January Surgery Tomorrow Morning

My January surgery will take place tomorrow morning in Wilberfoss.

Wilberfoss and Pocklington Provincial residents are invited to ask questions, raise concerns or share their views.

Posted in Surgery, Wilberfoss

In Support – Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, ex friend of ERYC Conservative Leader Stephen Parnaby, has sent the open letter below to Hull Daily Mail and all ERYC Councillors.

Angus Young

Hull Daily Mail

An Open letter

Dear Angus

Further to your three articles published Thursday and Friday of last week referring to the behaviour of certain East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors, although you make brief references to Councillor Andy Strangeway`s attacks on some members of the Conservative group and you did include a small mention of wrongdoing by some Conservative Councillors, nevertheless your three articles concentrated on discrediting Andy Strangeway following his appearance before the standards committee.

In joining up the dots you have unfortunately omitted to include those that would form a more accurate and comprehensive picture. It is correct that the allegations against Councillor Andy Strangeway were upheld whereas those against the Leader of the Council, Councillor Parnaby were rejected but the bigger picture shows a completely different story.

Last year Councillor Andy Strangeway wrote an open letter to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Parnaby asking him to answer five questions each referring to hospitality or gifts which had not been declared in the register of interests.

Councillor Parnaby was of course unable to provide any answer to any of the questions without either lying or confirming that he was in breach of the Code of Conduct by not declaring these previously. Unfortunately for Councillor Parnaby, Councillor Strangeway`s main aim as a councillor is as his website indicates “ Probity in Public Service” and therefore he is never going to accept Councillor Parnaby`s refusal to answer these or all the other questions on which he has remained silent and nor should he have to. Councillor Parnaby can of course remain silent if not doing so would incriminate him but by doing so he obviously cannot prove his innocence and it follows most people would only conclude his guilt.

Previously councillors who have challenged the leader, being mainly conservatives, have been kept in line by bullying, deselection or loss of allowances from committees, the Conservative group having previously been likened to being run on similar lines to that of North Korea. The East Riding is littered with some excellent previous councillors who have not been prepared to put up with this appalling behaviour and have regrettably resigned.

Unfortunately again for Councillor Parnaby, Councillor Strangeway is not so easily dealt with, as an independent he cannot be whipped, is not interested in lining his own pockets and will always challenge wrongdoing. He may well be guilty of not treating some council officers with respect but why should he respect those who are paid huge six figure salaries to maintain standards within county hall and then choose to turn a blind eye to corruption or even lie in order to protect Councillor Parnaby.

Throughout last year many very serious allegations were made against Councillor Parnaby from non-declarations of several items in the register of interests in breach of the code of conduct, chairing behind closed door meetings which decided promotions and hundreds of thousands of pounds to council officers without declaring that they were in fact his close personal friends and the well evidenced criminal offence of not declaring for twelve years his company`s involvement in the supply of services to his own council.

Given that these offences are as serious as any that can be envisaged Councillor Parnaby has throughout this period kept absolutely silent on all these matters, refusing even to deny anything. Your article indicates he soon found his tongue in order to lead the attack dogs on Andy Strangeway for two very minor offences in order for him to make the most of a situation in which for once he would not be compromised.

The other Conservative Councillors, some themselves with very dubious histories, having never publicly questioned Councillor Parnaby over his corruption, queued up to bully Councillor Strangeway in order to help their leader`s cause in removing this thorn in his side by accusing Councillor Strangeway of making up stories and unfounded allegations. If allegations cannot actually be denied by Councillor Parnaby and he is surely aware that a legal route would only support his growing number of accusers, it follows that most people would believe them to be true.

A more honourable and less insensitive person would by now have realised that it is time for him to go before more reputations at County Hall are ruined for those subordinates having to protect him.

One thing that can be clear is that Councillor Strangeway is a hound with a strong sense of smell for corruption and the accused silence will not put him off the scent.

Yours sincerely

Peter Robinson

In Support

  1. Residents
  2. Sutton Upon Derwent Parish Council
Posted in Complaint, Conservative

Wilberfoss Salt Bin Has Vanished

A salt bin in Wilberfoss was, for reasons unknown, removed by ERYC over a year ago. Despite assures that it would be returned there is still no sign of it.

Site of the Vanished Salt Bin

I have requested ERYC return the missing salt bin to Wilberfoss.

Posted in Wilberfoss

Yorkshire Post – Pock Town Council Childish

The childish conduct of Pocklington Town Council (PTC) is reported in todays Yorkshire Post.

“..there’s ways of approaching that system” Councillor Martin Cooper

This statement demonstrates the lack of understanding PTC have of the world that is ERYC.

To this day ERYC are still communicating with adoptive carers via none secure means and thus putting children in potential danger.

The simple fact is they refuse to listen hence my direct approach. I will never sit back and watch ERYC put children in potential danger.

ERYC must change their policy and communicate with adoptive carers via secure means.

Posted in Children, Pocklington, Safeguarding

In Support – Sutton Upon Derwent Parish Council

I would like to thank Sutton Upon Derwent Parish Council for their message of support.

Please see In Support – Residents

Posted in Sutton Upon Derwent

Rogerson Court Obstruction Action Requested

In relation to Rogerson Court Obstructing Disabled Access ERYC have confirmed that:

“we shall contact the developer to bring these issues to their attention and ask that they have full and proper regard for all users of the footpath.”

I would like to thank ERYC for their prompt action. Well done ERYC.

Posted in Footpath, Parking, Planning, Pocklington

Tory Pock Town Council Childish Attack

The Tory dominated Pocklington Town Council are so desperate to discredit me they have now issued a letter to numerous Parish Councils putting them in an impossible situation.

Yapham Road Flooding

The letter states:

“Pocklington Town Council are looking to our neighbouring Parish Councils to support us by also considering a vote of no confidence with regards to Cllr Strangeway with a view to asking him for his resignation.”

Please see Pocklington Town Council – Letter to Parish Councils to read full letter:

This was sent to six Parish Councils in my Ward:

  • Barmby Moor
  • Catton
  • Newton Upon Derwent
  • Stamford Bridge
  • Sutton Upon Derwent
  • Wilberfoss

Market Day Parking when Market closes

and for reasons unknown seven Parish Councils not in my Ward:

  • Allerthorpe
  • Bielby
  • Fangfoss with Bolton
  • Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck
  • Hayton and Burnby
  • Millington
  • Nunburnholme

I have receive no communication from PTC.

Scaife Garth Kerb Parking

Time To Be Grown Up

This conduct typifies the childish campaign I have been subjected to for nearly two years by Pocklington Town Council and ERYC Conservatives.

I would like to politely suggest that they all grow up and get on with helping the residents they claim to represent. There is plenty to be done.

Why have they not addressed the Yapham Road flooding, Market Day parking after the Market is closed or parking on Scaife Garth footpaths? Yet again they collectively failed to represent and I stepped up to the mark.

If Cllr Mole and Cllr West had represent those in Pocklington Provinicial as much as myself we could together have collectively completed 702 Projects since April 2016.

Public Meeting

My offer for a public Q & A with Cllr Mole,  Cllr West and Pocklington Town Council remains unaccepted.

I wonder why?

Posted in Conservative, Pocklington

Wilberfoss West Junction – Overgrown Vegetation

The overgrown vegetation looking east at the Wilberfoss West junction is obstructing motorists view of on coming traffic.

I have requested ERYC prune the vegetation back.

Posted in Hedges, Roads, Wilberfoss

Rogerson Court Obstructing Disabled Access

The developers of Rogerson Court are allowing contractors and delivery vehicles to obstruct access for those with disabilities and other pedestrians.

I have requested ERYC to discuss this with McCarthy and Stone.

It is rather ironic that some of  those who will consider purchasing a property on the development of retirement apartments will have disabilities.

Posted in Footpath, Parking, Planning, Pocklington

Herrington Park Planning Breach

The owner of Herrington Park, Sutton Upon Derwent has breached planning legislation for the past year by having storage containers on their land.

Mr Robb has been advised that the placing of these containers and associated storage on the land comprises development for which planning permission is required.

This was discussed at the Sutton Upon Derwent Parish Council meeting on Monday evening. As this has been on going for a considerable time the Parish Council are understandably disappointed that not only has this not been resolved but there is no timescale in sight.

To prevent ERYC Enforcement becoming discredited I have requested that an appropriate timescale for resolution of this matter is given.

Posted in Planning, Sutton Upon Derwent