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Good evening. Welcome to Look North. The headlines: questions over wind
farms and the sweeteners being paid to communities. These developers
can come along and offer tens of thousands of pounds to local
communities - it is verging on bribery. Doubts over the future of
North Sea Ferries when new pollution rules come into force.
A woman who lost two family members to cancer, calls on the government
to improve survival rates. Another council flies into the row
over garden flags. And a touch of spring this weekend. You weekend
forecast coming up short life. -- shortly. Good evening.
It has been claimed that rural communities are being effectively
bribed by wind farm developers who are offering large sums of money as
compensation. One East Yorkshire village where five giant turbines
are being built has received �60,000 from the developers with
promises of more cash each year for the next 25 years. The practice is
entirely legal and the company behind the scheme says it wants to
be a good neighbour, but some residents feel they have been
bought out. It is an East Yorkshire village with the brand new hall and
rebuilt church and a new children's playground. The �60,000 investment
has since been in strings attached - a price to pay which has left the
village divided. Many of us feel we had been bought out. Aletta they
have money into the they Lench - and that will get used up quickly.
-- a little bit of money. We have 25 years at least of the wind farm
here, I do not think it is right. It is here that the five giant wind
turbines are being built. The developers have paid for that it --
the village facelift. Here in the new village hall, the chairman of
the village committee says it has been controversial but believes the
best deal has been secured for the village. We had no shop, the
village hall was derelict we had no playground for the Kents, so in
reality they had brought her some very useful money to improve things.
-- they have brought us. Cash payments have become accepted ways
of working and in the future payments can be made too many more
East Yorkshire villages. 11 sites are being built in the county and a
further seven are being considered by council planners.
acknowledges that the structures do have an impact on the local
environment. Yes, there should be some sort of recompense to those
local people for that situation. Several windfarms will be sited
close to this famous walking writ. Villagers feel they may be
compromised by the cash payments. Money should not come into it. If I
was to go up to a councillor and offer him �1,000, he would not be
able to make a decision on that and yet these developers can come along
and offer thousands of McCowans to communities. It is verging on
bribery. -- thousands of pounds. Some say Christmas has arrived
early but it is at a significant cost. We would welcome your
thoughts on this one. Should villagers feel uncomfortable about
these payments or should they welcome the investment in local
communities? If you have a view on I look forward to hearing from you.
In a moment - the Lincoln swimmer Lizzie Simmonds has her last shot
at the Olympics. The result of her race is coming up.
The ferry operator P&O is warning that its entire Hull operation
could be at risk if new pollution laws are passed. The company claims
more than 600 jobs and its services between Hull, Rotterdam and
Zeebrugge will be threatened, if the EU asks all ferry companies to
switch to a less polluting and more expensive fuel. One million
passengers per year use the ferries from Hull to is a bigger and
Rotterdam. The European Commission is becoming concerned about the
quantities of it air polluting sulphur dioxide which ships like
he's in it. The new rules will require all ferries to switch to a
less polluting fuel, but there are worries that this is costly and
could threaten jobs. We have to fight her corner to keep a viable.
It is a tall order. Overall, it is hard to say what the consequence
will be. We have to fight it and try and keep going but it will be
very difficult. The new laws on clean air sulphur dioxide fuel
coming up in 2015 but he no says it is more expensive and will increase
their fuel costs by �60 million a year. It says that could mean the
possible closure of its Hull operation where more than 600
people are employed. One of the arguments is that if it has to
reduce its operation out of how all, then more freight traffic will be
diverted to the Channel, thus causing more pollution - the very
thing the government is trying to reduce. The UK already has sulphur
emission limits, the European Commission wants to target
passenger ferries. The move is being investigated by the Transport
Select Committee. It is important to reduce emissions. This seems
that emissions from ships go to form the largest part of those
emissions. This action does have to be taking but it has to be
reasonable. It is about balancing the needs for the environment with
the need to protect jobs. Piano or is not the only company to believe
the proposed European legislation has not got this balance right.
What is the background to this legislation? As I mentioned in the
report, there is already European legislation to which P&O have
signed up. It has no problem with this and says it is a responsible
company. What is happening now is that the European Commission is
imposing an extra layer of legislation on passenger ferries
using the North Sea and the Channel ports. Hal is hit the hardest by
this because these ferries make longer ferries and use more fuel.
How serious a threat is this to jobs? There is no threat of
imminent job losses. Piano is saying it wants time to explore
things like technology and reduce its emissions and to lobby the
European Commission. There are hopes to get the introduction of
this legislation pushed back to 2020. If it is still in place in
2015, the company is saying there will be a genuine risk of job
losses. Thank you very much. A Lincolnshire charity says more
than 300 jobs are under serious threat because vital funding has
been withdrawn by the local authority. Linkage Community Trust
provides education for students with learning disabilities but they
say the county council is now drastically cutting back on the
numbers of students it sends to their Linkage colleges. The county
council say they are committed to providing the service for students
but are reviewing where they spend their budget. I'm joined by a
member of the trust. Good evening. How likely is it that some jobs
will go? It is extremely likely at the moment. We're in A90 day
consultation with her staff. Unless we see a change in policy by the
local authority, it is likely that a large number of staff will be
leaving as. If they're sending fewer students, you do not need as
many staff, is that no right? funding has not been cut. The local
authority makes decisions about which students can come to us. They
understand they said earlier it is about parental choice. Parents will
be delighted to know there is a return to parental choice because
we have worked with a large number of parents over the last year who
have been told there is no choice for that their children. The county
council have tonight issued a statement - young people continue
What is wrong with them doing that? If that was the situation, there
would be nothing wrong with that but as I have said, we work with a
large number of families whose parents had been told there is not
a choice for their children. We are an outstanding college which
specialises in meeting the need of young disabled people. If this
means that you and students with learning disabilities are going
into mainstream schools, we should be welcoming that, should we not?
For many young people mainstream education is absolutely appropriate
and we would not question that. But families with young people
themselves are telling us that for a certain young people, mainstream
colleges are a challenging environment in which they do not
thrive. We had a large public consultation event last week when a
young man told us he had found mainstream totally confusing.
must leave it there, thank you for joining us tonight. If you want to
be in touch, you know what to do. One of the government's top
ministers has told Look North the Humber can be one of the world's
leading sites in offshore renewable enemy.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has visited the area to launch the
new Humber local Enterprise Partnership. He says the government
is committed to seeing industry develop here. The Humber has
everything you need to be a world leader in this business. The port
facilities, the businesses, the skills, they all come together in
this region. It is one of the best places in the UK to do this work.
Police say the lorry driver who was injured in a crash on the A180 near
Immingham has died. The lorry driven by Mark Edgar from Suffolk
crashed into the central reservation yesterday lunchtime.
The road was closed between Europarc and Stallingborough for
several hours. A workman has been airlifted to hospital, after a
trench collapsed on him in Lincolnshire this afternoon.
Police were called to help the man, in his forties, who was working for
Anglian Water in Holbeach. He was taken to the Pilgrim Hospital in
Boston with a suspected broken leg. The Health and Safety Executive is
looking into the incident. An agreement has been reached over
who will fit the bill for directing traffic during parades in Grantham.
Last night we heard from an organiser of the Remembrance Day
parade who said she would rather go to prison than have to pay to hold
the event. Today at a meeting with their local councillor,
organisations agreed to stick to a parade route that requires minimum
policing and the council will fund cost of traffic signs. We have
agreed to have a common writ, all of the organisations will stick to
it. They will go down the high street. We were seriously
considering cancelling the pay part of St George's Day and just having
a service. -- the parade part. But as a result of this meeting, piece
seems to have broken out. They prefer watching. Still ahead -
another council warns a member of the public not to fly a flag in
their garden. We're back at the swimming pool in
London to seek Lizzie Simmonds Keep your pictures coming in. Thank
you for that. Apparently there is someone else in
Scunthorpe who does not have a son called Darren! Were they talking
about you last night? about you last night?
Here is the weather: There is a touch of spring across East
Yorkshire. This high pressure will drift up towards us. Most of next
week will be dry as well. There is a complication in the next few
hours. There is a band of drizzle coming down from the north-west. A
mild night to come. The sun will rise in the morning at 6:27am.
There might be the odd bit of drizzle first thing tomorrow. Good
sunny breaks coming through. Temperatures will respond. The
average for this time of the year is nine Celsius. It will be 15
across Lincolnshire. What ever you are it will feel like spring.
Lesson breeze on Sunday. -- lesson I like that line, dry for the whole
of next week! Have a good weekend. A woman from Scunthorpe who has
lost two family members to one of the most aggressive forms of cancer
is looking at ways to improve survival rates. Maggie Watts'
husband died from pancreatic cancer three years ago, 40 years after his
mother died from the same illness. A cancer charity says that survival
rates have hardly improved in recent decades.
Kevin Watts was a fit and healthy 45-year-old. When he started
getting stomach pains nobody thought it was serious. Just weeks
later he was told he was dying from pancreatic cancer. I have lost a
husband. We then found out that his mother
had also died of pancreatic cancer. It is often termed the silent
killer. We wanted to be a cancer that people survive. Typically
people have just six months to live after diagnosis. Only three % of
patients are still alive five years later. There were 8,000 deaths in
2009. That is nearly 22 people per day.
Actor Patrick Swayze's public battle with their illness a couple
of years ago highlighted how tough the disease is.
Maggie Watts is now try to collect 100,000 signatures to force MPs to
debate the condition in Parliament. Survival rates have hardly changed
within the last 40 years. I am happy to support her in her
campaign to raise awareness. Sandwiched between the stomach and
the spine, by the time malignant cells are detected, it is often too
late. The pancreas is quite deep in the
body, so you cannot actually see it. By the time it has been diagnosed
it may have spread to the liver and lungs.
He did not crumble when he was dying. Kevin fought to stay alive
as long as he could. In his memory Magee is determined to improve the
chances of survival for others. Thank you for everybody who got in
touch regarding regional assemblies. Campaigners say and regional
assembly would lead to more government money being spent in our
region. We want a regional development agency. The Tories have
scrapped that. We are left with small bodies that do not have the
resources or the powers to make a difference.
That was John Prescott talking to me last night.
We have had some a reaction from Thank you for all those. Within the
last few minutes Lizzie Simmonds has been swimming for a place in
the Olympic Games. She was in the final of the 200 metres backstroke
at the British Swimming Championships. Our correspondent
has been watching her. How did she This is live. You could find it on
the red button right now. This is the final of the 200 metres.
That lady out in front goes by the name of Lizzie Simmonds. There she
is qualifying for the Games. You can see the big smile on her face.
Look at that. She has qualified for the Games.
The person beside her beta at the start of the week. -- defeated her
at the start of the week. Ms E Simons is now one of three
former Lincoln Vulcans to have qualified for the Games. -- Lizzie
Simmonds. It was all allies on the 100 metres
breaststroke when Kate he would an Sophie Allen went for glory.
It was an opportunity to cement an Olympic place.
A place in the top two was required. She did it. Sophie Allen was third.
This is all lot of other moment. They will be so many more people in
here. It will be awesome. She has put everything into training to get
to the Olympics and she has done it. Sophie Allen's big chance came in
the medley event. The nation concentrated on the talented leader,
but Sophie Allen finished second. Sophie Allen is a new member of the
British Olympic team. I knew I could do it. I knew I had the nerve
to do it. I am chuffed. Now they hoped to repeat the
achievement at the Olympic Games. We should also give credit to the
coach. He coached all three youngsters.
Another Olympic hopeful has been an action in the last few minutes.
Richard Buck just failed to make the final of the 400 metres at the
World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. He finished third in his
semi-final. Tomorrow Hull City welcome Ipswich
Tomorrow Hull City welcome Ipswich Town to the KC Stadium. There is
live commentary of that on the radio.
radio. Grimsby Town's batch is OnDigital.
Hull FC face one of the hardest challenges of the season when the
challenge -- win in the face St Helens.
They still have work to do according to their coach. I am
happy with our defence. We have put a lot of work into that. We have
got a long way to go obviously. could follow that game at live on
BBC Radio Humberside from 8pm deceiving. -- tonight.
The flying of pirate flags has become something of an issue over
the past two weeks. Someone else has now fallen foul of the lot.
This time it is a pub owner from East Yorkshire. He has been told to
take down his Jolly Roger flag from a children's play area or face
action from the council. Remember Anthony and his private
flag? He received a full apology from East Lindsey District Council
after they conceded that they were too heavy handed. It was an
unnecessary approach. I am very happy that I can take the flak up.
But there is another problem now. Meet Vito. He runs a pub. He has
been flying a Jolly Roger flag in that the children's played area for
the past year. Be said to me that a complaint has been made about the
flag. They said they will have forced it if we do not take it down.
I question that. It was for real. The council has given the same
reasons as the reasons given by East Lindsey council. Only certain
flags are permitted to be flown. To recap, the only facts that can
be flown our national flags, the flags of the Commonwealth, the
European Union, the United Nations, any English county, and the flag of
any seemed. The fact that Vito cannot fly a Jolly Roger is winding
up the locals. It is supposed to be a free country. It is a waste of
public money. This country has gone mad. This man is a flag expert. He
has been tried to get things changed. It is silly. There should
be some kind of flexibility. There is now a stand-off. I will not take
it down. Until the law is changed it seems that this problem will
keep getting flagged up. AB vexillologist. We have all
AB vexillologist. We have all learned something new.
A round-up of the headlines. Italy condemns Britain's decision
to try and rescue the hostages in Nigeria.
Whether for Saturday - dry and bright with sunny spells. Very mild.
Top temperatures in the brighter spots around 15 Celsius.
spots around 15 Celsius. That is the weather.
A big response on the subject of sweeteners and wind farms. Somebody
said, why not cheap electricity for life from cheek turbine?
Another person has said it is a good idea for villages to get money
from wind farm companies. Somebody else said, their energy
company is coming in with 30 pieces of silver, betraying the national
beauty of our countryside. Somebody else says, villagers and