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£50million schemes in place to help reduce the risk of

major flooding in the East Riding

This week June 25 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating floods which affected the lives of thousands of residents across the East Riding and Hull.

On June 25 2007, following days of heavy rainfall on already saturated ground, a downpour led to a deluge never seen before in the area.
More than 7,000 homes and businesses were evacuated, millions of pounds worth of damage was caused, and emergency services and council staff worked around the clock to help those affected and try to prevent further damage.

In the 10 years since the major incident, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has completed a series of projects aimed at reducing the risk of further flooding to local communities.

So far more than £50million has been invested in flood related works across the East Riding.

More than 100 schemes have been delivered to date, ranging from small drainage improvements costing £1,000 to large flood alleviation schemes costing millions.

The completed schemes have so far included:
• The construction of the UK’s longest glass tidal defence barrier in Paull, as part of a major tidal defence scheme which will be completed this year.
• A £13million scheme to create a number of lagoons in Willerby and Derringham, designed to hold back up to 232,000 cubic metres of water during heavy rainfall, to protect 8,000 properties.
• The creation of a new watercourse in Leconfield, costing £500,000, to divert the flow of water around the north of the village during heavy rainfall.
• The construction of a 180m-long flood wall to prevent overland flood water from Beverley Westwood reaching nearby homes.
• The building of a new £70,000 pumping station in Stamford Bridge to pump flood water into the River Derwent.
• An £80,000 scheme in Long Riston to divert overland flood water into an existing ditch.
• The installation of a new trash screen and headwall in Bridlington to prevent debris from entering and blocking the Gypsey Race.
The council has also installed remote monitoring equipment at more than 80 locations across the East Riding to measure water levels and flow rates as part of an early warning system.

And a series of Flood Risk Management Plans are being developed to help identify further potential flood alleviation schemes.
And by 2020 East Riding of Yorkshire Council will complete three further major flood alleviation schemes costing more than £47million to help protect five further areas:
Cottingham and Orchard Park – A £20million scheme to create nine water storage lagoons.
Anlaby and East Ella – A £22million scheme to create a water storage lagoon, culvert and watercourse.
Pocklington – Subject to funding and planning, a £5million scheme to construct a large flood bund to store potential flood water before it reaches the town centre.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “Since the 2007 floods the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has done a massive amount of work along with partner agencies to make sure that the risks of this event being repeated are minimised.

“I’m pleased we have been able to complete so many schemes and we will continue to work on further flood alleviation to help protect our communities for the future.”

The council has worked on the schemes with various partners including Hull City Council, the Environment Agency, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Yorkshire Water, and local flood action groups, and has received funding from the Government, through the Flood Defence Grant In Aid, and from the European Regional Development Fund to help towards many of the schemes.


Eye-tracking driving challenge can be a real eye-opener

About 200 people have already registered to take part in a high-tech driving study in the East Riding – but more volunteers are needed.

Innovative technology featuring glasses which track people’s eye movements is being used in the research to discover what makes certain drivers safer than others.

The eye-tracking project has already attracted a huge amount of interest, with 200 prospective participants registering to take part, but the organisers want more volunteers from two particular age groups so they can do a comprehensive comparison.

More 17 to 20-year-olds, particularly females, are need to take part as well as people in their 30s or 40s but who have only recently passed their driving tests.

The research will compare how inexperienced and experienced drivers perform, as well as male and female drivers, in terms of their road safety.

People chosen to take part will wear the specially-designed glasses to track the movement of their eyeballs and where their line of sight is while they drive.

The glasses transmit the information to a monitor which displays what the person is looking at in real time and all the data is collated to allow the researchers to map people’s awareness of potential hazards as they drive.

Experts from i2 Media Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, have teamed up with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Safer Roads Humber and Humberside Police for the pioneering study – the first of its kind by any local authority in the UK.

Councillor John Barrett, whose portfolio for East Riding of Yorkshire Council includes casualty reduction on the area’s roads, said: “I’ve had a go myself and the technology is very impressive.

“It was really interesting driving around with these glasses on and fascinating to watch the results afterwards, seeing where I’d been looking during the drive. It was very eye-opening, pardon the pun!

“I would urge people to come forward and take part in this important research. It’s fun but with a serious purpose.”

Paul McConnon, senior road safety officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The technology should allow us to determine whether, for example, an experienced driver uses their field of vision more effectively than an inexperienced driver, such as seeing hazards earlier and effectively making them a safer driver.”

Prof Jonathan Freeman, of i2 Media and Goldsmiths, said “The glasses have tiny cameras which allow us to track the movements of people’s eyeballs as they drive and this data is then displayed as a heat map of where they have been looking.”

The project will research the driving behaviour of people of different age groups and gender and test to see if there is a connection between how experienced drivers are and how safe their driving is.

Kevin Limbert, Safer Roads Humber partnership manager said: “The partnership (along with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner) is pleased to provide the funding for this new piece of research.

“The results will be used by all Safer Roads Humber partners who deliver a wide range of road safety projects across the Humber area, to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the region’s roads each year.”

So if you’re aged 17 to 20 and think you’re a better driver than your parents or are aged 30 to 49 and have only recently passed your test, the research team wants to hear from you.

You can register to have a go at the eye-tracking driving challenge by visiting www.eastriding.gov.uk/driverbattle

Volunteers must be able to drive without the need to wear normal glasses. Contact lenses can be worn. People need to register their application by 27 June.



Consumers warned over illegal ice cream vendors

Licensing officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council have received a number of reports of illegal ice cream vans operating in a number of locations over the last week.

As many people took advantage of the good weather last weekend, there were reports of unlicensed ice cream vendors operating in the Hornsea, Hessle and Fraisthorpe areas.

Mobile ice cream vans need a licence to trade within the East Riding and a number of conditions are attached to the licenses in order to protect the public.

People can see if a trader is licensed as there will be a pink and white plate on the vehicle and a licence on display to show they are legitimate.
Only those operating as part of local fetes, festivals or markets are exempt from needing a licence.

The council can prosecute any ice cream vendors operating illegally and those who break the rules can expect fines of up to £1,000 per offence.
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Not only are illegal vendors taking trade away from legitimate businesses, they could also be posing a potential health risk to the public as they may not have the correct food registration in place or have had the relevant food safety checks.

“They could also pose a safety risk, as unlike our licensed traders, their backgrounds are not checked by the council.
“It we find traders without a license in place we will look to prosecute and I would ask people to help us locate these rogue operators by informing the council’s licensing team of any traders without a plate on display.”

Anyone who has information about rogue ice cream sellers should email East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team – This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (01482) 396297 giving details of the vehicle, registration number, location and the time the vehicle was seen.


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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