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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The multi`million pound transformation of the centrd of Hull
that could bring more money to the city.
Flash flooding hits homes and businesses as parts of
East Yorkshire suffer torrential rain Plans to crackdown on
motorbikes that have been d`maging a Lincolnshire beauty spot.
The girl who's been recognised for never missing a day of classes
It's being described as the biggest transformation ever
?25 million will be spent ilproving streets and public places ahead
of the City of Culture celebrations in 2017
People living in the city are being promised street
level fountains, mood lighthng and a less cluttered environment.
It's claimed it could bring tens of millions of pounds into the local
economy although those figures are already being questioned tonight.
We'll hear from the City Cotncil in a moment but first our arts
and culture correspondent Anne Marie Tasker is in Hull.
It is about getting the citx ready. It is a once`in`a`lifetime
opportunity for the city. It is important that the city looks its
best. But of a story that whll come at a price as I have been fhnding
out today. And not everyone thinks it is worth it.
It's not had a facelift for decades `
but within three years this is what Hull City centre could look like.
Street level fountains in Queen Victoria Square,
architecture lit at night and the Fruit Market pedestrianised, with a
Hull City Council's paying the first half of the ?25 mhllion
bill because it believes it will bring in new businesses.
If we can attract big busindss and get more income into the city
through high`quality jobs that will provide more revenue to restore some
of the funding central government has cut from our day`to`day
services. Hull City Council has made no secret
of the fact it needs to save ?48
million over the next two And starting this transform`tion
will cost it more than ?12 lillion. Is it worth that much? No. H think
we need to do what we can to bring tourism in this world.
``and this will.
But it's estimated it will bring an extra ?70 millioninto the chty every
year And that it will support more than 500 new jobs over ten xears But
one group, that analyses our city's economies, offers a note of caution.
The events are often smaller or morphological than the plans may
suggest. They enable people to get closer to our stalker wonderful
heritage buildings in the chty and it is like a gold frame for a
bootable picture that will bring out the beauty of the painting which is
our city. But with pedestrianising
King Edward Street and building performance stages in Queen's
Gardens, too, there's not mtch time before City of Culture year to make
all these plans a reality. Earlier I spoke to Steven B`yes from
Hull City Council and asked him which other cities they'd looked at
to get some ideas. If you look at many northern cities
in Yorkshire and beyond such as Bradford and Leeds. We think it is
quite important we improve the offer that we are giving. Should xou not
be spending the money on jobs and keeping essential services such as
museums open, rather than h`ving a floating stage and some figtre lies?
We helping this proportionately affected by cuts that this hs not
money that we would spend on those things, this is capital invdstment
and we're trying to invest hn the infrastructure to encourage more
private`sector jobs. But however lovely the Fountains maybe, you need
shops here. Unless you're looking for something for the pound you are
trying to borrow money. We're trying to encourage more people. Btt that
is jargon. It is not. You only get shops if you get people. People want
to come and experience life here and that is what we're trying ghve them.
They you think people understand this? I hope so. As a city, we are
trying to betray our best aspect and trying to encourage more retail into
the city. We are in competition with places like Batley and Leeds and
Sheffield. We have to have ` better offer. Are you saying you whll get
retailers are you saying yot will get retailers? It is a way of
reducing the cost for the council. It has spent to save initiative It
is much cheaper. You see 500 jobs will be created. Where are those
jobs? That is in the privatd sector. We are very clear from the
calculation is what they ard about in terms of people spending more
money, so we create employmdnt that way. Is it more important to keep a
library or museum open or Fountains are mood lighting on the City Hall?
That comes back to the issud of revenue and capital funding. Forget
the jargon. It is not jargon. It is not the same sort of funding. It is
always a different sort of funding story. We have revenue fundhng which
pays peoples wages capital funding. We want to do both but we are
limited of what we can do bx the amount of money that is givdn by
central government in terms of revenue. We have is capital to
invest in the city centre. Let us know what you think
of this story. Is this what Hull needs to bring
more visitors and money You will be charged at your standard
message rate for each message. Torrential rain has caused flash
flooding in East Yorkshire this afternoon. The fire service dealt
with around 40 callouts and four homes in Cottingham were flooded.
Parts of the village were under a foot of water before the fire
service was able to pump thd water could only happen one in 200 years.
That prediction has proven to be wrong. There were large hailstones
and the water just came up to the top of my steps so I think we have
been flooded again for the second time in seven years. Within half an
hour of the downpour what w`s running through the doors of at
least four homes in this arda. We have managed to keep it in check. I
believe Upton though there have been 45 homes that have been flooded The
local school was also flooddd as one part of the local hall of rdsidence
at Hull University where sole students could not get out. We have
been trapped in a room for five hours. This was a small scale event.
But it is a reminder of how vulnerable our communities `re
becoming far heavy rainfall. This family are trying to recover what
they can from the garage. Cottingham high school say that this flood
damage has been so severe that they are shut completely to their pupils
tomorrow. Back to you. The Government has been warned that
many lives could be lost in the next big flood to hit
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Humber MPs met the Prime Minister
at Downing Street today. David Cameron was told
the Government needs to spend almost ?900 million to protect homds
and businesses from flooding on the scale of last Decembdr's
tidal surge. Our Political Editor Tim Irddale
reports from Westminster. It's the ?880 million questhon. Is
the Government willing to spend this amount of money over the next ten
years to protect East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire from flooding?
Dave Mouncey is till picking up the pieces at his home in the flood`hit
village of South Ferriby, following December's tidal surge.
He fears it could happen ag`in They see it as an event that happens
one in 200 years. It came over there in 1954 and this is 2014. Come on,
let us do something. Today Humber MPs met the Prhme
Minister to set out their c`se for We were lucky it was that it was not
more catastrophic and nobodx died this time. On there are hundreds of
millions of pounds going into road defences, we need more. ``flood
defences. We have been looking at the docks,
looking at Immingham and thd facilities there and making sure
that our structure is resilhent The Government this week colmitted
an extra ?48 million towards flood defences on the Humber. But some MPs
believe almost double that `mount should be spent on an annual basis,
if householders and businesses are to be fully protected from ` flood
event most of us hope we'll never Tim is live at Downing Stredt this
evening. Is the Government likely to commit to this extra money for flood
defences? I would love to say that thd Prime
Minister has persuaded the Chancellor of its checker to a
cheque for ?880 million. In the meantime, we hope we do not have
another one in 200 year flood catastrophes, otherwise we will not
be talking about whether we can afford to spend that money but why
we cannot afford not to spend that money.
Plans for an Eastern Bypass for Lincoln have been rejected by the
Transport Secretary. They'vd been turned down because of a safety
issue regarding one of the bridges that was due to be built between
Cherry Willingham and Reefh`m. Lincolnshire County Council will now
An undertaker has gone to Westminster to ensure that
ex`servicemen are given a ddcent funeral. The amount of ex`sdrvice
people that die with no farl is this minute but each one deserves a
dignified final journey and we will not go away until we get th`t. Still
ahead, the damage being dond to a nature reserve in Lincolnshhre and
the schoolgirl who has never missed a day of classes. It is not just
been east Yorkshire and Lincolnshire that has seen heavy downpours, we
have had very heavy rain for the Great Yorkshire Show this afternoon.
There are still heavy downpours to come. As we head whose evenhng, they
will fizzle out and overnight it looks to set into a try spell. We
will see the lowest temperatures down to around 12 Celsius which is
50 45 height. It will be cooler than that in countryside idiots.
The wind from the North may well reach eight gale force by tomorrow
night which means there will be quite unsettled weather to come so
on Thursday there will be r`in around from the morning but we hope
that will tend to clear on Thursday afternoon and on Friday and Saturday
there will be warm air coming in from the near continent but some
stable ear as well which me`ns that there is likely to be a scattering
of heavy showers with the stnshine. But not a bad day tomorrow.
More than 300 families in Htll have had their blue recycling bins
confiscated by the council, for putting the wrong sort of rtbbish in
them. The City Council says it gave people plenty of warning before
seizing the bins and needs to stop the contamination of recycl`ble
waste. However critics say the council should be educating
offenders, not punishing thdm. Jake Zuckerman reports.
On Compass Rd in Hull the bhn men are coming. And they're checking
every blue bin they empty. Since January more than 300 blue
bins have been confiscated due to repeated contamination.
The council says it does give plenty of warning.
We send letters and for intdrviews and do not just take these bins
away. With each household generathng
around one tonne of waste. If they take them away they will
just leave them in bags on the street.
Hull City Council says the vast majority of households do a good job
of recycling. And that the number of blue bins
confiscated represents less than 1% of the total in use in the city
This is another story we'd like your thoughts on. Is the City Cotncil
right to take these bins aw`y as a punishment for people who
persistently put non recycl`bles in them?
It's home to rare wildflowers and many species of songbirds and
butterflies but the Drift n`ture reserve in Lincolnshire is being
destroyed by off road vehicles. According to the Police and Natural
England the site is being ttrned into a muddy wasteland and now
offenders are being told if they're caught they WILL be prosecuted.
Simon Spark reports. This is how the drift on thd Viking
way near Grantham should look. A plethora of plants and wildlife
protected under its designation as a site of special scientific hnterest.
But a lot of it now looks lhke this, churned up and rutted because it's
This is being used for what is cold green leaning with bikes behng
written across the land and destroying it. This is protdcted
land and ignoring the signs is bad. We are trying to send a message that
we will catch you and if possible we will take your vehicles frol you.
This should be level and should be covered in grass and wild flowers
and has been restored beford in 2009 but as soon as it was opened, the
problem is returned. It was damaged again by frequent forward drive
access. We are reluctant to implement anything until we are able
to get rid of the vehicles that are destroying habitat here. We have
Dragon's TV. ``dragon's teeth here. The message is to find another sport
that is not such an important part of this and she countryside. ``of
the countryside. A girl from Hull has been honoured
for having never missed a d`y of school. Paris started at Stockwell
Primary in 2007 and has a 100% attendance record. It's belheved to
be the first time that's bedn achieved in the school's history.
Tolu Adeoye reports. pupils alike think its quitd frankly
miraculous. I would not be able to do that
because when I am Pooley, I am pulling. Quite outstanding `nd
shocking. It is like she cannot catch anything. I have been teaching
a long time and I have never come a long time and I have never come
across that for, it is a re`lly incredible achievement.
Try not to break any bones `nd if you have a problem speak to someone
who can sort it out for you. A special certificate arrived today in
honour of her achievement. Now everyone is looking to see hf she
can carry it on when she st`rts senior letters have a coupld of the
national two British men pldad guilty of fighting in Syria and it
is claim that a multi`million pound transformation of the centr`l file
could lead investment in thd city. It will become cloudy later on
tomorrow with top temperatures around 19 Celsius. We were talking
about the transformation of Hull at the beginning another correspondent
asks if the this one comes from John Lewis store in New York bec`use last
and decided they no longer wanted to shop there as it looked tirdd and
shoddy. In short, this was not Nikki says the plans for Hull citx centre
are fantastic and will give a much`needed boost to the city
centre. Mourners should This is the first example we know of
of infrared communication. Imagine if you could
talk to the animals. Zoologist Lucy Cooke
is going to show us how.