What price public health?

Recently I wrote to Don McKenzie (portfolio holder with responsibility for public health) at North Yorkshire County Council) because of concerns that had been raised with me cinder trackby members of a local community group – ‘Friends of the Old Railway’. I play a very small part in the organisation giving what support I can, to a dedicated group of people trying to protect and promote this wonderful community asset, the Cinder Track, that stretches along the coast from Scarborough to Whitby. The route provides fantastic access to our dramatic coastline and the North York Moors National Park; as well as providing a safe off-road route for pedestrians and cyclists in the urban sections at either end. I am also a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority, which recognises the strategic importance of this asset and we were very disappointed when our £5m bid to Government to improve cycling infrastructure in our National Park was unsuccessful. Well over a 1000 trips per day are made along the Cinder Track in urban Scarborough; some for recreational purposes but most simply as a way of getting about. The route is strategically important for many reasons but specifically in relation to tourism and in the promotion of North Yorkshire County Council’s Public Health agenda. The bid included £2m to bring the track surface up to a decent condition and emphasised the benefits that improving the track would bring not only to sustainable tourism and a cleaner environment but also to public health, by encouraging everyday physical activity. More

50 Year Old Hedgerow Savaged

A natural wildlife and plant habitat has been savaged on the “Dell”  leading to the “Mount” on the Eastfield Estate in the Borough of Scarborough.

Tony RandersonI am currently attempting to ascertain from SBC Officers with absolute clarity that so far as they are concerned no Regulations/Legislation have been breached! The Countryside Officer did admit that although the hedge had been cut back it did not breach the regulations because it had not been completely pulled out!

4photoWell, for the damage caused it may as well have been. This area has been “ripped apart” apparently by a farmer whose rented land borders this hedgerow. Residents living on this estate, some for more than 50 years, cannot remember such devastation to this wildlife walk.

I have also ascertained that when this area was assessed for becoming an extension to the Dells local nature reserve, it met all the criteria to satisfy Natural England’s higher level stewardship due to the diversity of this ancient hedgerow and the habitat within. Just over a year ago discussions took place on collaboration between the Dell Project and the Middle Deepdale Developers to develop this area of the valley as an extension to the Dell. More

Whitby Parking update – People power pays off

park and ride The final decision was taken today.
The scheme is far from perfect but light years better than it would have been if we in Whitby had not spoken out very loudly and clearly.
Here’s the important stuff:
  • one small central zone with a very small amount of residents only parking,
  • the 40 minute waiting areas extended to one hour
  • parking in the rest of the zone extended from one hour to two hours
  • further concessions for households with more than 1 car.

This means that people will have a chance to come into town to do a bit of shopping and have a coffee etc….. The really dangerous threat to the town’s trade has at least been partially averted.
This is a million miles from the original proposals.  They are not great – but not the total disaster that was threatened. More