Councillor’s quick action over yellow salt bin’s ‘dangerous’ position at Kipingcotes Derby starting line

A Market Weighton town councillor’s quick action has led to a promise that a ‘dangerous’ salt bin will be removed from near the start of the Kiplingcotes Derby.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 1:32 pm
East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the bin would be moved before the next Kiplingcotes Derby.

England’s oldest horse race had to be cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, John Thirsk, a winner of the race, and steward Stephen Crawford walked their mounts around the course to make sure the race can continue to take place.

They had noticed that workers had placed a yellow salt bin close to the starting line and on the wrong side of the road for the race.

In a lucky coincidence, Cllr Stephen King happened to be near the line when the riders were there.

They asked Cllr King if he could do something to move the salt bin.

Cllr King said: “No one was aware of the yellow bin and the riders were surprised to see it.

“It is excellent news that the ERYC will move the bin at least 30 metres south of the starting line on the opposite grass verge.

“They also said it would be green rather than a yellow one.

“We were on our way to Beverley on the day of the race and we passed the starting line so we’d thought we’d just stop and take a look.

“Steve Crawford recognised me and asked if I could get something done about the bin.

“The riders thought it was in a dangerous position.”

An ERYC spokesman said: “We can confirm the job has been raised with our operations team and the salt bin will be moved onto the opposite verge, swapped for a green bin, and placed closer to the hedgerow.

“This will be completed in time for the next Kiplingcotes Derby.”