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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: Calls
for a review of school transport, as parents are forced to pay hundreds
of pounds a year. Is struggling to cope and having to
pay to get their children to school. On strike over their pensions,
equipped to deal with emergencies. A 500—year—old law could leave
villagers with the bill to repair their local church.
And why these Strictly stars are getting office staff dancing in
Hull. Some brighter weather over the next
few days. More details shortly. The rules covering free school
transport have been described by one local MP as outdated and in need of
change. The Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart says parents are
being left out of pocket. In one village, some pupils are about to
lose their free transport and will have to pay £500 for a pass. More
than 120 children in Thorngumbald get free travel, but a third have
been told they'll now have to pay, because a new zebra crossing has
made the route officially shorter. Figures show that nationally almost
three quarters of councils have reviewed or cut provision of free
school transport. Anne— Marie Tasker has the story.
Breakfast time is hectic at the Medlicotts, with Mum Dawn getting
her children ready for school. But come January, they'll have to walk,
unless she pays £1,080 a year for them both to get the school bus. I
don't have £1000 stashed in my matters upstairs. It is a lot of
money. You have a bunch of teenagers, some will be messing
around, listening to music. Teenager shut down and do their own thing. It
is an accident waiting to happen. More than 100 children get free
transport to school from the village of Thorngumbald near Hedon. But a
third of them have been told that next term they'll have to pay. So
what's changed? In addition to the existing zebra crossing in the
village, a new one was built this summer, a few hundred yards closer
to school. It means that for many children, the safe walking route to
South Holderness Technology College became shorter, bringing them just
under the three—mile limit to get free transport. On part of the route
to school, the path is narrow, it's unlit and next to a 60 mph road.
Parents say it's simply not safe for their children to walk along.
Parents in the village have now started a petition.
They say many families live just yards from the three mile limit that
decides if they get a free bus pass. From fungal bolts through South open
the school, it is just under three miles. — — from the village to the
school, it is just under three miles.
Now their MP is calling for the Government to give rural areas more
cash to fund bus passes in cases like this. Then the council will be
in a position to provide suitable support. Even if the roads are
technically safe, parent might not be confident to send their children
there. Parents say they understand there
must be rules, but say this time, they want their children's safety to
come first. Earlier, I spoke to Paul Butler from
East Riding Council and asked him why they had built a new zebra
crossing just inside the three—mile walk—to—school limit.
The council has a duty to provide transport for children who live more
than three miles away. For children who live less than that, we only
provide transport if the route is hazardous. We have been able to give
a crossing in Thorngumbald which means children and what to school
safely. Was it moved to help the children are to avoid having to
provide free bus passes? It is an additional crossing the children
have been provided with. There are benefits to the community. A lot of
people need to cross the road. It means children and residents can
cross the road safely. It benefits you because you do not have to pay
the money out, and it saves you money. Where are they supposed to
find that money? Councils are spending over £10 million on
transport, and that is not going into the schools. We need to see
where we can make savings. We are charging parents for bus pass if
they wish to use the buses, and that is still subsidised. From what you
have said, the zebra crossing was moved to save you money? Wherever we
identify hazardous road for children to get to school, we want to see
what we can do to make it safer. That is our primary concern. The
children will have to work through an unlit road during winter weather
speed limit is 60 mph. If a child was injured or killed, with the
council feel very bad? We had our road safety officers look at the
situation in Thorngumbald. They have reassessed the route. Officers were
out there yesterday, double checking our assessments. We believe it is a
safe route. The parents feel this cannot have been deemed officially
say. That is what they are saying. Our road safety officers have
visited the route, made all the assessments in line with national
guidance. It does meet the criteria. Very
village in need. Let us know what you think of this
story. Are the East Riding being fair? Now that the children have a
journey of fewer than three miles, should they have to pay to use the
school bus? We'll have some of your thoughts
before we finish. Thank you for watching this Thursday night.
Lee Radford is told to bring attacking rugby to Hull FC, as he
becomes head coach. Senior fire officers say public
safety has not been threatened during today's strike by the Fire
Brigades' Union. There were only a handful of minor incidents during
the four—hour strike. The dispute is over pension changes that the union
says will see firefighters work longer, contribute more and receive
less. However, according to the Government the pensions — which can
be £19,000 a year — will still be among the best in the public sector.
Sarah Corker reports. 12 noon, and firefighters walk out
here. A scene repeated around England and Wales. The SBU says this
dispute is about firefighters having to work until they are 60 before
they can retire on a full pension. Ageing firefighters put a risk to
the public, and to safety. And you putting the public at risk today by
striking? Robust contingency arrangements are in place, and this
is a last resort. Andy Johnson is one of those now in his 50s. If I
fail a fitness test on capability grounds, they removed my pension
until I am 68, which is a long, long time. Retiring at 60, a firefighter
can get a pension of up to £19,000 a year, rising to £26,000 in the state
pension. Union leaders say those forced to retire early would lose
thousands of pounds. Today's strike saw cover needed at 38 stations in
Lincolnshire and 31 in Humberside. In the past, the Army has stepped
in. The laws have changed, and fire services must not find their own
cover. In Lincolnshire, it means making greater use of part—time
firefighters. Here in East Yorkshire, Humberside Fire and
Rescue have recruited members of the public to fill in. Some volunteers
with as little as five days basic training. Managers say those
arrangements worked well. We only had six calls, and none of those
involved in any threat to life. One crew has been supporting the other.
Ministers said the pension on offer is one of the most generous in the
public sector. It is a good offer. We hope the Fire Brigade Union will
see sense. This afternoon strike appears to have caused little
disruption. While this may have been acquired protest, the message the
government is clear. Sarah is outside the central fire
station in Hull. How likely are further strikes in Humberside and
Lincolnshire? Union leaders haven't ruled out
further strikes in the coming weeks. What they really want is to reopen
talks with the government. The government shows no signs of backing
down. 80% of Humberside firefighters went out on strike. If there is more
action, more volunteers will be brought in and trained to step in.
After a low number of callouts today, the contingency plans were
tested and proved to be successful. Thank you. Some more news now.
Accounts show the former chief executive of Hull City Council was
given a pay off of £240,000 as compensation "for loss of office".
Nicola Yates left the authority in July 2012 after two and half years
in charge. No reason was given for her departure. The council is trying
to limit future pay—offs to £22,000. Lincolnshire Police are still trying
to identify a woman who's body was found in a field. A dog walker
discovered the body in Market Deeping yesterday. Officers are
treating the death as unexplained and have sealed off the area where
the body was found. The Labour Party conference has
heard calls for tougher sentences for violent and sexual offences.
Labour says more needs to be done to tackle online predators. The Hull
North MP Diana Johnson, who's the Shadow Crime and Security Minister,
says many victims of historic abuse cases have been let down. I have
written to the attorney general on a number of places where I think the
sentence that was given was wholly inappropriate for the extent of what
happened. I think we need to look again at the sentencing, absolutely.
Around 100 new nurses have today started working in Lincolnshire's
hospitals with the director of nursing telling them theirs is a
"challenged" organisation. The jobs are part of a £3 million investment
in new staff. The Trust, which is in special measures, has previously
been criticised for its low staffing levels. Vicky Johnson reports.
The 100 newest recruits to Lincolnshire 's hospitals.
the nurses had been students here, and have been through the recent
years as students. They are very aware of the challenges we have, and
the performance we have been making. The health watchdog last week
reported that neither Lincoln County in Boston pilgrim met any of the
National care standards. The enthusiasm of today's intake was not
going to be dampened. It is wonderful to be here. It is
brilliant at the three years complete and start working. I have
not seen any bad care in Boston. They are of an excellent standard.
Emma Kelly has just completed her first year on the wards. She says
she has been well supported. When you start, you are given to people
you can have as mentors. Any questions, we can go to them and
they will support and helpers. James is as mentors, and every Nunez will
get a body to support them. — — every new nurse will get a body to
support them. It is challenging at times. If they know we're there as a
resource, it helps. The trust has taken on more than 250 nurses this
year, with at least another 40 due to arrive from Europe. We recognise
that members of staff learn at different rates, so we will be in a
position where we can recognise and give that extra support if and
when it is needed. We very much want to retain these nurses. That is the
key. The trust needs to keep hold of the new nurses if they are to get
full value from this years recruitment drive.
Last night, we told you about the Trust's drive to recruit nurses in
Europe. At least 40 nurses from Spain and Portugal start work in
Lincolnshire in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who got in touch.
Big response on that. Thank you for watching.
Still ahead tonight: Shock for villagers as an ancient law leaves
them responsible for church repairs. Find out what we were doing in Hull
later in the programme. Brilliant sunset at Hunstanton by
Lance Chilton. Thank you for that. Beautiful part of the world. I will
be this out. Jack says, my daughter weighed every night until Peter
fiddles with whatever it is under his desk, she's fascinated by.
I will tell you what it is. I can switch it off with it. It is what I
do when the weather comes on, I switch you are.
OK, we will cover headline. It a nice one. It looks like skies will
brighten from the north—east. There will be some sunshine around. This
high—pressure will come in from the North East. That is good news. The
weekend is looking quite nice for the end of September. Little is like
all parts will be dry this weekend with some sunshine. Something to
look forward to. Today, we have had a lot of cloud. It produced some
patchy rain across southern parts. We are looking to the north where
there is a weak, cold front. A clearance comes in by dawn. That is
great news. Lowest temperatures, down to eight or nine across East
Yorkshire. 12 or 13 around the wash. The sun will rise at around 6:53am.
There could be some low cloud around. Generally, a bright start
with sunny spells. That cloud will come and go through Thursday.
Generally, feeling quite pleasant. Friday and the weekend, skies will
be partly cloudy but some decent spells of sunshine and temperatures
close to the late September average. That's the forecast.
I will turn you back on. I urge you, I don't tend to Ely Donovan
off. Actually, I probably do. — — I don't turn Keeley Donovan off.
This is another story we'd like your thoughts on.
It should be a place of peace and contemplation, but here in
Hambleton, St Peter's Church has found itself embroiled in a row.
Under the reign of Henry VIII, those who for land around here became
responsible for repair of the church. It is an ancient law which
has been largely ignored more recently. Now, churches have until
the 13th of October to register to use the legislation before it is
abolished. Here, the church council has done just that. For families in
the village, it means future repair bills for parts of the church could
pass straight to them. We could be given a bill of one told amounts — —
untold amounts. I find it so unbelievable. Devastating. The
impact will be on our deeds for ever if we can get it removed. In a
statement, the dioceses of York says:
this should have been sorted out in the 19th century. For some reason,
people forgot about it and it fell into disuse. In Britain, it is still
an act of treason to place the Queen 's stamp upside down. Gambling in a
library is also banned. For those wanting to be a doormat, it is only
legal before eight o'clock in the morning. It may proved to be more
serious. Do people living on ancient church land have a duty to pay
towards the church's upkeep? The new head coach at Hull FC has
been told by the owner to bring more attacking rugby to the club. Lee
Radford has taken over from the Australian Peter Gentle in a move
which sees a hull—based coaching staff at the KC Stadium. Simon Clark
looks at Radford's career and what he brings to the role. You see up
with a firm handshake. Adam Pearson welcomes his new coach in front of a
sizeable media presence. It is one of the biggest job in the game, so
how did Lee Radford slammed it? — — land it. The most important thing is
he understands Hull. He cares about the city. Lee Radford is just 34. In
a playing career of 15 years, he won two grand finals and a world club
challenge, with Bradford rolls. He hung up his boots after cameo
appearance for Hull buster. He is no stranger to management. Ten years
ago, this was him in charge of the amateur side in Hull. They are
worlds apart, obviously, but how to react around people and all that is
helpful. What do the fans think of the appointment? I am just a little
bit cautious. He has only coached in East Hull. He has done well. It is a
good opportunity for him. I still think Peter Gentle made a second
chance. At the end of the day, you have to have the experience. That
comes from proven records. Adam Pearson has promised fans are more
attacking team. Pearson wants to end the feast and famine that was in
evidence in 2013. There could be exciting times ahead for the team if
he gets it right. We wish him all the best.
Hull City are into the fourth round of the Capital One League Cup for
the first time in 36 years. They beat Huddersfield Town 1—0 at the KC
Stadium with a goal from Proschwitz.
Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson has told Look North
professional golfer Tony Jacklin from Scunthorpe should be prepared
to lose a lot of weight when he starts competing on Strictly Come
Dancing. The sprinter is currently doing a mini tour of the country
with Strictly star Erin Boag on behalf of the energy company NPower
to help raise money for charity. Today, they've been in Hull and Amy
Cole went along to meet them. What a way to spend a day at work. Erin
Boag and Colin Jackson web United again, and delighting staff in Hull
while helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer charity. The pair
danced together in the programme, but didn't win the title. Erin Boag
has bowed out of the show after a 10—year run, so is more than
qualified to give advice. Do you think he has met his match? Wow. She
did that the bit of dancing last year. Kevin, I don't know. He might
be a little clumsy. I might grab the nation 's hearts.
What kind of surprises are in store for Tony Jacklin? The most important
thing for him is to relax and enjoy the idea, the concept of what it is
all about. When Colin was first asked to do Strictly, he initially
turned it down. He was tempted to take part. He is certainly a happy
man. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: The Labour leader Ed Miliband stands by his
proposal for a freeze on energy prices as there are warnings of
blackouts and power shortages. Calls for a review of school
transport, as parents are forced to pay hundreds of pounds a year.
big response on the subject of school transport.
Thank you for all those messages. Charlie says, why should the
taxpayer pay for free school transport for others? If the parents
do not like it, move closer to the school. Rhiannon says, I think it is
not fair for children to have to walk that far to school. Doctor
says, with the powers that be that their children what to school in
this day and age? Adam says, people seem to be forgetting children are
alive choice. Don't have children if you cannot do not want to provide
for them. You can expect every body else to pick up bill. Peters, my son
has either a five mile walk or a £400 bus pass. No public transport
available. Total abstruse decision. Thank you for watching. Johnny on
the radio if you can. Take care. Goodbye.