Rick Seymour

Crazy Streets

This thought-provoking video, shows the dangers with crossing the road in New York at a busy “intersection”. It quotes a scary statistic that 4 people are killed on the roads every day. It is interesting to watch the video and you can almost hear the people scream “I’m walking ‘ere”.

Finally … a dentist in Morecambe

Today I received a letter from the “Dental Access Service” (based in Blackpool) after being on the NHS waiting list since June. I’ve now not been to see a dentist for over 6 years, having moved around the country. As each dentistry service is localised I ended up joining the list in an area at []

Police use of rubber bullets call by Morecambe MP

I would like to thank Morecambe’s The Visitor for featuring my tweet, following Morecambe & Lunesdale David Morris MP‘s comments encouraging the use of “non-lethal” weaponry by the police. I replied via Twitter with – Would you support @lancspolice when a member of public dies after being shot in face by police bullet [Link to MP’s Parliament []

Left Wing libertarianism

Historically I’ve always considered myself as a liberal thinker and politically motivated myself through the following ideology “That anyone can do anything so long as it does not negatively affect the life or dreams, or paths of anyone else”, a classic libertarian view point. However, a true libertarian would apply that ideology to the interaction []

£500 Council spending data decreases transparency

Since January 2011 local government expenditure over £500 has been released on a  monthly basis. Nottingham City Council is currently the only council choosing not to comply with this “guidance”. My argument is that whilst transparency from local councils is a good thing, I believe that £500 spending data hides a huge proportion of the []

Lancaster Council spend per department 2010

Please note the data below comes from spending data released as part of the Public Right of Inspection period (July 2011) to cover financial period 2010/11 and does not include internal costs such as wages, pensions etc (external costs only) Department Name Total Property Services 6191344 Financial Services 5739670 Environmental Services 5533901 Council Housing (HRA) []

Contracts issued by Lancaster City Council in financial year 2010-2011

Lancaster City Council tenders for contracts over £50k. Contracts under £50k are not listed as they only require 3 quotations from interested parties. You can request to view any of the contracts below by contacting Lancaster City Council finance department or going into town hall. Please leave your comment below ….which contracts would you like []

Council spending data with Google Refine

Google Refine is a desktop database/spreadsheet application that allows filtering and merging of large datasets. Using this application with local council spending information reduces inconstancies and allows more accurate filtering and assessment of data. For example, Lancaster City Council began releasing its £500 spending data in November 2010 and to date there are 2783 entries. []

Heysham Medical Centre – Discharge of Travel Plan conditions

Heysham medical centre is designed to replace the existing facility on the opposite side of Middleton Way. The land has been cleared but has been left vacant. Original planning application for Heysham Medical Centre (09/00668/FUL) Discharge conditions application 15 – Disabled Parking Although I would not object to a reduction in the number to 10% []

Heysham South Wind Turbine Farm by Banks Renewables

Banks Renewables are putting in a planning application to build three wind turbines on farm land north of Middleton, close to the electricity pylons and the A683, and are 1km from Windermere Park estate & Middleton An assessment tower (60m) has already been approved is is currently operational A full planning application for the 3 []

Django – In development – settings and views

This is a quick way for a Django site to display an “In Development” message. It is not designed to be “secure”, so make sure you have a disallow * in your robots.txt file to ensure urls aren’t guessable. urls.py Place at the top of urls.py (then include subsequent additions with “urlpatterns+=”) if settings.DEVELOPERMODE: urlpatterns []

Executive, Director and Senior Pay at Lancaster City Council

Below is a snapshot of top pay at Lancaster City Council. It shows those directors, senior officers and heads of department who earn over £50,000 per year (without expenses). Name Job Title Salary Mark Cullinan Chief Executive 107060 Heather McManus Deputy Chief Executive 77321 Richard Tulej Head of Community Engagement 61857 Mark Davies Head of []

Objection to residential conversion on Common Garden Street Lancaster

This is an application to convert the offices above 13 Common Garden Street, Lancaster (Marsden Building Society) into a “House of Multiple Occupation”. I object to these plans. Planning Reference: 11/00259/CU Access to the flats would be to the rear. This Google Streetview shows the access. http://j.mp/iPURyn There are clearly issues with an unlit alley []

Objection to plans to convert Cuba nightclub Lancaster into a walkway

This is a copy of the objection I submitted to Lancaster City Council planning department/committee regarding the internal demolition of (unused) Cuba nightclub (opposite Dalton Square), creation of a walkway to Mary Street and the creation of 3 new shops. Planning reference -11/00415/CU & 11/00416/CON Please link to this post with – http://j.mp/lu2ndR Significant number of vacant []

Lancaster City Council spending Twitter Robot

Today sees the launch of a Twitter robot that takes Lancaster City Council‘s spending data and makes it available for ANYONE to search to see what the council is up to and where YOUR council tax is going. www.twitter.com/CouncilSpending You don’t need to follow it, simply tweet:- @CouncilSpending “Capita Symonds” and you’ll get back just []