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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
From gardens to groceries - the council agrees to an out-of-town
Marks & Spencer for Scunthorpe. didn't think it would happen, I'm
pleased it is going where it is going. That will be the final nail
in the coffin of a dying Scunthorpe town centre.
Fuel from the fields - farmers look forward to supplying a new biofuel
plant near Hull. Hull City fail to score once again,
but Scunthorpe United put breathing space between them and the bottom
of League One. And the Symphony Orchestra playing
a new type of water music. And a lot of dry whether expected
over the next coming days, all of Good evening.
There are fears that the town centre of Scunthorpe will die after
a decision this afternoon which will allow a new out-of-town
development to be built. The development, which includes a
branch of Marks & Spencer, was given planning permission in
December, but following legal advice councillors were told to
reconsider. This afternoon, planners gave it the final go-ahead
and it'll mean 300 new jobs. But shopkeepers in the town centre now
fear the worst. Vicky Johnson has more.
Scunthorpe's High Street, like so many towns, has suffered blow after
blow, as major retailers have closed down. So the news that Marks
& Spencer wanted to return after a number oversteer absence has been
warmly welcomed by many. We are only five minutes from the town
centre, so it is easy to get to the town centre from there. We are not
against the town centre, we want to help it right, but far from being a
threat, at this new development is the only way of its survival.
the sting in the Marks & Spencer tale is that the retail giant will
only return if it can build a flagship store here, two miles out
of town. You are in a location where you are not making as much
money as she should, the face of There is a good economic argument
for what they are doing. But High Street shopkeepers who have already
seen a 40% drop in food fall say the move will be disastrous.
council appears to be changing with the wind of what it is going to do.
One minute, they will have this place built, that was 10 years ago,
build a new bus station, then a couple of years later, they will
decide they want people to invest out of 10, moving it away from
where they have just invested. Planning councillors, he just last
year at past new policies aimed at rejuvenating the town centre,
visited the site this morning. Hours later, they narrowly voted in
favour of the new development. really pleased, I wanted Marks &
Spencer to come back. I don't think they made the right decision. Which
is why we are very disappointed. think it will portrayed out of 10.
The bird is circle round about has been a bone of contention for a
number of years -- out of town, but Bartley circle. It could create up
to 300 new jobs and it is hoped the new development could be open by
the end of the year if a new legal challenge isn't launch.
Vicky is that the side, what was the atmosphere like at the meeting?
That at the site. It is usually controversial, so the
atmosphere was really tense, it was absolutely packed to the rafters in
the council chamber and the planning committee chairman had to
use his casting vote to get it through. The developers said that
this transformation of the garden centre in to a huge new retail park
was going to be a huge opportunity for the whole area. They said it
would predictably attract an extra �90 million per year to the area as
shoppers came back into the area from places like Gainsborough,
Doncaster and Meadow Hall. But those against it said it would be
catastrophic, not just for the retailers in the area, but also
people living locally. This is the bane Doncaster Road in and out of
the town, it is already congested at peak times -- main. They said it
could be worse. There is now talk of challenging it it legally, so it
may not be the end of the story. A little earlier, I spoke to the
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin and asked him whether this was good news for
Scunthorpe. What is certainly good news is that
Marks & Spencer and the developers want to invest in Scunthorpe, that
is very positive news. As you say, it leaves the question as to
whether it is the ideal location for such a development. There are
many people who think it would be better placed within the town
centre. What do you think? Good news or not? It is good news that
Marks & Spencer want to invest in the town, it is good news that that
the developers want to invest in the town but it would be better if
it was happening in the town centre. But these are commercial decisions
and careful consideration has been taken place by the planning
committee, which I understand has been voted by the casting vote of
the chair to go ahead with the development. Do you think the town
centre of Scunthorpe will just to die? This is a planning decision,
and there has not been... I know that, I am asking you... It is the
job of the people in the can. The retailers in the town centre will
be determined to continue to make the town centre work. They, quite
properly, have said it makes it a very challenging environment if
this planning decision goes ahead of in the end with this development
taking place on such a scale, down by Glanford Park. Marks & Spencer
said they would not consider another site. They have had the
planners over a barrel, they have held all the power. Developers will
always say they will not go anywhere else, that is the way they
do business. In reality, Marks & Spencer left Scunthorpe over a year
ago and they said it wasn't an appropriate business then and they
now want to come back into the area. There a change in circumstances and
there will be changing decisions in commercial interests, but this is a
situation we find ourselves in today and it is positive news that
Marks & Spencer want to come back to Scunthorpe. It would be better
if it was in the town centre but we bossy what happens as things before
would. If he were not an MP and you ran a shop in the centre of
Scunthorpe, would you be a worried man? -- if you were not. Certainly
shopkeepers and the town centre have made very clear, they have run
a brilliant campaign and I suspect they will continue to campaign.
They have made it very clear that they see this as a negative
development but they are determined entrepreneurs and they will look to
continue their business in Scunthorpe into the future. Good to
talk to, thank you very much. We would like to know what you
think about this one. Will town centres like Scunthorpe die as more
and more out-of-town developments and more out-of-town developments
appear? Or do you welcome the investment and the jobs and the
We look forward to hearing it from here, we will have some before we
finish. In a moment:
The night-time operation to remove the huge sperm whale from Skegness
beach. As you've been hearing in the
national news, six soldiers have been killed in the single worst
enemy attack on UK troops in Afghanistan since operations began
11 years ago. Five of those killed were from the Yorkshire Regiment.
They died while on patrol in Kandahar province on Tuesday.
Tragic events such as these serve as a reminder of the dangers our
armed forces face. Kevin Shoesmith is a reporter with the the Hull
Daily Mail and he's just returned from spending a fortnight with the
Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan. He is with us in the studio. Kevin,
good evening. You spent some time in Helmand province, what is life
like that? Long period of inactivity, followed by sudden
bursts of activity. Conditions out there are very basic. The security
situation does seem to be improving slightly. I was last there in 2000
and during Operation Panther's Claw, there has seemed to have been
slight progress. What did the troops think of some of the
primitive devices, these dangers in century devices? Do they feel as if
they are fighting fair? -- incendiary. They do not. They
believe that it is a tenacious and skilled NME. These are not guys who
won not well-trained, these are insurgency of a spelt years and
years fighting that these are sergeants that have spent years and
years fighting --. They know the rules of engagement, they know that
soldiers do not follow routines and they exploit that, particularly
through the use of improvised explosive devices. What goes
through your mind when you hear news like today? The first thing is
obviously the family back home here in Yorkshire. We don't yet know
where the soldiers were from, possibly even East Yorkshire, of we
need that information to come out. -- we need. Then obviously, the
thought turnout -- 10-the soldiers themselves. -- thoughts turn to the
soldiers themselves. I have just returned from Afghanistan and I am
wondering whether I knew any of the soldiers, whether I saw any of them
out there. What will they be feeling out there tonight? It is a
difficult one. It is hard for civilians to fully appreciate. The
first thing that the soldiers will be doing is having a talk, the
commanders, it will be a time for strong leadership. They will have
to rally the guys, but also get them back out on patrol again very
quickly. Good to see you, Kevin, thank you for coming in. We will
continue to follow that story. Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue's
control centre is to be linked to centres in three other areas -
Humberside, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Each area will continue to
answer their own 999 calls, but staff in any one of them would be
able to handle calls from across all four areas. The government has
allocated more than �7 million for the plan.
Significant progress has been made to improve patient care at the
Pilgrim Hospital in Boston over the past 12 months, according to a new
report from the Care Quality Commission. The report highlights
improvements to nutrition and hydration as well as extra training
that's been put in place for staff. Last year, the watchdog raised a
number of concerns. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
says it's pleased by the findings and it's continuing to work to hard
to provide high standards for patients.
The 30-tonne body of a sperm whale has finally been taken away from
Skegness beach. Contractors removed the whale in an operation which got
underway in the early hours of this morning. The body has now been
taken to a specialist waste 3am and in the distance light
approach, ready to tackle a huge problem on the beach. It began as a
race against the tide. We went to get past the end of the
peer before the tide comes in. Once we are past their tis not quite so
serious. We would sit chain of the whale up and push it with a
bulldozer. We went to get it up there with as much dignity as
possible. The carcass of the spear it -- the
sperm whale beached on Saturday. 0 in now was the paperwork in place
and the time right to move it. -- only gnarl..
We wanted to do it when there was as least people here as possible
really because it is not a happy occasion.
Now comes the real test. They have to get 30 tons Of Whale on the low-
loader that waits over there. Thief it was near it and come has put in
place. At half-past five it was time For a
carefully co-ordinated Minoo there between machine and mammal on to
the trailer. Even at this early hour people turned out to watch.
I was down to the peer and looked at it being uncovered and stride
onto the beach. It is amazing. Really bake.
It is only a baby one, I am led to believe. Good job it was not full
size. This once graceful giants will now
be taken to a landfill site. Thank you for watching this
Wednesday night. Still ahead tonight:
Scunthorpe United move further away from the drop zone but Hull City
draw a blank once again. DISCORDANT PIANO MUSIC PLAYS.
Musical scales - the orchestra playing to a rather unusual
Tonight picture was taken by Rob Andrew's in Hornsea. This is the
sunset over the Brandesburton gravel site. Thank you for that
much -- thank you for that one. Another picture tomorrow night
around the same time. This will cheer you up. My daughter
now lives in New Zealand and has downloaded Peter Levy because Mac
voice for the Sat Nav in her husband's traffic police car.
I am very big in Welling so it is just here but I struggle!
You are telling me! It will be dry with some sunshine every next 24
hours. A lot of dry weather coming up through the weekend and much of
next week. That is bad news for drought-stricken Lincolnshire. This
high-pressure will push back across as over the next few days. After
that wet morning it has been a pleasant afternoon with some
sunshine. Still a risk of an isolated shower coming through but
basically it is a dry night for most of us with just a pleasing
shower in the far west of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
You have shelter from a strong wind further south and it could get cool
enough for a ground frost around Gainsborough. Thief the sun will
rise in the morning at 6:32am and set at the by 50 4:00pm. Here are
the high-tide times. So not a bad day to come. It will be hazy
sunshine at times tomorrow but generally very dry. It remains
bright. There will be further spells the sunshine and
temperatures will be close to normal, around about nine Celsius
in Fridaythorpe Anna's at the same in Gainsborough. -- at answer the
same. Temperatures on the up. 15 What you do not know is that he is
in a lot of pain today with that to take. Did they put a lot of wisdom
teeth in it? Yes, thanks.
Farmers in the Lincolnshire could see a big increase in demand when a
new buyer plants his belt. Be firmer building yet it says it will
protests more than a million tonnes of grain every year.
It is one of the largest plants of its type in the UK. In a few months
wheat will come in here, be ground down and brewed into alcohol. It
will then go here to be purified into 100% bioethanol to run a car's.
The stuff left over will come here and be turned into animal feed.
We employ 70 or 80 people ourselves and be on that support around 1000
jobs. I think for local farmers it is about being there continuously
for them so that they know they have a market place for the
products they are producing. This may sound like feel for the
future but some of the fuel we use that the future is made from
bioethanol. That needs to rise from 5% to 10% by 2020. Firms like
Vivergo will be vital in ensuring that supply.
Local farmers will be among the main ones to benefit because most
of the wheat needed by the site will be grown within a 50 mile
radius. Beefeater made there as by product can also be used to feed
local cows. The East Riding of Yorkshire
produces wheat really well. To have a producer on our doorstep to deal
with this amount of wheat is good news for farmers.
The weeks may be grown locally but has for some of it poses an ethical
issue of growing crops for a fuel rather than food.
If you use foods to fuel cars, you are taking food out of the mouths
of people. I understand this refinery will use 1 million tonnes
of wheat. If you turn that wheat into food, that would be enough to
feed everyone in Kenya for one month.
The owners say they are balancing the issue by making both food and
feet -- fuel and feet. This area and civvy -- this plant adds to the
area's renewable fuels. Widening need feels like this?
This is all about breaking our reliance on fossil fuels. Oil is
very expensive and a reliance on it means we are dependent on surprise
from a board for -- from abroad. By a fuel fans say that the more fury
make at home, the more we can break away and secure half your security.
It cuts down the amount of carbon dioxide being produced by engines.
For example, Vivergo say that it is the equivalent of taking 200,000
cars off the road. Sandhu disputes the claims that those by a fuels
are greener and many feel that with so many people starving in the
world, is it right to grow fuel rather than food?
Disabled bike riders from East Yorkshire have been showing off
their cycling skills in support of Sport Relief. People who attend the
Parishes and Orchard day care centres regularly use the
specially-adapted bikes in Hull's East Park. And today they stepped
it up a gear to race a mile. I find it really inspirational and
it put things into context. And if you're taking part in the
Sport Relief Mile we'd like to hear what you're doing. Email us at
[email protected] Onto football and Hull City are now
unbeaten in eight games. The 0-0 draw with Yorkshire rivals Leeds
United means that they remain ninth in the Championship table. Leanne
Brown has more details of that and the rest of last nights football.
Unbeaten once again but Hull city have also not want for several
games and their outside the play- off places in the championship.
They fail to make the pressure tell in the first half. They were denied
by good saves from the Leeds United goalkeeper. Off the field, the
manager was being his usual less than a calm self- as city pushed
forward but they could not make the breakthrough. The second half was
more even with Hull city reverting to long-range shots. The manager
regretted lost opportunities. I thought we were the better team.
I thought some of the football we played in the first half was great
and Roche. A couple of good saves kept Leeds in it tonight so I am
disappointed we did not get three points.
Meanwhile, scum part unite it got a second successive win in League One.
Benn now four points clear at the drop zone after winning 2-1 at all
done. You'd expect to see plenty of
scales at an aquarium but the ones on show at the Deep in Hull today
have been of the musical kind. Performers from Hull's Philharmonic
Orchestra have been practising a brand new piece of music, specially
written to celebrate ten years of the aquarium. Anne-Marie Tasker has
been to listen. Practice was going swimmingly today
- as two members of Hull's Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsed
part of "Sounding The Deep". Their audience - the ocean residents that
helped inspire it. We are standing here today in this
building, the deep, playing a piece called sounds in the deep. We are
using a lot of instruments that are buried deep in pitch.
The new composition's been written to celebrate 10 years of this
aquarium, the Deep. And it's certainly given the musicians
something to get their teeth into. It is different to anything we have
ever done be far. It is one of the most complicated face scars I have
seen for some time. I am in far a challenge in night but it should be
fun. And some will be making waves by
swapping traditional instruments for computers. Laptops playing
cells from under the seas will help to liven up this building.
The deep is a wonderful, iconic building. It is a great piece of
architecture. Thought 170 musicians and dancers from
across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will perform this
piece, and other shorter compositions, at Hull City Hall
next saturday. That time, it'll be in front of scores of people,
rather than shoals of fish. Do send us an e-mail if you have a story
you think we should report. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Six soldiers have been killed in
Afghanistan - five are from the Yorkshire regiment. It brings the
death toll of British soldiers since the war began to more than
four hundred. There are fears that Scunthorpe
town centre will die after a decision to allow a new out-of-town
shopping development. Tomorrow: Dry with sunny spells,
although skies will tend to cloud over later. Maximum temperature 9C
(48F). Fresh Southwest wind. A big response coming in on the
subject of the out-of-town shop plan from Scunthorpe. Lucy said, at
"I think it is great news. These new developments are perfect."
another correspondent said that people in Scunthorpe should be
pleased that this will create extra jobs for the town. Anna has text
did and she said that in Grimsby there are two big retail parks away
from the town centre but it has not had an adverse effect on the town
centre itself. I'm sure you'll have used on those texts. The planners
do not have a clue, is what someone said. Martin has e-mail to say that
he welcomes the development but why build a new out-of-town shopping
area when the steelworks is in decline? When that goes, Scunthorpe