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BBC News Channel, but now on BBC One, it's time for the news where
you are. Good evening. Homeowners and
businesses hit by December's floods are missing out on millions of
pounds of European compensation money, because it's claimed the UK
Government doesn't want it. The tidal surge affected more than ,000
properties in East Yorkshird and Lincolnshire. Euro MPs say loney is
available to repair the dam`ge, but the Government says it won't be
asking Brussels for financi`l help. Our Political Editor Tim Irddale
reports. Could our flood`hit towns and
villages be missing out on lillions of pounds worth of European money to
help them get back on their feet? In barrow on the South Bank of the
Humber they are still counthng the cost of December's tidal surge, the
local pub has been closed for almost three moneys while repair work is
carried out. They expect it to about 500,000, between 4 hundred`400, 00
worth. It will cost us, there will be things we have forgotten about,
so there will be an outlay for u but there we go. One of those things.
Back in 2007, there were sililar calls for flood`hit parts of our
area to receive financial hdlp from the EU. I went to the Europdan
Parliament, on the hunt for our missing millions. Seven years on, I
have returned to Brussels. Where some MEPs are asking once again what
happened to our flood money? We have asked the Liberal Democrats, MEPs
approached the Government, 7th January saying can you ask for money
for the United Kingdom for flooded areas and so far they haven't done,
so which is a Piti. Last ye`r the EU Solidarity Fund paid out more than
?3 hundred million to pars of Europe affect by veer flooding. Including
Germany, trust and the Czech Republic.
I asked a leading Conservathve MEP why our Government wasn't t`pping
into that fund? The Governmdnt has made a lot of enquiries abott
regarding that Solidarity Ftnd. It is there to help victims of major
disaster, Why aren't we getting It Because we have to look at the
balance of whether it's a good thing to ask for it or not. Or whdther we
should be supplying... Surely it's a good thing By taking that money it
may mean that is coming out of moneys that are going to be paid to
us out of other funds, therd are a lot of complications about that
Those complications will probably be little consolation for commtnities
who have paid a heavy price for this wint tiers veer weather.
Ge winter's veer weather Til is live in Barton`upon`Humber this dvening.
. . Do you think the Governlent will change its mind? It is unlikely
that is despite being questhoned being asked in the House of Commons
from Diana Johnson among others for who wanted to know why flood`hit
communities here were not entitled to this EU money. The reason behind
it dates back 30 year, to the famous rebate negotiated by Margardt
Thatcher, the money we can claw back every year from the EU f thd
Government taps into this Solidarity Fund it means less money back to the
Treasury and it says the Government says they are better off with local
councils deciding which flood`hit communities get financial hdlp,
without going cap in hand to Brussels.
People living in East Lindsdy will pay more council tax from April The
authority says it's putting its part of the council tax bill up by 1 99%.
It says it's doing so to protect services and deliver a balanced
budget. The European Parliament has approved
increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packaging
Health professionals in Hull say stricter laws will help to reduce
the number of young people taking up the habit. There will also be a ban
on packets of ten, and menthol cigarettes will be phased ott. The
regulations will come into force in two years' time.
Police are investigating thd death of a 25`year`old man, after what
officers describe as a drink`related incident in Scunthorpe. The man who
has been named locally as Ddrick Hare, was taken to hospital in the
early hours of Sunday after attending a house party. He died
this morning. Those who knew him have paid tribute to him. Hd was a
lovely boy, quiet boy, wouldn't hurt a fly, he only come in here a couple
of times, played a couple of gapesles pool. He was well liked.
But a really nice lovely box. Just such a shame.
Flower growers in Lincolnshhre say the industry is the latest victim of
the unpredictable weather. The county's daffodil crop has
flowered at least two weeks early, following unseasonably high
temperatures. Our Business Correspondent Paul Murphy rdports.
Nearly half of the UK's daffodil crop is grown in this fertile corner
of southern Lincolnshire. This is spring dawn. But at the momdnt, it
is growing too quickly. The industry is nervous. There is just too many
flowers on the market, you know there is a market for all of those
flowers, providing they are spread out over about ten weeks but if they
all come in five`week, therd is too many. Daffodils require a precise
consequence of cold and then mild weather, to make them commercially
viable. It is fair to say that in crept years this industry h`s
struggled to achieve that. The changing climate means growers
must try to stay one step ahead of the weather.
Where Where we used to look for varieties that were early, we are
now tending to look more for those that are late, so that we c`n extend
the season, towards the end of April, beginning of May.
And retailers need to keep ` careful eye on how the season is gohng.
Daffodils start off in the Scilly island, then Cornwall, and then
currently we are souring thdm from Lincolnshire, and eventuallx toward
the end of the season, they come from Scotland, so there will be
availability for a long perhod but it is where they come to us from.
Growers are fearful the market could be flooded with daffodils in the
coming week, not great for profits. But perhaps good news for those
buying for Mother's Day. Let us take a look at the wdather
now. Some rain on the way tonight, tomorrow that rain soon cle`rs and
it is bright, with sunshine. The rain courtesy of this weathdr front
into the North Sea midday on Thursday, but this feature could
bring more rain through the course of Friday. Five fine at the moment,
but cloud, wind and rain will spret in from the west during the early
hour, turning wet indeed, temperatures down to four or five
degrees Celsius. So Thursdax off to a wet start, that rain will pretty
quickly clear into the North Sea by mid`morning. All parts will be
bright with sunshine. One or two showers following from the west We
have top temperatures round eight or nine degrees sells UK, some
uncertainty about Friday, it looks cloudy with some outbreaks of rain.
That is the forecast. That hs all from the late team tonight. We are
back tomorrow at 6.25 with our breakfast bulletins. Enjoy the rest
of your evening. Buy for now. `` bye for now.
breeze blowing as well. Tricky into the weekend. And now we have the
national forecast. Good evening. We know it has been a
wet winter but it has also been mild and across England and Wales,
lacking in snow. The last day of the season which we measure on Friday,
might provide a bit of it. Friday's weather is coming from the small
area of low pressure. These tiny low-pressure systems are difficult
to track and a subtle change in position could have a big impact.
Tonight we have more straightforward, a weather front
spreading out rakes of rain across most areas. Turning windy as well.
The rain will be heavy but will move through quickly because of the
strength of the wind and it will be a mild night for most. The rain is
lingering across Scotland and eastern England for the morning It
will continue to be