The Big Issue

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Scarborough Borough Council is voting to merge Yorkshire Coast Homes with Country Housing Association Ltd:

Details of which can be found on the Borough's website:

The Leader of the Opposition ?

Erm ...

1.  Why was there no wider public consultation?

2.  The transference of assets is the Borough's social housing stock

3.  Mistakes have been made in the past.


Wax Work Models?




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Gambling Policy Consultation


Do it online :-)

Pirate FM

Oh, tis the same tune ...

Barbarella :-0


""Bar" - as she is known in preference to Babs - retains a special place in many hearts. At 65, she is a last living link to the age of seaside postcard humour, the traditions of the music hall, and the days before sauciness was overrun by smut. The most famous piece of acting she ever did was 33 years ago, in Carry on Camping, when, during an outdoor keep-fit session, she inhales too deeply and catapults her bra into the lower stratosphere.

It speaks of the change in the cultural landscape since then that this piece of hokum was passed by the film censor only after careful consideration, and that its notoriety was enough to make Miss Windsor a household name."

Meanwhile on good authority the Zenith Projector is currently under Restoration.

Oh go on then ...


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Inward Investment

"A crisis of cosmic proportions is brewing: the universe is expanding 9% faster than it ought to be and scientists are not sure why..."

"The proposed Commercial Strategy seeks to build upon the firm foundation of success already achieved by the Council and,importantly, to provide a framework under which all corporate commercial activity can be drawn together and managed, with a consistent 'One Council' approach."


“This is a temple of intelligence and I am its high priest,” said Unamuno. “You are profaning its sacred precincts. You will win because you have an abundance of brute force, but you will not convince. To convince, you need to persuade, and to persuade you need something you lack: reason and right in the struggle. It seems to me to be useless to ask you to think of Spain"

"I’m taking delivery of my painting"


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YCH Merger ...

"A report, that went before the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Board, last month, noted: “The council’s ongoing strategic support is important for YCH to ensure that the aims and ambitions of the new entity (for example the development of new homes along with investment in services) are achieved. They have therefore requested that the council gives its backing to the merger and specifically gives its approval for the constitution of the new organisation.”

Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast & Country, said that it would not be a case of people from this area being housed in Redcar and vice versa and that YCH would have offices in Whitby and Scarborough should the merger go ahead.

He told councillors: “You have your housing list, we have ours and we are happy for it to stay that way.”

Should the merger go ahead then the new joint board would have no council representatives on it, though a councillor nominee could attend meetings.

Among the proposals from YCH going forward would be for the charity to build its own homes for general sale."

“It was surrounded by barriers when I saw it so I couldn’t see how deep it was, but I could hear water running under it.”


"Tomorrow there will be one council worky with a shovel pouring dirt down the hole whilst eleven council managers, supervisors, highways staff, safety officers, diversity awareness officers, ethnic support officers, pscyhologists in case the staff are traumatised by having to work. and of course a shop steward."


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Shady Acres

"... The most common response to denialism, though, is debunking. Just as denialists produce a large and ever-growing body of books, articles, websites, lectures and videos, so their detractors respond with a literature of their own. Denialist claims are refuted point by point, in a spiralling contest in which no argument – however ludicrous – is ever left unchallenged. Some debunkings are endlessly patient and civil, treating denialists and their claims seriously and even respectfully; others are angry and contemptuous..."

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The Ineosphere

 "There ARE new houses being built and there ARE opportunities out there."

Reduced to rubble and ash by the devastating explosions, with new research suggesting blasts disturbed the ionosphere hundreds of miles above Earth?

"Speaking at the party's annual conference in Liverpool yesterday (Monday 24 September), Mr. Fearnley said:

"We have close to 2,500 people on the housing waiting list in Scarborough Borough, this must be urgently addressed.

Shamefully, the Tories are doing nothing to remedy this situation, having built precisely zero homes for social rent."

The ionosphere, which extends from an altitude of about 50km (31 miles) to 1,000km (620 miles), is electrified by radiation from the sun and space, and its charge was significantly weakened at the height.

"His statement that there's been no housing built is actually factually wrong. Over the last five years, between 2013-2018, there's been a total of 656 new affordable homes developed across the borough."

The atmosphere had been altered during the conflict after comparing detailed records of the raids.

Staff at the Radio Research Centre fired a series of shortwave radio pulses 100km (62 miles) to 300km (186 miles) into the air.

Echoes from the radio signals bouncing off the ionosphere layers revealed information about their height and electrical intensity, but the scientists had no idea the data they were recording bore a chilling hallmark .

"Over 80% of these homes have been for rent. It amazes me that were only talking a few months ago about Scarborough Borough delivering 203% of the expectation of new homes as laid out by the government."

The work routinely analysing the height and intensity of these layers to understand how they vary, but what they didn't realise at the time was that they actually contained the signatures.  

The images of neighbourhood raids across Europe reduced to rubble due to the destruction that can be caused by man-made explosions.

It is astonishing to see how the ripples caused by man-made explosions can affect the edge of space. Each raid released the energy of at least 300 lightning strikes.

"We've delivered one of the highest in the country, yet still Mr. Fearnley decides that this is not right and we should be doing more. 

I really fail to see how much more we can do at this time."

Across a single raid, as many as 2,000 tonnes of explosives could be dropped.

Scientists already knew that the ionosphere could be strongly influenced by solar activity and natural phenomena such as thunderstorms, eruptions and earthquakes, but the revelation regarding the bombs provided "a real quantifiable way of assessing how much energy is required to make the "ionosphere wobble".

The electrical properties of ionosphere affects radio communications, GPS systems and radio telescopes, and so early warning radars would have been impacted by the raids."

Air crew involved in the raids reported having their aircraft damaged by the bomb shock waves, despite being above the recommended height.

Residents under the bombs would routinely recall being thrown through the air by the pressure waves of air mines exploding, and window casements and doors would be blown off their hinges.

"In July, Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey claimed that "not a single new social rented home was built in this area last year."

The unprecedented power of these attacks has proved useful for scientists to gauge the impact such events can have hundreds of kilometres above the Earth, in addition to the devastation they caused on the ground.

"Responding at the time, Councillor Chatt said that "142 new affordable social housing was developed in the Borough in 2017."

Almost 2.7 million tonnes of bombs were dropped... It reported that 3.6 million dwelling units were destroyed or heavily damaged, with 300,000 civilians killed, 780,000 wounded, and close to 7.5 million made homeless.

Last month, information provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, showed that the borough was in fact exceeding its estimates for building new homes under current government policy.

The research from Reading was published in the European Geosciences Union journal Annales Geophysicae."

I congratulate him on being successful in what I know has been a rigorous natural selection process.

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Kids get too much Homework

"He also set out plans to "democratise" the economy by renationalising the water industry, which he said would hand power to workers, consumers and local councils.

Further nationalisations - of the rail, mail and energy industries - would follow...

"People in this country know - they showed that in June last year - that the old way of running things isn't working any more."

Oh Dear ...

"In a radical move, the government will be replaced by a committee, whose primary job will be to apply for grants from around the world to ensure that basic services are provided within main cities, with sub-committees tasked with rolling out the live projects.

A senior government insider told us today that the plan was ‘sensible, structured and would save as many lives as possible’.

They went on, “What we are looking to do is guarantee that people have access to drinking water within a three-mile radius of their homes, have some sort of food outlet where they will be able to exchange ration vouchers for essential items and, in time, the construction of comprehensive communal bathing areas, with soap and towels provided.

“We will have an excellent foundation from which to apply for funding, with the ability to demonstrate that there is a real need for the services that we want to provide and that we will be able to reach a considerable number of beneficiaries."


"... the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, has called for a general strike to help bring down the Conservative government - if there isn't a general election.

She spoke at The World Transformed festival, which is running alongside the Labour Party conference in Liverpool."

Every Cloud ...

"The United States will not tell you how to live, work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” But shortly thereafter Trump spent portions of his speech telling Iran and Venezuela what to do at home.

In the Middle East, Trump claims his “new approach is yielding great strides and very historic change” as he announced that the United States is working with Gulf countries, Jordan and Egypt to establish a strategic alliance. Moments later, Trump reversed course and launched a broadside against Opec (of which the Gulf states are the key members) for “ripping off the rest of the world”.

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Partisan Ship

"Conservative MPs have been urged by a party colleague to put partisan interest aside and back the mission to wrest powers and money from Westminster for a region-wide Yorkshire mayor.

A Yorkshire Post survey of the region’s MPs today shows that a majority of respondents backed a One Yorkshire devolution deal but were split on party lines, with Labour far more in favour.

Despite 18 out of 20 councils, including all Tory leaders, backing One Yorkshire, the party’s MPs tended to either oppose the idea entirely or remain unconvinced, with many preferring smaller city-based deals.

Robert Goodwill accused Tory colleagues of opposing the plans because they fear Yorkshire becoming a Labour “safe seat”.

"But on the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the Scarborough and Whitby MP said only a Yorkshire-wide deal would see the region having a “Premier League” mayor like Manchester’s Andy Burnham and West Midlands’ Andy Street.

He told The Yorkshire Post: “Too many seem to be focused on electoral arithmetic and political gain.

“I want to see Yorkshire reach the critical mass needed to sit at the top table with mayors from London, Manchester and Birmingham.

“We need to be in the Premier League and only the One Yorkshire solution, as backed by most councils, can really deliver that.

“In 1999, I was elected to the European Parliament for the whole One Yorkshire region in an election the Conservatives came first in.

“One Yorkshire creates a real democratic unit which is not a safe seat for any party.”

"Meanwhile, Greek former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis backed calls for more devolution in the North, arguing that the Northern Powerhouse has gone from an idea that “excited people magnificently” to a “source of discontent”.

The councils that support One Yorkshire, along with Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, have found their efforts to secure a deal rebuffed by Ministers, who want the South Yorkshire deal to be properly implemented before even discussing a regional plan.

They are due to soon present an economic case for a deal to the Government, saying devolution could benefit Yorkshire residents by up to £5,500 a year.

Mr Varoufakis urged the Government to take devolution proposals seriously.

“London is never going to be able to express the aspirations, concerns, worries and hopes of people in Leeds, people in Hull or people in Doncaster,” he told The Yorkshire Post.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said he would look for the One Yorkshire economic case to show a plan that will drive a “step change in economic growth”..."

"Labour MPs were far more in favour of One Yorkshire, with 22 backing the proposals compared to just two Conservatives.

Only nine MPs were completely opposed to a Yorkshire mayor, but six of these were Conservatives, putting them at odds with the council leaders from their party who are among the 18 backing the plans.

The rest were vague, undecided or did not prefer one model over another.

Of the Tories that replied, only Shipley's Philip Davies raised concerns about a Labour mayor, arguing someone “nominated by Unite the union” and elected as a Labour mayor would “end up with businesses fleeing the region, not flocking here”.

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns also expressed concerns about the potential calibre of candidate, arguing a One Yorkshire deal could only be done in stages to attract the right kind of leader.

“If someone who had been the CEO of a big company wanted the job that would be fantastic,” she said.

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy described himself as “100 per cent against this damaging and silly proposal”, warning East and North Yorkshire would end up being dominated by cities.

Tory supporters included York Outer MP Julian Sturdy, who said he would back a North and East Yorkshire deal if it was “the first step towards a larger devolution agreement further down the line”.

"Pudsey’s Stuart Andrew simply backed any kind of deal that can garner support, including One Yorkshire, saying he was “extremely anxious” about being left behind the likes of Manchester.

"For Labour, several MPs highlighted the cross-party unity of the region’s councils, and said a deal would allow Yorkshire to punch above its weight, develop regional business hubs, improve transport links in line with local needs, become a player on the world stage and better mitigate the effects of austerity.

Several of the party’s big hitters backed the plan, including Doncaster MP and former leader Ed Miliband who said it would allow Yorkshire to “punch above its weight”, and ex-Cabinet Minister and West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper who stressed the importance of getting decision-making back in the region and away from a Whitehall machine that “doesn’t seem to be listening at all”.

Another ex-Cabinet Minister, Leeds MP Hilary Benn, described the proposals as a “unique opportunity” to unite the community to “increase Yorkshire’s voice, take more decisions for ourselves and fulfil our potential”.

“Give us the tools and we will do the job,” he said."

But some MPs from Sheffield and Rotherham, where the councils oppose One Yorkshire, said they did not back a region-wide deal.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey said One Yorkshire “falls far short” of what is needed for his seat, while Sheffield’s Paul Blomfield said he would prefer a “network of city regions working together across the North”."

“The word ‘bespoke’ has been devalued over the years. I’m trying to preserve the art and craft of true tailoring.”

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Twinkle Twinkle

"Early risers this week will be rewarded with a stunning sight in the south-east. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, will be rising in the hours before dawn. The chart shows the view to the south-east at 04:00BST. Overall, Sirius is the fifth brightest object in the sky. It is outshone only by the Sun, the Moon, and the planets Venus and Jupiter. This week, Sirius should be unmistakable because of its brightness, but if a further signpost is needed, then look for the three stars in Orion’s belt. They sit half way between the red star Betelgeuse and the blue star Rigel, and they point in a straight line diagonally down to Sirius. Another characteristic of Sirius is that it twinkles. This rapid flashing of colour and brightness is caused by the star’s light being refracted in the layers of Earth’s atmosphere. It is most pronounced when Sirius is low and so its light is travelling through more atmosphere to reach our eyes. As it rises higher into the sky, the twinkling diminishes. All stars twinkle, it is just more noticeable with Sirius because it is so bright."

"Despite being a genius, Elon Musk has failed to notice a correlation between his ever-more berserk tweeting and his company share price going down the can.

Musk, who is one of the cleverest people ever, has an unusual blind spot regarding action and consequence when it comes to himself and instead blames Tesla’s recent poor share performance on everything from wicked stock goblins stealing his lucky charms to a curse by an old gypsy woman.

However, market experts suggest that there may be a link between Elon’s peculiar behaviour and the willingness of shareholders to trust him with their money.

“Isaac Newton figured this out four hundred years ago with his third law – for every tweet there is an equal and opposite decline in your share price,” said stock analyst Simon Williams.

“You’d think an engineer would know that wouldn’t you?

“There’s actually a pretty easy analogy to make here”, he added. “Imagine if, instead of painting the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci had spent his time getting baked and heckling random bypassers. It’s unlikely that Lorenzo de Medici would have kept forking out his cash.

“Yeah, you get it now.”



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The 'Mulberry' Street

"While North Yorkshire is unique in the sense it is the only county with both a social mobility ‘hotspot’ (Craven) and a ‘cold-spot’ (Scarborough), it contains many obstacles to social mobility that will be familiar to county politicians.

This county is the largest in England; containing the full range of complex communities; spanning urban, rural, and coastal. Travel is longer and more expensive.

"While the county performs well for early-years provision and getting children ‘school-ready’, and while it is doing much to narrow the gap in attainment for low-income families, a gap persists. It is further upstream, during the teenage school-leaving years, that there is a lack of options for 16 to 24-year-olds.

North Yorkshire is one of the top authorities in the country in the national youth opportunity index – in terms of employment and training opportunities and educational outcomes for young people – and top of Yorkshire and the Humber. But this also masks disparities in our large county. Finally, a sizeable chunk of our skilled students leave for university and some never return."

“There’s a tendency to think that herbal remedies are all old wives’ tales, but that’s just not true. Some of these plants were used for hundreds of years to treat certain ailments. Often no one knew quite why they worked, they just did.

“However, as science has moved forward, it has often been able to explain what people had almost instinctively known. In many cases chemistry has caught up with already tried and tested remedies.”

(Is that a Copper Beech Tree?)

"Their prospects are increasingly being shaped by their geography, rather than the traditional pillars of social mobility. If you are born in Skipton over the west side of North Yorkshire, your life chances are greater than had you been born in Scarborough on the opposite side. The council is making every effort within its means to address this disparity, but the issue remains."

"I’m also looking at the bigger picture and thinking not just about the Chancellor’s earnest pledge, but also about The Yorkshire Post’s Love Your High Street campaign, which aims to highlight the crisis tearing apart the main seam of countless communities. If proof was ever needed that action needs to be taken, and taken now, here it was before us on a wet and windy Sunday morning.

The Treasury is promising £900m in business rates relief for small retailers, plus a £675m fund to pay for local projects, such as improving high street transport links and refurbishing historic local buildings. The fund will also support the creation of a taskforce of experts to help local authorities develop “innovative strategies to help high streets evolve”.

Excuse me for being cynical, but I’m sure I’ve heard it all before. Central government has been banging on about turning historic buildings into apartments and office space for years now.

The problem is that local life moves at a much slower pace than Westminster imagines, and perceptions take generations to shift. I’m sure that the experts Mr Hammond has in mind are very clever and have lots of whizz-bang ideas, but I’m also these fancy notions will splutter and die like a sub-standard firework.

It is all very well focusing on the shuttered shop windows. What is needed is an overall vision for retail, hospitality and supporting services, which includes cafes, hairdressers, barber shops, taxi firms and so on. No-one likes to see empty retail units, but the answer is not to fill them with betting shops and take-aways as a default option. Local authorities must be made to repeat this ad infinitum.

And with respect to Fox Valley. I appreciate the vision, but it’s a prime example of the lack of joined-up thinking which has characterised retail development in this country for decades. All emphasis is on the shiny things of the new shops; the poor long-established local traders are left behind in the rush. £1.5bn is a lot of money for a shopping list. It must be given proper thought and spent wisely."


“This is a lovely opportunity for people to capture their thoughts and memories of loved ones caught up in conflict in a visual way and help us to create a poignant tribute to commemorate the centenary of the armistice. We also welcome those passing by the gardens to read the messages people have added and reflect on what this special anniversary might mean to them.”


Residents & Community Groups are invited to "Your Town Centre - Your Say"  Royal Hotel, St Nicholas Hotel Tuesday 4th December 6-8pm

for more info contact Matthew.Joesph@Scarborough.Gov.UK

"A sprig was taken from Hatfeild Hall (Normanton Golf Club) in Stanley, Wakefield, and grew into a fully mature mulberry tree around which prisoners exercised in the moonlight. However, there is no evidence to support this hypothesis."

I'll be bach ... Then.



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A Compulsory Purchase

"On Monday 24 June, we will host a public information event to mark the launch of our new Town Centre Strategy for Scarborough.

The event will take place at Scarborough Library on Vernon Road between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. A presentation about the new strategy and its associated action plan will be given. Information on how to get involved in the delivery of the strategy, including how to apply to be on the independent Town Centre Strategy Team, will also be provided.

The event is open to representatives of town centre businesses as well as other Scarborough businesses, the voluntary sector and the general public who are interested in supporting the new strategy and being involved in the shaping of Scarborough town centre in the coming years.

The strategy was signed off by our Cabinet in March following consultation with local businesses, stakeholders and residents in the winter of 2018.

Scarborough is facing similar challenges to other town centres of its size across the UK, including the withdrawal of national retail brands to consolidate in larger cities, as well as the ever growing trend of online shopping. The strategy sets out that key to future success is to examine how the town centre can be reinvented to create an inviting environment that includes shopping but has far less reliance on it.

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


"Scarborough has not been shortlisted"