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And that is all, it is goodbye Premy and


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transport have been described by one local MP as outdated and in need of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.


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