Thursday 21 July 2022

A DRAFT policy to tackle instances of alleged bullying and harassment of staff working for East Riding Council will go before senior councillors, who are members of the council’s Cabinet, in September. It states the council will take a zero tolerance approach and vows to deal with allegations fairly and sensitively and that all employees have a responsibility to challenge inappropriate behaviour and raise any bullying they see or are subjected to with a manager.

The drafting of the new policy follows claims bullying was witnessed during inspections last year. A draft Local Government Association Peer Challenge Report also claimed unusually controlling behaviour had been seen from some managers. As a result, council leader Cllr Jonathan Owen vowed to take bullying allegations extremely seriously but later said there had not been a flood of complaints since the claims were made.

A NEW BOOK, Beverley Town Trail Revisited, is officially launched at a special event at The Treasure House in Beverley tonight followed, on Friday, by a book signing at The Beverley Bookshop in Butcher Row, from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The book, by Peter Lee and Peter Hick with help from Pamela Hopkins and Berna Moody, costs £10, with all proceeds in aid of the local charity Help For Health. It’s also available for purchase from Murray Todd in North Bar Within, the Beverley Building Society, The Bread Shed in Ladygate and The Treasure House itself.

RAIL SERVICES from Beverley got back to near normal yesterday afternoon after a day-and-a-half of full cancellations caused by this week’s extreme weather conditions. The advice is still to check before travelling because of possible delays and further cancellations; for instance Hull Trains say that although services between Beverley, Hull and London King’s Cross are now running again, journey times are increased because of slower running speeds and potential cancellations do remain – last night’s London to Beverley service, due to have arrived at 6.42pm was cancelled.