Hubble Bubble

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Scarborough Borough Council have so far refused to entertain any plans for a Community Asset Transfer for the former Indoor Pool building on the basis that the site is part of a future development. To date, they have refused to say who or what those development plans, if any and with who, are.

The legal wrangle brewing between Scarborough Borough Council & Benchmark over the wider area of the Sands Development is expected to be long drawn out and may take years.

It would seem that patience and prudence are at play as Scarborough’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 20th April focus is on the Visitor Economy, Back, Better, Brighter etc

“The Council has been working with key stakeholders to develop what Scarborough Fayre could be. This exciting programme could be a focal point, which galvanises the town’s use of high quality culture, with the potential to become a feature of life here for years to come. The mention of ‘culture’ in the Scarborough Fayre context takes its broadest definition, and encompasses food, art, sport, music, heritage together with all the aspects which makes up the way of life in the town…

“The formation of Scarborough Fayre will also potentially act as a meeting point and network for cultural activity organisers, pooling expertise and resources and enabling support. It is hoped that Scarborough Fayre will become synonymous with quality and accessibility,an umbrella encompassing broader promotion, increased and more diverse audiences and access to expertise to help grow, improve and sustain cultural projects. It is also envisaged that local businesses and events organisers will potentially benefit by being able to use this high profile brand to promote their products and events..

“It is envisaged that Scarborough Fayre will manage a cultural ‘centre’ or hub, a place for events.”

“No consultation with the public will take place at this point, but cultural sector partners are heavily involved in the project.”

Meanwhile, The Capital Strategy has been updated;

“£450k for improvements to the North Bay including demolition of the former Indoor Pool and hoardings around Atlantis”

Of interest, to those who wish to lobby;

“A new public/private sector group has been established to work alongside the Council team to steer the project and assist in shaping the vision for Scarborough Fayre.

The following public/private sector representatives have agreed to give their valuable support and time to this project Nick Thomas MBE –Chairman of Qdos Entertainment LTD& HQ Venues, Paul Robinson –Creative Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Richard Boyes–CEO Boyes retail stores, Graeme Young –CEO at Scarborough Rugby Club and Scarborough Seafront, Business person David Warner –Trustee of Coast and Vale Community Action Group, Board Trustees Stephen Joseph Theatre and Chairman of LocalTrust, Gareth Edmunds –External Affairs Director, Anglo American Scarborough, Andrew Hoff –Sales Director at McCains, Dawn Threadgold –Creative Director, Animated ObjectsHeather French –Director of Books by the Beach, Mel Bonney –CEO of Coast and Vale Community Action”

“A key task as part of the study is to look into options for the ‘hub’ location. No suggestions have been made within the brief, so as not to influence the objectivity of the Consultant, but this could include Scarborough Spa, the newly discussed Festival Square or a new building”



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'Grot Spots'

In Your Own Time ...

"“Proposed works include [the] demolition of the former indoor pool in Ryndle Crescent, which has been closed since it was replaced by the new pool at the Scarborough Leisure Village, soft landscaping the area of the demolished pool, improvements to hoardings around the former Atlantis site.""

Knew I'd forgotten somin. ;-0

Dig Slowly...

Best not mention Marvels.. eh?  wouldn't that make a lurrverly 'Camp Site' .... Billy Butlins museum style.   

Thou must not Perch...

I have some filing to do..

""This has been a great site for local grassroots sport and social events for many years, and it would be tremendous to see it retain its identity as a community asset under new ownership.""

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Into The Valley

"The demolition of the old indoor swimming pool in Scarborough will clear the way for potential new developments in the wider North Bay area."

"Alongside the pool demolition, new hoardings featuring local artwork will also be placed around the former Atlantis waterpark site opposite the indoor pool, which had been earmarked to be a multiplex cinema before the scheme collapsed earlier this year when Scarborough Council decided not to renew its deal with the developer."

"For its second sortie, the drone will raise itself to 5m above the ground, move sideways by 2m, swivel and take some pictures, before reversing back to the take-off spot to land."


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Biting the Bull

"Taurus begins its cycle in the middle of spring, so if you're born between April 21 and May 21, then you're a Taurean"

"The mining process to generate new bitcoin involves solving complex mathematical equations, which requires large amounts of computing power.

New sets of transactions are added to bitcoin's blockchain (the ledger that records the cryptocurrency's transactions) every 10 minutes by miners from around the world.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Dorsey said that "bitcoin incentivises renewable energy", to which Mr Musk replied "True"."

"These were really nice cherry trees, just about to blossom"

“They don’t even wait until you’re finished these days to see if there’s anything left, they just grab the shit out of your hands as if they’ve fucking paid for it."

“Maybe … one day there will be a robot that spontaneously generates speech.”

"Cllr Siddons told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the whole of the North Bay would be included in the discussions.

He said: “Following the return of the North Bay site to council management last month, we will be undertaking a consultative visioning exercise to determine how the site should evolve in the future.

“The first stage of this is to demolish the former indoor pool and tidy up the former Atlantis site ahead of the main summer season.

“When a masterplan for the area, including the former Kinderland and Marvels sites is completed, we will go back to the market later this year to progress that plan.”"


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The Bingo Boro

"The huts which make up the Bewerley Park estate were built as temporary structures in 1939, with an expected life span of ten to twenty years. Created mainly from wood, they have become increasingly expensive to maintain, requiring frequent repairs.

Over the next few months, the views of different organisations will be gathered through questionnaires, user groups and other channels as the County Council carries out its review of Outdoor Learning Service."

"At the same time, let’s take a deeper look at diamond inclusions and how professional gemologists grade them"

That's Wykeham Lakes & the Down One Estate sorted...

"It was the second time in less than four weeks that Scarborough Council’s planning committee had met to discuss the plans by Wharfedale Homes Limited’s to put 62 homes in a field off Green Lane, not far from the iconic structure which looms over the town."

If only 'David Jeffles' had sat in the road...

"Feather inclusions are the second most common, and possibly one for concern. They are small internal cracks, and if they are present from top to bottom, the diamond’s durability could be compromised."

David Jeffles is the Boro's longest serving Councillor and has a wicked sense of humour ... loyal and Royal, unlike some.

"The Filey Bay 1779 group are planning a commemoration of the Battle of Flamborough Head which is seen by American military historians as a major naval victory for the US.

The Filey Bay 1779 Group's website explains the battle in detail, it says.."

"Every diamond is unique, and even their slight flaws add to their fiery beauty!"

Oh, Ear we go ... ;-0

And in the Red Corner ... ;-0

And in the Blue Corner..

"The community fridge opened on Union Street in 2019 originally just during School holidays."

"Welcome to Yorkshire says it is working hard to ensure the county benefits from the expected staycation boom."

Gert a Grip.

"Friend Boy George led the tributes on social media, sharing a photo of the pair together and saying: "RIP to the most beautiful and sweetest man Nick Kamen!"

The Bowls Club.

"The board has upheld Facebook's decision on 7 January to restrict Mr Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account."

""We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.""

""It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension," the ruling said.

"Facebook's normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account.

"Facebook must complete its review of this matter within six months of the date of this decision.""

""We thank the board for the care and attention it gave this case."

""As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode.

"That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well."

"the authority was "committed to retaining a localised presence and making sure a number of community hubs exist".

The spokesman said "no decision has been taken on where full council meetings will be held in future," but added it did not have to be in the same buildings that contained offices."

"“We have here an architectural gem, one of Scarborough’s iconic buildings. 

“It ticks so many boxes by bringing a wonderful old building back into economic use and providing some first class accommodation right in the town centre.”

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth  ;-0





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She Sells Sea Shells

"Councillors say external investment will be required to deliver Scarborough's new development strategy.

The fifteen year strategic plan for Scarborough which has been backed by the borough council's cabinet this week should be used as a catalyst to bring investors in to the town.

That's the view of Councillor Liz Colling who says the plan is inspiring but the that the council cant deliver it on its own."



Never, Mind.

A Four Day Week.

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A Chamber of Commerce

"On 24th May 2021, the Captial Strategy and Property Asset Management Governance Board agreed in principle to the progressions of a Master planning feasibility study for the North Bay, Scarborough."

"As the anticipated budget requirement for the works exceeds £50k and Independent Cabinet Member approval is required."

"SBC is therefore seeking to procure a multidisciplinary team to assist in developing this masterplan."

"The appointment of the consultant will be carried out on a competitive basis on a 60/40 Quality/Price using an open tendering procedure... Yortender is a public sector framework."



"There's no point reinventing the wheel."

Oh OK:   Why is it that anything 'controversial' & 'contentious' is met head on by Cllr Liz Collins and not the Leader?

Does he know what day it is?


Hissing Sid.

"Scarborough Borough Council wishes to appoint a Fish Market Services provider for its Whitby and Scarborough Harbours. Key role and responsibilities will be : Provision of Ice and Machines Provision of Cold room facilities Fork lift truck facilities Provide electronic weighing scales Provide facilities for the tipping of ice Provide fish boxes for hire Provide auction services Provide same day settlements Provide use of vehicle travel between Scarborough and Whitby Issuing Scarborough Borough Council with landing figures"


Another can of worms..


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'Natural Luddites'

"An indoor sporting centre of excellence?"

"Wilson warned his audience that if the country was to prosper, a "new Britain" would need to be forged in the "white heat" of this "scientific revolution".But there was more to Wilson's speech than stirring rhetoric. For one thing, it marked Wilson's entry into a long-running discussion about the role of science in public life."

"Through the British Film Commission, we're supporting the development of stage spaces like this across the UK - boosting the local economy and backing our world-class creatives to make the next Bond blockbuster or bingeworthy box set."

Going, Going .. Gone.

"We can all look back and think those were heydays. I'm not an expert on the history of these two sites but probably the reasons why they did fail was because there wasn't enough people who use them."

Awwe ... is someone having a bad day ;-0

"Several thousand people complete the route each year, generating significant trade for businesses offering food and accommodation along the way. A number of companies also offer luggage transport services between overnight stays."


"The licence having been granted under the 1968 Act could be retained after the closure of the casino in St Nicholas Cliff, thereby allowing it back into use should an alternative, suitable location be found."

“We’ll never have to switch the lights on, day or night.”


"It is challenging, but is broken into 12 stages, each ending at a settlement with overnight accommodation. In 2004, the route was voted the second best long-distance walk in the world by writers of walking guides."

"Several Tory backbenchers, travel industry bosses and Labour said yet another list would be "complicated" and a "disaster"."

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The 'Lost' Atlantis

""If we wish to survive and keep some of the things we care about on the earth with us, it involves a necessary fundamental alteration in our world view where we change our outlook completely from competitive to cooperative.""

Eden Camp by the Coast ... ;?

"It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled proposals for the deals, which offer areas outside cities similar powers to metro mayors, earlier this month."

"“Through this event and other networks we are committed to working with our partners to bring businesses and those looking for work together to help the town and surrounding area build back better.”"

"Such deals were a “concern” if mergers were involved and that they raised “more questions than answers”."

"Why wait to make your next career move?

Apply now and you could be working at The Grand Hotel Scarborough located in the town centre and built in 1863. The Grand Hotel Scarborough takes pride of place overlooking the town's picturesque harbour and South Bay. This stunning Victorian building is an instantly recognisable landmark and stands out amongst other hotels in Scarborough. The Grand Scarborough boasts 413 classically-styled bedrooms and offers a 24-hour Front Desk due to the Hotel’s popularity and location. Due to continued expansion, we are looking to recruit a Night Manager onto the team. As Night Manager, you will be required to; • Provide training for all night personnel on standards and procedures. • Ensure effective communication on nights in all areas. • Be aware of the weekly business within the hotel. • Have thorough knowledge of all systems and procedures used within the hotel and department and to provide support as and when..."

OOh my arms been twisted...

Monaco, Moi?

"It was not immediately clear what prompted the former Vote Leave supremo to take an interest Spears’ case."

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'Two Towns'

"In order to create a new authority, a community governance review must be triggered by the borough council which would then start the procedure around setting out the boundaries and the powers of the new authority.

Under existing legislation, a public referendum is not a legally required part of the process and any result would be non-binding. Consultation with the public must be carried out."

"Once the process begins it must be completed within 12 months."


Keep Busy.


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'Refused or Recreated'

"He pretends that the reorganisation is not a takeover of local democracy, but the creation of a new council.

The truth is North Yorkshire is run by a politburo of 10 Tories, and it won’t matter if the council has 72 or 90 elected members, these 10 Tories are sure to stay in office and the other elected members will have very little or no say on what goes on."

A Poke in the Eye;-0

"Discussions have now taken place with both the Leader and the leader of the group proposing the motion and it has been agreed that the executive will implement the motion as proposed."

"What kind of a person do you have to be to change your name, surname and also your appearance to please your political boss?" the original Mr Vishnevsky said.

An election handout shows three men, of a similar age, with identical names and facial hair.

Mr Vishnevsky, a member of the liberal opposition Yabloko party, said the move showed his opponents see him as a strong contender."

"They only pay lip service to democracy when it suits them. In the name of efficiency, they rob residents of historic towns like Scarborough and Harrogate of their right to elect councillors to run their own local services"

"It seemed to me that none of us totally escape cultural norms."

Hairy Maclary.

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Guess the Band?

"It is indicative of the extent to which one local authority in particular – Scarborough Borough Council – sought to manipulate support, including casting votes on behalf of its own building assets, when private businesses, the very people who know how to make money, had legitimate concerns about a BID stretching from Staithes to Spurn Point, and the benefits that they would receive in return."

Hyper Synchronicity?

"Snow Patrol was the penultimate show of the 2021 summer season, next Friday (September 17) is the closing show when British music icons Duran Duran will headline."

Oddly enuff the most outstanding fag ends were left by that erm Blonde 'Karate Kid' person.. 

"... such schemes only work effectively if they are a genuine partnership between local government and the private sector, one built on mutual respect and trust."

"And while it remains to be seen how the Yorkshire Coast BID recovers from this predicament, what is plain is that North Yorkshire County Council will need a coherent strategy for the coast when it supersedes district councils like Scarborough from 2023."

The mere fact the town is gridlocked at certain hours due to static traffic and road closures is beside the point...


"It means any driver in a group of two or more who is posing a risk to other road users, playing loud music or is deemed to be taking part in anti-social behaviour could fall foul of the legislation."

Day Return.

The Warm Front

Planning & Development ...

“There is a long-term arrangement in place to ensure the costs of the waterpark are repaid and we retain the freehold interest in the site to mitigate against any chance of default.”

The two companies dispute the council’s claims.

In February the council’s Cabinet decided to end its agreement with Benchmark and find an alternative third party to develop the northern site.

As well as the waterpark, Benchmark also oversaw the building of a pub and hotel on the same site. However plans for a cinema, restaurants and flats on the site of the former Atlantis waterpark nearby have repeatedly stalled.

Abbey Commercial, Benchmark’s parent company, which is the guarantor under the lease, is defending the claim in full.

Benchmark says it is also considering what action to take over the council “reneging on its promises” to allow it to finish off the remaining agreed developments on the North Bay site, which would allow it to recover “substantial costs” from delivering the beach management centre, open air theatre and waterpark.

The council borrowed £4m from the Public Works Loan Board in 2015 to part fund the waterpark. The accounts state it is owed £8.41m.

Audit committee chair Coun Andrew Backhouse, said the waterpark may end up being operated by the council, but they “very rarely make money” and would need subsidising.

He suggested the Cabinet could have taken a different view in the light of the pandemic. He said: “Sometimes they look at things in a very black and white way and commercial viability and deliverability is not always black and white.”

Benchmark described the council’s legal action as “very surprising” given Government guidelines on rent deferrals during the pandemic and its “well publicised deferments of rent” for example with the Travelodge. The hotel was bought by the council in 2018.

A statement said: “The proceedings issued by SBC relate to the recovery of rent due by Benchmark during Covid from Abbey Commercial Investments Limited, Benchmark’s parent company and guarantor under the lease.

"Benchmark and Abbey have contested the claim as Benchmark was assured by the Council that all rent due during Covid would be deferred, to be recovered in full over future years.

"In reliance of these assurances, Benchmark has financially supported the struggling water park to see it through the crisis and even invested more money in improvements to ensure a full re-opening was possible in May this year.

"The Council has repaid this by issuing costly proceedings in court for immediate payment of all the rents due in full."

The statement from Scarborough Council added that they "follow the principles contained within our treasury management strategy to minimise our borrowing costs"."


Mind the Gaps.

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'Merky Books'

"East Riding of Yorkshire Council says a site in Goole has passed the second stage of assessment in answer to the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) national call for sites as a potential host for the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme.

The STEP project is an ambitious programme to design and construct a prototype fusion energy plant and, despite facing stiff competition from areas across the UK to host, the East Riding has been successful in the second stage of the nomination process.

The initial bid, supported by a partnership of northern universities led by The University of York and key industry bodies, was submitted in March this year, identifying a site close to Junction 36 at Goole as a potential location. Due to Goole’s central location, this is seen as a fantastic opportunity for the whole of the Yorkshire and the wider Northern Powerhouse region."

Marge Simpson.

I do have a schedule to keep you know...