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