PTC Attempt To Cover Up Unlawful CCTV Fiasco

Pocklington Town Council (PTC) in collusion with Humberside Police is clearly attempting to cover up the unlawful Pocklington CCTV fiasco by various means.

Town Clerk Gordon Scaife

At the centre of this is Town Clerk Gordon Scaife. An example of this cover-up and the lies being told is that for over five months he has claimed not to hold contact details of the Data Controller (owner) of the Pocklington CCTV system. Yet he now claims that ownership of the CCTV system is being migrated from Pocklington and Market Weighton Crime Prevention Panel to PTC.

How is this taking place when he claims they do not hold contact details for the Data Controller?

In addition, the Pocklington and Market Weighton Crime Prevention Panel are disbanded and NOT a registered Data Controller, as required by legislation, with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

PTC has put all of this in writing to ICO.

Pocklington CCTV System Still Unlawful

Despite my raising the issue over five months ago of the unlawful status of the Pocklington CCTV system with both PTC and Humberside Police it still remains unlawful.

This should have been sorted within a matter of weeks.

It is obvious that as all concerned failed to understand the relevant legislation to avoid this situation my legal understanding is beyond that of both PTC and Humberside Police. So why have they never requested my assistance to correct their failures?

Without my intervention, CCTV evidence would have been used over the past five months that further down the line could result in a legal challenge by the defendant to any “conviction” they received.

The sad truth is that both PTC and Humberside Police are more concerned with covering their backs than complying with legislation and protecting the public. Their collective attempt to cover-up has been a criminals charter for over five months. And still, we wait for a resolution.

In the meantime, the CCTV cameras in Pocklington remain ornaments and a criminals charter.

Ostrich In The Sand

Some believe I should never have raised the issue and instead be an ostrich in the sand like PTC and Humberside Police.

As a campaigner, I firmly believe that we can never break the law to enforce the law. Not only would this be immoral and unlawful but such conduct would mean the actions of those committing crimes would result in any conviction based on the CCTV system footage being overturned.

The failure of PTC and Humberside Police means hundreds of criminals who committed crimes in Pocklington can now have their convictions overturned. As my Grandfather would say “What a bloody mess lad“.

Why The Cover-Up?

I publish below details of PTC Councillors to allow residents to ask why they have failed, why they are attempting to cover up and why they have not attempted to engage with the only person who understood the situation?

If they deny the facts I am happy to attend a public meeting with PTC and Humberside Police at the Art Centre in the next couple of weeks that is live-streamed to allow Pocklington residents to learn the truth.

I have nothing to hide but others clearly do.

Pocklington Town Council Councillors Contact Details (please click)

Posted in CCTV, Pocklington

SBC Recording Notices Breach Legislation

While attending yesterdays meeting of Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) other members of the public questioned my recording of the meeting as they were not doing so on account of the signs.

Sign On Door To Chamber

On the door to the chamber, a notice states “No unauthorised tape recording or photography”.

As tape recording and photography are authorised by legislation this sign must be removed as currently, it prevents the public from exercising their lawful right.

Notice Both Inside And Outside The Chamber

There are notices both inside and outside the chamber which make false claims.

  • “Please note that Scarborough Borough Council permits filming and recording of meetings provided that such recording is carried out openly …” This is false as filming and recording can be carried out covertly.
  • “Please note that the Council reserves the right to prohibit filming and recording or remove any person from its meetings where these rules are not complied with”. This is false as the council cannot prohibit filming or recording of a meeting to which the public can attend. In addition “these rules” breach legislation.

As such both notices must be removed.

I have registered a formal complaint which Lisa Dixon, SBC Director of Legal & Democratic Services for the displaying of unlawful notices and requested that they are removed at the earliest opportunity.

Posted in Scarborough

ERYC Admit Grahams Assessments Are Dodgy

I invite everyone to watch this and ask themselves how can ERYC be so lacking in humanity?

Email To Caroline Lacey, ERYC Chief Executive

Sent: Monday, November 4, 2019 6:48 PM
Subject: Please show some humanity to Graham

Dear Caroline,

Could I please refer you to (LINK)

All that is required is:

  1. For ERYC to send Graham a list of six Independent Care Assessors that they will agree to a report produced by them.
  2. For Graham to pick one of the six and for him to agree to a report produced by them.
  3. Undertake the assessment.
  4. Provide Graham with the required care.

Please show some humanity to Graham and get this sorted.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in ERYC

Vilification Used To Support Parking Ban

Vilification has been a tool of dictators throughout history to incite hatred towards a group of people to achieve desired outcomes of the tyrant.

The method is simple. Encourage the people to develop a hatred of a certain group with the aim of ensuring the support of the people for your objectives.

Shamefully Local Authorities use this very tactic across the country to ban overnight parking. If motorhomers are a target, as happened in Scarborough and Lincolnshire, the objective will be to drive business to a local caravan site. When truckers are a target, as is currently happening at Leeming Bar, the objective will be to drive business to a new truck stop and industrial estate.

This distasteful situation was highlighted last night when Mathew Sawyer on a public Facebook claimed:

“HGVs leave human waste behind”

Click to see Mathew Sawyer Facebook.

When asked to provide evidence of his claim he had none.

Hopefully, the Green Party does not condone such conduct.

Leeming Bar Parking Ban

Hambleton District Council (HDC) must take full responsibility for stirring up such hatred as they have targeted truckers, without evidence, to support a ban against them and campervans parking overnight at Leeming Bar.

No Local Authority should ever use the tools of a dictator.

Freedom Of Information Request

In an attempt to resolve this distasteful situation I have submitted the following FOI request to Hambleton District Council.

Dear Sir/Madam,

As per the Freedom of Information Act could you please provide any information held in relation to HGV drivers leaving human waste behind in the area covered by the Leeming Bar Public Spaces Protection Order?

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Formal Notice – Leeming Bar PSPO

Today I have given formal notice to Hambleton District Council (HDC) that if they issue any Fixed Penalty Notices in relation to the Leeming Bar public spaces protection order (PSPO) banning overnight parking they will need to give consideration to the Fraud Act 2006.

Email To Hambleton District Council

Sent: Friday, November 1, 2019 2:17 PM
Subject: Formal Notice – Leeming Bar PSPO

Good Afternoon Gentlemen,

Please accept the following as formal notice in relation to the Hambleton District Council (HDC) Leeming Bar public spaces protection order (PSPO) banning overnight parking.

As the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 65 – 1  states:

” A public spaces protection order may not restrict the public right of way over a highway.”

a PSPO cannot restrict the public right of way over a highway.

In addition as the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 72 – 4 – C states:

“A local authority must carry out the necessary consultation and the necessary publicity, and the necessary notification (if any), before— making a public spaces protection order, extending the period for which a public spaces protection order has effect, or varying or discharging a public spaces protection order. The necessary consultation means consulting with the owner or occupier of land within the restricted area.”

this must be undertaken.

Fraud Act 2006

If the actions of HDC are in breach of either of these aspects of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 they must be mindful of relevant legislation in the Fraud Act 2006 before issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Big Brother Everywhere – Civil Liberties Ignored

As concerns have been raised with me regards the number of CCTV cameras Market Weighton Town Council and Driffield Town Council have erected I have submitted a Freedom of Information request to both.

I have requested information regards:

  1. All the locations of the cameras and
  2. Any relevant signage and wording

Big Brother Everywhere – Civil Liberties Ignored

Over 30% of CCTV cameras in the EU are in the UK. Those in favour justify their use as a deterrent to and for the detection of crime. This is clearly false as the UK is plagued with litter while countries with less CCTV cameras are not.

Civil liberties must never be ignored at the cost of a false belief that crime is being addressed.

Posted in CCTV, Driffield, Market Weighton

ICO Confirm Town Councils’ CCTV Systems Unlawful

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) yesterday confirmed that Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) has not complied with their Data Protection obligations.” The same applies to Pocklington and Driffield Town Councils.

ICO stated:

“In particular, as MWTC is the owner of the CCTV cameras, it appears that MWTC is a “joint controller” along with Humberside Police which has access to the footage, and therefore both organisations have a responsibility for ensuring the cameras comply with the relevant legislation. As this has not been the case the footage captured by the cameras has not been lawful, in that the footage was not captured fairly and in a transparent manner.
 
It appears that CCTV cameras did not comply with data protection legislation in that individuals have not been appropriately informed about the use of the cameras in public spaces.

Further action required
 
We have written to MWTC about their information rights practices. We have told them they should now ensure that appropriate signs are in place as a matter of urgency. Unfortunately we are not able to force organisations to cease processing information and therefore I am unable to require the cameras be shut off until the signs are in place. I have however referred MWTC to guidance on our website and asked that it take any other steps it considers appropriate to ensure the CCTV cameras comply with legislation.

Right to judicial remedy and compensation [GDPR Articles 79 & 82]
 
Individuals have the right to take proceedings to court if they believe their information rights have been infringed. This means that if a court is satisfied that the individual’s rights have been infringed it may order the controller or processor in question to take steps to comply with its Data protection obligations. Individuals who have suffered material or non-material damage (such as distress) as a result of an infringement may also be able to receive compensation from the controller or processor.”

Damning Failures

The main purpose of CCTV is to prevent and detect crime. Sadly those in Driffield, Pocklington and Market Weighton fail to achieve this function due to their operation being unlawful.

Driffield, Pocklington and Market Weighton Town Councils have made a catalogue of damning failures. The compensation that the Town Councils will have to pay will be financed by the Council Tax payers in each of the towns. As per GDPR Articles, 79 & 82 compensation can be claimed by all those convicted on unlawful, and thus inadmissible, evidence. There could be over 2,000 cases.

  1. Prior to my raising the issue in June 2019 with all the Town Councils and Humberside Police the collective failure by all four organisations resulted in unlawfully gathered evidence been used in court cases. The very use of such evidence made any other evidence null and void. In essence, a criminals charter had been created.
  2. All reputable businesses would have corrected any Data Protection breaches raised with them within a week. Yet nearly five months after raising my concerns with the four organisations all CCTV systems are still operating unlawfully. In essence, the criminals charter in full knowledge has continued.
  3. Why have the Town Councils and Humberside Police engaged in a course of collusion instead of making the CCTV systems fit for purpose?
  4. Why have the Town Councils and Humberside Police not informed residents and businesses that no information can be gathered from the CCTV systems to encourage all to take appropriate actions?

Fortunately, due to my raising the issue of the unlawful CCTV systems for the past five months, Humberside Police will hopefully have avoided using such evidence.

Legal Action

Due to all three Town Councils failing to fulfil my subject access request my right to judicial remedy and compensation as per GDPR Articles 79 & 82 is open to me.

In the interests of the public purse as Driffield Town Council are the only organisation of the four that requested a meeting with me, I am open to an offer of out of court settlement with them.

Posted in CCTV, Driffield, Humberside Police, Market Weighton, Pocklington

Pragmatic Carrot For Leeming Bar

I am pleased to have received an email today from Paul Staines, Director of Environment, Hambleton District Council (HDC) regards my concerns raised in relation to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Paul has confirmed:

“I am willing to undertake a review of the location and numbers of bins and will ask the Waste and Street Scene Manager to do this forthwith.”

I believe this to be the correct approach and if it results in extra litter bins being introduced at Leeming Bar it may deal with the current issues.

When introducing or amending a Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) HDC must be mindful that HM Government state “Other options should actively be considered before a PSPO is pursued”.

If Pauls review results in more litter bins HDC will be in line with HM Governments position in relation to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and this aspect of PSPOs.

The introduction of more litter bins to deal with the issues identified instead of an unlawful and unenforceable PSPO would receive my full support.

I have asked Paul to keep me informed of any progress.

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Leeming Bar Overnight Parking Ban – The Truth

After successfully campaigning against the unlawfully and unenforceable Leeming Bar Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), which banned overnight parking, since June I can now reveal the true reason behind the PSPO.

Within red line donates PSPO area

Hambleton District Council (HDC) in their new Local Plan want to extend the Industrial Estate to engulf Leeming Bar village and the Caravan site. I am informed that plans are afoot for a new Truck Stop on this extended Industrial Estate.

Within green line donates extended Industrial Estate

In an attempt to deflect the expected and understandable local feelings against this HDC have sort to find a “devil” in which to attack and claim to be supporting residents by doing so.

The devil, in this case, is Truckers. Yet in truth, HDC plan to destroy the village and the Caravan Park. Who would want to stay on a Caravan Park engulfed by an Industrial Estate?

Together – the village is engulfed

Anti-Social Behaviour

I would like to inform Leeming Bar residents that anti-social behaviour is a material consideration against any planned developments.

By introducing the PSPO HDC have themselves provided the evidence that must be accepted to prevent any development on the planned Industrial Estate extension.

Shoot oneself in the foot I believe is the expression!

I wonder who owns the land which is planned for development?

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Strangeway 1 v 0 UKPC

I am pleased to confirm that UKPC has informed me that “the parking charge has been cancelled”.

Further Information

  1. McDonald’s Parking Company Issues Unlawful Charge
  2. UKPC Subject Access Request – Missing Data

Further information will be published in due course that will be of interest to many in relation to successfully challenging parking tickets.

Posted in Parking