Sunday, 6 September 2015

Billy Blog MP – The Unelected Frog – At your Service

Welcome To My Constituency Blog & Newsletter

Hello My name is Billy Blog MP the unelected Frog , MP = Magnificant Person. Welecome to my Constituency Surgery for Bradford !!! There are no boundaries here .  If you are fed up with sleezy councilors and MPs not answerring there phone or taking on case work whilst mean wages respectivey are 14 K per year or 50 K per year then you have reached the right place . We will  do the job for nothing !!!

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Friday, 4 September 2015

More Bad Smells In Bradford South Wibsey "Unfair" - Updated

Objections to the Taking Of Car Parking at Wibsey Fair

A Piece of Heritage Tradition and Social History being Disposed of 

Whats The Story ?

First of all this pieces of Green Space is on the Unitary Development Plan  as Public Open Space  and a defiined  Playing Field , it has also caveats associated with it by virtue of Charter Covenants are other rights

It belongs to our Children , To You and to its proud heritage and past being once a site where more than 100,000 miners rallied and Historic Fairs Traditionally occur

It does not belong to a local businessman operating some distance away and its curtailment of use of right should not be curtailed for commercial gain

It is also a Myth that a Car Park will solve any parking problems  given in any case the Council will be Charging for its use !!! a fact not widely made in public debate. Likewise there are in the main no shops in the vicinity 

In order to procede this matter as a Planning Matter the Council have first to apropriate the land or effectively change its use through a porcess of delegated powers under the Local Government Act 1972 . Thay most show unevicolly that there is no other alternative or other land uses are not avaiilable or in the alternative that POS is replaced befor it is taken in line wioth government direction

Which lease ???????????
Whart part of the Act ?? Land has many meanings within it ??
Duly Notified ???
How Much do we pay Ms Hemmingway ????  £178, 146.00
The meaning of Faiire as applied in Royal Charter. a note to the council Failing to administer a Royal Prerogative may carry a charge of Treason . Who in the council will be first to loose their head or hung  ???
Whether the showmans Guild was concsulted nationally not only locally ??
Why hjave objectors heard nothing from the council ?
What in lieu would be provided to replace that taken ??
Whether notional petions maded as part of a premature planning application some time previously to the order to apropriate are relevant to the legal merits and requirement of SS122
What authority does Andrew Smith (delegated officer in the recieving directorate) have to advise objectors not contateed by the council that the council would aproprate the land if they did not respond in 21 days.
On what basis did Mr Hartley fail to set out his reasons for signing  a document apropraiting the land of his own accord . and failing to keep objectors informed of the process as required within the meaning of the act
We would in any case like to see the notional petition of 1500 signatures we believe taken in the evening at local ale housess as a general statement ommitting the facts and the wording of it

UPPDATE HEMMINGWAY and PEARSON Gone ??? DWYER Property Solicitor retires  No longer with the Council Leader not so Green DAVID GREEN deselected maybe a spring clean or a new leaf by the CEO Kirsten England welcomed more to follow as the case has been sent to her as responsible CEO. Do we have a crisis on our hands

Link What You Did'nt Know

There should be a process of consultation relatig to the matter where all facts and parties can respond . To date there appears to be no report or document other than that relating to a a report derived from Bradford South Area Committee that did not circulate the matter to all effected by the change in Public Open Space but in fact restricted it to local in promimity with parking issues very clearly prejudising any consulattion process which in fact should have been about the loss of open space not the related planning matter

We have also made a clear request in the Context of 122 as to what Hemmingways view is to the historical term Fair and any extant Charter applied  We await comment but of course dont hold our breathe as this appears to be a busy lady alternating between 100 K plus roles as CEO and City Solicitor 

The report identifies an aledged petition headed by a Wbsey Businessmas with commercial Interest despit premises being some considerable distance from the site of Public Open Space  N = 1500 which is not visible to the public for scrutiny and alledgely referred to by the wrong ward title

A report of 59 signatories clearly opposing the Car park for very sensible reasons given including alternatives 

And finally the limited circular of 300 notices of which 12 responded Yes 10 responded No and 2 remained undecided another great testimony to Council Effort

Conclusion most definetly not an uneqivicol view

However A Planning application has been submitted 15/03960/FUL There a re a number of flawed issues also relating to this matter

Just A Little Bit ????

No Dont be fooled - removing Open Space would have the net effect of opening the site up for the suggested 80 or more spaces alluded to in a report for  request for further car parking

You can follow it here By Clicking on The Bradford Planning Portal Link and putting the 15/03960/FUL number in .. There are currently 12 Objections which whould take this to area panel so we can meet the Cronies . Please feel to enter your objection making sure that you raise valid planning objections see link here to follow

How a Traffic Officer can make a report that he has no objection to the proposal Re Design and Access when the entrance is within 4m of a major junction is concerning .. the link to Spec Savers is here 

How Are They Spending Your Brass ?

Did you know that since 2013 over a two year budgetary remit S Bradford Area Panel has sequestered 20K and 30 Know 75K  respectfully for a project that has not been decided by a legitimate planning process or Fully Comp[lete Legal Procedure a Little Biassed Woulnd nt You Say

However the disturbing thing about this money is that it could be money spent on Road Safety elsewhere for example a Pedestrian Crossing to faciliate parents and childrenn crsooing fenwick Drive onward to the Local Primary school of which there is no patrol or crossing point


Given no decision planing are otherwise has been made . Where is  this Money ?

At the meeting of the Bradford South Area Committee on 27 March 2014 a sum of £20,000 from the 2014/15
A further commitment of £30,000 in the 2015/16 financial year would facilitate construction of 28 parking

Its All About the Money , Money , Money 

Make no mistake South Bradford labour have again sold the people of  S Bradford out of their Green Space and Heritage on the bais of the old Myth Your dad vote Labour you vote Labour . In the matter of Wibsey fair the allocation of £80,000.00 and the opportunity to create a Revenue stream from Parking are the primary drivers for this issue - not the value and heritage of a long standing piece of History . There is no doubt that South Bradford labour is a party out of control, failing to recoognise the guiding principles upon which it was founded , driven by genrations of greasy  Cabinet Port Folio holders

Update 30th April 2016

We the objectors under  the process of apropraition have NOT been contacted b the council to exhaust all discussion on the views and matters related to the issue. Moreover the Holdling Directorate have presented information which is wholly at variance with legal advice given at various junctures . The Director Steve Hartley resolves to make a decision on Apropriation of his own accord which is contrary to the Councils Constitution - Wake up Steve - Your the Fall Guy - that would bne unlawful. For your information we have already contacted you , and you have not addressed the objections , we do not need to contact you again to tell you that we have objected !!! The meaning of Faire as designated on the Royal Charter has not been dealt with I assert a right to sell a  goose on accordance with the rights conferred

LINK to be added recent correspondence for the HOLDING DIRECTORATE

Link To Council Minutes

Upholding the Business of The Council ?

We have of course made Cllr Ralph Berry aware of the issue but he seems to have blocked the Tweet ?? Conduct Mr Berry !!!! we have also contacted   Dave Green Dave4Wibsey  Ha Ha ha !! on his own Twitter Feed for comment

Other Land Disposals

As readers of Billy's Blog amy be aware we have flagged very substantial anomolies on land disposal where South Bradford Labour have been intimately involved . In the matter of Woodside Playground at Brow Woods , we would certainly like to here the property Lawyers view as to why when it came accross his desk he did not apropriate it. Oh and by the way thats quite different to sending it back to assett managemnt to determine its value or its method of disposal 4.5 K per housing plot seems a bit on the low side to me !!!!!
What about the 50 Kgrant funding on the Site as A POS and Playground !!!

How Aproachable is your Ward Cllr ????????????

How Much Does He Get paid For Not Listening To You


Source Council Earnings 2014 

He is there to uphold the Council , its Values and Code of Conduct , and Ward issues for  the Bradford South Constituency ( see guidelines for Councillors using social media )

Petition Against  - 56 People

We the petitioners strongly disagree that extra car parking is necessary in this part of Wibsey village, or that local businesses are suffering loss of trade because of the lack of car parking. The proposed car park is in the wrong location and would not significantly benefit local business. Neither will extra traffic bring any benefits to the residents of Wibsey, but it would seriously reduce the quality of life. Our observations show that there is ample car parking available on from Fair Road, between St Enoch’s top roundabout and the fairground at all times and on all days, even at peak times. Furthermore, this proposal would increase congestion – not reduce it, it would increase air pollution – which is already too high in Bradford, therefore worsening health conditions, and increase restrictions for existing businesses and residents around the fairground. We believe it would attract car crime, increase litter and encourage unwelcome behaviour such as drug dealing. The village would lose a much-loved green space which is beneficial to our health and mental wellbeing, is used by many local people, and is the only local safe area for children to play. Once a green space is lost it is lost for ever. The charm and character of the village would be lost. Furthermore, we have been informed by estate agents that house values for those owners around the field will fall. There is no suitable place for a car park entrance or an exit without major alterations to existing infrastructure. The proposal for using artificial turf would create mud from churned ground where it is not used. There is no coherent financial plan for this idea and at a time of relentless Council Tax rises a proposed figure of £78000 is unacceptable and the people of Wibsey would not understand such irresponsible expenditure. It would be considered outrageous. We doubt the plan would self-finance and the cost would fall to the Council Tax payer. At a time of other priorities when people fear the loss of essential services and cannot even get the potholes in the roads repaired, and struggle to make ends meet, this proposal should be rejected. The solution to Wibsey’s problems is efficient public transport links, late bus services and dedicated bus route

The Petition For

The Petition in favour was largely promoted by the South Bradford Area commiteee to gain funding for the car parking project We have not seen the mysterious petirion of 932 people rising to 1500 people however we have had reports that this was something that was around in pubs in the evnening. We would like to see it given this is was a document that the council relied upon as a material consideration

The History


Bradford Observer
1864 October 13th Page 5 Column 4

Sunday being the finish of the Fair, the annual open air temperance meeting was held in the Fair Ground, Mr. Wm. Haigh, of Birkenshaw, presiding. A large concourse of people was brought together, and addresses were given by the following friends of the cause:- Messrs. David Wilkinson, of Wyke, William Sunter, of Bradford, Job Walmsley, of Clayton Heights, G. D. Allott, and Henry Haley, of Great Horton. A good impression was left upon the meeting.

1867 October 10th Page 3 Column 3


GAMBLING AT WIBSEY FAIR.- On Monday, at the West Riding Court, Bradford, Richard Ridings, who had been caught by Sergeant Slingsby, at Wibsey Fair, actively at work with a “spinner,” by means of which he was rapidly lessening the natives of their loose cash, was sent to prison for three months. Ridings has only just terminated a period of imprisonment to which he had been sentenced for plying his calling at Shipley feast.

1868 October 6th Page 3 Column 4


ANNUAL CATTLE FAIR.- The annual cattle fair at Wibsey, which was held yesterday, is one of the ancient institutions of this country, and its advent is hailed with intense interest by all classes, and its popularity is such that it is attended by farmers and cattle dealers in the surrounding district within a radius of many miles, and on this occasion, the weather being fine, the influx of visitors was much larger than usual. The show of horned cattle, however, was not so good this year, a cattle fair being held at Huddersfield on the same day, and the demand for all kinds, except for milkers and calvers, was exceedingly limited. The show of horses was a good one, and many changed hands, especially in draught horses. In the pleasure fair the attractions were numerous and seemed to be well patronised. On the previous day (Sunday) the crowds of people who were in attendance were lectured on the subject of temperance.

The Money

There is currently £ 60 - 70 K Budget sequestered on a year on year on basis from, the Cities Safer Roads Campaigns it is unclear how Car Parking will contribute to this from this reveue making scheme , whether it is wholly visble to the District Auditor under its ascribed use . Most importantly the Corpoarte Comittee report expressly identifies the reason for its imd iate apropriation to be undertaken to stop the funding being reallocated this is contrary to the Direct of S 122 of the LGA (1980 )   Balls up or Bollsover  ??

Theft of Playground -  Sticky Wicket

In the matter of a Play area at Woodside the council auctioned Land off without under taking the relevant process of Lawful Appropriation

The Council appear to have advised the LGO - Local Government Ombudsman, that this land has not yet been apropriated who in turn will not investigate because they believe the council have not completed the process and are in a position top so do,  THIS is not lawfully correct   the Land in question has been auctioned off to a private developer and the Lawful Act and Ommision has occurred the land has been disposed of Unlawfully and the constituents right to object lawfully prejudicsed under s122 of the LGA (1972)  There is some irony here as Labour Clr chronies refused to represent constituents contrary to council constitution

Intention to mislead has been deliberate throughout there is no doubt as representation on the planning file alludes to the process which must be undertaken and was not

Monday, 23 June 2014

Welcome to Our Newsletter - Whats Causing a Bad Smell in Bradford South ?

What kills A Skunk is the Publicity it gives itself . Abraham Lincoln .

The simple answer to that allegedly we believe is  the Nasty Party. So what makes this constituency so politically inbred and why Here are some of the insidious  tactics allegedly we believe that are currently employed. Of course it would be too much for the Councils complaints and scrutiny Committee to take on board as more often not you might find yourself chairing your own complaint

Don't Listen to point  of view of constituents we can point  to a number of examples where Comments in the T&A where removed from a great many n = 40 critical readers and residents of Bradford South . This is also mirrored by a number of constituents being blocked or removed from the South Bradford Twitter feed on the mention of basic issues such as Parking and Road Safety in Woodside PS where the only winners should be the youngsters who use it
Democracy at work You are blocked from following @bfdsouthlabour and viewing @bfdsouthlabour's Tweet WHATS TO HIDE ????The great thing about social media is the harder you try to hide something the easier it is to see

Negotiated Party Politics  See the  brag  Link (Just to exemplify ) , the Tweet was removed  It is alledgely our belief , from an undisclosed source in city hall party politics particular in Bradford is negotiated you stand here we wont stand there !!!! Billie stands for Justice everywhere .

The talking Head Trick  Why not court the local rag and journalists and have your thunbnail image attached to every article - its a great way to do nothing and a fantastic way to fool local constituents into thinking you are doing something

The Masonic Hall or did I mean City Hall ?? Alledgely We believe , and have substantive evidence to support the view , that  Council Officers are acting outside their designed role and code of conduct and restricting or limitting access as a result political favour . The City Solicitor is acutely aware of the issues as are the Electoral Commision 

Cry Wolf   This is an interesting and nasty tactic that Labour has played once too often Here are 2  examples

1. Constuency worker hanging up calls and when told that the matter would be referred to the Parliamentary Obudsman for complaint the term threatened was used

2.Another example when contacting the ward member some years by the partner also a councillor in another ward  refused to pass the call to the elected member for that ward . When indicated that the matter would be subject to complaint at the Councils Conduct and Scrutiny Procedure  despite talking for well over an hour then proceded via the minutes some weeks later of the planning panel to indicate he was contacted and threated by the principle concerned completly misrepresenting and twisting a scenario to deliberatley influence opinion . There is no doubt that the act constituted libel as the council unwarrantedly printed and published these minutes The principle tactic here is to Defame the reputation of good honest working people who hold a different point of view or ideal for the area in which they live

Club Class Find yourself a Football Club with a big fan base . A fairly idiot proof strategy unless you cock it up . Need I say more . It does nt stop there -  Friends of  Groups and Community Centres have bee used some examples include one in particular run by as a charity and hosting a Labour Group Conference

Mythology The old working class mythology " give us your hard working vote we represent ordinary working people "  - well this is a bit of outdated history maybe in the past .New Labour is more conservative than conservatives. Conservatives so unpopular to be unbelievable however their short comings are transparent and not insidious (no defense intended) Once again the danger of negoting wards is flagged and why it is important to take away the nasty legacy of deciding who should stand where to represent you - that is the role of the Voter and each ones own political view which any good person or party respects

Charity or Political Activism - See Charity Commision Guidelines Sandale Centre    

RCA _ Royds Community Association Anything but - A flagship of Labour  sustainable Regeneration which should have exitted in 2001 but persists as a rental company taken derivatives off the estate from the LHI Inrastructure that was given to the people of the estate ( Royds Business Park , Local Shops Village Centre et al ) Currently run by one individual who refuses to identify the CEO Salary Band and a committe selected by him ( not from the community ) A you scratch my back I;ll scratch your back atitude persists

Its NOT Clear Cut 

Its a close run thing Labour no longer enjoy the unequivicol support of the traditional working class vote with the advent of social media voters are more discerning in seeing who does what , why and how effectively

Royds Electoral Figures 2014

Top Ten Failures

Ed Miliband admits Rotherham child abuse victims were ‘terribly let down’ by Labour representatives

Top 10 Labour Scandals

Caution Weasel At Work 

Welcome to Our NewsLetter - Winning Votes - I think Not -

Democracy at Work - You are blocked from following @bfdsouthlabour and viewing @bfdsouthlabour's Tweets

Yes here is how Labour Operate when a truth is told Press Comments dissappear or Twitter Feeds Blocked  We dont want a Nasty party in the Royds Ward

Key Issues

  • Parking at the Local primary School
  • A proper crossing on FenwicK Drive
  • No Community Fees to use the Village Hall for local use Not as current £20 per hour
  • More effectiive use of the Village centre ensuring kids can have properly supervised facilities Table tennis , Dance and other activities

In this years election put a Local candidate in place Someone that knows and lives there and understands the needs of OUR community .


  • Someone that will answer there phone 24/ 7
  • Someone that will deal with constituents and not refuse to do so because they serve on Special port Folio Committees - that have been duly elected to represent you not a Special port folio
  • Some one that will represent local people and ensure they receive the right benefits and entitlements
  • Someone that will ensure that the estates of Buttershaw Woodside and Delph Hill have adequate health Care facilities
  • Someone that will improve basic facilities such as Bus Shelters , Elderly Care Bus Routes
  • Someone that will operate a food bank impartially not in exchange for your vote
  • Someone that does not twist or deny Truth and ensure local people are treated with dignity and respect
  • Someone who demand that Royds is given the same services and Budget as Illkley and Bingley and not accept second best
  • Help Get the Message accross by using your Facebook or Twitter Account. Its a complete myth that Labour are out to help working class people and prey on the mantra that you will be helped .
  • Play Area  Nr Brow woods - being TAKEN as developemnt when it has a justified use and was not as per due process included on the cities UDP as a Housing Site Allocation no assistance given by Ward Cllrs 
Response To Ward Counicllors  Continuied Failing 

As the person with strategic  responsibility for planning I don't get involved with specific applications as it can be perceived as undue inluence and in this case a conflict of interest.  The same would apply ot cllr Andy Thornton but Cllr Gill Thornton will be able to make representations on behalf of the community 

Absolute non sensene the people of this ward elected 3 ward councillors to represent them  and to which you have an obligation to so do . Are you saying that the constituents of this ward have only one councillor working for them . Where there is a conflict of interest it is your duty to declare it and take on your constuency work not preclude it because someone has their nose in a £35 K Special port folio 
salary .

Oh and by the way you opended the small playground subject of concern as deputy Lord Mayor which did not appear on the Cities UDP as a Hosing Allocation and which , at Great Cost to the tax payer of Bradford would become immediately Judicially reviewable when a developer lays the first brick

Contact Survey Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Contact Survey Bradford Metropolitan District Council All Ward Councillors 

We will be undertaking a random statistical Survey of all Ward Councillors in the City of Bradford of All parties  to determine how contactable Members actually are   The trial will use randomised and valid methods to determine whether are not statistically we have problems with Cllrs Not Undertaking Contact with constituents in all Wards in the District We will be reporting the findings in due course. Independent analysis using statistical tests and scientific rigor will be applied by independent parties A graphical representation of the overall performance will be posted here

Val -U- For Money ????????????

Figures From Bradford Council Link to Your Representative !!

How much Did They Earn 2014 ?

Clr Slater                  £    40,410.92

Clr Thornton             £    38,836.88

How much Did They Earn 2013 ?

Clr Slater                   £      40,486.14

Clr Thornton              £      38,599.39

How much Did They Earn 2012 ?

Clr Slater                   £      34,861.52

Clr Thornton              £     34,092.19

How much Did They Earn 2011 ?

Clr Slater                  £      27,695.57

Clr Thornton             £      30,795.73

How much Did They Earn 2010 ?

Clr Slater                  £      27,695.57

Clr Thornton             £      30,795.73

How much Did They Earn 2009  ?

Clr Slater                 £       29,863.18

Clr Thornton            £       28,562.22

How much Did They Earn 2008 ?

Clr Slater                  £        28,497.87

Clr Thornton            £        29,780.15

How much Did They Earn 2007 ?

Clr Slater                 £         28,168.24

Clr Thornton           £        12,124.27

Response To Ward Counicllors  Continuied Failing 

As the person with strategic  responsibility for planning I don't get involved with specific applications as it can be perceived as undue inluence and in this case a conflict of interest.  The same would apply ot cllr Andy Thornton but Cllr Gill Thornton will be able to make representations on behalf of the community 

Absolute non sensene the people of this ward elected 3 ward councillors to represent them  and to which you have an obligation to so do . Are you saying that the constituents of this ward have only one councillor working for them . ( and is currently deselected and campaigning in another Ward )  Where there is a conflict of interest it is your duty to declare it and take on your constuency work not preclude it because someone has their nose in a £35 K Special port folio salary .The volume of local casework would be small and not significant to defer your statutory duty

Oh and by the way you opended the small playground subject of concern as deputy Lord Mayor which did not appear on the Cities UDP as a Hosing Allocation and which , at Great Cost to the tax payer of Bradford would become immediately Judicially reviewable when a developer lays the first brick and Clr Thronton was responsible for a Funding bid subject of concern 

Do Nothing Gerry (Now Gone) Do Nothing Judith

The realisation that the ghosts of unhappy constituents are about to come back and haunt them at the next General election .. How easy in the past was it to rely on a Football Club or Friends of Group and a media outlet that would place  a thumbnail picture of a head next to a news story giving the impression your local MP was on the Case when really they were furthering their own Westminister career and leaving constituency work to lackeys and local councillors to deputise

A call to Sutcliffes Office last week yielded a rather frosty  response over a request for Gerry to put in writing what he had done to promote a long standing issue of access  in which a disabled relative was denied access due to the Council and Housing Trust failing to maintain land which is rather strange as lead management seem to follow him on Twitter

The irony of Labour failure is that Judith Cummins former Royds Ward Councilor left the Royds Ward and did nothing to resolve the issue - now she wants to come back as MP - No Thank You

On two ocasions the office worker hung up ( Bearing in mind this is a Publically funded Office ) and on the second occasion when advised that complaint would be raised with the Parliamentary Ombudsman twisted the issue to be that of a threat. This is a typical tactic of the Labour Group and not the first time it has been used to defease the character of constituents seeking representation . These cry Wolf tactics don't wash .

In  the era of social media we can now evident and demonstrate these shortcomings and show you the wider constituents of Bradford South how the system has operated in the past. More to follow

Below recent electioneering material being Blocked and consigned to the Wheelie Bin we normally recycle but I think Labour has past their sell by date . In the back ground the uncrossable green that no member of the Labour Party represented in 2006 so a terminally ill relative could gain access and that included the Not so New Judith Cummins who was ward councillor at the time and yes Did Nothing !!!

Dear Gerry 

I would like to take this opportunity for you to respond to a number of matters 

(i) Regarding the access and why over a significant period of time neither you or any ward councillor assisted with this problem see above some years on . ARTICLE  Planning Application relating to  SRB Funding  96/Reg Parking Properties 4- 50 Meadway Application

 For avoidance of doubt monies where obtained for carrying out this work which never appeared to be undertaken by the Council or the JVC joint Ventuire Company Royds Community Association 

(ii) In the 2005 General election we applied for a Village Green , we asked you to write a letter of support which you duly said you would do  3 weeks before the 2006 General election a constituency worker went to the Planning Office and obtained a petition of 1600 residents in favour of the Green and you sent election material to . 3 weeks after the General Election we asked again and you then informed your constituents that you would not do this , I wonder if you would care to explain to those people what you where playing at