North Bay 'None the Wiser'

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The plot thickens:

And the original Sands Development agreement is where?

"Unlike Tivoli Gardens which has an entry charge, the proposed gardens within the Sands would be free to enter, and a significant amount of facilities would be free to use."

The 'K' content was a pure coincidence ...

How Now.

"He says labs around the world will be able to have a kibble balance, liberating the definition of a kilogram from its physical and geographical ties...

"Other important standard units have already been updated.

The metre is no longer defined by a rod of metal, but by the distance light travels in a set, and very small, fraction of a second.

And a second is no longer defined by a fraction of the time it takes for the Earth to complete one rotation, which scientists now know varies, but by vibrations in a caesium atom..."

One for 'Big Ears' :

In plain English:

How much is Duce demanding as draw down?  Nothing

Has the operator Premier Inn pulled out? No

What are the plans for the Indoor Pool site? Nowt

Is it future proof? Yes

Item 8 : Or was it 9?




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Brick Lane & Banglatown

"It has been home to Huguenot silk weavers, Jewish tailors and Bangladeshi shopkeepers, but today Spitalfields is known for its hipster vibe, chic market and stylish bars. Residents include artists Tracey Emin and Gilbert and George, and a delicatessen trades from the ground floor of a house owned by the novelist Jeanette Winterson.

But tensions have emerged over a proposal by some residents to establish a local town council within the borough of Tower Hamlets, which stretches for several miles across east London to the Newham border.

Supporters of the plan say it would increase accountability and allow issues of concern to local residents, such as litter and street lighting, to be addressed. Critics point to additional bureaucracy and the diversion of funds – and a risk of entrenching divisions between the affluent occupants of carefully restored 18th-century dwellings and the residents of run-down housing estates to the east and south, many of whom are of Bangladeshi heritage.

It is more than 100 years since Spitalfields last had its own governing authority, in the form of a civil parish set up in 1729. That was absorbed into the Metropolitan borough of Stepney in 1911, then merged into Tower Hamlets in 1965.

"But residents are entitled to seek to establish a town council within a borough if they have sufficient local support. A petition gathered 324 signatures – hardly an avalanche but enough, they say, to trigger a borough council vote..."

"A town council would receive a proportion – between 15% and 25% – of any levies paid by developers to spend on local amenities. It would also be able to charge a precept on top of council tax, which supporters say would typically be £1 a week for each household. The council would comprise 10 to 12 elected officials.

“The issues that bother people are quite minor – litter, benches, green spaces, street lighting – but they make a place more pleasant to live in,” said David Donoghue, the coordinator of the town council campaign, who has lived in Spitalfields for 20 years.

There were also concerns about antisocial behaviour, including noise, urinating in public and vomiting, he added. A town council would be better positioned to deal with such problems. “The borough council doesn’t really get to the nitty gritty. We would have more local engagement, reflecting the views of people in the area,” he said.

Krissie Nicolson, director of the East End Trades Guild, which represents independent businesses in the area, said: “Anything that strengthens local democracy is a great idea. A town council will give local businesses a chance to have a greater say. A lot of big businesses have muscled in over recent years, and this would create a more even playing field.”




"Spit-and-sawdust pubs are still out there if that’s what you’re looking for, but old-fashioned local drinking dens, perhaps patronised by a few regulars and a much-loved but ageing dog, are on the wane. As the number of pubs in Britain dwindles, those that survive tend to look a bit different."

One eye on the Hall...

"The local pub is local to no one because no one is local"

Still trying to establish if the North Bay has a 'smirf' aka Blue Flag

I'll be Bach...

"The key message is to be responsible and not to drink or take drugs before driving."

Good O ;-)

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The A Team

"Scarborough Council’s Licensing Committee today voted unanimously to retain the town’s Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ).

The councillors based their decision on anecdotal evidence from the public after North Yorkshire Police said there were not enough incidents of crime and disorder to justify renewing the CIZ for a further three years.

A CIZ makes it harder for an applicant to open a new drinking establishment in the area covered by the zone.

A report, written by the council’s senior licensing officer, Mark Heaton, which went before the committee, said the councillors could justify keeping the zone in Whitby.

He wrote:

“The statistical data and crime hot-spot mapping in respect to the Whitby area provides a picture of steady improvement with significantly less reported crimes and occurrences compared to the Scarborough area.

As such North Yorkshire Police made a recommendation that the Whitby CIZ be rescinded.

However, in addition to the evidence provided by North Yorkshire Police a strong response was received to the public consultation which raised the following key concerns: A significant under-reporting of offences including anti-social behaviour and violent crime; a number of lower level unreported occurrences taking place within the existing area but outside the key hot-spots of Baxtergate, Wellington Road and Langbourne Road and existing and excessive public drunkenness both during the night and daytime economies.”

In total, more than 250 people responded to the consultation on Whitby alone, with 79.9% of them stating the CIZ should not be removed."

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The Render Ring

Of interest :

Page 199

Page 207

Out to Tender ;-?

Item 5 : The Sands - Indoor Pool Redevelopment

Item 11 : Scarborough Museums Trust and Creative Industries Centre - merger proposals

Item 30 : Peasholm Park Plan

The Bathing Belle... Yo stick it on the Golf Course why don't ya.


Ding Dong.


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North Bay - Multiplexing

"The long-running saga over plans for a multi-screen cinema in Scarborough’s North Bay has taken another twist as the design of the building has been changed once more.

Scarborough Council granted permission to Benchmark Leisure Limited to build the cinema, car park and restaurant development on the former Atlantis water park site at Peasholm Gap in 2015 but the scheme has been dogged by delays.

Originally scheduled to open in 2018, that was pushed back to first 2019, then 2020.

Now, a new set of plans has been submitted to the council which will drastically alter the scheme.

The most recent set of plans will keep the six cinema screens and five restaurant units, though the size of the eateries is reduced.

Added are a gym and sky bar. The number of proposed residential units as part of the development will now be 63, which is 30 more than in the first planning application.

However, the biggest change is to the proposed multi-storey car park which will lose nearly 200 spaces. Under the new plans, it will have just 109 spaces, with 31 of those for residents of the flats.

The planning document states: “The majority of parking demand generated by the development will be met by utilising the capacity of existing public car parks in the vicinity of the site, which amount to approximately 900 parking spaces.

“A Variable Message Sign (VMS) system will be used to direct visitors to nearby public car parks when the on-site car park is approaching capacity.”

It adds: “The proposed Sky Bar is a new inclusion to the scheme, providing an upper level cafe/bar accompanied with roof terrace that provides views of the Bay.

“The Sky Bar provides a new evening element to the development, that were not provided in previous proposals.”

The applicant’s report adds that without the increase in residential units the scheme would not be “financially viable”.

Councillors will decide on the plan in the new year."



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Flamingo Land Sands

"The plans show a four-storey building on Foreshore Road with space for attractions, education facilities, restaurants and children's play areas.

Another building adjacent to the main area will house a "winter garden" and will also feature a viewing area.

To the rear of the main building, accessed from the roof, is the rollercoaster with the cliffhanger tower, which will stand 60 metres tall, also at the rear."

At the same height as the proposed Premier Inn ...

"Flamingo Land will need to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment before it can build its long-awaited coastal attraction in Scarborough, the borough council has confirmed...

"Estimates in the screening option put a figure of annual visitors at approximately 490,000 which would, in Mr Walker’s opinion, have a knock-on effect on transport infrastructure including the A64 and town centre parking.

Flamingo Land will now need to submit the EIA as part of the full planning application."

“The animal collection is my passion,” says Gibb. “It’s more rewarding than any of the commercial success we have had and complements the theme park well. There are no queues, no height restrictions, no reason to split the family group up. The zoo offers a welcome gear change to the visitor experience.”

Flamingo Land doesn’t buy or sell animals, says Gibb. “We only breed them if they are endangered in the wild, and/or part of an internationally co-ordinated endangered breeding programme.”


Ok, OK ;-)


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Flamingoland Fantastic

Wow !!!

Doesn't that big fish tank look amazing ...

Mind, it would look more amazing on the North Side

Mind the South Bay is looking quite Whitbyesque without that erm ... Monstrosity.

"We welcome Flamingo Land’s initiative to carry out its own public consultation prior to the planning application being submitted."

The Human Zoo.

Name that painting...

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Bob at the 'Beach'

"The new Flamingo Land Coast on the former Futurist site is an opportunity not to be missed according to our local MP.

MP for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goowill said the first designs of the attraction, which were released earlier this week, came as no surprise to him as the rollercoaster ride, the viewing tower and the winter garden "are in line with what we've been expecting".

See the latest designs here
He added: "This is an opportunity that can't be missed, it will be an amazing asset and another reason for people to come to Scarborough. I'm sure that Flamingo Land which attracts tens of thousands of visitors will be giving out vouchers to encourage people to come here so I'm 100% behind this project."

The first artist's impressions of the site attracted mixed reactions from members of the public, some of whom think the new development doesn't fit in with the surrounding Victorian buildings.

However, according to Mr Goodwill, this shouldn't be a matter of concern.

He said: "Just look at City Hall next to Tower Bridge, it works very well. As long as it's built to a very high standard I think the mixture of old buildings and new buildings can work really well. Another example is the London Eye right next to the Houses of Parliament where people queue all the time to get a panoramic view. With this new viewing platform people can have a similar experience here."

Also questioned by the public is the location of the attraction, to which the Scarborough MP responded: "Should we build it out at Morrison's or at the park and ride, away from the town centre? No, it needs to be down at the seafront to drive people into town and encourage them to visit the other attractions that we have.

"The thing is there will always be people against progress but if any seaside resort was offered an opportunity like this, they would grab it with both hands. Many traditional seaside towns are in decline, they're not able to attract families in the way we are. This is exactly the kind of investment that we need and it's going to benefit restaurants, shops... We must not miss this opportunity and what we don't know is that hole in the ground where the Futurist was to still be there in ten years time."


‘I kept coughing into my elbow like a sick Victorian prostitute’

Dalradian ... subject to erm  'the ferry'

Someones got to do some exploring ;-)



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Bob 'Orchestrating'

"Scarborough's MP Robert Goodwill says people need to get behind the plans for Flamingo Land's proposed attraction in the South Bay.

The conservative MP has even likened parts of the design to that of City Hall in London, near Tower Bridge. 

The Flamingo Land attraction is set to sit on the site of the former Futurist Theatre, which was demolished last year. 

It'll include a 60-metre High Shot Tower, rollercoaster and zip wire, as well as a food and drink - and a separate Winter Garden.

Artist's impressions of how it could look were released earlier this month. Last week, John Senior, Chairman of the South Bay Traders Association, said that town "doesn't have to have it, it could be turned down..."

"In ostriches, the upper kneecap looks similar to the single kneecap in most other species, but the lower kneecap resembles a fixed bony process, like the point of your elbow,"

Oh,OK :

"It's absolutely right that there is a planning process and the decision will come down to the councillors.

I think we need to consider that if we don't have Flamingo Land, what will have there? I don't think we should have a big hole in the ground there for the next ten years.

I think it's a great opportunity for Scarborough. I think it's a 'futuristic' , which is quite amusing given what it's replacing.

I think the old and the new can work well together. I was looking at some pictures online recently of City Hall in London, down near Tower Bridge, and it's a very similar design actually to part of the Flamingo Land proposal."

The Amused.

Map in a Bottle ...

"I hope that they will see their way clear, so we can leverage this money in and get these gardens back to their pristine glory and get more people coming to Scarborough. Not everybody wants to come and ride on a rollercoaster that Flamingo Land are going to deliver. There's other people that would want to come and enjoy those fantastic gardens, restored once again to their former glory."

How Botanical ...

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The Pickled One

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Social Infrastructure

"It is hard not to see the great public sell-off as a tragic unravelling of the public good, a rapid dismantling of a public realm forged over a century and a half at local level, and a desecration of the legacy of the Victorian and Edwardian idealists – from factory workers to wealthy philanthropists – who believed that a rich, healthy and fulfilling civic, social and leisure life was a right held by all the people who flooded into Britain’s towns and cities, not just a tiny group who could afford tennis courts or gardens on the grounds of their mansions, or private libraries in their stately homes...

"The magnificent Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham’s Balsall Heath district is the only Grade II* listed swimming pool in the country that is open to the public. But it was very nearly lost to the public sector scrap-heap, too, when the council announced they had no choice but to close the building within a few months...

It says, ‘your neighbourhood isn’t important anymore’, if you’ve got this crumbling, once-beautiful building on your doorstep.”

"    Delighted to welcome Robert Goodwill to the Defra team. Robert’s hands on knowledge of farming at the sharp end, experience in European politics, great ministerial record and shrewd judgment are an asset to Government  — Michael Gove (@michaelgove) ..."

"By this point, after decades of chaotic expansion driven by the industrial revolution and its accompanying “railway mania”, more than 70% of the British population was urban. But for the new city-dwelling working classes, their experience of the city was overwhelmingly crowded, dirty, disease-ridden and deadly. Life for the majority was poor, nasty, brutish and short."

Bay Side South

"The Leader of Scarborough Borough Council says a review into the use of the former Futurist site has been completed."

"It is recommended that the development project and site be given a new forward looking name “Bay Side South”, befitting the positive and valuable opportunity for regenerationand inclusive growth that this cleared prime development site represents to the Council and its communities."

None the wiser :

"The Council must be alive to the opportunity to harness wider social value from the development site.The Council should proactively address itself to the ways in which development of this strategic site can capture, quantify and monitor social value,looking at economic, social and environmental themes, outcomes and measures."

Having a pulse may help.. ;'

Those declarations of interest should be, interesting?

SS:  I voted against the development of the Futurist cos Tony shouted louder than me and I was not sure what day it was.

JJ:  I voted against the development of the Futurist cos I failed to come up with a business plan that I promised to the STuFistas

TR:  I didn't vote cos I was on a cruise but shouted a lot and raised my fist.  And it had naff all to do with Eastfield anyway but there was an election  and I quite fancied Sam Cross and joining UKIP.

EC: Said nothing...

Meanwhile has the £10K debt been paid and by whom?

Mebbe the new cabinet should all chip in...

Best not mention lighting ;-))