Art? What’s that then?


Cllr Colin Chalen

Cllr Colin Chalen

I recently organised a meeting of the Scarborough Arts and Culture Forum, a group that meets every two months or so to consider the state of the arts in the area. The meeting took place in the Old Parcels Office on Platform One of Scarborough railway station. The building has been gutted and prepared for the day when it can be converted into artists’ studios. More

Labour Group censored?

A debate on tax avoidance at the next meeting of Scarborough Borough Council has been prevented on the grounds that a Labour Group motion was allegedly not submitted in time and besides did not deal with something to do with the budget or was within the council’s ‘policy framework.’ This is despite the motion calling for a fairer funding regime for local government.  More

Spin and delusion – making the figures add up

colinThe Government is ecstatic. Employment figures are high, unemployment is decreasing. Economists have been scratching their heads, seeking an explanation as to how this can possibly be the case when we are still suffering the after- effects of a bad recession. For the Government, there is no question that things are ticketyboo, and so concern about employment may be assigned to the back burner.

I don’t go along with this complacent attitude. More

Wheatcroft Long Sea Outfall from McCains Plant Eastfield.

Persistence rewarded for Cllr Tony Randerson

I have raised the poor condition of the Long Sea Outfall that is used only by the McCains plant in Eastfield on a number of occasions with The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority of which I am a member via North Yorkshire County Council.\

Local fishermen and the surfing fraternity have voiced their concerns about effluent being discharged because of fractures to this pipe, which has been in place for some 17 years.

I was finally invited to attend a meeting on  20 June in York to hear Yorkshire Water’s plans for this outfall which was attended by officers from the Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough Council, McCains and of course Yorkshire Water. I am delighted to say that Yorkshire Water has now agreed funding to rectify this long- standing hazard.  More

Blacklisting post Crossrail

At the Annual Meeting of North Yorkshire County Council which took place at County Hall Northallerton I am delighted to say that my motion on behalf of the Labour Group on NYCC was accepted by the Executive and passed by the Full Council.
This was particularly pleasing for me as a recently retired Regional Officer representing Unite the Union Members in Yorkshire and Humberside, where I had  come into contact with Blacklisted members.
 BLACKLIST-BEATEN1The U.K Government defines Blacklisting as, “the systematic compilation of information on individual Trade Unionists and their use by employers and recruiters to discriminate against those individuals because of their Trade Union membership or because of their involvement in Trade Union Activity”.
My motion to County Council stated that “The Blacklisting of individuals is a morally indefensible practice and that cases are being taken to employment tribunals on a very wide range of legal points, which include defamation, breaches of the data act and conspiracy “. More

Hull University – Scarborough campus

hull_uniHull University wants to step up a notch or two in the league tables – perhaps it wants to be seen as an equal of the “Russell Group” of universities. Nothing exceptional about that, of course – it’s an ambition worth supporting. In a period of high tuition fees and the removal of caps on student numbers, the higher education sector is being marketised relentlessly. Students are getting picky about who should be paid to deliver their £9,000 courses. But should Hull’s decision automatically mean it has to withdraw from its Scarborough campus? They say yes, because they want to raise the academic entry tariff for students and they say Scarborough doesn’t fit the new criteria. More

Workers Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.
I intend to seek support from both North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council to commemorate The Workers Memorial Day which is Officially recognised by our Government and indeed Internationally throughout the World. The whole purpose of this day has always been to ‘remember the dead’. More