18/06/2014 East Midlands Today


18/06/2014

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He's been on assignment with the London Mayor, Boris Johnson

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale, Good

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evening. Villagers are opposing plans to develop one of the

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country's largest sand and gravel quarries only a few hundred yards

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from their homes. They say ht'll be catastrophic for wildlife and the

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environment.The 80`hectare site will stretch from the village of Barton

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In Fabis in Nottinghamshire to the border of the Attenborough Nature

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reserve and over to Clifton. Here's our chief news reporter, Qudntin

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Rayner. Barton In Fabis is raising an army to fight this proposed

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quarry. Villagers and Rambldrs rallying to defend what thex regard

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as a precious piece of countryside for both people and wildlifd. The

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proposed area is the equivelant of 36 Old Market Squares in Nottingham

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and will border the Attenborough Nature Reserve behind me and will

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stretch all the way to thosd woods in the distance. It feels lhke we're

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under attack. We have had the A 53 widening, a tram put in, a housing

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development and now they want to dig up this land as well. When xou look

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at the landscape here, how beautiful it is, this is going to be destroyed

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if we do not do something about it. The council says it has a statutory

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responsibility to identify lineral reserves for the future and this is

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one of five new quarries it has to consider. We are obliged by central

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government to find sites for mineral extraction, we have to find sites

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for up to 49 million tonnes of sand and gravel extraction by thd year

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2030, that will be used for projects such as houses, roads and r`il

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projects. If approved, thred million tonnes of sand and gravel whll be

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excavated from the site. Thhs is potentially catastrophic for this

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part of Nottingham. It is bding stolen from under our noses. We have

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a nature reserve just across the river there and the valley hs used

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by birds, 75 types of conservation concern. So far, 2,000 leaflets

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about the scheme have been delivered, another 1,000 will be

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dropping through letterboxes in the next couple of days.

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Police have named two men who died in a plane crash at the weekend The

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light aircraft came down in a field near the M1 motorway in

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Nottinghamshire on Saturday afternoon. 70`year`old John Gill

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from Belper and 76`year`old Robert Eaves from Selston died at the

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scene. Police say there werd no medical conditions that contributed

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to the crash. An air accident investigation is continuing.

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Leicester's hospitals have the biggest cash shortfall in the

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country. That claim's been lade today by the Labour Party. HT says

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the big deficit shows the NHS is in crisis. Carolyn Moses reports.

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Lester's hospitals have strtggled with their financial health for

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years. Now the University hospitals have left the trust in charge it has

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been found to be working with the biggest shortfall in the cotntry,

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just under ?40 million. We `s a health economy and trust cotld

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clearly have done better. Wd are working closely with partners to

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work out better ways of meeting those challenges, to access patient

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quality and finances. Why is it in this situation? The trust s`ys it

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has not received as much money as expected from other parts of the

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NHS, bus its wage bill has risen sharply. The health minister who

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released the figures also blames the government reorganisation of the

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health service. It does not make sense to cut figures so that people

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end up in hospital. It does not do to reorganise the back structures to

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be more complicated. The trtst says it has a plan in place to gdt back

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to financial fitness but th`t could take a number of years. In `

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statement, the Department of Health says, "The Government has m`de tough

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decisions on the economy but at the same time we have increased the NHS

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budget in real terms. It is essential that Trusts have ` tight

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financial grip and ensure they live within their means. Deliverhng high

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quality services and balanchng the books must go hand in hand." Some

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students affected by a blood test scare at the University of Derby are

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now seeking compensation. More than 600 people were given blood tests by

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a health care worker who was later found to be re`using syringd

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barrels. Letters were sent warning students they might be at rhsk of

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diseases like hepatitis and HIV Several have now begun legal action.

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The university says an investigation is underway. Fresh from his victory

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in the hotly`contested Newark by`election, Conservative MP Robert

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Jenrick, has asked his first question in the House of Colmons. Mr

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Jenrick was loudly cheered by his fellow Tory MPs before posing a

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question to the Prime Minister about the flooding in Southwell l`st

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summer. I regret to inform the Prime Minister that a town in my

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constituency was again flooded last week. We'll be Prime Ministdr

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reaffirmed his commitment to support my proposal that those parts of

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Nottinghamshire which were severely affected by the floods of 2013 will

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receive similar grants to those parts of the country flooded earlier

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this year? Well, David Cameron responded by saying he's looking at

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whether the county could be made eligible for winter flood

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compensation. 100 new bus thmetables in Leicester have got to be taken

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down and repositioned. Contractors placed them too high for people to

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read. It was all due apparently to the shape of the lamp posts. The

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council's now having them rddone. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

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from me, but with your weather now, here's Anna Church. Thank you. We

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have had the warm day to dax and they settled weather is set to

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continue for the rest of thd week. I am hopeful we should see sole decent

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sunny spells by tomorrow afternoon. There are clear skies at thd moment.

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The cloud will increase frol the North into the early hours of

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Thursday morning. It is a mhld night. Tomorrow morning, a cloudy

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start. The chance for a little light patchy rain or drizzle but lost of

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ours will get away with a Friday. Into the afternoon the cloud will

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fin and break to give some sunny spells. Another warm afternoon. I'll

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leave you with the outlook. Celsius. The outlook for the weekend

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is looking pretty good.

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