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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: The
homeless woman given compensation after she turned down a council
flat. I am not being picky. I have gone
right to what I want in my life, and to be happy. They do absolutely have
the right to turn it down but must then be prepared for the
consequences. The volunteers who say they feel
bullied into running Lincolnshire's libraries.
Lifting the limit ` the plans which could mean faster tractors on our
roads. Bringing penguins to Hull ` now
work's under way to build an Antarctic haven. Don't forget the
five day forecast. A homeless women who came to Hull
has been awarded compensation after she refused to accept the council
flat offered to her which she described as "gorgeous." Hull City
Council has been accused of carrying out an "injustice" for the way they
handled Ciccone Owen's case. Now, after failing to tell her the
reasons why they closed her homeless application, the council has been
found to be at fault. Phillip Norton reports.
Ciccone Owen moved to Hull last year with the hope of better medical care
for her mental health problems. She was given a priority status as a
homeless woman, but says the bedroom was too small on the property
offered by Hull City Council. It was a gorgeous property, I cannot fault
the council. It was a brand`new kitchen, the full place was
carpeted, but it was the bedroom, you could not get a decent bed in
there. I could not live there because I would have felt trapped
and it is important for somebody with my health, you have got to stay
out of the house, you cannot stay in there, and sometimes when you are
quite ill, you confine yourself, so I knew that property would be no
good for me. When people register for a council house they are given a
level of priority. As Ciccone was homeless she was seen as a "high
priority" and offered a property. But as she rejected that offer, Hull
City Council wrote, explaining that by doing so she'd be placed in a
lower priority banding. But, the investigation found that the local
authority didn't explain the reasons for why this decision was made. It
also failed to say that Ciccone could appeal against it. The council
have agreed to look at anybody else who they may have dealt with in this
way. They have not explained what the appeal rights are, so they have
agreed to do that, and have identified three other cases are
people were not receiving accurate information. They absolutely have
the right to turn it down, but must be prepared for the consequences.
There are people on the waiting list and there will be somebody willing
to take that accommodation. If somebody will not, then it must go
to Ciccone was offered a new home last week ` but has again turned it
down claiming it was unsafe. Someone else who is willing to take it. I'm
not being picky, I have just got a right to what I want to do in my
life, and to be happy. You know, this is why I have come here, to be
happy, to sort my life out. Ciccone Owen ending that report. Phillip
Norton is at the Guildhall in Hull tonight. We have heard about this
case, but what about the other people who might have been affected?
The investigation found three other people in a similar situation to
Ciccone, they have been written to and made aware of their right. The
local authority also visit has reviewed how it will deal with
situations like this in the future. There are currently 10,000 people
waiting for a council flat or house in Hull. The council says that
should they keep turning down properties offered to them, they may
be removed from the list for a short time.
We want to hear from you on this story. Should the council have
handled Ciccone's case better? Maybe you think she should have accepted
the first property she was offered? In a moment: Extending free parking
to help boost the high street. Campaigners trying to save a
Lincolnshire library say they feel "bullied" into taking`over the
service. Volunteers in the county have until tomorrow to express
interest in running 30 of Lincolnshire's smaller libraries.
The County Council has already received enquiries from groups
wanting to run 29 of their sites. The plans will save the authority
more than ?1.5 million. Gemma Dawson reports.
Meet Michael. He's just one of the volunteers here at Waddington
library... It's run by the Lincolnshire Co`operative with the
help of local residents ` giving villagers the chance to pick`up
their prescription while borrowing a library book... We already run a lot
of community services, food stalls in the community, pharmacies, post
offices in particular are a vital community service, so we felt this
was an extension of our role as a co`operative. They have been running
this library alongside the pharmacy since November 2012 and has now
expressed an interest in running five other libraries across linking
share. `` Lincolnshire. The County Council currently runs 45 static
libraries, but that will drop to just 15. Of the remaining 30, the
Council has now received expressions of interest for 29. People in
Scotter have until tomorrow to submit a bid or risk losing their
library. The Council's also received interest from seven communities who
want to start`up new libraries. This library is one that could now remain
open. Market Deeping Town Council Deeping St James Parish Council have
teamed`up to try and save it. As you can see ` people here are passionate
about their library. But some say they feel "bullied" into taking`over
the service. Finding the volunteers is difficult enough in itself, and
then you have to keep them motivated all the time. It is just not viable.
Volunteers help to run this library. They admit it was hard work at first
but is a big benefit for the village. It takes time and effort.
It is worth doing. It is volunteers like Michael who keep this service
running. I'm joined now by the leader of Lincolnshire County
Council Martin Hill. Good evening. The mayor of market beeping said he
felt bullied into showing an interest in running the library. We
are not trying to bully anyone but we do appreciate volunteers who have
come forward. I think with the support of the county council, it
will save money, save time and we will end up with more libraries and
we started with. 82% of people in Lincolnshire do not borrow from the
library, so the chances are the volunteers come from this other 18%.
What do you think makes people think they can run a library? They will
get support. It is not just the library, but all sorts of local
parish facilities could be run from any building. I think it is
something people are well up for. What if a group came forward and you
do not think they are up to it? Would you turn them down? . Yes. We
have a rigorous process. We just heard about if an interest is not
put in by tomorrow. Would the library be closed? Possibly. The
alternative is a mobile service. We hope they will put something
forward. This is all to save money. Some people will say tonight that
the volunteers are saving money so will they get council tax rebates,
and what service next would you like people to do? Saving money is part
of its. It is a good thing. Government and local councils are
trying to encourage people. We are already doing a youth service. We
will look at working in partnership with local communities and
volunteers. We are seriously looking at that. Very good to talk to you.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of
Keith Opray in Hull. The 51`year`old was found dead at his home on
Wareham Close in Bransholme on Saturday. A 28`year`old man is being
questioned by the police. Yesterday 40`year`old Duncan Keith Heaton from
Hull appeared before magistrates charged with murder and robbery. Two
other men remain on police bail. An investigation is underway into an
incident at Lincoln Prison which left a prison officer with a serious
injury. Lincolnshire Police say four officers were assaulted on the 25th
of January. They haven't revealed the nature of the injury, but say
the Prison Service is helping with their inquiries.
The Football Association has charged former Goole AFC captain Karl Colley
with improper conduct after he confronted a fan at the weekend.The
thirty year old was sacked by the club after this incident when he was
sent off in their game against Coalville on Saturday. He has seven
days to respond to the charge. Free parking is to be extended to
all council car parks in North Lincolnshire. The council says it
hopes the move will revive town centres. The new measures which will
mean the first two hours are free will come into force in all car
parks in the area in May. Here's our business correspondent, Paul Murphy.
For some time, many businesses in Scunthorpe have claimed that a lack
of free parking has been driving customers away. Today, the council
announced it is finally going to give them what they want. It is a
positive message for North Lincolnshire and for shoppers. To
our free parking. We're working very hard with retailers. Other
councillors are softening their approach `` other councils are
softening their approach, including East Lindsey. In Horncastle, they
say they must fight hard not to lose trade. Because we don't have big
names in our town anyway, people think, I can't be bothered, I will
go to Lincoln. That is what they do, I am afraid. Empty shops are a
familiar sight on most high street and Scunthorpe has been badly hit.
Marks Spencer, but Donald and TJ Hughes. There has been an exodus of
retailers from Scunthorpe in recent years. The reason that complex, but
many believe that parking charges have played a big part. Retailers
here are facing further competition when this out of town shopping
centre opened in the autumn. This businessman welcomes the council's
free parking announcement, but he has frustrations as well. It has
happened too late, far too late. We have been campaigning for years
relentlessly. There is not going to be many authorities that will give
free parking throughout all car parks. Are you responding too late?
We are responding when we can afford to respond. Councils bring in big
revenues from car parking. The change in policies reflect a real
concern for the help of this town centre.
You might also like to be in touch about this story. What difference do
you think two hours' free parking will make?
Still ahead tonight: The teenage tennis star who could be lining up
with Andy Murray. I have definitely put in hard work and the best I can
to prepare. Building an icy wilderness ` but who
will live in a house like this? Only double picture. Are you asleep?
No, no. I was going to tell you about how somebody came in the
street and stared at me and said, your eyebrows have gone light.
I think we will draw a veil over it. The headline is very unsettled. It
is going to be cloudy tomorrow. By the end of the afternoon, wet and
windy weather will be spreading in from the West. I think the community
tomorrow tea`time will be particularly white. Another deep
area of low pressure. The weekend, unsettled but a lot brighter, plenty
of sunshine and a few sharp and wintry showers. A lot of cloud
around. A bit of light snow was reported in Waddington. A lot of
cloud. Further patchy rain and perhaps a bit of sleeved over the
tops of the walls. We are looking at close of around three Celsius. The
sun will rise in the morning around six. In the morning, cloudy with
some brighter spells. A bit of brightness coming through. By the
end of the afternoon to the evening, it will be very wet indeed. A rotten
commute at tea`time. Top temperatures around five or six
degrees. That is the forecast. You make it worse for me. You go and
where the same shirt and tie combination as I did.
By one, get one free. We do not share clothes, by the
way. Let us nip that in the bud. Farmers in East Yorkshire claim that
new plans to speed up tractors on our roads won't stop drivers getting
frustrated, but will improve farm efficiency. The Government wants
speed limits increased from 20 to 25 miles an hour, and will allow
tractors to carry more. But as Crispin Rolfe reports from
Driffield, some motorists say that's still too slow. Greater efficiency,
less frustration. Cars overtaking on these roads do it almost as a way of
life. The government is looking at increasing tractor speed limit from
20 open to 25 mph, and increasing the load they can take. We need to
get this corn and vegetables off the land and into storage, using
tractors and trailers. Does five miles an hour really make a
difference? If attractor drives 3000th of an it
the difference is the amount that the tractors carrying. There is an
increase of potentially seven tonnes. It gets it off the road. For
some people, it is too wet, too fast. They say 20 miles an hour is
an appropriate maximum speed for many.
40 mph. I would hope 50. They could definitely increased to 30. Muddy
roads remain a key concern. Mostly, this brings Britain into line with
Europe. The Police and Crime Commisioner for
the Humberside force has proposed that people pay just under 2% more
for policing during the next financial year. Matthew Grove says
the rise will cost about six pence per week on average and will help to
minimise the loss of police officers and PCSOs. He says his plans have
been backed by a public consultation.
Plans have been approved for a new footbridge over the railway line in
Lincoln.This design has been accepted by the City Council. It's
hoped the bridge will end delays for pedestrians waiting at the level
crossing on the high street. Network Rail says people regularly run
around or climb over the current barriers.
Thanks for getting in touch about fresh calls to ban smoking in cars
with children. The House of Lords voted in favour of the move
yesterday, so the Government has now told MPs' they can have a free vote
on the issue when it is debated next month. Health experts from East
Yorkshire say they would welcome a ban.
Teenage tennis star Kyle Edmund will learn in the next couple of hours if
he's to partner Andy Murray in the first round of matches at the Davis
Cup. The 19`year`old from Tickton near Beverley is hoping to be picked
when Great Britain play the United States in San Diego. Our sports
reporter Simon Clark looks at his chances. 2013 was quite a year for
Kyle Edmund. A year which included a senior Wimbledon debut, junior
doubles titles in France and America, and this first ranking
success at Eastbourne. That is what caught the eye of Leon Smith. Two
partner Andy Murray in the singles, sweat has to decide between the more
experienced James Ward and the young chap from Teton. I had a good
pre`season with Andy. I have put in the hard work and done the best I
can to prepare. I can't say I haven't done as best as I could.
After a winter practising with Andy Murray, Kyle has just won a
tournament in America. I did three with Andy. I coped admirably `` he
coped admirably. He has worked hard. Both him and James Ward, they are
both doing a really good job. There is some tactics in it. The captain
has to make a decision what is best for his team. It all started here in
Beverly, where his former mentor Tom Davies marvels at his progress.
There is a fine line between being a good player and making it. He seemed
to be do the right things and doing the right training, winning the
right matches and tournaments. If Kyle should be selected tonight, he
becomes the second member of this club after Colin Gregory in the
1950s to have played Davis cup tennis. There are not too many clubs
in the country outside of Wimbledon that can claim that distinction.
We will follow that with interest. A record`breaking journey across the
Atlantic has now raised more than ?300,000 for charity after adding
more than ?100,000 to the total in the last three days. 21`year`old
Luke Birch from Doddington and his friend Jamie Sparks rowed more than
3,000 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. They finished
their journey earlier this week becoming the youngest pair ever to
row across the Atlantic. The finishing touches are being put
to a three`storey swimming pool, diving area and beach complex in
Hull. Sadly, it's not for you and me to enjoy but a family of penguins,
due to arrive in a month's time. The Jentoo penguins are joining the
sharks at the Deep, as Amanda White reports.
It's the mystery of the ocean depths that's been bringing people here for
more than ten years. But now the Deep is surfacing to welcome some
altogether livelier lodgers. These Jentoo penguins live in Edinburgh.
Hull will soon have its very own colony. A bit like an expectant
father, really, so excited and worried at the same time. They are
now over in Texas and we're waiting, praying that they start to mould in
time. Everyone is working 16 hours per day trying to get everything
ready for them. We cannot wait, just wish we had more, really. To make
the new residents feel at home, the team here is sculpting ice cliffs
from polystyrene. As part of a special programme to be broadcast
later this year BBC wildlife reporter Mike Dilger has been
getting stuck in. We have got viewing windows so that people can
see down and watch them swimming. There are icebergs, there is a
balcony that they can go outside on, and behind us, we have got another
beach section where we will hopefully get them nesting at some
point. A fascination for the weird and wonderful creatures here has
kept people coming back for the last 12 years. You have to admit, there
is something rather more appealing about the new kid in town. The
penguins are due to arrive from Texas in the next few weeks. We'll
be able to see them and their swanky new pad in March. Let's get a recap
of the national and regional headlines.
As part of the country are still under water after the wettest
January for more than a century. Compensation for a homeless woman
after she turned down a flat from the council.
Big response on that story for the compensation for the homeless woman
who turned down a flat. Jen in Lincoln says, I sleep on the settee
to let my kids have a bed, sometimes what we want and what we get takes
some time. Patricia says, Ciccone needs to realise because cannot be
true is as. Graham says, the council have left themselves wide open by
not fully correct procedures, but talent offered accommodation should
not be able to attend and parameters on a whim. Somebody in Hull says, I
suffer from depression and been made homeless, and I am lucky to have
been given a place but I would never have dreamt of turning the place
down, when you are homeless, roof is still a roof.
Powerful message there. Briefly, Daniel says, no wonder councils have
no money if they pay compensation to people who turned down a house. It
is ridiculous. Thank you for those and thank you
for watching. Goodbye.