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More free compost giveaways to be held in September

For the first time ever, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to hold a second round of free compost giveaways for East Riding residents.

The council will be handing out another 5,000 bags of compost during September, following the success of the regular, annual giveaways which are held in May.

Eight events will held starting in Beverley on Saturday 14 September, and continuing in Preston, Goole, Withernsea, Hornsea, Carnaby, Pocklington and Driffield.

As usual, residents are invited to go along in their cars to collect two free 15kg bags of compost.

Cllr Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic management, said: “These autumn giveaways are an extra little thank you to residents for their continued efforts in making the East Riding the country’s top recycler.”

As always, all the compost being given away has been recycled from the food and garden waste East Riding residents put into their brown bins.

The compost giveaways will be held on the following dates – please note the differing times for each venue:

Saturday 14 September 10am – Beverley, Beverley council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road, HU17 0LF

Monday 16 September 5pm – Preston, Holderness Academy & Sixth Form College, Station Road, HU12 8UZ

The giveaways will end when all the bags have been handed out on a first come, first served basis.

Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand for safety reasons.

All cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat, egg shells, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds can all be placed brown bins, and all the waste gets recycled into quality compost.

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KCOM joins forces with East Riding Libraries

to get people online


For those who need help using the internet or a few pointers on getting the most out of computers, tablets or smartphones - a new series of drop in sessions are being held at libraries across the East Riding aimed at helping people to improve their digital skills.

The free sessions at Beverley Library, Cottingham Centre and Hedon Centre are being jointly hosted by KCOM and East Riding Libraries and are open to everyone.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, said: “Digital skills are essential to get involved in the modern world, from booking holidays, to accessing learning, checking when your bin will be emptied, to renewing your library books – the digital world opens a lot of doors to information and opportunities, and potentially great savings of both time and money.

“We’re delighted to be working with KCOM for this project, and value their expertise in the digital field, and support at a time when funding is more limited for public sector organisations. These sessions help us deliver the digital goals we aim for within the library service.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services, added: “Developing digital skills has been at the core of East Riding Libraries and KCOM’s work to ensure everyone has the chance to access the opportunities and information they need. We recognise that partnership working is mutually beneficial and will reach a wider audience than just library users.

“The partnership working will engage people with community-based internet help sessions, offering digital skills as part of a wide-ranging package of activities that East Riding Libraries and KCOM offer.”

The sessions will be run by KCOM’s sales and engagement team who will be helping with all online related enquiries and hopefully encourage people to do more online.


The sessions will be at :

Beverley Library

All sessions are 2.30 to 3.30pm

Tuesday, 3 September

Tuesday, 1 October



Cottingham Centre


All sessions are 10am to 12 noon

Friday, 13 September

Friday, 11 October


Hedon Centre

All sessions are 2 to 4pm

Thursday, 26 September

Thursday, 24 October


For more details about the library sessions, visit the East Riding Libraries website, go to What’s on, and search for ‘computer’: https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/whats-on/

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Next phase of major improvement works on A164

set to start around Riplingham Road and Great Gutter Lane


Work on a major scheme to transform a congested section of the A164 between Beverley and the Humber Bridge is reaching its next stage.

The construction of two new roundabouts to relieve congestion and improve road safety at the junction of the A164, Great Gutter Lane and Riplingham Road began in March.

The existing staggered crossroad junction where Great Gutter Lane West and Riplingham Road East meet the A164 causes long queues and congestion for drivers, particularly at peak times. To address these issues, the council is progressing a scheme to replace the two priority junctions with two new roundabouts.

The scheme is being funded following a successful £3m bid to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, with the remaining funding for the £4.26m scheme provided by the council.

The work is scheduled to be completed by Christmas of this year and will include :

Construction of a new four-arm roundabout on the A164 at its junction with Riplingham Road East

Construction of a new three-arm roundabout on the junction of Great Gutter Lane West, Swanland Dale, and Riplingham Road

Construction of a new link road between the two roundabouts

The closure of Great Gutter Lane West between Swanland Dale and the A164 junction

New drainage, fencing, lighting and landscaping.
Work already completed includes the extensive diversion of water mains. Work by KCOM to divert their cable network in the area is continuing.


To allow the next stage of construction, it will be necessary to close Swanland Dale, Great Gutter Lane and Riplingham Road (West) on the following dates/times:-

from Saturday, 17 August at 00:01 to Sunday, 1 September at 23:59

from Friday, 13 September at 20:00  to Monday, 16 September at 06:00

from Friday, 20 September at 20:00 to Monday, 23 September at 06:00.


Traffic will be diverted via Eppleworth and Skidby to rejoin the A164. Warning signs advising about the diversion will be put up two weeks before the closures.

The contractors for the works are North Midland Construction Ltd.

Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management, said : “I am very pleased that we are on track to deliver this major improvement scheme on this very congested road. Detailed traffic modelling has been carried out to predict future traffic levels, and we are confident that these two new roundabouts and new section of road will greatly reduce the queues at this location, and allow the traffic to flow freely.”

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said : “We apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused by these temporary closures and  construction works. We would like to thank motorists and local residents in advance for their patience during these vital works, which will ensure significant improvements at this location when they are completed.”

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A chance to hire a beach chalet during the winter months

The popular winter lets scheme – which allows people to hire the council’s chalets in Bridlington and Hornsea  during the winter months – is now available again for winter 2019/ 2020.  Chalets are already selling out fast.

The chalets will be available from 21 September, 2019, to 20 March, 2020 and prices start at £270 and go to £410 for the whole period, depending on the individual chalet.

The scheme was introduced in 2009 and has proved very popular with residents and visitors to the resorts ever since.

The lets offer the ideal start and finish point for visitors looking to extend the Great British summer by grabbing some autumn sun or perhaps building a snowman on the beach.

Portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, Councillor Shaun Horton, said: “This is always a hugely popular scheme, and it’s great to see that so many people will be able to spend more time in Bridlington and Hornsea in what used to the quiet time of year for the resorts. The chalets are proving another very successful way to extend the season in the towns, and move further towards becoming year-round destinations .”

For more information on booking a chalet,  email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (01262) 609815.

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The Lawns, Harland Way, Cottingham

The Lawns, Harland Way, Cottingham - Update 28/3/19


The Lawns will be mothballed for 2020 and they will then make a decision on its future. The Lawns is a Grade II* listing building.

The caravan show will be there this year, which will be the last event before mothballing. Security will be living-in on-site to avoid a repeat of Thwaite Hall.

However, the Ferens Hall building will go on the open market mid April.


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To confirm, the University of Hull will not be offering The Lawns as an accommodation option for students in the 2019/20 academic year. 


 

Accommodation is a deciding factor for many when choosing where to study and we have experienced a shift in demand toward premium, high quality, on-campus accommodation. Only 20 people have applied for accommodation at The Lawns next year.



Statement from the University of Hull
Accommodation is a deciding factor for many when choosing where to study and we have experienced a shift in demand towards premium, high-quality, on-campus accommodation.

In response to rising student expectations, the University has been investing in its accommodation portfolio as part of an on-going commitment to provide an outstanding experience for students, alongside other projects such as the £16m investment in our sports facilities. This includes The Courtyard which opened in September 2016, providing accommodation for 562 students, the new Westfield Court complex for 1,450 students, and the ongoing refurbishment of rooms at Taylor Court. Our friendly, compact, single-site campus marks us out from many other universities – students can live on-campus, making it easier to attend lectures and tutorials, use the library, access student support services, play sport, grab lunch and have a night out.

With such a low number of students opting to live at The Lawns in the next academic year (2019/2020), in addition to being remote from campus, it would have a material effect on student experience and we are confident the alternative accommodation we can offer will provide a much better experience for them.

As a result of this, we have recently we will not be offering The Lawns halls of residence in Cottingham as an accommodation option for students in the 2019/20 academic year.

We will continue to deliver events and activities being hosted at The Lawns over the summer period.
Discussions are now underway as to alternative future options for this site.

Those who have queries or concerns can email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

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Road to be closed for essential works on £22m


Cottingham and
Orchard park flood scheme


Essential drainage works are to be carried out on a road in Eppleworth for the next stage of the £22million Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme.


New culverts – tunnels designed to carry water in times of flooding – are to be installed underneath parts of Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road, west of Cottingham, to connect a series of large flood water storage lagoons which are already under construction in the area.

The drainage work is due to begin on Monday 22 October and is expected to take nine weeks to complete.

To enable the work to be carried out safely, a section of Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road will need to be closed to all through-traffic for the duration of the scheme, with a series of diversions being put in place.

Access will be maintained for all residents and businesses in the immediate area, as well as the emergency services, with the work being carried out in four separate phases along the road.

The closure will affect a length of the road between the entrance to Hessle Golf Club, in Westfield Road, up to a location 50 metres east of the A164 on Eppleworth Road.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We’d like to thank motorists, residents and businesses in advance for their patience while this essential drainage work is being carried out.

“We need to close this road during this work for safety reasons because of the location and nature of the works, and because of the narrow width of the road.

“But we have planned the work in such a way that access can to be maintained for residents and businesses in that area and for the emergency services.”

The drainage work will be carried out by council contractors Esh Construction Ltd.

The Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS) is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to around 4,000 properties in the area.

The scheme is a joint venture between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council, with support from the Environment Agency. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is leading on the design, development and management of the scheme.

The project involves the construction of nine lagoons – or water storage reservoirs – along the Raywell Valley and in Orchard Park, which are designed to capture and store surface water at times of heavy rainfall to prevent it from causing floods.

When completed the whole scheme could potentially hold back up to 300,000 cubic metres of flood water, the same amount of water it would take to fill 120 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Work is continuing on the construction of eight lagoons in the Raywell Valley area, along Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road, and also a lagoon in Orchard Park, off Danepark Road in Hull.

COPFAS was developed in close consultation with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and local flood action groups.

The councils successfully secured funding for the scheme, which is made up of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) administered by the Environment Agency and Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

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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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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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