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A reminder of our main story. Thousands of protest to remain in
Independence Square tonight, Hello, good evening. The headlines
from BBC Look North this Friday night: Councillors in Lincolnshire
vote to give themselves a 23% pay rise.
It is a scandal. They should not have done it, they should not have
had the power to do it. Calls to restrict the size of
caravan parks ` claims they put too much strain on services.
The bird that anglers want culled ` they say they're taking all the fish
from an East Yorkshire river. The FA Trophy ` can Grimsby Town
reach Wembley for the second year running?
The feel good factor ` sunny weather comes to East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire. But, will it continue over the
course of the weekend? I will be back later in the programme with the
full forecast. Councillors in Lincolnshire have
voted to give themselves a pay rise at a meeting today in Lincoln. The
basic allowance for each councillor will rise by more than 20% to just
over ?10,000. The ruling Conservative group said the increase
had been suggested by an independent panel. Labour says it's unfair when
the authority has to save ?40 million in the next financial year.
Caroline Bilton reports. Libraries under threat, streetlights
dimmed. 1500 staff posts at the Council axed. These proposals will
have a devastating impact. All reason for protests in recent years,
because of belt tightening by the council. Today, that belt buckle
went up a notch. At a full council meeting, it was announced an
additional ?40 million needs to be saved this year alone. So, it came
as a surprise to some that, in the same meeting, councillors voted to
accept a rise in their allowances. The leader of the council currently
receives an allowance of just over ?20,000. That will rise to ?32,000.
That is an increase of 56%. The basic allowance received by most
councillors is around ?8,000, which will rise to just over ?10,000, an
increase of 23%. The council says these changes will bring their
allowances in line with other organisations. But, when thousands
needs to be saved from the council's budget, is it the right
time to accept a rise? We have decided to accept the
recommendations and it is a matter for the individual counsellor what
they do. I do understand why people in these difficult times, with
households on tight budgets, staffing reducing here, as leader it
is my own personal circumstances, and I think at this time I will not
be taking the recommended rise. Each council will now decide whether to
take the increase. There are people in Lincolnshire who are struggling
to survive, to find money for food and to heat their homes, they will
not understand what has happened. I take it you will not be accepting
your rise? Everyone has to make their own decisions. It is up to
individuals, it is not up to me. Will you be taking yours? I have no
ideas but the macro idea. It is extreme, given the current status of
the economy and lots of peoples wages have not increased. It is
extreme. I think those who are our leaders need to lead. Despite tough
times ahead, the council did vote to freeze council tax for a fourth year
running. But, it is unlikely this will be the topic of conversation
around dinner tables tonight in Lincolnshire.
Joining me now from Westminster is Dia Chakravarty from The Taxpayers'
Alliance. This is effectively a ?2,000 pay rise. How will the
taxpayers of Lincolnshire be feeling tonight.
It does sound ridiculous. When was the last time when many of the
residents of Lincolnshire managed to get that sort of pay rise West
remarked that my? . In the private sector, pay is not that great at the
moment. Public sector people will have had their pay frozen or even
lost their jobs. How do you think the residents will feel when
councillors give themselves an allowance rise of that stature. Some
councils are in charge of budgets that are millions of pounds.
Shouldn't they pay reflect that? It should reflect that, but it is a
question of scale. Do they really need a 56% pay rise? It seems
indecent in these times. We have also heard about streetlights being
dimmed, libraries being shut down. Can this really be the best way of
spending the money? If the council have so much my two spare, why are
they shutting down libraries and not fixing lights? The benefit of money
should go to the residents, not to the politicians. But wouldn't you
attract a higher calibre of candidate if the pay was higher?
That is a different sort of question, how you attract people.
That is an engagement question when political parties need to reach out
to the right people. But throwing out money to people already holding
an office in these times cannot seem right at all. What do you think they
should get? Some people would say they shouldn't get paid at all.
There is a good question there. It clearly works for our magistrates
who don't get paid at all. But with that sort of attitude there is or is
the worry that only rich people will come forward and it will become a
rich people's club. But the pay has to be decent. It has to reflect what
everyone else is feeling in Lincolnshire and around the country.
I don't think this decision does not reflect this. I congratulate the
leader in saying he will not accept this recommendation. Let us know
your thoughts on this. Do you think councillors are right
to give themselves a pay rise? Or do you think that they should turn it
down at a time of cuts and job losses?
Perhaps you have been campaigning to save your local library, or other
services, and you think the money could be better spent.
In a moment on Look North: The one`off concert to ensure free music
lessons for children in Hull. Concerns are being raised about the
expansion of the static caravan industry on the Lincolnshire coast.
The sector is worth millions to the local economy and supports thousands
of jobs. But some local residents believe the holiday parks are having
too big an impact in the communities where they are based. Here's our
Business Correspondent Paul Murphy. Caravans for as far as the eye can
see. They are the mainstay of Lincolnshire's coastal economy.
Plans for 140 more of them have now approved, and the council is
welcoming the continued investment. There are people who don't want
change. However, we need to continuously evolve in order that we
sustain what we have. It's estimated there are 25,000 caravans on the
Lincolnshire coastline. In the winter months, around 42,000 people
live on the coastal strip. But this can increase tenfold in the summer.
A tourism economy thought to be worth more than ?500 million. Quiet
today, but in the coming weeks the population here will start to surge
again as the holiday`makers return. They bring with them huge spending
power which spreads through shops, hotels and restaurants. But they
also place pressure on everything from doctors' surgeries to the
sewage system. Has this coastline reached saturation point? In the
village of Chapel St Leonards, some believe it has. For the residents,
they see it as disruption. It is disruption getting into Skegness on
the main road, it is disruption is at the doctors surgery. They don't
feel they get anything back from this. Caravans have transformed this
coastline, according to this holiday park developer. You are talking
about putting caps on the amount of caravans, it will stop growth and
things will stagnate. Tourism and its caravans here are the biggest
single job creator. Halting the growth of this sector looks like an
impossible ambition. It's been confirmed that council tax
in North East Lincolnshire will rise by almost 2% this year. It was voted
through at a meeting last night. The council says the rise is needed
because the government is giving it less money.
A 32`year`old man, arrested in connection with a robbery at this
post office in Bilton, east of Hull, has been released on bail.
Police say the postmistress was terrified by masked men who smashed
through her protective glass`screen on Monday.
Lincolnshire Police say they'll have more officers in Grantham for a
march by the English Defence League tomorrow. The anti`immigration group
is protesting against a proposed Islamic Cultural Centre.
We live in a free society and if somebody wants to peaceably protest,
we have two allow them to do that. But, having allowed them to do that,
it needs to be safe for people to go on with their daily business. Speak
to us, we will be there, and it is business as usual in Grantham on
Saturday. Anglers say they want to see more
culling of a wild bird that they say is eating most of the fish that live
in an East Yorkshire river. Cormorants are being blamed for
taking fish from the Driffield West Beck. The river attracts anglers
from around the world and there are fears that they may be put off from
visiting the area. Linsey Smith reports.
When it comes to catching fish, these are some of nature's most
accomplished predators. In China, cormorants are even trained by
fishermen. But closer to home, Driffield West Beck is looking
sparse and still. It's being worked by growing flocks for decades. In
the 60s, the other members of the club would think nothing of catching
50 Grayling on a winters afternoon. Now on this bit of water, the
preservation water, the 20 members of the club don't catch 50 Grayling
in a year. Mulberry Whin, tourists from as far afield as Australia and
Norway have visited to fish. They're the lucky ones. Stocking and
conservation work ensures a plentiful supply here. But, outside
of this exclusive spot, some anglers say a greater cull is the only way
to save their hobby. Handling is an incredibly popular hobby. In a
recent report, the government acknowledged there has to be a
balance, they have two conserve our wild bird populations, but they also
have two protect fisheries like this, which is why they give out
licences for legal control. Natural England, who give out the licenses
say in the last eight years they gave permission for 281 cormorants
to be shot in East Yorkshire. Good morning, how are you getting on?
Only 149 were. The main problem is, there are a lot of nature reserves
around here where the cormorants can roost. They could be a change
whereby if they had people with the right legislation who were allowed
to shoot comments on nature reserves, it would reduce the
numbers. The RSPB are against further culling.
On the drive down I noticed a few cormorants circling. But fishermen
warn swift action is needed. Or these birds will drive angling
tourists to other parts of the country.
Another controversial story you might have a view on. Do you think
the anglers are right, and the numbers of wild birds need to be
controlled to keep up fish stocks? Or should they be left alone,
irrespective of the impact on tourism for the area? Do get in
touch ` the contact details are on the screen now.
Still to come on tonight's programme: Grimsby Town look to
reach Wembley for the second year running.
And, the first ice creams of the year, as sunny weather comes to East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. And the weather is looking good in
tonight's picture. It was taken by Hugh Marrows. Lovely clear sky over
the church at Alvingham near Louth. Beautiful scene with some snowdrops
in the foreground. Is it a coincidence that you are
wearing black and white tonight? Of course!
I am sure it will all become clear later in the programme. But I would
like to know, it is going to be a good day for fish and chips in our
hometown at the weekend? It is always a good day for fish and
chips, as you know. Tomorrow does look pleasant with sunshine once
again right across the region. Tomorrow is going to be the better
day of the weekend. It will be the driest day and also the brightest
day, with some spells of sunshine around. Windier and cloudier for
Sunday. But breezy is a theme for across the week, and it will get
more blustery as we head to Sunday, but even on Sunday, the isobars are
quite tightly packed so a fairly brisk breeze. Today, we have had
broken cloud and some sunshine. We might see a future hours later on,
perhaps the odd one continuing overnight, but generally a settled
night to overnight, but generally a settled
night come. It will remain fairly breezy, but that will protect us
from any frost. Temperatures perhaps getting back to four or five
degrees. The sun will rise at 7:06am. Saturday is the better day
of the weekend. There will be decent spells of sunshine. Broken cloud,
mainly dry conditions, decent spells of sunshine, and the breeze, albeit
fairly fresh, will still be lighter than Sunday. Not a bad day with
temperatures just above average for the time of year. Some spots will
reach double figures. Into Sunday, a lot more cloud spreading in from the
west ahead of a weather system which will linger in the West for most of
Sunday, but temperatures will be in double`figure. It will be a windy
day on Sunday and eventually that rain will reach us. Turning showery
on Monday. Do you think Peter will stick to the
office tradition of bringing back street from his travels?
You might be in luck. We will compact notes on Twitter.
Young musicians from Hull are putting on a one`off performance
tomorrow to raise money for children in the city to get free music
lessons. It comes as government funding for Hull's Music Service is
cut for the third year running. The service is now looking for more
independent funding to provide free tuition and instruments for
youngsters who otherwise couldn't afford them. Anne`Marie Tasker
reports. JAMES BOND THEME. You'll recognise
the song, but probably not those playing it. Tomorrow night, the
newly formed Blackbolt Orchestra will be playing themes from TV, film
and computer games to showcase young musicians' talent. We are trying to
get the rock music, along with strings and orchestra in the
background. It is not a new thing about it is new for Hull at the end
of the day. I don't think it could have ever have happened without the
talented musicians who are in Hull who are not getting heard.
Tomorrow's concert will be here at the Albemarle Music Centre ` the
base for music education in Hull. Since 2012, its government funding
has fallen year on year ` from more than ?500,000 to around half of that
in the next financial year. And that means less money for free music
lessons and instruments for the city's children. So, all the
musicians in the Blackbolt Orchestra have volunteered their time so that
all the money raised from the show can be used to help get more
children into music. When the funding gets cut from places like
this, they need to pay their tutors, who then give their buses
for free. Something like this point happen again if the next generation
are not given the opportunity, if they don't have the funding then
that is that. Over the years Hull has grown some
great musical talent. The Housemartins, David Bowie's band
Spiders from Mars and Everything But the Girl, to name a few. It's hoped
tomorrow's show will help the next generation of musicians learn the
skills to perform like this too. By this time tomorrow, Grimsby Town
fans will know whether they'll be watching their team at Wembley for
the second time in 12 months. The Mariners will need to overturn a 2`1
deficit from the semifinal first leg against Cambridge if they are to
reach a second successive FA Trophy final. But, Cup success comes at a
cost as the team faces an already congested fixture list, as Simon
Clark reports. They know the way, they were there
last year. But, to reach Wembley, Grimsby Town need to overturn a 2`1
deficit. Shooting practice was the order of the day. As the Mariners
bid for a special day at a special place. That is the message we are
trying to get across to the players. We are fortunate that some of us
have been once, a couple of us have been more. It is not something you
ever tire of. The chance of Wembley, it it is rare, so take the
opportunity when it is there. This time tomorrow, Grimsby Town could be
celebrating a place back at Wembley Stadium. Yet, it could be at a cost.
With this cup run, and the recent bad weather, they are playing
fixture catch up in the league. It might prove difficult. The current
table explains all. They are victims of their own success with runs in
the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Thanks to unexpected match cancellations they
played five fewer league games than Salisbury and Nuneaton. Painting two
games a week until the end of the season is going to be tough on some
fans who frequently travel to away fixtures. The more games they have
to go to, they may have to start making choices, about perhaps not
affording to go to one but going to another. But buses will be full and
there will be a good contingent of fans going to Southport next week.
One trip the club will have no trouble filling will be a March date
at Wimpey Stadium. `` Wembley Stadium.
BBC Radio Humberside will have commentary of that FA Trophy
semifinal on digital and online tomorrow. Kick`off at Blundell Park
is at 3pm. Hull City boss Steve Bruce is
chasing his 100th win as a top flight manager as the Tigers face
relegation`threatened Cardiff City tomorrow. Bruce is hoping his side
can return to winning ways after a home defeat to Southampton in their
last league outing. Sitting just three points above the relegation
zone, Bruce says a win in South Wales would be a huge result in the
fight for survival. They are all big games, but certainly, Cardiff will
be looking like ourselves, and saying that he stay in the league,
they need a result here. If we can go down there and get a result, then
it will be terrific for us. We would open up a big gap.
And, Hull City's trip to Cardiff will be on BBC Radio Humberside's FM
frequency. Kick`off is at 3pm and coverage starts on Saturday Sport
from 1:30pm. Scunthorpe United's game at home to
Portsmouth will be on AM. Kick`off is at 3pm.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have commentary of Lincoln City's home
match with Chester. Coverage starts at 2pm.
Rugby now, and Hull FC take on St Helens tonight at Langtree Park in
the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup. The Super League match is held in
tribute to the late full`back who raised thousands for charity. Hull
KR need to improve after a heavy loss against Leeds last weekend.
They travel to Huddersfield on Sunday.
This will work hard and tried to correct some of the things we did
wrong in the second`half, but at the end of the day, it is round one. It
a big game this weekend. We are confident in the big fellows we have
got. Hopefully it will be a great challenge and one we will rise to.
Hull FC's game is on all frequencies tonight. The build`up is on right
now. Hull boxer Luke Campbell says he's
ready to make it five straight wins as a professional as he returns to
the Hull arena tomorrow night. The following pictures contain flash
photography. The Olympic gold medallist only
turned professional last year. At today's weigh`in, ahead of Saturday
night's bout against Norfolk's Scott Moises, he said he's been training
hard for the fight. I work harder than the rest. That is
how you cope with it. You train hard and prepare right. But I have had
over 180 fights, so I have been doing it for 15 years. It is a
boxing match and one I have prepared for. I am ready. The sunshine came
out today, well for most of the day at least.
For much of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire it was a welcome break
from the wind and rain. Shops, attractions, and even ice cream
sellers, all made the most of the weather as people enjoyed the early
spring sunshine. Amanda White was amongst them.
Days like this are surely the stuff of summer holidays, not February
half term? And in Cleethorpes today people were making the most of it.
It has been brilliant, honestly. The sun shining on your birthday, for
once. At this cafe in Pearson Park, ice creams were the order of the
day. As long as they are out and about, they love it. But it is nice
to come out and not need your rain cover. The first ice cream of the
year, it is nice. It is nice to see the sun, get some fresh air. And
it's days like this that brings visitors to Saxby House and Gardens
near Market Rasen. A sunny day is fantastic because the crocuses all
open up and they show their faces, and they really shine in the
sunshine. The snowdrops do as well. It makes you feel more like getting
out and about. My friend phoned me and said how about going out to see
the snowdrops question but I said yes, that would be wonderful. And
then the weather changed! It is flipping cold now! There is
something about the sunshine in the morning. It makes us want to get out
and enjoy the fresh air. The only day that can beat it is if, when the
weather closes in, you have somewhere cosy to retreat to.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
A peace deal in the Ukraine means a caretaker government within days,
and it's hoped an end to the unrest. Councillors in Lincolnshire vote to
give themselves a 23% pay rise. Tomorrow's weather: A dry day for
most, some cloud and sunny spells. Clouding over from the west later as
the breeze strengthens. Maximum temperature of nine Celsius.
Lots of response on our top story about councillors pay rises. Philip
says" in my opinion, it is completely unacceptable for
councillors to take any pay increase while the economy is in such poor
shape". Terry says, " once again we see public sector jobsworths
rewarding themselves for failure. What sort of crazy system is it that
allows these greedy people to vote for their own pay rises? " yet again
we are not in it together, absolutely they should reject the
rise". Harry says, " congratulations to the leader for rejecting his pay
rise. To those who don't accept, goodbye, I will vote for less greedy
people to represent us Thank you for your company tonight. ". Peter's
back on Monday. Bye bye.