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Thwaite Hall and Gardens, Cottingham

University of Hull to sell Thwaite Hall due to changes

in students’ accommodation preferences

The University of Hull has confirmed plans to sell former hall of residence, Thwaite Hall. The hall, which is over 200 years old, sits on the corner of Thwaite Street and New Village Road in Cottingham and was closed as a hall of residence in August 2017 in response to changes in students’ accommodation preferences.

Stephen Dale, Director of Estates at the University of Hull, said: “Accommodation is a deciding factor for many when choosing where to study and the University has experienced a shift in demand toward high-quality, on-campus accommodation. We have been investing in our accommodation portfolio as part of our on-going commitment to provide an outstanding experience for students, which includes The Courtyard and Westfield Court on our Cottingham Road campus.”

The University has appointed commercial estate agents Cushman and Wakefield to handle the sale and is currently working with them to market the property.

Stephen continued: “Although the University no longer has a use for the building, we are keen to see a long term plan for its future be put in place and have been working closely with the local authority planning department to discuss the potential future use of the site.”

Oliver Salisbury, Senior Surveyor in Cushman & Wakefield’s residential development team, said: “Thwaite Hall presents a rare and exciting opportunity to revitalise a high-profile building within a popular village location. Discussions with the local authority have been positive and indicate that a number of uses are considered appropriate, subject to a high quality design which takes into account the conservation area setting and adjoining Grade II listed botanical gardens. We look forward to engaging with parties and maximising the site’s future potential.” 

The nature and extent of work carried out on the site will be determined by the eventual purchaser and their intended use for the building. Any proposal would be subject to relevant planning processes and legislation.

The parklands and gardens are on the Historic England Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.

The University will continue working to ensure the site is secure until a purchaser is found.



Be prepared for warmer weather

With warmer days around the corner, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health team has advised everyone, especially older and more vulnerable residents, to be prepared.

Dr Tim Allison, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s director of public health, said: “While we always expect the summer months to bring with them warmer weather, there are occasions when the average temperatures can get too high, becoming uncomfortably hot and at times dangerously hot for some, requiring extra preparations and vigilance.

“We would encourage East Riding residents to take on board the following advice and guidance, especially the older and more vulnerable members of our local communities or those who care for them, to ensure that everyone is prepared for and able to deal with the forthcoming hotter weather.”

- Try to stay indoors and out of the heat, especially between 11am and 3pm, during heatwaves

- If going out in the heat wear UV sunglasses, preferably wrap around, to reduce UV exposure to the eye; walk in the shade; apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection; wear a hat and light scarf; and wear light, loose-fitting clothes to minimise the risk of sunburn

- During a heatwave be sure to avoid extreme physical exertion

- Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks but do try to consume plenty of cold food and drinks with high water content, such as salad and fruit

- Look out for others, especially vulnerable residents including older people, young children and babies, and those with serious illnesses

- Keep your environment cool - a cool living space is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves

- Windows exposed to the sun should be kept closed during the day, while curtains over exposed windows should remain shut. Open windows at night when the temperature has dropped, but be aware of security issues especially in ground floor rooms

- Care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – perhaps consider placing reflective material between them and the window space

- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment which generate heat

- Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps to cool the air

- Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C

- If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, weak, and anxious or have intense thirst move to a cool place and rehydrate immediately

- Keep up to date with Met Office forecasts and prepare accordingly.

Dr Gina Palumbo, local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair, said: “In this current spell of warm weather, if someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek advice, ring NHS 111.

“Wherever possible, stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm - the hottest time of the day. Children and babies in particular need to stay hydrated.”

For more advice or information on how to cope in hot weather or what to do during a heat wave visit NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx


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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