Saturday 18 February 2023

HEIGHTENED security will be in place for a meeting of Woodmansey Parish Council on Monday night after a number of incidents involving a member of the public and threats made towards the council’s chairman, Cllr Kerri Harold, who also represents Minster and Woodmansey Ward on East Riding Council.

It’s understood the issue revolves around mental health care and Cllr Harold (pictured), who is East Riding Council’s health and wellbeing portfolio holder, told Beverley FM she had been the subject of abuse and threats on a number of occasions when leaving County Hall. Acting on advice it was felt that with Monday’s parish meeting being open to the public measures should be put in place to protect both councillors and officers and the public themselves.

Cllr Harold said a risk assessment had been undertaken and, where possible, members of the public wanting to attend Monday’s meeting in the Village Hall should register with the Parish Clerk before hand. A notice on the council’s website says: “Members of the public need to arrive by 7pm. The premises door will be locked at this time and any late attendees need to contact the Clerk to be admitted.”

It continued: “Members of the public will be seated away from councillors, but within speaking and hearing distance. Although the Parish Council does not currently have the legal right to ban members of the public, it does however reserve the right to evict any person whom it believes constitutes a risk to individual councillors. The Parish Council also will suspend the meeting and call the police if considered appropriate.”

SKIDBY MILL will soon be sporting its sails again, two years after they were removed for restoration. The sails are now back in East Yorkshire but the work to attach them to the mill again has been delayed because of the current high winds.

BUS JOURNEYS will continue to be capped at a maximum of £2 for another three months, the Government has announced. The scheme will now run until the end of June.