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Toilet Training for Adults

Over the past 3 years, Skeffling News has had to report that the sewers in Skeffling have been blocked by inappropriate articles being put down the toilet. This has meant Yorkshire Water being called out to rectify the damage.

They have been called out twice in the past year and this is due solely to thoughtless residents.

Here is a message from Yorkshire Water, please read it carefully and act accordingly..

"There is a common misunderstanding that problems arising from sewers and drains are the fault of Yorkshire Water or the Local Authority.  In fact, many of the problems are caused by the general public themselves.

The sewers are designed to take sewage, and when the public dispose of items such as nappies, sanitary products, cotton buds, makeup, cooking fat and wet wipes down the sink/toilet these inevitably will eventually block up the drains      and      pumping

stations, this leads to sewage backing up in the pipes and re-emerging, often into people's homes.

Anyone one who has ever had their home flooded by raw sewage due to a pipe blockage will know exactly how horrific and distressing the situation can be. Accordingly, Yorkshire Water are working hard to reduce as much as possible the change of this happening.

Yorkshire Water are experiencing blockages in our pumping station in the middle of Skeffling, which have been caused by the inappropriate disposal of wipes (i.e. Baby wipes, cleaning wipes, make-up wipes, some moist toilet tissue) down toilets in the village.

Most wipes on the market, even though they may say 'flushable' on the packet, will not break down in the drains and sewer system and can cause blockages.  Please bag and bin these items.  There are baby wipes available, which are made of wood pulp like toilet paper, which can be torn apart once wet.

Most wipes, however, are made from a woven plastic and will not break down into small manageable pieces in the sewer.

Yorkshire Water is working with the other water companies in the UK, and with Water UK, to lobby the Trade Associations EDANA and INDA to ask the manufacturers of these items to clearly label their products as 'un-flushable' if they do not pass a number of criteria for 'breakdownability' in the sewer environments.  On most packets you will see a small logo with a picture of a toilet with a cross through it.

As you can appreciate the main driver for these companies is profit and they will prioritise design over environmental messages.

We do appreciate that many customers in the village are not connected to the public sewer system but if these items collect with your own private drainage system, they could cause a blockage, which could subsequently lead to sewage backing up in to your property.

For those that are connected to the public sewer please be aware of the environmental impacts of discharging inappropriate materials to the public sewers.

Just because it is out of sight does not mean it will not cause you and your neighbour's problems in the future.


Council Tax Bills

For the past 4 years Skeffling Parish Council has NOT increased the Annual Precept, so when a parishioner pointed out his share of the precept had risen by 5.6%, it was time to find out why.

The reason East Riding of Yorkshire Council gave was this:-

Everyone's share of the precept is calculated by the number of houses eligible for the charge.  Therefore, if a house has an exemption against it this amount is shared equally amongst the other houses.

Houses with an exemption include empty houses, and residences where there has been a change in circumstances.

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This might be because the accommodation is now single occupancy or there has been a change in circumstances, i.e. Unemployment.

So if you have noticed an increase in your Council Tax for 2012/2013 that's the reason why.

Skeffling Parish Council have kept the Precept at £1,320 for the past 4 years, this hasn't changed, it's just being shared out differently because of exemptions.

Emergency Number

Recently the Police changed their phone numbers, and this has caused a bit of confusion. So you might like to make a note of these: 999 - Emergencies ONLY 101 - General Calls

These numbers will not change.

Please remember 999 is for genuine Emergencies only.  It isn't for help to get your cat out of the tree!

We need our Police Force to be there when we really need their help. Inappropriate use of 999 means they might not be available for real emergencies.

Shopping News

Good news for shoppers!

Jason's of Easington have begun an ASDA Shopping run every Monday at 9.30am.  They pick up in Kilnsea, Easington, Patrington and all surrounding villages. Places will be limited to 16 so please pre-book.  It costs £5 for a return trip, so if you're interested ring Jason on 07837592268.

0800 Buster!

Calls from mobiles to 0800 numbers costs up to 14p a minute.

From 2014 Oftel wants this stopped.  Until then if you ring 01XX XXX XXXX, enter the 0800, 0808, or 0500 number you want to phone, then press hash to start the call.

Your call is now FREE.

For more information go to www.0800Buster.co.uk, it's a fascinating read with lots of tips on ways to save money on things you didn’t know you could save money on.   All this is by courtesy of Martin Lewis, the money guru of breakfast-time TV...

Snippets of Stuff

Tom Hessell has a surfeit of terracotta pots to give anyone who'll give them a good home.  You can ring him on 650645, or just go and pick them up.

I’ve got a huge pile of plastic plant pots, the small kind!  If you’d like them please give me a ring on 650032.

With the turn over to digital TV a lot of analogue sets have been exchanged for digital sets and are now sitting all forlorn in a dim dark corner.  So does anyone know of a charity who would like these redundant analogue TV sets.  I've got one, a TV on a stand, in perfect working order, and I suspect there are plenty more about.

If you know of any charity who can make use of these old sets, please let me know.

Battery News!

Remember sometime last year when everyone was urged to recycle their dead batteries?  Well, you certain did, and what stars you are.

Three boxes were placed in the area, one in Skeffling, one at Easington School, and one at Easington shop.  These batteries have now been picked up and weighed and here's the results. Easington School collected 18 kilos, Easington shop collected 75 kilos, and Skeffling collected 25 kilos.  That makes just over 100 kilos of batteries which, thanks to you, will now be correctly disposed of.

A big thank you to everyone who took the time and  effort to recycling their

batteries, especially the children at Easington School.  Unfortunately, we don't earn any money from this massive collection, but we can all pride ourselves on protecting our planet and making the future of our earth that little bit safer.

Well done, everyone, and keep up the good work...

Blue Bin Days

The next blue bin collection will be on Thursdays, 21st June & 19th July.

If you'd like to be absolutely positive you don't miss it, you can ask East Riding Council to send you a text message. It's a free service and they'll send you a prompt the day before the collection is due. To get this service text 'Blue' to 07786 201286.

Brown Bin Days

The next two Brown Bin days are:

Thursday 14th & 28th June Then Thursday 12th & 26th July

Police Surgery

The Police Surgery will no longer be held at Skeffling Village Hall.  For times and venues for Police Surgeries in the area please see the Holderness Gazette

Mobile Library Dates

The next two dates for the Mobile Library are Wednesday, 7th March and 21st March.

The van will be in Skeffling, waiting at the top of Church Road at 11.15am, and staying for about 30 minutes.   It's very easy to join.  You need two proofs of identity such as an electric bill and something with your signature on, and that's it.  The staff are very friendly and helpful, and if you'd prefer to listen instead of read, there's a wide selection of audio tapes and CDs which are free of charge.

Hiring Fees for Village Hall

If you're thinking of just the right venue for Weddings, Christenings, or Birthday Parties for young and old, Skeffling Village Hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, and chairs and tables to seat up to 100. All this is included in the hiring fee.

Social events are £5 per hour.

Business events are £10 per hour.

All day events are £75 per day.

To book the Village Hall please ring Julie Newsam on 01964 650069.

Window Cleaning

If you've been looking for a window cleaner, there's a window cleaner who's been looking for you!

The company is FEENEY CLEAN, and they do the lot: windows, fascias, soffits, gutter cleaning and clearance.  Conservatory roofs and paintwork is one of their specialities.

If you'd like to know more the telephone number is 01964 615892, and the mobile number is 07738 116127.

Dates for your Diary

Brown Bin days - Thursdays, 14th & 28th June, and 12th & 26th July.

Blue Bin day - Thursday 21st June & 19th July.

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 13th & 27th June, then 11th & 25th July

Please don’t forget if you would like to get involved in Skeffling News, please give me a ring...

June 2012

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Editor's News

Dear Readers,

I'm sorry there hasn't been an issue of Skeffling News for a couple of months, but life has been hectic and my time extremely limited.  Unfortunately, having to gather the news, write, produce, print and deliver it myself there just aren't enough hours in the day, or days in the week!

Because of this I am proposing to bring out an issue of Skeffling News every two months in future.  So the next issue will be in August.

I'm sorry about this, but I can't think of another way of stretching my time to accommodate everything I have to do.

Unless someone would like to share the load...  Now that's an idea...  If you'd like to get involved with Skeffling News and learn a bit about publishing please give me a ring...  650032

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