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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


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