Pocklington Taxi Rank – Campaign Success

On 23rd April I launch a campaign to have the taxi rank, Railway Street, Pocklington removed. Today I am delighted to announce that my campaign has been successful subject to formal process.

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Pocklington Parking Success

This is my third successful parking campaign I have had in Pocklington in recent months:

  • Removal of unlawful double yellow lines on Robertson Close, Pocklington
  • Re-widening of parking bays on Market Street, Pocklington
  • Removal of taxi rank on Railway Street, Pocklington

Email From ERYC

NB: My FOI request was incorrectly answered.

—– Original Message —–

From: Nigel.Leighton@eastriding.gov.uk

To: info@island-man.co.uk

Cc: Tina.Holtby@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk ; Mike.Featherby@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 3:03 PM

Subject: Re: Pocklington Parking Ticket Shame

Dear Mr Strangeway

Thank you for your e-mail below.

I will ask our Licensing team to take a report to the next Licensing Committee to seek approval to consult on the removal of the rank. This process will take up to 3 months to complete depending on objections received.

With regard to the figures supplied on how many PCNs have been issued to none Taxis parking in the taxi bays, I can confirm that the figures supplied to you under the FoI Act were for all taxi ranks in the East Riding of Yorkshire and not just the two parking bays in Pocklington. I apologise if the FoI officer has misunderstood your request.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Regards
Nigel Leighton
Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services

Posted in Campaigns

Pocklington Parking Ticket Shame

Under the Freedom of Information Act I asked East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC):

“Under the FOI Act could I request information with regards how many PCNs (Penalty Charge Notices/Parking Tickets) have been issued to none Taxis parking in the Taxi bays for each of the last six years.

In addition could I request to be informed how much has been raised for each of the last six years from these PCNs.”

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As this is only two parking bays the response I received surprised me:

“East Riding of Yorkshire Council became responsible for Civil Parking Enforcement from November 2011 and the requested information is not available prior to that. Information is available from November 2011 to the end of April 2015.

The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for parking contraventions in taxi ranks together with the value of those PCNs paid is detailed in the table below.”

Calendar years Nov – Dec 2011 2012 2013 2014 Jan – April 2015
Number of PCNs issued 25 67 92 62 34
Value of PCNs paid £560 £2,205 £4,305 £2,765 £1,085

In three and a half years ERYC have made £10,920 from issuing fines for two parking bays.

To Be Considered

  • I believe Pocklington only has a traffic warden two days a week. How much would they have raised if the traffic warden was full-time?
  • ERYC reduced the width from 2m in 2013 – this has made it impossible for motorists to park in the bay.
  • The taxi rank has not been used for years.
  • There are questions as to the legality of the road signs (this is currently the subject of a complaints procedure).

Conclusion

ERYC clearly have no intention to remove a taxi rank that is not required or make the parking bays 2m wide so that motorists can park lawfully as the current situation raises considerable finance for ERYC.

Email To ERYC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: nigel.leighton@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 2:39 PM

Subject: Pocklington Parking Ticket Shame

Dear Nigel,

Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/pocklington-parking-ticket-shame/

This is a disgraceful situation. I request that ERYC take immediate action to remove the taxi rank that is not required and widen the parking bays to 2m wide which is required.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

http://andystrangewayukip.com/

 

Posted in Campaigns

Personal Disappointment – Team Joy

Although I was disappointed to finish fourth in the Wolds Weighton Ward election (the top three are elected) I was humbled to receive the support of nearly 2,000 voters. I would like to thank all those who voted for me and everyone who help me in my campaign.

Please rest assured that I fully intend to continue my work as a public servant and doing all I can for UKIP. Wherever I see injustice I will do what I can for the public good. When I am approached to help I will help whenever I can. I do not need to be a Councillor to do that which is right.

Team East Yorkshire

Team Joy

UKIP Team East Yorkshire had a fantastic election. Our Parliamentary vote increased by 300% and three of my fellow candidates are now Councillors.

Posted in Campaigns

East Riding Flags Welcome TDY

The Tour De Yorkshire has highlighted the success of two of my campaigns. One person can make a difference.

Campaign 1

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To prevent the Yorkshire flag being sold in a pastel blue instead of the Pantone 300. The campaign involved communication with the major importers to stop imports of pastel blue Yorkshire flags. The vast majority of those flags on display where Pantone 300.

Campaign 2

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To establish an East Riding flag. The East Riding flag was on display across the East Riding. This was noted and discussed on BBC Radio Humberside.

Posted in Campaigns, East Riding, Flags, Yorkshire

Conservative ERYC Ignore Unlawful Tory Actions

The Conservative controlled East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) have turned a blatant blind eye to the breaching of the Road Traffic Act by the Conservative party. The Conservative Party have breached the Road Traffic Act by causing an obstruction of the public highway (this includes footpaths) by erecting a campaign sign outside their office in Beverley fully over a footpath.

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Tory controlled ERYC have clearly turned a blind eye as the said breach is opposite the main entrance to County Hall.

Complaint To Nigel Leighton, Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: nigel.leighton@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:12 PM

Subject: Complaint – Conservative Party Sign

Dear Nigel,

Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/conservative-eryc-ignore-unlawful-tory-actions/

Following on from our conversation this morning with regards the unlawful Conservative Party sign opposite County Hall could I please register a formal complaint against the Conservative Party for breaching the Road Traffic Act?

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

 

Posted in Campaigns, East Riding of Yorkshire

Market Street Parking Fiasco Continues

While in Pocklington this morning I inspected the new markings for the parking bays which are now back to the original 2 metres in width. Shop keepers on Market Street pointed out to me, that for reasons unknown, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) had made it into one long strip of parking instead of the previous situation of individual parking bays.

Market Place Pocklington

This has resulted in less parking spaces for cars as everyone can witness. So who authorised this and why?

Denise Flint Email

As can be seen from the emails above this decision was made by Denise Flint, ERYC Assistant Engineer, Traffic and Parking and Pocklington Town Clerk Richard Woods. How they can possibly believe that this would create more parking spaces is beyond me!

Complaint To ERYC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: Customer_Services/ERC@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:56 PM

Subject: Compaint – Market Street Parking Fiasco Continues

Dear Sir/Madam,

Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/market-street-parking-fiasco-continues/

As myself and local shop keepers have witnessed the loss to parking spaces I would like to register a complaint with ERYC for making such a ridiculous decision.

In addition I request that the individual parking bays are remarked as before to maximise parking.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

Posted in Campaigns, East Riding of Yorkshire

Pocklington Taxi Only Disgrace

As parking in Pocklington is always an issue why have East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) dedicated three parking places on Railway Street for taxis when there has been no taxi rank in Pocklington for an estimated 30 years?

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Complaint To ERYC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: Customer_Services/ERC@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:49 PM

Subject: Complaint – Pocklington Taxi Only Disgrace

Dear Sir/Madam,

Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/pocklington-taxi-only-disgrace/

I would like to register a complaint with ERYC for the waste of three parking places in Pocklington town centre for an estimated 30 years when there is no taxi rank.

I request that these parking places are made fully available for general parking by removing “TAXIS” and the yellow line at the earliest opportunity.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

Freedom of Information Request To ERYC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: foi@eastriding.gov.uk

Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:49 PM

Subject: FOI Request – Pocklington Taxi Only Disgrace

Dear Sir/Madam,

Could I please refer you to https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/pocklington-taxi-only-disgrace/

Under the FOI Act could I request information with regards how many PCNs (Penalty Charge Notices/Parking Tickets) have been issued to none Taxis parking in the Taxi bays for each of the last six years.

In addition could I request to be informed how much has been raised for each of the last six years from these PCNs.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

Posted in Campaigns, East Riding of Yorkshire