Last week the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) intervened with Pocklington Town Council (PTC) due to PTC failing to conduct themselves lawfully.
PTC Clerk – Gordon Scaife
On this occasion, PTC failed to deal lawfully with a Freedom of Information request.
I can confirm that ICO has been requested to intervene again this weekend.
Both interventions are in relation to the unlawful operating of the Pocklington CCTV system. It would appear that PTC has much to hide.
A source within the ERYC Conservative Group has informed me that the powers that be in County Hall are in meltdown due to my exposure that CCTV systems across East Riding Towns have been operating outwith legislation for many years.
- Market Weighton
The Conservative Councillor confirms that there is an attempt by ERYC at “cutting their losses”. This is reflected in the fact that last years ERYC spending on CCTV of £246,000 is being cut by £100,000 (43%) this year.
My mole within Pocklington Town Council offices informs me that rumours are rife that CCTV systems in many East Riding towns have been switched off to prevent the unlawful gathering of Data.
Since Friday evening it has been confirmed that Hambleton District Council (HDC) have suspended the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in relation to the Leeming Bar PSPO.
One of those who attended the Direct Action on Friday and the North Yorks Enquirer has been informed that FPNs are not being issued until further legal advice is given. HDC did not directly inform me.
While this remains the position HDC must not distribute any more leaflets as to do so is intimidation which is a form of anti-social behaviour. In addition, all notices and signage must be removed or covered for the same reason.
Intimidation may constitute a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
In Leeming Bar PSPO Ignores North Yorkshire Report questions were asked as to fields included in the PSPO for unknown reasons.
On Friday evening we parked where we did to gather evidence with regards the “Site Under Construction”.
- A new tarmacked drive into a field with new gates from a newly tarmacked road.
- The tarmacked road ends where the field ends.
- A lovely new wide tarmacked road with white lines. To the right and left screening has been planted.
- With an expensive road with screening to a small farmers field at taxpayers expense are plans afoot?
- Where exactly is the new Truckstop going?
- Is the taxpayer funding the infrastructure for persons unknown to build a Truckstop?
- Was the PSPO simply a tool to drive business to a new Truckstop?
- Have residents been hoodwinked into requesting the PSPO?
- Does Cllr Carl Les have any interest in the planned new Truckstop?
- Who else has an interest in the “Site Under Investigation”?
Last night, while undertaking direct action at Leeming Bar, Hambleton District Council (HDC) made a feeble attempt to intimidate by handing me a leaflet at 21.35 while I was stood outside taking in the evening air.
As promised, in the interests of transparency, I sent Councillor Carl Les a text at 20.35:
“Carl, we are parked at Roughly Bank. We look forward to receiving a FPN. Regards Andy”.
I was delighted to see “Security Enforcement” appear an hour later. The exceedingly sheepish gentleman handed me a leaflet while muttering “I am only doing my job”. Bless him.
The leaflet issued on Friday 19 July stated:
“From Wednesday 3 July 2019 £100 Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued to any person found to be in breach of the terms of the order”.
By issuing me the leaflet instead of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) Security Enforcement confirmed that I was not “in breach of the terms of the order” as they would have issued me a £100 FPN if I was.
HDC taxpayers paid for a leaflet to be issued to me as a FPN could not be. I have informed HDC of the unenforceability of the PSPO on numerous occasions. What a waste of taxpayers resources. A feeble attempt to intimidate. I am still roaring with laughter.
I will now plan further direct action for Leeming Bar.
Dedicated To Councillor Carl Les
This morning I have been on BBC Radio York discussing the Leeming Bar PSPO.
Tonight we will be taking direct action at Leeming Bar.
The Hambleton District Council (HDC) Leeming Bar Industrial Estate and surrounding areas PSPO fully ignores the findings of a report issued on 3 July 2019 by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC).
The Current & Potential Impacts of Increased Overnight Parking by HGVs on the County Highway Network Report by NYCC highlighted that the main reasons are considered to be:
- The increase of such vehicles on the network
- The time limits on drivers
- A definite lack of facilities
- The cost of using them.
The most important aspect to achieve is to ensure Truckers buy-in. Fundamental to this is the cost of using Truck Stops.
The solution to the issues stated in the NYCC report and the reasons cited for the Leeming Bar PSPO is simple, achievable and cost-effective.
- Truckers should be encouraged to park free of charge on Industrial Estates
- Toilet blocks need to be built for Truckers on Industrial Estates
- Make a skip available on the Industrial Estates to prevent litter
Site Under Investigation
Why have HDC, NYCC and other councils failed to introduce this simple measure?
Could it be that certain business folk want to force Truckers onto expensive Truck Stops that are connected to Councillors?
Are Truckers aware that there are plans to build a new Leeming Bar Truckstop?
Why are the fields west of Coneygarth Services covered by the PSPO?
What is a ransom strip?
Are there any ransom strips at Leeming Bar?
Who owns the ransom strips?
North Yorkshire County Council HGV Overnight Parking Report
Scarborough Borough Council has confirmed that the Scarborough – Only Alcoholics PSPO sign has been removed.
It appears that the last sign to be removed was in the Open Air Theatre. Punchlines on a postcard Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am fully aware that when it comes to CCTV legislation Humberside Police, ERYC Conservative Pocklington Provincial Ward Councillors and Pocklington Town Council are all muppets.
Until yesterday I was of the opinion that Pocklington businesses had more sense. Sadly I was wrong.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, it is alleged that up to six youths broke into a local shop and committed the act of theft.
The business in question shared CCTV recording of this on social media. By doing this they became those alleged best friend as:
- The DPA and GDPR were breached by publishing the recording.
- Over 30,000 people viewed this which jeopardises a fair trial.
- They allowed comments which named some of the alleged.
- The business failed to display adequate CCTV signs. (There was a sign on the broken glass).
Polite Advice To The Business
I highly recommend the business to:
- Remove the Facebook post as a matter of urgency.
- Seek legal advice.
- Refer yourself to the Information Commissioners Office.
- Refer yourself to Humberside Police.
- Switch the system off until it is being operated lawfully.
As the CCTV system was and continues to be operated outwith legislation the business is exposed to legal action and significant fines.
Pocklington CCTV – A Mess
As the Pocklington Town Council CCTV system on Judsons and The Feathers is currently being operated unlawfully this cannot be used as evidence.
In essence, Pocklington CCTV is in a mess and is a criminals charter.
- Ignorance of the law is no defence for breaking the law.
- Do not break the law in an attempt to enforce the law.
Pocklington Mayor, Councillor Dean Hodgson, used his casting vote to give a snub to etiquette by voting for himself to continue as Mayor for another year.
Pocklington Mayor – Councillor Dean Hodgson
I am informed that the vote for Mayor was tied between Cllr Hodgson and Cllr Terry Jones. As Cllr Jones was the Deputy Mayor the previous year with Cllr Hodgson the Mayor etiquette should have dictated the Cllr Hodgson used his casting vote to vote for Cllr Jones to be this year’s Mayor.
Cllr Hodgson is obviously the King of Meglamaniacs and has no respect for etiquette.
It appears that Cllr Hodgson, his wife Cllr Ruth Hodgson and Cllr Martin Cooper conspired to achieve the shameful outcome.
Since the vote both Cllr Jones and Cllr Dee Sharpe have resigned.
Expect more resignations from Pocklington Town Council (PTC).
With PTC facing financial meltdown over the CCTV fiasco, Cllrs resigning and etiquette being ignored the writing is on the wall.
Please read Pocklington Town Council Facing Financial Meltdown