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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight, time for the tarmac tax. Nottingham's workplace
parking levy starts on Sunday. There is criticism from business
leaders that it will drive firms out of the city. Plus, when it
raised as much money as the council had hoped?
Also: 10 operating theatres could close as hospitals in Leicester
look for more big savings. A of course people are worried and in a
sense, we are worried and it is our duty to be worried so refocus on
doing this properly. Plus: fears of a fuel shortage
spark another day of queues and shortages.
And who is a lucky girl? Sally helps smooth for the way for a lamb
Good evening and welcome to the programme. First tonight,
Nottingham becomes the first city in the UK to charge people to park
at work and it starts this weekend. Business leaders fear it will drive
companies out of the city and stop others from moving in. The council
says the money raised will help it to invest in public transport. But
fewer spaces than anticipated have been registered and, as a result,
the council now faces a �2 million shortfall.
It is controversial and will cost businesses thousands of pounds a
year. The workplace parking levy comes into force this Sunday. His
is the first place in the sup -- in the country to charge people to
charge at work. Business leaders fear the charge will drive
companies out of the city. This lorry servicing company which has
been in Nottingham since 1985 says it will look to relocate. It is
like having a 20 % hike in business rates. Imagine having to take that
cost with no benefit. One of the lease is up in five years, we will
be looking to move out of the zone. Obviously, we will not have to then
worry about the cost. Businesses with 10 or fewer spaces will not be
charged but companies with 11 spaces or more will have to pay
�288 a year for each one. This company will pick up for �5,000
bill for its 19 spaces and 30 staff. In this current climate, �5,000
represents a significant amount of turnover. We would have to get at
least another �150,000 worth of business to stand still. The levy
applies to a total of 20,000 car parking spaces. That is 10,000
fewer than first expected. The council says it should raise �80
million, �2 million short of the target. But council leaders say
they are confident the income will meet targets over the next few
years and the money will be invested in local transport,
including the extension of the tram network. I think the council is
here to represent the people of Nottingham and I don't think they
are doing that. They have not taken into account how we feel about it.
Nottingham may be the first but more than half a dozen other cities
are now considering a workplace parking levy.
Joining us now is Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City
Council. Councillor Chapman, what do you say to companies who say
this is effectively a 20% increase on business rates? I would say that
what this city has got to do his advance and it needs to keep
transport investment going, especially under present conditions.
Without this investment, there would be no additional tramline, no
improvement in this station. We would have to take the buses off
and would have no prospect of increasing the tram network in
future years. Therefore, we've got to keep investment going and the
biggest beneficiaries of investment are businesses. Businesses say they
are not going to stay here. Nottingham's Forum of Private
Business says, it sends out a clear signal to anyone thinking of
setting up business in Nottingham, to look elsewhere. We are not
finding out. Inevitably, any tax is going to be unpopular. You are
going to get a bit of exaggeration and that is what happening. Some
business leaders to recognise its benefits. We've had no sign that
people are moving out because the costs do not justify it. Moreover,
we've had one company relocating with InterCity and another just
vacations is it will be near the tramline. It is one of the
bargaining tools we have to try and get the Broad Marsh reinvested in.
What about the claim for a business and who says you are fading with to
represent people. They didn't ask for this lovely. No, they didn't,
but sometimes you've got to take decisions for the next 20 years and
this is what we're doing. On that basis, we would never have invested
in Suez, in schools, in anything public. -- sewers. Is it going to
take 20 years before you know whether this has worked, whether
this has benefited the city? No, I think we will know quite soon. The
other advantages it creates jobs. It believers in the millions of
pounds worth of government investment. Without the levy, we
would not have had the money to pay for our part of the triumph.
Briefly, you are not concerned about this �2 million shortfall in
the first year. No, because we look over 20 years and we think it will
balance out. We are also cutting our cloth. We are very efficient at
producing tram systems, and like another of other cities.
-- unlike. Still to come on the programme: a drug implant that can
restore sight. We report from a hospital where 12 patients have
already benefited from the new Many fuel pumps across the East
Midlands ran dry again today because of panic buying.
Even though the threat of strike action by tanker drivers over
Easter has been ruled out, drivers have still been queueing to fill
their tanks. Simon is at a filling station in Derby now.
This petrol station is normally very busy, particularly at this
time of night, but as you can see, the forecourt is deserted. That is
because the entrance is combed off and as the sign says, no fuel. When
the there was some fuel earlier this morning, apparently the cars
were queuing out on to the busy road. That was a scene repeated
across the region today. Despite the tanker drivers' union saying
that they were not going to stage any industrial action over Easter,
the panic buying has continued, with some garages and supermarkets
have and to lay on staff to control the traffic. As well as the panic
leading to the shortage is that everybody was worried about in the
first place, it has also led to price rises in some places, with
many garages now charging more than one pound 50 a litre for diesel.
Here, they are hoping for a delivery sometime overnight. -- 1
and 50 and 80. Earlier, my colleague was at a garage when a
tanker arrived. The it was delivery time but
Rosemary Street service station but they had been out of fuel since
yesterday, after record sales. We've been flat out. We are doing
four or five deliveries a day. Passing drivers quickly spotted the
delivery. I came out and saw everyone queuing and thought I'd
better get some petrol. It's getting serious. The last place
only allowed me �10. It will be about another 15 minutes before you
can get fuel. The garage owner says panic-buying is bad for business.
We've sold the fuel anywhere but it is the knock-on effects. If they
are not coming in for the fuel, they will not be buying the other
stuff either. With the queues have come price rises. James says costs
have risen as well. Our price went up so the price has to go up to the
customer. It only went up by the same rate. There has been no price
hike. If the rush for fuel continues, this 18,000 LEA to load
might only last until tomorrow. -- 18,000 litres.
Derbyshire Fire Service is so worried about people potentially
stockpiling fuel, they've issued -- issued a warning saying not only
could you be wishing -- risking your safety but it could lead to a
criminal conviction as well. Next tonight, 400 posts could go
and 10 operating theatres could close at one of the biggest
hospital trusts in the East Midlands.
The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has got to make
savings of �35 million in the next financial year.
The plans, which hospital bosses say won't affect patient care, were
discussed at a board meeting today. These are tough times for
Leicester's hospitals. This financial year, millions of pounds
of cuts had to be made and more are to come. Of course people are
worried and in a sense, we are worried and it is our duty to be
worried so we focused on doing this properly. We think there are
opportunities, not only to preserve frontline services, strengthening
them. The way we have been providing services and the
challenges on us are that the fund and has to be strengthened. How can
you do that? We've got to do both. They have cut a lot of money this
year and a lot of jobs over the last of months. They keep cutting
their cloth. It can only go so far. Patient care does it affected.
Bosses are hoping to reduce the wage bill but over -- by over �14
million a year, 400 posts could go. That is two weeks' wages so we are
talking about �14 million out of a turnover of �700 million.
repetition of this trust has gone down in the last 12 months and that
is mainly because of a lack of numbers of staff on the wards.
Things need to change. I do understand the need to save money
but cutting jobs all the time is never a good thing. The proposals
are just that at the moment. They are due to be discussed again next
Thursday. A man's died after a van and lorry
collided in a lay by near Derby. It happened on the A52 at Borrowash,
just after nine o'clock this morning. It meant the dual
carriageway out of Derby was closed for almost five hours. The van
driver died. Police want to hear from anyone who saw the accident.
The sale of the Castle Donington airline BMI has been approved by
the European Commission. The company's being bought by IAG,
which already owns British Airways and the Spanish airline Iberia. The
deal's thought to be worth around a �170 million. It's been given the
go ahead, after IAG agreed to give up some of its flights at Heathrow.
More patients are benefiting from a new treatment that can restore
their sight. Nottinghamshire's Kingsmill Hospital was one of the
first to offer it on the NHS. And there's been an encouraging
response. 12 patients have so far been treated and are doing well.
This woman was going blind and a new treatment has saved her sight.
A in a plant was put in her left eye, soaked in a very powerful
steroid. -- and in plant. She had problems because of a certain
condition. Once it is blocked, it gets jammed. It leaks along with
fluid form the jammed blood vessels and causes damage to the photo
receptors in the retina. A such as the improvement, that she says she
can now read. She says the treatment has made a world of
difference. Since I had been planned, the fish in his Clearing,
slowly but surely, so I can now see properly. -- inplant. Putting in
the anti-inflammatory drug returns the rest in that way normal state.
Brenda got a good result because the problem. Early. I didn't
realise how bad it could have been. Before I had a chance to worry
about it, everything was cleared up. Within one week. What this shows is
just how fault medical red and the treatment has come in the last five
years. -- just how far. They've done 12 patients with this new
treatment and they are all said to be doing really well. If the
problems come back, the treatment can be repeated. Trading Standards
say that nearly every car-boot sale will have counterfeit goods on
offer. Leicestershire officers say this year they've already seized
�350,000 of clothing at car boots. Today thousands of pounds of fake
designer handbags, tops and footwear were de-branded and
donated to charity. Now running one marathon for
charity would be more than enough for most of us but how would you
fancy running a marathon a day - for a month!?
Well, it sounds extreme, but that's the plan of a runner from
Derbyshire. Gerard Varan is running more than 700 miles to Switzerland,
to raise money for breast cancer research after nine friends of his
developed the disease. Out training, Gerard replicates the
kind of parts he will encounter. This Sunday, he starts his 740 mile
run all the way from Derbyshire to the Swiss village he is from
originally. He is doing it after learning the plight of an unusually
large number of women in Duffield. Nine people in the village I know
of have had breast cancer. It is staggering. I thought it would be a
good idea to promote breast-cancer screening and the -- reduce the
amount of people who contract the disease. Two of those patients are
Tracey and Louise. Gerard is absolutely awesome. I think it is
fantastic that he is doing this huge run to raise money for breast
cancer. The money is going to press cancer accounts -- campaign, and
they fund research so we hope it will make a big difference to help
save lives. Following the foot paths, right up to the Swiss /
French border of... Gerard will be leaving behind his own wife and
four children, and taking to the byways for the run, using the
internet and paper maps to find his way. Why run back to Switzerland?
Because that is where I've got my roots. It is an attraction to go
back home. The landscape gardener who -- hopes to go back in one
month. And coming behind now. Hopefully there will be a lot of
people waiting for me. That the plan. In all, Gerard is hoping to
raise �20,000 for breast cancer research and services in England,
France and Switzerland. Good luck! A fantastic effort.
Still to come on the programme: April's almost upon us, so it's
time for some April weather. We have been truly spoilt this week
with the glorious sunshine and the unusually high temperatures, but
Mother Nature is about to press the reset button. More details at the
You could reset so many things in life... Wouldn't it it be
marvellous to do that? I don't think there is on! First
tonight, there are fears that many football league clubs are not well
enough prepared to cope with a life- threatening situation
involving their players. The football world was shocked when
Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch. He is
recovering but as Angela discovered there are fewer safeguards in place
for professionals at smaller clubs. We are afraid that due to a serious
illness to a Leicester player, both clubs have agreed to abandon the
match. It was an afternoon which could change one man's life for
ever. Leicester City's Clive Clark had suffered a heart attack and was
fighting for his life. This was the man who helped save him. We knew
straight away it was a serious event. It was literally two minutes
into the half-time period, Clive collapsed from a seated position.
That is never a good starting point. Clive made a good -- full recovery
but his football career was over. Such incidents are rare but the
medical response can be the difference between life and death.
Safeguards have to be in place for Premier League matches. It's a
different story in the lower leagues. There are no specific
recommendations within the Football League with vigour -- regards to
this. I don't believe everybody is ready for this type of event and I
would call upon people like the Football Association, the Football
League and the Premier League to sit around the table and try to
hammer out some of the issues. Leicester City, they've invested in
equipment to make sure they are as prepared as possible. It is a case
of belt-and-braces. We are being a little bit of a protected. You
wouldn't expect these people to our problems but there is always going
to be one or two that maybe slip through some of the screening
processes. They are the ones we need to be ready for. The only way
we can do that is through adequate training and equipment. That comes
at a cost. The big question is, whether it is a price some clubs
are willing to pay. Leicester, just one of our Championship teams still
in with a shot of making the play- offs. The Rams are also still
dreaming. They've got a trip to Bristol City. One man who's just
happy to be back out on the pitch is defender Jake Buxton. He's been
telling Kirsty Edwards about his trials and tribulations at Pride
Park. The past few years have been a
rollercoaster for Jake. He got a dream move to the Rams in 2009. The
next season, his injury nightmare began. Pretty much ruling him out
of contention until halfway through this season. Playing week-in, week-
out, bearing in mind there was playing in a conference the year
before. That is what I missed being injured the most. The buzz. For the
club to continue paying me for 14 months whilst being injured, I
think that is why it drove me on. And then, after all his injury
nightmares, came that dreadful injury to his fellow defender, Sean
Barker, earlier this month. It saw Buxton come off the bench to
replace them and score the winning goal. I had been given the
opportunity and the wrong circumstances. -- Under the wrong
circumstances. People forget you and it is understandable. Even the
coming on for 10 minutes away at Burnley, I still did OK, but it
takes something like a goal to show people you are still alive and
kicking. So, from feeling like the forgotten man, Jake Buxton was
suddenly a hero. It is certainly a game he will never forget. I'm not
going to let it go to my head and think and the world's greatest. I'm
just a normal lad he likes to work hard and graft for a living, and
continue doing all I can afford Derby County.
Forest are away again. It has been a run of troubles for the Reds but
at least they've been lifted by their loan players. Since I came
here, everybody has tried to settle me quickly. The staff, the players,
and the fans as well. I am really enjoying the hit. -- enjoying being
here. We've had for five tough away games. A few of the of big gains --
teams have had for five at home and it shows we've had a good man
forced of -- month. Notts County are the only team at
home. And well worth watching at the moment. Oldham are the visitors.
Our reporter Kirsty Edwards is at Meadow Lane. Say hi if you see her.
All the games are on your BBC Local Radio station and you can catch the
goals first here on BBC One. Reports and analysis on Monday.
Outside football there are some really big sporting fixtures.
Leicester Tigers play tonight, at home to Worcester Warriors. They're
still aiming for a top two Premiership finish and are bang in
form. Nottingham, meanwhile, have a must win game against Bristol this
evening, in Bristol. Play-off hopes for the Green and Whites hanging by
a thread. Nottingham Panthers have the second leg of their play-off
quarter final as they defend their title. But they're 3-0 down to
Braehead going into the match. Good luck to them.
It's been a fantastic week of sunny weather. And before things get back
to meteorological normality, take a look at these. They're a few of the
snaps you've emailed us showing just how strange and lovely this
early and really rather unexpected taste of summer has been. We have a
region full of fantastic photographers! And all week Sally
Pepper has been enjoying the weather at Calke Abbey in
Derbyshire, where of course it's lambing season. And today we see
her lending a helping hand to a I have been getting stuck in this
week, helping with their newborn lambs, and today I got to see One
man And his Dog inaction. -- In With when it rounding them up, you
obviously have to be careful. she can be a bit hard at times, so
we try to hold her back. This one, I don't know if you can see, but
she has found himself in this nice little pen on her own, with the
door open, but she's now got a problem. When she rolls over, come
on, girl. There is a head there but no feet. I'm just hoping... He's
all right, he is still alive. The head is tucked back. Here it comes.
Give him a bit of a stimulus on the chest when they are born. He should
be fine. He is only a little one, she will certainly have another one.
She will come and find what she's got. He looks OK to me though.
is, he's fine. I think Sammy stayed at the right
end of that. We'd get it all on this programme,
We have been spoilt and had some of this week but spring will return
this weekend although the drop in temperatures will come as a bit of
a shock to the system. Feeling cooler across the weekend and we
will see quite a bit of clout. Remember that? Firstly, another one
of those beautiful photos. This was taken by Dave. Send us your
photographs. For high pressure that has been dominating all week has
now moved out into the Atlantic and that will allow this cold front to
move south tonight, bringing colder air and a lot of cloud. As we go
through this evening, lots of sunshine on a cloud -- cards first
thing before it gets dark but gradually, that Clive will increase
and it will bring drizzle for a time, particularly during the early
hours of Saturday morning. Temperatures tonight will hold up a
little bit compared with what we've had this week. Six sells this is
your minimum temperature and show it should stay frost-free. -- 6
Celsius. Drying up as we go through the morning into the afternoon and
we will see some brightness tomorrow but not the wall-to-wall
sunshine we've been expecting, or we have been having all week. With
that colder air coming from the north, temperatures will struggle
to get much higher than 11 Celsius on Saturdays are you will notice a
difference. Sunday, another very similar data come. The best of the
sunshine in the morning before clouding over as we going to the
afternoon. Similar again into Monday but just look at this cold
front sitting across the north of the UK. That will bring some
rainfall on Tuesday and with the temperatures dropping again, only
around eight Celsius. There is a chance of some sleet and wintry