Temporary Entrances Engineered For Left Turns

Having highlighted in Halt Chaos – Act On Strangeway’s Observations the collective incompetence of the ERYC Director of Planning, ERYC Director of Highways, all six ERYC Conservative Ward Councillors, and Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council I will now highlight how the public is “being played”.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the two temporary entrances for the new prison.

South Entrance

North Entrance

As site traffic, as per the Planning Conditions, should not turn left from the site why were the entrances engineered to facilitate turning left and right?

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Halt Chaos – Act On Strangeway’s Observations

Yesterday’s incident, which involved the HGV tipping into the ruts created by construction traffic for the new Full Sutton prison, was a direct consequence of ERYC failing to halt the chaos of the past two weeks by acting on Strangeway’s observations.

I have shared these observations with the ERYC Director of Planning, ERYC Director of Highways, all three ERYC Conservative Ward Councillors for Full Sutton (Councillor Leo Hammond, Councillor Mike Stathers, Councillor David Rudd), all three ERYC Conservative Ward Councillors for Stamford Bridge (Councillor Kay West, Councillor Paul West and Councillor David Sykes – aka – the invisible three), and Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council.

As evidenced in the video below all those listed above have failed local residents. Please remember this at the May 2023 election when the invisible becomes visible for long enough to secure your vote. This will then allow them to become invisible for the next four years. Enough said.

Timeline

  1. Saturday 23 April – My wife’s car was damaged by a pothole – Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road
  2. Sunday 24 April 06.30 – I undertook a robust risk assessment – Prison Temporary Entrance – Endangers Highway Safety
  3. Tuesday 27 April – I revealed “Operation Stack” – Prison Entrance – HGVs Unofficial Operation Stack
  4. Thursday 29 April – I published the shameful fact that ERYC only filled one pothole – Prison Road Damage – THE Pothole Patched
  5. Saturday 30 April – Video of speeding HGVs was circulated – Prison HGVs Speeding Through Full Sutton
  6. Monday 2 May – I confirmed the facts regards the false claims regards enforcement – Prison HGV Enforcement – The Bad News
  7. Thursday 5 May – Despite being aware of the above the MOJ, ERYC, Councillor Leo Hammond and Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council hold a meeting that fails to act regards the ruts and the need to widen the road
  8. Friday 6 May – I exposed the dangerous ruts by use of a paint tin, the HGV incident and the statement from Councillor Leo Hammond that made no mention of the ruts and the requirement to widen the road – Construction Road Ruts Buries Paint Tin

The simple robust risk assessment I undertook confirmed that as the road is not wide enough I highly recommended:

  1. An ERYC “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style,” is carried out immediately on all damaged surfaces as a temporary quick fix. 
  2. The temporary entrances are closed with immediate effect.
  3. The road is widened and kerbstones installed, as it has been at the temporary entrances, between the entrance to the existing prison and the two new temporary entrances.

This was not actioned. So two weeks later we have gone around in a full circle but with further damage to the road.

Saturday Morning As The Sun Rises

For the record, I still endorse the three requirements stated.

Ego, Incompetence and Common Purpose

It is clear to everyone reading the above that the responsibility for the current chaos is due to the collective incompetence of the ERYC Director of Planning, ERYC Director of Highways, all six ERYC Conservative Ward Councillors, and Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council.

Perhaps the statements:

“Lorry drivers will be educated on how to act appropriately.” and “… so that the Police can apply pressure to the contractors”

should be applied to those who are part of the collective incompetence. It is THEY who need educating and pressure put on them! Touche.

Will they all yet again revert to type and attack the messenger? Should I apologise for having a brain, vision, and backbone? Or perhaps say nowt to appease others’ egos and incompetence? What a sad state of affairs.

Time for certain folk to fall on swords.

Legal Claims Against ERYC

It goes without saying that the haulage company and driver now have a significant claim against ERYC for negligence. Indeed my photo of the paint tin taken a few hours prior could be used as evidence if legal action is required. Ironically this marks the exact location where the HGV tipped into.

Residents are expected to keep paying those ERYC Council Tax bills in full knowledge of this shameful waste of resources.

Blessed

We are very blessed that the HGV was not the school bus with children inside. Next time we may not be so fortunate.

Abridged Version

The radio plays “…and somebodies is going to die” – Is that a message from the “Gods”?

Please see Construction Road Ruts Buries Paint Tin for the unabridged version.

Further Information

A big thank you and well done to Ben for taking the footage. You are a credit, Sir.

I offer my best wishes to the HGV driver for a speedy recovery.

Please see Prison Scrutiny

Collectively we do have a voice.

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Construction Road Ruts Buries Paint Tin

Another week has gone by and the main road to the new Full Suton prison construction site continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate.

What is ERYC waiting for before undertaking actions that should have taken place prior to the site opening? Will they act if the school bus ends up where the tin of paint is?

For scale, this is a 5l tin of paint.

Prison Destined For Approval

Let us make no mistake, this prison was always going to be approved as:

  1. The pylons were routed around the prison sites decades ago before the prison was even mentioned publically.
  2. It is the Conservative Party Governments National Policy to build prisons.
  3. The ERYC is dominated by Tory Councillors. When they are selected to be a Tory candidate they agree to put the party first NOT residents.

Inappropriate Comments

I note that there is no mention in Cllr Leo Hammond – MOJ – 5 May 2022 statement regards road widening. Would anyone like to suggest how the modules will be transported to the site on this road?

It has been mentioned that the two comments highlighted (by me in red below and in the statement) are inappropriate. I agree with these opinions.

  • “Lorry drivers will be educated on how to act appropriately.”
  • “… so that the Police can apply pressure to the contractors”

I can confirm that I firmly believe that ERYC will NEVER take enforcement action all the way against the MOJ in relation to the new prison. To suggest otherwise is sabre-rattling.

Please read Prison HGV Enforcement – The Bad News

Too Late

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Prison HGV Enforcement – The Bad News

Over the past week or so I have come to the realisation that no Councillor or resident has a full grasp of the absolute shambles that is unfolding with the construction of the new Full Sutton prison.

Yesterday I was grateful to local resident “Dave” who questioned my statement “We must accept that two routes are to be used: A1079 – High Catton – Church Road – A166 – Full Sutton and A166 – Full Sutton”. While subject to adequate works and actions being put in place, pragmatically this is correct, yet it is certainly far from definitive.

Those who live in the Full Sutton/Stamford Bridge area will be aware that there are two East to West arteries that all traffic must use to travel beyond the local area – the A166 and the A1079. For reasons known only to themselves, ERYC never identified a practicable route for prison construction traffic approaching from either Pocklington Industrial Estate or the direction of Hull on the A1079.

As can be seen from the photo above, supplied by Dave, the prison traffic cannot use the High Catton route. According to the Planning Consent, those traveling from the Hull direction on the A1079 MUST travel all the way to the York roundabout (A166/A64 roundabout).

Facts Of Life

  1. Water will never naturally run uphill
  2. A child will never choose a plate of lettuce over a bar of chocolate
  3. HGV drivers will not take a significant diversion unless it is practicable – and legally enforceable.

Planning Enforcement

ERYC is now claiming that enforcement will be taken this week if HGVs do not travel on the correct route!

Enforcement MUST go via due process. Just one example – Before enforcement action can be taken, those allegedly making the breach should be given the opportunity to iron out the breach via a new Planning Application to address purely that breach. This can and does take months, at best. It is far from Amazon’s next-day delivery!

Who exactly will they enforce against – MOJ, Kier, the Sub-contractor, or the HGV driver? Has the MOJ taken reasonable action to prevent the HGV drivers from using the “wrong” route, for example, by informing Kier? If they have, they can claim that they have taken reasonable action – thus no enforcement action.

As for discussing any issues at the monthly meeting on Thursday – get real…

ERYC, due to passing a Reserve Matters Planning Application without adequate conditions, is a toothless fairy doing little more than empty saber-rattling.

Enforcement is an option open to ERYC – but only an option – it is NOT a requirement placed on them.  This is highly significant.

I would advise residents not to hold their breath awaiting enforcement action.

Local residents have, and continue to be, being let down by ERYC and those Councillors who claim to represent them.

Shambolic

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Prison HGVs Speeding Through Full Sutton

A Full Sutton resident has shared with me alarming footage of two HGVs speeding through Full Sutton at 09.26 on Friday 29 April 2022 en route to the site of the new Full Sutton prison.

This is clearly unacceptable and a danger to local residents and other road users.

I have requested ERYC to inform me what they plan to do about the inappropriate speeding.

I encourage residents in Full Sutton, High Catton, and Stamford Bridge to take a stand against this speeding by gathering similar evidence and sending it to me for publication.

Collectively we do have a voice.

Contact

If at all possible, please include an email address and a phone number when you contact me.

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Prison Road Damage – THE Pothole Patched

I can confirm that ERYC has done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” patch job to potholes on Moor Lane caused by the prison construction site traffic.

I should correct that – they have done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” patch job to one pothole.

Silly me, wrong again.

ERYC have done their typical “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style” to THE pothole.

THE pothole that damaged the tyre of my wife’s car! Please see Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road.

Why Just THE Pothole?

So why has ERYC only patched THE pothole? Could it be because:

  1. As per the FOI Act I requested a copy of the Risk Assessment for the management and maintenance of this road while the new Prison is being constructed?
  2. Or that I asked, “Could you please advise how my wife can make a claim against ERYC for the damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused?”
  3. Or that ERYC is aware of my legal knowledge and my legal network as demonstrated in Case Study 1?

Damage, Inconvenience And Distress Caused

In the interests of the public purse let us hope ERYC address my wife’s claim with “due and reasonable consideration” to “damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused”.

Could failure to give “due and reasonable consideration” to my wife’s claim ultimately result in hundreds of “cut and paste” legal actions from ERYC residents for damage caused by potholes to their cars?

Of course, as always, I know nowt!

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Prison Entrance – HGVs Unofficial Operation Stack

On Monday morning I left my home at 07.57 and drove past HMP Full Sutton and the new site. I witnessed two brand new HGVs, that had driven in the wrong direction to the temporary access, parked up on the grass verge as the site entrance was only just being unlocked.

The MOJ MUST ensure that an “Operation Stack” is in place to deal with such situations so “that the access will operate safely”. The MOJ should not instead force HGV drivers to park on the grass verge as this will result in more ruts and damage to the grass verge habitat.

Given my observations on Monday, yesterday at the same time, I paid a third site visit to monitor the situation. I was shocked by what I witnessed.

To begin with, as the gate was just being opened I did a U-Turn to come back to monitor the situation. While in the process of the U-Turn three HGVs drove in the wrong direction to the temporary access in a repeat of the previous mornings observations.

When I arrived back at the temporary entrance I witnessed an unofficial Operation Stack that backed up into a blind bend as HGVs could not enter the site fast enough.

HGVs traveling in the opposite direction were then forced to further damage the grass verge.

In essence, ABSOLUTE CHAOS and a danger to local residents.

I talked with some of the HGV drivers who expressed their justifiable dissatisfaction with the situation. I was informed that this level of activity had only commenced a few days ago. One driver profoundly stated:

“Some big cheese has obviously come up with this ridiculous idea”

While all of this was going on school buses are scheduled.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

In the interests of highway safety immediate, urgent action is required:

  1. The temporary access MUST be closed as it clearly is operated in breach of planning conditions “that the access will operate safely”
  2. Safe and secure access is available via the current Prison entrance – this MUST be utilised.
  3. A wheel wash MUST be used. Currently, there is no wheel wash in operation as debris is still being dragged onto the road.
  4. HGVs MUST approach the site via the approved route.
  5. The “unofficial Operation StackMUST NOT take place on the public highway.
  6. An official Operation Stack MUST be introduced safely on the extensive road network of the current Prison. This is used by staff, prison visitors, and the local bus service.
  7. ERYC MUST inform the MOJ of that which I have raised.

ERYC Negligence – The Result

School Children Safety

Given the current danger to those using this road, I would recommend to all parents whose children are traveling on the school buses to consider their child’s safety.

Perhaps less dangerous alternatives could be explored.

Further Information

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Prison Temporary Entrance – Endangers Highway Safety

The outline planning consent for the new Full Sutton prison that the MOJ secured from the ERYC authorised the creation of temporary “access from Moor Lane to support the construction phase” subject to ensuring “that the access will operate safely”.

So why are ERYC negligent in ensuring “that the access will operate safely” by allowing the temporary entrance to endanger highway safety?

What would happen if the stationary blue car was replaced with a school bus travelling to Full Sutton meeting a construction site HGV on the blind bend?

The facts are clear for all to witness:

  1. The road between the entrance to the existing prison and the first temporary entrance is not wide enough for vehicles to pass.
  2. This results in large, heavy vehicles creating tyre ruts on the grass verge.
  3. These ruts then form potholes.
  4. The potholes then endanger highway safety as I witnessed and reported in Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road.
  5. The prison sign has been hit many times due to a lack of adequate space.

Completion Due 2025

As the new prison is not due for completion until 2025 local residents will be subjected to the highway deteriorating for three years and three winters.

How many resident’s vehicles will be damaged due to the negligence of ERYC Highways to register the simple fact that the road is not wide enough? I would suggest that this demonstrates gross incompetence.

School Bus v HGVs

To make matters worse the route is used by school buses. I dread to think what will happen when a school bus meets a construction site HGV on the blind corner especially in icy conditions when the road is not gritted.

Wolds Weighton Tory Councillors

It would appear that none of the Wolds Weighton ERYC Tory Councillors – Cllr Mike Stathers, Cllr Leo Hammond, and Cllr David Rudd is aware of the negligence by ERYC in this case.

I gave all three Ward Councillors, ERYC Highways and ERYC Planning the opportunity, before close of business yesterday, to detail their “understanding and acknowledgement of such negligence”.

They all remained silent!

How can they claim to represent and help residents, especially those living in Full Sutton and surrounding villages by remaining silent?

Will their inability to know about even the most obvious, result in a significant challenge to their collective complacency at the ERYC election next May?

Site Visit And Solution

At 06.30 on Sunday morning I undertook a site visit to do that which ERYC and the three Ward Councillors should have done at any time over the past three years – I undertook a simple robust risk assessment.

As the road is not wide enough I highly recommend:

  1. An ERYC “bucket of tarmac job, to you to me style,” is carried out immediately on all damaged surfaces as a temporary quick fix. (NB: This was not done yesterday)
  2. The temporary entrances are closed with immediate effect.
  3. The road is widened and kerbstones installed, as it has been at the temporary entrances, between the entrance to the existing prison and the two new temporary entrances.

At that point, the work to build the new prison can commence as I believe  “that the access will operate safely”.

It is beyond me to understand why this essential work was not carried out prior to the works commencing. Perhaps another one to file under to you to me!

Will ERYC continue to play Russian Roulette with residents safety for the next three years?

ERYC MUST inform the MOJ of that which I have raised.

Further Information

Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

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Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

This morning my wife set off early from our home in Full Sutton to spend the day with her disabled sister. Unfortunately, she had just driven past the Prison when she was forced to the side of the road by a speeding vehicle heading towards the Prison and hit a pothole.

As can be seen in the photo above (demonstrated by my car) the construction vehicles for the new Prison have widened the road, by default, thus the old grass verge is now part of the road.

As can be seen above the pothole is on a bend for oncoming traffic.

I am astounded that all those who should have ensured that the road was safe for local residents have failed to do so. This includes:

  1. ERYC Planning
  2. ERYC Highways
  3. Wolds Weighton ERYC Councillors (Cllr Mike Stathers, Cllr Leo Hammond, and Cllr David Rudd – all Conservative)
  4. Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council

Why did ERYC not mitigate this obvious risk?

Why did the three ERYC Cllrs or the Parish Council not alert ERYC to the obvious danger to road users caused by the construction traffic?

AA To The Rescue

It is clear that the situation will get worse in winter and become more dangerous.

Email Requesting Action

I have sent the email below to those whom I believe have failed my wife and all local residents.

Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:13 AM
Cc: clerk@fspc.org.uk ; (REDACTED)
Subject: Be Aware – Prison Construction Damaging Road

Good Morning,

Could I please refer you all to (LINK)

Could I request that the required repairs to this road are undertaken immediately?

As per the FOI Act could I request a copy of the Risk Assessment for the management and maintenance of this road while the new Prison is being constructed?

If no Risk Assessment exists could I request that one is undertaken as a matter of urgency?

Could you please advise how my wife can make a claim against ERYC for the damage to her tyre and for the inconvenience and distress caused?

Regards,

Andy Strangeway

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Tory Councillors Fail Residents On Planning

Having demonstrated my knowledge of planning legislation in Case Study 1 I believe it appropriate to examine how ERYC Conservative Councillors fail residents in planning matters.

Tory Councillors Mike Stathers and Andy Burton (now ex)

I will use the example of the new Full Sutton prison.

Councillor Mike Stathers and others encouraged residents to put in as many objections as possible. This could be said to be a catalyst for around 3,000 objections.

Why did Councillor Stathers and others fail to mention the fundamental facts?

  1. Planning objections should first be mindful of National legislation – currently Conservative.
  2. Planning objections should secondly be mindful of ERYC Planning Policy – currently Conservative.
  3. Being mindful of Legislation and Planning Policy, the Planning Balance should then be considered.

“Opinion” of local residents is at best in fourth place but in truth, it is of no consideration in isolation – this is the system set up by the Conservative Party at ERYC and Nationally.

It is the Conservative Party’s policy to build prisons.

Councillor Speaks Out

I noted that a certain Conservative Councillor spoke out against the Full Sutton prison application in support of residents.

A few facts of how the Torys “operate” at County Hall in relation to Planning Committees:

  1. They hold a Group meeting prior.
  2. The Councillor from the Ward where the application is from is “allowed” to “speak against” it.
  3. About two-thirds of each Planning Committee is Tory – thus one “local” Councillor speaking against does not change the decision but said Councillor is considered supportive of local residents.

Smoke and mirrors at its best.

My Position

As an Independent ERYC Ward Councillor for Pocklington Provincial (this includes Stamford Bridge) up to the beginning of May 2019 my position regards the Full Sutton prison application was clearly stated:

  1. As a Buddhist, personally, I have no issue with whatever is built next to me.
  2. As a Councillor, it was my duty to raise any breach of legislation or policy by the application – I was unaware of any such breach.

Why Was There No Judicial Review?

If there was a breach in legislation or policy by the application why did certain Tory Councillors not recommend a Judicial Review based on such Grounds as strongly as they encouraged objections?

I would suggest that with 3,000 objections they were plenty of people to finance a Judicial Review.

Surely the Tory Councillors were not merely sabre rattling knowing all the time that there were no Grounds for objection and just “played” residents to ensure they were elected at the May 2019 election?

I invite all six Pocklington Provincial and Wolds Weighton Conservative ERYC Ward Councillors to organise a public meeting if they disagree with that which I state. I would welcome an invite to attend.

Should I await my invitation?

Further Information

My understanding and actions regarding Planning and Judicial Reviews are available to be scrutinised in the Court of Public Opinion.

Please see Case Study 1

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