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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: An end
to single lanes ` could there be a new motorway from London to
Lincolnshire? With a new road infrastructure
here, it would As unemployment falls in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire,
there are calls for more to be done to help over`50s into work.
Inflict hugely. There needs to be a lot more help with opening doors.
Fuel theft from petrol stations on the rise ` retailers say they could
put them out of business. We speak to Hull's Olympic hero Luke
Campbell ahead of his big fight this weekend.
The father and son team hoping this film will put Lincolnshire on the
movie`making map. After a pleasant day, it will turn more unsettled
overnight and into tomorrow. I will be back later with the details.
The Government says it's considering extending the motorway from London
into Lincolnshire. It's refused to formally commit to the plan to
extend the M11 from Cambridge but says it's one of a number of ideas
being discussed for the next round of funding in six years' time. Some
businesses have welcomed the news, but the county council says the
money could be better spent upgrading existing roads. Simon
Spark reports from Spalding. Lincolnshire's roads as we know them
now. Many single carriageway, slowed by many lorries. No wonder, then,
that even the slightest possibility of extending the M11 motorway into
Lincolnshire has got people talking. I think it is a good idea, take
lorries of the minor roads. It is bad enough without bringing more
down here. A good idea, to get to London quicker. At the moment the
M11 runs from London to Cambridge, extending it could see it running
through Lincolnshire all the way to the Humber bridge. But this is only
one idea, there are no proposed plans at present. But an extension
is being considered as part of the next round of road funding beginning
in 2020. The Department of Transport say they're currently working
closely with local authorities and enterprise partnerships to study the
challenges that exist across the road network. The first stages of
these strategies will be published in spring 2014, with further details
announced in 2015. Many think a motorway would have huge
advantages, taking articulated lorries off our single carriageway
roads. Others think it would boost tourism, giving easy access to the
coast. Others think it would rip through the natural beauty of our
rural county, something Lincolnshire has preserved for so long.
But at this logistics forum in Spalding today, where hauliers were
meeting to discuss the problems with the current road network, the
benefits for them far outweighed any consequences. With the new road
infrastructure, and the volume of vehicles we have come into this
area, it would benefit hugely. At the moment, we are one of the areas
that saturated with produce companies. We have a huge number of
lorries coming in and out of South Holland on a daily basis. It would
be of huge benefit to the district. Whether it's something many people
want or not it would need the backing of the county council which
it doesn't have. Lincolnshire county council said it would not be the
best use of public money. Richard Davies is responsible for
highways on Lincolnshire County Council. I asked him why the
authority isn't in favour of what could be a huge investment for the
county. My two questions are, is it a good new `` is it a good use of
taxpayers money? Secondly, what advantages do motorways bring to
those areas. For example, if you take the M 11, it has been fantastic
for Cambridge, but hasn't seen significant growth brought to Essex
that you travel through to get there? I think we can deliver many
of the benefits of a motorway could bring for a fraction of the cost,
then give a substantial amount of the money back to the taxpayer. Some
businesses in Lincolnshire, especially in the more rural parts,
say the current road network is holding them back. Absolutely. I
have a huge amount of sympathy for that. We could deliver dual
carriageway is across Lincolnshire. We could have a north`south dual
carriageway, and is West one, that went to places people want to go to.
The danger of driving a motorway is it won't go to Skegness, Wenger to
Sleaford, would go to Lincoln. It will be an attractive piece of
contraceptive or drive through on away to the Humber. It does not
represent good value for money. How realistic do you think this project
is? It is a lovely idea. There are always lots of lovely ideas floating
around. Politicians love these kind of vanity projects. They are quite
sexy, Arthur? Well, they are, but they are to try and help people.
There must be a need. Yes, but not as solely for the people of
Lincolnshire. The government really cared, they would start reinvesting
civilians they get from diesel and petrol taxation on the road network.
The government are not happy to spend the money they take of
motorists on the roads. Thank you. Do you think it would be a good idea
to build a motorway through Lincolnshire? How do you think it
would benefit the economy? Perhaps you run a business and this could
help you? Or do you agree with Councillor Davies that the money
could be better spent elsewhere? In a moment: We find out why people
are furious about this tree sculpture in Hull.
Unemployment has fallen across the country. The Government says youth
unemployment in particular has fallen for a 20th successive month.
But for thousands of older people in our area the hunt to find work goes
on. One job seeker in his 50s says the Government must do more to help
people his age and over back into work. Gemma Dawson has been having a
closer look at the figures. Gemma, how do the local jobless totals
compare to the national picture? The national fall in unemployment is
echoed in our area. In the Yorkshire and the Humber region, 240,000
people are now out of work. That's a fall of eight thousand on the
previous three months. While in the East Midlands ` which includes
Lincolnshire ` 162,000 people are unemployed. That's a drop of 4,000.
But while the figures show that more people are in work, for many, the
struggle to find a job continues. He's spent hours improving his
computer skills, and has travelled to see a business advisor to help
him set up his own literary company. But Stefan's hoping this job's fair
in Lincoln will help him find part`time employment. I might go
home this afternoon and think that was a waste, or I might get
something positive. I spoke to one person and he said, I would like to
employ you but you are a bit too old.
Stefan's in his 50s. He used to work in a hotel and before that as a care
assistant, but has been out of work for 17 years due to his epilepsy. He
was declared fit for work more than a year ago ` so now needs to find a
job. I am as capable of doing those jobs as anybody. Office work,
actually work. There needs to be help with opening doors, getting
into opportunities. Maybe a lot more help getting work experience,
qualifications. I feel there needs to be more hands`on training.
Here, he gets the chance to put his points to Lincoln MP ` Karl
McCartney. But some here say they're still
struggling to find work. I took the positions I look at require
experience of qualifications I have not got, or they are looking for
people without any qualifications. It is not easy to find work when you
are older. If the young ones are not getting the jobs, how are we going
to get a job at nearly 60? The thing I would so you can take heart from
the fact that unemployment rates `` employment rate for the over 50s has
improved. But for Stefan, his search for work
continues. The Prime Minister says today's
figures show the economy is moving forward, but critics claim many new
jobs are low`paid and part`time. The big And as we've seen not everyone
is finding it easy to get a job. Do you think the Government should
do more to help people get back into employment? Are you in a similar
situation to Stefan there and want to get back in work ` what more help
would you want? The Government says flood victims
will be exempt from paying council tax if they've had to move out of
their homes. More than 1,000 properties were flooded in East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire on December fifth.
Hundreds of public sector jobs in Lincolnshire could be transferred to
a new private contractor. Serco has won the contract to run back office
departments for the authority from Mouchel who had run the service. The
County Council says 400 jobs will be transferred and the deal will save
it millions of pounds. ?14 million savings over the five`year contract
is good news. The job staying in Lincoln, again is good news. The
services will be able to be better. Welcome the fact that the jobs will
remain in the Lincoln area. Our members are feeling a little
insecure as to the future and what that holds. We hope that circle will
work with Unison `` Serco will work with Unison.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch about advertising boards being
banned from Stamford. Inspectors say there have been
improvements at a hospital trust which was placed under special
measures last July. The Care Quality Commission says standards are better
at Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals. But the increased
scrutiny from the government into the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole
Trust will continue. Leanne Brown is at the Diana, Princess of Wales
Hospital in Grimsby tonight. What did the inspectors find?
Review took place to see if Grimsby and Scunthorpe Hospital had improved
since the last inspection in February of last year. A team of
inspectors including doctors and nurses looked at accident and
emergency, maternity services, stroke and mental health care. They
also interviewed over 100 patients and their families to get their
experiences. In summary, report is very positive. They say the trust
has made progress in improving services and most patients had
received a good standard of care. They went on to say stuff had
improved. The chief executive paid tribute to their efforts. It has
been incredibly difficult. The staff had to working credibly had to get
the required standard. It has been a very short timescale. They have
delivered. We know we're not at the end. We are galvanised. We will
continue. The chief executive has also said there was a long way to
go. The trust was put in special measures in July of last year. At
the moment, it is still there. She said they hope to be out of it by
the end of spring, early summer this year.
Thank you. Still ahead tonight: We talk to
boxer Luke Campbell ahead of his big home town fight this weekend.
The father and son team hoping this film will put Lincolnshire on the
movie`making map. Our picture tonight is Bridlington
Bay at sunrise taken by Sean Cooper. It's stunning.
Continuing our running theme, you were like a whip it when we ran the
whole ten care last year `` when we ran the Hull 10K last year.
Running conditions tomorrow, perhaps not as nice as today. We have had a
very pleasant conclusions. Tomorrow we'll get gradually cooler. Things
turning unsettled. You can see from the pressure chart we are going to
have breezy conditions. Today has been so pleasant. Temperatures got
to around 12 degrees. The breeze will strengthen. You can see this
band of rain washing in from the west. Some of it will be heavy.
Temperatures down to six or seven degrees. A relatively mild night,
but a breezy. Tomorrow morning, another band of rain spreading in
from the West through the morning. It will brighten up and there will
be sunny spells developing along with a scattering of showers.
Temperatures tomorrow, they will get in double figures. We will keep the
windy conditions through Friday hand the weekend.
I shan't be running tomorrow. Me, neither. I am injured.
Petrol stations have reported a rise in the number of people stealing
petrol and diesel from forecourts. Police say two van drivers are
thought to be responsible for nearly 30 fuel thefts in the East Riding
since the beginning of the year. Two men have so far been arrested and
bailed but officers are looking for more. Retailers claim the thefts are
putting their businesses in jeopardy. Jill Archbold reports. A
silver transit van pulling into fuel up, then driving away without
paying. This driver is believed to have been involved in a spate of
fuel left since January. We are dealing with a high number of fuel
thefts. Specifically 15 relate to the east riding of Yorkshire. At
this petrol garage in Hull, CCTV helps protect the shoppers Matt
Scott, but does not deter some for failing to pay for their fuel. They
will put their fuel in and then come in and say that the card would not
work, and they say they will come back the next day. The Petrol
Retailers Association is lobbying for prosecution against people who
repeatedly failed to pay. The distinguishing factor is police tape
drive off as a criminal offence. No means of payment is a civil offence.
Other petrol garage is like this in Sheffield are using technology to
deflate the tyres of drivers who tried to steal fuel. In Withernsea,
this garage owner believes recognising regular customers help
to prevent fuel theft. Our customers are all local. We know 75% of our
customers. People buy less fuel. Police believed two fans are linked
to theft in the East Riding, Hull, Scunthorpe and Grimsby areas,
stealing over ?3000 of diesel. The offences have happened within the
succession. Also, it would appear the number of cloned plates are
swapped plates have been used. Last week, two men were arrested. Those
still using this file are still wanted by police.
Hull boxer Luke Campbell is hoping to fill Hull Ice Arena again when he
fights his fifth professional contest this weekend. Luke tops a
bill which includes fellow East Yorkshire fighters Tommy Coyle and
Curtis Woodhouse. In the summer of 2012, Hull's Luke
Campbell put himself and his city on the international map, with a
historic Olympic win in the boxing ring. Long since golden post`boxes
and banners, his hometown continues to champion the now professional
boxer. Since the Olympics Luke has also found himself in the
non`sporting spotlight ` adding an MBE to his name, becoming a father
for the second time and even briefly swapping his boxing gloves for ice
skates. Six months since he turned pro, Luke will hope to make it five
wins in five on Saturday as he returns to the Hull Arena.
Luke Campbell joins me in the studio. I have expected you to be
taking part in the Winter Olympics. I am a bit busy with the boxing at
the moment, otherwise it could been a possibility. So far, you have won
four fights, and you are aiming to win a fifth. Out why you feeling?
Great. It is the best I have felt. I am in shape. They are moving me fat.
I have only been a pro six months now. Everything is going good.
Everything is on track. You are back fighting in Hull. What is it like
having fans from your home city there. Does it help? Oh, yes. It is
priceless. I love fighting in Hull. This is the third time, so it is
good. I am begging all the time to convert Hull. You have had an
exhilarating 18 months. You have had an MBE, done some modelling,
ice`skating. What is next? I am just focusing on my boxing. I won the
Olympics and I achieve that dream. My dream is now to be the best in
the world as a professional boxer. It comes with a lot of hard work and
dedication. I just had to get my head down and work hard. I have a
few other things coming up as well. Best of luck. Thanks. The football
Association has suspended Cal Collie from all football activity in the
begin of October after he confronted fans at a game in January. He was
sacked after this incident, when he was sent off. He has admitted an
improper conduct charge. Grimsby Town lost away to Barnet
last night in the Conference Premier. The Mariners conceded a
late goal to give the home side a 2`1 win.
There's anger from people living on a tree`lined street in Hull that
council workers have destroyed one that had been carved into a mermaid.
Council workers inadvertently chopped it down after being
instructed to clear up the area following the recent storms. People
living in Salisbury Street say it was chain sawed into pieces without
warning or consultation. Crispin Rolfe reports.
All that remains. Fragments of tree, which until last week were a
scultped stump shaped as a Mermaid. This week a hole in Hull's
conservation area ` the Avenues. The stump, admittedly rotted, chopped
down not by vandals, but by the City Council's Tree Gang. It is extremely
disappointing. It was hard work to organise these cultures. They can
just be removed without consultation. The mermaid wasn't
alone. A unicorn and a dragon are among the tree sculpture which
survive from a 15`year`old conservation project. There are only
a handful of these cultures left in the avenues, which is why the loss
of the mermaid is felt so cleanly. Hull City Council have apologised.
To make amends, they want more stumps to be sculptured. It's some
consolation to the Mermaid's sculptor, Jackie Ward Lomax. So you
use But she still missing her favourite work. This is looking at
the Gap today, it is sad `` having looked at the Gap today, it is sad.
It is silly to talk about sculpture like that. There was a presence to
her. It felt awful she had been chopped into Grix and taken away
like she was scrap wood. Sadly a cultural ending for the City of
Culture 2017. The council insists it will make us for it.
Earlier this week, some of the biggest names in British film were
honoured at the BAFTAs, and next month the Oscars ceremony will take
place in America. But a father and son team from Lincolnshire say they
hope that more films will be made closer to home in the future. And
they've already got support from a major TV personality, as Jessica
Lane reports. Could this be the next big BAFTA
winner? Forget Hollywood, Bollywood and Pinewood. Our Shining Sword, a
film about a Bomber Command pilot, will be entirely made in Sleaford in
Lincolnshire. It will be a big project people can get behind and be
proud of. Aircraft hangars are perfect studios. It has got great
big skies, great light. The company was set up just two years ago. They
have so far focused on military history. They say they want to bring
that the tradition of the great British war film.
Andy's office a desk in the corner of the living room. Callum,
meanwhile, works in his bedroom upstairs.
Both say it's possible to make professional films with some home
made props. For instance, this tank scene from another of their movies
was all made with this toy. Thousands of people go to the
cinema. They will be on the edge of their seats. They will think they're
watching a good Hollywood blockbuster. There will be blown
away. We just need the funding. To get that financial support,
they're using a technique called crowd sourcing. People can donate an
amount from ?5`?5,000. And as for personal support, how's this? A
tweet from actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry.
It is so flattering to have somebody like him know who we are. When he
did a speech at the BAFTAs and told aspiring film`makers to go for it,
we felt like he was talking to others.
Andy and Callum hope our shining sword will be released early in
2016, and that it might be the movie that puts Lincolnshire firmly on the
film` making map. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The phone hacking trial is told Tony Blair
offered to advise the Murdoch family at the height of the crisis.
Could it be an end to single lanes ` plans for a new motorway through
Lincolnshire. You plenty of you have been
e`mailing in. Joanne says, he duelling the roads would sacrifice
the acres of wonderful Lincolnshire countryside which other countries
which they still had in exchange for polluting and unnecessary
motorways, makes no sense. Make says, takes the same time to get
from Peter Brent to Boston as it does from London to beat a breath,
we need to connect with the motorway network, it should be a priority.
Colin says, I think people forget that building the Humber Bridge was
the start of the East Coast motorway. How many years ago was
that? Thank you for getting in touch. I will be on the radio