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


Concerns about how Boston will cope with being one of the fastest


growing towns in the country. Schools are overcrowded. Doctors'


surgeries are busy. We struggle with Lazar -- leisure.


Back on her feet again - the Lincolnshire pensioner who's the


first in England to have groundbreaking heart surgery.


Fears that cuts to defences could lead to a repeat of flooding that


struck an East Yorkshire village. And life in a bubble - a museum


dedicated to these classic cars re- And we have had 22 degrees Celsius


in East Yorkshire today. We could do one better tomorrow. Your latest


A Lincolnshire town is expected to see the biggest growth in


population anywhere in the country outside of London in the coming


eight years. In 2002 there were 55,000 people living in Boston.


Today the population is estimated to be 59,000 but new figures


suggest that by 2020 it could rise by more than 19% to 70,000. The


Government announced today it wants to simplify planning laws to make


building new homes easier but in Boston there are still questions


over how the town will cope. Building to make room in Boston.


This is just one of many developments that will be needed if


a huge rise in population happens, as is expected. We have about 50


units that we have completed and we are now moving on to a further


phase of about a dozen houses. developer is already well aware of


the need to meet a growing demand. We have developed over 500 homes in


this area over the last ten years or so. And so we know there is a


tutor need in a local towns like Boston for housing. Nick and Nicole


have just moved into their new house. They are excited about their


future together but I have already witnessed big changes in the town


and have concerns about further future growth. It does bother me a


little bit. Will it cause overcrowding? Is the market town of


Boston actually going to change completely and lose its heritage?


suppose it's they expand building rise we can accommodate at but if


they do not it will be very crowded. The predictions have already led to


investments in new pipelines to shift more besides. Anglian Water


have announced plans to speed up this pipeline to counter the


effects of any drought in Boston. But then there are those that the


are the infrastructure of the town just will not cut. We struggle


already with hospitals. Schools are overcrowded. Doctors' surgeries are


busy. We struggle with leisure. Are we going to put everything in place


or are we just going to build apartments? And rather than sweet


these warriors under the carpet, Boston Borough Council both


acknowledged the scale of the problem and the frustration of not


being able to progress plans quickly enough. Of course it will


stretch everything. The hospitals, the schools, everything. It is not


just for Boston Borough to deal with. It is County Council, central


Government, NHS. On the day the Government relaxes planning laws to


help progress house building, Boston will need more than just


houses to cope with the effects. For Simon is in Boston right now.


How is the council going to cope with this expansion? What struck me


when I spoke to Boston Borough Council earlier was how worried


they were now about population in Boston 9am -- never mind in eight


to ten years' time. There was that frustration of not being able to


develop plans quickly enough, and based at A&P Tees beer was if the


migrant population continued to grow they would need urgent


Government help. There was an additional sticking point with the


complication on the decision of the Boston Globe barrage being deferred


and until that was in place Boston should not be a development zone at


all and although they would like to see many more developments like


this and will need to do so, where to put them was another sticking


point. But they did insist they were seeking help from ministers


and they were hoping to get plans, progress and those urgent plans in


place. Thank you.


David Rose is from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and he's with


us now. A rapidly growing population for Boston. New planning


regulations announced today. What will that mean for Lincolnshire?


think the new guidelines that have been introduced today are a welcome


step in many respects in that they are certainly recognise the


importance of sustainable development and as you have heard


from the report, the one problem that many people recognise is that


when there is new housing development, there is frequently


insufficient services, said hopefully sustainable development


will be introduced as a criteria for new housing developments and


that will mean the needs of the local economy and local people are


met, but most important, for us, it will meet the environmental


concerns people have about building on greenfield sites. Because the


growing population, new homes are needed. They need to go somewhere.


Yes. We recognise as much as any organisation that there is a


housing crisis in this country. What we would argue is that the


Farwick promise for the changes in the planning law are based on


fallacy. There is plenty of housing that is already being designated,


planning approval being didn't. The reality is that developers are


sitting on a large bank of housing that they have not built simply


because of the economic circumstances at the moment.


Boston will grow whether we like it or not. 70,000. Isn't it better


that it grows without a lot of planning obstacles in the way? But


people want to live in nice places? They do, but they also want to live


in goods services -- places with good services. We would argue that


the need to make sure that the planners get it right so that


people do have a nice environment in which to live. The problem is


that if the sprawl of the town's, we need to protect the green space.


We are very pleased that in the report published today the


Government do recognise that 55 % of the country he is on designated


countryside and needs to be preserved and looked after. -- IS


un-designated countryside. So what do you make of the


Government decision to relax the planning laws? Is there a


development plant near you? Will it be good for your area? We were


talking about one in East Yorkshire looking north. All one word. --


In a moment, a blow for campaigners fighting to stop a new tax on


caravans. People living in an East Yorkshire


village say thousands of pounds could be wiped off the value of


their homes if flood defences are cut. The Environment Agency is


reviewing its maintenance plans for a stretch of the River Aire,


including a bank protecting Gowdall near Goole. Almost 150 homes in the


village flooded in the year 2000. This bank is the last barrier


protecting Gowdall from the River Aire. Residents anxiously keep


watch on the river in the distance. This bank is not good enough to


support of the full river. In the year 2000 it burst its bank,


flooding homes for nearly three weeks. Finally entered the house


and came up to the third break here. Laurie Stewart lived in a caravan


for almost a year. He's worried plans to stop maintaining the river


bank could have devastating consequences. The less the village


is protected, the more chance we have of flooding. The more the


value of the houses go down, the more the insurance people will not


insured. We need to give ourselves maximum protection. If that means


marrying the dikes then we man them. Residents are here are worried that


if these differences are not maintained, a second bank in the


distance will not be able to hold back floodwater and their


properties could be at increased risk. Without that riverbank, we


will be having a full river level all the time and it is guaranteed


it will come up through the gardens. The the Environment Agency St no


decision has yet been made on the future of the defences. There are a


number of different ways we can look at maintaining the banks and


here. However, every pound we spent needs to be carefully considered.


Serve with funding full-blooded punches being squeeze, rural


communities fear they will be left left to the most exposed.


A-level students at the Grimsby Institute will have to leave or


change causes after it announced it is going to stop teaching the


qualifications since September. They said they want to place


greater emphasis on vocational courses and are removing A-levels


from the curriculum as well as almost all GCSEs.


Visitors to his part in Hull have three weeks to tell the council


house dogs should be controlled. -- visitors to East Park. The council


are carrying out the consultation before deciding if any restrictions


should be brought in. The Government has confirmed it


believes adding the A82 new static holiday homes is appropriate. --


adding VAT. The Chief Secretary for the Treasury was responding to a


question in the Commons from David Davies. He and other MPs from the


main parties fear it will lead to job losses in the area. 90% of the


country's static homes are made in Hull and East Yorkshire. Tell us


more of what Danny Alexander had to say. He his comments come after a


question put to him last night about the budget. Danny Alexander


has and is at the decision to add VAT is appropriate. He pointed out


that the a 18 would only apply to static holiday homes, not the


static residential homes. The question came from the MP David


Davis. He said today he will not give up without a fight and the


industry's body, the National Caravan Council, say they will


continue to push for answers about the changes. We have the longest


tax code in the world. It is lit with anomalies. We are in the


middle of a recession. Why should we do a correction, as they call it,


that will cost thousands of jobs? We will lobby is so that they do


actually sit up and take notice. It is important to our region and it


is important to protect jobs and carry on growing business.


Commons question comes just hours after a visit by the shadow


minister for regional growth, who visited Willerby Caravans in Hull


with the helm will then peak Darren Johnson. He said yesterday that


more discussion was needed. The Treasury today said they were still


listening and would taken, it's right up until the start of May.


A woman from Lincolnshire has become the first in England to have


a new operation on her heart using keyhole surgery. The 89-year-old


from Holbeach has been able to have the procedure without having open-


heart surgery. This has led to a significant reduction in her


recovery time. Aetna is 89 but also number one.


The first patient to have a new type of heart valve fitted in


England. Today it was all smiles as she met it -- the doctor again he


fitted it. I am well. The latest Ralph builds on this design,


allowing surgeons to reposition it or even reposition it using keyhole


techniques, something that was not possible in the past. Now we have


this option to reposition into a satisfying it final position.


was being BAFTAs before the operation. Her aortic valve was not


functioning well. Three weeks on and she is on the mend. I have not


had any pain, just a little discomfort. Otherwise, I am feeling


that I am on the mend. This footage shows how procedure. It is very


clear to see the metal framework of the heart valve here. That is now


in perfect position across the old one, which was quite narrow and not


working properly. She has more of a spring in her step and hopes to


return to one of her passions. hoping to do a little more than I


have been able to do. I used to go dancing quite a bit. I do not know


whether I will manage that again but... She is following a woman who


five years ago was the first UK patient to have a minimally


We wish her all the best. Thank you for watching. Still to


come on the programme, have hundreds of Victorian homes have


been saved in Gowdall France to green technology. And also, will


all car enthusiasts who want the I know someone who would be ideal


Thank you for the photograph. Good evening. How are you? I will stick


with my Robin Reliant. A viewer says, I recently wrote to the BBC


to ask them what time Paul's Bank Club Med. They said, what time can


you get here? -- what time Paul's fan club met.


Temperatures have not been as high inland but it has been a stunning


day on the beach. Inland, the Hot Spot East... 22 degrees, way above


In the sun, it has been very pleasant along the coast. About


three-and-a-half weeks ago you asked for a pressure check. It is


over 1000 millibars and conditions will remain warm. The emphasis in


the next few days is still on a lot of dry weather. Not a cloud in the


sky on the satellite picture. Wherever you are this evening, it


is absolutely beautiful at BET. It is warm and sunny and overnight


there will be clear skies and very little wind to speak of. No wind


either. A touch of air frost in low-lying rural parts of our region


It looks like tomorrow will see a repeat performance of today's


fabulous weather conditions. Dry without a cloud in the sky. All


parts will be sunny. The breeze will be a light westerly, so the


coast will be every bit as warm as Somewhere, perhaps western parts of


Lincolnshire, could get up to 23 tomorrow. Temperatures drifting


A new scheme which has seen hundreds of Victorian homes covered


with several inches of cladding could now be copied across the


country. The terraced properties have been clad in insulation to


make them more energy efficient and has saved them from demolition. Now


the Government says more areas The Victorian streets of Goole re-


clad with insulation. These homes have all been made over by the East


Riding Council alongside a local charity shop. This is the


difference Government funding made before it ran out three years ago,


an extra layer, which Hettie Walker says has benefited both the shop


she runs and her home next door. is much improved, both in the


heating... It is wonderful in winter. When the snow was on the


ground and you walked in, the heat from the first-floor room was


unbelievable. The price of my electricity has gone down.


Edinburgh Street's improvements could be replicated across the


country by a Government keen to show its green credentials. The


only issue is who is paying. Funding for the scheme ran out


under the last administration. How will the Government role -- a role


at this example to the rest of the country? I think I think that the


people here are really happy with what we have done for them. If it


can be continued across the country it will be good for everyone.


Particularly the type of properties we are tackling here, which are


hard to treat. Goole of course has largely beaten the funding cut. But


paying for future schemes is not the only option. There could be a


problem of smothering buildings with insulation and affecting the


external appearance. Nice Victorian or Georgian brickwork can be


covered over. So Goole may have pioneered the way but there are


obstacles to overcome if the Government wants to see further


energy savings without people having to find alternative ways to


Last night we revealed that some children are starting secondary


school in Hull with a reading age of five. Levels of reading and


writing in the city are still well behind the national average. The


city council has given �10,000 to every Hull secondary school to help


raise standards. Lots of differing opinions on this subject. We had a


big response to this after the Meanwhile, adult learners in Hull


say they are benefiting from new schemes were designed to improve


their education. Hull has some of the lowest rates of adults


qualifications in the country, with a fifth of people in the city


having no formal training at all, but new ideas, such as dads' clubs


in local schools, are helping. This farmers' club at this school


was set up to encourage local fathers to have fun with their


children. But they have already noticed a big improvement in their


children's learning and behaviour since they started getting involved.


He would play up a little bit but since we have been doing this, he's


not doing it. Danny and the rest of the fathers are among 5,000 adults


across Hull every year trying to improve their literacy. At the


beginning I could hardly read or write but I can read and write


better now. I spend more time with my son, doing his homework because


I can read it and understand it more. Around �1.3 million is spent


in adult education in Hull every year at the service, like many


others, is facing cuts. It is about being much cleverer with the money


we have got. Around 15 % of the National adult population struggle


with reading and writing. They will always struggle in the jobs market.


So the challenge today is to try to encourage more young people to see


the point of getting qualifications while there are still in education.


To this end, Hull's children's university is using a visit to the


RAF to help develop literacy skills. The thrills and spills of live here


at RAF Leconfield throws up lots of phrases, adjectives, creative


writing, reported writing. Fabulous spin-off which they can take back


into the classroom. This sergeant admitted to the children that he


had to work hard to get his English skills up to scratch before he


could join the RAF. 4th I spent a lot of time on my English GCSE and


have to put in a lot of hard work. Back at the bar was' lap and two of


them have recently banned new jobs. In football, Hull City will move


back into the Championship play-off places with a win tonight. The


Tigers lost to Leicester on Saturday, leaving them two points


outside the top six play-off places. Tonight they are away to bottom


match as well as Grimsby away to Tamworth on Radio Humberside


tonight. SportsTalk is already under way. And BBC Lincolnshire


will have all the action from Lincoln City's game against Hayes


and Yeading. The coverage begins at They were regarded as the comedy


cars of the 1950s and 1960s and now they're back on show in


Lincolnshire. The Bubble Car Museum has more than 30 models of all


shapes and sizes and they have had to move to new premises near Boston


Arriving in style, the Cooper family have brought their


collection of bubble cars to this small Lincolnshire village. It was


a hobby that got really badly out of hand. It grew into a museum.


There is a collection of 30 cars, ranging from the small to the very


small. There is even one donated by the late Sir Jimmy Saville. But us


from several countries comes the evidence of a trend for smaller and


smaller cars... The bubble car emerged in the 1950s and the demand


for small, economical cars continued to grow as did the


variety of models. This one cells in Germany for about �90. And the


new museum is in keeping with the era. We get a lot of crime parents


who bring their grandchildren and say, this is what Gran Dedryck. --


we get a lot of grand parents. now that the mammoth move is


complete, there is some time for Mike to do what he does best.


stepping back in time. Forget your parrot steering. None of that is


there. It is basic motoring. -- power-steering. Now everyone can


see for themselves what life is like in a bubble.


A recap of the headlines: The report into last year's riots


claims a lack of opportunities for young people. There are concerns


Boston will not be able to cope with being one of the fastest-


growing towns in the country. Another dry and sunny, very warm


day for when step. Top temperatures in the afternoon getting up to 22


Response coming in on the subject of Boston after that discussion


about houses and developments. Robert says, Boston is struggling


with its infrastructure now. Roads are cracked and have excessive


potholes, and putting more housing in place without dealing with this


is stupidity. Adrian, we need a larger hospital


and better roads before new homes. Catherine, Boston's public


transport connections meet improvement.


Chris, where are all these people going to move when they -- the work


when they moved to Boston? Finally, Boston needs its road and


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