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Maintenance work about to begin on Hull Bridge Viaduct at Tickton

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be carrying out major maintenance works on the Hull Bridge Viaduct on the A1035 at Tickton.

The work will start on Monday, 11 December 2017, with a planned completion date of early October, 2018.


Principal engineer Mike Ball explained : “This work is necessary because the bearings which sit beneath the ends of the concrete support beams of the bridge have reached the end of their working lives. We will be replacing each of the several hundred bearings with a new one.

“In order to do this safely and with the least disruption to road users as possible, we will be constructing a support system beneath the bridge which will allow us to do the work whilst traffic continues to flow above.

“We will do our best to minimise noise and other disruptive aspects of the work as much as possible. We do however ask motorists to bear with us as there will inevitably be times when this will be difficult. This is most likely to happen when we will be doing work during the night for short periods.

 “Nearer the time, we will let people know when this work is planned to happen via the media and social media.

“The council would like to apologise for any disruption or delay in advance and we thank motorists for their patience and understanding whilst these essential maintenance works are carried out".

 
 
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Ice and snow on the roads - drivers urged to take care


Drivers in the East Riding are being urged to take extra care this week as temperatures drop and wintery conditions bring sleet/snow and ice across the county.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Winter Services spreaders will be out treating the precautionary road network with rock salt this evening before temperatures plummet.


As the week progresses the spreaders will be out around the clock to treat the network to ensure the roads are kept as safe as possible for the travelling public, who are urged, as ever, to drive in accordance to the prevailing conditions.

But rain and sleet expected tonight in the Wolds may cause added problems, washing away the salt and making the road surface slippery despite the treatments in place.

So the council is urging motorists to take extra care and is issuing advice to drivers to help them stay safe.

Mike Featherby, the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “Our gritting teams will be out in force tonight and over the next few days to make the roads as safe as possible.

“But because of the icy conditions and expected snowfall, drivers do need to take extra care, plan their journey in advance and allow extra time for travel.”


The council is issuing the following advice to help residents drive safely during winter conditions:

In difficult conditions, plan your journeys:


- Check weather forecasts and travel information

- Do not drive unless you absolutely need to

- If possible, tell someone when you expect to arrive

- Make sure you are equipped for your journey with warm clothing, food, a torch, a shovel, water, boots, a hazard warning triangle and a fully charged hands free mobile phone.


Driving on ice and slush:

- Drive slowly using the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin

- Manoeuvre gently, avoid sudden braking or acceleration

- When slowing down, get into a low gear as early as possible and allow your speed to reduce using the brake pedal gently

- Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Remember, in these conditions it can take 10 times longer to stop than on a dry road.


Driving in winter sun:

- Dazzle from the winter sun is an underestimated hazard. Carry sunglasses to help reduce the glare.

Driving in fog:

- Drive slowly using dipped headlights or fog lights

- Do not drive too closely to the vehicle in front

- Do not speed up if the fog suddenly lifts, it drifts rapidly and is often patchy.

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Flog It! at Hull City Hall

BBC antiques series to be filmed at venue in January


Flog It!, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin, will be holding a free valuation day at Hull City Hall on Thursday, January 11.

The BBC production recently transmitted its 1000thepisode and the 17th series is currently being recorded. The show regularly achieves an audience of more than two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.
 
Members of the public are invited to come along to Hull City Hall with up to three antiques or collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and a team of experts decide whether an object is filmed and if it gets sent to Golding Young Auctions in Lincoln for inclusion in their sale on Wednesday, January 31.
 
Everyone who goes along to the valuation day will receive a free appraisal of their items – even if their antiques are not chosen for filming or to go forward for auction.
 
Flog It! has made many significant finds over its 17 series including, in North Lincolnshire, a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a viewer’s wardrobe before being brought along to a valuation day — it went on to sell at auction for £30,000. Flog It! experts also discovered an unusual Royal Doulton Spook figurine in Blackpool which had been bought at a car boot sale for £2 – it went on to sell at auction for £5,000.
 
Presenter Paul said “It’s great to be bringing Flog It! back to East Yorkshire. I’m so pleased to be getting another opportunity to share this part of the world with our viewers. We always receive a warm welcome whenever we come to the county and I’m hoping plenty of people will take the chance to bring along their items to show us.”
 
The BBC will be making four editions of the show featuring Hull City Hall and they will be transmitted within eighteen months of recording. Paul Martin will be joined at the valuation day by on screen experts Caroline Hawley, Nick Hall and David Harper.
 
BBC Flog It! will be at Hull City Hall between 9.30am and 4pm on Thursday, January 11 2018. The items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Golding Young’s saleroom in Lincoln on Wednesday, January 31 2018.
 
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Cottingham Civic Hall – saved!!

On Tuesday 17 th October, the East Riding Council Cabinet agreed to the transfer of
the Civic Hall and Council Offices to Cottingham Village Trust. Details still have to be
agreed and the actual transfer will take place early next year.


Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign during the last year and
ensured its success.

Now we know that we will be running the Civic Hall next year, and for many years to
come, we need to fundraise seriously. Our next fundraising events are -

November 26 th take part in the Zumbathon in the afternoon
December 1 st Hull Ladies Choir Carol Concert
December 15th our Christmas Carol Concert (with audience participation)
January 26 th Beautiful Couch
Come and enjoy an evening out in your own Civic Hall!

Katrin McClure
Cottingham Village Trust
www.cottinghamvillagetrust.org.uk


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East Riding Photos Picture Archive puts the past online


The East Riding Archives Service has a new website, called the ‘East Riding Photos Picture Archive’ (www.picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos) which allows users to browse historic photographs of towns and villages across East Yorkshire and order high quality prints that they can frame and put up in the home.

In partnership with Max Communications Limited, the website showcases a sample of photographs from the vast collections at East Riding Archives, available in a range of size options, with the largest being 20” x 16”.

The website’s launch comes as part of an ongoing initiative by East Riding Archives to provide more services online for its customers.

Archivist Sam Bartle said:  “The online vintage prints service really helps bring history into the home for our customers.  Many people feel a strong connection to their local area and its heritage, and this website allows them to celebrate that connection by decorating their homes with fascinating images from the region’s past.”

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, added: “We tend to think of archives as being something locked away in a vault that we need special permission to see, and museum exhibits as closely guarded treasures, kept at arm’s length by glass screens and cases.  So the notion of having a piece of history in our own homes has tended to be quite unconventional, until now. This new website is an excellent new initiative.”

But East Riding Photos Picture Archive is not just for people looking to add some vintage class to their home; these historic images are also perfect for adorning the walls of any local business premises:

“The variety of size options, and the range of local places covered on the website means that cafes, pubs, restaurants and other businesses can also make use of the online prints service to lend a vintage look and feel to their rooms, giving customers and staff a real sense of place,” explained Sam Bartle.

People can browse by place, dates, theme, or even use a map which has the location of each image pinpointed onto it.

The website also features historic images of Scarborough and Hull, making great souvenirs for coastal tourists and visitors to historic Hull in its year as UK City of Culture.

The website can be found at www.picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos

 
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Residents urged to cut back hedges and trees to avoid causing obstructions


East Riding residents are being reminded to trim their own private hedges and trees which overhang paths and roads to prevent them from causing an obstruction.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement team said overgrown vegetation can become a nuisance or even a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers if it overhangs, obstructs or blocks visibility on the public highway.

This is a particular problem for individuals with prams and pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, who need a clear pathway of adequate width to pass.

Visibility for traffic around junctions is also especially important, so any vegetation which obscures traffic signs or blocks street lights needs to be maintained by regular trimming back.

Last year the council dealt with 280 reports of overgrown vegetation.

It is hoped that a reminder to residents will reduce this number, prevent accidents and help keep the East Riding looking tidy.

The streetscene enforcement team will first approach residents with a polite request to trim overhanging vegetation but, if no action is taken, it can serve a 14-day notice requiring the work to be carried out.

If all warnings are ignored, the council will do the work itself and recover all expenses from the resident.

The council is not able to offer this as a service to residents. The cheapest solution is for residents to cut back the greenery themselves, ask someone they know to do it or employ a gardener.

The council’s grounds and forestry teams trim vegetation on council and public land.

Councillor John Barrett, portfolio holder for operational services, said: “It’s important that paths and roads are kept clear for everyone to use without any obstructions.

“Overgrown hedges and branches can force pedestrians out into the road and can even cause injuries to people.

“So home-owners, tenants and land-owners need to be aware that the responsibility lies with them and we are encouraging them to take appropriate action if they own overgrown foliage.”

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Funding available to


increase home security



A pot of money is available to certain residents across the East Riding to help them minimise the fear of crime by increasing their home security.


The safe and sound scheme, run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, allows people who may be vulnerable, to apply for additional home security measures such as additional locks for doors and windows, door chains and window alarms.

To qualify, applicants must be aged 60 or over or disabled and be a home owner, private sector tenant or housing association tenant and the combined savings of everyone living in the household does not exceed £5,000.

The scheme is not available to anyone who is a council house tenant.

Successful applicants will be entitled to a free home security assessment and the fitting of any security measures.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would urge those who are eligible to apply for the safe and sound grant to do so.

“The scheme will help improve their home security, which in turn will help them feel safer in their home and community.”

For more information, or to request an application for email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone (01482) 396380.

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Dog owners warned over bogus microchipping websites



Dog owners updating their pet’s microchip details online are being warned to check the website they are using is genuine after a number of bogus sites have been discovered.

The bogus sites came to the attention of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog warden team after they issued a notice to a dog owner informing them they were breaking the law as the details on the microchip were not up to date.

The owner informed the dog wardens they had paid around £15 to update the details via a website found online via a search engine.

Enquiries were made which showed the owner had made a £15 payment to a website claiming to update microchip details but the changes had not been made.

The information was passed to the council’s trading standards team who, after further investigation, discovered there are a number of websites in operation claiming to update microchip details, taking a fee and then failing to make the necessary changes.

The law states that all dogs must be microchipped and the information kept up to date otherwise the owner could face prosecution and all dogs must be registered on one of the Government-approved databases:

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “All dog owners have a responsibility to keep the details on their dog’s microchip up to date.

“In this case, the owner thought they had done the right thing by updating the details online but had fallen victim to a bogus website.

“So not only did they lose the £15 fee and were almost prosecuted but they are also leaving themselves vulnerable to identity fraud as they would have put all their personal details onto this website which could compromise their own security.

 “There are a number of bogus websites in operation so I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant and to make sure any sites they are using are approved by the Government.”

For more information go www.eastriding.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped


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Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111

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