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Proposals unveiled for new flood protection scheme

for Cottingham and Orchard Park

Proposals for a new Flood Alleviation Scheme to benefit Cottingham and Orchard Park will be on display to the public next week.

Exhibitions will be held at Cottingham Civic Hall between 10am and 6pm on Thursday 1 December, and at the Castle Hill Hospital Car Park between 10 am and 2pm on Friday 2 December, and in the car park at Cottingham Green between 9 am and 4 pm on Wednesday 7 December.

As lead local flood authority, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council are working in partnership to deliver flood alleviation solutions in the area, aimed at reducing the threat of repeat flooding incidents.

With assistance from the Environment Agency, East Riding of Yorkshire Council carried out ground surveys and computer modelling of rainfall for the whole catchment area of Hull and Haltemprice.

After the completion of this work, proposals have been drawn up for the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme, which includes eight water storage lagoons along Eppleworth and Westfield Road in the Raywell valley, and a further storage area adjacent to North Moor Lane, Cottingham.

The storage areas will resemble grazing areas, and will be dry for the majority of the time, only being filled during extreme events of wet weather.  This approach will reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Cottingham and Orchard Park.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “The 2007 floods affected so many people in the East Riding.  These alleviation schemes are incredibly important to help protect these areas from the threat of further flooding.
“I hope local residents and business people will go along to these exhibitions to see the plans and speak directly to our officers, and we would welcome their feedback.”

Funding of around £21 million has been secured from both the Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) administered by the Environment Agency, and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to fund the scheme, which has a proposed completion date of 2019.

Anyone can attend the exhibitions at any time during the opening hours.


Work about to start on new Multi-Service Centre

for Cottingham

Work is due to begin soon on a refurbishment scheme for the Cottingham Library building, as part of the council’s £7.4 million programme of creating a number of new Multi -Service Centres across the East Riding.

The work at Cottingham will see the customer service centre and registration service move into the refurbished  library building, offering customers a one-stop-shop facility, in a modern and attractive environment. It is anticipated that work will be completed within ten months.

During the building works, the customer service centre and registration service will continue to operate as normal from their existing locations. The library service will, however, be relocating to temporary accommodation in front of the Civic Hall in Cottingham for the duration of the work.

The library will close temporarily at the end of business on Saturday 10  December at 12.30pm and will re-open in its new temporary location in front of the Civic Hall at 9.30 am on Monday 19  December.
The opening hours during the building project  will be:

Mon   9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00
Tues   9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00
Wed   Closed
Thurs  9.30 – 12.30            1.30-7.30
Fri       9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00   
Sat      9.30-12.30


Illegal street trader warning

for Christmas shoppers

Christmas shoppers in the East Riding are being warned to be alert for illegal street traders and pedlars who may be offering below standard goods.

At a time when many Christmas fairs are taking place, officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing and trading standards teams are warning people to be alert for traders offering what appear to be bargain toys, food and other seasonal goods.

Goods which are not authentic, such as toiletries, may contain ingredients that could be harmful while toys may not display any age recommendation or the CE mark, which is required by law on all toys for sale on the European market.

Street trading in the East Riding is illegal, unless the trader has been given consent to do so by the council. Those who do have consent to trade will have an identification badge, which must be worn at all times.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Everyone likes to grab a bargain but sometimes shoppers can get more than they bargained for if goods are bought from an unlicensed street trader and are later found to be faulty or dangerous, or food that has been purchased has not been through the necessary safety and hygiene checks.

“People are unlikely to find the same trader again to exchange goods or to make a complaint to or if the trader is found it is unlikely that there will be a receipt or proof of purchase.

“In the run up to Christmas licensing and trading standards officers will be out and about checking for unlicensed traders and goods which are of poor standards so people can shop safely and with confidence.”

Anyone who would like more information or advice about unlicensed street traders and pedlars should contact the council’s licensing team by email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or for more information on product safety email the trading standards team at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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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