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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Farmers warn of food price rises as a drought is declared in East
Yorkshire. We are live in the Yorkshire wolds,
where some waterways are already bone dry.
Measures to save fuel are put in place as motorists prepare for a
tanker strike. Students in Grimsby petition
against plans to force them to finish their A Levels at a new
college. They are not giving us a chance to explain ourselves. They
are saying there straightaway. -- saying no.
Still attracting funseekers. Coningsby in Lincolnshire has had
its warmest March day on record. Join me later for the forecast.
Students at the Grimsby Institute are shocked after being told they
will have to finish their A-levels at another school. The institute
will focus on vocational courses, and says it will stop teaching the
A-level curriculum at the end of the Summer Time. It is also
scrapping some GCSEs. Crispin Rolfe has more.
Christina and Georgia. Just months away from finishing the first year
of their two-year A-level courses at the Grimsby Institute. Today's
petition is calling for the college to complete their education before
changing the curriculum. Both are worried they would have to restart
their courses if they move to a college with a different exam
boards. We might have to start over again and do when the two years,
which will hold us back from university. They should compromise,
but they are not listening to us. They're not giving us the chance to
explain our cells. They are just saying no straightaway.
institute is defending his decision to move to more vocational courses,
and says it is doing all it can to help students complete their
education elsewhere. There is the local and regional made to ensure
our students are prepared for work force Opportunities, related to the
renewable industry, which we know will become available. It is about
a range of other students whose skills we need to develop so that
we are responding to industry requirements. Over 70 students will
be immediately affected by the end to A-levels here. Those courses
will be replaced by a National Diploma, the equivalent of three A-
levels, and should allow them to progress to university, all go
directly into work. The government hopes they will be more eligible
for the work force. Be Grimsby Institute has admitted the change
will be an upheaval for those whose courses are being discontinued. But
with the education sector facing funding cuts, this college believes
others are better placed to deliver academic courses, was it refocuses
on North East Lincolnshire's workforce needs.
I am sure you will have a view on this one, especially if you are a
student. Is the Institute right to focus on vocational qualifications
and train people in areas like green energy? If you are a student
or a parent, do let me know. Hull is one of the worst places in the
country when it comes to school truancy. Latest figures show that
almost one in 10 youngsters in the city regularly skip school. The
authority is the third worst performing county in the country.
Emma Massey has the details. Persistent truants are those who
were absent more than 15% of the time. Figures for the last school
year show that in Hull, the percentage of students who fall
into this category was more than 9%. It is not the first time Hull has
performed badly. In 2008, it was the worst performing a authority in
the country, and last year, the second worst. Figures for the East
Riding, Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire around the national
average of six per 1%, while North Lincolnshire is one of they best
performers in the country -- national average of six by 1%.
Hull City Council has declined to comment, but we did talk to the
government. Here is what the schools minister said. Our job is
to send a message to parents that school does matter, education
matters. We are producing a lot of highly qualified, highly educated
people. It is also about instilling in young children, primary school
children, the importers of attending school every day. There
are still some children not attending primary school, and they
take those habits on to secondary school. Now, some more and years.
The redundancy process at the BAE factory in East Yorkshire is to be
suspended for three weeks to allow fresh talks to place -- fresh talks
to take place. Unions representing workers at the site say it follows
a constructive meeting with management. The meeting was called
at a very high level in a company. They have effectively reset the
clock, Alawi knows more time -- allowing us more time to consult. I
think it is encouraging. A shopping centre in Spalding is to
be sold to a cottage -- she sold to a college. The multi-million-pound
Red Lion Quarter was meant to show kids Lincolnshire produce, but
struggled to make money. South Holland District Council is
expected to hand over the site to Boston College next week.
Campaigners fighting to save Hornsea's Floral Hall will meet
with businesses next week to work out how to restore the building.
East Riding Council said a community group could run the venue,
saving it from demolition. They need to raise at least �100,000. 10
new flood rescue boats have been unveiled a Lincolnshire. They will
be shared by fire stations across the county and will be crewed by
specially-trained water rescue teams. They will help us to deal
with any major flooding event, and any other specialist water rescue
within the county. They are available for national deployment
as well. A farmer has warned prices could
rise after Hull and East Yorkshire were declared to be officially in
drag. Some farmers are changing the watering methods, or even growing
crops in other parts of the country, to try to maintain the mat they can
grow for consumers. The news of the drought spreading to this area
comes a week before the hosepipe ban comes into effect in
Lincolnshire. Anne-Marie Tasker is in East Yorkshire. So we are
officially in drought. How low our water levels? In an average match,
you would expect this waterway could befall to the brim. --
average March. You can see there is not a single drop of water. This is
particularly worrying for farmers. High in the Yorkshire Wolds, the
soil is as dusty as in high summer. As they plant potatoes here,
farmers pray for rain to feed this thirsty crop. They say a few good
downpours could fix the problem, but if soil stays like this, it
will put paid to profits. If the crop is short of water,
particularly if it is a processing crop, it is not suitable when it is
have a state for making chips out of bomb-making crisps out of. They
will not be acceptable. This farm is irrigated using water from this
Paul Hall. Normally, at this time of the year, you would only have to
go down two metres to find water, but you need to go down 12 metres
right that. That picture is repeated across the county.
Environment Agency says the whole of the East Yorkshire is now
officially in drought and farmers need to co-operate to make supplies
last. The rivers might start to dry up and we would have to put
restrictions on. We are looking for people to come and talk to us, look
at the timings of when they take water, work with their neighbours
to enable the water to go further. While businesses face possible
restrictions, Yorkshire Water says domestic supplies are not under
threat. It is moving water pipe underground pipes from West
Yorkshire. It says restrictions are unlikely if customers do their bit.
We are asking customers to only use what they really need, when they
really needed. Restrictions may be necessary in future if we do not
get demand under control. We cannot control where the ball we can
control how much water we years. Lincolnshire, the problem only
worsens. The Environment Agency began moving fish out of perilously
low tributaries here on Monday. A hosepipe ban comes into force soon.
Bad news for lodgement holders. It would have a devastating effect on
me. I will have to fill paths opined use watering cans, walk all
the way up and fill them up. It will be rather tiring. Here in
Caistor, they are finding ways to cope as the village prepares for
Britain in Bloom. We have had to be clever about things. You can died
aged our water and bath water, used the grey water -- divert. This farm
near Goole is growing some crops in Lancashire, where water is
plentiful. Just one way of stopping their business drying up. This
drought is now affecting the whole of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Why are people in the Yorkshire wolds specifically so worried?
problem is that the wall to lay on chalk, and it is fast draining.
Because of that, one farmer said that groundwater levels are at
about half of what they would expect from this time of year. For
residents, this is not so much of a problem. Yorkshire Water have told
us that a hosepipe ban is not likely. It is not such bad news for
livestock farmers. At this time of the year, they would normally be
battling chilling wings and sodden fields -- chilling winds. Thank you.
A number of petrol stations in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are
reporting higher than normal sales of petrol, ahead of a planned
strike by tanker drivers over pay and conditions. One station has
told Look North it has sold 10 days' worth of fuel in three days,
while another is now only selling diesel to the emergency services to
avoid running out. The government has held an emergency meeting this
afternoon and insists there is no need to panic buy.
It is a helping hand that get her out and about at least once a week.
Joyce is 83 and lives in a village about five miles from Grimsby.
have an appointment, I bring dial a ride. I do not know what I would be
without it. They are concerns that if the strike by fuel tanker
drivers goes ahead, this service may struggle. If petrol dries up,
dial a ride cannot operate. It would be terrible. Some of these
people only get out of the house when we take them. It is not just
medical related journeys. It is journeys to visit friends, to lunch
clubs. They go on over the place. It is hoped a crisis will be
averted. I can only pursue a 10am. Some garages like this one are bulk
-- at some garages like this one, the bulk buying has began. People
are panic-buying. 8,000 litres of petrol usually lasts for 10 days
here, but this week, it has run out after three. At the independent
garages I have spoken to, they say it is panic-buying that makes them
run dry. People that normally put �5 in a �10, they are putting �20
or �30 in. One man was filling up cans. They will be another delivery
of petrol here tomorrow. Diesel is still flowing. At this place in
Boston, no supplies -- low supplies means it is restricted to the
emergency services. They get priority. Drivers from the armed
forces are being trained to drive tanks, should there be a strike.
Unions would have to give seven days' notice of any action, so the
government is saying there is no need to queue at the Proms. --
pomps. I would like to know your thoughts on this. Maybe you have
started to buy already. Your thoughts on this. And we were also
talking about Grimsby Institute. Let us know your sort. -- thoughts.
Still ahead: Proposals to ban vehicles from a site in
Lincolnshire that is a haven for nature. And celebrations at the
park that has been enjoyed by sun- Scott Balfour is a Humber pilots
and he took this photograph yesterday morning at 7am, at Spurn
Point. What is stunning picture. Thank you for that. Evening, young
man. Brian says, will you ask Paul
Hudson how deep and offshore his temperatures for Bridlington are?
It is a standardised Met Office site. It is close to the sea so it
is cooler than inland. We could talk about this all night if you
want! We would rather not.
Let's have a look at the temperatures, which is more
exciting. Special mention for Bridlington. It has been much
warmer. It is the warmest March day since records began. The last time
we had a baby swarm in Coningsby was in 1990. -- a baby this a
warming Coningsby. The set alight picture is not very interesting, to
say the least -- the set alight picture. Low life in rural areas
A chilly start in places, but once again, temperatures will clamp --
climb quite sharply. The sunshine could be a little hazy at times,
but effectively it is a day of unbroken sunshine. Inland, that is
where the top temperatures will be. 21 degrees. Another nice day on
Friday, but feeling colder by Someone says, it was only last week
he upset the ice-cream seller. I am a married man in Bridlington!
The absolutely! -- I am a marked man in Bridlington.
Part of our rural heritage is being destroyed by off-road drivers. That
is a claim from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which is leading a
petition to ban vehicles from a stretch of Lincolnshire's Viking
Way. The track at Great Ponton near Grantham is a Site of Special
Scientific Interest, but vehicles have every right to be there. Jo
Makel report. Emerging Sweet Violetta, the
circling red kite. Some of the wildlife here. The drift is also
officially a public highway. As we see today, trail bikes can legally
use it. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says that is causing damage.
This is an example of the scale of the damage to this thoroughfare.
The damage is spreading and accumulating. We believe we have
lost a species. A wild flower that was one of the principal reasons
this site was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
trust is now petitioning to ban recreational vehicles from the lane.
Offloading groups point to schemes in places like the Peak District,
where drivers have gone entirely avoided sensitive routes. The trust
does not believe voluntary action is enough. Lincolnshire County
Council says an outright ban would be complicated. It is a very
difficult legal process we would have to go through to close it
completely. What we are looking at at the moment is a Traffic
Regulation Order, closure during the winter periods and open during
the summer period. Any decision made here could prove to be a test
case for the rest of the country. Closing the later vehicles would
entail having a costly public inquiry. The trust argues it is
worth it to save a grassland habitats which is part of
Lincolnshire's heritage. It is also a lane everyone is entitled to
enjoy. Resolution will not come easily.
Thank you for getting in touch about the story of Boston's growing
demand for housing. The town is expected to see the biggest growth
in population anywhere in the country outside London over the
next eight years. The government wants to simplify planning laws to
make building new homes easier, but in Boston, there are still
questions over how the town will Thank you for all of theirs.
Now, the manager of Hull City has apologised to fans after the city's
third defeat in a road. Nick Barmby's comments came after the
Tigers's 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth last night. As Simon Clark reports,
their play-off hopes are not over yet.
When Nick Barmby promised a reaction last night, this was
probably not what he expected. Portsmouth wreaked havoc in the
Tigers's box before Chris Maguire slotted home. Nick Barmby
apologised afterwards to the fans who had made the trip, and conceded
that the home side were the better team. Although it is five matches
since they last won, they are only two points away from the play-off
zone. If Barmby can work his magic against Coventry City, they could
return to the play-off zone. Perhaps they could return to happy
scenes like this again. It is a tight, unpredictable division.
have a feeling we could get in the top six and hopefully win.
Hopefully make it into the Premier League again. It is assuming the
other teams above us will fail, and they are not looking like that at
the moment. And we are not playing well. They can do what they can to
get to the top and get the Premiership again. To do that, they
need to pick up points in the forthcoming games. Otherwise, the
city hall balcony will be quieter game at the end of the season. --
quite a game. Better news for Lincoln City, who
eased their relegation worries with a 2-1 win. Grimsby Town drew 1-1 at
Tamworth. We have all seen ball high
temperatures today, and some of us are lucky enough to have a job
outdoors to enjoy the weather. One of those people is Stuart Macdonald,
a park ranger at East Park in Hull. Simon Spark has been to meet him to
find out how the good weather brings out pupils's nostalgia of
Hull's most historic pack -- pupils's.
It is easy to forget how many years East Park has been here. It will
shortly be celebrating its 125th anniversary. Stuart Macdonald has
been here for over 40 years. This was a maze. You could walk through
wet. You could walk through to the old Avery. This is a splash boat,
which will hopefully be going in April. It started in 1929. We're
hoping to doer penny a ride when we open it again. -- we are hoping to
do it a penny a right. I have seen children growing up. I see people
pass with their grandchildren. It is nice to have a natter. They
always say that magical thing, are you still here?! This gentleman
comes in most days and fits the squirrels. Cyril the squirrel. I do
not think he likes dogs. At 22 degrees, East Park comes
alive now as much as it ever did. used to go fishing and the lakes in
the 1980s. I is to come and play with the motorised boats on a pond.
Now it is a day out to bring my knees. It is lovely. You used to
love going on the boat. That was always nice. We come and feed the
ducks. So life in East Park. Families, ice-cream, football and
nature. Seems like things have not changed here that much at all.
There we are. Simon got the top job today. Fantastic. If you have a
story you think we should know about, senders and e-mail. Let's
have a recap of the headlines. The government tells motorists to keep
their tanks topped up ahead of a possible strike.
Farmers one of food prices as a drought spreads from Lincolnshire
into Yorkshire. It could be more bad news on the way. Restrictions
may be necessary in future if we do not get demand under control.
The forecast for Thursday: Another fine and very warm day for the time
of the deer with long spells of sunshine. -- at the time of the
Year. Response on the subject of Grimsby
Institute. Someone says, I study at Grimsby Institute and think it is
round the way they are treating us. They should let us finish our A-
levels. Helen says, this would seem to be a sensible desire to become a
technical college offering vocational qualifications. I am
sure there are excellent schools in Grimsby that can offer the A-level
student places. On the subject of petrol and a tanker drivers propose
strike, by and says, if these drivers are not satisfied with
their pay and conditions, why don't they leave the job and give someone
else a job? Chris says, it is not the drivers are should be on strike,
it should be us, why should we have to pay stupid prices for fuel?
Finally, he motorist should be allowed to fill the times when they