Work on Castle Street in Hull will begin in 2020

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed in an email to Emma Hardy that the improvement works to Castle Street in Hull will begin in March of 2020 writes Sarah Oughtibridge.

Emma Hardy MP for West Hull and Hessle confirmed in a statement:

“After months of pressing the Government on this issue, I am delighted that the Transport Secretary has finally confirmed the date on which work will commence on the Castle Street Development. This is by no means the end of the road as there are still a number of challenges to be addressed. Constituents can rest assured that I will continue to press Highways England, Hull City Council and the Government to make sure that the project is delivered to the time frame that has been agreed.”

Miss Hardy has been working closely with Hull Council Transport Portfolio Holder Martin Mancey to ensure that both Government and City Council efforts compliment each other and those of the Highways England project manager.

Cllr Mancey said:

” Emma and I are both determined that there will be no more slippage on the programmes for delivering the bridge and the main scheme, and we are working very closely together to ensure the dates confirmed by the Secretary of State are adhered to”

Work on a temporary foot bridge over the busy road will begin next year.

One local worker told me:

“We’ve had to wait far too long for these improvements, it should have been started years ago”



Former Smith and Nephew Car Park Flats Plans Submitted

This image shows the location of the proposed flats. Image supplied by Google.

A new planning application has been submitted to develop the former Smith and Nephew car park.

The revised plan outlines the construction of 24, one bedroom residential flats.

An original application – refused in 2016 – consisted of 33 single bedroom flats build in four, thee storey blocks running the length of the 142 space car park. Planners at this time raised concerns over:

1, Failure to provide sufficient parking for the needs of the residents. This will result in heightened competition for on street parking in the nearby residential area.

2, Local amenities would be compromised due to an increase in community needs.

Council streetscene officer Chris Cumberlin said therewas still work to do to approve the application. He wrote in a report:

“Provision should be included within the planning application to ensure adequate and sufficient storage arrangements remain in place within the curtilage of the household property so the owner/occupier can securely manage their waste/occupier can securely manage their waste and recyclables within receptacles provided by the council.”

The development site sits in housing zone 3 of the cities flood plans. A report carried out in 2016 states with regard to flood risk:

“Flood zone 3a is defined as the high probability zone in terms of flood risk. This happens where land is assessed as having a 1 in 100 or greater risk of annual flooding.”

For more information on this planning application click on the link below.


published on Hull Central 9th March 2018

Hull braces itself for Snow at the Weekend

Once again Hull, like the rest country, is in the grips of a cold snap, this time thanks to  Storm Caroline as she heads towards Scandinavia.

Meteorologists have issued a yellow weather warning for snow in Hull and East Yorkshire as temperatures hover around freezing on Sunday. The area is expected to see around 5 centimetres falling from around 9am.

The brunt of the storm is being felt across Northern Ireland, Northern England and Scotland at the moment with some schools closed and power shortages to around 500 homes.


1 Hot Chocolate (Brandy Optional)

Tea and Coffee are great but there is something warm and comforting about Hot Chocolate that can’t be beaten. There is one question that needs to be asked. How do you have yours? Straight? with cream? with Marshmallows? Brandy? or a mixture?

2 Building a Snowman

Ok, it might be cold outside but put on your hat and gloves and get building.

There is something about building a snowman that is timeless, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you will become a kid again once he starts to take shape. He doesn’t need to look like he belongs in a cold room at Ferens Art Gallery, he just needs to make you smile whilst you make him. But take a picture as he may not hang around for long.


3 See the Panto at Hull New Theatre

Peter Pan is this years offering at Hull Theatre. It would feel wrong to go to a panto if the temperature was twenty degrees. Seeing celebrities (and I use the word advisedly) dressed up on stage is pretty standard, but to be actively encouraged to boo the baddie, that’s a Christmas treat.


4 Wrap up under blanket

When it’s really cold, especially a night grabbing your favourite blanket and pulling it up to your chin will keep you toasty and warm.


5 See the Christmas Lights

Christmas lights look stunning, they twinkle and sparkle away guiding you through the town.


6 Thor’s

Thor’s is Hull’s new pop up bar. It’s between St Stephens and Hull Truck .

It has a rustic charm that’s different from other bars. One thing that makes it even more festive is the warm mulled wine it has on tap. It has a rustic charm with an open fire pit to keep the chill off.

7 Hit the Slopes

Sledging and snow are a match made in heaven. Pull on your hat and wellies grab the sled and off you go to find the nearest hill to race down. The go-to place here seems to be Beverley Westwood.

The great thing with sledging is, it doesn’t matter what you use whether it is a plastic one from a supermarket, a tea tray or fancy wooden one, if they can slide, you’re on a winner.

8 Soft lights and the fire

Turn the fire on and the big light off. It gives the illusion of extra warmth. The reason is simple fire light has a warm glow a light bulb is cold and harsh. If you need a light use a side or reading lamp.

9 Keep your feet warm

Warm socks and slippers. If your feet are cold you will never feel warm.

10 A Cheeky tipple 

A cheeky brandy or whiskey will always take off the cold edge and give that warm fuzzy feeling from the inside. A drop in coffee or hot chocolate before bed is perfect.


A poll has been carried out over the important issues of how best to have your hot chocolate. The result’s are below


Published on Hull Central on 8th December 2017


What the change in Hull City Council Wards actually means

The map of Hull Council’s wards are in the process of changing, Sarah Oughtibridge has been looking at what is happening and what it actually means for the people of the city. 

The plan to change Hull City Council wards is entering the final stages of negotiations.

Between October 2016 and August 2017 three rounds of negotiations took place allowing both political parties and individuals the chance to make proposals for the change.

The outcome was an agreed reduction in the number of wards from 23 to 21, and a reduction in the number of Councillors from 59 to 57.

In a previous article Sarah looked into the final round of public consultations on polling districts.

The next stage is for the proposals to go before parliament for final approval.

Leader of the Council Stephen Brady said: ‘The Local Government Boundary Commission have made some significant recommendations regarding the wards in the city which are largely, but not wholly, based upon proposals drawn up by the Labour Group on Hull City Council’.

The video below shows the three phases boundary change process in Hull

This makes sense if you are familiar with local politics, but for the everyday Jackie or Joe on the street what does it all mean?

Every town and city across the United Kingdom is broken down into council wards.

‘A division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes’

Each ward is usually the same size and allocated three councillors, except in mixed urban and rural locations where there may only be one or two.

The councillor’s role is to represent that area within the council. They are in many respects a performer who spins plates. Each plate is a different section of the community: residents, businesses, and community groups. There is also the political party to which they belong, and the council. Each of these entities is a plate and in-order to keep each spinning there are tweaks and adjustments which need to be made. If one was to fall the result could be a knock-on effect from one to the other each landing in a broken mess on the floor.

When proposing changes it was important for the council to demonstrate to Parliament that ‘a good balance between community identity and electoral equality’ and been taken into account.

In other word’s the council need to show that they recognise that Hull is becoming more and more diverse in its communities, and each has its own identity. This need to be carefully balanced with the number of people in an area that are able to vote.

Like the councillor’s who spin the plates, the City Council leaders are also playing a balancing game but this time it’s even more tricky. They have a set amount of resources which need to be shared between the ward, and the trick is to get the balance right. Some area’s need help with housing, some need help with crime, whilst for  others its the roads or community projects.

By reducing the number of councillors that wages bill will be eased allowing that extra money to be re-allocated to other area’s which may be the little extra they need to help increase a much needed service.


Written By Sarah Oughtibridge published on Hull Central on 27th October 2017



Hull City Council opens Polling Station consultation to the public

Hull City Council Polling Districts and Polling Places consultation has been opened for public reaction today.

As part the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s plan to reduce the number of council ward’s.

Under the current structure the city is divided into twenty-three section which are run by fifty-nine councillors’. Under the revised proposals the number of wards and councillors will both be reduced by two.

Every ward in the city will be affected by the change.

When looking into adjusting ward boundaries there are many things a council must take into consideration including:

  • The number of electors per polling station which currently stands at 2500.
  • The accessibility to the station for people with disabilities is also of great importance.
  • Members of the electorate are encouraged to vote on the newly proposed ward’s with suggestions for improvement welcome. The process is overseen by the Acting Returning Officer who will present the results once the consultation period has closed on Friday 17th November 2017.
  • The restructuring of ward boundaries form part of a greater parliamentary constituency reform which will see the number of  MP’s across Yorkshire and Humberside reduced from fifty four to fifty.

Electorates are encouraged to express their opinions and suggested amendments. The Acting Returning Officer will present the findings once the consolation period has ended on Friday 7th November 2017.

The below image demonstrates the current council wards – click on image.

This image demonstrates the proposed council ward’ – click image

The council ward restructure is linked to a Parliamentary constituency reduction seeing the number of MP’s in Yorkshire and the Humber being reduced from 54 to 50.

By Sarah Oughtibridge published of Hull Central 20th October 2017

Student Discount Saved at Hull’s King Billy Car Park

The car park at King William House has confirmed the students of Hull College will still benefit from substantial savings once the new owners take over on Monday.

Incoming owners of the car park confirmed they would be taking over the multi-story building on High Street, but until now would refused to comment on possible price increases.

For several years the outgoing owners have offered students a highly discounted daily rate reducing the cost from seven pounds per day to just one pound eighty. This compared to other parking venues in the area is quite considerable.

The graphic above, demonstrates the cost of parking for a student studying three days per week over a forty one week academic year.

A source at Q Park said:

“the area manager has assured me that all of the current rates will be honoured when we take control of the site on Monday.”

A written assurance from Q Park was requested but not available at this time.

A member of staff from the car park said:


Hull College have been contacted about the ongoing support for the students and how it will benefit them in the future, we are waiting on the response.


Published on Hull Central on 29th Sept 2017