ERYC Bullying Deception Fully Exposed

Those that require Adult Care or have a SEND child will be aware that ERYC is failing to provide these services for the most vulnerable in our society. The reason is that there is an out-of-control ongoing staff exodus from ERYC to pastures more appealing.

In essence, due to staff being bullied and stress placed on them by senior officers many have left. This has resulted in the failure to ensure fundamental services to those who desperately need them.

Head of Legal – Mathew Buckley – Head bowed in shame.

I was fully aware of the bullying of staff at ERYC when an Independent ERYC Councillor between 2016 and 2019. This I regularly laid bare. In addition, I have regularly uncovered this over the past three years. Alas the senior officers at ERYC have denied the bullying culture and, to my knowledge, all 67 ERYC Councillors have accepted this position stated by senior officers. Indeed ERYC Leader Conservative Councillor Jonathan Owen has made a statement to the effect that there is no serious issue with bullying.

At the ERYC Overview Management and Scrutiny Committee held last Thursday it was confirmed that:

“ERYC do not monitor bullying and harassment and has not done since ERYC was formed in 1996”

The Truth Is Out

So the claims by senior officers, with the full support of all 67 Councillors (who have a mantra – never to question officers) are without any base. Bullying is rife. In effect, such claims are a deception of the lowest kind to defend the position of the Council with no regard for residents, especially those who are most vulnerable.

NB: From April 2022 this will now be monitored.

Lack of Management Control

Conservative Councillor Lynda Bayram even has the audacity to ask for the information, when it is finally monitored, not to go into the public domain.

I place on the public record that if ERYC endorses the position suggested by Cllr Lynda Bayram I will request copy from those within County Hall (who have morals) and publish the evidence as I did with the two bullying reports (Please see below).

Thankfully Conservative Councillor Kevin Beaumont has a grasp of the situation:

“If this was available to the public they would be horrified”

This post places before the Court of Public Opinion the full evidence of the deception. I fully agree with Cllr Beaumont that the public will be horrified. Shamefully for ERYC, there is more to reveal.

What Changed In April 2022?

On Friday 25 February I submitted the FOI request below to ERYC. Why did not one of the 67 Councillors request this evidence?

I was then forced to chase the request up with ERYC on two occasions. They finally responded on April 8 2022.

Disgracefully ERYC clearly lied by disclosing information they now state they DO NOT monitor. They fabricated the “evidence”.

I did not publish this when I received it as I knew from first-hand information that the numbers claimed were false.

In essence, ERYC had been exposed by a member of the public who has full knowledge of the workings of ERYC and the relevant FOI legislation. Without this knowledge and understanding, I doubt ERYC would have started to monitor from April 2022.

Was that April 2022?

When did Strangeway finally receive his response? Oh yes, April 2022!

Please read FOI Request – ERYC Bullying False Facts

Please note that this is on the Headed Letterhead of Mathew Buckley, ERYC Head of Legal. The same one with his head bowed in shame.

ERYC Leader – Fall On Your Sword

To date, I have fully backed ERYC Leader Councillor Jonathan Owen. Given the seriousness of his deception of Councillors and residents, I firmly believe he must immediately fall on his sword. His position is untenable.

Given the stance taken by Councillor Kevin Beaumont, I believe he has demonstrated qualities that would contribute to making a great Leader. On this evidence, he would have my full support.

Further Information

ERYC did not want the two reports below made public. I have previously made them available to the Court of Public Opinion and do so again given the deception exposed.

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ERYC Conservatives – Begging For Tory Candidates

I can reveal that this morning ERYC Councillor Felicity Temple, Chair of the East Yorkshire Constituency Conservative Association (NB: This covers the area from Stamford Bridge to Bridlington), has emailed all Association members to more or less beg some to come forward to be considered for candidacy at the May 2023 local elections for ERYC.

Councillor Felicity Temple

Obviously, following the resignations of Councillor Mike Stathers from the Conservative Party and then the third Wolds Weighton candidate, Catherine Simpson last week, they are having to scrape the barrel.

It would appear that this is fantastic news for a couple of Tory lame ducks who, to date, have not been selected. Is that a Rutland flag I can see waving? This could make room for Paul West to try again to abandon his sinking ship at Pocklington/Stamford Bridge and climb aboard Wolds Weighton where he tried recently but was not selected by the branch.

It would seem that all that is required is:

  • An ability to ignore requests for help from residents.
  • Put your hand up when told to by the whip.
  • Admit to being a member of the Tory Party.

In return, if elected, you will receive at least £1,000 per month.

As always Strangeway knows nowt. Thanks for the email, Felicity.

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Mystery Photoon – Clandestine Leader Meetings

Having published Mystery Photoon – Any Suggestions Jonathan yesterday the reason for the mystery photoon has been suggested to me by various sources including current and former ERYC Councillors.

The gentleman on the left is ex-Tory Councillor Stephen Parnaby who was the Leader of ERYC for about 20 years. To the right is the current Leader of ERYC Tory Councillor Jonathan Owen. When Stephen was the Leader Jonathan was his Deputy Leader.

It is suggested that Stephen and Jonathan hold regular clandestine meetings and are accompanied by the ERYC Leaders PA Karen. Karen was also the PA for Stephen.

Given his considerable experience, I believe Stephen could bring benefits to ERYC. As Leader and Deputy Leader for so many years, I believe it is reasonable and creditable if they still have such a strong friendship that demands they meet up weekly.

BUT

  • Why are the meetings clandestine?
  • Would such meetings bring into question Jonathan’s competence to be ERYC Leader?
  • Who is ultimately the Leader of the Council?

Benefit Of The Doubt

Up to this point, I have fully supported Jonathan in his role as Leader of ERYC. I must give Jonathan the benefit of the doubt so I invite a statement for publication from him.

If my information is correct my confidence in Jonathan would take a serious dent and I would not be surprised if there was a vote of no confidence in him.

I await Jonathan’s statement.

Further Information

By pure coincidence the job of PA to the Leader and Deputy Leader is currently advertised:

With all due respect to Karen, I would suggest that the salary of £27, 514 for “37 hours” a week is below those of comparable positions in the area.

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Mystery Photoon – Any Suggestions Jonathan?

The photoon below has appeared into my possession.

Would ERYC Leader Councillor Jonathan Owen like to suggest any meaning?

Suggestions from other ERYC Councillors are also invited. As always Strangeway knows nowt.

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Prison Wide Boys Force Residents Off-Road

Today I reveal evidence that the MOJ is relying on wide loads, to and from the prison construction site, forcing local residents and other road users off the road, to facilitate the new prison construction.

Last Wednesday in Prison Entrances And Access Road Analysed I confirmed that the official reason for the need for “temporary construction access” from Moor Lane was stated to be:

““to support the construction phase and to avoid construction traffic using the access to the existing high security prison .” and that it should state: “the access to the existing high security prison site.

The MOJ is now attempting to justify its statement made at Reserved Matters by claiming:

“The volume of traffic would disrupt the operation of the existing prison”

As the MOJ is suggesting that a few vehicles traveling on an empty road would disrupt the operation of the existing prison perhaps it could advise us mere mortals on this basis how:

  1. Can prisons in cities operate when busy roads pass directly in front of the prison?
  2. Can the current prison operate when transporting inmates via any road junction?
  3. Will the current prison function when staff and visitors to the new prison are using the access?

The MOJ is clearly talking utter bunkum.

We should move on to the real issue – Why is the MOJ relying on wide loads to and from the prison construction site forcing local residents and other road users off the road?

Departing Full Sutton – Monday 16 May 09.51

Upon leaving Full Sutton at 09.51 yesterday morning I witnessed other road users being forced off the road due to the wide load approaching.

Given that there will be well over a thousand such wide loads accessing and leaving the new prison construction site over the next three years this situation is neither acceptable nor practicable.

In the photos above, there are two cars, one HGV and a van blocking the access to the current prison site along with the van for the stop/go system further obstructing access.

The MOJ MUST accept that such obstruction disrupts the operation of the existing prison a damn sight more than a few HGVs using “the access to the existing high security prison site.

Would that demonstrate a need for emergency exit? Please see Prison Entrances And Access Road Analysed?

Road Closures

To bring such a volume of wide loads to the construction site the MOJ MUST apply for the appropriate road closures via due process. Until such time as said closures are in place no more wide loads should be allowed to the site.

What If?

What would happen if other road users refused to be forced into the hedge bottom and remain near the white line on their side of the road?

Looking into the tea leaves I would suggest that could result in the construction site ceasing to operate.

But of course, as always, I know nowt.

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To Turn Or Not To Turn

Only five days ago in Prison Entrances And Access Road Analysed I asked why there was engineering for left turns when Reserve Matters conditions confirm that they cannot be taken.

It would appear that “To Turn Left or Not To Turn Left” is taking on a life of its own.

Reserve Matters conditions confirmed there were to be no left turns.

To Turn Left 0 Not To Turn Left 1

The engineering suggested that there are to be left turns.

To Turn Left 1 Not To Turn Left 1

The signage claims there are to be no left turns.

To Turn Left 1 Not To Turn Left 2

Now the road entrance markings, with the triangles encouraging left turns, suggest the game has only just started.

To Turn Left 2 Not To Turn Left 2

It would appear that either the MOJ are even more incompetent than ERYC or they are simply taking the proverbial out of ERYC and local residents.

It is looking like the madness may have to be sorted with penalties.

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Prison Road Signage Still Requires Attention

Having highlighted the incompetence of the MOJ and ERYC to ensure adequate road signage for the new prison construction I can now confirm that their attempt to correct it is still in need of attention.

Traffic Control Ahead Signs – Now In Place

On Friday 13 May in ERYC Spin – Support Prison – Abandon Residents – I stated

“Observation 3 – As it is agreed that a stop/go sign system is required there is clearly a danger to all road users. So why have there been no warning signs of the danger put in place for six days?”

The signs for the stop/go sign system are now correctly in place. The roadworks sign to the north is correct, but to the south, the sign is still Top Secret.

What can you say?

Strangeway Publishing Precedes Action

I exposed the failure after six days in ERYC Spin – Support Prison – Abandon Residents on Friday and then yesterday I exposed the failure regards the stop/go system in Prison Stop/Go Sign System Unlawful.

I am sure that action to correct failures after my publishing highlighted such failures is purely a coincidence!

Just one sign to remove from being Top Secret and the job is a good un. Perhaps this will be another one to file under “Strangeway publishes we act”?

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Prison Stop/Go Sign System Unlawful

The control of traffic by means of manual ‘stop and go’ boards must be carried out in accordance with the Safety at Street Works Code of Practice to ensure safety to site personnel and without causing confusion to traffic.

Failure to comply with this Code is evidence of failing to “fulfil the legal requirements to sign, light and guard works”.

As a starting point to operating the stop/go sign system lawfully would either ERYC or Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council like to advise why I and others witnessed the stop/go sign system being operated without the required boards or signage yesterday?

To assist I share: Safety at Street Works Code of Practice (Click on the link to open).

I hope ERYC Highways enjoy the 108-page read. But will they take the required actions to ensure that they “fulfil the legal requirements to sign, light and guard works”.

The situation is not acceptable. Why is ERYC so abysmal?

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ERYC Spin – Support Prison – Abandon Residents

I believe we are starting to witness ERYC spin that claims to support residents but in truth supports the MOJ and abandons residents.

No Warning Signs

I offer three observations to the Court of Public Opinion.

Observation I

There is much talk of the “New Prison Full Sutton Stakeholder Meetings”. Has anyone seen the minutes? In the public interest, I share minutes from the latest meeting.

Please see: New Prison Full Sutton Stakeholder Meeting Notes- 5 May 2022 Enjoy the read.

Why was the need to widen the road not mentioned at the meeting yet the following day certain folk was over the issue like a cheap suit due to the HGV incident?

Why did the “residents representatives”, who attended the meeting, not address this?

  1. Councillor Fiona Roberts – Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council
  2. Councillor Matthew Edwards – Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council
  3. Claire Findley – Clerk, Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council
  4. Councillor Sarah Davies – Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council
  5. Councillor Leo Hammond – ERYC Conservative Ward Councillor

Why did all three ERYC Conservative Ward Councillors for Stamford Bridge – Councillor Kay West, Councillor Paul West and Councillor David Sykes (aka the invisible three) not attend but representatives from Stamford Bridge Parish Council did?

Observation 2

On Wednesday Councillor Leo Hammond – ERYC Conservative Ward Councillor stated:

“Myself and representatives from Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council have just had another meeting with the MoJ to discuss the lorry issues around the new Full Sutton Prison Development… In the short term, until the road is fixed a stop/go sign system will be used to navigate lorries past the incident site.”

Would Leo or those listed above from the Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council like to explain to residents and other road users:

  1. Why they have agreed to the stop/go sign system only to navigate lorries (I presume only prison construction site HGVs)?
  2. Why the stop/go sign system is not 24/7?
  3. Why the stop/go sign system is not for all road users?
  4. Why did the stop/go sign system not commence on Thursday 12 May at the latest?

Observation 3

As it is agreed that a stop/go sign system is required there is clearly a danger to all road users.

So why have there been no warning signs of the danger put in place for six days?

Simple Question

Why are the ERYC and Full Sutton & Skirpenbeck Parish Council doing a spin job focused on backing the prison but abandoning residents?

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Prison Entrances And Access Road Analysed

Given the recent events in relation to the temporary entrances and access road used for the construction of the new prison in Full Sutton, I have undertaken an analysis of the situation.

Official Reason For Temporary Construction Access

The official reason for the need for “temporary construction access” from Moor Lane was stated to be:

“to support the construction phase and to avoid construction traffic using the access to the existing high security prison .” – This is clearly smoke and mirrors, it should state:

the access to the existing high security prison site.

This is currently accessed by staff, prison visitors, and the local bus service. There is a massive difference between the access to the prison site and the access to the prison. How can this possibly be a threat to prison security when it is already used by prison visitors and the local bus service?

I expect that only Senior ERYC Officers and few, if any ERYC Councillors, know the true reason for the smoke and mirrors.

What is the true reason?

Temporary Entrances Engineered For Left Turns

We then need to consider that highlighted in Temporary Entrances Engineered For Left Turns.

Why was this engineered for left turns when Reserve Matters conditions confirm that they cannot be taken? Why were smoke and mirrors used to justify not using the current prison site access?

What is the true reason?

Emergency Exit

Everyone can clearly see that there is no emergency exit for the current prison – and that it is landlocked.

When the new prison is complete the full site would then house approximately 1,900 inmates with no emergency exit.

What would happen if, at say 06.00, the current access became unusable?

How would the change over from the skeleton night staff to the day staff be undertaken?

There is clearly a need for at least one emergency permanent exit. Due to the current prison being landlocked planning consent would have to be secured for permanent access onto Moor Lane. This would never be given in the first instance.

Those with a basic understanding of planning will all know the way around this is to first secure temporary access and then turn that into permanent access.

But there would have to be a reason for temporary access – oh yes – bring on the smoke and mirrors – the access to the existing high security prison (dont worry none of the ERYC Councillors will notice the smoke and mirrors)

The true reason is to create permanent emergency exits. This is why the temporary entrances are engineered for left turns when left turns are not permitted at the moment!

Stand by for a change of use planning application.

Two Solutions

But what about the failure to ensure that Moor Lane is wide enough for construction traffic?

  • Solution 1 – The construction traffic uses the access to the current prison – for reasons stated above this is a non-starter.
  • Solution 2 – Widen the road.

The road will have to be adequately and robustly widened but for this to happen the road will need to be closed for at least a few weeks and construction halted.

Will Paul Bellotti, ERYC Director of Highways, phone Priti Patel to inform her that his failure will result in a delay in the prison building program?

The widening of the road should have been covered by a Reserve Matters condition. In this instance, the MOJ would have to pay for the work.

Guess who must now pay for the work?

Now, who needs to fall on the sword?

Update

I can confirm that:

  1. It would appear that the HGVs have disappeared
  2. There is an investigation underway as a result of the HGV incident

Further Information

Please see Prison Scrutiny

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