Prison Road Damage – THE Pothole Patched

I can confirm that ERYC has done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” patch job to potholes on Moor Lane caused by the prison construction site traffic.

I should correct that – they have done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” patch job to one pothole.

Silly me, wrong again.

ERYC have done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” to THE pothole.

THE pothole that damaged the tyre of my wife’s car! Please see Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road.

Why Just THE Pothole?

So why has ERYC only patched THE pothole? Could it be because:

  1. As per the FOI Act I requested a copy of the Risk Assessment for the management and maintenance of this road while the new Prison is being constructed?
  2. Or that I asked, “Could you please advise how my wife can make a claim against ERYC for the damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused?”
  3. Or that ERYC is aware of my legal knowledge and my legal network as demonstrated in Case Study 1?

Damage, Inconvenience And Distress Caused

In the interests of the public purse let us hope ERYC address my wife’s claim with “due and reasonable consideration” to “damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused”.

Could failure to give “due and reasonable consideration” to my wife’s claim ultimately result in hundreds of “cut and paste” legal actions from ERYC residents for damage caused by potholes to their cars?

Of course, as always, I know nowt!

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Prison Entrance – HGVs Unofficial Operation Stack

On Monday morning I left my home at 07.57 and drove past HMP Full Sutton and the new site. I witnessed two brand new HGVs, that had driven in the wrong direction to the temporary access, parked up on the grass verge as the site entrance was only just being unlocked.

The MOJ MUST ensure that an “Operation Stack” is in place to deal with such situations so “that the access will operate safely”. The MOJ should not instead force HGV drivers to park on the grass verge as this will result in more ruts and damage to the grass verge habitat.

Given my observations on Monday, yesterday at the same time, I paid a third site visit to monitor the situation. I was shocked by what I witnessed.

To begin with, as the gate was just being opened I did a U-Turn to come back to monitor the situation. While in the process of the U-Turn three HGVs drove in the wrong direction to the temporary access in a repeat of the previous mornings observations.

When I arrived back at the temporary entrance I witnessed an unofficial Operation Stack that backed up into a blind bend as HGVs could not enter the site fast enough.

HGVs traveling in the opposite direction were then forced to further damage the grass verge.

In essence, ABSOLUTE CHAOS and a danger to local residents.

I talked with some of the HGV drivers who expressed their justifiable dissatisfaction with the situation. I was informed that this level of activity had only commenced a few days ago. One driver profoundly stated:

“Some big cheese has obviously come up with this ridiculous idea”

While all of this was going on school buses are scheduled.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

In the interests of highway safety immediate, urgent action is required:

  1. The temporary access MUST be closed as it clearly is operated in breach of planning conditions “that the access will operate safely”
  2. Safe and secure access is available via the current Prison entrance – this MUST be utilised.
  3. A wheel wash MUST be used. Currently, there is no wheel wash in operation as debris is still being dragged onto the road.
  4. HGVs MUST approach the site via the approved route.
  5. The “unofficial Operation StackMUST NOT take place on the public highway.
  6. An official Operation Stack MUST be introduced safely on the extensive road network of the current Prison. This is used by staff, prison visitors, and the local bus service.
  7. ERYC MUST inform the MOJ of that which I have raised.

ERYC Negligence – The Result

School Children Safety

Given the current danger to those using this road, I would recommend to all parents whose children are traveling on the school buses to consider their child’s safety.

Perhaps less dangerous alternatives could be explored.

Further Information

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Prison Temporary Entrance – Endangers Highway Safety

The outline planning consent for the new Full Sutton prison that the MOJ secured from the ERYC authorised the creation of temporary “access from Moor Lane to support the construction phase” subject to ensuring “that the access will operate safely”.

So why are ERYC negligent in ensuring “that the access will operate safely” by allowing the temporary entrance to endanger highway safety?

What would happen if the stationary blue car was replaced with a school bus travelling to Full Sutton meeting a construction site HGV on the blind bend?

The facts are clear for all to witness:

  1. The road between the entrance to the existing prison and the first temporary entrance is not wide enough for vehicles to pass.
  2. This results in large, heavy vehicles creating tyre ruts on the grass verge.
  3. These ruts then form potholes.
  4. The potholes then endanger highway safety as I witnessed and reported in Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road.
  5. The prison sign has been hit many times due to a lack of adequate space.

Completion Due 2025

As the new prison is not due for completion until 2025 local residents will be subjected to the highway deteriorating for three years and three winters.

How many resident’s vehicles will be damaged due to the negligence of ERYC Highways to register the simple fact that the road is not wide enough? I would suggest that this demonstrates gross incompetence.

School Bus v HGVs

To make matters worse the route is used by school buses. I dread to think what will happen when a school bus meets a construction site HGV on the blind corner especially in icy conditions when the road is not gritted.

Wolds Weighton Tory Councillors

It would appear that none of the Wolds Weighton ERYC Tory Councillors – Cllr Mike Stathers, Cllr Leo Hammond, and Cllr David Rudd is aware of the negligence by ERYC in this case.

I gave all three Ward Councillors, ERYC Highways and ERYC Planning the opportunity, before close of business yesterday, to detail their “understanding and acknowledgement of such negligence”.

They all remained silent!

How can they claim to represent and help residents, especially those living in Full Sutton and surrounding villages by remaining silent?

Will their inability to know about even the most obvious, result in a significant challenge to their collective complacency at the ERYC election next May?

Site Visit And Solution

At 06.30 on Sunday morning I undertook a site visit to do that which ERYC and the three Ward Councillors should have done at any time over the past three years – I undertook a simple robust risk assessment.

As the road is not wide enough I highly recommend:

  1. An ERYC “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style,” is carried out immediately on all damaged surfaces as a temporary quick fix. (NB: This was not done yesterday)
  2. The temporary entrances are closed with immediate effect.
  3. The road is widened and kerbstones installed, as it has been at the temporary entrances, between the entrance to the existing prison and the two new temporary entrances.

At that point, the work to build the new prison can commence as I believe  “that the access will operate safely”.

It is beyond me to understand why this essential work was not carried out prior to the works commencing. Perhaps another one to file under to you to me!

Will ERYC continue to play Russian Roulette with residents safety for the next three years?

ERYC MUST inform the MOJ of that which I have raised.

Further Information

Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

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Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

This morning my wife set off early from our home in Full Sutton to spend the day with her disabled sister. Unfortunately, she had just driven past the Prison when she was forced to the side of the road by a speeding vehicle heading towards the Prison and hit a pothole.

As can be seen in the photo above (demonstrated by my car) the construction vehicles for the new Prison have widened the road, by default, thus the old grass verge is now part of the road.

As can be seen above the pothole is on a bend for oncoming traffic.

I am astounded that all those who should have ensured that the road was safe for local residents have failed to do so. This includes:

  1. ERYC Planning
  2. ERYC Highways
  3. Wolds Weighton ERYC Councillors (Cllr Mike Stathers, Cllr Leo Hammond, and Cllr David Rudd – all Conservative)
  4. Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council

Why did ERYC not mitigate this obvious risk?

Why did the three ERYC Cllrs or the Parish Council not alert ERYC to the obvious danger to road users caused by the construction traffic?

AA To The Rescue

It is clear that the situation will get worse in winter and become more dangerous.

Email Requesting Action

I have sent the email below to those whom I believe have failed my wife and all local residents.

Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:13 AM
Cc: clerk@fspc.org.uk ; (REDACTED)
Subject: Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

Good Morning,

Could I please refer you all to (LINK)

Could I request that the required repairs to this road are undertaken immediately?

As per the FOI Act could I request a copy of the Risk Assessment for the management and maintenance of this road while the new Prison is being constructed?

If no Risk Assessment exists could I request that one is undertaken as a matter of urgency?

Could you please advise how my wife can make a claim against ERYC for the damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused?

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

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Tory Councillors Fail Residents On Planning

Having demonstrated my knowledge of planning legislation in Case Study 1 I believe it appropriate to examine how ERYC Conservative Councillors fail residents in planning matters.

Tory Councillors Mike Stathers and Andy Burton (now ex)

I will use the example of the new Full Sutton prison.

Councillor Mike Stathers and others encouraged residents to put in as many objections as possible. This could be said to be a catalyst for around 3,000 objections.

Why did Councillor Stathers and others fail to mention the fundamental facts?

  1. Planning objections should first be mindful of National legislation – currently Conservative.
  2. Planning objections should secondly be mindful of ERYC Planning Policy – currently Conservative.
  3. Being mindful of Legislation and Planning Policy, the Planning Balance should then be considered.

“Opinion” of local residents is at best in fourth place but in truth, it is of no consideration in isolation – this is the system set up by the Conservative Party at ERYC and Nationally.

It is the Conservative Party’s policy to build prisons.

Councillor Speaks Out

I noted that a certain Conservative Councillor spoke out against the Full Sutton prison application in support of residents.

A few facts of how the Torys “operate” at County Hall in relation to Planning Committees:

  1. They hold a Group meeting prior.
  2. The Councillor from the Ward where the application is from is “allowed” to “speak against” it.
  3. About two-thirds of each Planning Committee is Tory – thus one “local” Councillor speaking against does not change the decision but said Councillor is considered supportive of local residents.

Smoke and mirrors at its best.

My Position

As an Independent ERYC Ward Councillor for Pocklington Provincial (this includes Stamford Bridge) up to the beginning of May 2019 my position regards the Full Sutton prison application was clearly stated:

  1. As a Buddhist, personally, I have no issue with whatever is built next to me.
  2. As a Councillor, it was my duty to raise any breach of legislation or policy by the application – I was unaware of any such breach.

Why Was There No Judicial Review?

If there was a breach in legislation or policy by the application why did certain Tory Councillors not recommend a Judicial Review based on such Grounds as strongly as they encouraged objections?

I would suggest that with 3,000 objections they were plenty of people to finance a Judicial Review.

Surely the Tory Councillors were not merely sabre rattling knowing all the time that there were no Grounds for objection and just “played” residents to ensure they were elected at the May 2019 election?

I invite all six Pocklington Provincial and Wolds Weighton Conservative ERYC Ward Councillors to organise a public meeting if they disagree with that which I state. I would welcome an invite to attend.

Should I await my invitation?

Further Information

My understanding and actions regarding Planning and Judicial Reviews are available to be scrutinised in the Court of Public Opinion.

Please see Case Study 1

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Liar Mick Jewitt – Hambleton District Council

I can now confirm Mick Jewitt, Hambleton District Council (HDC) Deputy Chief Executive knew all about the Judicial Review HDC had lost when asked.

Please see Deputy Chief Executive Unaware Of Judicial Review.

This suggests that our Mick lied when he stated:

“I don’t know what it’s about … I am not aware of what the issue is”

It has been suggested to me that I may have misunderstood Mick so I offer to the Court of Public Opinion unedited video evidence.

Case proved?

Strangeway Naughty Table Return?

When I last exposed a senior HDC officer to have failed I was put on the naughty table and Mick was my sole point of contact.

Will I find myself on the HDC naughty table again for exposing the truth of a senior officer lying?

I love the irony of Mick, the liar, Jewitt being my sole point of contact for exposing the truth!

Councillors Cover Up

In Deputy Chief Executive Unaware Of Judicial Review I stated:

“… this would suggest that all HDC Councillors have not been informed. That, for reasons unknown, would point to an attempt to cover up.”

As Mick was on leave this week, Jon Berry, HDC Chief Planning Officer kindly informed me:

“I can however confirm that leading Members, including those on the Planning Consultative Panel, have been briefed on the Judicial Review case and the outcome.”

Perhaps Jon would like to advise where in the LGA 1972 it refers to “leading Members“?

Jon should know, that there is no such thing but I thank him for confirming that all HDC Councillors have not been informed.

Mick Jewitt CV – Whoops

Like many other senior officers of North Yorkshire Councils Mick will need to be seeking new employment in the coming months.

I am sure any future employer will Google Mick Jewitt, Hambleton District Council. This does not make for the best of CVs Mick. In the public interest, I will link this post to those listed.

To help Mick in a future job search I would like to offer him the opportunity to send me an apology for his lies. I would give this my due consideration for publishing.

Which Council Officer Is Next?

Who will be the next Local Authority senior officer I record telling lies?

Could it be one from ERYC?

Truth is great and it will prevail.

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Deputy Chief Executive Unaware Of Judicial Review

While at the Headquarters of Hambleton District Council (HDC) yesterday taking photos for Case Study 1 it was my pleasure to finally meet Mick Jewitt, HDC Deputy Chief Executive.

Mick Jewitt, HDC Deputy Chief Executive

When informed of the successful Judicial Review against the Planning Application approved by HDC I was rather surprised to be informed by Mick:

“I don’t know what it’s about …I am not aware of what the issue is”

How can it be possible for the Deputy Chief Executive not to be aware of a Judicial Review against such a small organisation?

Could it be that the Chief Executive, Justin Ives, and Director of Law and Governance, Gary Nelson have withheld vital information from Mick?

If so, this would suggest that all HDC Councillors have not been informed. That, for reasons unknown, would point to an attempt to cover up.

Right To Reply

I offered Mick sight of the above prior to publication and invited his right to reply for consideration for publication.

Mick stated:

“I have no comments to make”

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Councillor Legal Redress – I Know Nowt

It has been noted that it would appear at first sight that Strangeway has been looking into the tea leaves.

Last Wednesday in Tory Councillor Exploring Legal Redress I mention that “Fred” is exploring “legal redress”. Then on Thursday in Bullying Redacted But Bullying Counter Claims Councillor Beaumont is seeking “protection”.

It was noticeable that Councillor Leo Hammond, Councillor Lyn Healing and Councillor Kevin Beaumont expressed views in relation to the debate. All three are Conservative. Could all three be part of the Coup gang? Could all three be using the bullying of Officers for their own ambitions?

Did Strangeway look into the tea leaves or perhaps someone in the Coup gang is more in the Strangeway gang?

As always I know nowt!

In the public interest, I resubmit the video of Councillor Beaumont seeking “protection”.

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Tory Silence Condones Vile Death Threat

Having been humbled by the messages of support from East Riding residents it is also appropriate to thank ERYC Councillors for their messages of support.

Yorkshire Party

Councillor Tim Norman – Yorkshire Party

I would like to thank the Yorkshire Party Group for their support:

“Dear Mr Strangeway

Many thanks for directing us towards your Blog and the letter which you have received.

As individuals and as members of ERYC and the Yorkshire Party we are appalled that such a letter could even be contemplated to be written and sent to anyone.  This type of harassment, intimidation and bullying has no place in civilised society where freedom of speech is one of the real doctrines which our society is built upon.

We are pleased that you call this out as what it is being a heinous, unprovoked and uncalled for attack and support your actions in providing this to Humberside Police.

Kind regards

Cllr Tim Norman

Cllr Andy Walker

Yorkshire Party”

Liberal Democrat – Councillor David Nolan

I would like to thank the Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Councillor David Nolan for the support:

“Andy

A vile and malicious communication.

Totally unacceptable and cowardly.

I may disagree with what you write but I defend your right to express your views.

Kind regards

Councillor David Nolan”

Independent – Councillor Paul Nickerson

I would like to thank Independent Councillor Paul Nickerson for his support:

“Dear Andy,

I’m sorry to hear this, that is really awful and frightening.

No one should be subject to this kind of threat and I’m pleased to see you have reported it.

I have unfortunately had similar anonymous communications to my home, even involving my young children. I hope you and your family are okay and if there is anything I can do to help, just let me know.

BW

Paul  

Councillor Paul Nickerson”

Last year Paul made an “error of judgement”. He rightly made an apology for his mistake and has clearly learnt from his mistake. Paul’s humility to apologise should be an example to all – ERYC Councillors – Buddhism, Compassion and Integrity

Tory Group Silence

Disgracefully not one Councillor from the Tory Group has condemned the vile death threat. Their silence condones the threat.

I encourage everyone to remember the shameful silence from the Tory Group when voting in the next ERYC election in May 2023. Please make a note in your diary.

Further Information

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Bullying Redacted But Bullying Counter Claims

I can confirm that the word Bullying shamefully does not appear in the Final copy of the ERYC Bullying report.

Councillor Kevin Beaumont – Bizarre Logic

Please read the draft ERYC Confidential Bullying Report

Then compare the Final ERYC Bullying Report

At the Overview Management & Scrutiny Committee held today, the Councillors acknowledged the fact that mention of bullying in relation to 11,000 officers would not appear.

BUT…Councillor Kevin Beaumont complained about the “bullying” of Councillors by you know who (that man Strangeway).

Councillor Beaumont, all I do is publish that which Councillors have sent to residents and fellow Councillors. Surely on your bizarre logic, the Councillor sending the emails are the bullies?

Does Councillor Beaumont not realise how distasteful these two actions are:

  1. Don’t mention bullying of up to 11,000 officers
  2. But scream bullying of 67 Councillors when being held to account for emails that they themselves have sent out.

For the record, this is what Councillor Beaumont says is bullying. Please note everything I publish has emails from the exposed Councillor.

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