Whitby Sidestreets In A Horrid State

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Whitby Sidestreets In A Horrid State

Our onsite Time counter stopped at five days when Richard Inneson reported 

“I see, today, that this mess has been cleaned up since I photographed it on the 26th September 2011,and the welcome greeting on the wall “Some scum people” etc. has been painted over.

Thank you, presumably SBC.”

So well done Scarborough Borough Council on a job well done.

 

Initial Letter Of Concern From Richard Inneson To Scarborough Borough Council

Good afternoon Mr.Bennett,

This email is not an official complaint, neither is it a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. I do not wish this email to be treated as a complaint or as a FOIA request, it will not be necessary to allocate any official number to this communication.

I wish, solely in the public interest, to draw your attention to the appalling condition of the Angel Yard, adjacent to Baxtergate in Whitby.

As you will see the filth in this area has now reached a stage where it may be considered to be a hazard to health.

I also draw your attention to the structural condition of the building adjoining the Angel Yard, formerly the Angel Hotel and more recently ‘Laughton’s’ night club, where some botched alterations to the fabric of the building have resulted in some movement to the masonry, you may wish to have a professional assessment made of the safety of this building.

The impromptu signage “Some scum people are worse than animals take your children to a proper toilet” refers to the practice of certain people of using this area as a public toilet, this was drawn to the attention of Whitby Town Council, during a recent meeting, by exCouncillor Bob Sigsworth, whose fish and chip shop also adjoins Angel Yard.

My main concern about this very unsettling scene of filth and squalor, is the impression that it may convey to visitors to Whitby, that the town is neglected and run down.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Ineson

Reply To Richard Inneson From Scarborough Borough Council

From: Caroline Longden
To: ‘Richard Ineson’
Cc: Caroline Longden
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 12:12 PM
Subject: RE: The Angel Hotel, New Quay Road, Whitby

Hi Richard

‘A Section 215 (s215) of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 provides a

local planning authority with the power, in certain circumstances, to take

steps requiring land to be cleaned up when its condition adversely affects the

amenity of the area. If it appears that the amenity of part of their area is being

adversely affected by the condition of neighbouring land and buildings, they may

serve a notice on the owner requiring that the situation be remedied. These notices

set out the steps that need to be taken, and the time within which they must be

carried out. Local planning authorities also have powers under s219 to undertake the clean up works

themselves and to recover the costs from the landowner’.

‘The use of s215 by Local Planning Authorites is discretionary and it is therefore up to the Local Planning Authorities to decidewhether a notice under these provisions would be appropriate in a particular case,

taking into account all the local circumstances. Local Planning Authorities will need to consider, for

example, the condition of the site, the impact on the surrounding area and the

scope of their powers. In some circumstances s215 notices may be used in

conjunction with other powers, for example, repair notices in respect of listed

buildings or dangerous structure notices’.

Therefore I will investigate this case and following this will request from the owner/receivership a tidy up should be taking place, however this will take time so please bear with me!

Thank you for your concerns!

Caroline

Real Whitby Says – Well Done Richard And Scarborough Borough Council. Sometimes you do listen and take action. Credit where credit is due.

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  1. Richard Ineson October 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    It was actually reported to SBC at 3.45 pm, on the 27th September.

  2. Chris Winspear October 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    The photo with the gas canister and what looks to be building rubble (number 8) – that’s all behind a fence so doesn’t look quite so bad as it appears.

    But, blimey, sometimes you don’t realise just how bad it’s gotten until you really look. I walk that way most days and, I’ll be honest, never actually paid that much attention to how it’s all declining.

    The sooner the place gets a new owner and given a proper renovation the better.

  3. Chris Winspear October 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Just to clarify – that’s an accident emoticon, there. Was refering to the photo number, number 8, and it’s auto-converted my text.

  4. Richard Ineson October 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    We’ll all drink to that, that is, when Wetherspoons takes over.

    I see, today, that this mess has been cleaned up since I photographed it on the 26th, September,and the welcome greeting on the wall “Some scum people” etc. has been painted over.

    Thank you, presumably SBC.

    It is unfortunate that the previous owners locked their abandoned rubbish away, when they left; in one way it is advantageous that it is partially hidden, but of course the Council cannot remove it now because of the surrounding pallisade and it remains a breeding ground and home, for rats etc. apart from the detrimental impression which it gives to our guests and visitors to the town.

  5. Colin Winspear October 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    It makes it even worse with the Singing kettle cafe and chip shop in that alley too. People must heave when they try eating their lunches…

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