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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
A blot on the landscpae or a valuable resource? The Government's
urged to rethink where wind turnbines can be built. Seven
turbines, three men are what stage. They will be the equivalent of
about 18 two-storey houses are stacked on top of each other.
On patrol in Afghanistan. The Lincolnshire soldiers and their
dogs working to make the country safer.
Parks and gardens come under the hosepipe ban. Now there are
warnings the tourism industry could be under threat.
And as the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking approaches, we
meet a telegraph operator charged with keeping a look out for
I will have the full forecast later. Good evening.
There are calls tonight for the Government to rethink where it
allows wind turbines to be built. It comes after plans emerged to put
a new wind farm by a nature reserve outside Spalding. The noise from an
existing farm at Deeping St Nicholas has already been
challenged in the High Court. But despite people's concerns over
house prices and the disturbance, developers insist building turbines
at West Pinchbeck will benefit Lincolnshire, as Crispin Rolfe
reports. This is the field where the seven wind turbines are going
to be. This is The Hermitage here. A shock to the system. Sue Blake
moved here to West Pinchbeck to set up a spiritual retreat with her
husband, only afterwards discovering proposals for a wind
farm just 600 metres away. One of the essential ingredients
for a Hermitage is the tranquillity and the stillness that surround an
area and that is what attracted us here. The idea of having seven huge
industrial-sized turbines whizzing around is going to destroy that
piece. It is bringing a man-made sound into an existing fairly
natural soundscape. It is not so much how loud it is, it is the
nature and character of the noise. She already monitors this Deeping
St Nicholas wind farm, which her former neighbours Jane and Julian
Davis say forced them from their home. The couple settled out of
court in December, after challenging turbine noise in the
High Court. Now Sue fears this new wind farm could leave her in the
same position, and unable to sell her home.
We have lots of people that say, I don't want to go to Deeping St
Nicholas because of the wind farm. With two nature reserve snakebite,
the Lincolnshire Welt -- Wildlife Trust says it has serious concerns
about the wind farm. The issue raises bigger questions about
Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. What do people and the government
expects to see on our landscape. Already across East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire, there are 13 operational wind farms onshore,
three are under construction, nine have planning consent, and a
further 11 are in the planning stage, in line with renewable
energy targets. But the company behind the West Pinchbeck plans
says they'll help power 8,000 homes. Of course, neither side wants to
have to head to the High Court. But it seems the balance between
Lincolnshire's rural needs, and the country's power demands is still to
be struck. Earlier, I spoke to Rob Norris from
Renewable UK. I began by asking him whether new wind farms pushed house
prices down. That is certainly not the case. There has never been any
scientific study all report written that proves a wind farms have any
effect on house prices. If anything, the opposite is true, because
whenever a wind farm is built, the developer paws thousands into the
community in the form of a community benefit fund. That goes
for school buildings, sports facilities, village halls, so the
infrastructure in the area improves. House prices can actually improve
as a result. How would you feel if you move in specifically to require
it country area, then seven turbines were planned nearby?
people recognise we must do something to keep the lights on. We
are losing a quarter of our capacity. We have to build new
facilities somehow. Yes, but that is not the answer to the question.
How would you feel if that happened? Wind energy is very
important. If I see turbines, I see a good way of generating energy. I
would welcome it on my doorstep. The noise expert we spoke to said
it was reasonable for residents to be concerned. How would you
describe the nice? We take people to visit some wind farms. When they
stand under the turbine, they are amazed by how quiet they are. I
would encourage anybody who has concerns to stand under a turbine.
White and to more bills on industrial areas rather than
greenfield areas -- why and -- wind... It is best to cite them in
those areas. It has to be done with the consent of the local community.
Good to talk to you. And we'd love to hear your thoughts
on this story. Has the wind turbine industry got it right or are there
affordable alternatives to wind In a moment:
Working to make Afghanistan safer. We meet the Lincolnshire soldiers
and their military dogs out on patrol in Helmand.
Anglian Water is being warned their hosepipe ban is posing a major
threat to Lincolnshire's holiday industry, The water company is
insisting that the ban covers the use of hosepipes on public parks
and gardens, a decision which has angered tourism leaders on the
Lincolnshire coast. They're now demanding further clarification.
Tarah Welsh reports. Keeping miles of coastline blooming
is the local council's responsibility. But since the
hosepipe ban came in to force, its staff had had to go back to
traditional methods. But that takes more time. Shrubs that should have
already been planted for the holiday season are backing up at
the depot. And there are concerns that empty flowerbeds could leave
visitor numbers wilting. We have to have a good looking resort. The
Lincolnshire coast is just tourism. We do not have any other industry.
We have to keep the visitors coming. East Lindsey District Council is
putting hundreds of thousands into improving the area around the
seafront. �70,000 is being spent on flowers. There are fears that if
his flowerbeds cannot be watered, plans will die and the money will
be wasted. Anglian Water rules say parks and
public gardens can't be watered with a hosepipe. The council thinks
it should be exempt, so tourism can bloom. We know that the way
Skegness looks is really important in attracting visitors here. It is
not just about flowers. Tourism is worth �450 million to East Lindsey
each year. All this money, it is about jobs. It will affect tourism.
They will not come back next year. In it looks beautiful now, but what
we look like in a week's time? Further up the coast in Cleethorpes,
the restrictions also apply. Last year's winners of "best seaside
resort" at the Britain in Bloom awards say they won't break the ban,
but it could blow their chances this year. We are in this champion
of Champions competition this year, which is why the biggest things --
one of the biggest things Cleethorpes has come up against,
and nothing will be at a disadvantage because of three areas
which are not affected by the hosepipe ban. In Cleethorpes and in
Skegness, there's an acceptance that everyone has to pull together
to save water, but there's a feeling that blanket restrictions
could harm resorts that are already struggling.
Ciaran Nelson from Anglian Water told me that strict enforcement was
needed now to save water. We have to approach this from a situation
of no regrets. If we have the third dry winter that many expect, and we
are in a more difficult position this time next year, it would not
be appropriate for us to look back and think it was OK to exempt
certain people. The council say that they urgently need
clarification on the issue of whether they are a business, or
whether they are a domestic user when it comes to parks and gardens.
Can you give the clarification? Exemption is for the use of a
hosepipe. In some cases, it does not matter if you are a business or
domestic user. It is the purpose of saving water this is in place for.
Packs and gardens are counted as gardens, which are covered by the
Act. The use of a hosepipe is prohibited at the moment. If I was
Peter Levy Garden Services, and the council employed me, I could walk
to the gardens and plants, could die? You could not. It is the use
of a hosepipe that is prohibited. He does not matter who is doing it.
That is because we have to save water. Anglian Water said, if the
contractor it is hired to do such activities, the use of a hosepipe
for hanging baskets are acceptable as they are hired for the job.
do nothing that is the case. If you were using a hosepipe in a public
garden, classified as a garden in this situation, you were not able
to use a hosepipe. So this statement is wrong? He it sounds
like it is. They are certain exemptions, for window-cleaners, or
people whose job it is to use a hosepipe on a permanent basis, but
that is for those specific cases. We will have more on that tomorrow
lunchtime on the radio. If you want to Commons on that warm, please get
in touch. Some more news now. The family of a father and son
killed in a car crash near Goole on Saturday have been paying tribute
to them today. Derek Sarkar and his son Ethan, who was 14, were killed
in the head-on collision on the A614. 70-year-old Sheila Stavert-
Lee, who was travelling in another car, also died. Ethan's younger
sister Abbie and his mother Karen are still in hospital. Their family
have thanked friends for their support.
The Chancellor has agreed to meet two MPs next week to discuss
concerns that a planned tax on static caravans could cause a large
number of job losses in Hull and East Yorkshire. 90% of all of this
country's caravans are made in the area and the Government's own
figures show that sales could fall by up to 30%. David Davis and
Graham Stuart will put their case to George Osborne next Wednesday.
Their motto is Strength In Diversity, but the Army's Royal
Veterinary Corp is still dominated by men. Lance Corporal Sophie
Mitchell from Stamford and Private Kathleen Griffiths from Grimsby are
using dogs on security patrol. Linsey Smith looks at the work they
This is the reality of life in Afghanistan. Taliban bombs
regularly detonating on security patrols. In the last year, double
the number of dog handlers have been deployed to help detect them.
The relationship between myself and the dogs is really important. One
dog, I took him over from another private, and I think we have
finally bonded and we are ready to go out and do some work.
There's little wonder it's a close relationship. Flake's skills at
sniffing out improvised explosive devices could save Sophie's life.
This mum from Stamford is part of just 30% of women in the Corp.
takes a bit of pressure off in terms of finding the explosives.
Everyone likes to come over and straight the dogs. Everyone seems
to smile when they see the dogs. The achievements of the working
dogs are notable. Last year, Chocolate, a Belgian Shepherd dog,
discovered a Taliban bomb-making factory in the Nad-e-Ali region of
Afghanistan. Theo, this spaniel, holds the army's record. He found
14 bombs in five months while on the frontline. He died of a seizure
last year just hours after his master was shot dead. Private
Kathleen Griffiths from Grimsby has been on tour for just four weeks.
The daily routine would include myself and the dog acting as covers.
We will be patrolling around. We will be making sure there's nothing
endangering their lives. These Lincolnshire Ladies are living the
regiment's motto. Strength in diversity, helping to safeguard
their colleagues in his most dangerous environment. Thank you
for watching. Still ahead tonight: We meet a
telegraph operator charged with looking out for aspects. And find
out which seaside resort is the Keep the photographs coming in.
Sunrise across the Wolds at Sledmere in East Yorkshiore by Mark
Lisa Gallagher, good evening. Good evening, Peter. You do a bit
of surfing. I hope we will not see pictures of you in a wet suit.
I cannot believe I am saying this, but I cannot believe -- I cannot
wait for him to come back! I think you will be back on Monday.
It cannot be soon enough! If you are planning on doing any
surfing or anything outdoors, you will have to contend with a few
showers. Tomorrow will be a mixture of sunny spells and scattered
showers. Low pressure is never far away. It will cool down as we head
through the weekend. The satellite picture today shows the shower
clouds. We will see a few showers through the night, but they will
not be as heavy as the ones we have seen through the day. We could see
a touch of ground frost, but for most, temperatures no lower than
four or five. Five is 4-1 Fahrenheit. -- five is thought to
one tomorrow, we will see a few showers right from the word go.
Hail and thunder is also a possibility. There will be spells
of sunshine. It will feel quite cool. Temperatures will be below
average, just nine Oct 10 degree -- 9 or 10 degrees. Little changes
through the week. Temperatures and will it take us through the weekend.
Lest anyone think I was serious, of This weekend marks the 100th
anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and for one man from East
Yorkshire, it's a date with special significance. Tony Johnson owns
transcripts of the ships distress calls that were made in the hours
before it sank. Tony, who's from Withernsea, is a former ships radio
operator and Phil Connell has been to meet him.
It was a distress call centre on the nights the Titanic sank. A
transcript -- a transcript of what the captain sent that night is
owned by Tony Johnson, a former radio operator who lives in
Withernsea. That's 41 North, 50 West. The nature of the distress,
struck an iceberg. It must have been horrendous for the radio
operator. When he was sending a message out, I do not think he
thought that they would sink. Titanic's distress call that night
has special significance for Tony. For 30 years, he was a radio
communications officer, working on the Q E two and a Queen Elizabeth,
at the time, the world's biggest passenger ship. He was also
responsible for monitoring aspects. We used to fret on missing the ice
report. If we this one, they could take the wrong course going across
the Atlantic. -- if they missed one. What would it have been like on the
Titanic that night? Everyone was rejoicing and having fun. When they
struck the iceberg, it was horrifying. They thought, we have
hit an iceberg, we will not sink. 100 years on, the type -- the
Titanic's final call for help continues to fascinate. The record
of its last moments saved here in East Yorkshire.
Drivers in Lincolnshire are more likely to be fined for illegal
parking when the county council takes over responsibility from the
police this autumn. Since the East Riding Council took over
responsibility for its enforcement last year, four times as many
tickets have been issued. Now it's expected more offenders will be
caught in Lincolnshire. There is likely to be an increase in ticket
when we take is over. The police have not been taking his as a
priority. We will be carrying out a high level of enforcement. We were
reporting on how the East Riding Council controls there enforcement.
We've had plenty of responses from you on this topic. Bronwen emailed
from Beverley, angry at churchgoers There was a huge response on that,
so thank you for theirs. -- though his. Bridlington has long been
established as one of area's top tourist attractions. But now it
seems it has a new claim to fame. It's been revealed that the resort
is the birthplace of surfing. New evidence shows that royalty took to
the waters in 1890, the earliest record of any surfing having taken
place in Britain. Leanne Brown is in Bridlington tonight. Leanne,
what more do we know about this discovery?
Picture the scene if you win a foot -- if you will. It is Victorian
time, so people are walking along the beach and on a promenade.
People would be dressed very modesty, head to toe in thick
clothing, not showing an inch of flesh. As they sat enjoying their
cucumber sandwiches, two bronze Hawaiian handsome princes came
running out into the sea with their wooden set bought. I am not sure of
that is the exact story, but that image has changed the history books.
This film was shot in 1929 and it's believed to be the earliest known
footage of people surfing in the UK, but we now know that the sport was
brought here much earlier. It was a Developed spot in Hawaii when
Captain Cook arrived in 1779. Some of his sailors jumped overboard and
tried to the surf boards. Whilst being educated in England,
these two Hawaiian princes took to the North Sea in Bridlington in
what is believed to be the first instance of surfing in Britain.
It's all been revealed in a long lost letter which details their
escapades, apparently a sight which would have stunned locals at the
time. Today, tourism bosses are keen to link the past with the
present, and hope this revaluation will encourage more people to
Bridlington to ride on the crest of a wave. It should help to get
people come, because people are very interested in Volta a, and
very interested in something quirky, and this is a little bit quirky. --
people are very interested in royalty. We have a lot of
windsurfers on the South Beach. Well, if it's good enough for
royalty, why not everyone else? The question is, is this earth any
good? Not at the moment. Plenty of people
are fishing behind me. I am on North Beach at the moment. I am
told South Beach is better for surfing, as his Scarborough beach.
You may have seen a TV at set featuring Rupert Grint. He has been
sued Bridlington beach and he says, it is better than Bondi beach in
Australia. Who can argue with a wizard?
Thank you. Richard said, I have never seen a single wave high
enough to set with. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The man who set fire to effect a
shop during the London Mariette last year has been sentenced to 11
1/2 years was not the government has been encouraged to think about
Response coming in on the subject of the turbines. Eric from
Gainsborough says, with the match being planned, our countryside
could be dominated and ruined by these structures, which are
proposed at over 400 ft high. Another person says, 100 years ago,
all villages had a windmill to harness wind power and make life
easier. Now we have all the whingers calling turbines noisy!
MSS, I do nothing wind turbines are a blot on the landscape. There are
no more intrusive than pylons -- M&S says. Tracey says, I walk my