All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News and TRADER w/e 15 Jan 2000


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I want to ride my Bike!!!

Hospital Bugged!

Council Rents Up

£6m protest

Seafood and eat it!

Burglar in a flap

Smoke but no fire

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Sales Inflation

Amputated Arm - Crushed

10 year Health Plan

£20,000 Facelift

Puppies Abandoned

Alison, the 80-tonne 'mole'

50 mile trip to burgle house

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"Many Youngsters just drop their bikes outside.....

"It is always disappointing when a small group of....

"Quite often all you need is an interruption......

"It was a good turnout - it was something different......

"He has just been to the launch of Ben and Jerry ice cream.....

""Scarborough is a wonderful location because......

"We have had one of our staff, Sharon Warren, doing nothing else but.....

"Before January's quarterly bills have hit the carpet, a cheque is.......

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I want to ride my Bike!!!

A leading Scarborough police Officer is urging owners of new bikes to be on their gaurd after a spate of thefts in the town.

Inspector Malcolm Smith said at least five machines had been stolen over the weekend in the usual post-Christmas run of thefts .

"Every year we get lots of reports of stolen bikes after Christmas when they all still look nice and new and are worth more," he said.

The latest thefts include:

A yellow BMX, worth £50, from outside Wineways, Edgehill Road, Scarborough.

A Carrera mountain bike, worth £400, from the back of Tricolos, Newborough, Scarborough.

A Raleigh Max mountain bike, valued at £250, from the garden of a house in Dean Road, Scarborough.

A Silver Muddy Fox Alulite mountain bike, worth £500, from outside shops at Newlands Park Drive, Newby.

A dayglo yellow Y-frame Specialised Extreme, worth £2,700, from the garden of a house in Newlands Park Drive, Newby.

Inspector Smith gave a final word of warning to cycle owners to check their insurance.

"These days bikes can cost a lot of money and many insurance policies may not cover the full replacement cost. It is definitely worth checking it out," he said.

Anyone with information on any of the above stolen cycles can contact Scarborough Police on (01723) 509352.

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Hospital Bugged!

Planned operations have been cancelled at Scarborough Hospital because of the flu bug.

Scarborough NHS Trust has announced it was suspending all waiting list operations for at least the next two to three weeks so it can cope with the large number of patients being admitted with flu-related symptoms.

But spokeswoman Gilly Collinson said emergency and urgent operations would not be affected.

Health chiefs say medical admissions have increased by 50% on a normal winter. Last week(w/e 8 Jan 2000) there were 370 patients compared with an average of 260.

Ms Collinson said: "Most of the flu patients are very ill and need alot of care."

 

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Council Rents Up

About 5,500 Scarborough Council tenants face a 5.1% rise in rents from 1 April. The move would mean rents rising to £28.62 for a bedsit and £62.34 for a four bedroom modernised house. The council's housing services committee will be recommended to approve the increases on Monday(17 Jan 2000).

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£6m protest

Protesters have pledged to fight on to stop the controversial plans to develop the Montorosa site, even though workers have begun clearing the area.

Harrison Developments, the company that owns the site, has permission to put up a new complex for elderly people on the site currently occupied by a maze, a crazy golf course and a car park.

Objectors from the South Cliff Conservation Group have fought the development every step of the way, and hope a last-ditch move over rights of way may halt plans.

But the company has decided to go ahead with the initial work on the site, including the removal of a number of trees on the site, pending a possible public inquiry.

The protesters latest moves centre on at least two routes across the site and they are not happy with initial plans to reroute them round the outside of the area.

A spokesman for the group said: "The whole point of these rights of way is that they are a short cut. The suggested new pathways just take the long way round."

Harrison sent its own workers and a team of tree surgeons to work after calling in an official from Scarborough Council's Planning department to supevise the marking of the trees it is permitted to fell.

A spokesman for the tree surgeons said as well as a number of trees, they were also taking out the shrubbery along the Esplanade.

 

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Quotes......

"Many Youngsters just drop their bikes outside a house or shop and expect it to be there when they come out even just a few minutes later. But that is all it takes,"

Inspector Malcolm Smith, of the Scarborough Police Force, on Bike thefts over the post Christmas period.

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Seafood and eat it!

The heritage of the local fishing industry could be celebrated in a spectacular two day Sea Festival later this year.

Plans have been unveiled for the event to give a shot in the arm for troubled seafood and fishing trade.

The National Fishing Exhibition of the fisheries Co-operatives (UK) Ltd conference and exhibition will see hundreds of industry big-wigs in Scarborough at the beginning of September.

The forum wants to take advantage of their presence by organising the festival at the same time.

Events could include seafood cooking demonstrations, an appearance by a celebrity chef, a seafood market, and various other events.

Fishing forum bosses are proposing to use the West Pier car park for the event on 2nd and 3rd of September.

 

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Quotes......

"It is always disappointing when a small group of protesters attempts to prevent a development which will benefit so many people."

A spokesman for Harrison, the Malton based construction company with planning permission to build replacements for the Dulverton Hall home for retired clergy and Montrosa care home,when asked to defend his company from protestors with banners trying to stop development on the Esplanade

 

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Sales Inflation

Scarborough's newly-appointed town centre manager Margaret Inglesant said the town had "ended the 20th century on a high note".

"Council car parks have shown an increase, although figures are not yet available, and the Brunswick Shopping Centre operated at capacity levels every day of Decemberwith a 12% increase on last year," she said.

National figures released earlier this week by the British Retail Consortium revealed sales were up by 2.9% on last year. Bill Whittles, manager of Boots in Westborough, said it was infinitely better than other years."

Ivor Davies, manager of Debenhams in Westborough, said the store was running its biggest ever half-price sale this year.

"We've had an exceptionally good Christmas and we're very pleased how the sales are going."

 

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Quotes......

"Quite often all you need is an interruption like a telephone call and, as you answer, the pan can be forgotten."

Robert Webb, North Yorkshire Fire Safety Manager - Divisional officer, adding his thoughts after a fire in Eastfield was found to have been caused by a chip pan.

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"It was a good turnout - it was something different, I enjoyed it,.....I was a bit nervous but you've got to get practice to be perfect. It's something we will do again"

Paul Ingle, IBF World Featherweight champion and local hero, when asked how 'An Audience with Paul Ingle and Friends' had been for him. The event was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round and he shared the stage with Barry McGuigan.

 

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"He has just been to the launch of Ben and Jerry ice cream at the American embassy in London and told reporters it was good, but not in the same class as what he gets in Scarborough"

Giulian Alonzi, of the Harbour Bar ice cream parlour on Sandside - South bay, Explaining why he was sent a certificate from Michael Winner stating Alonzi's the best ice cream in the UK.

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Amputated Arm - Crushed

Surgeons have amputated a Scarborough man's arm after it was crushed by a reversing lorry.

Frnacis Bayes, 41, was at work at Playmakers UK,in Eastfield, when the accident happend.

He was rushed to Scarborough Hospital where surgeons performed emergency surgery, just before 3.30pm on Monday(10 Jan 2000).

Today(13 Jan 2000) doctors at the hospital described his condition as "comfortable and stable."

Health and Safety Executive officials have been informed and an investigation is under way.

Bosses at the firm, which imports toys, say the incident shocked and upset staff.

Mr Byaes , of Ryefield Road, Eastfield, had been waiting to load an articulated lorry from the distribution company Palletline, of Lincolnshire.

Nick Palin, company secretary for Playmakers UK, said the incident happened when the lorry reversed into a loading bay.

He said: "We were all very upset by it but things are getting backto normal now."

A second worker in the bay managed to jump clear.

Mr Bayes had been with the firm for less than a year.

Mr Palin confirmed the the company had notified the Health and Safety Executive but said he was confident there had been no breach of health and safety rules.

The investigation will be carried out by Scarborough Council, acting as investigating authority.

Andy Skelton, head of environmental health at the council, said: "We are in the early stages of what is likely to be a fairly lengthy investigation."

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10 year Health Plan

Scarborough Health Trust has uneiled a 10 year vision for the upkeep of its £60m estate.

It includes a new hospital development zone which will be created on vacant land to the north west of Scarborough Hospital.

The area would be capable of taking a number of new, single-storey buildings, built as necessary in phases over the next decade.

Trust director John Wane has drawn up a six-phase plan incorporating the £4m first phase currently under development, which is being funded by the regional NHS Executive.

Also incorporated this year is a £650,000 modernisation of the Accident and Emergency department.

Mr Wane said: "The strategy aims to provide the Trust with modern, high quality and efficient buildings."

"In concidering the estate, St Mary's and Cross Lane Hospitals have been excluded because the former is to be disposed of and Cross Lane is no longer managed by this Trust."

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£20,000 Facelift

Both cars from the cliff lift running from St Nicholas Cliff to Foreshore Road, Scarborough, were removed yesterday to be given a £20,000 facelift.

Scarborough council is splashing out on the lift, which was first used 80 years ago.

Traffic was stopped as a crane was brought in to lift the cars from the tracks and enable workers to carry out the refurbishment.

Graham Price, the council's head of property services, said: "It's a routine overhaul and something which we carry out every five to ten years. We will be repainting the cars, probably dark green, with some gold highlighting."

Scarborough Council operates one other cliff lift at the Spa, which is the oldest of its kind in Britain and first began carrying passengers in 1875.

The lift was bought by the local authority six years ago, and has been plagued by problems.

In September 1998 a group of pensioners were on board the lift when it slipped more than 20ft and crashed into the buffers at the bottom of the track. Several pensioners were taken to hospital.

The other Cliff lift in Scarborough, which is run by Central Tramways company, runs from near Olympia Leisure on Foreshore Road up to the Panarama Cafe.

It first began operating in 1881.

The council also formerly ran a cliff lift in the North Bay, near The Corner.

It was dismantled nearly two years ago and transported to Launceston in Cornwall.

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Puppies Abandoned

Homes are urgently needed for 11 puppies abandoned in Scarborough and Whitby over Christmas.

The puppies are in temporary foster homes run by Whitby Dog Rescue Service.

The charity also has 16 young adult dogs to rehome, which are being kept in kennels in Whitby.

Chair Mararet Young said: "We are absolutely desperate. Most of our dogs are passed on to us by the Scarborough dog wardens and we are overrun at the moment."

All the dogs are fully vaccinated and spayed or castrated before being rehomed.

For information contact Mrs Young on (01947) 600162.

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Alison, the 80-tonne 'mole'

An 80-tonne tunnelling machine called Alison will be sinking her teeth into a £30m sewer project to clean up bathing waters off Scarborough.

The 80-tonne 'mole' arrived in town yesterday and will be used by Yorkshire Water to cut a tunnel 330 metres long and nearly 9ft in diameter.

It will take two months to dig, but before the machine can start work it has to be lowered into position down a specially constructed shaft.

Once in position, a team of 16 miners will work round the clock constructing the tunnel from north of Scalby Beck at Burniston Road to the Scalby Mills work near the Sea Life Centre.

The project is part of Yorkshire Water's £120m Coastcare programme to improve sewage treatment along the East Coast.

Project manager Martin Barran said: "The tunnelling work is one of the most difficult parts of the project and relies heavily on the experience of the miners operating Alison.

"The tunnel will house two sets of pipes, one taking away untreated sewage to the new works and the other carrying the treated effluent away, together with an air duct."

Why Alison? Miners believe any machine not given a womans's name will be dogged by bad luck, so Alison has been named after the wife of the project manager in charge of the tunnelling.

 

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50 mile trip to burgle house

A key found in a handbag which was stolen in Middlesbrough was used to break into an address in Scarborough.

The address of the house in Norwood Street was also in the bag.

Goods worth £3,500 were stolen and the haul included a Hamman Kardon amplifier, two speakers, a Sony 22inch TV, a Toshiba video recorder, DVD player, camcorder, Sony Playstation and computer system. Police said the owner was "extremely unlucky"

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Quotes......

"Scarborough is a wonderful location because there are so many different types of areas to film in"

Mike Hobson, Dalziel and Pascoe(TV detectives on the BBC) locations manager, When asked why they will be in Scarborough from Mon 17 Jan 2000 until Tues 22 Jan 2000.

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Burglar in a flap

A would-be burglar shoved his head through the cat flap of a house in Hoxton Road, Scarborough - and came face-to-face with the occupant.

Police say the offender unscrewed the flap and was trying to crawl through when he was seen by the homeowner and forced to flee.

The man is described as about 20, with dark-brown cropped hair and wearing a black puffa jacket.

He was accompanied by a man wearing a grey woolly hat.

A power drill, aMikita cordless drill and a Bosch screwdriver valued at £250 have been stolen from the Scarborough Council depot in Dean Road. All are marked SBC ELECMECH.

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Smoke but no fire

Passers-by called the fire brigade when they saw smoke coming from the side of the Grand Hotel.

Two fire engines went to the scene at 1:30pm on Tuesday(11 Jan 2000), and firefighters found workers burning old wood and leaves beneath the tram that runs down to the beach.

Immediately afterwards firefighters went to the Millenium Experience in Sandside, where an automatic fire alarm caused a false alert.

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Quotes......

"We have had one of our staff, Sharon Warren, doing nothing else but clean our chandeliers for almost four months."

Donald Stewart, Manager of the Royal Hotel, Talking about the £2m restoration plans to give back the Scarborough hotel its former glory.

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"Before January's quarterly bills have hit the carpet, a cheque is winging its way to the mail order firm. All this and you have still to make it past the rows of seedlings displayed like sweets in superstore outlets, always positioned so that packs mysteriously appear in your shopping trolley on arrival at the checkout......Oh, and you haven't visited the garden centre yet........"

Ron Womack, gardening writer for the Scarborough Evening News, on the pitfalls of reading glossy seed catalogues etc......to the avid gardener.

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Apt Name

Mike Salt, Newly appointed general manager at the Sea Life Centre.

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All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News and TRADER w/e 15 Jan 2000