pm 26th February 2018

Multi-million pound funding to transform the UK’s coastal communities through investment in jobs, skills and local businesses opened for bids today announced by Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry.

500 new businesses supporting 5,500+ plus jobs have been created thanks to the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund...

Information on how to apply for the fund is available here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coastal-communities-fund-round-5 "

http://www.channelcoast.org/data_management/real_time_data/charts/

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Chips off the Old Block

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/business/mccain-commits-100m-t...

" ...  McCain’s corporate affairs director, Bill Bartlett, said: “This is a significant investment for McCain, and one that will allow us to meet the ongoing increased demand for our products, address long-term capacity and capability opportunities and deliver the latest technology and broader environmental benefits. This proposal certainly secures our operations in Scarborough and continued employment in the area for decades to come.”

McCain remain’s the Scarborough area’s largest private employer and works in partnership with over 200 suppliers, potato growers and community organisations in the region.

The company’s proposal is currently at the pre-planning stage, with full plans to be submitted for consultation in the coming weeks.

If approved, work is due to start on the revamp project in the summer, with the new factory expected to be up-and-running operationally within three years.

Coun Derek Bastiman, leader of Scarborough Borough Council, praised the investment saying: “This is an extremely significant announcement from McCain, which cements the company’s commitment to Scarborough and the Yorkshire coast, and from which our area’s economy stands to benefit massively.

“An investment of such magnitude will have a hugely positive impact on the local job market and supply chain, which in turn will benefit many other businesses and local families.”

About that Kill n Grill ... ;-)

"We will leave the ******* and leave the Common Fisheries Policy, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later," he said. "Our fishing communities' fortunes will still be subject to the whim and largesse of the ****-*** for another two years."

Absolutely no conflict of interest.

Ah, so...

Coast & Flood Protection Schemes.... 3.00pm

Anyone got some spare rocks?

Socks !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x61YvjwJCM

 

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The Inevitable

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/funding-essential-to-preserve-...

"Multi-million-pound funding packages from the Government are vital in helping to protect communities on the Yorkshire coast, a senior councillor has stressed.

Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet has this week approved urgent work to stabilise cliffs in Filey in an effort to prevent the only access road to a hamlet of 45 houses crumbling into the sea .

The work, which will be carried out in three phases, will start ahead of the tourism season to prevent disruption to the neighbouring Primrose Valley Holiday Park.

It is expected to protect the steep road and properties for the next 20 years, allowing time for residents to come up with a long-term action plan.

The project is being funded by a £572,000 Flood Defence Grant from the Government, which is being delivered by the Environment Agency.

It is one of a series of coastal protection and preservation schemes that are set to come to fruition in the coming months with help from funding from the agency,

Coun Mike Cockerill, who holds the harbours and flood protection portfolio on the council, said: “We are very pleased that the work at Flat Cliffs in Filey is going ahead and that the Environment Agency is funding the scheme 100 per cent.

“It is vital that we receive this funding. The borough council has no statutory responsibility to do this but under our permissive powers we can act on residents’ behalf.

“However, it would be very difficult for us to get any funding as a council.

“In this instance we are very pleased to work closely with the Environment Agency and get their technical and financial support. It just shows what can be achieved by different organisations working together.”

Coun Cockerill said the Environment Agency had also put money into a cliff stabilisation project to protect Scarborough’s historic Spa, long-awaited repairs to Whitby’s crumbling piers and a flood alleviation scheme at Filey.

He said: “We anticipate that these three schemes will all start this year. The overall cost of the schemes is £30m and the Environment Agency has contributed a significant proportion of that – over half at least.

“This funding is absolutely essential in helping to protect and preserve the coastline in Yorkshire.”

Coun Cockerill said he hoped to announce the completion of the contract for the Scarborough Spa stabilisation work as early as next week, with contracts for the other two schemes following closely behind.

He said: “It is going to be a hectic year.”

The Environment Agency said helping to protect communities against coastal erosion was a key priority.

A spokesman said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide investment to Scarborough Borough Council for work to help delay erosion at Filey Flat Cliffs and Scarborough Spa Cliff.

“These are complex schemes, which involve detailed engineering on sites which have geological, hydrological and land use considerations as well as heritage, social and environmental protections. The works are designed to deliver multiple social-environmental benefits whilst protecting communities against coastal erosion now and in the future.

“For example, 30-metre (98ft) metal piles will be used at Scarborough Spa. The work at Filey Flat Cliffs will involve soft engineering techniques.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_PtNvNI8X8

“It is going to be a hectic year.”

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'Sliding towards the Sea'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43522169

"Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea.

Scientists have established that the whole edifice on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year.

The UK-led team says the situation will need careful monitoring because it may lead to increased hazards at Etna in the future.

The group has published its findings in the Bulletin of Volcanology.

"I would say there is currently no cause for alarm, but it is something we need to keep an eye on, especially to see if there is an acceleration in this motion,"

"Essentially, Etna is sliding down a very gentle slope of 1-3 degrees. This is possible because it is sitting on an underlying platform of weak, pliable sediments."

Baldrick!! I have a cunning plan ...

https://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/documents/s10231/09161%20-%20Append...

"As you follow the path away from the castle gate, you drop down into what is actually the fault line of an earthquake that hit Scarborough around 65 million years ago. It was a significant event that helped make the area such an ideal location for a settlement.

The earthquake caused the ground on the church side of the fault to rise, while the castle headland fell. As a result the hard upper Jurassic limestone, that makes up the headland, wasn't eroded away.

Because the headland is formed from a tough limestone it has remained while the sea has shaped the bays either side. The result is an area that's sheltered from the northerly wind by the headland, and this is where the town first developed."

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?pub=SCR

Evil laugh ;-)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/seaside-towns-suffer-most-bankru...

http://www.moorestephens.co.uk/news-views/july-2017/british-seaside-town...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7kHJ4ozmvY