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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.

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NEWS ALERT!!!!

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.

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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.”

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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


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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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