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.
I 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!
Well, 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 …
As a member of the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority I raised concerns about the amount of effluent/ammonia that is being discharged into the North Sea and the damage this is apparently doing to the fish stocks off our lovely coastline.I will be raising this again at our next meeting of this Authority in mid-March. I am concerned that, although McCain’s do very adequately filter the effluent at their Peterborough Site into the River Nene, the same care and attention is not being given to the effluent discharged into the North Sea, with all the probable ramifications.
Challenging questions need to be raised and appropriate answers given, the North Sea should not be viewed as a dumping ground in any shape or form.
EXCLUSION ZONE FOR FISHING AROUND FLAMBOROUGH HEAD.
I have also voiced my concern regarding a further exclusion zone for our fishing fleet (or what is left of it) with regard to an unnecessary bye-law. Despite my objection and me moving that there should be no further exclusion around Flamborough Head, the Green Environmentalists sitting on this Authority still forced this through. And for what? They believe, without any concrete evidence, that the very few fishing boats left will damage the chalk on the sea bed! More …
Members of the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council will support a recommendation to increase council tax by 1.94% at a meeting of the local authority on Friday.
Labour leader, Eric Broadbent says the implications for accepting a council tax freeze for a fourth year in a row will have damaging consequences for residents.
Cllr Broadbent said: “Across the country local authorities, including Tory controlled councils are having to make tough spending decisions because of the unnecessary and unwanted austerity measures being forced on local people by Central Government who seem hell bent on the eradication of public services. There can’t be many people in the Borough who really believe that ‘we’re all in it together.’ More …
Proposals for changes in the delivery of urgent care in Scarborough, which could lead to the closure of the Castle Health Walk-in Centre in York Place are to be challenged in a petition launched by Castle Ward Councillor Colin Challen today. Click the link to open/ download a copy of the petition. petition – Castle Health Walk-in
Cllr Colin Challen
The petition calls for the walk in centre to be kept open. Councillor Challen said: “The Clinical Commissioning Group has a duty in my view and that of many others to keep a walk-in centre in Scarborough town centre. The existing centre has easy access and is much praised by its thousands of users. It has an experienced team, and after five years in operation. Keeping it open should be a no-brainer. More …
MEMBERS of North Yorkshire County Council Labour Group will support plans to raise council tax by almost 2% at a meeting of the local authority on Wednesday 19 February.
However, Eric Broadbent, Leader of the group says the decision does not imply wholesale support of the council’s financial strategy.
Cllr Broadbent said: “Local Authorities across the country, including Labour controlled councils, are having to take some very tough spending decisions because of the swingeing cuts being imposed by Central Government.
“These damaging cuts have seen a reduction in the Council’s budget of more than 30% since 2011, frontline services will be affected with the inevitable consequence that savings of this magnitude will impact most on those who are most vulnerable. More …
My motion regarding the appalling scenario of companies blacklisting individuals for no other reason that they are “activists” either as Shop Stewards or Safety Representatives of various unions goes before County Council on the 19 February. See my earlier post for the full motion.
I fully expect this motion will be deferred until the May County Council Meeting that basically is asking the County Council to double and triple check any organisation before they award contracts for work required.
If any bidders are unscrupulous employers who have in the past blacklisted people they will take this into consideration during the bidding process. Clearly my view, which I will make abundantly clear, is that under no circumstances should the County Council award contracts to this type of immoral employer.
The Leader of the Council has assured me that he will take this motion back to the Executive and will call on me to address the Executive before the Meeting in May.
Because this motion is going to be deferred until the Executive have looked into it, I will be formally moving it at the February Meeting, but speaking at length on it at the May Meeting. Eric Broadbent is to second this motion.
The Labour Group pulling its weight and proving a force to be reckoned with at County Hall.
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On Friday 7th February NYCC Transport Scrutiny Committee reopened the arguments around the savage cuts to essential bus services across North Yorkshire including the popular No.4 service in Ramshill. This followed pressure from a group of Councillors, including me, who had been opposed to these cuts. Unsurprisingly, this included the eight Tory Councillors who voted to support the decision to go ahead with the cuts, in spite of our opposition, and the remaining Labour, Lib Dem and Independents voted against the cuts. So where does that leave us? NYCC have offered a replacement service operating Monday to Friday from 10am until approximately 2.30pm. This will use the existing Access buses which transport adults with disabilities early in the morning and later in the afternoon. More …
What a difference three years make. Back in 2010 our constituency Labour Party was at a low ebb. We had lost heavily at the General Election and had just two Scarborough councillors and not a single County Councillor.
As we move into 2014, we can see that the tide is turning and we really are getting back into our stride with the election of:
9 Borough councillors
4 County Councillors, as well as
Several members serving as parish and town councillors.
And these councillors really are making a difference and forcing those in power to reconsider decisions and to sit up and take notice of what the people of Scarborough and Whitby really want. More …
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 …
Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party has called for a moratorium on fracking – the highly controversial method of extracting gas from shale deposits. Scarborough and large swathes of North Yorkshire sit on such a deposit known as the Bowland, which some believe contains massive gas reserves.
The Party wants a much deeper factual analysis of what fracking risks in terms of pollution, the environment, earthquakes and climate change. Colin Challen, who proposed the moratorium, said “The Tory-led government has announced it is offering various financial inducements to speed up fracking, and so has decided that the debate is over – or more precisely that there is not a debate to be had about this technology in the place. But there needs to be a full assessment of it before we could possibly accept it locally. I am also not convinced that it would not impact on climate change, since if it is true that fracking would lower energy costs then investment in clean energy sources will be much more difficult to sustain. It will put a brake on tackling climate change even if gas has lower carbon emissions than coal, but that would only be a temporary advantage.” More …