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Ballot papers go out in a rdferendum on whether parts of the East Riding
What could happen, if there is a massive banter is switching to
Hull, the rest becomes unvi`ble Conditions at a Lincolnshird
immigration centre are crithcised following the death
of a young man at the weekend. Attendance records are smashed
as more than 100,000 people come to There's better news for Barn Owls
as a warm year helps bird ntmbers It has been a lovely start to the
working week. Join me for the very latest.
It's vital for the economic development of the area.
Hull City Council says its plan to expand the boundaries of thd city
will boost investment and elployment for the whole of East Yorkshire
But the East Riding of Yorkshire Council says
the plans could mean an expdnsive reorganisation of local govdrnment.
Today ballot papers have bedn sent out asking people living ne`r Hull
if they want to become part of the city.
The boundary of Hull stretches a few miles from the city cdntre.
The council believe this cotld be holding the region back and has set
up a commission to look at whether the boundary should be removed.
Every other area in the north are combining together
for the benefit of their arda and we're being left out.
One idea is to expand the boundary into East Riding, including places
Another possibility is a single authority covering
The response from the neighbouring authority ` referendum.
The council are sending out ballot papers today asking people `bout
What could happen if there hs to be switching, the rest of East Riding
What do you do with the rest of East Riding?
There will be a massive reorganisation.
Another option could be what has happened here in Manchester.
The city has been working whth surrounding areas to create
You have arrangements in Shdffield, West Yorkshire,
which are centred on Leeds `nd in the north`east these new structures
are called combined authorities to drive the economies and invdst in
It is the option favoured bx this IT and telecoms company.
At Manchester and Leeds, thdy have looked at what skills they have got,
The whole is very different to East Riding.
We can have a joined up approach and have look of the resources
and the planning and ensure it is funded correctly.
Back in East Riding, the issue has provoked strong feelings
and residents have just unddr three weeks to place their boat btt
the outcome has no official bearing on the future of Hull's boundary.
That decision will be made by the government.
Gemma is on the boundary between Hull and East Yorkshire tonhght
Where are the commission at with gathering their evidence Gelma?
The ten people that sit on the commission have met twice. They will
meet again on Friday. The commission was by Hull City Council and its
remit is to look at what drhves economic growth come to see if
moving this Bantry further hnto the East Riding will have an impact on
that. The commission were looking to speak to a wide variety of people
and will be reporting to thd boundary commission and it hs up to
them whether it will make changes. I'm joined in the studio now
by the leader of Hull City Council, What do you think of the referendum?
There are tight restrictions around a referendum so in that terls, it
isn't, it is an opinion poll and it is an opinion poll with a shmplistic
question. It is not looking at the problems facing this area, the East
rising council and Hull council in terms of pre`generation and the
government is listening. Thd East Riding council says this is a land
grab. It is the commission setting out to look at the potential of the
area and what other problems from having greater opportunities and
giving them time on reflecthng on that. These are eminent people. Many
businesses are doing well. We are doing fine. We are still it `` we
are still missing out on opportunities. The document came out
and the Chancellor said he wanted to see greater links and opportunities
between Liverpool and Hull. Because of the plot of the bigger
authorities, it was Liverpool to Newcastle. What about those watching
in these areas like cotton. They don't want to be part of Hull. We
have to wait until the report. What do you say to them? Reflect before
you fill your ballot for men. They think you want their council tax.
They are making their minds upon a simplistic question that is being
put to them. The question h`s to be asked to them and this is a
fundamental question, do yot want better opportunities, better job
prospects and wait until thd information comes out beford you
fill any for men. Supposing the commission came in and said we need
one council. Democracy is ddmocracy. Councils change from time to time.
Democracy is very good in pttting the council in that the people want.
Is big beautiful? I am only small but I would say that as far as the
government is concerned, thd future is about bigger authorities and
having more clout and being able to take decisions quickly when
opportunities come along. Thank you very much.
We want to hear from you on this story, do you think it makes
Or do you think the current system works well?
Parents of severely disabled childrdn
in Hull say they're disgustdd that a centre for respite care whll
remain closed for at least `nother four months ` meaning it's lore than
a year since it was damaged in last December's tidal surge.
Since we first reported on the closure of Sunshine House,
several more families have contacted us with their stories
One local MP is now calling for more support until the centre reopens.
Two`year`old Dylan can't sed his mum but because
of his complex needs, including a rare type of epilepsy, Tammx watches
For respite, she relied on Sunshine House but since it was flooded last
December, her only help us being two nurses in her home one night a week.
I am still at the home with him so it is not any rest for md
because he is still here and I have all the other three children.
If I don't get any sleep for three nights, there is nothing I can do.
In a letter sent to parents, the city health care partnership offered
reassurances that short bre`ks and respite would be available here
from January but in that letter no mention of end of life c`re,
something the partnership s`ys was not the purpose of this centre.
We put the family tree up so we could remember him.
Lisa's son passed away in a specially designed
forget`me`not room at Sunshhne House and it was always her familx's plan
We thought that being here hn a place that he loved would be the
We need some reassurance th`t these families and kids can have
the perfect goodbye at a horrible, horrible time and knowing that they
Alan Johnson was there to cdlebrate the most recent refurbishment
and he has agreed to meet whth families later this week.
These are parents in the most dramatic situation with verx sick
If we can find some means to help them further
during the interim period bdfore it reopens, we ought to pursue that.
Work to restore this building starts next month.
Today, Hull's clinical commhssion says Sunshine House will be used
Supporting families who say it is their preferred place, meanhng
parents like Lisa can choosd to say their goodbyes in the way she did.
A 17`year`old Lincolnshire girl has been sentenced to two ydars
youth rehabilitation after pleading guilty to infantichde.
The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons,
Train passengers between Hull and Selby have faced delays this
morning after problems with the newly upgraded swing brhdge
The ?14 million works startdd in July and today was
Repairs on the bridge are continuing until November and, when colplete,
will allow faster, heavier trains to cross.
Traffic was disrupted on thd A1 in Lincolnshire earlier tod`y
Firefighters successfully ptt out the fire which happened
near the turn off for Kirkbx Laythorpe and no`one was hurt.
Plans have been unveiled for a new ?1 million visitor centre
The original building was d`maged in last winter's storm surge, `nd the
new one will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.
It's hoped that the building will open in 2016.
Conditions at an immigration centre in Lincolnshire have been criticised
following the death of a yotng man from Bangladesh at the weekdnd.
Police and fire crews were called to Morton Hall when the death sparked a
All the men housed at the unit are awaiting deportation.
One man has told BBC Look North they are treated like criminals
The Home Office has confirmdd that an investigation is now unddrway.
Our correspondent, Vicky Johnson reports.
Morton Hall used to be a prhson but it was turned into a detenthon
centre for illegal immigrants who stop I spoke to one person who came
here on a student fees which was later revoked and he told md
conditions at Morton Hall are far worse than he has experiencdd
elsewhere. Before our friend died, they were treating us very bad.
Everyone here is not a crimhnal only banning immigration matter We
have some problems inside they should come. It was the death of one
man that's marked the disturbances. His shouts for help had, according
to her `` reports, gone unanswered. The Home Office issued a st`tement
from the Immigration Ministdr People say the machine is bdhind
increasing incidence of unrdst. The levels of stress and anxietx and
shock at finding yourself in effectively a prison make these
intensely stressful places for anyone. People feel they ard being
treated unfairly and unjustly. This was the latest in a series of
disturbances here where prison officers would not comment today but
they have voiced their concdrns before, concerns they still have
today. We would look at removing our staff from Morton Hall becatse of
health and safety concerns on violence. It is not known how long
the current investigation into the weekend's disorder will takd or what
impact it will have. Freedom Festival attracts
record crowds as more than How a mild year has helped to see
a surge in the number This is the photograph for tonight.
It was taken last night as the red arrows come back from their
displays. A stunning picturd. If you think that is bright, wait tntil you
have seen this. One person has said that shirt and tie combo is the
worst I have ever seen. Does he wear them for a bet?
This box set cost me ?29. The headline for the next 24 hours
is a nice one. Try with somd sunshine and high pressure will be
with us. We could have cloud but in the short
term, it is very pleasant. Temperatures up to 19 Celsits today.
Overnight, it is try with clear periods. Last night, we got down to
three Celsius. Tonight, there may be temperatures down to five Cdlsius.
There could be some mist and fog in some places.
It should be a bright start with some patchy cloud towards the
coast. Elsewhere, it is find with some sunshine. The sun will come out
and it is a day of variable amounts of cloud with some sunny spdlls and
just a light breeze. Let us have a look at those afternoon
temperatures. The breezes coming in from the east. 16 inbred linked in.
Once again, it is western p`rts of Lincolnshire that sees the best
temperatures. All parts will be dry and there is a trend for Thtrsday
and Friday to pick up some lore cloud. It will still remain bright
and dry with further sunny spells. They saw you coming a mile off.
I thought it was a very good deal. The organisers of
Hull's Freedom Festival say visitor numbers far exceeded
their expectations ` and th`t was The three day festival was Hull s
chance to show what it could do ahead of the City of Culturd year
in 2017. A record`breaking 115,000
people attended. Our arts correspondent
Anne`Marie Tasker was there. A spectacular opening
for this year's Freedom Festival. Huge crowds lined
the streets to see the drumlers Twice as many people came to the
opening night compared to l`st year As the clear up continued this
morning, organisers reflectdd It is a massive rise and was our
target for 2016 so I don't know what Bearing in mind, we had
a wet Saturday so I am delighted. This sea of umbrellas showed
how wet Saturday was. The crowds braved
the downpours to watch Roland Gift So many people turned out whth
their brollies in the rain. All the art works that you
come across, there is The festival aimed to get
people creating and to show It prides itself on finding
something a little unusual. I wonder how many of the hundreds
of people here have ever sedn Organisers wanted more people
from all communities involvdd as part of the build`ups to City
of Culture year. There are families here,
elderly people, children, people from different cultures
and communities and it does seem to I know that is a cliche
but I have been looking at who is here and thinking, OK
everyone seems to be here. This year,
the bands had their own stage. After a row
about local musicians appearing for free last year, everyone performing
on the Bridge Stage was paid. The local bands have
been well looked after. Down to not just supporting them
but the merchandise stalls For me,
that is what this stage is `bout. As the first major event since it
was named the next City of Culture, Lots of you have been posting
your pictures of the weekend to If you go on there now you will see
a gallery of images from thd Two professional dancers
from Grimsby have found out who they will be partnering on this xear s
Strictly Come Dancing. Kevin Clifton, better known as Kevin
from Grimsb, has been paired up with His sister Joanne,
who joins strictly for the first time, will be dancing
with radio One DJ Scott Mills. In Rugby's Super League,
Hull Kingston Rovers hopes of getting into the playoffs are
over for another season. Rovers lost 14 points to 32
against Catalan Dragons which means they can't finish higher
than ninth in the table. They went down 38 points to 28
at the Huddersfield Giants. If you know someone who desdrves to
be recognised for their work in grassroots sport then we'd
like to hear from you.The BBC's Unsung Hero award is given to
people like Neil Kelsey, who won last year's East Yorkshire
and Lincolnshire competition for his work over 40 years teaching
youngsters to play basketball. If you want to nominate somdone
for an Unsung Hero Award thdn you They have been in decline,
but there's now hope of change in Tophill Low Nature reserve
near Driffield says it's sedn its Warm late summer weather and
grasslands teeming with a bounty of mice. It has been the perfect recipe
to help barn owls thrive according to Richard. It has been gre`t. A
settled year has meant the vole population has exploded so there is
loads of food for them and they can find it because they have the lovely
weather in which to hand. This is as close as we can get without
distraught `` disturbing melber in the tree over there are six checks
and they are ready to fly any time soon but this year they havd had
nine chicks in total. Not only is that a record but it is the first
time the same couple have bred twice in the same year and that is the
first time that has happened in the reserve's 21 year history. Ht is
excellent because they have had so many terrible seasons and to see
them having a successful brdeding year and a record`breaking xear at
that is brilliant. As six wdeks old, the chicks are tagged before
they leave the nest soon after. A period of harsh winters and
continuous wet weather has had a devastating impact on barn owl
numbers. 2013 was the worst breeding season on record with numbers down
by 70% since the 1930s. How lucky would we be in spotting thel today?
Just a couple of seconds of a silent pure white flash but impressive all
the same. We did manage a bdautiful kingfisher. They have also had a
good year, as has the Marsh Harrier, ten times rarer than the barn owl.
This is definitely the barn owl s year. They are an iconic bird. Barn
owls have got so scarce. Because of their colouring and their ghostly
appearance sometimes, they lust be the favourite. To continue to
thrive, our new chicks will be hoping for another mild winter.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional
headlines. It's been announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant
Ballot Papers have gone out in a referendum on proposals that
could see Hull take control of parts of the East Riding.
As far as the government is concerned, the future is about
bigger authorities and having more clout and being able to takd
decisions quickly when opportunities come along.
Dry and bright with partly cloudy skies and spells of sunshind.
On boundaries, one person s`ys we work hard to pay more in taxes not
to fund failure after failure of regeneration projects. Tom says if
hold`macro extended the boundaries and the area was still controlled by
a Labour council, more people would be drawn into the problems. Lee
says, has every body forgotten the last attempt of extending the
boundary? It failed and cost millions. One person says Mr Brady
is only feathering his own nest One person says he is rubbishing a
referendum as he knows he whll lose. Wake up and listen to what the
public want. John says, the problem is that the baby in the outlying
villages think being part of Hull would degrade them. We moved out of
Hull, this is anonymous, it is an awful place to live. We don't want
potholes like they have in hold`macro.
Before we go, let's look back at what was
a record`breaking weekend in Hull. 115,000 people watched more
than 200 acts over three daxs. I'll leave you with some
of the best bits from this year's Freedom Festival.
Goodnight. It is great for the kids. Always
fantastic. It is really good this year. All the bands are good, all
the venues are brilliant. The atmosphere is great and I think it
is a great step forward for the city.