Irresponsible Parking – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Parking in Stamford Bridge is often challenging especially during the mornings when the shops are busy.

At 09.50 this morning I witnessed an East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) employee park on double yellows, on the footpath, outside the Co-op and in the main area were residents queue to go to the shops. In essence, they could not have parked in a worse place at that time.

The vehicle was still there 10 minutes later when I left.

I am fully aware of and support the need for the legislation that permits Council employees to park on double yellows if required to undertake their duties. BUT this must be reasonable and appropriate. In this case, it fails on both counts. There were more appropriate places to park at the time. Not on the footpath would be a starting point.

I have referred the matter to ERYC Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, Paul Bellotti. I have requested he ensures that all ERYC employees park in a reasonable and appropriate manner in future.

Posted in ERYC, Stamford Bridge

30 Hour Quarantine Window As Cases Increase

On 15 August I raised my concerns with Greg Knight MP in relation to the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” that the Government had adopted in relation to France. It is noted that this policy has continued to be adopted for more countries since.

My position is simple – If the situation in France necessitated a period of quarantine why permit a 30 hour period before the commencement of the requirement to quarantine?

Nine days later Greg’s response to me was rather concerning:

“So far as the delay between the quarantine requirement being announced and being implemented is concerned, I have asked ministers for clarification.”

Why is my MP unable to answer such an important question after nine days?

I have now waited over two weeks and Greg has failed to inform me of any clarification he has received.

Cases Increase

The country is now three weeks into the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy”. Our media is full of headlines informing us that cases of Covid are on the increase and local Lockdowns are everywhere.

As the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” is likely to be a contributing factor to the increase in cases I have requested Greg to:

  1. Inform me what clarification he has received from Ministers
  2. To request a review of the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” given the increase in Covid cases.

Further Information

Please read Covid Concerns – Greg Knight Open Letter

Posted in Covid 19

I Instigated Stamford Bridge Boundary Change

It is rather sad that Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council are making false accusations against Stamford Bridge Parish Council in relation to the proposed boundary change.

I have read comments on Facebook which begins by falsely claiming:

“Stamford Bridge Parish Council is trying to annex part of the historic parish of Skirpenbeck”. (the rest continues in a downward direction)

Nothing is further from the truth.

The process was started by me on 20 February 2017 was I was the Independent ERYC Ward Councillor for Pocklington Provincial Ward that includes Stamford Bridge. ERYC will confirm this.

Please read In But Out In Stamford Bridge.

In early 2017 there were numerous issues at the Stamford Bridge end of the Avant site (Godwin Vale) in relation to collapsed sewers that resulted in traffic congestion on the A166.

Despite the fact that this was in Skirpenbeck Parish it was Stamford Bridge Parish Council and me, not Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council and Wolds Weighton ERYC Councillors who dealt with the situation.

Please read Stamford Bridge Lights Issue.

Hopefully, this demonstrates that Stamford Bridge Parish Council is not “trying to annex part of the historic parish of Skirpenbeck” as it was me who instigated the boundary change which is merely for administration purposes.

In addition, Stamford Bridge Parish Council assisted Godwin Vale residents when Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council should have but were notable by their absence.

I politely suggest that Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council need to reflect on their unpleasant and untruthful campaign. History cannot be rewritten.

Posted in Stamford Bridge

Police Unlawfully Target Lake District Parking

Those who have been moved on by Cumbria Police while parking in the Lake District at night will be shocked to learn that Cumbria Police have committed an abuse of power by their actions.

The video recording above shows Cumbria Police accosting a gentleman, “Fred”, for parking with the following exchange:

  •  FredCan you just quickly confirm that byelaw again, so that’s no overnighting in a vehicle in the Lake District?
  • Police: Yes, so the Byelaws have existed since the 1970’s, erm, they are enforceable, ah now the authority we get is from the National Parks Authority.
  • Fred: Ok.
  • Police: It’s no camping and that includes in-vehicle camping as well.
  • Fred: Yes.

Lake District Authority Statement

Julie Wood, Solicitor, Lake District National Park Authority has confirmed in response to my Freedom of Information Act request that the Police Officer is committing an abuse of power by informing me that:

“The land upon which “Fred” was camped/parked is not covered by any byelaws”

Formal Complaint To Cumbria Police

I have submitted a formal complaint to Cumbria Police.

I recommend that those who are victims of the unlawful conduct of Cumbria Police in this situation request redress from Cumbria Police.

Posted in Parking

Northallerton Meeting – Leeming Bar Overnight Parking Ban

On Friday Nigel Ward, Citizen Journalist and a regular contributor to the North Yorks Enquirer, and myself attended a very congenial meeting at Northallerton to discuss the Leeming Bar Overnight Parking ban.

I would like to thank the senior North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) officer for their time. In addition, I am pleased to report that the Conservative NYCC Councillor who attended as an observer was a credit.

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

WTC Supports Whitby Abbey Aire

The following is reproduced by kind permission of the North Yorks Enquirer.

  • an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on a small measure of progress in regard to the Whitby Abbey Aire (Winter Motorhome facility) proposal initiated by campaigner Andy STRANGEWAY assisted by myself and progressed by former SBC and WTC Councillor, Sandra TURNER.

On 11th August 2020, Whitby Town Council convened a meeting of Full Council via Zoom. Of special interest to me was Agenda Item 4, pursuant to a Motion tabled by Councillor Lee DERRICK which included the following explanatory preamble: Lee Derrick Aire Motion

I am delighted to report that, subject to a minor and rather irrelevant Amendment, Councillor DERRICK’s Motion was carried UNANIMOUSLY – with the result that the Town Clerk, Mr Michael KING, has written to Scarborough Borough Council CEO, Mr Mike GREENE, in the following terms: WTC Letter To Mike Greene

One can only wonder why Yorkshire Coast BID Ltd has not jumped on the bandwagon in a last-ditch attempt to provide some support for Whitby businesses.

The present SBC Councillors for Streonshalh ward (the ward in which Whitby Abbey car park is situated), Councillors Mike STONEHOUSE [Lab.] and Stuart CAMPBELL [Lab.], have not commented and indeed have not been sighted in east Whitby since before the lockdown.

Now that the Whitby Abbey Aire has the full support of Whitby East Side Traders’ Association, independent local businesses and the Scarborough Conservative Group – and now Whitby Town Council – SBC Leader Councillor Steve SIDDONS [Lab.] would appear to be dragging his heels on the Whitby Abbey Aire proposal for purely personal or political reasons.

But perhaps I do him an injustice; perhaps he has abandoned his Scarborough-centric philosophy and devised a mouth-watering plan of his own to support Whitby businesses. Perhaps . . .

Scarborough Borough Council will meet (via Zoom) on Monday 7th September 2020. (Agenda here).

Hopefully, common sense will prevail and Whitby businesses will be permitted to benefit from increased footfall throughout the off-season.

Posted in Scarborough

Weighton Cemetery Dog Ban – ICO Intervenes

In Council Bans Assistance/Guide Dogs From Cemetery I revealed how Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) not only unlawfully closed the town’s cemetery it has also unlawfully banned assistance/guide dogs from it.

By Order

As I am unaware of any legislation that permits a Town Council to make an Order to ban access to a cemetery I have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information  Act to MWTC for a copy of the Order. Sadly this remains outstanding after three and a half months when legislation states it must be addressed within 20 working days.

ICO Intervenes

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now intervened:

“I have written to the Council to request that a response be issued within ten working days. I have additionally informed the Council that if it is unable to meet this deadline it will need to explain why the response has been delayed, and to indicate when it may be in a position to issue a substantive response. The Commissioner will then decide whether enforcement action is required.”

MWTC Mayor, Councillor Peter Hammerman

When will MWTC finally start to conduct themselves in a lawful manner?

Posted in Market Weighton

Covid Concerns – Greg Knight Open Letter

As I am rather concerned about the Government’s policy in relation to lockdowns and quarantine I have sent the letter below to my MP Greg Knight who represents East Yorkshire.

Dear Greg,

I write to you to express my concerns regarding the current decisions the Government has made in relation to Covid lockdowns and quarantine.

Northampton/North Of England

In Northampton, nearly 300 people have tested positive in one factory alone but there is no lockdown.

Yet across the north of England in numerous locations, the number of cases increased by 10 to 20 and they are put into lockdown.

Could you please explain to me why the Government has one policy for the North and another for Northampton? Is it because the Northern lockdowns are in predominately Labour areas while Northampton is Conservative?

France

I read that there were 160,000 UK holidaymakers in France when 30 hours notice was given of the requirement for a 14-day quarantine for those returning from France. This announcement resulted in a mass exodus from France back to the UK.

If the situation in France necessitated a period of quarantine why permit a 30 hour period before the commencement of the requirement to quarantine?

Does this policy not result in up to 160,000 people returning from France with Covid being permitted to freely move around and infect UK and East Yorkshire residents?

In the interests of transparency please be aware I have published this letter to you (LINK).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway,

1A, Holly Close, Full Sutton, York, YO41 1LY

Posted in Covid 19

NHS Worker Overnights At Sealife Centre

Last night various people lawfully parked up for the night at the Sealife Centre, Scarborough in vans and motorhomes.

One of these was an NHS worker as the Ringo App states: “This location is currently free for NHS, care and volunteer workers due to Coronavirus.”

North Yorkshire Police

I would like to thank the North Yorkshire Police (NYP) for ensuring everyone’s security by twice patrolling the car park. This involved a simple drive around the mini-roundabout on both occasions.

At no time did NYP check on any of the vehicles.

Overnight Camping

If anyone receives a Penalty Charge Notice in relation to the “No Overnight Camping” signage at the Sealife Centre I will happily offer my knowledge to assist in the making of an appeal.

Email To Mike Greene

I have sent an email to Mike Greene, SBC Chief Executive, to thank him for permitting the free parking at the Sealife Centre for NHS, care and volunteer workers due to Coronavirus and to also enquiry how much longer it will continue.

Posted in Parking, Scarborough

Council Invite Communication With Unmonitored Account

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) has hit a new low point in their level of incompetence.

I received the email above from Complaints@scarborough.gov.uk

Fact 1

The email sent from account Complaints@scarborough.gov.uk  states:

“We do not monitor this email account.”

Fact 2

The email sent  from account Complaints@scarborough.gov.uk  states:

“If you are not satisfied with our response, you should respond in writing or by email to us at Complaints@scarborough.gov.uk explaining why you are not happy with the response provided.”

Over To Mike

I have requested Mike Greene, SBC Chief Executive, to inform me why this incompetence is permitted and how it will be addressed?

Posted in Scarborough