Tory Planning Fiasco – Time To Admit Failure

It is now over 10 weeks since the Tory dominated East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC)  planning fiasco that resulted in plans for hundreds of new homes across East Riding receiving the green light due to the incompetence of Tory Councillors.

Goodbye To The Countryside

Instead of holding their hands up and admitting their failure to the residents, there was an attempt to hide behind the mantra that the council is “to launch a High Court appeal“.

Sadly this was just mere smoke and mirrors. Those with the most basic understanding of Planning were immediately aware of the truth.

Judicial Review

A few basic facts:

  1. Only the Applicant can Appeal a Planning decision.
  2. ERYC was not the Applicant.
  3. Like all other Planning decisions, the decision could be challenged via a Judicial Review.
  4. Challenges to Planning decisions via a Judicial Review MUST take place within six weeks.
  5. The case for a Judicial Review must be proven Arguable before it can proceed.
  6. Grounds proving that a case is Arguable is that the law was not correctly applied.

We are now ten weeks down the line and it is of no surprise that there is silence from County Hall as the clock has run out weeks ago!

Costs Involved

Disgraced former ERYC Deputy Leader Tory Councillor Mike Stathers displayed a total lack of understanding as to the cost of a Judicial Review when claiming he had been assured by a senior officer that:

“the council’s bill would be ‘no more than £20,000’.”

I would advise Mike that he is in the Land of the Cuckoos. To engage suitably qualified and experienced legal representation for a Judicial Review would result in a charge in the region of £40,000. In addition to this are the costs of the other party if you lose.

There is no wonder Cllr Stathers is no longer Deputy Leader.

Opposition Councillors

I politely suggest that the Opposition Councillors need to ask what the hell happened!

East Riding residents deserve to know the truth especially those in Pocklington, Swanland, Stamford Bridge…

Further Information

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Councillor Paul Lisseter RIP

I am sad to hear of the passing of Paul Lisseter. May he rest in peace.

I knew Paul as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor.

Various information that Paul passed to me was always worth a read.

It will be interesting to see what Monday brings…

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Buddhist Retreat, Consultancy and Painting

Last Sunday I returned home from a 10 day Buddhist Retreat at the Madhyamaka Centre.

The retreat was spiritually uplifting for my Buddhist practice. The well-maintained accommodation was peaceful while the healthy vegetarian food delighted my taste buds having been cooked and served with love. The Madhyamaka Centre will always be special having met my wife Ruth there 24 years ago.

The past week has been rather hectic both on the brushes with my Painting and Decorating business and also assisting a client of my Consultancy business.

I am pleased to see that my in-tray has continued to be productive in my absence, receiving information from whistleblowers.

I will endeavor to get back to my campaigns at the earliest opportunity. There is much to do. Expect fireworks!

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Spotlight On Ex-Tory Secretary Councillor Felicity Temple

Next under the spotlight is the Ex-Tory Group Secretary Councillor Felicity Temple.

Many Cllrs and members of the public were delighted with the news that Cllr Temple has been removed from her role of Tory Group Secretary at last weeks AGM. I submit the following to the Court of Public Opinion.

Disgraced Ex-Tory Group Secretary – Cllr Felicity Temple

Our Felicity had to go given her shameful attempt to close debate down in relation to the damning Children Services Ofsted Report (see above). If this was not bad enough her shoot the messenger attack on Cllr Paul Lisseter was further evidence that she had lost all sense of proportion.

In response to the lawful Subject Access Request that I made to her, Cllr Temple demonstrated a total lack of understanding of the statement by Lord Bridge of Harwich in what many consider the definitive case in relation to the conduct of Councils (this includes Cllrs).

Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Ltd

Cllr Temple, especially as the Tory Group Secretary at the time, needs to be mindful of the Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Ltd case in which Lord Bridge of Harwich stated:

“In a free democratic society, it is almost too obvious to need stating that those who hold office in government and who are responsible for public administration must always be open to criticism. Any attempt to stifle or fetter such criticism amounts to political censorship of the most insidious and objectionable kind”

That makes the conduct of our Felicity “the most insidious and objectionable kind“.

Bullied Councillors – Failed Councillors

It would appear that Cllr Temple with her Group Secretary/incompetent bully hat on has dug holes for numerous Cllrs by “forcing” them to cut and paste her shameful lead of attempting to stifle or fetter such criticism.

These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cllr Liz Sargeanston
  2. Cllr Jacob Birch
  3. Cllr Lyn Healing
  4. Cllr Nick Coultish
  5. Cllr Michael Lee
  6. Cllr Matt Rodgers
  7. Cllr Dave Tucker
  8. Cllr Kay West
  9. Cllr Helen Green
  10. Cllr Kevin Beaumont
  11. Cllr Mike Stathers
  12. Cllr Nigel Wilkinson
  13. Cllr Ben Weeks
  14. Cllr Pat Smith
  15. Cllr Richard Meredith

It would be too tedious to publish the evidence in relation to the above.

By allowing themselves to be bullied and controlled in this way all the above Cllrs have failed in their public duty as Cllrs. It is notable that all are Tory Cllrs. Of course, all 16 could be individually incompetent and it is just a mere coincidence!

Credit to Leader Cllr Jonathan Owen for avoiding all 16 when he selected his Cabinet last week. He is obviously aware that they all lack the most basic of knowledge regards Case Law that is relevant to Cllrs.

Major member training is obviously required to develop an understanding of the relevance of this Case Law to the role of a Cllr.

Polite Suggestion

  1.  Best thought a fool than…

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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Strangeway Pivotal In ERYC Leadership Change

Last week I received a letter through the post that demonstrated the typical lack of a backbone by those who send such a letter. It was unsigned and without any contact details.

I submit the letter from “Tommy” to the Court of Public Opinion.

I fully accept the accusation that I played a pivotal role in the recent change of ERYC Leadership as I can confirm that:

  • Numerous ERYC Councillors wearing different colour shirts provide me with documents on a regular basis.
  • Many officers from across the ERYC Directorates also frequently provide me with further documents.
  • I publish such documents and/or use them in support of what I publish to the Court of Public Opinion.
  • My network is rather extensive and attracts a wide readership.

I am delighted to confirm that I willingly accept my role as a campaigner and political commentator. I make no apology for using the above to hold to account that which is inappropriate at ERYC.

I suppose this means I am “DONE“! Or perhaps banged to rights?

My actions are fully endorsed, in Case Law,  by Lord Bridge of Harwich.

Rewards And Promises

  • “you have even received reward”

It would appear that the Royal Mail has yet another item lost in the post. To make things easy for those who wish to donate just click on the Donate button. I will not be embarrassed by large donations or those from Conservative Councillors.

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  • “a guaranteed selection”

As selection is for a Political Party why would I, as an ardent Independent, desire a guaranteed selection?

  • “place on the Council”

What makes you think I would entertain standing again when there is so much fun to be had on the outside?

Tommy – Coward Of The County

Many will recall the Kenny Rodgers classic “Coward Of The County” which highlighted the failings of Tommy.

I invite “Tommy” to step outside of their “Coward Of The County” world, in this case, the East Riding, and publish everything they claim. Don’t forget to include your full contact details.

I can’t wait. Please do send a full copy to me  info@island-man.co.uk

Thank you for taking the time to entertain me.

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ERYC Endanger Refuse Collectors Well Being

It has been drawn to my attention that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) has increased the workload of Refuse Collectors without undertaking appropriate risk assessments.

This has resulted in a detrimental effect on the well-being of Refuse Collectors. The only way to achieve the objectives forced upon them is to operate in such a manner that can only result in multiple breaches of health and safety. For example – running to complete their rounds.

ERYC gives training to all Refuse Collectors. As part of this training, Refuse Collectors are told they MUST (where MUST is stated this is a legal requirement) examine the bin for cracks in its structure because it could break up whilst being lifted. To look for cracks would mean looking all-round the bin full circle. Once this is complete the Refuse Collector MUST get hold of the bin with both hands and gently pull the bin onto its wheels to assess its weight before moving it. Just quickly jerking it back onto its wheels with no assessment and then finding the bin proved to be very heavy, could result in a possible back injury.

Under the recently introduced system, none of this has been taken into account. Training is only part of the Duty of Care ERYC MUST demonstrate. They MUST also ensure adequate time for the instructions given in the training to be actioned. This they have failed to do.

Upon receiving this information I have undertaken observation across the East Riding and witnessed first-hand how Refuse Collectors are forced to ignore their own well-being to achieve the objectives of their masters who sit in warm and dry officers.

It is noteworthy that none of the supervisors has undertaken the observations I have because if they had they would be turning a blind eye to the current situation that is on a collision course with disaster. I am sure they would never do such a thing!

It is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable that the well-being of the Refuse Collectors, who are the engine that drives the ERYC flagship recycling system, should be compromised to achieve the ERYC pole position of the countries best for recycling.

The supervisors, senior management and Councillors MUST get out of their warm officers and ensure that ERYC is fully compliant with their Duty of Care and that their Risk Assessments are fit for purpose. I would suggest that two hands must be on a wheelie bin for obvious reasons when been taken to the wagon etc…

I have drawn my concerns to the attention of:

  1. Caroline Lacey – ERYC Chief Executive
  2. Cllr Jonathan Owen – Leader
  3. All Councillors

I have requested that they act upon my concerns with immediate effect. The well-being of Refuse Collectors is and MUST always be paramount.

Freedom Of Information Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I have requested:

  1. A copy of all risk assessments in relation to the operation of refuse trucks and the safety of Refuse Collectors.
  2. A copy of the Waste Management Health and Safety Handbook (or whatever it is currently named).
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New East Riding of Yorkshire Cabinet

I am delighted to announce that last week a new East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Cabinet was voted in.

ERYC Leader – Cllr Jonathan Owen

The New Cabinet

Please see New Cabinet for full details.

I would especially like to congratulate the new Cabinet members:

  • Cllr David Elvidge
  • Cllr Kerri Harold
  • Cllr Mike Medini

I believe all three have the required skills and experience to bring to the Cabinet. The Leader Jonathan Owen has selected a very talented Cabinet. Let us hope they deliver with humility and understanding.

Those Removed

I am delighted that the following have been removed from the Cabinet:

  • Cllr Richard BurtonFormer Leader – The failure of Children Services laid bare in the Ofsted Report, Planning and ultimately, in the eyes of Tory Cllrs, the inability to withstanding the attacks of the Lib Dems in Council meant Richard had to go.
  • Cllr Mike Stathers – Former Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Affordable Housing. Mike was responsible for the Planning failure to ensure adequate affordable housing. In other aspects, he simply lost the plot and has become known as a bully boy.
  • Cllr Julie Abraham – Former Portfolio Holder for Children Service. The damning Ofsted report was a disgrace. Julie was ultimately responsible. Her position was untenable.

I am sure Cllr Owen will be keeping a close eye on Cllr Gary McMaster. Let us all hope that Gary allows his true depth to shine through and that he puts aside his recent “mishaps”. Jonathan should be commended for showing faith in Gary.

Moving Forward

Now that the new leadership is in place I will continue to focus my political commentary on ERYC.

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Strangeway’s Immune System Or The Jab?

Everyone is facing the choice between relying on their own immune system or taking part in the trial for the jab. We should respect everyone’s decision.

My immune system has supported me to:

  1. Grow up in the Yorkshire countryside.
  2. Work with my hands for 40 years.
  3. Travel to India 15 to 20 times. Arriving back from my last trip on 21 March 2020.
  4. Travel to numerous countries in South America, Africa, and Asia.
  5. Be one of the few UK citizens who has built their own immunity to TB.
  6. Slept in more remote locations in the UK than anyone else.
  7. Remain healthy throughout the past year while undertaking manual self-employment.
  8. Be healthier than the vast majority of 56-year-olds.

Against this I have considered facts regards jabs offered in the UK:

  1. The placebo group in the original trials where immediately jabbed after.
  2. The current trial does not end until 2023.
  3. I have witnessed many people close to me who have had health issues after the jab.
  4. There is no mention of a placebo group for the mass jab trial. Thus the Government can only rely on the “correlation equals causation” false mantra at the end of the “trial”.

The over sanitization of the Western world, in my opinion, is disastrous for health. I believe children making mud pies and being kicked outside to play with the kid with chickenpox is key to a healthy life.

IS THERE ANY WONDER THAT STRANGEWAY CHOOSES HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER A JAB?

I believe my approach to be sensible, proportionate, and balanced.

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Spotlight On ERYC Chairman Councillor Pat Smith

Next under the spotlight is the East Riding of Yorkshire (ERYC) Chairman Tory Councillor Pat Smith, who demonstrates what a poor role model she is. I submit the following to the Court of Public Opinion.

ERYC Chairman Councillor Pat Smith

In response to the lawful Subject Access Request that I made to her, Pat responded in the hilarious way introduced by Cllr Meredith and went even further.

Before I proceed is it me or have I seen this email before?

Email From Cllr Richard Meredith

What kind of a role model for children is the ERYC Chairman when she has clearly copied from the person on the next desk? I despair. Do you not remember what the teacher told you many years ago Pat? If you are going to copy do not copy from a fool who has the wrong answer or you will be caught out. You Madam Chair have been caught out! Pat for future reference 1.43pm is not morning.

Ok if you insist Pat here goes. Hold tight this will continue to be a very bumpy ride.

  • Stage One – You need to thank the outgoing Deputy Leader and fellow Tory Mike Stathers for sending the infamous email with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this came into my possession.

  • Stage Two – You next need to thank ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey for sending her infamous email again with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this also came into my possession.

The stupidity and incompetence of the ERYC Chairman did not stop there. After stating that she held none of my Data on Monday 19 April Pat then rushes to delete unlawfully held Data on Sunday 25 April.

Not once but twice!

This generated two “Not Read” receipts that I submit to the Court Of Public opinion.

Please do educate me Madam Chair. Does this mean you have breached legislation? Or in simple terms “broke the law”? What a poor role model you are Madam Chair. Thankfully next week you will be stepping down.

Polite Suggestions

  1. To prevent any further embarrassment don’t report yourself to ICO.
  2. Learn about the Whistleblowing Policy and the relevant legislation instead of crying a Data breach.
  3. Educate yourself regards Data legislation. I am unable to contact you via your eastriding.gov.uk email address as to do so would result in an immediate breach of my Data. Surely you are not condoning such actions? I will let you work out why.
  4. If you must copy from the child on the next desk make sure they are not the second thickest in the class.
  5. Look in the mirror and ask yourself what example are you setting for children.
  6. Do not claim to have no Data then generate “Not Read” receipts.
  7. Never forgot what our Grannies told us. Best thought a fool than…

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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Spotlight On Councillor Richard Meredith

Next under the spotlight is Tory Councillor Richard Meredith who displays a level of intelligence that suggests his private education was a wasted investment. I submit the following to the Court of Public Opinion.

Councillor Richard Meredith

My first experience as to the IQ level of Richard was when he, along with every other Tory and Labour Cllr in a Council meeting, voted to welcome a report that never existed.  It would appear that a couple of years later Cllr Meredith is still not the brightest light bulb in the room.

In response to the lawful Subject Access Request that I made to him, Richard responded in the most hilarious way possible.

Ok if you insist Richard here goes.

  • Stage One – You need to thank the outgoing Deputy Leader and fellow Tory Mike Stathers for sending the infamous email with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this came into my possession.

  • Stage Two – You next need to thank ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey for sending her infamous email again with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this also came into my possession.

  • Stage 3 – A little drum roll – you have to thank yourself for sending me the email above in response to my Subject Access Request. This confirmed which email address was yours as up to that point I was unaware.

Polite Suggestions

  1. To prevent any further embarrassment don’t report yourself to ICO. But I must admit reporting yourself for breaching your own Data is rather unique.
  2. Learn about the Whistleblowing Policy and the relevant legislation instead of crying a Data breach.
  3. Educate yourself regards Data legislation. I am unable to contact you via your eastriding.gov.uk email address as to do so would result in an immediate breach of my Data. Surely you are not condoning such actions? I will let you work out why.
  4. Never forgot what our Grannies told us. Best thought a fool than…

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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