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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.

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As fuel prices soar, one Lincolnshire council looks to

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negotiate a better deal for its residents. The price of gas has

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come down for the wholesalers, and the price of oil, but for consumers,

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it has gone up. Four years on from the floods, East

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Yorkshire villagers get new defences to better protect their

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community. It is a fantastic feeling to know you are safe.

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Why a vote by drivers could mean the end for these speed bumps in

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East Yorkshire. The Lincolnshire farmers growing

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those all important crops for Christmas. And it stays mild and

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unsettled. The very latest detailed forecast shortly.

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A third of people in Lincolnshire will struggle to heat their homes

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this winter, according to the latest figures. Now, the leader of

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South Holland Council is trying to use the financial clout of the

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authority to get all 34,000 households in the district a

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significant discount on their gas and electricity bills. It's one of

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the first local councils to try the idea. Tarah Welsh has been to one

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village near Bourne where residents have already got together to lower

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their bills. Heating the manor house was never

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going to be cheap. Especially in Rippingale. There's no piped gas,

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so most homes use heating oil. When residents got sick of of the

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high prices, they grouped together to buy energy in bulk. It is an

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attempt to keep the local suppliers on their toes, and try to get the

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best price. There are roughly 80 members of this consortium. They

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will get a reduced rate for filling their times. This type of group

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buying has saved each person two or three pence a litre.

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So people here say their buying power has worked. The contractor is

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a very good deal. Well, now the leader of South

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Holland District Council wants to do this on a much larger scale. He

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wants to negotiate a competitive tariff for residents that want a

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deal. We are proposing to use the council's buying power to stand to

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negotiate. They are making far too much money on the back of a

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commodity whose core price is going down. The price of gas has come

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down for wholesalers, and the price of oil, but for the consumers, the

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price has gone up. While he doesn't know how much will be saved, he

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hopes it would cut the average �1,300 bill by 10%. I think it is

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an excellent idea, definitely. think anything on them lines will

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be beneficial. The proposal still needs clearance

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from the government regulator, and it's still unclear how many of

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South Holland's 34,000 households will buy in. Dedicated to do

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shopping around for consumers, to make sure you are getting the best

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deal. People could see more than the temperature going down.

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I'm joined by Barry Earnshaw, the chief officer of Age UK in Lincoln.

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What have you done to know why your bills? We have done a couple of

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things. We have done some price comparisons on our electric, and

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just changed our supplier. In our village, we have a very proactive

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parish council. Some time ago, as part of the parish plan, oil was an

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issue because we were a no gas village. We set upon all syndicate.

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One man in the village who, as part of his job, was procurement, he

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runs it and you get a regular reminder about your request for oil.

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What they do then... What do you think about this idea of 34,000

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households getting together, grouping together for cheaper

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bills? His is a non-starter? think it is a good idea. It

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supports the work that we are doing, in terms of looking at some

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initiatives which help older people with price comparisons, access to

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alternative fuels and getting a better deal, bearing in mind that

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their incomes are under pressure at present. The savings at best are

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only 5-10%. That will not mean that much, when bills go up at the rate

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they are. If you are spending �1,000 a year, on fuel, that is

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quite considerable. For everybody else, they will be slightly jealous

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if this goes ahead in the South Holland area. We would want that to

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be shared across Lincolnshire. There are seven district councils,

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as you know. We would want that expanding. Very good to talk to you.

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We would like to know what do you think about this. Would you buy gas

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electricity off your local council if it meant lower bills? Will

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enough people get involved to make In a moment:

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Fishermen on the East Coast are urged to work together to make the

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most of European quotas. They've waited more than four years

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for their homes to be protected from flooding, and today, a

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government minister officially opened new defences in Burstwick in

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East Yorkshire. 120 homes were damaged there in 2007. It's hoped

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these new measures, operated by the residents rather than the

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authorities, will stop that ever happening again. Anne-Marie Tasker

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reports. At Stephen's home in Burstwick, the

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flood damage still shows. Like many on Trinity close, his home was

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flooded, causing �90,000 of damage. It is something he hoped he will

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never face again. The it is peace of mind. We can go to bed and no

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matter what has happened, the band will protect us. We have the pumps

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as well, just in case, so it is fantastic. Stephen is among the

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volunteer flood wardens who will operate the pomps. Today, Mr

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Richard Benny and met the man said he hoped other communities would

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follow their lead. They were 5.2 million homes in England that are

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at risk of flooding. We will protect them all the way we can.

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With schemes like this, we find that working in partnership with

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the local community like this, we can get a much better result.

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Residents hope that these Poms will protect them for decades to come,

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but the question they are asking is, why did it take so long to get them

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in the first place? After the 2007 floods, we had communities all over

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Yorkshire the Web devastated. We have done our best to do it as

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quickly as we can. We have worked very hard. This is as fast as we

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could do it. The wardens and his �3 million scheme have reduced best

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with's flood risk from significant to know. It could bring down

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insurance premiums. A people want to sell her house, for example,

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there have not been able to because it is classed as a flood risk. We

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do not have a problem any more. We just have to wait for databases and

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so want to get updated. Environment Agency says that should

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happen soon, and tonight, residents should sleep easier, knowing scenes

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like this are unlikely ever to be seen again.

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Plans have gone on display today for a new �74 million flood defence

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barrier in Boston. People are being asked for their views on the

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barrier, which will be built just downstream from Black Sluice Lock.

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It is claimed it will help to protect thousands of homes from

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tidal flooding. A large team of regional police

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officers have been brought in to investigate the murder of a 70-

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year-old Lincoln man. Sonny Grey died after being attacked by three

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men at his home in Westwick Gardens in the city on Saturday night.

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House-to-house enquiries are taking place.

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An 86-year-old man injured when his car was in collision with a police

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van in Scunthorpe has died. Harold Kilmore was driving on Frodingham

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Road when the crash happened last month. The Independent Police

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Complaints Commission has been informed.

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East Coast fishermen should be prepared to work together to save

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their industry. That's the message from the Government tonight as many

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fishing communities in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire fight

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for survival. The controversial system of EU quotas, limits the

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amount of fish that can be caught off our shores. Now, ministers are

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urging boat owners to join forces to maximise their catches. More

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from our from Tim Iredale. - - more from Tim Iredale.

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Dawn breaks over the East Yorkshire course. Our fishermen are hard at

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work. Like many skippers in this part of the world, Dave Wilkie now

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specialises in catching crab and lobster. European Court has

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severely limited the amount of white fish, like cod, that these

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boats are allowed to land. Organisations which have nothing to

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do with fishing can own quote and lease quota out to fishermen.

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British fishing fleet has 160 small boats. According to latest figures,

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they are allocated just 3% of the UK's total fish total. That is just

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1% of what they were allowed to catch before 1997 when the present

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quota system was introduced. The government recommends one way to be

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the gritters would be for more boat-owners to join together to

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form new corporate sense -- one way to beat the quotas. 15 years ago,

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there were 20 active trawlers act - - operating out of Bridlington. Now,

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they ran on, and many acute of fishing port need an agent lifeline.

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If people could pool resources, it could improve the situation.

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Fishermen had desperate to diversify from shellfish. Many

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skippers argued that without wholesale reform of the European

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fishing policy, they will be little or no industry left on the east

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coast for future generations. We will continue to follow that story.

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Thank you for getting in touch about the increase in the number of

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people using their mobile phones whilst driving. The number of

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drivers caught on their phones behind the wheel has more than

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doubled in the last year according to Humberside Police. Officers say

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they consider the practice as dangerous as drink driving.

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Lots of you have been getting in touch about this. Thank you for all

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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Still ahead tonight: Why it could be the end of the road for these

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speed bumps in East Yorkshire. The Lincolnshire farmers making

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sure their crops are ready for Tonight's picture was taken by

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Richard Davidson. If you have a picture you are proud of, send it

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We have an e-mail here which says, I am an insomniac and I peered the

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Peter Levey so on, and it gets me It will be miles further next 24

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hours. It is also one settled. There is some rain around. This

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huge area of low pressure affects us. The breeze will still be in the

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South and temperatures will stay above average for the time of year.

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Cloud is increasing from the West and there will be some patchy

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outbreaks of rain on the way in the next few hours. It looks like

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amounts will be small. Some rain might be persistent later on.

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Eastern areas will not see much at all. 11 or 12 degrees Celsius. The

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sun rises in the morning at 7:05am. It will be a cloudy start and

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perhaps damp as well. Any overnight rain will move northwards. A bit of

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sunshine but later on cloud will build again. Further rain may push

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up from this out later in the day. The top temperatures, quite chilly

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along the coast. 13 or 14 degrees. Inland, 16 degrees. Friday will be

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mild with scattered showers. At changed over the weekend as the

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wind turns from the North East and temperatures are back to normal. A

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cloudy weekend with the rest of some rain.

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See you tomorrow. It was one of the first villages in

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East Yorkshire to get speed bumps and could be the first to get rid

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of them if some residents get their way. People in Walkington are being

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asked if they want their humps flattened. An online petition has

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been started to save them. Our correspondent is there. Why are the

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speed bumps a problem? If you drive through Walkington you

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rather in for a bit of a bump because there are seven sets of

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speed bumps and five sets of speed ramps. Drivers claim their cards

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are being damaged so the parish council are asking villagers to

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vote on whether to save them. Workington's speed humps are not

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always pleasing for drivers. There will be a vote on whether to keep

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them. There it does a lot of damage to

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your suspension, ruins your Ipsos system. I am not for them.

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believe if we take these be the bombs away, the speed will increase.

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I liked the idea of children being able to walk to school.

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They are a nuisance. The chicane at one end of the

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village remains popular but opinion is divided over the speed humps and

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the parish council will look at alternatives if villagers vote for

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change at the end of November. Official statistics suggest that

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speed humps to reduce accidents and injuries by up to 60%. However,

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there are alternatives. Light here, where there are no

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speed bumps, just an electronic sign.

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How important is it too slow rural traffic? Nationally, over 1,000

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people were killed on rural roads last year. That is over double that

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killed in Arden rots. -- on on urban roads.

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Beforehand, there their injuries including a fatality within the

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village. Now, speeds in the village are relatively low. I have looked

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at pollution data for the past five year and there have been no

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collisions. What happens next? The answer is

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that villagers have until 30th November to register their vote. If

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the vote goes against the humps, the council will have to look at

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whether there should be alternatives. East Riding council

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will ultimately make the decision and in terms of road safety, they

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will probably argue that if it is not broken, they want want to fix

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The chief instructor from the Institute of Advanced motorists is

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with us. Good evening. Should be bumps stay or go?

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If there is not a replacement that will work for them it should stay.

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Walkington is a lovely village. It should look to the driver that they

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should go slowly. Humps do not always do that. Other things can do

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it better. Are they are a must for safety?

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It will they from place to place. The big thing is to make the rot

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look to the driver as if the need to go slowly. If you put chicanes

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in our banking, and make it feel as if you have to go slowly, because

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it is natural, without spoiling the lovely view, and the lovely

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appearance of the place, then you will win. If you cannot find a way

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to do that, then you have to keep the humps.

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What people have said to me is that it actually makes some people drive

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worse because they try to dodge them.

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You will get people who tried to dodge them and people who

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accelerate hard in the gaps between them. And you will get some people

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who have to have a built-in getting over them with some types of

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vehicle because the bottom of their car is very low. There are other

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ways to do it, and if there are better ways, then use them.

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The flashing lights and anything at the side of the road to push people

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to slow down, would they be better? Some of those work very well. It

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does depend on where they are and what type of traffic you are

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dealing with. Commuter traffic tends to travel at the speed it

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wants to. If it is people going to bed early races and they are not

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familiar with the road, they are more likely to do what they thing

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says. Thank you very much. Is this the

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end of the road for speed bumps? Do they make driving worse? Do they

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work? If you are in the Walkington area, please get in touch.

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The MP for Beverley has had a meeting with the Prime Minister for

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improving rural services. He claims that people living in the

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countryside often pay more but have less money spent on them. He wants

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the Prime Minister to make things fairer.

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This is typical, where residents pay more but receive less, in rural

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areas. Will the Prime Minister made with me to discuss this?

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I am happy to meet with my honourable friend. There are big

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differences in the use of retained firefighters. But I am happy to

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meet to discuss this issue. A mother from Scunthorpe is

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receiving an award for a film she made about her family. She has won

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the People's Choice Awards. More than 500 people watched the film on

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YouTube and it was praised by Stephen Fry on Twitter.

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Hull City's 9 game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end last night

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with defeat to Barnsley. A first- half penalty and a this proved

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costly. Hull City surrendered their

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unbeaten run last night after a frustrating display inside

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Yorkshire. It started well for the Tigers. This effort was deflected

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wide early on. The visitors were then awarded a spot-kick when

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Robbie Brady was brought down in the box. This LMS proved costly. --

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early mess. Ten minutes later, a mistake was capitalised on to

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double Barnsley's lead. A late goal in the 79th minutes was

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not enough. It was nine games unbeaten. They

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will have to build again. The Tigers remain six then this

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table, but with a tough test against second-placed West Ham on

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Saturday, the pressure is on to bounce back quickly.

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Thank you very much. With Hallowe'en out of the way and the

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pumpkins consigned to the bend, growers in their area are preparing

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their latest season of crops. Getting there produce onto the

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shelves in time for Christmas takes hard work and careful planning.

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We have at least a month until we have to think about decorating our

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Christmas trees, but they have been planning it for years here.

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The trees that had been marked for sale this year will be cut.

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It is a big job when you have 20,000 to be ready to sell.

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You can see all the labels. Our use operations will carry on but we

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will drop back into finally marking the trees. Getting ready for

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deliveries, really. Elsewhere, Lincolnshire farmers are

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getting ready with their vegetables. What Christmas lunch would be

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complete without the sprites? Here they are more interested in

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the romantic side. He is selling trees with mistletoe

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already growing from the park. Just copy what the birds do. Pick

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an nice ripe berry, squeeze the seat out, stick the seat on, and it

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will glue itself in place. Come around March time, that will start

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to germinate. It will attach to the tree.

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You would be for Devon that Lincolnshire's pumpkin growers had

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cornered the market, but I think The people of Waddington are

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certainly in the spirit of Christmas early. The producers are

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looking to forward to being in the swing of it as well.

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The time is five minutes to seven. A recap of the main headlines.

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Unions say the government's latest offer on pensions for millions of

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public sector workers is not good enough.

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As school prices -- fuel prices soar, one Lincolnshire council is

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trying to cut the cost of fuel for its residents.

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Responses coming in from you. Carl in Cleethorpes says it should not

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be up to councils to get a better deal for people. It should be up to

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the government to sort out the scandal as energy companies.

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And another person says this is a good idea.

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