WHAT IS A PARISH COUNCIL? Please find a link that explains, in detail, more information about Cottingham Parish Council and what we are involved in. Click here to access STREET NAMING Parish Councillor, Kevin Casson came up with the idea of using the names of Servicemen and women who have been killed in battle and are associated with Cottingham for future street naming. We would like to honour those who sacrificed their lives. Most of the fallen servicemen and women are already remembered by the plaques which are situated on the Memorial Gardens but he felt, along with fellow Parish Councillors, that this would be a fitting tribute. We would like to put the names of the fallen into a name bank for any of Cottingham's future street naming. All surnames which are on the Memorial Garden plaques will be forwarded to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for future use. However, if you would like their full name to be used, we do need permission. We would, therefore, request that you give your consent in writing and address it to Cllr Kevin Casson, Parish Council Office, 9 The Cottages, Market Green, Cottingham. HU16 5QG. COMPLAINTS TO THE PARISH COUNCIL From time to time residents may feel it necessary to complain to the Parish Council who take all complaints very seriously and welcome the opportunity to respond. This is only possible if complainants provide their name, address and contact details. Anonymous complaints cannot be investigated or replied to and anonymous complaints simply cannot be actioned. The Parish Council has a Complaints Procedure, details of which are available on this website under "Council News - Policies/Procedures" or from the Parish Council offices. The Parish Council is here to listen to you. OVERHANGING VEGETATION One of the many problems raised with the Council office staff is that of overhanging vegetation which causes problems to walkers. It is difficult to push a pram on a narrow path when you are having to move branches aside; sometimes people have to move on to the road to get past a particular overgrown specimen. If you could all just take a look at your property boundaries from the viewpoint of someone walking past, especially if your property backs on to a snicket or footpath, and, if necessary, cut back any overhanding foliage, it would be greatly appreciated. POTHOLE REPAIRS The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has sent a press release about the planned repairs to potholes in roads in the East Riding. Click here to read the full details. POLICE Please be aware that the non-emergency telephone number for Humberside Police is now simply 101 at a flat rate cost of 15 pence per call. This is a national change of telephone number for non-emergency calls. The police have noticed an increase in theft from insecure motor vehicles in the area, including vehicles parked on private driveways. Please keep vehicles locked whenever they are unattended, even when parked up at home. RAILWAY LINES - LEVEL CROSSING GATES If, like us, you are fed up of the excessive time that the level crossing barriers are down, causing a huge build up of traffic at various times throughout the day and night in Cottingham, please add your voice to ours and write to Network Rail at the address shown below. Perhaps if enough people complain they may do something about the problems: Community Relations Team, Network Rail, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. DOG FOULING Once again we would like to ask all of you who own dogs - please pick up after them! We probably receive more complaints about the dog fouling in the snickets and pathways leading to schools in the village than for any other topic. The law requires all dogs to have a collar and tag and owners can be fined £75 if they fail to clean up after their dog. You know who you are so please stop leaving your dog fouling on our pavements. The Parish Council provides biodegradable doggy bags to Cottingham residents through the Parish Council Office and the KGV Sports Pavilion. All you have to do is call in and ask. There are certain areas where dogs must be kept on a lead, such as cemeteries, and there are other areas where owners are not allowed to take their dogs, such as some beaches in the summer. DID YOU KNOW? 100% OF DOG OWNERS, WHEN QUESTIONED, SAID THAT THEY DO NOT ALLOW THEIR DOGS TO FOUL THE PAVEMENTS AND FOOTPATHS!!!!!!!! GRAFFITI AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE If you see anyone defacing property or causing damage, please report it to Humberside Police either by telephoning 101 or by e-mail (with photograph if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use the form at "contact us" on www.humberside.police.uk. Many thanks to those unpaid volunteers who carry out unofficial cleanups round the village! DID YOU KNOW? 48% OF THE POPULATION ADMIT THAT THEY HAVE DROPPED LITTER! THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE 52%.