ERYC Conservatives – Talking Of A Revolution

I am amused to report that the East Riding of Yorkshire Conservatives are in bury your heads in the sand mode (apart from those talking with me!). You could say there is a deathly silence.

Current ERYC Leader Cllr Jonathan Owen

A nod and wink – the Lisseter Files – Cast Your Vote will provide food for thought for those who are talking of a revolution. Act in haste repent at leisure was sound advice from our Grannie. An announcement is due soon.

Before any revolution I would recommend the wise words of the Fab Four:

“You say you got a real solution. Well, you know. We’d all love to see the plan.”

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Tory Exposures “Allegedly” Upsetting – Residents Ignored

Why are East Riding of Yorkshire (ERYC) Conservative Councillors so “upset” by the slow release of the Lisseter Files but yet remain silent on that which affects residents especially those who are vulnerable?

Personally Upsetting Email

A month or so ago one Tory Cllr raised an “alleged” concern regards the photo used of Paul Lisseter – ERYC Tory Councillor – Please Be Kind

Last night another Tory Cllr again raised another “alleged” concern:

“..your use of Cllr Lisseter’s name in the communications is upsetting to me personally”

In Response To Personally Upsetting Email

So why has not one ERYC Tory Cllr raised concerns with me regards the:

  1. Ofsted Report
  2. Planning Fiasco
  3. Environmental Failure
  4. Abandoned 48 Vulnerable Families?

It would appear to a compassionate person that the Tories are more interested in their own “reputation” than helping the residents they claim to represent. Is there any wonder that the Tories are referred to as the nasty party?

Silence Strangeway

Could the photo and the use of a name that is “allegedly” causing concerns be a red herring? Could both be an attempt to silence Strangeway?

Surely the Tories are not nipping their a***s not knowing what the Lisseter Files contain.

All Tory-controlled ERYC have to do to silence Strangeway is to conduct themselves within the law and represent residents instead of themselves. That Ladies and Gentlemen will result in the silence of Strangeway. What could be simpler? I will not hold my breath.

I am always happy to meet ERYC Cllrs for a coffee and a sticky bun to move things forward.

Cast Your Vote And Comment

Not only can everyone cast their vote, but they can also make a comment. To do this once you have voted click on Comments and there will be an option to Leave a Comment.

NB: Poll closes on Friday 20 August

Enjoy your taste of democracy. It would appear that this does not exist within the ERYC Tory Group. Of course, I know nowt!

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Lisseter Files – Cast Your Vote

Over recent weeks, I have received requests to start publishing the Lisseter Files.

The Late Councillor Paul Lisseter

Given that the Lisseter Files reflect many of the current and former East Riding of  Yorkshire (ERYC) Councillors in a very poor light, I have decided to give the public a vote on with whom I should start the Gradual Reveal.

Brief CVs

A brief CV of those seeking, or perhaps not, the public vote:

  • Cllr Jonathan Owen – Current ERYC Leader
  • Ex-Cllr Stephen Parnaby – Former ERYC Leader
  • Cllr Mike Stathers – Disgraced former ERYC Deputy Leader
  • Cllr Felicity Temple – Despised former Conservative Group Secretary

All these Cllrs are Conservatives. The Lisseter Files also reflect poorly on certain others…

NB: Poll closes on Friday 20 August

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Councillor Andy Burton – Open Letter

As the former East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Tory Councillor Andy Burton is attempting to be elected as a Rutland County Councillor on Thursday 19 August I thought I would take this opportunity to write Andy an Open Letter.

Dear Andy,

I would like to share with you and the Court of Public Opinion my views on a few of the reasons you claim Rutland residents should vote Conservative.

1 – Deliver Affordable Homes

Folk in Rutland need to be mindful of the ERYC Catastrophic Planning Failure – Inspectors Report. At Point 70 the Inspector states:

“A sustained shortfall against the LPSD target in each year of the plan period which amounts to a deficit of 1657 affordable homes against the Policy S5 requirement.”

Were you not a party to this massive deficit given your role on the ERYC Cabinet?

Conclusion – Vote Conservative if you don’t want affordable homes.

2 – High-Quality Adult Services

Do you recall Graham Baverstock Andy? Graham was a child abuse victim that ERYC failed to provide “high-quality adult services”. The truth is ERYC totally failed Graham.

I refer the Court of Public Opinion to Youtube – Graham Baverstock.

As you were on the Cabinet why did you not speak out for Graham?

Conclusion – Vote Conservative if you don’t want high-quality adult services.

3 – Activities For Children

You appear to have forgotten how the Ofsted Inspection Found East Riding Inadequate.

As a Cabinet member, this was firmly on your watch.

Talking of failures in Children Services, were you on the Appointments Committee that agreed to employ Pam Allen, the former Director of Safeguarding at Rotherham from 2004-2009, where there were 1,400 cases of child abuse, to be the ERYC Head of Children Services?

What did you expect would happen?

Conclusion – Vote Conservative for a shameful Children Services.

Served As A County Councillor

On your election leaflet, you inform Rutland residents that:

“I have previous experience serving as a County Councillor”

I am sure you will be aware that County Councils were created by the Local Government Act 1888. Furthermore, as we both served as ERYC Councillors (what fun we had!) you will be aware, as I am, that East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a Unitary Authority NOT a County Council.

You were a Councillor of a Unitary Authority for the Administrative County of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

I would thus suggest that it is then rather misleading to claim that you have previous experience serving as a County Councillor”

Boosting Local Businesses

It is rather interesting to read how you will boost local business. Perhaps you should share your own “business story” with the electorate.

You always made me laugh.

Your Old Mucker,

Andy

Further information

I encourage Rutland residents to read the following before they vote next Thursday.

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ERYC Tory Leadership Meltdown – Infighting Escalates

I have known for some time that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Tory Leadership of Cllr Jonathan Owen is in meltdown. In the public interest, I now share the information I have received from a whistleblower that demonstrates the infighting is escalating.

NB: I offer everyone mentioned a right to reply.

Under Pressure – ERYC Leader Tory Cllr Jonathan Owen

Whos Who

Currently, 47 of the 67 ERYC Cllrs are Conservative. In the leaked emails East Riding residents will read about:

  • Councillor Padden – Liberal Democrat – Cllr Viv Padden
  • Claire Holmes – Conservative – Cllr Claire Holmes
  • Cllr Nolan – Liberal Democrat – Cllr David Nolan – Leader of the Opposition
  • Councillor Michael Lee – Conservative – Cllr Michael Lee
  • Jonathan – Conservative – Cllr Jonathan Owen Leader ERYC

“I feel a bullying culture is becoming the norm” – I have stated this for years and yet the Conservative Party denied it. Now they confirm the fact.

Cllr Jonathan Owen then goes into backtrack mode.

It is notable that Cllr Owen mentions:

“…making pet theft a specific criminal offence would weaken the current law”

To suggest that a motion put before ERYC can have any bearing on a current or future law is delusional.

I recommend that Cllr Owen discusses this with Cllr Holmes who, as a Barrister at law, should be able to offer Jonathan the required advice to prevent future embarrassment.

Residents Before In Fighting

Sadly I expect further evidence of the infighting as it continues to escalate.

I would encourage all current ERYC Cllrs to stop their infighting and do that which they are elected to do – represent the East Riding residents.

Given the Ofsted Report, Planning Fiasco, failure of 48 vulnerable families, and the Environmental Incompetence there is plenty to do.

Personal Message For Whistleblower

If you don’t believe I hold the Lisseter Files why request that I share them?

Time will reveal. To do otherwise would be duplicitous! (enough said!)

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On The Radar – Harassment or Incompetence?

Last Tuesday at about 11.00 I parked my car as can be seen below. After taking some time for meditation, to enjoy food, and organise my kit I took a stroll to the location I was to spend the night wild camping.

Many are aware that my hobby for numerous years has been sleeping in remote UK locations. For me, this should have been a night like the countless others that I have spent under the stars on uninhabited islands, Extreme Points, County Tops, and Tripoints.

I arrived back at my car by 06.30 on a glorious morning. After organising my kit I sat to enjoy the wonderful location as I had my breakfast.

The phone rings at 07.30. A message is left. Five minutes later I receive a text.

I dutifully phone back as request. It appears that my vehicle has been reported abandoned to Police Scotland who in turn contact Humberside Police. Humberside Police then contact me.

How anyone can say the car above is abandoned is beyond me. Let us consider the time scale. I left my car at about 14.00 and returned to it at 06.30 the next day. That is a mere 16.5 hours. Wild camping across Scotland is a legal pastime enjoyed by many. This is especially true in the main UK holiday week of the year when I would expect that hundreds are out overnight.

It would be insane and a waste of resources to declare every vehicle left for 16.5 hours overnight as abandoned and involve two Police Forces for each vehicle. How many other “alleged” crimes that are a lot more serious receive no Police attention within 24 hours?

So why was I given such special treatment? Does Strangeway warrant extra security from two Police Forces?

Surely Mr Strangeway is not “on the radar“.

Friday 6 August

On the morning of Friday 6 August, I receive yet another phone call from Humberside Police for exactly the same reason. But it gets worse. They then contact my wife at:

  1. 09.50 – On her home phone – no message left
  2. 09.53 – On her mobile phone – no message left
  3. 09.54 – On her mobile phone – no message left
  4. 09.55 – On her mobile phone – no message left
  5. 09.56 – On her mobile phone – no message left
  6. 09.59 – On her mobile phone – message left

Does this amount to harassment or incompetence? It is certainly a gross waste of resources.

Ah well nice to be given free, personalised security. Thank you Police Scotland and Humberside Police. Any chance of washing my car the next time?

Location Parked

The pink dot below Easter Fannyside marks the place I parked overnight.

What word is used in Scotland to describe a silly person? Did the Police act in a silly manner?

Does anyone spot the funny side?

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Stamford Bridge Boundary Change Confirmed

Having instigated the Stamford Bridge Parish boundary change in 2017 I am delighted to announce that it has now been confirmed.

Photo That Inspired The Change

In 2017 I drove into Stamford Bridge to the view in the photo above. It was insane that in front of me was Stamford Bridge but not the part to the right of the A166 (Godwin Vale). This was my inspiration for the change.

Timeline

  • February 2017 – Andy Strangeway (when the Independent ERYC Councillor) requested a meeting with ERYC to begin the process of the boundary change. I invited the Stamford Bridge Parish Council Chairman to join the meeting at County Hall, Beverley.
  • 2017 onwards – This was then passed over to Stamford Bridge Parish Council who put a lot of work into facilitating the change.
  • 18 May 2021 – ERYC Cabinet approved the final recommendations.
  • 28 July 2021 – ERYC Council rubber-stamped the reorganisation order.

The changes will be implemented with effect from 1 April 2023, in time for the May 2023 elections for the Parish Council and ERYC. The ERYC Ward boundary between Pocklington Provincial and Wolds Weighton will need to be considered by the Boundary Commission in light of the Parish boundary change.

I would like to welcome Godwin Vale residents fully into Stamford Bridge.

This is the first Parish boundary change in the history of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Parish Council

I cannot praise the Stamford Bridge Parish Council enough for the hard work they have put into this over the last four years.

It is disappointing that the three ERYC Conservative Ward councillors remained publically silent for the past two years apart from a token statement from one of them a week before the decision was rubber-stamped. The Ward Councillors should have given the Parish Council and the Godwin Vale residents their full support.

Further Information

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Stamford Bridge Alcohol Ban – Expensive Farce

Many Stamford Bridge residents will be surprised to hear that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) has attempted to impose an alcohol ban in the village. Yet true to form all they have achieved is an expensive farce that wastes Council Tax.

Red Indicates Areas Covered By Alcohol “Prohibition”

I have recently demonstrated my extensive knowledge of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in Successfully Challenging National Government and highlighted the workings of Local Politics in Introduction To Local Government. I will now expose the utter incompetence of ERYC in its attempt to use a PSPO to ban the consumption of alcohol in Stamford Bridge.

The Stamford Bridge PSPO states that the consumption of alcohol in the area is prohibited by order yet signs state “The consumption of alcohol in this area is restricted by order”.

The PSPO MUST reflect the signage and the signage MUST reflect the PSPO. If this is not the case the PSPO is unenforceable.

Example PSPO Alcohol “Restricted” Signage

I raised this with Paul Abbott, ERYC Head of Public Protection, who believes that a restriction is a prohibition. What can I say? For such incompetence, Paul is paid over £95,000 a year plus a generous pension.

This farce will have wasted a lot of resources not just financial. Ironically the Stamford Bridge PSPO is not fit for purpose and as such also fails in its objective. Keep paying your Council Tax so that ERYC can continue to waste it!

Main Difference – Prohibited v Restricted

To assist Paul.

“Prohibited and Restricted are used in reference to limitations and prevention. However, they cannot be used interchangeably as there is a distinct difference between them. Prohibited is used when we are talking about an impossibility. Restricted is used when we are talking about something that has specific conditions. The main difference between prohibited and restricted is that prohibited means something is formally forbidden by law or authority whereas restricted means something is put under control or limits.” 

In simple terms, a face mask restricts the breath while strangulation prohibits breathing.

Fixed Penalty Notice

If you breach a PSPO you can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Over the years, as a campaigner, I have lost count of how many times I have challenged numerous MPs, Local Authorities, and Police Forces to issue me a FPN.

Not one has. I wonder why?

Given my in-depth knowledge of FPN, this is a wise move as I am in no doubt I would make a successful challenge in a Court of Law!

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Successfully Challenging National Government

The Introduction To Local Government gave a sound basis from which anyone can develop their understanding of how Government works, and their knowledge of relevant legislation, to hold not just Local Authorities (LA) but also the National Government to account.

To understand how the role of a LA has changed over the years, I highly recommend residents to read:

Challenging Local Authorities and National Government

There is never a Dixon of Dock Green “it is a fair cop” moment when a LA is made aware of their failings. Unless a LA is put “firmly against the wall”, it will never admit to being wrong. This is due to ego, incompetence and common purpose. This is why there are cases like Rotherham, where child abuse ran unfettered.

Within the article Are councils becoming too much like the police, I refer to page 12:

“Meanwhile, 5,491 FPNs were issued for violating PSPOs in 2020. The highest 26 issuers of fines were Brent (659 penalties, mainly for public drinking), North East Lincolnshire (461 penalties, for cycling through Grimsby town centre and for dogs on the prohibited area of Cleethorpes beach), and Greenwich (440 penalties, mainly for street drinking)…”

The top three run thus:

  1. Brent – 659
  2. NE Lincolnshire – 461
  3. Greenwich – 440

The comparison between the number of FPNs issued in 2018 through 2020 shows a massive plummeting overall from 9,930 down to 5,491 FPNs. Some may claim that this is due to Lockdown – until the fact emerges that none of the top three from 2018 appear in the top three for 2020 is considered. For reasons unknown, the report omits mention of this fact.

  1. Peterborough – 2,430 down to 66
  2. Bedford – 1,489 down to 431
  3. Waltham Forest – 966 down to 41

The massive drop by Peterborough is breathtaking.

Strangeway Involvement Timeline

The reduction for Peterborough and Bedford combined accounted for 3,422 of the total 4,439. To understand what is behind this reduction, we need to consider how Strangeway was involved:

  • 19 April 2019– BBC produce 2018 Data
  • 2 May 2019– Strangeway loses ERYC election by 14 votes to three Conservatives
  • 27 June 2019– Strangeway begins challenge against Peterborough
  • 27 June 2019– Strangeway begins challenge against Bedford

Reasons For My Challenge

The PSPO banning cycling in Peterborough and Bedford was unlawful as:

  1. It breaches 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.”
  2. The signage for the PSPO is in breach of the  Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 as the signage is not permitted. This is supported by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – 64 – 1 which states: “In this Act “traffic sign” means any object or device (whether fixed or portable) for conveying, to traffic on roads or any specified class of traffic, warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions of any description
  3. It is in breach of the Traffic Signs Manual – Chapter 1 – 3.1.“The erection of an unauthorised sign in the highway is an obstruction and the possible consequences of erecting or permitting the erection of obstructions can be severe. Those responsible could lay themselves open to a claim for damages, for example, if an obstruction is the cause of an accident or an injury in a collision.”
  4. It breaches the Traffic Signs Manual – Chapter 1 – 4.1.” Traffic signs in use on the highway must either be prescribed by TSRGD as amended, or be specially authorised by the national authority. Signs that are neither prescribed nor authorised are obstructions on the highway and must be removed.”

Local Authorities, including Peterborough City Council, became over-exuberant in their use of PSPOs. They regularly failed to remember the intention of Parliament when they passed the legislation that permitted the introduction of PSPOs.

The Next Tide

Word clearly went out from Central Government to all LAs to desist from using PSPOs on Highways – all because an uneducated house painter lost a LA election by 14 votes.

It is rather ironic that less than two months after losing in a LA election to three Conservatives, I started a campaign that would expose the failure of the National Conservative Government.

You never know what the next tide will bring in…

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Introduction To Local Government

The services that affect residents daily lives – like Highways, Children Services, Adult Services, etc. – are all the responsibility of the Local Authority (LA). In addition, the setting of the major part of the Council Tax is also the responsibility of the LA.

I appreciate many do not have my extensive knowledge of the role of a Parish Council and a LA or, more importantly, how they operate.

In the case of Stamford Bridge, this is the Stamford Bridge Parish Council (SBPC) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). Across the East Riding there are 168 Parish/Town Councils. ERYC is divided into 26 Wards. For each Ward, there are between one and three ERYC Ward Councillors. Stamford Bridge is in the Pocklington Provincial Ward and has three Ward Councillors to represent the electorate.

That which ERYC undertakes MUST reflect National Legislation, “Local Laws” and ERYC Policies. Due to ego, incompetence and Common Purpose, this does not always happen. In such circumstances, Ward Councillors should hold ERYC to account. That is a primary duty.

Sadly, if a situation arises whereby the majority of Councillors are of one party, as is the case at ERYC (Conservative), a dictatorship has been put in power via the ballot box. In these circumstances, those of the incumbent party support the Senior Officers and, in turn, the Senior Officers support the incumbent party. All very cosy.

A Conservative Councillor commits to putting the Conservative Party first before they are nominated to stand. Once elected, a party Whip will ensure compliance. Those who “disagree” will be excluded from the party, as was the case for the late Cllr Paul Lisseter, earlier this year.

There ends democracy. Often, a Ward elects three Conservatives, as is the case in Pocklington Provincial and many other Wards. Many residents have experienced this when they contact their Ward Councillor and receive no reply. Please be aware that many of the replies are written for your Councillor by those further up the chain – the Senior Officers and other Councillors.

Further Information

The link below exposes many current unaddressed failings of ERYC.

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