24/04/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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From dry river beds to a bubbling beck, but the drought restrictions

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remain in place. The situation is still very serious. I am live at

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Covenham Reservoir. It is about to get much wetter.

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Also on tonight's programme: The Government's urged to protect

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jobs and rethink plans for a caravan tax.

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Crying crystals. The rare medical condition causing agony for one

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Lincolnshire woman. Rebuilding history. Goole's

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landmark from the 1920s gets a The Environment Agency and the

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Water Companies have told BBC Look North there will be no easing of

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the drought orders in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. That's

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despite Met Office data showing this month could be the wettest

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April on record. One reservoir in Lincolnshire is almost full and

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groundwater levels are rising in East Yorkshire. But officials say

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the rainfall has gone nowhere near reversing the effects of more than

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a year of abnormally dry weather. Crispin Rolfe reports.

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From drought to mere record rainfall. This April, Scopwick Beck

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has gone from a drive it to something more than just a trickle.

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Can Lincolnshire 10 its hosepipes back on again? Well, now. After

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what is set to be the wettest April on record, there is at least six

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inches flowing through here. It is little consolation to farmers or

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gardeners, because this amount of water simply is not enough to

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overturn the hosepipe ban. At his allotment in Lincoln, Fred is still

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having to rely on his watering can, even though last week the ground

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was flooded. He would like water companies to work harder to restore

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supplies. We had a league down here for ages before it was repaired! --

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leak. Let's try to get the hosepipe ban lifted so we can water our

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plans. Lincolnshire has benefited, but needs a lot more rain still.

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have had two-and-a-half times more than we would expect for an average

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April. If we continue to have the same amount, for the next three or

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four month, we still would not catch up with what we should have

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had over the previous 12 months. Groundwater levels will have

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recovered slightly, but it is coming from a really low base, of

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the driest 18 months in a sentry. Because we are still in a drought,

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it is a very serious situation. The rain is helpful, but it will not

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change the situation. April has provided Renny Willie Thorne winter

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drought conditions. But the message remains. Make the most of the wet

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weather. It will be some time before Lincolnshire's hosepipe ban

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get lifted. Covenham Reservoir near Louth is now 100% full, yet

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Lincolnshire remains officially in drought. Paul is there now. How

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significant has this past two weeks of rain fall been? Meteorologically,

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very significant. We may beat the record that was set in 1953, which

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was around about 137 mm. I spoke to Yorkshire Water, and they were

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positive. They said, we have a long way to go, but in East Yorkshire,

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we were 20 % down on borehole levels last month, but that has

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risen to 15%. They stress there is a long way to go. Anglia Water say

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the benefits of rainfall is that farmers stop irrigating fields, so

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there is their lack of demand, but they say a game there is a long way

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to go. The last 18 months has been the driest period ever recorded.

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That is since 1910. Is there more rain on the way? And I think there

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is a lot more rain to come. We could have another 20 mm tomorrow

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across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Another system comes

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up on Saturday night. The odds are on for us to record the wettest

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April on record. Thank you very much. Paul will be back later with

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the forecast. In a moment: Demolishing a sports centre to make

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way for a supermarket. Why residents in Immingham say it's

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madness. A woman from Lincolnshire has been

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describing the agony of her rare medical condition which causes her

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eyes to fill up with razor sharp crystals.

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Jodi Smith, who lives near Boston, suffers from a genetic disorder

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thought to affect just two-thousand people world wide. Vicky Johnson

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has been to meet her. Jodi Smith is partially sighted.

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Five or six times a day, she uses are jobs to help ease the pain

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caused by her cystinosis, a condition leading to the build-up

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of the acid cysteine, which forms tiny crystals to form in her eyes.

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On sunny days and hazy days, I have to keep going like that. It is like

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sand in my eyes. I have to put my eye jobs in six times a day.

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condition has had a devastating effect on's health. Into a 1006, we

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filmed her daughter Clowry, who was it just seven and had to help

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around the house -- Chloe. After two kidney transplants and

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suffering up to six fits a day, Jodi spends much of her time at her

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parents. We have had to learn along with the doctors. It was muted them

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as well as those. It is thought there are just 2000 people

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worldwide with this disorder. Jodi travels to Nottingham to have her

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condition monitored. It is very serious, it is life-threatening, it

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affects almost every part of the body, predominantly the kidneys.

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The crystals in her eyes caused a lot of glare. It makes the eyes

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very light-sensitive. There is no cure for the cystinosis, but Jodi's

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family cope with further research, more effective treatment can be

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found. A The Government has been urged to publish its audit of a

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Lincolnshire chain of academies at the centre of a financial

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investigation. Richard Gilliand resigned from his

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position as the Chief Executive of The Priory Federation of Academies

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earlier this month. Now Christine Talbot, who's an academy trustee,

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says the findings should be published at the earliest

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opportunity. I hope it isn't too long before it is published. The

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rumours that as circulating the city and beyond are spoiling the

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fact that these schools are producing excellent standards of

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education for the people of Lincolnshire. Soldiers at a

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barracks in Grantham are being trained to deliver fuel if tanker

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drivers go on strike. Unions are expected to announce tonight

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whether the drivers will walk out. Soldiers at the Prince William of

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Gloucester barracks are among those who would drive tankers.

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It's claimed the number of people living in fuel poverty in

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Lincolnshire has gone up by a third in the last year. A review by the

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County Council says more than a quarter of all homes in the county

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are now having to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

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A business conference which has hosted the likes of Bill Clinton

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and the former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev is to continue in

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Bridlington. It follows the decision to stop hosting the

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Yorkshire International Business Conference in Leeds.

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The Government has come under more pressure this afternoon from Mps

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angry at VAT being put on static caravans. Last week the issue led

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some local Conservative MPs to vote against their own party on the

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issue. One who didn't, Greg Knight, the MP for East Yorkshire, came in

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for criticism. But today in the Commons, Mr Knight called for

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thousands of jobs in the caravan industry to be protected. I'll

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speak to him in a moment. First, here's Siobhan Robbins.

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As many factors in Hull white on future caravans, MPs discuss their

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future employment -- as manufacturers worked on future

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caravans. As local MPs put the government under pressure on its

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plans for 20 % VAT on static caravans, the only one to back the

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Government last week, Greg Knight, was also present. It is claimed

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that the plans will affect thousands of jobs, and many of them

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are here in East Yorkshire. Many people are shocked by a local MP

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backing the government. I think MPs across the region were disappointed

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with Greg Knight. We expected him to support the amendment. I am sure

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he has his reasons. Today, the Bridlington MP voiced his concerns.

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Will he give some thought to the many thousands of people up and

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down the country who could lose these jobs if these proposals are

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implemented as originally announced? We are seeking to have a

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fairer VAT system, but we want to listen to those concerns that are

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raised about implementation. debate rumbled on, a holiday park

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owners on the Lincolnshire coast expressed their concerns about the

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future. We were not expecting it. It was a shock to the industry. 20

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% on top of everything else was too much. Too many nails in the coffin.

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Now is that wrong time to be implementing this VAT on static

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caravans. The industry will be decimated. We're asking the

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Chancellor to stop, think about what he's doing to manufacturing.

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It is not doing anything to rebalance the economy. MPs will

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have a chance to push the government further on Thursday, as

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an industry which is only recovering from the recession fears

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it could be under threat once again -- only just recovering.

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Greg Knight joins me now. Good evening. Why did you vote with the

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Government's? The motion was a blocking motion. It was not about

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the issue of do we put VAT on or not. It would have prevented the

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government making any changes in this area of law. I did not think

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we could win that. Before the third, I asked the minister to extend the

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consultation period. He did not respond initially. Asked again

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during the debate, for the consultation to be extended -- I

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asked again. He agreed and said he would extend the consultation. He

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was acting in good faith. On that basis, I supported him. If you have

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another chance to vote on VAT and caravans, will you vote the same

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way? We will have another chance. Will you vote the same way? I do

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not support what the government have announced they want to do. I

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am trying to get the government to change its position. I am coming to

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answer your question. If they come back with exactly the same

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proposition, I will not supported. He asked the government to

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safeguard caravan jobs, but you voted for the VAT. No, I voted

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against a blocking motion which would have stopped the consultation

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and which would have frozen this area of law. I am not cherry-

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picking the Chancellor's budget. He has announced a consultation and

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following my request, has extended that. I believe ministers are

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listening and acting in good faith. I will make further representations.

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I watch to see the government changed its position. If it does

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not, I will not support them. you understand why there is quite a

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lot of anger in Bridlington? I spoke to the managing director of a

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caravan company in Bridlington who said he cannot believe you voted

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with the government and that it was disgusting. I think the anger is

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due to a misunderstanding. If people think I voted for the eighth

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8, I can understand the anger -- if people think had voted for the 18th.

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It is a question of tactics. I want the government to change what it

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announced originally. The way to do it is to allow the consultation to

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take its course. Very good to talk to you. Thank you very much. Tim

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Iredale is with me. What do you make of that? What is clear is that

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Greg Knight was under an awful lot of pressure when he returned to his

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constituency at the end of last week, having voted with the

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government. I know he makes that distinction about it being a

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blocking motion, but four of his colleagues voted with the

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opposition. You asked him, and he said he will not support this

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motion if he has to vote on it again. How much momentum is there

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on this campaign against the VAT? It is not going away, is it?

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certainly is not. MPs will discuss the so-called caravan tax again on

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Thursday. MPs will have to go to a game. Last week, the government won

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the vote by 25 votes. It only takes 13 Conservatives, possibly the

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likes of Greg Knight, to change their mind, and it could be kicked

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out of Parliament. Very interesting. I would like to throw this Open.

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What do you think about this? Should the government carry on with

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a caravan tax plan or should it be abandoned? We had a big response

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Still ahead tonight: Not pulling their punches. Residents in

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Immingham say it's madness to close a sports centre for a supermarket.

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Rebuilding a landmark of the 1920's - Goole's salt pot is to get a

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major renovation. Tonight's photo is of the River Hull taken from

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Paul his income and a reservoir. We were all -- Paul is in Covenham

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Reservoir. We were all secretly enjoying the attack by flies he was

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getting! I remember the chief executive of Yorkshire Water are

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being covered in flies in 1995, because he said he had not had a

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bath in three-month! It is very nice here. With all the rain, it is

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very colourful. We were caught in probably the only downpour of the

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day. Let's get a straight arm with the graphic sequence. This evening

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is not to bat. -- this evening is not too bad. It looks as though we

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are in for a largely dry night. We may see patchy fog in places. It

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should be generally dry. There should not be too many problems

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with temperatures down to about four Celsius in rural areas.

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Tomorrow is another unsettled day. Eight tries dad, but look at that

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rain sweeping up from the South -- a dry start. Skies will brighten

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with sunny spells Gobbett a whisker of scattered showers. There is a

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risk of thunder. Temperatures around 10 or 11. Watch out for

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those heavy downpours. I think there will be some heavy, thundery

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downpours to come on Thursday. Further scattered showers on Friday.

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Saturday looks reasonably good at the moment. By the end of the day,

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heavy rain will push up from the We enjoyed the fly swatting.

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went straight in, Peter! Said Sue Wright! See you tomorrow. -- serves

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you right. People living in a North East Lincolnshire town say its

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madness to close a leisure centre used by 18 different sports clubs.

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The area is one of the most unhealthy in the country, but

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Immingham Sports Centre is being demolished to make way for a

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supermarket. Phil Connell reports. It is a weekday nights at Immingham

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Sports Centre, and these other types of activities people feel may

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be lost. The sports hall is being sold to a supermarket developer.

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Permission for all its demolition has been approved. We are losing

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our venue, so where can we go? Getting our kids off computers and

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getting them to interact, then taking Mr away from them, they will

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go back to their computers. Levels of obesity here are among the worst

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in Britain. 29 % of the adult population had described as

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overweight. Out of 326 local authorities, it makes not this

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Lincolnshire the eighth worst in Britain, raising fears that the

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loss of facilities like this will make matters even worse. Ahead of

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next month's local elections, it has become a major talking point in

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Immingham, with the opposing candidates blaming each other or

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the centre's closure. At the last settlement, the government cut �43

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million out of the budget, and the authorities got to save lots. There

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is not the money to reject. government had to make these cuts.

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The government is not telling North East Lincolnshire where to make the

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savings. It is up to the administration now to administer

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the budget in the best way. And should not be in spotting -- that

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should not been shutting down sport centres. While alternative

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facilities will be provided at the local school, campaigners believe

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their sports hall can be managed better. With claims that the

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developers no longer need the site, a committee when project is being

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considered. It can be used, it will be used. If we are given a chance

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and the council backers, it will be a good facility -- the council back

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bowls. In difficult times, the closure could make significant

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savings. Another story you might want to

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comment on. Our story about tackling binge drinking in Hull

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last night got a big response. In a trial, repeat drunks to cause

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problems could avoid being taken to court. He said, they will be

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offered rehabilitation. That is if they agree to certain conditions,

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including regular breath-test. is not a soft option. We are asking

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people to recognise their behaviour and ask them to do something about

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it. After the show, we had a big Simon Terry from Lincolnshire, one

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of the country's top archers, said qualifying for the London Olympics

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is awesome, to use his word. He has sealed his place in the British

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team, 20 years after his first Olympic Games in Barcelona, where

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he won the bronze medal. It feels all some. It has been going well

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this year. Especially the start of the season. I thought, back on form

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again. Well done to him. Alien table tennis player from Hull has

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been selected to play in the National School Games, a test event

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for the Olympic Games. Imogen Barber, who is 12, will be joined

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by club-mate Daryl Gee for the events which takes place in the

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Olympic basketball arena. BBC Lincolnshire is about to start its

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most ambitious week of broadcasting in its 32 year history. The station

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is aiming to be on at live from 250 different locations during one week

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in May. We have always reflected like a Lincolnshire. In this case,

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we're going that extra mile, because we are not arriving in the

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community, staying there, doing a report and coming back, we will be

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there all week, if you like. We will really be part of places.

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look forward to meeting you in Lincolnshire. If you've ever driven

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along the M62 or the M18 you've probably seen this strange white

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tower looming over the landscape. It's nicknamed the saltpot and it's

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the landmark that says you're nearly at Goole. But after 85 years,

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the water tower, which is still in use, needs renovation. They can be

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seen for miles around, and for the residents of Goole, they are a

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symbol that they are back home. the motorway, it is the first thing

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you see. It is an iconic. When you are coming back home, you know when

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you see them, you are home. When you see the salt and pepper, you

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know you were home. The break water tower was built in 1885. When a new

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one was needed, they built it next to the old one. Building started in

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the 1920s, using steel and concrete. It was covered in scaffolding,

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which was held together with 20,000 reps. This was the scene when the

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bell sounded for lunch. It's no wonder it is in need of restoration.

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This salt pot is 85 years old, it is 150 ft tall and can hold 750,000

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gallons of water. Over time, it ages, it deteriorates, so we want

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to make sure it is as safe as possible and continues to be sir.

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We are carrying out this essential maintenance where we will check the

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concrete and steel any cracks. work is complete, there are plans

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to light their towers. -- might the towers. We want to promote the town,

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and we want to put coloured light in. Before it can be illuminated

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colour this iconic structure will be covered in scaffolding once

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again. If you have a story you think we

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should know about, get in touch. Let's have a recap of the headline.

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The Culture Secretary says he will not resign as J Murdoch -- James

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Murdoch tells the Leveson Inquiry about close links to the government.

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April showers replenish water supplies, but drought restrictions

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are still in place. The subject of VAT and caravans,

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after that chat we had, somebody says, the government has abandoned

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others. -- abandoned us. When will they realise they are making big

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mistake? Karen says, what happens to government promises to help keep

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jobs in the UK? This tax is damaging. What else will be tax?

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