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£200,000 road improvement scheme

for Cottingham’s main shopping street

A £200,000 scheme to improve the road along Cottingham’s main shopping street will get underway later this month.

The full length of King Street is to be resurfaced as part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s programme of road maintenance works.

The resurfacing is due to begin on Monday 28 January and is expected to take seven weeks to complete.

The council has programmed the vast majority of the works to be carried out at night time to avoid the need for any day-time road closures and avoid causing disruption to traffic, local businesses and residents.

King Street will remain open during the day time, with the work carried out on Mondays to Fridays from 6pm to 11pm and on Sundays from 5pm to 11pm.

Council contractor Tarmac Trading Ltd will carry out the scheme in four phases:

Phases one and two

The first two phases will involve the resurfacing of King Street between the junctions with Northgate and Hallgate, as well as related footpath works.

This section of King Street will be temporarily closed during the evening work times, with a diversion in place via Northgate, West End Road and South Street.

Phase three
This phase will involve the resurfacing of the Hallgate junction.

To allow this work to be carried out, the road will be temporarily closed during the evening work times, with a diversion in place via Northgate, West End Road and South Street.

Phase four
The final phase of work will include the resurfacing of King Street between its junctions with Hallgate and South Street, plus related footpath works.

During the evening hours of work this stretch of King Street will be temporarily closed, with a diversion in place via Northgate, West End Road and South Street.

On certain days there will also be temporary traffic lights in place during the day from 9.30am to 3.30pm, but the road will remain open throughout the day time.

Access will be permitted within the work areas to residents, business owners and emergency services, however the council is asking drivers not to leave any vehicles parked in the area while the work is being carried out.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “King Street is a very busy road in the centre of Cottingham and these works are essential in order to improve the road surface for years to come.

“We’d like to thank residents, businesses and motorists for their patience during this scheme, but we are making every effort to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”


Gadget help sessions in the East Riding

For those who received a new gadget at Christmas and need some help using it, whether a new laptop, tablet or mobile phone, East Riding Libraries and Adult Learning Centres are offering free gadget help sessions.

Their friendly, knowledgeable staff will help customers get the best out of their new technology. Booking is essential and there are two different session types to choose from:

30 minute ‘New Gadget’ helpdesk
These can be booked by speaking to any staff member in the libraries listed below, or by phone.

Session dates:

Beverley Library
Tuesday 22 January, 2pm to 4.30pm
(01482) 392750

Bridlington Central Library
Wednesday 16 January, 9.30am to 12.30pm
(01262) 672917

Bridlington North Library
Tuesday 15 January, 10am to 1pm
(01262) 671468

Flamborough Library
Tuesday 29 January, 2pm to 4.30pm
(01262) 850085

Three hour ‘New Year, New Gadget’ Course
This free course is delivered by qualified IT tutors. Booking is essential so either visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn, or call the number below each listing to speak to the local Adult Learning Centre.

Adult Learning Centre, Beverley
Monday 14 January, 1-4pm
(01482) 887670

Adult Learning Centre Cottingham
Tuesday 15 January, 1-4pm and 6-9pm
(01482) 842329

Brough Library and Customer Services (Petuaria Centre)
Thursday 10 January, 9am-12noon
(01482) 842329

Hessle Library and Customer Services (Hessle Centre)
Monday 21 January, 9.30am-12.30pm
(01482) 842329

Pocklington Library and Customer Services (Pocela Centre)
Monday 28 January, 9.30am-12.30pm
(01482) 842329

The sessions will be a great opportunity to make the most of your gadget and learn some new digital skills.

For those wishing to get a head start with their gadgets, download the free East Riding Libraries App (available from the Play Store or App Store) to manage their library account and search the catalogue.

Follow on Twitter @ERidingLMA or Facebook: East Riding Libraries, Museums and Archives.


Try new skills for the New Year with 2019 adult learning courses

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering learners aged 19 years and over the perfect start to the New Year with its 2019 course launch and free Try Week in January.

The courses that are available to view and book online now outline an exciting range of part time adult learning courses, and adult learners are encouraged to apply now in time for places in January.

But that’s not all on offer.

From 7-12 January, and back by popular demand, there will be a Try Week – an opportunity to fulfil one New Year’s resolution by looking at suitable courses.

Among the many Try Courses to choose from are Try conversational Spanish, Try costume making for school events/parties, Try counselling, Try creative writing, Try dressmaking, Try felt flowers, Try self-esteem and confidence building, Try tablets and smartphones, and Try using a computer.

Each two-hour Try course gives adults an idea of what goes on in a classroom and a chance to meet our dedicated and fantastic tutors.

There is also a brand new taste and test course in Polish, which is slightly different to a Try course. Learners are welcomed to experience the not-yet available taste and test course and tell us what they think in order for them to develop into a new course.

The choice for 2019 doesn’t end there, as there is a brand new cookery classroom at the Cottingham Adult Learning Centre. The council is excited to open its doors of the centre to this particular course, and is encouraging adults to come along and join it.

For those residents who may find a new smartphone or tablet in their stocking this Christmas, the team is also teaming up with local libraries to deliver their New Year, New Gadget courses. Over three hours, local residents can get top tips and advice to get the most from their new gadget.

The main courses available in 2019 include counselling and mental health, health and wellbeing, computer and digital skills, languages, photography, personal development and employability, and working with children.

Sara Arnold, employment, education and skills group manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Adult learning can impact on so many areas of a person’s life.

“It can build your skills to find work, improve your health and wellbeing and provide the confidence and motivation that you need to make a contribution in today’s fast-paced world.

“If you’re thinking about adult learning, but are not 100% sure, January is the ideal time to come along and give us a try with no pressure to commit to anything further.”

Course booking is essential, and learners who receive certain benefits may be eligible for fee discounts, help towards the cost of the course, or a concession.

More information, along with an online booking function, can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn or, alternatively, learners can call or visit their nearest Adult Learning Centre.


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.


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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