Dear Parish Clerk Under the Freedom of Information Act may I have a copy of all communications between Hemingbrough Parish Council and the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group (or whatever name/s have been used) between 1st January 2010 and the end of November 2013 and all written background or briefing papers and similar concerning that Conservation Group produced by anyone including but not limited to Selby District Council for Hemingbrough Parish Councillors or Clerk/s, and the last two month’s meeting minutes of the Conservation Group, please? I do not need copies of any other Conservation Group minutes or the two versions of that Group’s Constitution that you sent recently however I would like your confirmation that the Constitution “adopted 13th day of October Two Thousand and five” that was attached to that Group’s letter to the Parish Council dated 15 April 2009 was correctly dated by the Conservation Group, and that Hemingbrough Parish Council was not notified of the changes affecting its rights before that April 2009 date or if it was then the date when the Council was formally advised of the changes. I am willing to receive the information by email or in hard copy form, whichever is more convenient for you and will reimburse the Council for all reasonable copy costs as soon as you tell me the amount incurred. Thank you.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Posted by Greig Markham at 19:52
It looks like there is positive support for a new memorial to the 1914-1918 conflict and even the suggestion that the corner of Hagg Lane Green could be appropriate as Councillor Roland Chilvers was the founding Member of the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group and he seems to be the main patron with support coming from sales of his latest book.It’s just a shame that people were inhibited by the thought of putting comments in a box in the village shop. That what happens in a village with warring factions at the Parish Council. They never know who is watching them. They should get out of the village more often, and I don't mean going to Selby and as far as Driffield!
Posted by Greig Markham at 11:58
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
at St. Mary’s Church, Hemingbrough must have displeased and disturbed the ‘Anony-mouse’
Cowardly Sssssssssssssssssssnake early last week. I received another one of its readily
identifiable, second-class, anony-mouse letters on Thursday morning.
usual, Sssssssssssssssssssnake targets particular Hemingbrough Parish
Councillors who are also Hemingbrough United Charities Trustees, Hagg Lane
Green Conservation Green Members and people visibly supporting St. Mary’s
Church. Here is a specimen of its
“Well the Sunday remembrance service was a
turn up for the books. how dare hypocrites like McCann and Senior attend what a
disgusting turn of events for them to be in that service when they appose the
support of a memorial. One thing though the McCann “witchy poo” was ...... .........
........... . ... ............ .......... .................. . .. ... ... ... ...........
............. . ........ .... ...... . .. .. . ...... ..... .... ..... ..... ......
..... .... .... ........”
of the Hagg Lane Green Group it hissed “I
am certain there are many skeletons in the cupboards there, let me know,
.............. See you soon – Snake in
that the Cowardly Sssssssssssssssssssnake has replaced its vituperative ‘HEMINGBROUGHPARISHCOUNCIL
and village watcher’ web site with a different one it must be convulsed with
bile and almost bursting with hatred for it to ask me to convey its bitterness. Only a Gutless Snake would concern itself
with and comment on the reasons for church attendance.
how the Sssssssssssssssssssnake’s usual peasant writing style was affected by
whatever news it heard.
it be that St. Mary's Church has just turned down the proposal for a cenotaph or other
memorial on Church of England ground? If
so, why not erect it at Hagg Lane Green on the corner of Hagg Lane and Hull
Road. I would support that as long it is
not similar to the Chilvers and Strelczenie ‘Welcome to Hemingbrough’
am not interested in the Hagg Lane Green ‘skeletons’; I don’t publish anything
until I have it verified and will not repeat the majority of the Snake’s bile -
just enough for you to know what kind of creature slithers amongst us along Main
I image the Sssssssssssssssssssnake capitalises on the lack of gonads
amongst the Neutered Mute Newts – I think we would have a better village if they were
replaced on the Parish Council by their partners.
Can’t they put something in their teas and coffees?
Someone at St. Mary’s Church, Hemingbrough must have displeased and disturbed the ‘Anony-mouse’ Cowardly Sssssssssssssssssssnake early last week. I received another one of its readily identifiable, second-class, anony-mouse letters on Thursday morning.
As usual, Sssssssssssssssssssnake targets particular Hemingbrough Parish Councillors who are also Hemingbrough United Charities Trustees, Hagg Lane Green Conservation Green Members and people visibly supporting St. Mary’s Church. Here is a specimen of its poison,
“Well the Sunday remembrance service was a turn up for the books. how dare hypocrites like McCann and Senior attend what a disgusting turn of events for them to be in that service when they appose the support of a memorial. One thing though the McCann “witchy poo” was ...... ......... ........... . ... ............ .......... .................. . .. ... ... ... ........... ............. . ........ .... ...... . .. .. . ...... ..... .... ..... ..... ...... ..... .... .... ........”
Speaking of the Hagg Lane Green Group it hissed “I am certain there are many skeletons in the cupboards there, let me know, .............. See you soon – Snake in the grass”
Now that the Cowardly Sssssssssssssssssssnake has replaced its vituperative ‘HEMINGBROUGHPARISHCOUNCIL and village watcher’ web site with a different one it must be convulsed with bile and almost bursting with hatred for it to ask me to convey its bitterness. Only a Gutless Snake would concern itself with and comment on the reasons for church attendance.
Note how the Sssssssssssssssssssnake’s usual peasant writing style was affected by whatever news it heard.
Could it be that St. Mary's Church has just turned down the proposal for a cenotaph or other memorial on Church of England ground? If so, why not erect it at Hagg Lane Green on the corner of Hagg Lane and Hull Road. I would support that as long it is not similar to the Chilvers and Strelczenie ‘Welcome to Hemingbrough’ monstrosity.
I am not interested in the Hagg Lane Green ‘skeletons’; I don’t publish anything until I have it verified and will not repeat the majority of the Snake’s bile - just enough for you to know what kind of creature slithers amongst us along Main Street.I image the Sssssssssssssssssssnake capitalises on the lack of gonads amongst the Neutered Mute Newts – I think we would have a better village if they were replaced on the Parish Council by their partners.
Can’t they put something in their teas and coffees?
Posted by Greig Markham at 16:56
Monday, 18 November 2013
Reply to yet more nonsense:
Dear Parish Clerk,
You did not cause “confusion” when you wrote to me as your statement was absolutely clear “ .... at the discretion of the Chairman the letter was not read out and it was agreed that no further action would be taken on this”. That is why I challenged the Parish Council in general and Chairman Drew in particular.
Now you have yet another version of what happened! Can residents believe anything you write? Furthermore, I challenge the actions you describe now.
By right, residents can address the Parish Council at the Open Forum or in writing on any matter that is of concern to them. Councillors are supposed to be concerned with residents not just their own internal back-biting, bloc majority voting and making so far unexplained, unilateral decisions about such important events as a village memorial for the 1914-1918 War with no more than a tup’penny tinker’s toss for anything residents may think.
I chose to write to all Hemingbrough Parish Councillors on behalf of a number of residents about a website that is well known to them – the site was called HEMINGBROUGHPARISHCOUNCILandvillagewatcher.
The ‘anonymous’ author’s bile was almost exclusively about the two warring factions that make up Hemingbrough Parish Council and people associated with them for more than three years.
Councillor R. Chilvers was publicly associated with that scurrilous website by leaflets that appeared in the village recently. A number of residents are seeking an unequivocal assurance from Councillor Chilvers as outlined in my letter to all Hemingbrough Councillors.
Your latest explanation that the issue did “not concern the actions of the Council as a corporate body” is preposterous and disrespectful; the Council must address itself to matters of concern to and raised by residents.
We expect action - after all, any reasonable person, publicly identified with such a hateful site should be keen to give residents an unequivocal assurance that he or she had nothing to do with it, and that should be the end of the matter.
I assume you understand the issues surrounding any serving Councillor being associated with such a website.
??? From one Hemingbrough Website
Posted by Greig Markham at 19:48
Sunday, 10 November 2013
The Prime Minister encouraged us to commemorate the centenary of the 1914-1918 conflict in every corner of our country, from our schools and workplaces, to our town halls and local communities in a way that captures our national spirit. Our traditional way is to establish new memorials to the most consequential events in our history.
More than a year ago Hemingbrough Parish Council discussed a village cenotaph. In January 2013 Councillor Roland Chilvers declared himself as the proposer of this project and Councillor Jan Strelczenie declared his involvement with the project.
At the same, Councillor Kristina Wilkinson waltzed in to the Parish Council four months after her last appearance there and proposed that the Parish Council should NOT proceed with the initiative and this was seconded by Councillor Kenneth McCann.
Wilkinson and McCann were supported by the rest of the Hagg Lane Green Mute Newt Gang of Councillors Pickering, Harrison, Senior and Drew the Council Chairman so that was that by the usual majority of 6 or 7 to 4.
How can Wilkinson have known of the Council’s discussion and actions during her long absence? Was she wheeled in because McCann did not have the balls to make the proposal himself? Why didn’t Pickering, Senior or Drew speak up, rather than just silently vote? Harrison very rarely speaks at Council meetings. Why bother having Wilkinson back again; she didn’t bother turning up the next month!
No explanations, no minutes of the discussions assuming there were any, no offer to ask the residents what they may think, nothing but the sour allegation that Wilkinson and McCann will try to block actions that may reflect credit on Chilvers and Strelczenie as petty, playground revenge.
Credit must go to Chilvers & Strelczenie for not giving in to these two petty playground bullies with the numerically superior gang for now and for organising a survey of residents.
Posted by Greig Markham at 17:45
Friday, 8 November 2013
“If you say that making someone do something was like pulling teeth, it was very difficult and they did not want to do it.”
I only asked the Parish Clerk for a copy of the Hagg Lane Green Group Constitution in the Council files. When it arrived, it failed to include the names of the people signing it, even though it mentioned ‘the names below’. Either the Conservation Group failed to inform the Council, or the Council decided it would hide those names from me.
Now I know the Parish Council decided to hide those names from me as they were in the Council files. It’s not surprising given that four of ‘the names below’ are McCann, Senior, Harrison and Pickering, long standing Parish Councillors.
I know from my support of the Hagg Lane Green Gang to break the stranglehold of the Chilvers and Strelczenie families (otherwise known as ‘The Labour Party Gang’) on the last Parish Council that McCann has reminded his fellow Councillors often enough that they don’t need to give me even more ammunition by being deceptive, deceitful and lying. He must have forgotten his advice when he came back on the local Charity – more of that later.
Anyway, back to the Ammunition Store and the Dentist ........
Dear Hemingbrough Parish Clerk
I am confused by the attachments of your recent email. The letter from the Hagg Lane Group to the Council dated 15 April 2009 refers to "the recent Annual General Meeting" and the enclosed, amended Constitution for the Parish Council records. Was that attachment the (Hagg Lane Green) Constitution dated 13 October 2005, the later of the two you sent to me, or was there a later one, please?
Dear Mr Markham,
I can confirm that the letter from the Hagg Lane Green Group to the Parish Council dated 15th April 2009 was attached to the constitution dated 13th October 2005.
..... as the Parish Council are no longer the accountable body no further correspondence regarding this has been sent to the Parish Council. (Were Chilvers and Strelczenie the Council Chairmen then?)
Dear Parish Clerk,
"but as the Parish Council are no longer the accountable body"
Thank you for your two recent emails in response to my enquiries about the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group.
Could you send me a copy of the Parish Council resolution by which the Parish Council
c ceased to be "the accountable body" and
· surrendered all rights to "manage, preserve, enhance and conserve' that particular village green,
transferred those rights to an unelected group that includes four Parish Councillors acting in a private capacity and
g gave up the right, exercised on behalf of residents, of "the absolute power to require the (Conservation) Association to be dissolved such power to be exercised at the entire discretion of the Parish Council and to take effect notwithstanding the disagreement or opposition of the Association or its members."
Should your reply be delayed by your need to take legal advice, please let me know.
Posted by Greig Markham at 17:04
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Dear ***** *********
Thank you for your epitaphic ode on the demise of the cowardly Snake’s ‘anony-mouse’ and often deceptive blog with the idiosyncratic literary fingerprint.
A Website I published – I thought quite well
But as you all saw, I couldn’t quite spell,
The venom I spewed at you on my site
Some say was pointless, the others say sh*te
I hid behind the cover of my blog
But you all knew it was me, even the dog1
I contribute nothing to this or to that
In fact I am just an evil PR*T!
What's the Snake up to now? When a Snake slithers through the sh*t, it leaves an indelible trail. Is there a new, anonymous, local web site sitting on the same computer? Some might say the coding calls for an explanation and its no good changing it now!
1 When the cowardly Snake got carried away on a spume of bile, its poisonous blog included local references such as taking its little doggie to Hagg Lane Green and sending a Freedom of Information Act request to the Charity Commission about a Hemingbrough Charity and then misunderstanding the reply – although a charity is not subject to the Act, the Commission, as a public body, is subject to the Act, so it’s possible to get a copy of its correspondence – it’s just a matter of how the question is phrased.
Posted by Greig Markham at 20:46
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
What is it about people in Hemingbrough?
I abhor anonymous letters as much as I loathe anonymous web sites so whoever sent the “chuckle” letter that was maybe meant to amuse me had the opposite effect.
If you have something to say, stand up like an adult and say it clearly and loudly.
Posted by Greig Markham at 11:42
Monday, 21 October 2013
Hi. I liked your three signs. It was worth walking across the road to look at what they say. Actually, I think it was the ‘Three Stooges’ rather than Laurel & Hardy (here they are surveying the site) – two who did the stonework for this ancient, brick village complete with its own brick works, and the APOLOGIST who spoke for the other Mute Newts whining on and on and on about the nasty piece of work being on ground in Cliffe Parish so ‘we’ (Hemingbrough residents and Councillors) couldn’t do anything about it, until I proved to the tiny man that the Parish Council minutes showed it is Hemingbrough Parish Council that holds the licence from North Yorkshire C.C. for the nasty pile – so with some guts we could have a proper welcome sign at each end of the village.
Posted by Greig Markham at 15:44
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
I am pleased the Parish Clerk posted the September 2013 minutes on the Council website less than twenty-four hours after they were approved, thus honouring her commitment to me to do exactly that. I assume she has posted them on the village notice board today as well.
Why, why, why does it have to be this way? Why didn’t Drew or McCann ensure she supported their election pledge to put the residents at the forefront of their parish responsibilities? I wouldn’t give a tuppenny tinker’s toss for such a pledge from Councillor McCann and sometimes wonder if Drew remembers anything at all.
Yet again, the minutes show Councillors do almost Sweet F. A.
Seventy minutes in September, after just about 30 minutes in August. What did Councillors do in September? Confirm the accuracy of the record-breaking August meeting, listen to the Clerk saying she needed to follow up yet another letter about the Plasmor Footpath and contact Northern Powergrid about how many Hemingbrough Councillors are needed to adjust a street light, and look at a few planning applications.
Allotments, listen to Councillors’ reports, CEF funds for Parish Council sponsored events – NOTHING. How to commemorate the start of the Great War in 1914, new projects, preparing the pavements for what looks like it could be a hard winter – NOTHING. I wonder what time the first Councillor got into the pub. (The Snake will know).
I will be very interested in how the Councillors acted on the request for a minuted, unambiguous assurance from Councillor Chilvers about the disgraceful, anonymous web site with which he was linked when leaflets recently appeared on poles in the village. The Clerk needs to be accurate with her response.
In response to some residents’ comments about an earlier post (See below): I know it’s unbelievable, but there is more. It started even before I moved to Hemingbrough. Quite by chance I had two articles published in consecutive editions of ‘Down Your Way’, the Yorkshire Nostalgia and Family History Magazine and one of them mentioned I was moving to Hemingbrough. By one of those quirks of fate the magazine editor used a photograph provided by Chilvers to illustrate my article, for which I wrote and thanked him, even though I didn’t know him. It must have been like red rags to a bull, a ‘Southerner’, an ‘Incomer’ and a ‘Family Historian’ coming to Hemingbrough. Hell’s teeth!
I have been told by Councillors that Chilvers briefed them about me not long after I arrived (how did that come up on a Council agenda?) so his mania probably started long before we ever met. Chilvers and Strelczenie called at our house during our first week in Hemingbrough, probably to look me over. We recall one of his friends snarling “Southerner” at me not long after we arrived. If that silly little yokel believes in the superiority of Yorkshire men, he would do well to learn that I was born in Yorkshire and dragged up in the slums of Leeds where they don’t take prisoners. Southerner indeed!
I could have mentioned the Chilvers family telling the Parish Council they were to withhold money from the local Church because the Vicar asked me to help them out when they were in a mess, the Chilvers pantomime fall at the Parish Council when he accused me of kicking him, which I strenuously deny, although I was amused by the number of people who wanted to shake my hand for something I had not done, The ‘Goole Times’ telling me Chilvers had been touting his ‘Osama’ letter around for ages - the one signed by his wife - and how they wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole, and what they thought of him for doing it, ............. enough is enough to make my point.
Posted by Greig Markham at 20:34
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Who is responsible under Health & Safety Legislation if somebody falls in a stagnant pond or has an incident on the boardwalks? Who will protect and pay for action against material harm to the green under the Inclosure Act 1857 and the Commons Act 1876. Who will be responsible for the costs if a gang of people park their caravans there?
The Hemingbrough Parish Council papers are not clear. The Agenda always carries a standard topic “Hear reports from committee representatives: - Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group; Community Engagement Forum; etc.
The Council web site shows Councillors Senior and Harrison are the “Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group (Parish Council) Rep”(resentatives). Senior, I believe, is also the Chairman of a Hagg Lane Green Preservation Group that has its own constitution and is completely independent of the Council, and Harrison is a Member of that group (along with K. McCann and N. Pickering who are also Councillors) that has no accountability to the public.
The Conservation Group’s web site seems to be deliberately misleading in that it says the Group “is made up of Parish Councilors (sic) and volunteers from the community” which suggest to me that the Council has some responsibility for the Steering Committee – which it doesn’t!
So the Hagg Lane Green Gang of Councillors appoints one of their own who is also the Chairman of that independent Group to report back to the Council about how that Group is performing and whether the Council’s annual grant is actually being spent on what it says? You couldn't make it up.
Let’s see how Councillors Senior and Councillor Harrison fare when the Parish Council gathers each month to “Hear reports from committee representatives” about the
Hagg Lane Green Group activities and what interesting topics arise:
August 2013 Parish Council Agenda: Item 12a) Hear reports from committee representatives: (Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group;
August 2013 Parish Council Minutes: NO MENTION OF ANYTHING, NOT EVEN THAT THE ITEM WAS ON THE AGENDA. Did Harrison and Senior have nothing to report from the Hagg Lane Green meeting that almost always takes place two nights before a Parish Council meeting?
July 2013 Parish Council Minutes NOTHING!!!
June 2013, May 2013, Parish Council Minutes Nothing!!! (At the 2013 Parish Council AGM McCann (Vice Chairman) proposed both Harrison and Senior; Drew (Chairman) seconded both nominations.
April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013, Parish Council Minutes NOTHING!!!
December 2012 – Councillor Pickering advised that he had received very positive feedback on the Hagg lane Green Winter Wonderland and congratulated everyone responsible for the event – STILL NO WORDS FROM HARRISON AND SENIOR!!!
November 2012, October 2012, September 2012, August 2012, July 2012, June 2012, NOTHING!!!
At the 2012 Parish Council AGM McCann (Vice Chairman) proposed Senior, Drew (Chairman) seconded him; Senior proposed Harrison and Drew (Chairman) seconded her.
It seems to me that these Councillors are ******* around; there were NO REPORTS AT ALL from Senior and Harrison for Councillors to listen to in eighteen months.
Why does the Clerk not mention the official Agenda item in the minutes just because the Councillors have nothing to say, month after month after month?
It seems to me to be an incestuous relationship, so what are Councillors Chilvers, Strelczenie and the others doing about it? Presumably ‘The Mute Newt’ Councillors will keep quiet when something goes wrong and somebody has to pay?
So, who is responsible for the Hagg Lane Green common land registered by Hemingbrough Parish Council? The residents?
As we have seen, if they think nobody is looking, .......!
(P.S. While writing this post I have recalled that the Hagg Lane Green ‘Councillors’ are meeting presumably in readiness for the Parish Council on Thursday night where there will be NOTHING again for the other Councillors to hear from Senior and Harrison.)
Posted by Greig Markham at 20:45