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Pilot bus services to launch for residents

of Bricknell Avenue estate next week

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to pilot two new door-to-door minibus services for people living on an estate near Cottingham following calls from residents.

The 12-week pilot scheme will begin in the St Mary’s Avenue area, off Bricknell Avenue, on Tuesday 12 September to help residents travel to Cottingham and to attend hospital and medical appointments.

The first service is a new MiBus service which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Cottingham Green, offering passengers a two-hour stay in Cottingham.

The second service is an extension of an existing MediBus service, which will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and will help passengers attend medical appointments at centres including Castle Hill Hospital.

Although the MediBus gives priority to hospital appointments, the service will consider requests to attend doctors’ surgeries and other medical centres.

On both services passengers will be collected and dropped off at their home address, but all seats will need to be booked in advance.

There will be a small charge to use the new minibuses, but discounts are available for Concessionary Pass holders.

After the initial pilot period the council will assess the two services, including how well-used they were, and will then take a decision on their future.

The scheme follows a public meeting, at which residents expressed their concerns about the withdrawal of a local bus service to Cottingham.

The council then sent a transport survey to East Riding residents living in the area. The results were analysed and the council decided to pilot the two new door-to-door services.

Councillor John Barrett, the council’s portfolio holder for operational services, said: “The council has listened to residents and I’m pleased it has been able to help by running these pilot minibus services.

“I really hope residents will make good use of these minibuses to show there is a need for them, as the future of these services depends on that.”

Both MiBus and MediBus services will both operate on a first come, first served basis and passengers will need to pre-book their seats by calling East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s transport booking team on 03456 445959.

People can get more information about the services, including information on the fares, by calling the same number.

MediBus services vary according to the bookings taken and appointment times.


Opportunity to perform in sold out show The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

Presented by Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Written by Maxine Peake. Music by Adrian McNally and The Unthanks

At The Guildhall in Hull. 3 - 18 November 2017

Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 are looking for men aged 18+ to join the community company of The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca by Maxine Peake. The show was announced at Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Season 4 launch last week and sold out in just an hour and a half.
The community company will help to bring the performance to life through a series of physical and movement sequences alongside the professional company and world class creative team. Volunteers will participate in a series of workshops and rehearsals with Co-director/Choreographer Imogen Knight and Associate Movement Director, Jon Beney, to build movement ability and confidence before appearing in the production.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for members of the local community to be part of a high-profile production at the end of what has been an incredible year for Hull.
The deadline for applications is this Friday 8 September at 10am. There will be an audition at Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 9 September, time TBC. For more information visit www.hulltruck.co.uk or visit the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office to pick up a form. Please note that this is a voluntary opportunity.

About The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
This site-specific performance will lead audiences through Hull’s historic Guildhall, the Grade II listed home of Hull City Council. It sees Maxine Peake reunite with regular collaborator Sarah Frankcom and features a live musical score from celebrated folk artists Adrian McNally and The Unthanks.

Follow Hull hero Lillian Bilocca and her crew of head-scarved women through The Guildhall, joining them in 1968 as they dare to speak out and take action to improve the safety conditions for their men at sea.

Witness the Three Day Millionaires’ riotous return home from the wet and wild west, and dance at the ghostly Silver Cod Ball, the trawler owners’ annual slap on the back. 

Become part of their story as it unfolds and immerse yourself in Hull’s fishing community. Celebrate the vivid and dangerous lives of its trawler men and unite against the feudal power of the ship owners.

Written by Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight, and with an original live score by folk’s finest - The Unthanks - this unique site-specific production will
take audiences on an unforgettable journey using music, storytelling, movement and performance to celebrate an inspirational period in Hull’s history and a force for change that resonated far beyond the city. It’s time to tell the world.


Free electric blanket safety checks for East Riding residents

Residents thinking about reaching for electric blankets as autumn approaches are being urged to make sure they are safe.

Over the next few weeks, officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s trading standards team will be at various locations offering free electric blanket checks.

The checks will take place at:
Anlaby – Wednesday 6 September, 9am to 12 noon at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice, HU10 6QJ
Elloughton – Wednesday 6 September, 1.30 to 5pm, Elloughton Village Hall, Elloughton Road, Brough, HU15 1AJ
Bridlington – Wednesday 27 September, 9am to 12 noon, Emmanuel Church Hall, 70 Cardigan Road, Bridlington YO15 3JT
Driffield – Wednesday 27 September, 1.30 to 5pm, East Riding Library at Driffield Centre, Cross Hill, YO25 6RQ
Beverley – Tuesday 3 October, 9am to 5pm, St Nicholas Community Centre, Holme Church Lane, Beverley, HU17 0PY
Pocklington – Wednesday 11 October, 9am to 12 noon, Burnby Hall, the Balk, YO42 2QF
Holme on Spalding Moor – Wednesday 11 October, 1.30 to 5pm, Village Hall, YO43 4EN
Figures show that across the UK, old and unsafe electric blankets cause more than 5,000 fires each year.  Last year, of the 254 blankets tested in the East Riding, 63 failed the safety test.

The most common reason blankets fail the test is that due to their age, a fault has developed in the wiring or they don’t have an overheat protection system which is found in modern blankets.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and council corporate services, said:  “Electric blankets are often used by older or vulnerable people so it is important to ensure that they are safe.  Older residents may be using dated or even dangerous blankets without realising.”

It takes six minutes to check each blanket, and it is free of charge to residents of the East Riding, but they must make an appointment.   Residents may bring more than one electric blanket to be tested, but an appointment must be made for each blanket they intend to bring.  People with poor mobility may be eligible to have their electric blankets picked up and delivered back to their home.

Anyone wishing to make an appointment to have their blankets checked can ring the council on (01482) 396301 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Essential work begins in Cottingham

on Harland Way

Work to improve the security of Cottingham’s water supply will start next week (24 July).

Yorkshire Water will replace some equipment and create new connections in Harland Way in the area as part of a £1.2 project.

From 24th July temporary traffic lights will be needed as part of Harland Way will be closed from 85 Harland Way upto the Cottingham High School. From 31st July, Harland Way will be closed to through traffic for five weeks from the address above, with only residents able to access the road.

After this the road will revert back to two-way traffic with traffic lights until December.

A Diversion is available via Castle Road which will be signposted.

Yorkshire Water’s project manager David Standish said: “We know this closure will be inconvenient for local people and apologise in advance.

“We have arranged to start the work in the school holidays when traffic is normally quieter and hope this will reduce the impact on traffic through the area.
“It’s important we make these changes to the water network so that we can continue to supply high quality drinking water to Cottingham and the surrounding area and we hope local people will bear with us while the work takes place.”

The project is expected to last until December and is part of a £3.8bn investment programme by Yorkshire Water between 2015 and 2020. The company’s network of pipes stretches for 51,500 miles and supplies 1.3bn litres of water to households across the region every day - the equivalent of 8bn cups of tea.

It is highly unlikely that Yorkshire Water's contractors will need to access people's homes as part of the work. And the company warned local residents to be vigilant of unscrupulous people posing as employees. All contractors and employees carry  photographic ID which can be verified as genuine by calling 0800 1 38 78 78. Genuine members of the team won't mind waiting while their credentials are verified.       


Funding available to

increase home security

A pot of money is available to certain residents across the East Riding to help them minimise the fear of crime by increasing their home security.

The safe and sound scheme, run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, allows people who may be vulnerable, to apply for additional home security measures such as additional locks for doors and windows, door chains and window alarms.

To qualify, applicants must be aged 60 or over or disabled and be a home owner, private sector tenant or housing association tenant and the combined savings of everyone living in the household does not exceed £5,000.

The scheme is not available to anyone who is a council house tenant.

Successful applicants will be entitled to a free home security assessment and the fitting of any security measures.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would urge those who are eligible to apply for the safe and sound grant to do so.

“The scheme will help improve their home security, which in turn will help them feel safer in their home and community.”

For more information, or to request an application for email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone (01482) 396380.


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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