SCARBOROUGH RAIL TRAVELLERS BEWARE

PROFITS BEFORE PASSENGERS.

Northern Rail and Transpennine Express Trains put profits before passengers!

Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party members are incensed over the lies and hype around George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” claims.

Following the cancellation of rail electrification plans in the North, there is even more bad news for passengers and Transpennine Employees travelling from Scarborough over the Pennines. A threat to both jobs and to passenger safety comes in the form of proposals for the new Northern and Transpennine Express Rail Franchises due to start on 1st April. The franchises will be jointly managed by a new body “Rail North” – chaired by Sir Richard Leese – and comprising representatives of 29 Northern Councils / combined authorities and the Department for Transport.

Train Guards will be axed from rail services to and from Scarborough by Transpennine Express resulting in “Driver Only Trains”.

At present railway regulations guarantee that passengers in the North always have a Guard / Conductor on their train. In addition to the driver, passengers to and from our seaside resort know there will always be a highly trained guard to protect the safe operation of the train and deal with emergencies, such as fire, derailments and driver incapacity. The Guard also provides general assurance to passengers, ticket and travel advice and revenue protection. ASTONISHINGLY, THE PROPOSED RAIL FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS MEAN PASSENGERS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THIS PROTECTION.

There is also no guarantee that current ticket offices and station staffing will be retained on the new franchise. More

Employee rights at NYCC protected by Labour Councillors

Tony RandersonIt is with a degree of satisfaction and indeed pride that I can pen this article on behalf of the Labour Group of County Councillors regarding employee rights at NYCC.

There was a proposal from the Executive this morning on the agenda for the Full Council Meeting at County Hall to change the procedure for Employee Dismissal Appeals.

In March this year this policy/procedure was put to the Members’ Workforce Planning Group on which I am the Labour Group representative. The proposal put to us in March moved away from a Members-only Appeal panel to an appeal panel that mirrored the Absence Disciplinary Panel with one member and one officer hearing and making a judgement on these appeals with HR advice (but HR not participating in the decision making process). With the chair being an officer rather than the councillor.

I reluctantly agreed to this move but only after attaining the support for such a move from the Unison Trade Union Official who represents the employees at NYCC. More

Tony Randerson’s view

expect-opposition-really_img-300x185It is now quite clear after the arrogant and offensive comments made by the new Leader of Scarborough Borough Council Cllr Bastiman and his sidekick Cllr Backhouse in yesterday’s Full Council Meeting (see yesterday’s report of the meeting) that as the official opposition the Labour Group is going to continue to scrutinise every single policy with a fine toothcomb before either lending our support or totally opposing said policies. 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

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.
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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

Eastfield Pride Newsletter.

Tony RandersonI am currently in the process of delivering some 2,400 Newsletters to every household in Eastfield. The main subject of this Newsletter is the Eastfield Pride Competition that I have initiated. This competition is to find the Most Improved Street in Eastfield.

I am doing this because there are parts of the Eastfield Estate that require some TLC. The idea is to get residents involved by forming a small committee to run this project, for residents who wish their street to be involved and to put pride back into their environment! More

Labour councillor secures new bus service for Eastfield

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Cllr Tony Randerson, NYCC Eastfield and Osgodby

A new Bus Service that Eastfield Residents had been asking for has been agreed following talks between Labour County Councillor Tony Randerson and Shoreline Suncruiser Buses.

The new 777 Service will begin on Thursday 3 April between Scarborough and Eastfield. 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

Balancing Fishing and Conservation Priorities

EFFLUENT OUTFALL FROM MCCAIN’S SITE.

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 Greenflamhead 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