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Cottingham Civic Hall – saved!!

On Tuesday 17 th October, the East Riding Council Cabinet agreed to the transfer of
the Civic Hall and Council Offices to Cottingham Village Trust. Details still have to be
agreed and the actual transfer will take place early next year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign during the last year and
ensured its success.

Now we know that we will be running the Civic Hall next year, and for many years to
come, we need to fundraise seriously. Our next fundraising events are -

November 26 th take part in the Zumbathon in the afternoon
December 1 st Hull Ladies Choir Carol Concert
December 15th our Christmas Carol Concert (with audience participation)
January 26 th Beautiful Couch
Come and enjoy an evening out in your own Civic Hall!

Katrin McClure
Cottingham Village Trust


Have your say on proposals to improve

A164 and Jock’s Lodge Junction

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is keen to hear from members of the public on proposals to improve part of the A164 and the Jock’s Lodge Junction.

As part of its funding bid to the Department for Transport (DfT), the council has launched an online survey and has arranged drop-in sessions at Beverley Racecourse on Wednesday, 8 November (9.30am-6.45pm) and the Morrison’s Beverley store on Friday, 10 November (9.30am-6.45pm) to hear from the public.

Four proposals are being considered for Jock’s Lodge:

1. A164 dualling with free flow left slip from A1079 westbound to A164 southbound
2. A164 dualling with grade separated two bridge roundabout
3. A164 dualling with new A1079 ’dumbbell’ roundabouts
4. A164 dualling with completed ‘cloverleaf’ junction.
In addition, along the A164, three separate dualling options are being considered:

1. Minimum dualling – Victoria Road Roundabout to approximately 110m south of Jock’s Lodge Junction.
2. Partial dualling – Victoria Road Roundabout to Skidby Roundabout
3. Maximum dualling – Victoria Road Roundabout to Castle Hill Roundabout.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The A164 and the A1079 are two of the busiest routes in the East Riding, with 30,000 and 20,000 vehicles using them per day, respectively.

“The Jock’s Lodge Junction, where the A1079 and the A164 meet, has historically always formed a pinch point, causing congestion.

“The council has taken steps in recent years to try and mitigate this and improve road safety, but to address the problem a major investment is required. To try and secure funding for this much-needed scheme the council will submit a business case to the DfT later this year.

“Responses to the survey and the views expressed from the public drop-in sessions will form part of the council’s submission for funding – so we are keen to hear from as many people as possible.

“If this was successful, the council would move onto detailed preparation, procurement and construction with the potential for a scheme to be completed by 2022.”

To find out more about the proposals, visit




McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, is calling for community choirs in Cottingham to take centre stage at its The Laureates development on Newgate Street later in the year, when it takes part in Sing Your Heart Out – a fundraising initiative from older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service.
As part of its 40th year celebrations, McCarthy and Stone has joined forces with Royal Voluntary Service to support the charity’s annual festive fundraising initiative. As such, the team at The Laureates have announced they are on the lookout for pitch-perfect choirs to perform in the homeowners’ lounge at the Retirement Living development in early December. 
Choirs can be amateur or professional – the only limitation will be on numbers, with groups of approximately 15 and under welcome to apply.  All those interested are invited to email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with brief information on their choir, marking the subject header “Call for Choirs Cottingham.”  The deadline for applications is 25th October and all successful choirs will be contacted by mid-November.
Sing Your Heart Out is a nationwide event that gives local people the opportunity to put on a dedicated concert in aid of Royal Voluntary Service. It doesn’t matter what song the choir sings, how loud they sing, or even who they sing it with, just as long as everyone sings their hearts out together. By raising money on the day, it is hoped choirs will raise the roof, raise money, and in doing so, raise the spirits of those vulnerable older people the Royal Voluntary Service supports.
Cordelia Winn, House Manager at The Laureates, said: “We know music and singing can be a powerful force in helping people in so many different ways, which is why Sing Your Heart Out is such a fantastic initiative for The Laureates to be involved in.
“Our participation in this fundraising event marks a fitting end to the celebrations for McCarthy and Stone’s landmark 40th year and our partnership with Royal Voluntary Service, and we are urging the talented people of Cottingham to come forward for their chance to join us later in the year to hit the high notes and spread a little festive cheer. More importantly, together we can raise vital cash to help transform the lives of older people.”
Comprising a selection of 32 one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 60 and over, The Laureates provides everything homeowners could want for a relaxing retirement.  All those who make the development their home can enjoy an active, independent lifestyle, with the opportunity to benefit from companionship when desired and privacy when needed.
Homeowners can make the most of the beautiful landscaped gardens, knowing all the maintenance is taken care of.  They can also feel secure in the knowledge that the House Manager is on hand to provide any help or support should they need it; and that friends and family can stay over whenever they choose in the development’s comfortable guest suite.
Prices at The Laureates, which only has eight apartments remaining, currently range from £199,999 for a one bedroom apartment and from £259,999 for a two bedroom apartment.
To find out more about McCarthy and Stone in the East Riding of Yorkshire please go to or call 08002014739.


East Riding Photos Picture Archive puts the past online

The East Riding Archives Service has a new website, called the ‘East Riding Photos Picture Archive’ ( which allows users to browse historic photographs of towns and villages across East Yorkshire and order high quality prints that they can frame and put up in the home.

In partnership with Max Communications Limited, the website showcases a sample of photographs from the vast collections at East Riding Archives, available in a range of size options, with the largest being 20” x 16”.

The website’s launch comes as part of an ongoing initiative by East Riding Archives to provide more services online for its customers.

Archivist Sam Bartle said:  “The online vintage prints service really helps bring history into the home for our customers.  Many people feel a strong connection to their local area and its heritage, and this website allows them to celebrate that connection by decorating their homes with fascinating images from the region’s past.”

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, added: “We tend to think of archives as being something locked away in a vault that we need special permission to see, and museum exhibits as closely guarded treasures, kept at arm’s length by glass screens and cases.  So the notion of having a piece of history in our own homes has tended to be quite unconventional, until now. This new website is an excellent new initiative.”

But East Riding Photos Picture Archive is not just for people looking to add some vintage class to their home; these historic images are also perfect for adorning the walls of any local business premises:

“The variety of size options, and the range of local places covered on the website means that cafes, pubs, restaurants and other businesses can also make use of the online prints service to lend a vintage look and feel to their rooms, giving customers and staff a real sense of place,” explained Sam Bartle.

People can browse by place, dates, theme, or even use a map which has the location of each image pinpointed onto it.

The website also features historic images of Scarborough and Hull, making great souvenirs for coastal tourists and visitors to historic Hull in its year as UK City of Culture.

The website can be found at


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.”


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.”

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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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