Litter and Fly Tipping within Anlaby and Anlaby Common As summer fades and winter approaches, verges, ditches, both council and private land begin to show the beauty of their autumnal colours and their winter bones. Sadly this can also expose the litter and fly tipping that has accumulated over the past year. The management of litter is dealt with in a number of following ways: The local council and parish council have endeavoured to place bins in strategic areas where there is heavy footfall, regular dog walkers or where wind traps waste. For the most part this is highly successful and the parish is kept clean and tidy. Also, residents can contact the parish council to request a bin for their local area if they feel that there is undue accumulation of litter in a particular area. There is also the Household Waste and Recycling Sites (HWRS) – the nearest one to our parish being the Hessle/North Ferriby - Humberfield HWRS (HU14 3NF) just off the A63 and the top off Boothferry Road. All ten East Riding HWRS sites are open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. The sites are open all bank holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. However please note: The sites will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. For larger items that cannot be handled by the regular bin collection service and for those that don’t have access to a vehicle and the HWRS sites then there is a ‘bulky waste collection service’ offered by East Riding Council. There is also a wealth of information on this topic on the East Riding website - www2.eastriding.gov.uk under their ‘Environment’ section titled ‘Bins, rubbish and recycling’. Littering and fly tipping can be prosecuted under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for persistent offenders and fixed penalty notices can also be given. It is possible for local residents to report littering and fly tipping on both public and private land and the East Riding website explains how to do this. Let’s all aspire to keep our areas tidy, look after the environment and enjoy the natural beauty of the seasons. The Tethering of Horses on Anlaby Common The private land that sits between Anlaby Common and Anlaby is an open green space that provides a relief in the urban landscape for local residents, children walking to school and commuters alike. The fields in certain areas are a natural wetland and the area as a whole acts as a flood plain for the local area. The wet open spaces provide ideal breeding grounds for the multitude of house martins that build their nests using the mud from the fields in spring. Frogs, toads and newts also breed in the dykes and wetlands that intersect the fields, deer and fawn have also been sighted in the last few years and foxes are regularly seen strolling across the fields too. One of the most endearing features of the common are the horses and ponies that graze the fields; the foals born each year are a delight to children and adults that can be seen feeding carrots and apples along the fence on Hull Road. An active and successful natural and semi-wild breeding programme is in place with stallions that are changed yearly to prevent interbreeding and therefore creating a healthy livestock. The advantage of the naturel ‘harem’ model of breeding is that the mares may ‘settle’ (achieve pregnancy) more easily and readily. As part of the husbandry of the livestock the stallions can at times be seen tethered in the fields to graze. This is done to both maintain the health of the stallions and to prevent them from trying to subdivide the herd of mares into their own individual harems. Tethering allows for the natural herd hierarchy to be established and maintained. The owners regularly check the horses and foals for health and injuries, that food and water is available and provided additionally if necessary and that the boundaries are intact and safe. They also check for numbers of horses and foals and also so that the tethered stallions can be moved to fresh grazing. Both the natural features of the Common and the horses provide rare examples of outstanding natural beauty throughout all the seasons in the landscape of Anlaby and Anlaby Common.