Month: June 2014




The Sport, Play and Arts Service have launched a National Football Initiative locally. Walking Football sessions will take place at Beverley Leisure complex every Wednesday on the outside pitch starting at 11am until 12noon.

The weekly sessions are free and are supported by the East Riding County F.A and are part of the Mars Just Play National Scheme.

The sessions are targeted for people over 50 and aim to provide fun, sociable football games and skills, which will improve fitness for those who maybe previously played and would like a chance to get their boots on once again.

The sessions will be led by Adam Gibson from the Sport, Play and Arts Service who will provide casual organised walking football games and accommodate various fitness levels, providing low to mid intensity matches ideal for those who haven’t played for a long time or would just like to get fitter and meet new people.

No matter what skill or fitness level you are we would strongly recommend you give Walking Football a try!

For more information or to book on to a session please call Adam Gibson (01482) 392528 or email




On Saturday, 7 June 2014 the inaugural Humber Bridge parkrun proved extremely successful with 208 runners taking part at the Humber Bridge Country Park.  The run which comprises three laps of the Country Park saw runners from across the East Riding of Yorkshire along with many visitors from across the country. In total runners from 33 different athletics clubs took part along with many first time and unattached runners.

Event Director Helen Penn said: “After nearly six months of planning, I am delighted that the Humber Bridge parkrun is now a reality. It was fantastic to see so many runners involved and we hope the success of the event will now spread and we can welcome many more runners to the Country Park in the coming weeks and months”.

parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run which is open to all ages and abilities and is run by local volunteers and supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts service. It takes place at 9am every Saturday morning and can be used as a beginner’s way back into getting fit and healthy, all the way to an advanced athlete wanting to use the run as a training method.

The timing of the event allows all involved to monitor improvement and challenge themselves every time they take part. Results and statistics are posted on the website shortly after the event which enables runners to monitor their success, progression and improvements.

Councillor Richard Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture said: “I welcome this event to the East Riding; it is a great tool for encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle”.

Across the UK, there are now over 260 events taking place each week and the Humber Bridge Country Park is the latest run to be accepted as an official parkrun UK event.

For more information on how to sign up, please visit or alternatively please contact




East Riding of Yorkshire Council runs a programme of health walks aimed mainly at people who take little or no exercise. It is part of the national Walking for Health initiative offering free walks for beginners.

East Riding of Yorkshire council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service have introduced a new 45 minute walk in Beverley which is aimed to ‘bridge the gap’ from the 30 minute walk (which is held on the first Wednesday of each month) to a one hour walk. The new 45 minute walk will be held on the third Wednesday of every month (18 June, 16 July and 20 August) from Beverley Leisure Complex. After the walk there is a chance to socialise and have refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

The walk will be of low intensity and is a great opportunity to get some exercise whilst getting a glimpse of the local surroundings.

Adam Gibson, East Riding Community Sports Coach and walk leader says: “Walking is a great way to get exercise, get some fresh air and meet new people.

“The new 45 minute walk finds that middle ground between the 30 minute walk being too easy and the one hour walk which is faster paced, being too intense”.

If you would like more information or to book a place on the Beverley 45 minute walk please contact Adam Gibson, East Riding Community Sports Coach on (01482) 392528 or email:




Members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet will be asked to recommend for publication the authority’s Flood Investigation Report into the tidal surge of 5 December 2013 at their meeting on Tuesday 24 June.


The council is the Lead Local Flood Authority as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and as such conducted an investigation into the flood incident which involved significant flooding at various locations including Bridlington, Skipsea, Hornsea, Tunstall, Easington, Kilnsea, Paull, Hessle, North Ferriby, Faxfleet, Blacktoft, Yokefleet, Saltmarshe, Skelton, Old Goole, and Reedness.


The water level at the Hull tidal barrier reached a record level, peaking only 400mm below the top of the barrier. In the East Riding, some 300 properties (69 commercial and 231 residential) were directly affected by flooding.  An estimated total of 600 acres (or 2432 hectares) of agricultural land also flooded.


The council participated in the multi-agency Gold Command response during the flooding, and set up a Silver Command at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the council’s response. Staff were stationed in vulnerable areas which meant that thousands of sandbags were deployed and roads closed where necessary for safety. The council’s new emergency pumps were also used to remove flood waters, transport provision mobilised, and rest centres were set up in preparation.


The report concludes that the flooding was generally caused by overtopping of defences rather than breaching defences, and that the damage – although extensive- would have been far worse if the existing defences had not been in place or if the tidal surge had coincided more closely with the high tide. It concludes that the overriding cause was the combination of the high spring tide and the storm surge, leading to exceptionally high water levels.


The council’s report, by law, must investigate which risk management authorities have relevant flood risk management functions and whether those authorities exercised those functions in response to flood. This includes an examination of the council’s own performance in responding to the flood situation.


The report concludes that the council and the emergency services performed well during what was an exceptional event. The report also makes several recommendations to improve flood resilience across the East Riding, including:


  • The Environment Agency (EA) should consider a thorough review of their Flood Warning procedure and tidal warning and prediction systems to identify possible improvements to the timeliness of warnings
  • The EA should be encouraged to progress their review of the Humber Strategy as a matter of urgency. The Council agrees to support the EA in this.
  • The EA should launch a publicity campaign to inform the public of the significance of the Flood Warning procedure and the warnings themselves, and the measures which people can take to protect themselves.
  • Parish councils in all affected areas should consider preparing or reviewing and updating a Local Emergency Plan.
  • All property owners in the affected area should be encouraged to develop a property flood plan to be implemented after any flood warning.
  • Property level protection should be considered for vulnerable properties.


Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, added: “The event on 5 December, which had a massive impact on a significant number of East Riding residents, illustrated how important it is for the Environment Agency and the government to focus on the genuine needs of those communities at risk from forces of nature which are global and increasingly threatening.”



Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said:” I am delighted that this report praises the highly successful multi-agency approach adopted in December. Everybody worked together very well indeed, and it was clear that dialogue between the agencies has greatly improved in recent years. I was hugely impressed by the quick and professional response of our superb staff, especially as much of the work was needed overnight”