Pride & Impediment?

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I look forward to hearing about the Premier Inn site visit.

"The original foundations and basis of the Sands development as shown, were to add value to the local economy  and enhance the environmental aspects of the North Bay for visitors and the local community.

" The Sands scheme has an important role in helping to achieve the renaissance of the North Yorkshire Coast by 2020 and Key Aims 2 (Building Prosperous Communities) and 3 (Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities).


" Forest View

3.2.1 The phase is to be developed with 40 holiday homes and a 31 bedroom Miners Respite Hotel. The Planning and Development Committee is scheduled to consider Benchmark’s revised planning application on 18 October. The expected programme is to commence construction in January 2008 with a 12 months build timetable. In order to prepare the site for construction and minimise disturbance to wildlife a licence has been granted to Benchmark to enter the site for these purposes."

A Vision for the Future :

Time is indeed precious, and since then new challenges have been met whilst concern for sustainability has increased, along with the need for transparency & accountability.  

Under the NPPF new developments must be sustainable in both environment & economic terms.

Whilst Benchmark (Roland Duce) has been seen by some as a driver to move the Sands Development forward it seems to others that the original vision has been lost.

This Planning Application is entitled 'Alpamare'.  Whilst perhaps only a small technical error  it was noted at the Residents Meeting that the Developers were to put in a new application.  Though this original application has just been amended AIUI many former objectors may have been waiting a new application.

Given the media including MP have described it as a Premier Inn application if you search under Premier Inn nothing comes up.  

Does this application have anything to do with Alpamare?  (Other than they are neighbours)

Even though it may seem only a minor technicality, at the licensing committee - the premises gets the license not the operator.

Ergo, in fact the 'site' would get the Planning Consent for a hotel, Premier Inn or otherwise.

Should this application be called to a  Judicial Review it may be argued that it falls under an Aarhus Convention claim.

See here:

What if Premier Inn pull out  - it was suggested at Full Council that the original  operator of the Cinema has pulled out ?

The idea of charging £40 for local residents to park would mean locals around the Sands do have a financial interest.

On a much more positive note even our honourable MP has had something to say about the proposed Premier Inn:

MP Robert Goodwill  describes them as “"Many resorts around the country would give their eye teeth to have new hotels built in those resorts. We've seen a history of guest houses and hotels closing, I think we've turned a tide there. I think most foresighted hoteliers and restaurateurs relish their competition. They will, I think, compare very well.  Whilst it might be that younger people who may have stayed at Premier Inn's before, will go and stay there. We've got many families, older people and people who have traditionally come to Scarborough, who will stick with the guest houses. So I think it's a good thing it's going to happen. I think the existing hoteliers and and guest house owners have nothing to fear from this, because Scarborough is moving in the right direction."

And on the Cinema:

“I don’t want people to come to Scarborough and not get the very best and I think local businesses can deliver better than chains.  “What we don’t want is for Scarborough cinema to look like every other cinema in the country.”  courtesy of YCR & SN

So why should we accept the same for a new build hotel?   'looks like every other hotel in the country'

To continue on the theme of challenging times:

"Scarborough's MP Robert Goodwill says it's 'good news' that a multiplex cinema is still set to appear on the North Bay.  Earlier this week, we told you how developers Benchmark Leisure was changing its plans. The original idea was for a seven screen cinema, but it's now planned to be five or screens with more residential apartments.  Benchmark Leisure also says it wants the complex open by the end of summer 2019. With a number of high street franchise restaurants getting into financial difficulty recently, the developers have now chosen centre the project around local chains. 

It's not the first time the proposed opening date for the development has been moved. It was originally set to be ready by Easter 2018 and then at the end of the last year, we told you how a new date had been set for Easter 2019. Some works were carried out on the complex, on the former Atlantis site in January 2017, but there has not seemingly been any work on the area since...

"We've long been short of a decent mulitplex cinema. There are cinemas in Scarborough but a lot of people I speak to will go as far as York to visit the cinema.  So it's great that's going ahead and it's looking like work could start in the autumn and we could have the cinema there at some point in 2019. That will be a great resource."   And he also believes it makes sense to reduce the number of screens from the original seven:  "Well I think that reflects the economics of running a cinema in a place such as Scarborough. There are a lot of days in the winter where it might be more difficult to fill all those screens. But I am pleased now that they're looking at local restaurateurs, rather than national franchises coming in."

ie In favour of a natinal chain for a hotel but against national chains where it impacts Benchmarks other applications ... & their bottom line

It is also  interesting that Bob’s view of the demographic does not  quite match with Whitbreds/Premier Inn target market described at the recent licensing committee meeting as ‘families’  with an intent for the hotel  for a good nights sleep over a bar open to all at all hours.

So what of  the  target market?     A reminder of the seven P’s : Product, Place, Price & Promotion ... 

People – Having the right people is essential because they are as much a part of your business offering as the products/services you are offering.

Processes –The delivery of your service is usually done with the customer present so how the service is delivered is once again part of what the consumer is paying for

Physical Evidence – Almost all services include some physical elements even if the the bulk of what the consumer is paying for is intangible... they are still receiving a “physical product” by this definition.

Is there an Eight P?

“In some spheres of thinking, there are 8 Ps in the Marketing Mix. The final P is Productivity and Quality. This came from the old Services Marketing Mix and is folded in to the Extended Marketing Mix by some marketers so what does it mean?

The 8th P of the Marketing Mix:

  • Productivity & Quality - This P asks “is what you’re offering your customer a good deal?” This is less about you as a business improving your own productivity for cost management, and more about how your company passes this onto its customers.

Even after 31 years (or 54 in the case of the original P’s) the Marketing Mix is still very much applicable to a marketer’s day to day work. A good marketer will learn to adapt the theory to fit with not only modern times but their individual business model.” 

How Now:  Excellent stuff from Premier Inn :-)

Their marketing campaigns improve year on year.

However are Premier Inn getting the best deal?

Whatever happened to Peace & Quiet and a good nights sleep.

Peace & Quiet? 

I mention this because throughout the long list of 'objectors'  concerns is the lack of engagement by the Developer with the local community.  At the residents meeting not one developer/Premier Inn/Whitbread etc  claimed to have been in attendance.

Why has there been lack of engagement?   Indeed why has a local liaison group/steering group not been assembled?

Surely any good developer would wish to engage with locals as it is they who  are the caretakers of the  environment,  and as caretakers would help keep the wider development attractive to visitors.

At first glance of the listed ‘objectors’ it is noted that many are volunteers and work within the local community.      Again  looking  at this list of  do I note a  pool of talented  volunteers for stewards at the OAT ? 

Lets not forget that the OAT aka LIVE NATION have a massive investment here & congratulations to them.

Behind every cloud ...

What is the point in objecting?  Is it because things aren’t quite right or going to plan?  Or is it because people feel dis-enfranchised and not part of the decision making process?  

That is the purpose of this meeting. To follow due diligence & process and to also let concerns be raised.

I would ask at what point the Developer has followed due diligence & listened. 

I do not believe  that many of these objecting is to purely stop development.   Many of these objections are from family invested operator owners who are fully aware of the  climate of economic challenges that we all face.

One thing I note is that most wish to see our local area promoted in a sustainable   environment & ecological & economically fashion. 

I therefore wish you to look long and hard at the vision presented many years ago.

And to finish, finally  by asking 'Is this the best they can do?'

Further are Premier Inn satisfied that this is the best they can do ?

Perhaps they would like to sleep on it... "

NB:  This was to be sent to the Planning Committee but overnight tinternet access has been denied.

Paradise by the dash board light?

Oh, OK:

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"Children and families in North Yorkshire receive outstanding support across the board, according to Ofsted after inspecting the County Council’s children’s social care services.

North Yorkshire is the first and only authority nationally to have received an ‘outstanding’ grade in every category under a new and challenging social care inspection framework which focuses on the effectiveness of frontline practice.

Children and families receive a consistent, high-quality service with outstanding practice in all teams, inspectors state.  This “has a demonstrable positive impact on effecting change”.

In their report published today (August 6) inspectors praise as “ambitious and forward thinking” the children and families leadership team as well as the lead member and county council’s chief executive.  They have “a clear over-sight of practice and know the services well”.

North Yorkshire is a learning organisation which responds effectively to areas for development with innovative projects which have a tangible, positive impact on the lives of young people, Ofsted states.

Leadership is also praised for being responsive to change with plans in place for further developments “to ensure that improvements are maintained”.

Well-established multi-agency partnerships ensure families receive help in a timely way.  Work is child-centred with a long-standing, “clearly embedded” model of practice based on effective relationships with children and families.

Ofsted describes the local authority as “a committed and effective corporate parent” that enables children and young people in care and on the edge of care to remain close to their home and local community.

Almost 100 per cent of North Yorkshire’s children in foster care are placed within the county.

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted national director for social care, wrote to the County Council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Service, Stuart Carlton, to say:

“This is a magnificent achievement and one which I wanted to particularly acknowledge today as this is the first time that Ofsted has awarded outstanding judgements across the board under the new inspection of local authority children's services framework. This outcome is therefore an important milestone not just for North Yorkshire, but for the social care and wider children’s services sector, too.

Your ‘outstanding’ inspection outcome reflects the hard work and tenacity of yourself, your leadership team, managers and frontline staff, as well as the wider council and your safeguarding partners. You should all be proud of the positive difference you have made for the children and families of North Yorkshire.

I know that this outcome will not diminish your ambition for or culture of embracing improvement in services and outcomes for children and, extend my very best wishes for the next phases of your continuous improvement journey.”

Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi said:

“This is fantastic news for North Yorkshire. The dedicated children’s social care team should feel immensely proud of the outstanding care, support and services they provide for some of the most vulnerable children in the area. We want every child to have the best start in life, whether they have special educational needs, whether they are in care, or come from a troubled home, we want them to have the right support and stability to flourish. I hope to see these ambitious and forward thinking approaches seen at the county council replicated across the country.”

Isabelle Trowler, England’s Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, says North Yorkshire is now well placed to influence the rest of the country in national reform.

She said:

“The very warmest congratulations to everyone involved in North Yorkshire becoming the first in England to be outstanding in its provision of all children's social care services.

For the last four years I have watched this authority move from strength to strength. Determination, ethical and effective practice, high ambition for change, energy and wisdom, from practitioners to senior leaders, has led to this result.

North Yorkshire is now set to heavily influence the rest of the country in national reform of Children's Social Care and I look forward, very much, to our continued partnership.” 

Councillor Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Children and Families, said:

"We are hugely proud that Ofsted has recognised our outstanding practice. During their visit inspectors described our work as ‘gold dust’ and we place a high value on our deeply committed and effective workforce.

The quality of practice matters to us and there is a relentless focus on building relationships with families and supporting them to change.

Children and young people at high risk are well supported.  We are passionate that whenever possible they should stay within their families and extended networks, taking them into care only when absolutely necessary.

North Yorkshire has been appointed by the Department for Education as a Partner in Practice, supporting and enabling improvement in other local authorities, and we are known nationally for our innovation and drive in making a positive difference to the lives of our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.”

North Yorkshire is commended in the inspection report for maintaining a stable social care workforce and an environment and culture in which “staff at all levels are confident in their practice and ability to meet the needs of children and families”.

 “At the heart of the North Yorkshire approach is a belief that stable relationships with workers who know their children and families extremely well is the key to creating and sustaining positive change,” inspectors state."



"“If we want to reduce the reoffending of children we need to try and keep them out of the formal criminal justice system and out of prison.

“We instead need to address the trauma, mental health problems and behavioural difficulties which lead to them committing crime in the first place.”

Rory Geoghegan, head of criminal justice at independent think-tank the Centre for Social Justice, said that if a young person ends up in the criminal justice system, rehabilitation programs that foster strong community links can also prevent reoffending.

He said: “We can make better use of the time served on a sentence by plugging young people into positive and trusted networks and organisations, such as community centres and youth organisations.”


Hmmm ...


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"The rise in drug related deaths in the Scarborough Borough is of "great concern" to MP Robert Goodwill.

Last week, we told you how the number of deaths due to substance abuse in the borough had risen to its highest rate this century, with 39 people dying between 2015 and 2017.

It works out at an average of 11 deaths per 100,000 people in Scarborough Borough, the seventh worst figure in England and Wales and the worst in North Yorkshire. 

Speaking of the problem in his constituency, Robert said:

"I was out with the paramedics before Christmas, and one of the issues that they raised with me is the number of people in their 40s and 50s who are dying of heart failure because they're taking cocaine over a protracted period.

They're not the sort of people you see crashed out on the street or the people you'd expect.

These are professional people who think it's OK to take cocaine. We cannot even talk about legalising drugs such as cannabis.

We shouldn't be talking about easing up on drugs, we should continue to be tough on drugs because it wrecks lives and it kills people. 

The police have had success in terms of locking up some drug dealers. We've had this phenomenon known as 'county lines' where young people are sent into places like Scarborough to sell drugs from a property."

Police have actively made an effort to tackle the 'county lines' issue, with an increased presence at Scarborough train station, as they believe drug dealers are using the rail network to transport drugs and out of the town. 

This is where drug gangs from cities such as Liverpool, Manchester or Leeds, bring drugs into a smaller town, i.e. Scarborough, and give them to younger people to sell. 

But the North Yorkshire force says it can be difficult to track down the gangs as they move around the county.

Tackling the drugs operation is made more difficult by the fact that North Yorkshire Police has seen a 15% decline in frontline officers in the past 10 years.

Robert continued:

"I think the police are very effective at using intelligence that comes into them. If anyone has any information where drugs are being sold and traded, then let the police know because they do prioritise this.

But the police have had great success over recent years in terms of locking up drug dealers."

In November, Scarborough Borough was highlighted as an 'entrenched social mobility coldspot' meaning those from a disadvantaged background have less of a chance of achieving further education or employment opportunities. 

Scarborough was made one of 12 'Opportunity Areas' after being ranked 295th out of 324 areas surveyed.

It means that more money will be put into the area to go into education and engagement with employers. 

Robert added:

"Employment is at an all time high in this country and there are good opportunities to get into work.

The problem is that when people do become addicted to drugs, they become unemployable. 

So it is important that we fight this drug menace on all fronts. I think young people need to understand that it hey are offered drugs, just say no.

It's as simple as that."

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