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Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor

for the North of England, is carrying out essential work

to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply

of gas to customers in Cottingham.

Update 24th November

The ageing metal pipework is now being replaced by new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe and reliable supply of gas to customers now while getting the network ready to transport alternative greener fuels in the future. 

Work began Monday 6th November on Northgate, and we are now over halfway through the project.

From Monday 27th November we will be moving onto our final two-part section, up to and under the railway lines. This final section is scheduled over the next 14 days. Once complete the water barriers will be removed, re-opening the railway crossing by late evening, Friday 8th December.

Andy Inman, Assistant Construction Manager in Network Rail’s Asset Protection team, said: “We are working closely with Northern Gas Networks while they carry out this essential work to their infrastructure.

“Due to the close proximity of their work to the railway line, the closure of the level crossing is needed to protect teams working on site and also to maintain the safety of motorists and train passengers and crew.”

Scott Kitchingman, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these essential works. However, it is vital we complete them in order to continue to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to the residents of Cottingham. 

“We want to assure residents and road users that we will be working hard to complete this essential scheme as safely and as quickly as possible.” 
For further information about the work please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


Major A164/B1232 Willerby Roundabout Improvements

to start in September

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that a major road scheme to improve the congested roundabout at the A164/B1232 Willerby Roundabout is due to begin on 4 September 2023, with the works expected to take 22 weeks to complete. The contractor carrying out the works is Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd.

The £1.9m scheme involves enlarging and signalising the existing roundabout along with lane additions and reallocations, with the aim of increasing junction capacity, and so reducing queues and delays.

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for housing and infrastructure, said: “Our extensive traffic modelling of the proposals predicts that the junction capacity will increase by around 30%, with substantial reductions in queueing on the B1232 approach, which is currently heavily congested at peak times. This is largely due to traffic turning right having to give way to westbound A164 traffic.

“The proposed design allows both B1232 approach lanes to turn right onto the A164 eastbound. Computer controlled traffic signals with queue detection equipment will ensure the junction operates in a balanced manner. Additionally, both westbound lanes on the A164 will be available for straight ahead traffic, and an internal turn lane is included for right turners from the A164 eastbound.”

The scheme will be part funded by local housing developers, with the remainder funded by the council.

Temporary traffic signals will only be permitted at night (from 7pm to 6.30am). During the day, a minimum of one lane in each direction will be maintained, except on Albion Lane where periodical 7pm to 6.30am night-time closures are required. However, even with these construction conditions, delays and disruption can be expected. Advance signs will be erected on the surrounding road network informing motorists of the potential delays.

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: “We apologise in advance for the delay and disruption that will be caused during these works, and ask that motorists and residents bear with us whilst our contractors work to make significant improvements to this very congested junction.”

Full details of the scheme can be found at :


Preparation works for A164 and
Jock’s Lodge Junction Improvement Scheme
to begin this month

Works are to be begin later this month in preparation for the £86.9m A164 and Jock’s Lodge Junction Improvement Scheme.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council plans to carry out a major overhaul of the road system to replace the junction near Beverley - which currently links the A164 and the A1079 – in order to improve congestion problems on one of the East Riding’s busiest roads.
But before that, the council will construct a new mini-roundabout at the junction of Main Street and Beverley Road, Skidby, and create a new bus stop - marking the first step towards the upgrade. The work is scheduled to start on Monday 31 July.
The council’s cabinet yesterday (4 July) gave approval to award the main works contract for the A164 and Jock’s Lodge Junction Improvement Scheme, with construction due to begin later this year.
The council is seeking a £41m investment from Department for Transport for the scheme, with the council pledging to put forward the remaining £45.9m. The Department for Transport decision is due to be made in September. 


Work on the mini-roundabout and new bus stop in Main Street, Skidby, is due to take 16 weeks to complete.
It is being carried out in order to move two bus stops away from their current location on the busy A164, with the mini-roundabout creating a new turning circle for buses.
This will mean passengers from Skidby will no longer have to cross the A164 to reach their bus stop, which will be sited much closer to the village.
Adam Holmes, the council’s director of infrastructure and facilities, said: “We need to create this mini-roundabout and bus stop before we can move on to the major parts of the improvement scheme.
“When it’s finished the bus stop will be closer to Skidby, making it much more convenient for passengers as they won’t have to cross the busy A164 anymore, or walk as far.
“The A164 and Jock’s Lodge Junction Improvement Scheme will follow later this year and is specifically designed to reduce congestion and keep traffic moving.
“The A164 and the A1079 are two of the busiest roads in the East Riding and the Jock’s Lodge Junction is a real bottleneck for drivers.” 

The A164 and Jock’s Lodge Junction Improvement Scheme 

The scheme will involve the replacement of the Jock’s Lodge Junction with 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. 
    The A164 will also be widened into a dual carriageway between Coppleflat Lane and the roundabout with the B1233 Harland Way, Cottingham. North of Coppleflat Lane the A164 will remains a single carriageway but with A1079 bound traffic diverted on to separate new link roads. 

Work on the new mini-roundabout and bus stops at Skidby will be carried out during the day with temporary traffic signals in place. Towards the end of the work, a temporary road closure will be needed overnight to allow for the junction to be resurfaced. 

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New Banking Hub for Cottingham

A new banking hub is set to officially open in Cottingham on Friday, 9 December 2022 in the former Lloyds Bank branch in Hallgate. Cottingham was earmarked for a banking hub when it was announced earlier this year that Lloyds, the last bank in the village, was to close in September 2022.

Banking hubs are a new concept being rolled out across the UK following successful pilots in Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire and Rochford in Essex. Cottingham will be only the fourth branch to open in the UK after the opening of a hub in Brixham in Devon earlier in November.

The new hub is a face-to-face facility that will allow customers to access their account, deposit cash and cheques, pay bills and make withdrawals.

A counter service will be operated by staff from the Post Office, whilst selected banks will also provide community banking advisors, initially from five banks, on rotation to offer specialist advice and handle more complex enquiries on a drop in or appointment basis.

The schedule for community bankers is listed below and is based on local market share to reflect the needs of customers within the hub catchment area:

Monday – NatWest
Tuesday – to be confirmed
Wednesday – Lloyds
Thursday – Santander
Friday – Barclays

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic investment, growth and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am delighted to see Cottingham’s banking hub open and finally offer much needed banking services to the village again. It is set to be only the fourth banking hub in the UK and we are incredibly please with how quickly we have managed to implement this hub.

“This is a real boost for Cottingham and I would also encourage residents to come down to the hub to find out more about the services on offer.”

Gareth Oakley, who leads the Banking Hub project, added, “I am thrilled to announce the opening of the Cottingham Banking Hub. Banking Hubs have the ability to transform communities wherever they open. I’ve been struck by how much of an impact the Hubs have already had on people, from small businesses who tell me they are now able to sort out their banking cash needs in minutes rather than hours, to older or more vulnerable people who find internet and phone banking challenging. We are looking forward to welcoming the people of Cottingham to the Banking Hub”.

Hornsea has also been shortlisted following a request for a review which was submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in the summer with a search for suitable locations already underway.

The Cottingham Banking Hub will officially open at 121 Hallgate, Cottingham on Friday 9 December 2022 at the site of the former Lloyds Bank. Opening times will be 09:00-17:00 from Monday to Friday. People in the local community may be able to visit the Hub in the run up to the launch as the final preparations are made for the launch.



Triple glazing rogue traders targeting East Riding residents

Residents across the East Riding are being warned to be on their guard following a number of reports of rogue traders cold-calling at properties offering to install triple glazing.

The warning comes from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s trading standards team who have received a number of complaints including from one homeowner who was persuaded by cold-callers that recently-installed double glazing needed replacing while another paid in advance for triple glazing only for the work not to be carried out.

Now trading standards officers are offering advice to residents who may be approached by cold-callers not only offering triple glazing and claiming the current double glazing needs replacing but anyone who offers work or services on the doorstep.

People should:

• be very wary of any salesperson that asks for a large deposit or full payment up front
• be suspicious of any firm that offers to do work in a short time scale as reputable businesses are usually very busy
• if the double glazing at the property is relatively new, check with the original installer as if there is a problem as they may have a legal responsibility to put the issues right
• ensure any replacement windows and doors conform to current building regulations. If the business is not a member of a competent person scheme such as FENSA or CERTAS, it is the homeowners responsibility to apply to the local authority for building regulations approval
• check with FENSA or CERTAS that the trader really is a member of their organization
• check online reviews
• ask for identification – all qualified and reputable installers should carry photo ID and will be happy to show this
• get three quotes from different providers and compare prices and work
• get recommendations from family, friends and neighbours
• contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service for legal advice on 0808 223 1133.

Councillor Kerri Harold, portfolio holder for public health and tackling inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would urge all householders across the East Riding to think carefully before agreeing to any work, parting with any money or giving any sort of information to cold-callers.

“People need to think about whether the offer seems genuine or if the salesperson is pressuring them into making a quick decision. If the offer seems too good to be true, it usually is.

“Reputable firms are happy to give customers some space and time to think before agreeing a contract for goods or services and in most cases householders have the right to cancel contracts agreed at home within a statutory 14-day cooling off period.

“However, difficulties can arise when the work has already been done and/or the householder has already paid as it can be almost impossible to get a resolution.”

For advice or to report any concerns about cold-calling or other trading standards matters, you can contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133.


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.”

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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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