Here We Are

"I write to question the motives of our local authorities in denying outsiders, visitors and tourists to share our coastline, enjoy our natural environment, beaches, opens spaces and fresh air at possibly the most crucial time in our social recent history." 

They will of course argue that they were protecting ... each other?

Here on the 'coast' ... sunshine, fresh air, open space, gardens & camping all of those natural resources we take for granted has been ringfenced for the phew and not the many. 

The recent reinforced message of 'keep out', 'go home', 'visitors go home' by local authorities whose financial dependency is based on tourism with all its gory glory is akin to digging a rather large hole ...  without some rather radical fast forward. 

Blue cheese, nicotine and an empty bottle a sure fire way for missing the boat.  Fortunately other than the odd post on the 'hostile coast' in the words of Alan Sugar "“I just passed it on. I didn’t write it.”"

Anyhoos it would seem that anyone who expects 'normal' to return needs to accept that 'normal' is not an option.  As the regular media feasts on speculation of unpicking the locked down with a wave of overwhelming enthusiasm to board public transport, escape and enjoy their natural freedoms and indeed their human rights, have no doubt it will bring an undercurrent of hostility. 

"“the biggest non-story ever”"

Ah ... the great escape from Brexit to Berlin to bat for the other team only to find energy, enthusiasm and any ambitions of socialism to be severely challenged.

Hmmm ...

Food for thought :






No Bones Allowed

"The project team working on the Saving South Cliff Gardens project in Scarborough is asking the local community to help choose a new identity for the gardens. 

The team has developed branding concepts including logo, website and colour palette options that aim to reflect both the heritage and future of the gardens.

Views are being sought on six logo options via an online survey, which is available at :

up to and including Thursday 7 May. Scott Matthews, Principal Landscape Architect for Southern Green, who is part of the project team said:

“One of the really distinctive aspects of the gardens is how their design and character have developed over time.

It is important that this is reflected in the restoration proposals and new identity.

I encourage the local community to give their views on the concepts so they can play an important part in shaping the future identity of the much loved gardens.”

I feel a Shuttleworth coming on ....

"Older people will "rebel and risk prison" if they are forced to remain in lockdown longer while restrictions are eased, a former Tory pensions minister has warned.

Conservative peer Baroness Altmann argued such a requirement would be "age discrimination" and could cost lives as well as threaten social unrest."

Just don't mention Frogs...

"We welcome this recommendation coming before Cabinet. The proposed scheme seeks to improve the quality of life for tenants in the designated area and neighbouring residents too. 

We have seen in other parts of Scarborough where selective licensing has made a significant positive difference to the lives of the local community. This will be one of the key factors we will be considering when we discuss the report on 12 May.”"

Oh, OK:

"In fact, teens more than anyone need that crucial time spent in solitude, where emotions are processed and the brain powers down; a place to go when the noise of the world drowns you out or you simply want to drown out the world."

Never, gives up.

The Unprepared

Strewth ...

"Councillors in the borough have spoken of their worry that people could flock to Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and the surrounding villages now that people can go as far as they like to exercise."

"Outdoor exercise is only allowed if people are abiding by social distancing rules, which includes staying two metres apart from anyone not in your own household. At present most facilities in the North York Moors, including toilets, are closed and relaxation of restrictions on the tourism industry are not planned until July at the earliest."

Mind tis only Wednesday ... better get their ar*es in gear ...

"Plans are being worked on to try and stop the possibility of an influx of visitors to the Yorkshire Coast..."

Bubble n Squeak?


"North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, is asking potential visitors to think carefully before travelling to the county - saying 'North Yorkshire is our home, not just your playground.'"

Oh Dear ... did someone mention 'hysteria' ?

Folk don't come here for the peripherals.

Hi de Ho

"Haven Hideaway will be available at all Haven parks across the UK, providing guests with a holiday home on the coast and facilities such as takeaway food options, supermarkets, launderettes and long stretches of beach. ​

The centres on our coast are at Primrose Valley, Filey, the Blue Dolphin, near Filey, Reighton Sands and Thornwick Bay, Flamborough.

“We have thousands of guests who have already had breaks cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Gerard Tempest, guest and proposition Director.

“We look forward to reopening our parks as soon as government advice allows and as soon it is safe to do so, and are busy making changes to the way we operate our parks to ensure we can comply with the latest requirements..."

One for the minnis..

"For the first time in eight weeks, people in England will be able to enjoy a little extra freedom this weekend after lockdown measures were eased - but they have been warned to "think carefully"."

Power to Change...

Through the Keyhole

"Back in February, council Leader, Steve Siddons, said he was setting up a task group to look at the significance of the land and the factors which should determine its use.

It was after an independent review into the previous agreement between the Council's former administration and proposed developers Flamingoland.

That found problems in four out of five areas, to do with the council's process itself...   At the time, Councillor Siddons said:

"What we found is that the way that this has been dealt with by the previous administration is purely as a land transaction - selling a piece of land for a particular purpose and then getting planning permission for it.

What we've said is that there's more to this site than that."

"I joined the working group in good faith, expecting to take part in a sensible discussion about 5G," says Mr Swann. "Sadly the whole thing turned out to be a clueless pantomime driven by conspiracy theorists and sceptics."