There has been a staggering increase in the number of people being caught and prosecuted for fly tipping in Hull over the last year.
The figure has risen by fifty per cent - but it still costs taxpayers in the city more than one hundred and fifty thousand pounds a year to clear up the massive amount of rubbish that is dumped on the streets. Sarah Clark reports:
Hull City Council is launching an online survey today to get residents views as to which services in the city should be prioritised, before they set next year's budget.
The council is asking people for their views as to which ten services they value most and which they value least.
The Council is urging all customers and residents, partners and interested stakeholders to take part in the survey, available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/valuehull.**
***It is estimated that Hull City Council will have £48 million less funding over the next two years.*
The survey will be available on the Council website from today until Friday December 13. For customers who are unable to access online services at home, the survey will be available on the network computers in customer service centres or libraries. Staff will be happy to help with this.
Campaigners are celebrating after Hull City Council decided NOT to close a popular swimming complex.
Two pools at Ennerdale Leisure Centre were set to close in April next year - but after petitioning by swimming clubs and local politicians, the council says it's found funding to keep it open until at least 2015. Helen Steel reports.
Hull City Council is considering scrapping annual elections in a bid to save money. It could mean saving around a quarter of a million pounds a year. If approved elections would be held every four years like in the neighbouring East Riding Council area.
Thousands of workers at Hull City Council could face being sacked as part of plans to then rehire them on new contracts. Unions have been meeting with the council today over the proposals. The move is being blamed on council cutbacks.
People living in parts of Hull will have their bins emptied fortnightly - instead of once a week - from today. Council bosses say they are changing the number of collections for 110,000 households.
It's hoped the move will lead to an increase in recycling and also save the authority around £1m a year. Residents will receive information packs in the next few days - which includes a calendar with new collection dates. Councillor Martin Mancey spoke to Calendar about the changes.
Hull City Council announced today that it has successfully prosecuted a trader for illegally advertising cars for sale on the road.
Council officers visited Clough Road after receiving a number of complaints from residents, regarding more than one vehicle advertised "for sale" taking up space on Minton Street on 27 June.
Stephen Johnson, trading as Clough Road Car Sales, was proved guilty in his absence under Section 3 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 at Hull Magistrates Court on 26 October. Mr Johnson was ordered to pay a £350 fine, costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £15 totalling £715.
These cars were advertised for sale and parked illegally which makes the city look untidy. This trader did not comply with legislation and Environmental Neighbourhood Officers will not hesitate in taking action.
– Councillor John Hewitt - Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Communities