Strikes to affect schools, hospitals and council services

MOST of Bridlington’s schools will be closed on Wednesday, November 30 due to strike action.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the local education authority responsible for schools, have announced on their website that the following local schools will be closed.

• Bay Primary School

• Bridlington Childrens Centre - both sites.

• Bridlington Nursery

• Bridlington School Sports College

• Burlington Infants School

• Burton Agnes Primary School

• Gembling School

• Headlands School (Year 7-11 only, sixth form open as normal)

• Hilderthorpe Primary School

• Kilham Primary School

• Martongate Primary School

• New Pasture Lane Primary School

• Quay Primary School

• St Mary’s RC School

• Sunshine Nursery

• Wold Newton Primary

Announcements will continue to be made so keep checking the website for updates on other schools not yet mentioned.

Some union members at Bridlington Hospital will be holding a peaceful protest outside the hospital on Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson for Bridlington Hospital said: “We recognise that staff have the right to voice their concerns in this way, however our top priority is to provide safe care for our patients and a safe working environment for staff.

“We have reviewed the impact that the strike action may have on the hospital, and contingency plans have been put in place to ensure that there are minimal effects to services at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals.

“The full impact of the strike action will not be clear until it is underway, so it is possible that we may have no choice but to cancel some appointments and procedures on the day.

“We apologise to patients who may be inconvenienced by this, and also for any delays that may occur on the day. We ask patients and visitors to be patient with our staff who will be working hard to ensure services continue to run as smoothly as possible.”

The drop-in radiology service at Scarborough Hospital, for patients referred by their GP for an X-ray, will be closed on Wednesday.

Bridlington Central Library will be closed and any items due back on 30 November will be automatically extended until Wednesday, 7 December and no fines will be incurred. Books can still be renewed online.

Applegarth Day Centre, Bridlington, has notified service users who attend on a Wednesday that there is a possibility of industrial action on the 30 November and that transport will not be available if the strike goes ahead, however the centre will be open for service users to make their own way to and from.

There may also be disruption to services provided by the children’s social work team.

Anyone meeting with the social work team on Wednesday, 30 November will be contacted on the Tuesday to confirm if their meeting is to go ahead or has been cancelled.

If you think a child might be in danger, contact the customer service team, on 01482 395500, or is there is an emergency outside normal office hours, contact the emergency duty team, on 01482 880826.

If a child is suffering abuse and requires urgent attention because of immediate danger, call the police on 0845 606 0222.

The council has implemented business continuity plans to ensure, as far as practicable, critical services are to be maintained on the day of strike action.

Further council services in Bridlington could also be affected by strikes, keep checking the Free Press website for more details.

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