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Major repairs about to start at Skidby Mill

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to carry out major refurbishment at Skidby Mill, starting on Monday, 6 July.

The mill’s sails have already been sent away for repair by a specialist millwright, and now attention turns to the tower of the mill itself.

On Monday, scaffolding will start to be erected around the tower, in readiness for repairs including the roof and the windows, and repainting. Roof repairs will also be carried out on the outbuildings. The work, including the erection and the dismantling of the scaffolding, is scheduled to take around 12 weeks, and the council’s contractors will be Hobson and Porter of Hull.

It is hoped that the sails will be returned to the mill in early 2021.

Paul Kilvington, the council’s group manager for building facilities, explained : “Skidby Mill is a much loved local feature, and as a council, we are committed to maintaining the structure. Works of this nature are required to keep its fabric in good condition.

“The sails were removed by a specialist millwright earlier in the year and when  examined, it became apparent that two of them were damaged beyond repair. The millwright is currently manufacturing two new sails. The other two sails have been repaired, along with the fantail assembly, and they will all be replaced, including the two new sails, in early 2021.”

The erection of the scaffolding means that it is not possible to reopen Skidby Mill yet, but further details of a reopening date will be issued as soon as possible.


New rules on face coverings coming in on Monday will help keep passengers safe

From Monday 15 June everyone must wear a face covering when travelling by public transport in England
Under the new rules, operators will be able to prevent passengers who refuse to follow the rules from travelling and police will be able to issue fines of £100
Over 3,000 extra staff will be deployed from Monday to support the travelling public, reminding people about the need to wear face coverings and helping vulnerable passengers
New rules requiring passengers to wear a face covering on their journey will come into force on public transport across England from Monday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed today (Friday 12 June).

The advice is clear that people should continue to avoid taking public transport where possible, but by mandating the use of face coverings Government is asking passengers to play their part in helping to protect each other as the numbers of people travelling gradually start to rise across the country, following the careful easing of restrictions when it’s safe to do so.

Over 3,000 extra staff from British Transport Police, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies and Transport for London will be deployed from Monday at key transport hubs and interchanges across England – providing dedicated reassurance, advice and friendly assistance to people as they follow social distancing guidance.

They will also support existing staff by helping to manage congestion.

Alongside this, hundreds of thousands of face coverings will be handed out for passenger use at many locations across the rail network in England from Monday. The one-off initiative, which will run for several days at a number of stations, will see coverings provided free of charge to support passengers and help them travel safely.

Under the changes, operators will be able to stop passengers who refuse to follow the rules from travelling and direct them to leave services. The police and Transport for London authorised personnel will also be able to issue fixed penalty notices of £100, or £50 if paid in 14 days. Exemptions for the use of face coverings will apply to those with certain health conditions, disabled people and children under the age of 11.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“We’ve seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has unlocked a community spirit right across our nation, and we now need to extend this to our transport network so we can help keep one another safe.

“If you do need to travel, in the same way that you would pick up your phone, wallet or keys when you leave the house, please remember to bring a face covering.

“Our fantastic transport staff will be on hand to provide help and advice, and free coverings will be given out at key train stations to help kick-start this initiative. This is another small, sensible step we can all take to help us defeat this virus.”

The Regulations, which will be made under the Public Health Act 1984 and come into force on Monday, will make face coverings mandatory on buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains. In addition, some operators will amend their conditions of carriage, allowing them to enforce the requirement in a similar way to the rules on having a ticket for travel, meaning they can implement the changes in the way that works best for them.

The change from Monday will coincide with the easing of certain lockdown measures, including the reopening of non-essential retail stores. While social distancing and hand washing remain by far the most important disease prevention measures, when necessary to use public transport, people may be more likely to be in enclosed spaces for longer periods of time where we know there is a greater risk of the spread of the virus and social distancing is likely to be difficult to follow consistently.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has set out that using face coverings as a precautionary measure in this setting can provide some additional protection to fellow passengers and can help people to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus if they have it, but are not showing symptoms.

The Government has been engaging with local authorities and operators ahead of Monday’s change. New guidance setting out further details of the changes for operators and passengers will be published ahead of the change coming into force.

Face coverings are not the same as face masks. It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff. Last month, the Government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items.

To help support the country’s economic recovery the Government is also exploring new technologies to fast-track greener air travel.

£500,000 in advanced funding will continue the development of a first-of-a-kind biofuels plant in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, which will help to decarbonise both aviation and road freight by converting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste into sustainable fuel each year.

And, in a ground-breaking partnership between Government and the aviation industry, a new “Jet Zero” Council will work to help make the aviation and aerospace sectors environmentally fit for the future.

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said:

 “It’s an excellent initiative and the Transport Secretary should be applauded for demonstrating such a willingness to work with the aviation industry to achieve our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

“There are huge opportunities for the UK to be a world-leader in sustainable aviation fuels production and electric aviation, creating thousands of high-skilled jobs and major export opportunities in the process. It’s a win-win for all of our regions who will stand to gain from this and for the UK’s decarbonisation efforts, and we’re looking forward to taking part.”


Markets due to reopen in the East Riding

from next week

Council-run markets in the East Riding are due to reopen from next week following the latest Government guidance.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is currently working with traders to arrange a return for the markets it runs in Beverley and Pocklington, as well as the trader-run markets in Bridlington and Cottingham.

Yesterday, the Government announced markets could reopen from Monday 1 June as part of the latest measures to ease lockdown.

East Riding markets have been closed since March, but are now due to reopen as follows:

Beverley Wednesday Market on Wednesday 3 June.
Beverley Saturday Market on Saturday 6 June.
Bridlington Saturday Market on Saturday 6 June.

Cottingham Market on Thursday 11 June.

Both shoppers and traders will need to follow Government guidelines to maintain public safety.

There will be less stalls in each market and these will be rearranged to follow social distancing rules. Signs will be installed to remind shoppers of the 2-metre rule.

Traders will also be provided with the latest Government guidance.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for local economic growth at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I’m pleased we will be able to reopen our markets to help support our loyal traders, as this has been a very difficult time for all businesses, and also to help local residents get the food and goods they need.

“However, everyone will need to follow the Government guidance on social distancing and to follow the measures put in place on site to help keep everyone safe.”


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


Recycling sites to reopen next week –

but with strict measures in place

Household waste recycling sites across the East Riding are to reopen next week to give residents the chance to dispose of essential waste – but strict measures will be in place as the lockdown continues.

All 10 sites will reopen from Monday 4 May and will stay open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week.

As the Government’s ‘stay at home’ advice is still in place, residents should only visit the recycling sites if it is absolutely necessary – where excess waste cannot be stored at home safely.

As all the sites will be open seven days a week, residents are asked to be mindful not to immediately rush to sites in the first few days to avoid long queues and long waiting times.

The health of residents and the workforce remains the priority of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and site managers FCC Environment – therefore everyone entering the sites must follow social distancing measures.

Staff will be on hand to ensure all guidelines are followed, therefore we urge all residents arriving to please be patient.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have listened to residents’ concerns about waste building up at home during the lockdown, and now, following the latest Government guidance, we are now in a position to reopen our household waste recycling sites from next week.

“But we need residents to follow the strict new measures put in place in order to protect both those visiting and the staff on site – and only make the journey if it’s absolutely necessary.

“Please also be careful about when you choose to visit. We are expecting long waiting times so we’d ask residents to please be patient and please listen to any guidance from staff.”

Anyone planning to visit a recycling site from Monday onwards is asked to abide by these new restrictions:

• Only cars and small vans will be allowed on site. Transit-type vans and trailers of any kind will not be permitted. Therefore the usual permit system will not apply at this time.

• Only one person per vehicle.

• Only a limited number of vehicles will be allowed on site. When the limit is reached, a one-in one-out system will operate.

• Traffic management will be in place and due to safety concerns queuing outside will be restricted. Residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time.

• Social distancing of 2m should be followed at all times.

• Please bear in mind that, due to health and social distancing reasons, staff on site will not be able to help carry your waste. Therefore residents should only bring items they can comfortably carry themselves.

• Asbestos will not be accepted at any site.

The last entry to all sites will be at 4.45pm as the sites shut at 5pm.

The Reuse Shop at the Humberfield household waste recycling site will remain closed, and no items for the shop can be collected, so people are asked to keep hold of items they want to donate to the shop.

If you or your family are showing Covid-19 type symptoms, please follow Government advice and stay at home.
Normal household bin collections will continue for regular waste and recycling.


Council submits planning application for

A164 and Jock’s Lodge road improvement scheme

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has submitted a planning application for its proposals to improve the A164 and the Jock’s Lodge Junction near Beverley.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the council intends to carry out a major overhaul of the road system to replace the junction, which currently links the A164 and the A1079, in order to improve congestion problems on one of the East Riding’s busiest roads.

The project will involve the construction of:

A new roundabout along the A1079 Hull to York road, and the creation of a new road connecting it with the Lincoln Way roundabout on Minster Way in Beverley.
Two new roads, travelling northbound and a southbound, which will connect the new A1079 roundabout with the A164 further south, near Coppleflat Lane, Bentley.
Together these will replace the Jock’s Lodge Junction.

The A164 will also be widened into a dual carriageway between Coppleflat Lane and the Cottingham Castle Road roundabout.

But the A164 will be kept as a single carriageway between Coppleflat Lane and the Victoria Road roundabout in Beverley.

The council unveiled the plans to the public in early February and held exhibitions in Beverley and Cottingham on February 24 and 25, which were attended by more than 450 people.

A dedicated website was also set up to showcase the plans and provide an opportunity for people to have their say through an online feedback form.

Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council’s plans to improve the A164 and the Jock’s Lodge Junction have been well received by the public and we would like to thank all those who took the time to come along to the public exhibitions or viewed the plans online.

“The feedback we received was vital in helping the council finalise the plans.

“The A164 and the A1079 are two of the busiest roads in the East Riding and the council believes it has come up with the best possible solution to reduce congestion for years to come, and also to keep traffic disruption to a minimum during the construction.”

If planning permission is granted, the council will submit a Full Business Case to the Department for Transport, and if this is approved the scheme could receive construction funding in 2022.

If the scheme progresses as hoped, works could be complete as early as 2025.

The A164 and Jock’s Lodge improvement scheme can be viewed the council’s website at: www.eastriding.gov.uk/jockslodge

For the planning application, visit: https://newplanningaccess.eastriding.gov.uk/newplanningaccess

The application number is: 20/01073/STPLF


From Monday 23 March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, bus company East Yorkshire will be temporarily changing their timetables.

Most services will run to a Sunday timetable, but with extra early morning journeys to allow workers to travel.  Routes which don’t normally have Sunday buses will also have a special timetable.

East Yorkshire’s schedulers are currently working around the clock to get these services planned so that they can cover as many parts of the region as possible.  As soon as the company have the new timetables confirmed, they will publish them at www.eastyorkshirebuses.co.uk , through social media, and on the East Yorkshire Buses app.  Until then, please be patient – the information is being prepared as fast as possible.  It is hoped that they will be available to view on the website from Friday afternoon.
Please don’t panic – every route will still have a service, but at a reduced frequency reflecting reduced demand and resources.

Bus stop real-time predictions on the company's website and app may not work straight away, as the information takes a while to update.  However, the bus tracker should be accurate in showing the bus locations on a map.

Most other bus companies around the country are also reducing their service, so if you also use other operator’s buses, please check their information too, to see how they are amending their services.

Ben Gilligan, East Yorkshire’s Area Director, said: “Thank you to all our passengers for your understanding during this unique situation – we are doing our best to continue to run as good a service as we can, for as long as we can.”

Those who don't have internet access can ring BusLine on 01482 592929, to find the new times.  Please only ring BusLine if you have no online access, as they are expected to be very busy, and need to keep lines clear for people who cannot look at the timetables online.  BusLine will not have the timetables until Friday afternoon, as they are still being prepared, so please do not ring them until then - they cannot give out any information about next week's times until the scheduling work is finished.


New visiting arrangements for

Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital

Visiting stopped at Hull Royal infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital

All visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill is being stopped from Wednesday in line with the Government’s social isolation policy to protect staff and patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is stopping all visiting to patients unless in a few exceptions approved in advance by senior ward staff. Those exceptions include end-of-life care, birthing partners when a woman is in labour and one parent only for children in our paediatric wards and neonatal intensive care unit.

Chief Executive Chris Long said: “In light of the Government’s instruction over social isolation and the need to stop all  but essential travel, we have no alternative but to cease all visiting at our hospitals from Wednesday.

“This is not a step we take lightly. But it is a step we must take if we are to have any chance to protecting our staff and patients from the virus.”

The trust has delayed the introduction of visiting restrictions until Wednesday to give members of the public time to make alternative arrangements.

Staff will be redeployed from other areas to work on wards answering increased telephone calls from relatives to ensure ward staff are not diverted from frontline care to answer phones.

Additional security will be brought in to ensure people do not attempt to flout the restrictions and place hospital teams and patients in danger by attempting to get onto wards.

Until the restrictions come into force on Wednesday, the trust is renewing its plea for visitors to stay away from hospital if they have a high temperature or dry, continuous cough or are vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age.


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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