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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: the PM pressures Nottingham to have an
elected mayor. The cities that do have a mayor are
promised more influence in Westminster. Ray Mears can
galvanise economic... Back on her feet, this woman is the first
person in England to have a heart valve.
Is the council playing fair with this market? Nothing has been
decided, they say, and then for us to find out that they have been
advertising this place for sale, it is disgusting.
How a very English designer tailors his close to suit Japan, like this
Good evening. Welcome to Tuesday's programme. The Prime Minister today
offered the leadership of Nottingham City Council the chance
to sit at the cabinet table in Number 10.
However, that tempting offer depends on Nottingham's voters
backing plans, in a referendum, for a directly-elected city mayor.
That's something Labour in Nottingham is against. David
Cameron says he wants to chair a cabinet of elected mayors to speak
up for our big English cities. One campaigner for a "yes" vote says
Nottingham is in danger of missing out. From Downing Street, here's
our Political Editor John Hess. Should Nottingham opt for an all
powerful City mayor decided by the people of Nottingham? That's the
question that'll be put in a referendum on May 3rd. Nottingham
City Council's ruling Labour leadership wants its citizens to
vote no and a resounding no. But today inside Number 10, the Prime
Minister gave his personal endorsement to a cross-party
campaign to secure a yes vote. Arriving in Downing Street, the
former Labour insider, now feeling the political till in his own city.
He wants Nottingham to have a directly elected city mayor, but
that is political heresy in labour at Nottingham. I think it is about
giving people the choice. People want to choose who their leaders
are. It is not right in this day and age. Whereby someone gets to
leave the council by 0.1 % of the population. A cross-party reception
inside Number Ten. This is to pariah to a referendum in early
make on having City Meyers in our big English cities, including
Nottingham. Meyer's can galvanise economic action to make our cities
dynamos. -- mayors. I was elected by the people. That is what makes a
difference because they are the ones to whom I am a Cant sock --
accountable. But Labour Nottingham is the sticking to its guns. They
are telling us they want to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds on
a mayor that nobody wants. creating voter interest is what
today's Downing Street reception was about.
And, John, the mayor of Leicester, finally knows what his pay packet
is going to be in future? It was an issue that was not raised
in public at this reception, but it has been a hugely controversial
issue. The new pay deal for the city mayor of Leicester has been
set at �65,000. There was a huge row when an independent panel
suggested a salary in excess of �100,000. The whole controversy
over salary was used in Nottingham as a reason not to have a city
mayor there. Sir Peter told me the new agreed salary was fair and in
line with the salary of a backbench Thank you very much.
There were denials from the dock from the former UDM president, Neil
Greatrex. He, along with fellow union leader Mick Stevens, is
accused of stealing almost �150,000 from a charity for sick and elderly
miners and using it to improve their own homes. This afternoon,
the defence started at Nottingham Crown court. Jo Healey was there.
In court, two of Nottinghamshire mining's most familiar faces facing
14 counts of theft, charged with Sealink -- stealing from a charity
set up to help sick miners and their families. Trustees of the
Nottinghamshire miners Home charity which ran at this home called the
Phoenix on the Lincolnshire coast. They control the money and they are
accused of stealing it, nearly �150,000 of it to improve their own
homes. Neil Greatrex told the court he did
use the funds to install a kitchen at his house at a cost of �11,750.
But he said he was owed remuneration as the director and
company secretary. When he was asked, did you at any time other
than the kitchen ask anybody to supply invoices for work done at
your house but picked up by the Phoenix, he replied, no, I did not.
He was also asked about cash payments for work done on his
properties. Neil Greatrex explained to the court how he paid for work
on his house in cash. Every peak months or so, he would meet the
bill they in a hotel off the M1 and hand over the cash payments. --
every three months or so. The trial continues tomorrow.
Still to come on the programme: Two of the day's big talking points.
The football. And the weather. Everyone is talking about this
glorious weather, but guess what? It is set to get even warmer
tomorrow. How high will be tempered to get? I will tell you shortly.
And it was not wrong about today, look at the lingering sunshine
behind me. It must mean we are at the end of the Football season,
adding spice to the end of a local derby.
Next tonight, the first person in England to have a new type of heart
valve fitted and it was doctors here in the East Midlands who did
it Experts at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital have been leading the way
with minimally invasive techniques for replacing aortic valves for
years. The latest development involves a valve that is easier to
position in the best place. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons
has been to meet the patient from Lincolnshire whose benefiting.
This woman is 89, but also a number one, the first patient to have a
new type of heart valve fitted in England. It was all smiles who --
as she met the doctor who fitted it. I am very well, I hope the check-up
will be excellent. The latest valve build on this
design, allowing surgeons to repay it -- the reposition it using
keyhole techniques, something that was impossible in the past. It was
limited and now we have this option to reposition it. Edna was feeling
breathless before the procedure. With ageing, the aortic valve was
not functioning well because of calcium deposits. Three weeks later
and she feels on the mend. A I have not had any pain at since I had it.
Just a little discomfort. Otherwise I am feeling that I am on the mend.
This portrait shows Edna's procedure. It is very clear to see
the metal framework around here. That is sad now, positioned across
the patient's old valve, which is narrowed and not working properly.
She has more of a spring in her step and hopes to return to one of
her passions. I hope to pick up the reins and do a little more. I used
to go dancing quite a bit. I don't know whether I will manage that
again! Egg that is following this woman, who five years ago, was the
first patient to have another procedure. Ed that is hoping for
A body has been found under a boat in the River Trent. Officers were
called out this afternoon after the body was spotted by a boat owner in
a stretch of the river at West Bridgford. The dead man is white
and thought to be in his 40s. The police are investigating the
circumstances of his death. Wildlife groups say they're worried
a local nature reserve in Derby could be ruined by a cycle track. A
map produced by the City Council suggests it wants the outdoor
circuit to go through The Sanctuary on Pride Park. It's home to several
endangered species. The council says the plan is "indicative" and
You start! Traders in Market Harborough have
reacted angrily about the district council's decision to advertise its
indoor market for lease before a final decision's made about its
future. The council says the Market Hall isn't making enough money and
it can no longer afford to keep it as it is.
So as part of our series on three streets in the East Midlands,
Victoria Hicks reports now on the controversy gripping the indoor
market in Market Harborough. Market day, people are shopping here while
they can. That is because harbour district council says the indoor
market is not making enough money. Traders have to move out and a big
brand needs to move in that so it has advertised the police have.
Despite the council saying it was willing to listen to what people
wanted to happen here, it is already gone ahead and advertised
this place on a 15 year lease. are supposed to be going to a
meeting on 13th April to this client -- decide whether the market
stays or not and they have already got the property up for sale. It is
an absolute kick in the gut. Instead of asking what we would
like first, they have gone and pulled the rug from under our feet.
To tell us that nothing has been decided and then for us to find out
that they have already been advertising this place for sale, it
is disgusting. But the council insists the decision to advertise
the lease does not undermine the consultation process. We are
looking at to might move in their at the time -- as the same time we
are doing the consultation. If the two do not come together, it will
not happen, but we cannot wait until we finish the consultation.
We have a year to make �1 million of savings. This has gone way
beyond the gauging of interest, it has put the whole market up for
least complete with the details of square footage, the potential
income requirements, development potential, even down to details
about a planning for planning permission to extend. Trade is plan
to me with the council next week to see if they can cut a deal and take
on the East of themselves. -- take on the police themselves.
Supporters of a care service for younger people with dementia have
mounted a last ditch campaign to try to save it. Nottinghamshire
county council wants to close the New Outlook centre in Sutton in
Ashfield and send those using it into general day care. But their
families say vulnerable patients will suffer. Carolyn Moses reports.
This man's maimed -- memory may be fading but he can still remember
his time at the New Outlook centre. He spent five years using the
dementia Service after day-care became difficult. They took him out
for lunch is, because he is into aeroplanes, they took him to Newark.
The staff know each person individually. They cater what they
do for them, what they are interested in. It is not like a day
centre where they sit in a chair. We have not been allowed to film
inside to show the work he does, but the county council says it is
planning to transfer the services here to general day centres across
the county. It is spending �7 million up grading 14 centres, but
campaigners say they will not offer the specialist services that are
here. People like Phil who has been using
it for months. He is worried about sharing his care. I could not cope
with that. It is not because I dislike other people, but it can
make you be overwhelmed. But the council says the fears are
unfounded and the new centres will mean dementia care is expanding.
They will be changing from the all- day services of tea and biscuits.
We are not bring people together and leaving them to mix. We are
still improving services. We will have its specialist services in
each centre which we do not at the moment. Overall the move to mixed
centres should save �4 million a year. Families want it may backfire,
with some patients simply unwilling to try them.
The health service says two Nottinghamshire hospitals haven't
had any cases of MRSA for the past two years. Newark Hospital and the
Kingsmill Hospital haven't had a single outbreak of the infection
since March 2010. Health bosses say the success is due to strict
cleaning and hygiene, and because patients are screened for MRSA when
they're admitted. Four fire fighters are to receive
the Queen's Gallantry Medal which is awarded for acts of exemplary
bravery. They were nominated after responding to a major gas explosion
at a house in June 2010 that left two people with life-changing
injuries and destroyed the property. When people's lives at risk -- at
risk, that is when you this cures, it is part of the job. He has
exploded behind the point I was shocked at first, almost thought it
was a prank. It has not sunk in yet. It is the third highest civilian
medal you can get and I am very proud of it.
They should be. Two East Midlands fashion companies
are enjoying huge success in Japan. Yesterday we told you about the
Derbyshire knitwear firm John Smedley which is making huge
inroads in the Far East. Well, it's not just John Smedley. The designer
Sir Paul Smith from Nottingham has more than 60 shops in Japan. Kylie
Pentelow reports from Tokyo on what it is about the East Midlands that
It feels a long way from the East Midlands, but people in this city
love wearing our brand. Hello! This is the Paul Smith shop. The
designer from Nottingham has made it feel like home.
It seems the Japanese cannot get enough of his English style. More
than 40 % of his worldwide business is in Japan.
He likes the accessory collection which is simple but queued.
TRANSLATION: She likes English a lot. She likes the way they dress
in a nice way which which -- which we do not have in Japan. In the
shop, you can feel that. For the first time, Paul Smith is
designing specific clothing just for the Japanese.
Like this three-dimensional womenswear. You do not need glasses
to see that it is worth adapting their brand to this market. Back in
Derbyshire, John Smedley is also tailoring its knitwear for Tokyo,
and sizing is a particular issue. The sleeves are up slightly shorter
and the chest with is more-or-less the same, but the sleeve and the
body length change. We probably do about six or seven different
colours per style. They seem to work very well for their market.
It is not just the finished product, but the history, the Heritage, that
is making the East Midlands so popular in the Far East.
A little closer to home now! Visitors to a stately home get a �6
million a welcome. Apparently Bess of Hardwick would approve, we have
been told. Another day, another local derby.
They've come thick and fast. This time its Nottingham Forest's trip
to Leicester City. Forest looking to get three points nearer to
safety, the Foxes, three points nearer the play-offs. The world of
football is a small one and former team-mates usually end up facing
each other at some point. There are some prime examples of that tonight,
notably Leicester defender Wes Morgan. He's set to line up against
his old side for the very first time. Kirsty Edwards has more.
It may be the strange before Forest fans to see where small then in a
Leicestershire at. But as far as his former manager is concerned,
there will be no hard feelings. is gone, he went with our best
wishes. Probably without selling him, we might have been in trouble.
Enough has been said about us being able to bring players in and
strengthen the team. We have a lot to thank him for.
He is not the only Leicester player to move about. Top lad, I have a
lot of time thin, good player. It would be nice if we could have him
here, but I don't think we could afford him. It will be good to see
him again. Respect is definitely mutual, although Nugent all be
looking to put one over his old boss. He is a good manager and it
will be tough, but it will be a good test. Hopefully we can get the
three points. Over the years, you could barely
separate them. They have played each other won a one times together.
The foxes were ahead by one win. -- 101 times. How will that statistic
look after tonight? We got a great result last time. Beat them last
season with Portsmouth 6-1. I suppose it had to even out
somewhere along the line. Hopefully if I can get back to the record I
had before their game, or we will be delighted. All friendships will
be forgotten come kick-off tonight with both sides desperate for all
Let's talk to the former Leicester captain now. Everyone kept
mentioning that FA Cup game, but that was a long time ago, in
January. A season will go quickly now. It was only five weeks ago but
it does seem like a long time ago. It was a massive game for be teams
tonight. Is it that they? Are Leicester serious about the play-
offs? I have not given up. Have you? Now permit -- mathematically
there are points available. Five points adrift now. People have been
saying to me that the season is over, but I do not see it that way.
Lest they have got to take each game as it comes. Every game is a
cup final. Briefly, how much pressure is wares more than under?
He will handle the situation. He is a good player, very reliable and
has a lot of respect. Not just from the Leicester fans. It is a big
game in and I am sure he will enjoy it. Thank you for joining us. The
game's all know that tonight. Nottingham Panthers play off
quarter final first leg is tonight against Braehead in Glasgow. It's
come round quick! Result in our late bulletin tonight.
And in cricket, England were bowled out for just 193 in Sri Lanka but
Nottinghamshire's bowlers are leading the fightback. Stuart Broad
took an early wicket before his Notts team-mate Graeme Swann took
the next four. The marvellous spell from Swanee has Sri Lanka all in a
spin at 84 for five. And with Jayawardene out, who knows who'll
win the game now? The game here at the King Power is
also completely up for grabs. Two teams who've started scoring goals
and entertaining. Lets see what the fans think. Paul Bradshaw's been
finding out. It has been an inconsistent season
so far, but tonight it is all about the local passion. What will these
Corby? 2-0 to it City. It has been a long month of games, but I think
we will keep going. A good win at the weekend so it 2-0. Good stuff.
Forest put seven past Leeds. would not put a bet on another
seven, but I think a revenge of 4-0 would be good. That is quite
important to get a bit of pride back after that. That was
embarrassing to say the least. I am going for a Forest win. To do zero
would be nice. -- a 2-0. We are hoping for an entertaining game
tonight. So, Leicester City versus
Nottingham Forest. Foxes still harbouring faint play-off hopes.
Forest nearly safe but not quite. BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio
Nottingham both with full commentary.
Don't worry about me sitting here, I am thus keeping it warm for the
people who are waiting to be entertained. A real prospect
tonight. Thank you very much indeed.
Exciting stuff! Visitors to one of our finest
stately homes will get a whole new experience when they arrive -
thanks to a � 6 million makeover. The stable-yard at Hardwick hall
will not only house new restaurants and shops, but will also act as a
gateway to the estate in Derbyshire. As James Roberson reports, the Duke
of Devonshire says his ancestor, Bess of Hardwick, would have been
proud. It is a way of arriving he ate
never before favoured by Dukes, but the Duke of Devonshire came this
way to the stately home in north Derbyshire to see the radical
changes that have been brought in the stable yard. They are the
culmination of a seven-year project to redevelop the visitors' entrance.
These buildings have been on the at-risk register for some time and
we wanted to do the basic repairs. But then it was to get them into a
good use. You are going to come up the drive as you have done for
years, but then go left and go around the back so people will see
ague they have never seen before. For more than two years, the stable
yard has been a building site, but now it is almost complete thanks to
the �6.5 million that has been found to renovate the buildings
into shops and restaurants. Visitors can hire the cottages and
enjoy a new vistas. This is an investment that not Ali looks after
this important historical building, but gives Hardwick a viable
financial future by ensuring that people who come they can have the
facilities that of fantastic quality, but have access to one of
the best houses in the country. There are at least six new things
that have been invented false stop opening the development, the Duke
said that his ancestor, Bess of Hardwick, would have been pleased
by the renovation. I think she would have been
thrilled because she loved value- for-money, so to see these
buildings, which were falling into dereliction, she would have been
thrilled with that. While the House will only be open from February to
October and during early December, the new stable yard will be open
all year round and bring you access to the estate as well.
Doesn't it look gorgeous in the sunshine?
It looks lovely. Alan was saying What a glorious day, as it has been
over the East Midlands, it will be continuing until the temperature
cools towards the end of the week. Overnight it will be quite chilly
under the clear skies. First photo of tonight now. The next one,
beautifully backed by the blue skies. A final photo, thank you for
sending it in. The reason for the settled conditions is the high
pressure which is sitting right across the UK now and will continue
to dominate for at least the next 24 hours before things start to
change. It means overnight, we are dry, settled, we have clear skies.
Underneath these guys, temperatures will suddenly fall very quickly so
a chilly night ahead. Temperatures down to two or three degrees. The
coldest temperatures will be in north Derbyshire way you could see
a frost and some patches of mist and fog. That will quickly left in
the morning and we are in for another stunning day tomorrow.
Clear, blue, sunny skies and a high temperature of 23 degrees. Tamara
is going to be the hottest day of the week. Looking further ahead, on
Thursday the high-pressure starts to slip away so you will notice
things being cooler on Thursday. The temperatures will continue to
come down torts the weekend. Still sunny.