Is The Smiling Assassin In Today?

Who is the Smiling Assassin?

Posted in Photoon

Coopers Bridge Damage – Prompt Action

Not only did ERYC send an engineer to investigate the damage to Coopers Bridge, Wilberfoss on Saturday but they have also actioned the repairs for the next couple of weeks.

An ERYC officer has confirmed:

“The bridge was inspected on Saturday, the approach post and rails and the parapet upright has been damaged. The damage is minimal and the bridge does not need to be closed. Repairs will be organised and carried out in the next couple of weeks.”

Well done ERYC.

Posted in Roads, Wilberfoss

Wilberfoss East Junction – Grass Cutting Required

Residents have raised concerns with me regards the recent restrictive grass cut at the Wilberfoss East junction.

I have requested ERYC to cut the grass further back to ensure good visibility at this dangerous junction.

In addition I have requested, moving forward, that the junction is cut in future with consideration given to ensuring an adequate sight line.

Posted in Roads, Wilberfoss

The Oval/Wold Road Junction – Pot Holes Repaired

I would like to thank ERYC for repairing the pot holes on The Oval/ Wold Road junction.

Posted in Pocklington, Roads

SEND – Case 1 – Child A

  • Case 1 – Child A
  • Age – 5
  • School – A, B

Parent/ Carer Statement

“Child A is 5 years old and has Autism and for almost a year now he has been home educated after I felt I had no choice but to removed him from his previous mainstream setting at School A due to him not being able to cope, making him anxious and aggressive towards himself and peers. It was not fair on him or them if He stayed in that setting. He was segregated most of the time from his peers at break time and lunch due to him not being able to cope, making him lash out at his friends. this will not help his social skills develop, so clearly a mainstream setting is not for him.. He was always in trouble for behaviour he cannot help, for being Autistic, which made him very sad and confused.

Since he has been at home every day he has regressed so much, he has always being violent but it is now so much worse, he has phobias and anxiety and cannot cope around others at all unless it’s family, people he knows and feels comfortable with, and in quiet environments. He Lashes out daily, he is a danger to himself and others and needs constant guidance and supervision which is why I know he needs a special school that can meet his needs. His autism has got worse with age. 

I applied for him to go to School B and the head teacher agreed to give him a placement but the local authority have turned it down at panel on academic levels from a ehcp that is 19 months old. He has changed so much in 19 months. His annual review is 7 months over due  (should be assessed every 12 months) and I have had to go through customer complaints  just to get someone to talk to me as no-one ever called back or answered the phone for 3 months. I had no choice but to get help from our local sen consultancy service who are currently on board . Costing me hundreds of pounds every month. If I don’t use the consultancy service who quote laws to the local authority they will never even return  a phone call let alone help us. I first applied for School B in September 2017 but had no reply and no response at all from the sen department who also to this day will not inform me if the consult even went out in September So have recently had to reapply. I am also waiting for the decline letter which they told me has been posted 5 times  and must have been lost in the post 5 times. And informed me that without that letter I cannot appeal. I have asked again this time for the decline letter and again have not received this. 

Child A has been out of school almost a year and his low mood is making his aggression worse, he needs help now. A mainstream school and a unit off a school cannot provide the help and therapies that he needs daily and does not have the facilities for a safe space that he needs either. He is far behind his peers in all areas of development and should not be turned down just because he is apparently  academically able. It’s discrimination and I feel very let down by the local authority and angry that they are basing their decision on paperwork and assessments that are 19 months old and he had only been in school just a few weeks when assessments were done. If a special school looked through his paperwork and agreed they can meet his needs then the local authority should have agreed too. The waiting list for an educational psychologist is very long too so he will still be here waiting in a year’s time with an even more so overdue annual review. He needs a school place now. Parental preference is always ignored, my reasons for him needing a special school have also being ignored.

It had taken 12 months for me to get my eldest son another special school placement after the many failings and breeches from the local authority and again hundreds of pounds spent for legal help, now he has a placement in a fantastic special school. And now I am fighting for Child A and I will not stop until he has the school placement I know he needs and would love. He will thrive in a special school and only deteriorate in a mainstream setting. I know many families who are all in the same position as us, and So many children who have been failed, Let down by the local authority.  We’ve all been told lies and no-one knows who to trust anymore. It really does make us all feel upset and alone in this situation.

All children deserve an education, a chance to make friends who are just like them. Instead they’re left, at home suffering daily crying because all they want is a school and to make friends. And their needs are ignored. People need to know what goes on behind closed doors at the local authorities sen dept, the way families like ours are left with no help what so ever, ignored, fobbed off and lied to daily. It should not be allowed to happen. It needs to stop now.”

NB: All names have been changed.

What Is Required

  1. A school place offered for school B
  2. An educational psychologist assessment for an up to date EHCP.
  3. A full investigation and explanation as to why it has taken the local authority  8 months to apply for the requested sen placement asked for in September 2017.

Those Informed 

I have informed ERYC Councillors and local media of this case.

In addition I have referred this case, with confidential information, to Caroline Lacey, ERYC Chief Executive and Kevin Hall, ERYC Director of Children, Families and Schools requesting they address the case as a matter of urgency.

Exposing Further Failures

I invite requests from SEND Parents/Carers to expose the failures of ERYC they are experiencing on this site

All names will be changed.

Once exposed I will:

  1. Inform ERYC Councillors and local media of the case.
  2. In addition I will refer the case, with confidential information, to Caroline Lacey, ERYC Chief Executive and Kevin Hall, ERYC Director of Children, Families and Schools requesting they address the case as a matter of urgency.

Contact

Email: info@island-man.co.uk

Further Information

Please see SEND

Posted in SEND

East Riding SEND Failures Exposed

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are failing countless SEND (Special educational needs and disability) Parents/Carers across the East Riding.

What is SEND?

A child or young person of compulsory school age is said to have SEND if they:

  1. Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
  2. Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has SEND if they fall within the definitions above or would do if special educational provision was not made for them.

Exposing Failures

I invite requests from SEND Parents/Carers to expose the failures of ERYC they are experiencing on this site

All names will be changed.

Once exposed I will:

  1. Referred the case to ERYC Councillors and local media.
  2. In addition I will refer the case, with confidential information, to Caroline Lacey, ERYC Chief Executive and Kevin Hall, ERYC Director of Children, Families and Schools requesting they address the case as a matter of urgency.

Contact

Email: info@island-man.co.uk

Posted in SEND

Coopers Bridge, Wilberfoss Damaged

Coppers Bridge (as it’s known in the village) is the road bridge linking Main Street to Beckside, Wilberfoss.

As it has just been damaged I have requested senior ERYC officers to ask an engineer to investigate the damage to ensure the bridge is still safe to use and undertake any works required.

As an interim I have requested ERYC to visit the bridge today to consider undertaking any short-term action required.

Posted in Roads, Wilberfoss

The Cattons Pot Holes – Work Completed

Following on from The Cattons Pot Holes: Job Ticket Raised I am delighted to say that a number of potholes along Broad Lane and Main Street Low Catton have been repaired.

I would like to thank Paul Bellotti, ERYC Interim Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services for his assistance. Paul has confirmed:

“Thank you for your correspondence dated 4 May 2018 in relation to the condition of the highway within Parish of Low and High Catton. From our current inspection regime we had already identified and organised a number of repairs within the Parishes which are programmed to be undertaken by the end of May 2018.

We arranged a further site visit to identify any defects which may be deemed a potential hazard to road users with a view to re-prioritising within the timescales of our current code of practice, as a result a number of potholes where identified along Broad Lane and Main Street Low Catton which have since been repaired.”

Posted in High Catton, Low Catton, Roads

Hodsow Lane Works Resheduled

An ERYC officer has confirmed that the planned works for Hodsow Lane, Pocklington is now programmed for autumn this year.

Hodsow Lane will be re-kerbed, the footpath/cycleway and carriageway resurfaced and drainage will also be improved.

Posted in Pocklington, Roads

Brid Golfer Complaint Hits ERYC Bunker

Given the questions being asked about the Bridlington Golf Club (BGC) deal it is rather ironic that Mr Robert Watson, who plays at the BGC, registered a complaint against me for publishing the fact that he called me a twat.

The complaint hit the ERYC Bunker. Please click LA-SASC-225 – Strangeway – R Watson Complaint 040518 to read the Decision Notice.

Why would a Bridlington Golfer be keen to silence me?

Posted in ERYC, Planning