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Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s tier one contractor Hitachi Energy will begin to transport electricity transformers from Hull to the project’s East Riding convertor station site near Cottingham from May 8.


The transformers will travel from Albert Dock, Hull via A63, A1034 and the A1079. The size of the transformers requires the use of abnormal load vehicles. There will be four deliveries during the month of May, expected to be made on the mornings of 8, 15, 22 and 29 May, with each delivery taking up to six hours, dependent on the conditions.


Rachel Lawrence, Community Engagement Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:


“While we will do everything, we can to minimise disruption during these deliveries, it is it is possible some journey times may be slightly longer than normal and we would ask the public for their patience as we carry out this critical work.


“Our contractors will be working with officers from Humberside Police to ensure the transportation is carried out safely and securely, and with minimal impact on the communities close to these roads. Delivery of these transformers is an important milestone for the construction of our infrastructure in East Riding, which will be home to two of our three convertor stations for the world’s largest offshore wind farm.


“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing patience and understanding of the communities in this area as we build the infrastructure that will help the UK to reduce carbon emissions and create a secure electricity supply for 6 million UK homes.”


The transformers will be delivered on specialist girder frame trailers provided by UK firm Allelys. The trucks will be more than 58.2 metres long and 4.75 metres wide and will travel at approximately 10 -15  miles per hour. To support the delivery the team has worked with contractors and local highway officials from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to carefully plan the route and minimise disruption to road users. The specialist girder frame trailer will have a police escort to help manage traffic and make the process as smooth and safe as possible.


Overview of the route:

The delivery convoy consisting of the abnormal load vehicle, police and support vehicles will leave the Albert Dock in Hull and make its way westbound, along the A63 to join the A1034 at South Cave heading north. The convoy will then join the A1079 at Market Weighton, heading east until the outskirts of Beverley, where the vehicle will turn south remaining on the A1079 and is expected to arrive at the convertor station site entrance, located between Beverley and Cottingham in the afternoon on the specified dates.


The transformers will play an integral role in the operation of two onshore convertor stations in East Riding of Yorkshire that are currently under construction at the A1079 site between Beverley and Cottingham. Eventually they will convert the current from the wind farm for transmission via the national grid network to millions of UK homes after the renewable energy has made its way under the ground from the landfall point at Ulrome, between Bridlington and Hornsea.


Details of further transformer deliveries in 2023 will be communicated nearer the time.


Hospital rules remain in place

as national ‘Plan B’ restrictions lift

Some national ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions are being lifted from today, but patients, staff and visitors are being reminded that there are no rule changes on the Hull Hospitals sites.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is still caring for more than 100 inpatients with Covid-19 right now, and as local community infection rates remain high, people are being asked to continue with Covid-19 precautions to protect patients and safeguard hospital services.

Patients and visitors to all hospital sites, including Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, should continue to:

Wear a face covering inside all hospital buildings
Attend appointments alone (a limited number of exemptions apply, e.g. a parent with a child, or someone caring for a loved one with learning disabilities or advanced dementia)
Wash or sanitise hands regularly while on hospital premises, and
Practice social distancing wherever possible
Up to 1 in 3 people may have the Covid-19 virus without any symptoms and still be able to infect others, so it is recommended that a lateral flow test be taken and a negative result produced before attending any of the hospitals.

There are also no changes to ward visiting restrictions, which will continue in their current form for the time being.

Full details on the current visiting guidance and exemptions can be found at www.hey.nhs.uk/visiting

Patients and the public are asked to be polite and cooperative if asked by staff to comply with any of the above rules. Abusive language or aggressive behaviour towards NHS workers will not be tolerated. 



Triple glazing rogue traders targeting East Riding residents

Residents across the East Riding are being warned to be on their guard following a number of reports of rogue traders cold-calling at properties offering to install triple glazing.

The warning comes from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s trading standards team who have received a number of complaints including from one homeowner who was persuaded by cold-callers that recently-installed double glazing needed replacing while another paid in advance for triple glazing only for the work not to be carried out.

Now trading standards officers are offering advice to residents who may be approached by cold-callers not only offering triple glazing and claiming the current double glazing needs replacing but anyone who offers work or services on the doorstep.

People should:

• be very wary of any salesperson that asks for a large deposit or full payment up front
• be suspicious of any firm that offers to do work in a short time scale as reputable businesses are usually very busy
• if the double glazing at the property is relatively new, check with the original installer as if there is a problem as they may have a legal responsibility to put the issues right
• ensure any replacement windows and doors conform to current building regulations. If the business is not a member of a competent person scheme such as FENSA or CERTAS, it is the homeowners responsibility to apply to the local authority for building regulations approval
• check with FENSA or CERTAS that the trader really is a member of their organization
• check online reviews
• ask for identification – all qualified and reputable installers should carry photo ID and will be happy to show this
• get three quotes from different providers and compare prices and work
• get recommendations from family, friends and neighbours
• contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service for legal advice on 0808 223 1133.

Councillor Kerri Harold, portfolio holder for public health and tackling inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would urge all householders across the East Riding to think carefully before agreeing to any work, parting with any money or giving any sort of information to cold-callers.

“People need to think about whether the offer seems genuine or if the salesperson is pressuring them into making a quick decision. If the offer seems too good to be true, it usually is.

“Reputable firms are happy to give customers some space and time to think before agreeing a contract for goods or services and in most cases householders have the right to cancel contracts agreed at home within a statutory 14-day cooling off period.

“However, difficulties can arise when the work has already been done and/or the householder has already paid as it can be almost impossible to get a resolution.”

For advice or to report any concerns about cold-calling or other trading standards matters, you can contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133.


Road improvement scheme for Cottingham early in the new year
A £450,000 road improvement scheme for Cottingham is due to begin early in the new year.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is due to begin work along Thwaite Street starting on Monday 10 January.

The work will involve road surfacing and footpath improvements and is due to take five weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Kerbing and channel works will be carried out on weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 8am to 5pm, with temporary traffic lights in place.

Road resurfacing works will be carried out on evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6pm and 11pm, under a temporary road closure.

During the evening works there will be a signed diversion route for traffic via Newgate Street, Baynard Road, West End Road, North Gate and New Village Road.

The work will be carried out by council contractors PBS Construction (NE) Ltd.

Residents are being informed that vehicle access to homes will be restricted during evening road closure work for the safety of road users and the workforce.

The council and the contractor will be consulting with affected residents and businesses.

Cllr Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “We would like to thank the area’s residents, businesses and motorists in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.

“The majority of the work is being carried out in the evening to try to avoid problems for traffic.

“Residents will see the benefits of the new road surface and the paths when all is complete”


Keeping in touch with hospital patients over Christmas and New Year

As we approach Christmas, we understand that relatives and friends will want to stay in touch with loved ones spending time in hospital. We appreciate the current visiting restrictions make this difficult but would like to present a few options for how you can keep in contact over the festive season.

Our hospitals are very busy right now and so for this reason, where possible to do so, we would encourage you to keep in contact directly using personal mobile phones, bedside communication systems, tablets or other devices. This will enable you to message or speak to your relative or friend at a time to suit you both, and enable our doctors and nurses to continue focusing on the clinical care of their patients.

Patients are permitted to charge personal mobile devices on the wards and if their admission to hospital was urgent or unexpected, a relative is able to drop off essentials for them at the ward which could include a phone or tablet charger. Please ask a member of staff if your loved one needs help to charge their device.

If your relative does not have a mobile phone or device, perhaps doesn’t know how to use one or is too unwell to do so, the Trust’s Pastoral and Spiritual Care Team is offering a free messaging service while visiting restrictions remain in place. Simply email your message and a few details about the patient, and the team will aim to deliver it in person to your loved one within one working day, Monday to Friday. Full details can be found on our website.

If there is a Hospedia bedside entertainment unit where your relative is being cared for, you can either call through directly to them (charges apply) or your relative can use this to telephone you – all outgoing calls to mobiles and 01482 numbers are free of charge. Full details can be found on our website.

Some wards may be able to access iPads to enable patients to communicate with loved ones via video calling. However, the number of iPads available is somewhat limited. To enquire whether this is possible, please contact the Senior Nurse or Ward Clerk on the ward/unit/department where your relative is being cared for in the first instance. All requests to use the iPads must be made to the Trust’s Digital Nursing Team by a member of staff on the ward. Please note that it will not always be possible to accommodate every request, and we apologise in advance should this be the case.

Again, to reduce the risk of infection and to free up staff time for clinical care, we encourage family and friends to communicate directly with patients in hospital using either the Hospedia bedside units or their own mobile phones, tablets or other devices.

If you need to telephone the ward for status updates on your loved one, we kindly ask that this is limited to just one call from one nominated family member per day, and that family member then shares the update with other relatives and friends as appropriate.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this difficult time.


Residents and businesses warned to beware of bogus waste collectors this Christmas

Residents and businesses in Hull and the East Riding are being urged not to fall victim to bogus waste collectors this Christmas and New Year.

The festive period can see a rise in criminals calling door to door – or advertising more on social media – offering to take people’s rubbish away, sometimes at a cheap price. But, all too often, the rubbish ends up dumped at the side of the road.

It can be more tempting to accept offers at this time of year, because of the increase in Christmas waste.

But enforcement officers at Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have joined forces to encourage residents and businesses to do the right thing and say ‘no’ to bogus collectors - and instead dispose of their rubbish properly and lawfully.

Residents and businesses have a legal ‘duty of care’ to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly – either in household bins, taken to household waste recycling sites or given to registered waste collectors.

If any dumped waste can be traced back to the owner, residents themselves could be the ones facing large fines – from a £400 fixed penalty, to an unlimited fine or even a prison sentence as well as being ordered to pay clean-up costs.

To help residents and businesses make sure they use proper, registered waste collectors, they are asked to follow the SCRAP Code:

Suspect – Beware of rogue waste carriers. Reputable companies don’t usually make direct approaches or cold call. If in any doubt as to whether someone is legitimate, don’t allow them to take your waste.
Check – Ask to see their waste carrier registration details and verify them by checking the online register at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle they use.
Refuse – Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
Ask – Always ask what’s going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
Paperwork – Make sure you get a proper receipt containing the written information for your waste and the person’s details. This should include what has been removed and where it will be going.
Cllr Chris Matthew, portfolio holder for environment and climate change at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “We are urging residents and businesses to follow this advice because we don’t want people to fall foul of bogus collectors.

“There can be a rise in this activity during the holidays with unsolicited collectors cold-calling or advertising their services on social media, so please be vigilant.

“Both councils take a tough stance on fly-tipping and we will continue to investigate every report we receive – but we need the public’s help to stop fly-tipping from happening.”

Councillor Rosie Nicola, portfolio holder for environmental services at Hull City Council, said: “Not only does fly-tipping cost councils a lot of money each year to remove and dispose of, but it also uses resources which could be focused on other essential services.

“By uniting councils across the Hull and the East Riding, we can tackle this issue effectively and quickly.

“My main message to residents is always ask anyone offering to take away your unwanted waste for their registration documents. Remember, if something seems too cheap to be true, it almost certainly is.”

To report any incidents of fly-tipping, or suspicious activity, residents are urged to contact the following:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

Contact the Streetscene Enforcement Team at 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping

To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/recycling

For the council to collect unwanted bulky items, search for ‘bulky waste collections’ on the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk

Hull City Council:

Contact the Environmental Enforcement Team on 01482 300 300 or online at www.hull.gov.uk/fly-tipping

To help identify and locate persons caught fly-tipping on camera please visit: www.hull.gov.uk/environment/environmental-crime/caught-camera

For further details on household waste recycling centres visit www.hull.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres

For collection of bulky household items call the council on 01482 300 300 or visit www.hull.gov.uk


Visiting restrictions at Hull’s hospitals

in response to new variant

Visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill is being restricted to exceptional cases only from this week to reflect global concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is stopping all visiting to patients except specific cases approved in advance by senior ward staff as national and international concerns mount over the increased transmissibility of Omicron.

Visiting will only be allowed for exceptional cases which must be agreed in advance with senior nursing staff such as patients at the end of their lives and patients with dementia or learning difficulties.

Birthing partners will be able to attend when a woman is in labour, to visit antenatal and postnatal wards and to attend antenatal appointments such as scans. One parent will be able to visit children in our paediatric wards and both parents as co-care givers on the neonatal intensive care unit.

All other visiting will be halted from tomorrow (Wednesday). All visitors who are given permission to attend must take a lateral flow test (LFT) before attending and confirm they have done so when attending the ward. A LFT should be taken before every such visit.

Chief Nurse Beverley Geary said: “Our duty must be to the patients in our care and we must do everything we can to protect them from the threat of Covid-19.

“We know the vast majority of the public understand that our patients are already vulnerable and catching the virus could have very serious – and indeed deadly – consequences for them.

“We are not introducing this step lightly. We know it distresses relatives and the patients themselves when they can’t have visitors.
“But we must do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to address the risk of this specific variant until the world understands more about the danger it poses.

“We thank the public in advance for their understanding and reassure them that restrictions on visiting will be eased as soon as we are sure our patients will be safe.”

In response to the Government’s tightening of restrictions, face masks must be worn by all staff, visitors and patients on hospital grounds as well as when they enter any hospital building.

All members of the public should stay away from hospital if they are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.


New Real Time Passenger Information Screens at Cottingham Green

Two of the busiest bus stops in the East Riding will now benefit from real time bus information thanks to new information screens installed by the council. The screens are situated on either side of the road at the busy Cottingham Green bus stops.

Using a signal sent directly from the bus, they predict the arrival time and display this information to waiting passengers, meaning passengers will be able to check with greater accuracy what time their bus will arrive. They can also display messages if there are delays or road closures affecting bus services. This versatile system will allow accurate and up-to-date bus information to be provided to residents in Cottingham.

north_bound.jpgDuring the pandemic, the screens will play an important role in displaying up-to-date timetable changes as services are revised during the lockdown to reflect lower passenger demand. The screens will be instrumental in getting messages out to the general public, displaying the most up to date COVID-19 safety guidance and tier status for our residents. This will be an ongoing process and the displays can be changed quickly, keeping up-to-date with the most recent guidance.

They join the other real time passenger information screens recently installed by the East Riding at Beverley and Bridlington bus stations. All the screens are capable of displaying on-screen advertising alongside bus timetable information, giving local businesses and organisations the chance to promote their messages to passengers waiting at both bus stops.   

Colin Walker, group manager of transportation services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Having seen the success of the screens at Beverley and Bridlington bus stations, plus similar screens elsewhere, we are delighted to have completed the installation of the screens at Cottingham Green.

“We know how important it is to keep passengers as up-to-date as possible when using the bus services so we hope the new screens are a real benefit to the bus users coming in and out and through Cottingham. Given the positive response to the screens we hope to roll them out to more locations around the East Riding in the future, allowing more of our residents to benefit from this information.”



Skidby Mill volunteers need material to commemorate

the 200th anniversary of the mill – can you help?

skidby_mill.pngEast Riding of Yorkshire Council’s museums team are looking for photographs, documents and stories ahead of a special exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Skidby Mill later this year.

Said Dr. David Marchant, museums registrar with the council:  “Our volunteer team are currently hard at work researching events both local, national and international that took place in or around 1821, the year that Skidby Mill was first constructed. The main focus of the display, however, is to look at some of the events in the mill’s history over the past 200 years and to tell the stories of some of the people who worked there. To that end, we’d like to find more photographs, newspaper clippings, artefacts or just stories about relatives that relate to the mill.

“Our last exhibition sadly had to be virtual only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the mill is currently closed to the public under government restrictions. However, we are very much hoping we can open this display to the public in May. Otherwise, we will put the display on our website initially and open physically at a later date.

“Due to current restrictions on visiting sites, material needs to come to us by post or digitally at present. Whilst we are happy to receive donations, if people would prefer to loan items then we can copy photographs/documents and return them in the post.”

The display is due to open in the first week in May and will last for 12 months.

Dr.David Marchant can be contacted on 01482 842889 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Covid 19 Testing information, and links to referral portals

In the fast moving situation regarding Covid 19 and  the related testing eligibility, we in the Covid 19 Testing cell wish to share the following information with you as an employer.  We also want to make you aware of the links which can be used to access either the Employers Referral Portal or the Self-Referral Portal in relation to staff being able to get access to one of the testing routes. The following links gives all information around eligibility for testing and ways of accessing a test.  This link is updated each time there is a change, so can be referred to on a frequent basis.


1   Self-Referral

For individuals to refer themselves


2   Employer Referral

Employer Referral Portal (see attached guidance document)


Employers wishing to gain access to the portal in order to refer staff should email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coronavirus Testing Helpdesk:   0300 303 2713

For help & advice:  www.gov.uk/coronavirus-get-tested


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.”


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


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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