21/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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moment. They'll be live in Kiev assessing what chance today's deal

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has of Good evening. Councillors in

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Lincolnshire have voted to give themselves a pay rise. The basic

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allowance for each councillor will rise by more than 20% to just over

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?10,000. The ruling Conservative group said the increase had been

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suggested by an independent panel. But Labour say it's unfair when the

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authority has to save ?40 million in the next financial year. Caroline

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Bilton reports. Libraries closing, street lights

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being dimmed, 1,500 staff posts at the council axed. These proposals

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will have a devastating impact. All reason for protest in recent years

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because of belt tightening by the council. And today that belt buckle

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went a notch further ` at a full council meeting it was announced an

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additional ?40 million needs to be saved this year alone. So it came as

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a surprise to some that in the same meeting, councillors voted to accept

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a rise in their allowances. The leader of the council currently

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receives an allowance of just over ?20,000. That will rise to ?32,000.

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An increase of 56%. The basic allowance received by most

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councillors is around ?8000, which will rise to just over ?10,000, an

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increase of 23%. The council said these changes will bring their

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allowances in line with other organisations, but when thousands

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need to be saved from the council's budget, is it the right time to

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accept the rise? We have decided we will accept the recommendations and

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it is a matter for the individual councillor what they do. I do

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understand why people, in difficult times and households on tight

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budgets and staff is having to reduce here, and I think as leader,

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my own personal circumstances, I think at this time I will not be

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taking the recommended rise. Each councillor will now decide whether

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to take the increase. People out there in Lincolnshire who are

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struggling to survive, to find money for food, to keep their homes, will

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not understand what has happened. I take it for the record you will not

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be accepting your rise? Everybody has to make their own individual

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decisions. It is up to individuals, it is not for me to tell people what

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they will do. Will you be taking yours? I have no idea. I am against

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the whole principal, so I will certainly be considering what to do.

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I think it is extreme considering the current state of the economy and

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lots of people's wages haven't increased so I think it is

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definitely a bit extreme. I think those who are our leaders need to

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lead if they want us to follow. Despite tough times ahead, the

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council did vote to freeze the council tax for a fourth year

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running. But it's unlikely this will be the topic of conversation around

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dinner tables tonight in Lincolnshire. Caroline Bilton, BBC

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Look North, Lincoln. Anglers say they want to see more

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culling of a wild bird that they say is eating most of the fish that live

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in an East Yorkshire river. Cormorants like these are being

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blamed for taking fish from the Driffield West Beck. The river

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attracts anglers from around the world, and there are fears that they

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may be put off from visiting the area. The RSPB says it is against

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further culling. In the 1960s, the other members of the club here would

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think nothing of catching 50 grayling on a winter's afternoon.

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Now on this bit of preservation water, the 20 members of the club

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don't catch 50 grayling in one year. Concerns are being raised about the

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expansion of the static caravan industry on the Lincolnshire coast.

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The sector is worth millions to the local economy and supports thousands

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of jobs. But some local residents believe the holiday parks are having

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too big an impact in the communities where they're based. Here's our

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Business Correspondent, Paul Murphy. Caravans for as far as the eye can

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see. They are the mainstay of Lincolnshire's coastal economy. And

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plans for 140 more of them have now approved by East Lindsey Council.

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It's welcoming the continued investment. There are people who

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don't want change. However, we need to continuously evolve in order that

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we sustain what we have. It's estimated there are 25,000 caravans

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on the Lincolnshire coastline. In the winter months around 42,000

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people live on the coastal strip. But this can increase tenfold in the

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summer. A tourism economy thought to be worth more than ?500 million. It

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was quiet today but in the coming weeks the population here will start

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to surge again as the holiday`makers return. Of course, they bring with

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them huge spending power. Benefits that are felt throughout the coastal

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community. But they also place pressure on everything from doctors'

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surgeries to something as basic as the sewers. Has this coastline

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reached saturation point? In the village of Chapel St Leonards, some

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believe it has. For the residents, they see it as disruption,

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disruptions getting into Skegness on the main road, disruptions at the

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doctor's surgery and they do not feel that they get anything back

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from this. Caravans have transformed this coastline, according to this

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holiday park developer. If you are talking about putting caps on the

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amount of caravans, it will prevent growth. And things will stagnate.

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Tourism and its caravans here are the biggest single job creator.

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Halting the growth of this sector looks like an impossible ambition.

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Paul Murphy, BBC Look North in Chapel St Leonards.

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Rugby League, and Hull FC have beaten St Helens away tonight, in

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the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup. It was held in tribute to the late full

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back, who played for both teams and raised thousands of pounds for

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charity before dying of cancer. St Helens beat the Black and Whites.

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This core was 34`22. And that wasn't the only tribute

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paid to the late player tonight. `` these scores was 34`22. At a

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ceremony ahead of the game, the bridge linking Langtree Park to the

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town centre was renamed the Steve Prescott Bridge in his honour. Those

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who organised the event described him as an "inspiration".

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Time to get the weather now with Keeley.

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Prescott Hello. A decent weekend, Sunday is

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going to be cloudy but tomorrow looks largely fine. As we head

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through the night, we might see showers pushing in from the west but

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a good hail of dry weather also. Too breezy for any problems with frost

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although out in the countryside we could get down to around three or

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four degrees. It is going to be a breezy day tomorrow, a fresh

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south`westerly breeze but for most places it will be a dry day with

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broken cloud and sunny spells. Some cloud will push on from the west

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later. A blustery day with temperatures getting up to nine or

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10 degrees. Most of Sunday will be dry but it will be a cloudy day.

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Windy through the day on Sunday, on Sunday night and Monday heavy rain

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and showery. That's all from the late team. Look

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North is back tomorrow at lunchtime ` hope you can join us then. Enjoy

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National forecast in a few seconds. Some rain around on Monday.

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If you remember, this time last week, we had some very vicious

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weather costing the country, the storm on Friday night. Much quieter

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this Friday night and a much quieter week. Come the weekend, the Atlantic

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is still a little fierce. We will have some wind and rain in the

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forecast, too, but not all of us. In fact, for some of us, the weekend

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will be fairly decent so let's see what happens. This is the recent

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satellite picture. We have a window of reasonably good weather. The

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cloud and low-pressure is heading in our direction and this area of

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low-pressure unfortunately will upset the weather across western

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areas of the UK over the next 2 and 48 hours. Now it's relatively quiet.

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A bit of a breeze and quite breezy in the North of Scotland. Some

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showers around the country but the vast majority, dry weather with

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cloudy spells. A

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