Complaint 1 – Lisa Dixon – SBC Director

Today I have registered a formal complaint with Mike Greene, Chief Executive, Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) against Lisa Dixon, SBC Director of Legal & Democratic Services, for treating me with disrespect and disdain.

As can be seen from the letter above Lisa Dixon has:

  1. Responded to my complaint by referring me to Government Guidance instead of addressing the complaint.
  2. The link sent does not work.
  3. The link was later confirmed to refer to a 13-page document within which I was expected to locate the relevant passage.

The above clearly demonstrates that Lisa Dixon has treated me with disrespect and disdain. As a result, I have registered a formal complaint with the Chief Executive as he is the only person who can address the complaint.

Posted in Scarborough

ACPO 2010 Statement Condemns SBC Conduct

A 2010 statement by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO) clearly condemns Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) for preventing the recording/filming of their meetings.

“There are no powers prohibiting the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place. Therefore members of the public and press should not be prevented from doing so”.

Yet in SBC “We Disagree With Recording Legislation” (click on the link to listen) Petra Jackson, SBC Performance Manager believes SBC can prevent.

I have invited Mike Greene, the new SBC Chief Executive, to stop the silliness that has not only treated me, the public and the legislation with disdain but also opposes the position confirmed by ACPO.

Posted in Scarborough

SBC “We Disagree With Recording Legislation”

On 5 November 2019, I registered a formal complaint against Scarborough Borough Council (SBC), as signs are restricting the recording/filming of their meetings.

Please see SBC Recording Notices Breach Legislation (click on the link to read)

Brief Extract – Phone Conversation With Petra Jackson

Yesterday, in the name of Lisa Dixon, SBC Director of Legal & Democratic Services, instead of addressing my complaint I received a response referencing Government guidance in a 13-page document.

In an attempt to save resources, I phoned Petra Jackson, SBC Performance Manager. Sadly, Petra was most evasive and even stated that SBC disagrees with the legislation.

Ironically, the guidance Petra sent to me agrees with my position as it states:

“Councils should thus allow the filming of councillors and officers at meetings that are open to the public”.

Invitation To Mike Greene, SBC Chief Executive

I am delighted to learn that Mike Greene, the new SBC Chief Executive, believes:

“Prevention and early intervention is part of our DNA”.

On account of this statement I have referred this rather sad situation directly to him and requested that he chooses one of the following ways forward:

Option 1

Mike intervenes and ensures SBC remove all signs that breach legislation permitting the recording of meetings.

Option 2

Mike declines my offer or fails to contact me.

If this is Mike’s choice, I will have no alternative but to:

  1. Publish the full recording of my phone call with Petra, in the public interest;
  2. Register a formal complaint against Petra for her conduct towards me;
  3. Refer my original complaint to Stage 2; and
  4. Request Mike to refer SBC to the Ombudsman for breaching legislation.

The recent legislation has been in place since August 2014 to prevent restricting the recording of public meetings. My complaint was registered over six weeks ago and yet, despite this, SBC has treated me, the public and the legislation with disdain.

Given the failure of SBC to conduct themselves lawfully and respectfully, if Mike fails to intervene to prevent further breaches by choosing Option 1 before 10.00 27 December, I will be forced to move forward Option 2.

I believe I am being reasonable.

Posted in Scarborough

Pocklington CCTV Cameras Must Be Relocated

Having read the monthly Humberside Police Pocklington Provincial Reports for the past four years I can confirm that the CCTV cameras for Pocklington are in locations with little or no crime and must be relocated to areas where there is evidence of crime. Failure to do so is a breach of the Home Office Surveillance Camera Commissioners compliance guidelines.

Pocklington Town Council Clerk Gordon Scaife

Please see Humberside Police Pocklington Provincial Update November 2019 (click on the link to read)

The report for November is very similar to those for the past four years.

“In Pocklington overall crime continues to go down.”

The report even identifies where crime is taking place:

“These patrols include regular checks on peripheral areas at Pocklington Infants’ School, Maxwell Road (periodic reports of criminal damage and youths causing annoyance), All Saints Church (periodic reports of anti-social behaviour on an evening), the Tennis Club (reports of anti-social behaviour, (ASB)) and town car parks (reports of low level anti-social behaviour).”

The lawful purpose of the Pocklington CCTV cameras is to address crime and thus must be relocated from the Town Centre to Pocklington Infants’ School, Maxwell Road; All Saints Church; the Tennis Club and town car parks.

I do not understand why this has not happened already. The legislation does not permit CCTV cameras to remain in areas where there is little or no crime. I recommend that Pocklington Town Council (PTC) discuss this with Humberside Police. Humberside Police, in turn, may find it useful to discuss this with their West Midlands colleagues.

I have requested PTC to comply with the relevant legislation and relocate the Pocklington CCTV cameras to areas of crime.

In addition, as per the Freedom of Information Act, I have requested all information held by PTC in relation to crime for the locations where the CCTV cameras currently are.

I will now give PTC 20 working days to fulfil my FOI request. If they fail to provide this I will have no option but to refer the case to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

Posted in CCTV, Pocklington

SBC Recording Notices Personally Removed

At the end of yesterdays Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet meeting, I personally removed four unlawful signs that breached legislation in relation to the recording of public meetings.

Please see SBC Recording Notices Breach Legislation (click on the link to read)

Although Lisa Dixon, SBC Director of Legal & Democratic Services attend yesterdays Cabinet meeting she has failed to address my complaint for 6 weeks.

I handed Independent Councillor John Casey the four notices and asked him to take the required action.

Posted in Scarborough

Leeming Bar Parking Ban – Report Misinterprets

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) have revealed that Hambleton District Council (HDC) have lied in relation to amending the overnight parking ban at Leeming Bar.

NYCC has confirmed that

“the Hambleton District Council (HDC) Cabinet Report, Dec 2019 misinterprets the information provided by North Yorkshire County Council as Local Highway Authority”.

The misinterpreted information stated:

“5.18 It was confirmed by North Yorkshire County Council Highways Authority on 3 April 2019 that the signs installed as notification of the Public Space Protection Order are considered to be public notices; as such they are permitted within the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 without the need for special authorisation from the Secretary of State.”

In Council speak “misinterpreted” translates to lying in layman speak.

In order to ensure I continue to have clean hands my communication with NYCC on the subject continues.

Perhaps the author of the report Steven Lister, Director of Leisure and Communities, who has “misinterpreted” and thus mislead HDC Cabinet would like to offer a statement for publication?

How does it go Steven? Pants on fire?

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Bexhill Overnight Sleeping Ban Direct Action 2

Last night I was in Bexhill undertaking my second direct action against the PSPO banning “sleeping in vehicles overnight”. I can confirm that a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) was not issued and no approach was made to me by Rother District Council (RDC).

I had a reasonable nights sleep given the rain and wind. I am pleased to report that van dwellers have returned to the location following the publishing of my first direct action which confirmed that RDC can not enforce the ban. This replicates the situation at Leeming Bar with HGVs.

If a FPN had been issued I would have made a successful appeal against it as:

  1. RDC is in breach of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 65 – 1  which states “A public spaces protection order may not restrict the public right of way over a highway.” Consequently, to issue a FPN would be a breach of the Fraud Act 2006
  2. The signage is not contained in the TSRGD
  3. “Overnight” is not defined

Formal Complaint

I have contacted RDC making them aware of my actions and registered a formal complaint against it Council for:

  1. Unlawfully breaching the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 65 – 1  by restricting the public right of way over a highway.
  2. Erecting road signage on the highway which is not contained in the TSRGD.
  3. Erecting road signage on the highway that is unlawful as it states “overnight”

Assistance Received And Invited

My drive south had an early start from my home in Yorkshire at 02.30 to enable a reconnaissance in both Peterborough and Bedford to investigate further breaches of Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

I would like to thank those who have provided local knowledge or made a donation to assist with this direct action and my various site visits which are required to facilitate my various campaigns.

Please do give consideration to making a donation to assist with my costs as without such help future direct action and campaigning will be restricted.

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In essence, the more assistance I receive the more I will be in a position to do.

Posted in PSPO, Rother

Leeming Bar Truckers – Knife Crime Victims

I am shocked to learn that Leeming Bar Truckers on 27 November became victims of knife crime on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

NB: Tutin Road is on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

The attack happened hours after the Northern Echo reported the delay until January by Hambleton District Council’s cabinet to consider amending an overnight parking ban at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

Please read – Northern Echo report (click on the link to read).

Hambleton District Council Director Incites Hatred

On 18 November in Leeming Bar Parking Ban – Bad Cop Director (click on the link to read) I advised that  Steven Lister, Director of Leisure and Communities that he was

“clearly inciting hatred against a group of hard-working people”

I recommend that  Steven Lister, Hambleton District Council and all Councillors now consider their actions in this or do we have to wait until someone is knifed?

Moving Forward

Especially given this escalation Hambleton District Council must not condone or encourage such acts of violence by amending the Leeming Bar overnight parking ban.

Time to get a grip before someone is killed.

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Rother Fail To Issue Fixed Penalty Notices

Today Rother District Council (RDC) have confirmed that The Public Spaces Protection Order (no. 2) Rother District Council is merely a tool to intimidate. This confirms the national position reported in PSPO Parking Ban – Councils Intimidation Scam.

In response to my Freedom of Information request for information regards how many fixed penalty notices Rother District Council issued for a breach of The Public Spaces Protection Order (no. 2) Rother District Council in 2018 and 2019 was NONE.

Please read Bexhill Overnight Sleeping Ban Direct Action1 (click on the link to read) for further information.

Further direct action and reconnaissance in relation to Public Spaces Protection Orders are planned soon.

Assistance Received And Invited

I would like to thank those who have provided local knowledge or made a donation to assist with my direct actions and reconnaissance.

Please do give consideration to making a donation to assist with my costs as without such help future direct action will be restricted.

Donate Button (click to donate)

In essence, the more assistance I receive the more direct action I will be in a position to take.

Posted in PSPO, Rother

Market Weighton CCTV Breach Surveillance Compliance

A simple Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) has revealed that the Town Council are in breach of the Home Office Surveillance Camera Commissioners compliance guidelines.

Market Weighton Town Mayor – Councillor Peter Hemmerman

As I was given to understand that MWTC operates a considerable number of static CCTV cameras I made a simple FOI request for “information as to all of their locations”.

The response revealed a major failure by MWTC:

“The Market Weighton Town Council do not hold documents detailing the camera locations. Cameras are stalled in the High Street, Market Place, War Memorial Playing Field and the Aspen Play Park. All cameras are clearly visible.”

The response clearly demonstrates that the system no longer meets Home Office guidance as MWTC should have such information in the required assessment.

It is a fundamental requirement that a CCTV system does not operate in areas of low crime and anti-social behaviour. There must be evidence of a significant level of crime. The law and regulations governing the use of CCTV have changed dramatically over the last few years and MWTC must ensure that the CCTV system it operates fully complies with the law. This must include a robust and thorough review of the CCTV network. This assessment would need to be supported by data from Humberside Police.

Upon completion of an assessment if any cameras are being used in locations where there is little or no crime recorded they no longer meet the legal requirement for use as set out by the Home Office Surveillance Camera Commissioners compliance guidelines. If this is the case all such cameras must be removed.

Civil liberties must always be respected even by Big Brother.

I have given MWTC 10 working days to provide the elusive assessment to me. If I do not receive the assessment I will have no option but to refer the case to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

Posted in CCTV, Market Weighton