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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight. As tolls soar to �3, a Hull
businessman says it's time for the Government to sell off the Humber
Bridge. What better time to press on with the campaign to reduce it
by a significant amount then immediately after a proposed
increase? Fifteen people are airlifted to
safety after a barge runs aground in the Humber. Cheaper than a new
car - the house up for sale for less than 10 grand as regeneration
funding is cut. Breaking records not the speed limit - hundreds of
children march to school to encourage motorists to slow down.
And the latest detailed weather The Government has come under
renewed pressure to find a long term solution to the problem of
rising tolls on the Humber Bridge. Just 24 hours after the transport
minister gave the go ahead to higher tolls, a Hull-based
businessman has made a renewed attempt to buy the bridge.
Malcolm Scott believes his proposal to operate the bridge as a not-for-
profit company will eventually result in much lower toll charges.
Like many in this part of the world Malcolm Scott is coming to terms
with the prospect of paying more to cross the Humber. But this is a man
with the plan. What better time to press on with the campaign to
reduce the price by a significant amount and immediately after a
proposed increase? Back in February the whole based property boss
revealed plans to buy the bridge and run it as a not-for-profit
company. Proposals involve keeping that tells of their present level
for a number of years but eventually reducing the cost to �1
per crossing for cars. �1 is what it cost when the bridge first
opened in 1981. Tills went up through the Eighties and almost
doubled by the time that Tony Blair became Prime Minister. Another
transport minister has given the go-ahead to a �3 crossing for cars,
Britain's highest bridge toll. is not the Department for Transport,
I initiated a public inquiry to make sure all sides had their
voices heard. If the tolls were reduced to would be a lot more
economic activity on both sides of the bridge. There is a lack of
competition because of that. And that all impacts on the local
economy. The Humber Bridge Board made up of local councillors from
all parties, was given the power to raise the told by an Act of
Parliament long before the bridge was built. I think the board has
had difficulty because it was set up from and 1959 Act and therefore
was fit for purpose for 1959. But we are now in 2011. I think that
the bridge board are saddled with debt and responsibility and without
that could be much more proactive. The debt stands at more than �380
million. Malcolm Scott is now trying to raise money from local
businesses to fund the social impact assessment on the bridge
tolls. Meanwhile the board will decide next week exactly went a
higher charges were coming. Iredale is in South Ferriby by the
Humber this evening. Tim, the government says it's reviewing the
economic impact of tolls on the area. When will we know the outcome
of that? This is a review being up led by officials at the Treasury.
That report should be on the desks of Ministers by November. I'm told
by local MPs that the government is keen to settle the long-term future
of the Humber Bridge once and for all. They do not want the kind of
fury that comes with these above- inflation increases every so often.
They want a long-term, sustainable future it will possibly reduce the
tills although it probably will not happen for a long time. So the
credit for puzzle perhaps that Malcolm Scott is putting on the
table, a private consortium running a not-for-profit operation, would
be seen favourably by ministers. You do not have to be any economic
whiz-kid to realise that taking �6 a day from the pay packets of
people to cross the bridge will be positive for the local economy.
There has been a huge response. Just a couple are now. My mother
currently has to travel every day from the south bank to Castle Hill
hospital for treatment for cancer. It is a fifty mile round trip and,
with the proposed bridge tolls and the price of fuel, it will cost
approximately �320 a month. Even though I disagree with the
toll increase, it is still cheaper than going round.
With the economy as bad as it is the government should be doing all
it can to encourage trade. Instead this discourages people from
leaving their homes. There were hundreds of texts and e-
mails. Graham Stuart is the Conservative MP for Beverley and
Holderness. He joins me now. White is the government not taking
on this challenge instead of letting a local businessman take it
on? Is it the Big Society at play? I think it is and we should be
grateful for Malcolm Scott for coming forward. I know MPs in all
parties are working together to try to get a long-term solution. I met
the Treasury minister responsible for this last night and spoke to
the Chancellor of the Exchequer about it earlier today. We are all
working as a team to make the case because we do need the bridge to be
used. And make sure it does help the local economy. But time and
again surveys and reports tell us that lowering the toll will boost
the regional economy. Why does the government not grasp the nettle and
tell the bridge board to reduce the tolls? The bridge bolt -- the
bridge board has to service the debt, that is their primary
responsibility. We're asking them to look at whether they can keep
the tills down until we get this review in November. But ultimately
they have to service the debt. What we need is a way to get that debt
under control. And get the bridge used so that people working on both
sides of the Humber can work together to build the economy. We
just have to convince ministers who have inherited a hell of a
situation. We have the companies like Siemens planning to come to
hold but for a lorry to cross the bridge, it is �40 for a trip. This
is a disincentive for companies to come to this area. Absolutely, and
we would keep on making the case. That bridge was built with public
money 30 years ago and today runs with 70% of its capacity unused.
People on low incomes or unemployed could work so we're making that
case. And we are making progress. But the general environment is
tough. Have you spoken to the bridge board today to ask them to
delay this until after the review? I know that colleagues are in
regular contact with the board, as I am. If we had not yet formal
contact with the board we will certainly do so. Would he do that
tomorrow? Thanks to you, Peter, it will get done it!
What should be done to keep the tolls down? Would selling it off
work? If it were cheaper would you use it more? Contact us and we your
response. In a moment: Despite many health
campaigns, why people in Hull are still dying at a younger age than
other parts of the country. It's a sailing trip which members
of Barton's Chamber of Commerce say they'll never forget - a trip which
ended last night with their dramatic rescue. The barge on which
they were sailing ran aground in the Humber. When rescue boats
couldn't reach them the RAF's Search and Rescue Helicopter was
scrambled, ending with 15 people being winched to safety. Phil
Connell reports. It was supposed to have been an
enjoyable evening trip on the Humber but instead for 15 fee-
paying passengers, it ended with this dramatic rescue. The barge on
which they were sailing ran aground at Altrincham and with the Humber
rescue boat not able to reach them, the search and rescue helicopter
received the emergency call. were on standby in the evening.
Today the captain said the barge was truly stuck and with 15
passengers to winched to safety it proved to be their biggest
operation in recent years. Normally we are called to a single climate
who has fallen or has been cut off by the tide. But to have a barge
with 17 people on board, is really quite unusual. Overnight two crew
members slept on the barge and at high tide this morning, sailed back.
They have been running barge trips from here for almost 40 years. The
skipper described the rescue last night as an embarrassing incident.
This stretch of the Humber is notoriously difficult to navigate.
With eight barges running aground in the last year alone. For the
company running the trip last night it is not the first time it has
happened. I think it has happened four times, I think I'm right in
saying. Once every 10 years! I suppose that is not too bad.
trip had been organised by the Barton Chamber of Commerce. Those
winched to safety included the new mayor arrests of North Lincolnshire.
I survived and I'm here to tell the tale. Everyone looked after us well.
A lot of members of the group thought it was fantastic and wanted
to know what was planned for the next trip! Thankfully no-one was
injured but for the Chamber of Commerce it is a trip they are not
likely to forget. An inquiry into the deaths of two
teenage girls who jumped off a bridge together has heard one of
them wrote a suicide letter a year earlier. 14-year-old Georgia Rowe
had moved from Hull to Glasgow just eight weeks before her death in
October 2009. She jumped from the Erskine Bridge with 15 -year-old
Naimh Lafferty, who wrote the note months earlier. Both girls had been
attending a nearby secure unit. The number of people unemployed in
our area has fallen by almost 15,000. Figures for the three
months to April show that in Yorkshire and the Humber, 237,000
people are out of work, down nine percent. In the East Midlands the
total's 176,000, which is down by more than seven percent.
Thousands of people are dying up to 10 years earlier than in other
neighbouring authorities because they're both overweight and
inactive for step today the health minister Simon friends has been
visiting Hull to find out how local people are being encouraged to look
after their Hearts by moving more This is what we should be doing,
running for our lives. Instead, our lifestyles are damaging our hearts.
Despite what we are seeing here, a Hull is the 13th least active place
in the country, with throughout or five adults never doing any
exercise at all. Five women are particularly lazy, with only one in
eight every doing regular sport. But his beginner's jogging group is
helping to win new converts to regular exercise. You come with the
idea, I will not be able to do it, but it is amazing, after five or
six weeks, how you have progressed. It is the fear factor, that is what
you have to fight, rather than just sitting at home doing nothing.
the Health Minister arrived in Hull today, local doctors were keen to
show how innovations are helping to get health messages across. Four we
have improved, we have identified more people with raised blood
pressure, and we are able to treat them to reduce the risk of
complications in later life. think it is innovative, if you have
the distraction of a television programme that relates to her life,
giving you a coherent and sensible message, the chances of that
getting into the side he so that people go away and think, that is
sensible, are better. Keith Cash after being given his own quick
health check, he was shown this girls' rugby team. A wants to be
busy. It keep you busy. It keeps you fit and healthy, and not obese.
What these pupils -- while these people have adopted a healthier
lifestyle were now, the hope is they will continue exercising as
adults. Only then will they improve their chances of living longer.
Still to come: A house worth less than a new car. It is yours for
just over �7,000. And breaking records, not the speed
limit. Children march to school to encourage motorists to slow down.
The photograph is of a poppy field in Burton Fleming, taken by Paul
in Burton Fleming, taken by Paul Jefferson. There is an eclipse
tonight. Lots of people have been asking if we can see it. There will
not be clear skies, but you might be able to catch a glimpse. We can
watch it from the balcony! As long as you have got rid of your washing
on the line! You are not funny, do you know that? The headline is an
unsettled one, sunny intervals and scattered showers. Tomorrow, low-
pressure is in charge. This feature will bring more are welcome rain
for farmers across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, late on Friday and
into Friday night. Potentially some heavy rain to come. But in the
short term, there is quite a lot of cloud around. It has been producing
some heavy showers. There are thundery showers around in the next
hour as well. And lots of rain up the Vale of York. I showery evening
and night, though the showers will clear out of the way by dawn. Top
temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius. It is an unsettled day tomorrow,
Variable cloud, some sunshine around, but also a fair scattering
of showers. Some of those showers could be heavy with the risk of
thunder, but there will be brighter and sunnier spells between. Top
temperatures 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. Friday, one or two showers
in the morning. It will cloud over by the end of the day with heavy
rain. I have a note from a primary school, a basketball can use his
experience and skill to tell us whether at the school sports day on
Friday should be cancelled or not. Not that I'm putting you on the
spot or anything! I cannot do a yes or no answer. The heaviest of the
rain and will be across our region by the end of Friday. Current
timing suggests that they should be timing suggests that they should be
A house in Hull is being auctioned tomorrow at a starting price of
�7,500. It is believed to be one of the cheapest in the city for years.
He follows the crash in this -- property market and a delay in
funding for building new homes around the Victoria Villas. The
council say the investment is now secure. But it has left residents
feeling like they had been left in limbo.
Going for as long. But there is a catch. -- going for as long. The
condition is not the any reason that this is a cheap location. The
whole area is waiting for regeneration, with residents
concerned that the project is now on hold. On one side, the promise
of new homes. On the other, people who need to be re home. The
question is whether or not the money is there not only to be home
them, but also to regenerate the area. We do not know what is
happening, of whether we are coming or going. It will probably go ahead,
I do not believe that the area will be redeveloped within the next five
years. So what is the situation? In March, public money for re-housing
and property purchase ran out. Fat and �80 billion government grant
has been secured, enough to clear the area out for private investment.
But it hinges on that totaling up more than �150 million between now
and 2024. So the initial cash injection means Ron's move away his
back on. He could be rehoused within weeks. For I am fed up of
waiting. The man that owns it lives in Somerset, and he has agreed to
sell it to the council. Sick council says it is now contacting
residents to let them know when work will start in their area, but
the bigger question remains. With a housing market down and the
construction and St week, is the funding still there to complete his
grand plan? Darren hail is the Deputy leader of
the city council. The residence we saw in the film had no idea what is
happening. Have you been doing your job properly? We have only been in
power for three weeks. But since that time, I can confirm that the
money is back in place. You will be aware that the government Gateway's
funding was told. We managed to secure the �8 billion, which will
secure the completion of the scheme. Residents will be informed in the
next few weeks. I'll be reliant on public money as well? With our
partner, we are, yes. Because a houses around the corner are
selling so well, we know that there is interest from the private
housing provider, and that if those houses are built, they will sell.
So people should not have to live in conditions like that, I'm sure
you would agree. And we are pleased that the regeneration of Hawthorn
Avenue is back on. Some people had been waiting for years. What have
they been saying to you? It was a 15 years in, there was a lot of
planning. Now, those people have had those hopes dashed but they can
have them restored. The scheme will now go ahead. The council is buying
properties in Clyde Street, it will be bidding on that house tomorrow.
We put an at in last year and it was not backed by the property
developer. -- a bid. We will be bidding on that house because we
want to buy those houses to improve the area. Thank you for your
comments on the news that the government has scrapped plans to
bring back weekly bin collections. It means thousands of people will
still have their rubbish picked up once a fortnight. Here are some of
Hull Truck is asking for theatregoers and local businesses
to help them raise more money to make up for the cuts to their
funding. Since moving to its new home two years ago, the theatre has
suffered financially. Over the next three years, it will lose 500,000
MAB -- hands off public money. -- �500,000 of public money. I will be
talking to The Executive chief on the radio tomorrow.
Hull City will be signing Paul McKenna from Nottingham Forest.
They have let him go on a free transfer, and he has signed a two
year deal with the Tigers. Thousands of schoolchildren have
today been trying to set a world record for the biggest ever walk to
school. The Walking Buses set off from schools across the country
this morning. As well as trying to get into the record books, they had
These children could be record- breakers, youngsters at Thorpe on
the Hill and Long Riston had between Beverley and Hornsey. They
are representing two of dozens of schools in our region, and more
than 600 nationwide, trying to break the record for the longest
Walking Bus in the world. It is weird being in a big group, just
walking. It was good fun to walk around, we got some parents sides
to see us as well, and some of the cars stop for us. Its stopping, or
at least slowing down the cars was a big part of today's world record
attempt. These children have a serious message for if motorists.
Slow down. People could run someone over if they are going too fast.
They could cope do quickly and not notice you. Some of our roads do
not have passed, so children have to be a where to walk on the side
of the road. More than 10,000 children Nationwide took part in
the world record attempt this morning. To they will know if they
have been part of the biggest Walking Bus every later in the year.
But it has been a fun way to learn a serious lesson about staying safe
on the roads. They once supported hundreds of
thousands of jobs, and now BBC look more there is making a film that
looks back at a Humber dogs. From the dangers of life on a trawler to
the dock workers fight for better conditions, and the unique Tom
Pudding coal barges -- coal barges of Goole, the film aims to capture
the best of your memories. We have the best of your memories. We have
three special screenings. In Hull, his in Grimsby and in Goole. For
tickets to the events, which are free, if you can ring a reception
The biggest day of industrial action for years. Civil servants
joined teachers on a walk out on 30th June.
The government becomes under new pressure to find as solution to the
rising tolls on a Humber bridge. Top temperatures around 18 degrees
Celsius tomorrow. More responses on the subject of
the bridge. Andy says that a �6 round trip is too expensive.
It is only �1.50 to cross the Thames.
Lindo says it is cheaper than going round.
Steve Best says the government will always agreed to raise the bridge