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Major refurbishment of Skidby Windmill

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is about to embark on a major refurbishment of a much loved East Riding landmark - Skidby Windmill.

The refurbishment will require the removal of all the sails and the fan tail and their transportation to a traditional millwright in Norfolk where they will be stripped and carefully examined for rot and other damage and then restored to their former glory.

Paul Kilvington, the council’s group manager, building facilities, says:  “Skidby Windmill is a fine example of a Victorian working windmill and requires a great deal of maintenance. The mill is listed grade two with Historic England and this is a very high listing indeed. The council wishes to do everything it can to ensure the mill is in fine condition for the next generation to enjoy'.

Nial Adams, museums and archives manager, says: “In the short term, the mill will look very odd with its sails and fan tail removed. We don't quite know what the millwrights are going to find when the sails are stripped and examined and therefore how much will require to be done.

“We will also have to wait until the weather is right before everything is put back on so we cannot say exactly when the mill will be returned to its former state. But it will happen, and Skidby Mill will be able to have its sails turning again. We just ask for people's patience in the meantime”.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services, added: “The council is determined to play its part in looking after the heritage of the East Riding and is delighted to be able to fund the restoration of a building which symbolises the proud agricultural history of the area.”

The removal of the sails and the fantail will take place as soon as the weather conditions allow.


Residents and visitors to benefit from free weekend

parking in the run up to Christmas

Free parking across all council-operated car parks in the East Riding will come into force this weekend.

For the 11th year, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will suspend parking charges at all council on-street parking bays and off-street car parks for the four weekends in the run up to Christmas in a bid to boost trade and visitor numbers to towns.

This year, parking charges in the council’s on-street and off-street parking locations will be suspended on the following weekends:

    Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December
    Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December
    Saturday, 14 December and Sunday, 15 December
    Saturday, 21 December and Sunday, 22 December.

The free parking period will be between 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday and pay and display machines will be clearly marked to let people know there will be no charge.

Whilst parking charges are suspended, motorists are advised that normal parking rules still apply, such as those around disabled parking bays, maximum stays and controlled parking zones (CPZ).

Ian Burnett, head of asset strategy at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is a very popular scheme and one which has been extended for the next three years.

“Christmas is a key trading time for our local high streets and free parking brings people into our town centres to help support local businesses and brings residents and visitors to the area.”

Free parking will also be in place for Small Business Saturday, which is now in its seventh year and will take place on Saturday, 7 December.

The locations of council car parks can be found at https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/roads-streets-traffic-and-parking/parking/car-park-finder


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.


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.

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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.”


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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