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Good evening, and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight: Thousands of jobs could be created
as the government gives cash to bring new business to the Humber.
I'm in the heart of the new enterprise zone. Ministers say it
will open the floodgates to prosperity. The full story in a
moment. Four years after fire destroyed
part of the Skegness seafront there are plans to bring the area back to
life. Why tourism is in decline at some
of our biggest attractions. There's a change certainly happening in
terms of the need of businesses to invest in their own future. There
is, without doubt, less public money available.
And the new golfing craze where your sprint is just as important as
your swing. It's been a fine day today with spells of sunshine, but
rain for some tomorrow. I'll tell you where and have the full
forecast later in the programme. Good evening.
5,000 new jobs - that's the number of people the Government claims
will benefit from a new enterprise zone spanning the Humber. The area
will specialise in green energy manufacturing, that's things such
as turbines for offshore wind farms. It will mean companies relocating
to parts of Hull and North Lincolnshire will be given cash
incentives. In a moment, the former Labour Cabinet Minister Alan
Johnson will tell me why he believes the enterprise zone is
vital for the area's economy. But first, this from our political
editor Tim Iredale. Could an experiment that began in the '80s
succeed in getting a new generation off the dole and into work? That's
the hope amongst business leaders and politicians who believe the
Humber's new enterprise zone will attract more germs like engineering
giant Siemens, which has already named Hull as its preferred
location for a new wind turbine- manufacturing plant. These are
high-quality jobs with good rates of pay and long term. It's not
short-term stuff, but we've got to get those people to sign on the
dotted line. We have a whole plan in place for when those wind
turbine manufacturers do sign on the dotted line, which the new
enterprise zone will help with. will offer tax breaks for those
locating to the Humber, simpler planning rules and the capacity for
super-fast bround band connection. This is now officially the largest
enterprise zone in the country. It covers a whole area of the
waterfront, plus the proposed site of a new marine energy park in
north Lincolnshire, which is being developed by Able UK. It was a good
quality bid put together by the Humber Enterprise Partnership anded
bys upon strength already there in offshore wind technology and the
related supply chain. This will enhance that. It's going to create
about another 4,500 new jobs by 2014. One person isn't convinced.
They didn't work too well under Thatcher. Sometimes companies move
around the corner to get the better rates. The Government has scrapped
the RDAs for regional developmentac agencies. There was a mixed
reaction from job seekers in Hull to the promise of new vacancies.
Fantastic. The recession and things like that - I think it will be a
good thing. I don't think it will work. The Government are full of
false qualifications. We have no qualifications. It will be people
out of town. It will be difficult with the foreign labour coming in.
The new enterprise job will be judged on two words, job creation.
That's the story. Tim Tim Iredale is at Alexandra Dock in
Hull which has been earmarked for these new benefits. Is there any
evidence that enterprise zones can deliver jobs on a large scale?
Well, if you saw the opening images in my report, you saw Margaret
Thatcher walking on a patch of waste ground back in the '80s. That
is now the London docklands, one of the most a90 areas in the country.
Of course, it's a different story here. But the plan is by 2015,
these huge new wind turbines will be manufactured at sites here in
Hull and across the river in north Lincolnshire. They'll be put on to
giant barges and shipped out along the Humber estuary into the North
Sea to serve the offshore wind industry. You know, the message
we're getting tonight, Peter is this new enterprise zone will in
fact become a deal breaker in that some companies will now come to
Hull and north Lincolnshire which wouldn't have come had we not had
the enterprise zone. Some people adding a note of caution, John
Prescott suggesting that the zones don't work. They simply move jobs
around between certain areas, but the Government says these new zones
will have clout. They will create jobs, and they will ultimately
prove a success. We shall see. Thank you very much indeed. Alan
Johnson is the MP for Hull West and Hessle. I asked him if the new
Enterprise Zone would succeed in bringing jobs to the area. Well, I
hope so. The point is if we hadn't succeeded in getting an Enterprise
Zone, I think that would have been the end of Siemens, quite frankly.
It is a bit more to do with Siemens, but it was very important to them
we establish this zone, not the least because they want to bring
their second and third-tier supply chain betweens close to them, and
with modern logistics they can set up anywhere in the world. It was
important to them. That's why they wrote a letter of support. That's
the kind of imperative at the moment that if we can get Siemens,
we have something tangible, then we build on that. If you were saying
if we weren't one of the 11 zones chosen, we possibly could have lost
the Siemens deal? I am clear about that yes. Lord Prescott isn't
convinced. He says they don't create new jobs. They just move
existing jobs around? Doesn't he have a point there? He's right. I
am a supporter of Regional Development Agencies abolished by
this Government but we have to live in the world we're this. It's this
Government in power. The Government is saying set up these Enterprise
Zones with very, very attractive propositions for countries to start
up in them, so we live in the world we're in. We're in opposition, not
in Government, so I'll have another argument on another day and so will
John because I agree with him about the sense of what the Government is
doing, but if there are Enterprise Zones there, I want Hull and the
Humber inside, not outside of it. Is there a danger we could be
putting too many eggs in one basket on the renewable energy front? I
mean, if it turned out not to be the success we think? I think
that's a fair point, and I think we have to look at all the other
things going on to try and create jobs, but Peter, this is the
biggest opportunity that the Humber has ever had. It is to Hull what
North Seal was to Aberdeen because we have these 12-hour steaming
miles as they call it from these three giant wind farms in the North
Sea, we have an opportunity to bring renewable energy - the
manufacturer of these huge turbines, all the supply chains that go with
it, north and south bank working together to exploit this. All I
know is if we don't exploit this with every ounce of energy, sweat
and determination we've got, then we'd be letting down the people we
represent. Mr Johnston, thank you very much indeed.
An interesting report. An interesting discussion. What do you
think? Do you think the Enterprise Zones will make a difference to tax
breaks? Will they bring the right type of
In a moment on tonight's programme: The end of analogue television in
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as the area goes digital.
Four years ago tonight I was standing in front of this burning
building bringing you the programme from Skegness. The huge fire
destroyed bars, nightclubs and arcades along Grand Parade and left
a big gap in the town. Tonight, there are new plans to bring the
area back to life. East Lindsey District Council is looking at ways
to buy the land that remains undeveloped. It's hoped it would
help bring vital business back to the town, but the owner of the site
says he'll fight to keep his property for his own plans. Jake
Zuckerman has this report. Summer sun means Skegness is packed with
holiday-makers, but at the very heart of the resort, there is a
hole - hordings covering a gap that visitors say is an eyesore. In
August 2007, fire destroyed the bars and amusements that used to be
here. The site next door has already been developed, but this
prime location is still empty. Now, says East Lindsay District Council,
enough is enough. They're threatening to take the owner to
court to force him to sell the land. They're hoping it's time now for
some development and positive economic activity to happen on the
site that was ravaged by fire. We're saying four years is long
enough. If the development can't happen, we're happy with compulsory
purchase orders to move the site on. The owner says legal problems have
caused the delay and he'll fight to keep his land. That's completely
unfair. There's numerous sites around the town that could do with
developing. This kind of action isn't necessary. All they need to
do is come speak with me which they haven't done. I have asked them on
numerous occasions to do is, and they never have come to see me.
Both visitors and local people just want to see the problem solved
quickly. I think it's time they got it sorted. It has been like it a
long while. Something has to be done with it. It's an eyesore.
Let's get things moving and sell it to a developer. People here have
already waited four years the see something built on this derelict
site. Even if compulsory purchase goes ahead, the council estimates
it could take as much as 18 months to complete the legal process alone.
Some more news now in brief: Shoppers in Scunthorpe are being
asked to watch out for fake vodka after more than 20 bottles were
seized from an off-license in the town. Trading Standards found the
counterfeit bottles following a tip-off. They found the vodka
contained a chemical used in cleaning fluids, which can cause
abnormal side effects. It's quite good copying the fact that - the
general public who wouldn't know what the look for would be tricked
into believing they were genuine products. The printing is glossy.
Even the bottles are designed with Smirnoff on there.
A Grimsby man has appeared in court charged with inciting violent
disorder by posting comments on Facebook. 21-year-old Martin
Hartshorn is accused of sending posts encouraging disorder in
Grimsby during last week's riots. He's been granted conditional bail
and will appear at Crown Court in September.
TJ Hughes in Scunthorpe is to shut for good this Sunday with the loss
of thirty seven jobs. The department store is one of a
further 12 shops set to close nationwide. Administrators were
called in to deal with the cashed- strapped company in June. Today's
announcement follows the closure of stores in Hull and King's Lynn.
As new figures show admissions to many of England's top attractions
are up, it's emerged some of our tourist areas are falling behind.
Lincoln Cathedral is one of those which has seen visitor numbers fall.
They were down by 40,000 last year. Our correspondent Caroline Bilton
has more. Bempton clifs, the Waddington air
show, our seaside resorts, the list goes on. They all draw in thousands
of visitors to East Yorkshire every year, but according to Visit
England, not quite as many visitors last year as previous years. Those
that have seen the increase are those that are free, like Harts
Home Country Park. It saw an increase in visitors of 25%.
Tourist attractions that charge saw a 25% drop in numbers such as
Lincoln Cathedral. But that has been attributed to the cancellation
of the Christmas market. It left the cathedral thousands out of
pocket. We lost probably �75,000 over the Christmas market.
Obviously, it was the decision to make at the time, and we're reaping
the consequences for that now. Hull and East Yorkshire, it
generates �615 million a year for the economy. In Lincolnshire it
generates �1 billion a year, but last year the main tourism body for
this county went into administration, and that's left a
shortfall of � three-quarters of a million pounds that used to be
spent promoting this county that's now no longer there. But local
businesses in England have decided to fill the gap. They have set up
the Visit Lincoln partnership. It's costing them money, but now they
get to say where it's spent. cathedral, the shopping centres,
the hotels, the small associations have all come together to make sure
this is funded properly and benefits the city. It makes sense
for everybody. If you put it into your plan, it helps. The businesses
have to be part of the structure that decides in terms of what it's
going to be spent on and therefore are in control to a degree of the
results that will bode off the back of that. The responsibility of
promoting Lincolnshire now rests in the hands of local businesses. More
groups like the one in Lincoln are being established. It's hoped their
vested interests will help bring more tourists and their money to
Is enough being done to promote tourist attractions in
Lincolnshire? Get in touch in the usual way. And you far watching
this Wednesday. -- thank-you for watching this Wednesday. Still
ahead tonight: We'll have all the match action
after a disastrous evening for our football teams.
And the new golfing craze where your sprint is just as important as
your swing. Keep your photographs coming in.
Filey and the Brigg taken this morning by Emma Morrison, who lives
in Grimsby. Thank-you for theirs. And thank you for a messages you
send after the photograph of the Evening.
You should Sir -- You should show some of your pictures from when you
go plane spotting. Do you want to upset aircraft
enthusiasts across the area? Of course not.
It has been a beautiful day. Whatever you have been doing, plane
spotting or not, we have seen sunshine. Tomorrow will go downhill,
with rain pushing in from the south. We have the thicker cloud around
the Wash. That cloud towards the Wash could give some spots of light
rain, but it will become dry for the rest of the night, with mostly
clear skies. Temperatures will be down to eight or nine degrees.
Looking at the Sun-Times, it rises at 5:45am, setting at 8:24pm.
Tomorrow will be a cool start. We will sue the best of the sunshine
at first. Cloud will increase from late morning onwards. There will be
some heavy outbreaks. I think East Yorkshire will stay dry until
evening. Temperatures will be struggling thanks to the wind
direction. Around 15, 17. The rain will clear away overnight into
Friday. Friday sees the fine weather returning. Temperatures
will be higher at 21. I thought now we were all digital,
you might be nicer to me. Sir things do not change!
Sir things do not change! See you tomorrow.
Last night, we reported how more than �14 million is to be spent by
the Government on improving broadband in Lincolnshire. The
county has some of the worst broadband coverage in England.
According to many businesses, this makes it difficult to compete with
other parts of the UK. Switch away regions, switch out. We talk about
the times of analogue. There was not as much competition. The
programmes I worked on had incredible audiences.
By now, hopefully you've re-tuned. Otherwise it's not just the BBC
Channels you might be missing. ITV, Channel 4, Five and a host of new
Channels are out there. You may just need to digitally re-tune.
Though if you've watching this on cable or satellite, ignore me, sit
back, relax, and play spot "Peter the Rabbit". You should be able to
see everything that is now available. There are some moments
she would not want to mess! At the North Point Shopping Centre at
Bransholme in Hull, a few last enquries as screens went blank
overnight. But so far the transition seems smooth. We could
not get a few programmes, so we asked the woman and she showed us.
My daughter is working, so will not be able to do it. I will have a go
at it. So an end to the way in which we
receive TV, but hopefully not an end to classic programmes...which
one day will surely be classed as "vintage."
And if you still need more information, you can contact the
Digital UK enquiry line on 08456 50 We reported how more than �40
million will be spent on improving broadband in Lincolnshire. The
cancer has some of the West broadband coverage in England. It
makes it difficult to compete with other parts of the UK in business.
Thank-you for all of the messages. It seems many people have been
Thank-you very much for all of theirs.
It was a dreadful night for our football teams last night. Hull
City, Scunthorpe United, Lincoln City and Grimsby Town all lost.
Hull City's problems started just 17 minutes in at Elland Road.
Leeds' Tom Lees also scored the second in his own net, but he
recovered from his embarrassment by putting his side back in front just
before the break. A free kick from Robert Snodgrass, and this effort
from ex-Scunthorpe player Ramone Nunez made it four.
Scunthorpe United are still searching for a win after falling
behind to Oldham through this David Mellor goal. Chris Dagnell's
brought the Iron level in the second half, but The Iron were
denied a point by this unexpected Oldham winner eight minutes from
time. Here at Blundell Park, there must be tried to think of a plan B.
They have conceded seven goals already, and scored none. After
losing last night fighters era, Grimsby Town fans are pessimistic.
-- after losing last night five-0. Where do we go now? I am speechless.
They have got to opera third game. The it's stupid! Carry on their way
they are doing, they will go to Blue Square North next season.
are bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier. Lincoln City after losing
at home to Kidderminster last night are eighth from bottom. Lucky it's
a long season of opportunity ahead. Cricket and Yorkshire have started
their game against Sussex at the Scarborough Cricket Festival today.
Sussex won the toss and decided to bat and have made good progress.
Ryan Sidebottom has been among the wickets, taking four for 32. And
after a full day's play, the latest score is Sussex have made 335 for
the loss of just five wickets. The UK's first ever Fast Golf
Tournament teed off in East Yorkshire today. It's a game
designed for those who find a normal round takes too long. Games
can take just over an hour, about four times quicker than usual.
Sarah Corker's been to find out more.
A relaxing day on the golf course, this isn't! Fast golf is a modern
twist on the traditional game that's taking off in Hornsea.
good. A why you finding it? Tiring. I want to go to bed! Way again to
win the competition! With no caddies or buggies allowed,
teams must run between each hole fighting it out on foot for the
number one spot. Golf takes ages. People wanted games that went
quickly. It is fun and it is fast. The rules and the etiquette may be
the same, but this is likely to be the fastest game of golf you have
ever seen. Although this version is new here, it was invented in
America in the 1970s. To win, you have to complete the course in the
quickest time possible. Teams from Hull's football and
rugby clubs slogged it out over the five-mile course in what's thought
to be the country's first fast golf tournament. It is not as
straightforward as it sounds. In the end, the winners finished in
just over an hour. There were a couple of old is in my team that
were struggling! How tiring is it? I did not find it too difficult
because I am an athlete! I usually like a game of golf. I usually do
it as relaxation. That said there was not relaxing!
So if you cant find the time to fit in a game of regular golf, fast
golf could be coming to a club near you.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. The Prime
Minister praises courts for handing out stiff sentences to rioters
despite concerns about the severity of jail terms. MP Alan Johnson
claims a multi-million-pound green energy deal would a been lost if an
energy is there was not created in the Humber.
Tomorrow's weather a fine start, but rain pushing northwards through
Stories -- a response on the story about the enterprise zone. Someone
says, until we get rid of the bridge toll, it will still be a big
burden for many companies. Mac says, is there are people manning that
the job will go to outsiders with qualifications, why do they not
start education classes before it comes? On the subject of tourism in
Lincolnshire, Andrew says, I think low prices at the cathedral would
ensure more visitors, and surely that is better than very few at a
high cost, implying it is too expensive at the cathedral at the