Sealife Centre Signage Waste Of Resources

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) yesterday wasted further resources by erecting signage at the Sealife Centre stating “No Overnight Camping/Caravans“.

Unfortunately, SBC failed to appreciate that they have no legal framework (an Off-Street Parking Order) in place to enforce that which the signs state.

Why has SBC yet again wasted taxpayers resources by failing to understand the most fundamental of legislation?

Whitby Aire

Ironically SBC needs to get the Whitby Aire sorted to provide overnight parking for motorhomes. This will support businesses in Whitby over the winter months and should also be extended to Scarborough and Filey.

The Whitby Aire is supported by all key stakeholders in the Whitby Business community as well as the SBC Conservative Group and numerous Independent Councillors.

It is time for SBC to stop wasting resources on pointless signs and focus on supporting local business.

Further Information Whitby Aire

Motorhomers Informed

I have informed the motorhome community of the meaningless nature of these signs.

Request To SBC

I have requested senior SBC Officers and Councillors to stop wasting taxpayers resources with meaningless signs and instead focus on supporting businesses by working on the Whitby Aire and extending this to Scarborough and Filey.

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Posted in Parking, Stamford Bridge

Pocklington CCTV – No Service Level Agreement

As Pocklington Town Council (PTC) have no lawful access to the Pocklington CCTV system owned by them they are unable to address Subject Access Requests.

In a shambolic attempt to fudge the unlawful gathering of Data there has been an attempt for over a year to claim that Humberside Police deal with their Subject Access Requests.

For this to be lawful there must be a signed copy of a Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police Force and PTC.

Humberside Police have confirmed no such agreement exists.

Further Failures

I can confirm that PTC has failed to operate the CCTV system lawfully for the following reasons:

  • They are unable to address Subject Access Requests.
  • There is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and PTC.
  • There is no Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) that reflects that there is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and PTC.
  • There are two different types of signs displayed that give conflicting information.

Police Station CCTV Signage – Spot The Irony!

All of the above breach legal requirements. This means the PTC CCTV system that Pocklington residents pay for the running of is unlawful and a criminal’s best friend.

Even More Failures

I have evidence of further failures by PTC that I shall share in due course.

Subject Access Request

I have sent the following Subject Access Request and Freedom of Information request to the PTC Clerk

Dear Gordon,

In the interests of transparency could I please refer you to (LINK)

On Sunday 12 July between 06.30 and 07.00, I was in Pocklington near to Judsons and the Feathers.

Could I please make a Subject Access Request for the Data gathered of me by the cameras on Judsons and the Feathers?

As there is no Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police Force and Pocklington Town Council (PTC) PTC must address this Subject Access Request themselves.

Please advise how this will be achieved.

Failure to fulfil this Subject Access Request will demonstrate that the Pocklington CCTV system is unlawfully gathering Data and must be switched off with immediate effect.

As per the Freedom of Information Act could I please request a copy of your Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) that reflects that there is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and PTC?

Could you please advise have PTC informed those businesses who have CCTV on their buildings that the system is unlawful? You will be aware of the risk to reputation to some of these businesses for allowing the use of their buildings for unlawful activity.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in CCTV, Humberside Police, Pocklington

Market Weighton CCTV – No Service Level Agreement

As Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) have no lawful access to the Market Weighton CCTV system owned by them they are unable to address Subject Access Requests.

In a shambolic attempt to fudge the unlawful gathering of Data there has been an attempt to claim that Humberside Police deal with their Subject Access Requests.

For this to be lawful there must be a signed copy of a Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police Force and MWTC.

Humberside Police have confirmed no such agreement exists.

Further Failures

I can confirm that MWTC has failed to operate the CCTV system lawfully for the following reasons:

  • They are unable to address Subject Access Requests.
  • There is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and MWTC.
  • There is no Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) that reflects that there is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and MWTC.
  • There is no signage.

All of the above are legal requirements. This means the MWTC CCTV system that Market Weighton residents pay for the running of is unlawful and a criminal’s best friend.

Who Supplied?

Perhaps we should ask who supplied the original MWTC CCTV system. Could it have been none other than The Mayor, Councillor Peter Hammerman, aka The Dictator?

Where did you store the monitors Peter? Who had access to them? Shall I continue Mr Mayor?

Councillor Peter Hemmerman, aka The Dictator

Subject Access Request

I have sent the following Subject Access Request and Freedom of Information request to the MWTC Clerk

Dear Stacey,

In the interests of transparency could I please refer you to (LINK)

On Sunday 12 July between 07.00 and 07.30 I was in Market Weighton near to the Half Moon pub.

Could I please make a Subject Access Request for the Data gathered of me by the cameras on the Half Moon and all other cameras?

As there is no Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police Force and Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) MWTC must address this Subject Access Request themselves.

Please advise how this will be achieved.

Failure to fulfil this Subject Access Request will demonstrate that the Market Weighton CCTV system is unlawfully gathering Data and must be switched off with immediate effect.

As per the Freedom of Information Act could I please request a copy of your Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) that reflects that there is no signed Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and MWTC?

Could you please advise have MWTC informed those businesses who have CCTV on their buildings that the system is unlawful? You will be aware of the risk to reputation to some of these businesses for allowing the use of their buildings for unlawful activity.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in CCTV, Humberside Police, Market Weighton

Overnight Parking Ban Unlawfully Targets Homeless

As the Rother District Council Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) unlawfully targets the homeless it should be revoked with immediate effect.

Homeless

In December 2017, the Home Office updated its guidance that now specifically states that PSPOs should not be used to target people based solely on the fact that someone is homeless or rough sleeping.

Rough sleepers are defined as people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments) etc.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (no. 2) Rother District Council states

“No persons, will sleep or deposit any materials used or intended to be used as bedding in any public places etc.”

Sussex Police/ East Sussex County Council

I have submitted a Freedom of Information request to both Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council for all information held in relation to the consultation for the The Public Spaces Protection Order (no. 2) Rother District Council.

This to include all reference to the Homeless especially in relation to the Government Guidance of December 2017 regards the Homeless in relation to PSPOs as the PSPO came into force on 29 November 2018

Rother District Council

To save resources I have requested and recommended that Rother District Council revoke the PSPO with immediate effect.

Posted in PSPO, Rother

North Yorks Leader Illegible Declaration

It is a legal requirement of the Localism Act 2011 that all Councillors must declare a “Register of Members’ Interests” and this must be made public.

Unfortunately the Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Carl Les has submitted a declaration that is illegible. It is rather fundamental that all “Register of Members’ Interests” can be read by the public to ensure full scrutiny whenever required.

It is also unknown if Carl has signed his declaration. If he has his signature should be redacted and this must be stated not just removed. To remove anything from a legal document without stating “Redacted” changes the very essence of the document.

I have requested the North Yorkshire County Council Monitoring Officer Barry Khan to ensure that the declaration by Carl is replaced with a legible copy and “Redacted” included wherever appropriate at the earliest opportunity.

Posted in Hambleton

Hambleton Chief Executive Ignores Own Ban

Justin Ives, Chief Executive, Hambleton District Council (HDC) is ignoring his own ban by communicating with me in relation to the Lemming Bar overnight parking ban.

Of course, I have no issue with this especially as I find the irony most amusing.

Unfortunately, Justin is promoting outdated Government messages. He appears unaware that the “Stay 2 Metres Apart” message has now changed.

I have suggested to Justin that he considers changing his signature to his emails. Hopefully, he will be able to do this without spitting his dummy out and banning me again.

Posted in Hambleton

Driffield CCTV – No Service Level Agreement

As Driffield Town Council (DTC) have no lawful access to the Driffield CCTV system owned by them they are unable to address Subject Access Requests.

In a shambolic attempt to fudge the unlawful gathering of Data they tried to claim that Humberside Police deal with their Subject Access Requests as the Data is stored in the Driffield Police Station.

For this to be lawful there must be a signed copy of a Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and DTC. I have requested this from both organisations.

  • DTC sent such an agreement dated November 2019 but alas it was unsigned. They claimed that they are awaiting a signed copy from Humberside Police.
  • Humberside Police sent the same agreement again unsigned.

Without a signed agreement DTC must either switch off the CCTV system as they are gathering Data unlawfully or find a way to address Subject Access Requests themselves.

Subject Access Request

I have sent the following Subject Access Request to the DTC Clerk.

Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2020 1:55 PM
Subject: Subject Access Request – Driffield CCTV

Dear Claire,

Could I please refer you to (LINK)

On Sunday 12 July between 08.00 and 08.15 I was in Driffield.

Could I please make a Subject Access Request for the Data gathered of me by the cameras on Boyes and all other cameras?

As the Service Level Agreement for The Provision, Operation and Management of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) Monitoring between Humberside Police and DTC remains unsigned DTC must address this Subject Access Request themselves.

Please advise how this will be achieved.

Failure to fulfil this Subject Access Request will demonstrate that the Driffield CCTV system is unlawfully gathering Data and must be switched off with immediate effect.

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

Posted in CCTV, Driffield, Humberside Police

Banned, Not Banned, Banned And Banned

The Leeming Bar Overnight Parking Ban has become a banned, not banned, banned and banned fiasco.

  • Banned – Hambleton District Council (HDC) ban overnight parking if remaining in the vehicle.
  • Not Banned – I undertake direct action by parking overnight and remaining in my vehicle to challenge HDC to issue me a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). I would successfully challenge this in a Court of Law. HDC failed to issue me a FPN as they know they would lose.
  • Banned – I am now banned from communicating with HDC in relation to the overnight parking ban. I can confirm that both bans have failed.
  • Banned – By 2022 or 2023 HDC will itself be banned by the Government redrawing of boundaries.

You cannot fail but to laugh at the irony.

Those Behind The Fiasco

It is interesting to note those behind this fiasco that has currently cost the taxpayer over £26,000 yet no FPN has been issued

  • Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and a HDC Councillor. Carl also has various business interests in the Leeming Bar area.

  • Steven Lister, HDC Director of Leisure and Communities. Steven is the person responsible for making the pigs ear of the ban.

  • Justin Ives, Chief Executive, HDC. Justin has known anger issues who has a habit of spitting his dummy out. Justin has banned me from communicating with HDC in relation to the overnight parking ban. A clear case of stick fingers in ears, sing la la and it will go away. I can confirm that the ban has failed.

  • Michael, Tricky Dickie, Jewitt, Director of Environmental and Planning Services, HDC has supported his boss sticking fingers in his ears and singing la la.

Why are these four gentlemen collectively supporting that which cannot be enforced? Surely they are not attempting to cover anything up?

Information Invited

I invite anyone with information, including documents, in relation to the Leeming Bar overnight parking ban to contact me. This will then be added to the information I already hold to form a more interesting jigsaw.

Perhaps the following may assist:

  1. Why does North Yorkshire County Council have no policy for the overnight parking of HGVs?
  2. When the A1M was upgraded at Leeming Bar why was there no lay bys included?
  3. What is the true purpose of the pristine A6055 “service road” that runs parallel to the A1M?
  4. Why does the A6055 also have no lay bys?
  5. Why were hundreds of tonne of tarmac scrapped instead of using it to build lay bys?
  6. What is the ownership history of the northbound services at Leeming Bar?
  7. What is the ownership history of the southbound services at Leeming Bar?
  8. Who will financially benefit from the planned “Super Truck Stop” at Leeming Bar?

Contact Details

If you would like to supply any information I can be contacted by either email info@island-man.co.uk or via post: 1A, Holly Close, Full Sutton, York, YO41 1LY

Although not essential it would be useful to include a phone number.

Confidentiality will be respected – I NEVER REVEAL MY SOURCES.

Posted in Hambleton, PSPO

Weighton Cemetery Dog Ban – Slight Improvement

In Council Bans Assistance/Guide Dogs From Cemetery I revealed how Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) not only unlawfully closed the town’s cemetery it has also unlawfully banned assistance/guide dogs from it.

I am now delighted to confirm that the previous notice has now been removed and replaced with a new one stating  “No dogs – except guide dogs and assistance dogs”.

By Order

As I am unaware of any legislation that permits a Town Council to make an Order to ban access to a cemetery I have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information  Act to MWTC for a copy of the Order. Sadly this remains outstanding after nearly two months.

Polite Advice

I am in no doubt no one would want to see dog mess in a cemetery. I am also of the opinion that no one would want to prevent “Mary” from taking her dog “Yorkie” to visit her late husband “George” so long as the dog was on a lead.

The current sign, although a slight improvement, has no legal basis (of course the invisible order may prove me wrong!) so I would politely recommend that MWTC request East Riding of Yorkshire Council to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that only permits dogs on leads entering the cemetery.

With a lawfully introduced and signed PSPO MWTC achieves their desired outcome, out of control dogs in the cemetery are addressed and Mary can take Yorkie to visit George.

Such a shame MWTC never had the humility in the first instance to request my assistance to move the situation forward in a lawful manner.

Posted in Market Weighton, PSPO

Ofted Inspection Finds East Riding Inadequate

It would appear that the Ofted report that finds East Riding of Yorkshire Council to be inadequate has been buried as no one seems to be aware of it.

As an Independent ERYC Councillor between 2016 and 2019 I constantly raised concerns with other Councillors and Senior Officers but all disagreed with me.

Ofted has supported my concerns. What does this say about those Councillors and Senior Officers?

Extracts From The Report

Judgements

  • The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families – Inadequate
  • The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection – Inadequate
  • Overall effectiveness – Inadequate

Since the last inspection in 2016, when services were rated as good overall, there has been a marked deterioration in the quality of help and protection support for children in East Riding. Services for children in care and care leavers have remained strong overall, with good strategic and operational management oversight. This is not replicated in services for children in need of help and protection, where management oversight and practice is significantly weaker.

Senior leaders and councillors do not have a wholly accurate understanding of these practice and service shortfalls. Where leaders are aware of the shortfalls, this is not fully reflected in the self-assessment.

Leaders had identified weaknesses at the front door prior to the inspection, and these have not been effectively addressed. This has resulted in children experiencing delays in their needs being identified and remaining in situations of risk. Thresholds for access to children’s social care services are not fully understood or applied by partner agencies in the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH). Some children are supported in early help services when the risks are too high. Management oversight of the front door is weak.

While some core social work practice in locality safeguarding teams is stronger and effective, the quality and impact of practice for specific groups of children has deteriorated since the last inspection. For instance, aspects of the practice in pre- 2 proceedings work, services for disabled children, children in private fostering arrangements and children at risk of exploitation are poor. High caseloads in some teams and weaknesses in the quality of oversight and decision-making by some managers are leading to drift and delay for children receiving the services they need to protect them and improve their lives. The quality of social work supervision is variable, and, for some workers, there are gaps in individual case supervision for some months. The response by the designated officers to concerns is not effective.

What Needs To Improve

  1. The accuracy of the self-evaluation in order to ensure that senior leaders and members have a clear understanding of service strengths and what needs to improve.
  2. The understanding and application of thresholds to children’s social care by partner agencies and the EHaSH, to include the appropriate seeking of parental consent.
  3. The quality and consistency of social work assessments and children’s plans.
  4. The quality of risk assessment and planning where children are at risk of exploitation.
  5. The quality of analysis and action planning following strategy discussions.
  6. The timeliness and effectiveness of pre-proceedings work.
  7. The timeliness and quality of assessment and planning for disabled children.
  8. The effectiveness of scrutiny and management oversight by leaders at all levels of help and protection work to enable a better understanding of practice.
  9. The effectiveness of quality assurance arrangements.
  10. The effectiveness of the designated officers.
  11. The quality of assessment and planning for children subject to private fostering arrangements.
  12. Availability and access to training for all social work staff and foster carers.

Full Report

Please click on the link below to read the full report which includes further information.

East Riding of Yorkshire – Inspection of local authority childrens service – December 2019

Posted in ERYC, SEND