15/03/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


15/03/2014

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Good afternoon. North Lincolnshire Council has been accused of sucking

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the lifeblood out of Scunthorpe town centre by allowing out of town

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shopping centres to be built. Today another major retailer is leaving

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the town, one of several big names to close its doors in the last four

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years. But the council says it's created six hundred new jobs in the

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last 18 months by attracting new business. Kate Sweeting reports.

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It's a familiar story in many towns across the country. But in

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Scunthorpe today this major retailer will close its doors for good.

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Further proof, some say, that this town is in irreversible decline. It

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is a dead town. They need to open more shops. Everything is on the

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outskirts now. In the last three years several major names have left.

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Marks Spencer is closed its doors in 2011. Exports chain in 2012.

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McDonald's in 2000 13. `` 2013. Marks and Spencers is returning to

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Scunthorpe in the Autumn albeit as part of this new out of town retail

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park, create 300 new jobs. But Des Comerford, who's traded in the town

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for 31 years, says it'll pull shoppers away from the centre, and

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should never have been approved. This council has done nothing but

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sucked the lifeblood out of our town centre. Hundreds have jobs ``

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hundreds of jobs have been lost. But the council insists it is committed

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to the town centre. These are difficult times. But I'm pleased we

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have been able to attract more business. Over the last 18 months we

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have created 600 new jobs. Jobs were people earn the money to spend on

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our shops. While some are fighting to keep the town centre humming,

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others believe it is already a losing battle.

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Firefighters and members of the public have been taking part in a

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protest march in Grimsby, over plans to merge two fire stations in the

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town. Cromwell Road and Peaks Lane station will merge next month as

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part of budget cuts, with the loss of one fire engine. Humberside Fire

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and Rescue says it will still be able to meet response standards, but

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some claim the changes will put lives at risk.

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Football, and Hull City are in action in under an hour's time. You

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can hear coverage of their game against Manchester City on BBC Radio

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Humberside from 12.45. That's on all frequencies. At 3pm you can hear

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Scunthorpe United's match at Plymouth on FM. And Grimsby Town's

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game with Wrexham is on AM, digital and online. And BBC Radio

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Lincolnshire have Lincoln City's match with Braintree. The programme

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starts at 2pm. And now the weather. Lots of cloud

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as we head into the afternoon. The breeze will pick up from the West.

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Temperatures, highs of 12. The ceiling and overnight the cloud will

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thicken. That should keep temperatures from falling. `` this

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evening. A mild start on Sunday. Sunny spells and breezy.

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We were back with a full round`up this evening. Goodbye.

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Following on from what has been largely dry and settled week with

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high pressure in charge, the weekend weather continues on that theme,

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too. Things are looking largely dry, not everywhere, but there will

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be some warm sunshine on offer, particularly through the afternoons.

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It will be feeling fairly breezy as well. The satellite image shows the

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cloud has been thinning and breaking this morning, across Northern

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Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In terms of the Six Nations

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rugby matches today, it should stay dry for all the

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