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following a breakthrough in relations. -- in Iran.


Good evening. Welcome to BBC Look North.


Six months after the tidal surge a call for better protection for the


country's most valuable farlland. Almost half the country's fruit and


The resz dents who say they will lose everything if they are forced


to leave a chalet park. We `re going to be homeless. The council are


making us homeless. Closed for repairs. Now, thdre are


fears for the future of Grilsby s ice rink.


The Hull teenagers flying the flag for England.


And we will have the weather for you in 15 minutes.


A senior Conservative MP has told Look North that the Governmdnt


should urgently review the way it funds flood prevention to avoid a


repeat of last year's floodhng. In a report out today, Anne McIntosh who


chairs the Environment Select Committee says the Government should


look again at its flooding policy. It comes as farmers in Lincolnshire


and East Yorkshire are demanding more help to protect their land In


a moment we'll be hearing from Anne MacIntosh, but first Paul Mtrphy is


What are farmers telling yot about their problems, Paul? Well, we are


on the eve of the Lincolnshhre Show. A time when the farming comlunity


does come together and likes to chew the fat and reflect on the dvents of


the past year. One of the kdy events was the tidal surge. It is causing


concern for farmers and I h`ve been to talk to one community of farmers


around the Wash who feel vulnerable. The tidal surge may have bedn six


months ago, but work to rep`ir battered flood defences continues


today. So we had to dam this here. On Hugh Drake's farm, the storm


punched two large holes in the sea zero. The area is regarded `s the


most fertile farming land in Britain. It accounts for 40$ of


England's vegetables and flower and bulb production. 1,000 people are ``


17,000 people are employed here But flooding poses a risk according to


the National Farmers' Union there must be continued investment in


defences. We're not protecthng large urban areas, we are protecthng huge


areas of land. Agency believes its current defences


in the Wash are adequate. The events of the 5th December were a wake`up


call, but the defences we h`ve designed did their job. Thex stood


up by and large to the event. That event was the highest recorded.


Farmers are working on a new strategy to ensure the long`term


protection of this land. I take the view that it may just as easily


happen this winter or in thd next five years which means therd is an


urgency about developing a strategy and implementing it as soon as


possible. As the Government comes under growing pressure to focus more


on flood defences, farmers will be hoping that this fertile corner of


England will not be overlooked. Paul, the question is how mtch real


help are farmers being offered at the moment? Well, there havd been


specific packages of support available to farmers, but what the


farming community in general wants is the bigger picture stuff. A


better strategy for flood ddfence. More money putting into it `s the


Select Committee does as well, which is criticised DEFRA today, the


organisation, the Government department which funds flood


defences. They have said DEFRA has said that it is spending record


amounts on flood defences. Ht has over 50 schemes on the go at the


moment. 50 extra schemes it believes that its defences are fit for


purpose. Paul, thank you.


Ann Macintosh is the chair of the Select Committee and I put that


point to her that the Government are saying that they are doing `ll that


they can to protect rural areas Well, we believe we need to persuade


the Government to recognise the value of farmland and where


thousands of acres are taken out of production, that could push up the


price of food, but it could make us less self`sufficient and more food


insecure. Why do you think we need to protect farmland when thdre is a


natural process taking placd here? Why bother, isn't it just s`ving off


the inevitable? No, we are only 62% self`sufficient at the moment and we


are looking at food securitx and its impact on the country's food and we


want to be a major exporter of food as well. We can't afford a situation


where farmers are going to lose vast amounts of crops or maybe their live


stock in the event of a major flood. Do farmers have to accept that some


land will have to be sacrifhced to save other people's homes and


property? I think there are ways we can look at. It shouldn't bd


Government monies, there cotld be CAP funds and water companids


wishing to invest. There ard all sorts of soft, more natural flood


defences we can look at rather than asking the farmer to take a hit Is


the Government spending at the moment the bare minimum on flood


protection? Is that your mahn criticism? We are saying thdy are


spending the minimum on regtlar maipt nans `` maintenance and


dredging. There must be a r`tio here somewhere? Yes, it you take dredging


and food prevention together then I believe the figure is for every ?1


spent you save ?8 in terms of flood damage that might be caused. We are


trying to factor in new mondy. It shouldn't just be Government money


that we're spending. Some of the concerns were raised over sdven


years ago when there was thd Pitt Review. Why are we still talking


about this now? Because we only have a limited budget. It is a lhke the


Health Service. You're never going to have enough money to spend on


flood protection measures so you've got to use the limited amount of


money sensibly and carefullx and we're saying that you've got to rely


more on local knowledge, working with drainage boards. Have the


Government, I accept what you say there, but have the Governmdnt got


to spend more? We're saying you should remove this artifici`l


division between capital spdnding and maintenance spending and have


one single budget for flood funding and that one change would m`ke a


revolutionary difference to the way we fund flood protection and flood


defence measures in the futtre. Thank you very much indeed.


S The Select Committee report out today. Let us know what you think.


Are the farmers right to deland more help from the Government? Should


they get a higher priority when it comes to flood defences? Do you feel


assured by the Government's planning for food defences?


Your thoughts on this, farmhng or otherwise, if you want to e`mail us:


In a moment: You slapped me. It had worldwide success, but the lan


behind this play says he is proud that it is coming home to Htll.


People living on a chalet development built in East Yorkshire


without planning permission say they'll be left homeless unless a


planning inspector rules thdy can stay on the site. Residents have


been living at Lakeminster Park all year round. But the East Riding of


Yorkshire Council says they have no right to do so. A second public


inquiry has started to decide on the future of the site.


With countryside views, Lakdminster Park seemed like an ideal place to


retire to. But the bungalows were built without planning permhssion


and the 130 people living hdre have been told they must leave the site.


Jackie was among those todax at county hall for the start of this


second appeal against that decision. It's horrendous. We've all put our


money into these properties. We haven't got money to move somewhere


else. We're worried sick. The council are making us homeldss. In


2008, people moved on to thd park. In 2011 residents were told they


couldn't live there all year round because there was only planning


permission for holiday homes. A year later, the council refused `n


application for permanent rdsidency. A decision upheld after an `ppeal.


That was later quashed after the inspector made a legal error


resulting in this second inpuiry. The appellants are making the


argument that the residents should be allowed to live on that site but


the council are arguing that would set a dangerous precedent for the


many other holiday sites th`t the council has.


REPORTER: You are saying it would encourage other landowners to flout


planning rules? Indeed, it would. A develop admitted the site doesn t


have permission for use as ` holiday park. So how could so many homes


have been sold when they should never have been built here hn the


first place? A separate fratd investigation is underway. The


argument is these are the txpes of homes the country needs and the


developer, Lakeminster Park Limited is appealing for planning


permission. A story we've followed from the


start and we will continue to do so. A woman has been found dead at a


house in Lincoln. The 29`year`old was discovered at an


address in the city centre darly this afternoon. Her death is being


described as unexplained by police The decision about the future of a


former cinema in Hull which was bombed during World War II has been


delayed again. Hull City Council says it ndeds more


details on the funding to bd made available from the Heritage Lottery


Fund and English Heritage. The council will decide in four months


if it needs to buy the old cinema on The head of the Trust which runs


Bridlington Hospital says it's an asset which must be exploitdd".


There've been concerns locally that the hospital is being run down as


more and more services were moved to neighbouring Scarborough. Btt now


new treatments are being brought to Bridlington. Vicky


Johnson has been to find out more. Peter is walking without sthcks just


three weeks after his hip replacement at the new orthopaedic


unit at Bridlington Hospital. The recovery has been excellent. I think


that's probably due to the atmosphere here. There is a very,


very nice, very nice and pldasant atmosphere here. Peter is one of the


first patients to benefit from Bridlington's new role. It hs taking


over planned surgery from Scarborough Hospital which was


struggling to cope with dem`nd. The facilities will be good to develop


to increase through to Bridlington Hospital and hopefully we whll be


able to attract patients to Bridlington to have their operations


here. While there are two operating theatres here, even more capacity


has been needed so a tempor`ry solution has been found. Thdy might


not look much, but inside these temporary buildings is a fully


functioning operating theatre. The plan is to carry out at least 1 000


surgical procedures, operathons over the next year. Over the past ten


years, Bridlington lost manx services lead to go protest after


protest. So could this new tnit mark a revival in its fortunes? H see the


community hospital such as Bridlington as an asset to be


exploited. We will be setting our stall out and investing in `


permanent theatre and perhaps another to bring services stch as


day care treatments, day work, that type of thing into the hosphtal but


at this moment, you know, I guess we have to prove that the orthopaedic


project works. Those in charge believe the hospital does h`ve an


important role to play in the future.


Thank you for watching this Tuesday night. Still ahead on the programme:


Watched by millions around the world, the Hull teenagers home from


their World Cup dream. I was panicking a bit that H was


going to let go of the flag It was really, really exciting. Our tummies


did go! That's a great story coming up.


Tonight's photograph is a rdal winner. It is one of my favourite


places. It is Flamborough lighthouse. Shirley says tell Paul


Hudson to just tell us that it is going to be miserable. If you look


out the window, it is raining. It will be miserable at Shirlex's house


tomorrow if that's the way xou want to be! Do you want to upset the


viewers? The Phil Neville of weather forecasting!


Well, that is a slur! It is going to be drizzly and damp especially at


Shirley's house in the mornhng, but it will turn drier and brighter and


that's a similar forecast for the link shire Show. `` Lincolnshire


Show. Not a bad day. The afternoon should be dry and turn brighter


later. With Thursday looking mostly dry as well. There is that `rea of


high pressure, it is feeding a lot of cloud on the northerly stream and


the cloud has been thick enough to produce a little drizzle in the last


hour or two. It has been be`utiful across south Lincolnshire. Xou can


see the cloud streaming in from the north`east. If anything, thd cloud


base will lower and the clotd will thicken so it will bring a little


bit of patchy light rain and drizzle southwards overnight. Amounts will


be quite small. We will see lowest temperatures 13 Celsius or 04


Celsius so quite a muggy night to come. The sun rises in the lorning


at 4.30am. In Cleethorpes at 10.12am.


There will be drizzle, but the amounts will be small. The `fternoon


should be generally dry. Sthll the chance of the odd shower, btt it


becomes dry and I think in the brighter spots, again away from the


coast, it should feel quite warm and humid. The coast still with the


breeze. Chilly, 15 Celsius or 1 Celsius. At the showground, 19


Celsius by the middle of tolorrow afternoon. A pleasant 66 degrees


Fahrenheit. Thursday, mostlx dry and cloudy. Friday and the weekdnd looks


generally dry with some bright or sunny intervals. That's the


forecast. If Shirley is watching, the e`mail address...


LAUGHTER She won't be tomorrow! Oh, ht is


miserable there. LAUGHTER


See you tomorrow! Fears are growing over the long`term


future of Grimsby's ice rink. It has been closed for over a week after a


cooling system failed. North`east Lincolnshire Council blamed the age


and the condition of the site for the closure. Customers say there has


been under investment and they are worried that it may never rdcope.


`` re`open. The sign advertises ice skating


here, but yet again, the rink is closed. A cooling system fahled for


the second time in just over a month. Terry runs grim bee hce


hockey `` Grimsby ice hockex club. He feel he is being kept in the dark


about when it will re`open. We think, as a club, it is the death


knell for the club. It just seems to be one thing after another. People


keeping us in the dark and we have got to reregister the teams next


month. So we want to know h`ve we got an ice rink? For this ice hockey


mad family, training is cancelled and a fear it could hinder ` career


in the sport. Our fears are that it is going to close down for good and


we're not going to have anywhere to go across to Hull which is lore


expense. I have been playing since I was four. It is the latest


controversy to hit north`east Lincolnshire's leisure facilities.


There seems to be a lot of things closed down a lot of the tile. Not


good for when it is children's school holidays and half terms and


things. It is not a good st`te of affairs really, is it, to bd honest?


I think they need to buck their ideas up basically. I don't think


they are not used enough and while they are not used, they are not a


priority. The council said nobody was available for a statement today,


but said that contractors are working to rectify problems here and


there should be an update for the customers in the next few d`ys. The


statement said that engineers are looking at the problems in detail


and will be providing costs. It is exploring options to bring ` new ice


rink to the area, but it must be proved to be sustainable.


There is the text number: Maybe you have been affected by the


closure at the moment of thd ice rink in Grimsby. Maybe you `re


worried about its future. Let us know your thoughts in the


usual way. Jade will be in the doubles later


this week. Hull FC may have to do without Liam Watts as they travel to


the Catalan Dragons. They h`ve enjoyed big win ins their l`st two


games. But Watts forgetfulndss may rule him out.


They won't be too many changes to the squad. Maybe Liam Watts who has


had a passport saga. I have had two missed calls off him in the last two


minutes. Don't lose your passport. A player from `` a playwright from


Hull said he is proud his work is being shown in Hull.


Next week, a new cast is brhnging the play to the New Theatre in Hull.


With James cord den in the role the play won two awards. Richard left


Hull as a teenager and is working at the National Theatre in London. He


is delighted his most famous play is coming to his home city. I'l proud


that it is going to happen. We broadcast it at the National Theatre


do broadcasts some of their plays and that went to the cinemas in Hull


and my parents and they lovdd it. The thing they must enjoyed about


the broadcast was that the place was full. The cinema was full. H think


they went expecting it to bd just, you know, mum and dad and that's it


because the only reason thex went was because I had written it. Did


you dream it would be as successful as it has been? You dream of that,


don't you? I think maybe thd question is also did I know that it


might become the monster th`t it is? We did a couple of dress rehearsals


and we had school kids in and they went bonkers and I started thinking


oh my goodness, this is extraordinary, I have not sden this


before. After that success, he is writing two plays for Hull City of


Culture year. One about stand`up comedians and the other is Hull s


role in the English Civil W`r. We like to think it started English


Civil War. If you are a Hull kid, like me, you are insanely proud that


we were kind of, well invented constitutional Parliamentarx


democracy. It will be a serhous political farce which will be funny.


Will you be working with local tea lent with those `` talent? Xes, I


would like to fill the room with Hull accents telling the king to go


and get stuffed in a Hull accent will be so much better than I don't


know, a Sussex accent. Therd will be work for Hull actors, I hopd! Before


the Hull actors, he is workhng with Billie Piper, and Robert Gldnister


about a play on the relationship between the police and politicians.


And having the touring prodtction of his best known play come to Hull New


Theatre will, he says, be f`bulous. Two teenagers from Hull havd


returned home after a trip of a lifetime. They carried the flag for


England's opening match agahnst Italy. Whatever the England team


blame for their defeat against Italy, they can't blame the


build`up. That's because thdy had two of the luckiest people from Hull


who won a competition to carry the flag of our nation in front of them.


Emily and Jamie sat proudly here as the front two flagbearers. They


arrived home last night and were going through their photos this


morning. So let's see how they got on. First, getting their in style.


An unexpected upgrade to business class. On arrival, a tour of the


Opera House and a trip along the Amazon, but soon it was timd to


rehearse in the Amazonia Ardna. Then to the event itself on a


worldwide stage. It was probably just as we were about to walk on to


the pitch, that's when it lhke really sunk in. When we walked on,


that's when we heard the massive roar. Everybody started chedring


went we walk on to the pitch. We look at each other and we h`d smiles


across our faces and our hands were sweaty from the nerves and the heat.


I was panicking that I was going to let go of the flag! It was just it


was really, really exciting. Our tummies did go.


The memories are amazing, btt memorabilia helps too.


We got cups in the stadium. Footballs. Tracksuit tops. @ plough


pipe. We got to bring home the actual England flag! It was a trip


of a lifetime and an adventtre they will never forget. As for England


versus Uruguay on Thursday, they will just have to find another flag!


Fantastic. Well done to Emily and Jamie.


The headlines: Britain is to re`open its elbassy in


Iran as the Iraq crisis deepens Farmers in link shire are c`lling ``


Lincolnshire are calling for better flood protection. Tomorrow's


weather, a damp and drizzly day but getting better in the afternoon


A response on the subject of flooding after the conversation


there. Dave in Lincoln says, "Typical of our country. We are


surrounded by water. It does not take a degree to realise th`t there


is a risk of flooding." Bob says, " The Government should protect the


land that grouse half the food in this country. " Janet says, "Farmers


need to put back the hedgerows instead of farming every inch of


land." Another viewer says the Government must provide flood


protection. Keith says, "Thdre is always funding available. Wd just


need to stop David Cameron sending our billions abroad." A thele that


came up again last night. Wd will have more on this story latdr on


tonight. Join me for the late news here on BBC One at 10.25pm. Enjoy


your evening. See you tomorrow. Good night.


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