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North. The headlines tonight: ?? new line Thousands of jobs on the way as
a multi`million pound business park finally gets the go`ahead. I live to
reaction `` I am live with reaction to a decision.
Also on tonight's programme: Due to marry in two weeks' time, but left
without a venue following the tidal surge.
The Government defends the use of military drones flown from RAF
Waddington. And behind the scenes with Strictly
Come Dancing's Kevin and Susanna ahead of this weekend's final. Some
kids were talking about is and they said, it is that girl from breakfast
and Kevin from Grimsby. The five`day forecast follows shortly.
It's been described as the biggest economic investment in the area
since the Second World War. The Government has given permission for
a giant business park for energy companies which will employ 4,000
people to be built on the south bank of the Humber. Construction of the
Able UK site will start next year with the company telling BBC Look
North they will begin recruiting after Christmas. Paul Murphy has
this report. This has always been the vision. Now
it's to become a reality. A ?450 million site which will make and
assemble wind turbines for the North Sea. The company behind the site
describes it as a turning point in the economy of the Humber. We're
took about 4000 plus local jobs. `` we are talking about 4000 plus local
jobs. The North of England have been supplying parts and so on.
This 900`acre site has more than a mile of river frontage, a quay will
be built to allow turbine transfer ships to pull alongside. Able UK
says the site could create between 4,000 and 10,000 jobs Working on
building the Marine Energy Park could start as early as January.
It's expected to be completed by 2016. It means creating jobs,
attracting business, creating wealth. We want more engineers.
There is lots of things. A ball UK is promising lots of jobs and says
it could have a profound impact on on companies `` Able UK is promising
lots of jobs. We have added slots to the premises. ?NEWLINE Able says a
number of companies are already in negotiation about moving in here.
There have been objections from rival port operator ABP but they are
not expected to cause major delays to this project. Earlier, I spoke to
Peter Stephenson from Able UK. I started by asking him if this was
good news for the Humber. It is excellent news for the Humber. What
about the government backing? I am very pleased. How soon before you
get started? Ground work will be started in the first quarter of next
year. So the construction starts very quickly. Will these be local
jobs? Yes. We have been working around here some ten years now and
try to give jobs locally where we can. Good news for employment. Can
people start getting in touch straightaway? Yes. TUC any problems
on the funding? `` do you see any problems. No, we don't. Have you got
many tenants lined up and ready and committed to moving? We have a lot
of tenants who want to come here. Regarding the jobs, can you make
guarantees that the jobs will go to local people rather than people
being ferried in, which we have seen so much? We could not guarantee
that. We will be employing the construction side. The preference is
to use local people. Preference is good, but sometimes we see people
shipped in from abroad. No doubt there will be some of that. ABP says
they are disappointed that you have chosen to work in conflict with the
port rather than for the benefit of the Humber. Those are strong words.
I am surprised you have said that. I have never heard that said. They
would not work with others. Willis Cooper your plans? They are doing
their best to try to do so. We're here now. Why cant you work
together? That is a question for APB. Will they scupper your plans?
No. Tim Iredale is in Westminster
tonight. How much pressure has their been from politicians to get this
deal done? We are told that the Prime Minister
and the Deputy Prime Minister put pressure on various officials to try
to get this sorted out as soon as possible. Many feared we could be
talking about a black day for North Lincolnshire's economy. Instead, it
is more of a red letter day for the Humber Green dream. Nobody was more
relieved than the MP whose constituency covers the site, Martin
Vickers. It is a massive boost for the local economy. The construction
industry employs hundreds, possibly thousands. Great opportunities for
small businesses to get involved in the supply chain. Long`term, further
good news in terms of investment and the fact that Northern Lincolnshire
and the Humber region is recognised as a major centre for the
renewables. We're told David Cameron welcomes this announcement. The
government says it is committed to the Humber be in the UK capital of
green energy, and the problems between Able UK and ABP, I am told,
can be ironed out. ABP is still an important player in the green energy
industry because it is such an integral part of the green pop
project that hopes to attract Siemens. At last we have an outcome
with Able UK. It is a bit like that old song about it is a long, long
time from May to December. It certainly felt like that, Peter.
Thank you for that. We want to hear from you on this
story. You heard from Peter Stephenson that jobs are available
from after Christmas. Will you apply? What difference do you think
the development will make to the area?
A couple from Grimsby have been forced to rearrange their wedding
plans, after the venue they booked was severely damaged by the tidal
surge. The couple had booked the Reeds Hotel in Barton upon Humber
for the start of January, but this afternoon the company confirmed, it
has gone into voluntary liquidation. Simon Spark reports.
Tim and Amy had planned their wedding day for two years for the
third January 2014, but just weeks before their big day, everything had
to be rearranged when the venue they'd chosen was flooded by the
tidal surge. It was a lovely venue, with the Humber Bridge in the
background. I grew up in Batson and a lot of my family still live
there. It made sense to Tuesday, as well as being beautiful. But
positioned near the banks of the Humber, the hotel took the full
impact of the water on the fifth December. We realise that Reeds
must've been involved. We have three young children and we wanted a
family celebration for our wedding. It has made it very quite stressful.
You can see the way into the hotel is completely blocked off. This
well`known local landmark has been family run for steam years. In a
statement, they said it has had a catastrophic impact on their
business. And this afternoon a statement confirmed the worst
possible outcome. It said how the business was unable to recover
financially from the cost of the huge amount of work and renovation
now needed and that they'd made the very difficult decision that Reeds
Hotel is to enter into voluntary liquidation. It said the loss of
Reeds Hotel was heart`breaking to the family and is something they
hope to move forward from. The company has been unable to pay its
debt and has therefore had to call in the liquidator, who will sell the
assets then pay out the creditors. The unsecured creditors will be paid
later. It is very difficult for everyone. It is a very unfortunate
situation. Amy and Tim have still been told they'll get their deposit
back, but for the Reeds hotel, this family business, has been literally
washed away. A Boston landlord has been found guilty of carrying out a
double murder. The man will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison. The
body of a missing Grimsby teenager has been found on a beach in
Cumbria. 17`year`old Callum Chapman had been staying with a relative in
Maryport before he went missing on Sunday. Police say that there are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen in line with the
national trend. The latest figures show unemployment has fallen by
6,000 people, which leaves the jobless total at 239,000. In the
East Midlands ` which includes Lincolnshire ` it had fallen by the
same number, leaving 162,000 people out of work.
Some drainage systems in Goole are to be looked at following a report
into last year's flooding. East Riding Council found that while the
amount of rainfall was not exceptional, there was a failure of
pumping equipment. The council and Yorkshire Water met today to discuss
the report. They accepted its findings and will now act on the
recommendations. Having the agencies working together can only be a good
thing for the town. We have seen significant improvements and
additional funding since the flooding last year. This can you
make it better, I would hope. Still ahead tonight: we catch up
with Suzanne and Kevin. Last night's sunset at South Common,
Lincoln. Alan Mayo. Good evening.
Good evening. Oh, my word. I should have brought
my sunglasses. Somebody said, I just had Paul talking about the history
of snowmen, it was fascinating, should I get out more? Yes is the
answer. Where do the Christmas national this
weekend, so there. You are not gone to Lapland are you?
Yes. Fine with sunny spells tomorrow. Like with sunny spells
tomorrow. They could be a few wintry showers. Tomorrow evening, a few
showers could turn to sleet and perhaps a temporary covering of snow
in places. That is tomorrow evening. For much of tomorrow, it will be
fine. All attention to the west, and very active weather front is
knocking on the door of Manchester now. Is bringing strong winds and
torrential rain. There might be some localised flooding associated with
that. After midnight, it clears up. A few showers could return. The sun
will rise at 8:15am and will set at 3:41pm. Tomorrow will be a brighter
day with sunshine. There will be some local wintry showers. We will
keep our eye on a feature late afternoon and into the evening which
may bring some sleet and rain, or even wet snow. Top afternoon
temperatures, around five Celsius. When you factor in that wind, it
will feel fairly chilling. Further ahead, Friday not to bad. It has
worked and windy again on Friday night. That rain reluctant to play
on Saturday. Sunday, a return to brighter skies. That is the
forecast. You will have two words that `` you
will have to wear that. You look like one of Santa's little helpers.
The Defence Secretary has defended the controversial use of drones, or
unmanned aircraft, in a visit to Linolnshire. Philip Hammond came to
see their operation at RAF Waddington, the command centre of
the UK drone programme. Cameras were allowed to film inside for the first
time, and Jonathan Beale was there. For the first time, we have been
able to witness an aircrew prepare for a mission. They climb into a
windowless room here. This is flying but not as we know it. This crew on
the ground and Lincolnshire is making decisions about life and
death hundreds of miles away in Afghanistan. Have you had to fire
weapons? It is, `` I have, but it is not something I like to talk about.
It is what we do. I you confident you have not hit civilians?
Absolutely. The MoD has allowed cameras into the MoD headquarters.
The RAF say this is proof of how civilian casualties are avoided.
Missiles are diverted to avoid collateral damage. Mistake had been
made. Drones have killed civilians. There has been one incident in which
we are aware of civilian casualties out of over 400 uses of weapon
systems by remotely piloted aircraft. There have been incidents
involving land aircraft. I am afraid the nature of war fair, you cannot
guarantee 100% that there will not be natural damage. The military
shuns the word drone. They insist there is always a person in charge.
This may be the future of warfare. The debate about their use has only
just begun. Another one you might have a view
on. The largest storm water tunnel in
Yorkshire has nearly been finished in Bridlington. It's been built as
part of a ?40 million Yorkshire Water project to improve water
quality at the town's two beaches. A specialist boring machine has been
used to construct the tunnel over the last ten months. It's 800 metres
long ` two metres wide and will help drain away waste water. Never had a
boring machine on the programme before.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch about the two North East
Lincolnshire villages who're getting high speed broadband. Residents in
the Stallingbrough area were left out of a Government scheme to bring
fast internet access to rural areas. But that didn't deter them ` and
they've now done a deal with a major provider.
Farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say their business is
only just recovering from the wettest summer in a century last
year. The counties provide a third of the country's salad and veg.
Farmers say perfect conditions this year have kept them from catastrophe
but there is still some way to go, as Crispin Rolfe reports.
Coming off the conveyor belt. At this time of year production goes up
from three tonnes a day to 100. Fortunately, this season it's a
bumper crop, compared to last year's horror show ` the weather creating a
perfect storm for farmers. It rained all summer, we could not harvest, it
was a nightmare. . So for an industry which had been bracing
itself for more of the same ` relief.
And with more supply this year, hopefully lower prices for shoppers.
It is peak parsnip harvesting time right now. This machine is running
constantly until Monday. This is in contrast to last year, when wet
weather and freezing conditions ruined half of this farm's crop. In
Lincolnshire, a similar story of regrowth. The county provides almost
a third of the UK's vegetables and salads. Though grower Mark Nundy
says it'll be another year before they can recover fully from 2012. If
we get a year like last year, the is really difficult. This year, we have
recovered a bit. We will see benefits next year. For farmers on
the Humber, though, that recovery remains a long way off after this
month's tidal flooding and the potential for more next year. It's a
harsh reminder for an industry so reliant on the weather, despite
otherwise almost perfect conditions. With the big final just a few days
away, Grimsby's Kevin Clifton says he's proud to have put his home town
on the map. He will partner BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid in
the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday night, with rehearsals for
their last routine now well under way. They took time out from their
gruelling schedule to speak to our reporter Phillip Norton.
It's just after nine o'clock in the morning.
Susanna Reid has already been on air for three hours presenting the BBCs
Breakfast programme, but her day is only just beginning ` a new dance
routine awaits. Nail it follows on Saturday. Bring is that trophy.
Her performances with Grimsby's Kevin Clifton have captivated the
viewers and the judges on Strictly Come Dancing. It has been
incredible. It has been much more intense than I anticipated. It has
been fun, exciting, incredibly hard work and very enjoyable. It has been
brilliant. Now for our next couple. It is Susanna and Kevin from
Grimsby. Her performances with Kevin Clifton have captivated the viewers
and the judges. It has put Kevin and his town in the spotlight. I like
the Grimsby is getting talked about. We were out having a coffee the
other day and some kids were talking about is and they said to their
teacher, it is that girl from breakfast and thingy from Grimsby.
Grimsby is more famous than me. And the partnership saw Susanna make
her first visit to the town. I was welcomed with open arms. I had a
thorough ball `` thoroughly enjoyable time. Surely it is not
long until you get the keys to Grimsby. There will be statues,
Kevin from Grimsby. He hasn't so for Grimsby.
They've come close to crashing out, surviving thanks to the public vote,
so they're not taking support from the people of Grimsby for granted `
car stickers among methods being used to gain crucial votes. It moves
is when we read messages from people, and make every moment worth
while. I would act as a massive thank you. Support has been insane
and really nice. It is lovely. It means a lot.
As they face the paparazzi, fingers are crossed. The final awaits ` and
Grimsby is hoping they'll tango to the title. Good luck to them for
Saturday night. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Sentenced to 35 years ` the rock
star Ian Watkins is jailed for a string of horrific sex attacks on
very young children. Thousands of jobs on the way as a multi million
pound business park finally gets the go`ahead.
Let's go back to our top story about the new marine energy park in North
Lincolnshire Paul is live in North Killingholme tonight next to where
the site will be built. Paul. How big an impact will the
announcement have on the area? I think it will do nothing less than
placed the Humber at the very centre of the European wind energy stage.
That is important. Investors will be looking at this project and other
possible projects around the Humber, and wanting to know how they can get
involved. There will be squabbles along the way but the reality is,
this is happening, recruitment for the construction phase of the huge
project here on the south Humber bank begins in January.
Paul, thank you. Jonathan from Horncastle says, excellent news for
Lincolnshire, and shows the potential for many skilled green
jobs in the renewables industry. Lucy in Lincoln says, great news,
now what about a direct rail link to London, putting the Humber region on
the map. Bob says, hardly anyone in this area will get a job, it will go
to outside contractors. Of course, I put that point to Peter Stevenson.
Tony said, ABP should butt out. This country need to get its act together
with regards to speed in planning and control. Jeff says, while Hull
have been messing about with culture, Lincolnshire Council is
adding something useful. Thank you for the messages. Thank you for
watching. Good night.