27/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


27/01/2017

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In the headlines this Friday lunchtime:

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More strike action by teachers protesting at the sponsors of this

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And we've the latest on the redevelopment

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of Whitley Bay's iconic Spanish City.

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Teachers at a troubled school in West Cumbria have again been out

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on strike today in protest at the actions of its sponsor,

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Staff at the Whitehaven Academy say the Trust has led the school

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into special measures and is failing pupils' education.

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This is the second day of strike action this week involving

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three trade unions - teachers here fulfilling a threat

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first made before Christmas to use industrial action to force changes.

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I think it's a massive decision and particularly for the ATL,

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this is the first strike we've had in Cumbria, a local strike.

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ATL has only ever had two strikes in its 125-year history nationally.

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Staff say the Bright Tribe Trust has broken its promises

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to improve the school, has left buildings to decay

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and allowed it to drift into special measures.

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The teachers here don't want to go on strike.

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We recognise that it can be inconvenient for some people,

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but we do need to see progress here, because actually, you know, one day,

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if we see sustained and substantial improvements in this

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The Bright Tribe trust told us they didn't have anyone available

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for interview but they did provide a statement.

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It said, Bright Tribe is fully committed to working with all staff

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and trade unions in order to improve standards and provide a good level

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of education for students at the Whitehaven academy.

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Some parents too have joined in, trying to increase

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We've collected over 1000 signatures from the community,

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showing support for the teachers and what we're doing at the school,

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the action that they are taking, because a lot of the parents feel

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very strongly about what's been happening in the school.

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We want to show our support for the teachers.

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Mark McAlindon BBC Look North, Whitehaven.

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Another of the region's secondary schools has been placed in special

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measures after being judged inadequate by Ofsted.

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Heaton Manor, which is Newcastle's largest school, was found

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by inspectors to suffer "weak leadership, behaviour problems and

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In a statement, the governors said they were disappointed

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but would ensure pupils taking exams this summer would receive

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The Government has the power to force local authority schools

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rated as "failing" to become academies.

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The deadline for public consultation over a controversial housing,

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school and shopping development in Morpeth runs out on Monday.

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The scheme would be built on the existing site

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of Northumberland County Council's headquarters, with a new county hall

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However, it has attracted criticism, with more than 1,000 objections -

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including claims the retail park on the edge of town would harm

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The town has got a fantastic functioning town centre

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and for the last 30 years, up and down the country,

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towns have been really hit hard by out-of-town retailing and we just

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feel that this is a wrong proposal for Morpeth.

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In our own county, Berwick and Blyth have had their towns hit really hard

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Morpeth's town council also has concerns about the 200 homes

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that the development would bring, but claims the County Council

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They have refused repeatedly to come and talk to us.

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We have a forum where we're supposed to be talking to the County Council

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We have specifically invited them again just before Christmas

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Northumberland County Council said that it isn't able

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to comment as the planning applications are active.

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We'll have more on this in tonight's Look North.

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Just two days after the National Television Awards named them Best TV

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Presenters for the 16th year running, Ant and Dec

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were at Buckingham Palace this morning to collect

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For once they appeared separately, with Dec going first,

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to receive their OBEs from the Prince of Wales.

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The Newcastle pair, who met as young actors on the children's

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TV show Byker Grove, were each given the honour

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for services to entertainment and broadcasting.

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It's an iconic seaside building that fallen on hard times. Spanish city

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in Brittany bay called in thousand and since then, numerous schemes

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have been put forward is to revive it. Work is finally under way to

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restore its famous dome. When you come inside here, you get a sense of

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the grand year that this building once had. There's a lot of work

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already been done, which means it's probably not that familiar to people

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in recent years although much of the worst -- work has been about taking

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it back to what it was when it was first opened in 1910. Chris is the

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operations manager. That's right, isn't it? You've been restoring it

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to what it was. What you see now is the building back in its original

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1910 formation. It would be a restaurant when it will become? A

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restaurant, bars, wedding venue, conference facilities. It must be

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fantastic to work on something like an iconic building. It is. This is

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probably the most iconic project that I've worked on. I'm loco, North

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Tyneside born and bred and to work on the Dome is a fantastic

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opportunity. Thanks very much. We've got some local people here. What you

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think? It's really good to see it back in this condition. We've been

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watching the building, watching what they've been doing. Willing them on

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to get it finished. We want to use this. It's a great idea. Thanks very

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much for joining us. The work is under way here. The public if there

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are invited, getting a chance to look around today and the idea is,

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this dome on the Spanish city will be done back to its original state

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by the summer of next year. Peter Harris, BBC look North, Whitley Bay.

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Peter Harris, BBC look North, Whitley Bay.

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In football, Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt is set to link

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up with his old Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.

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The Dutchman is currently in London undergoing a medical,

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ahead of a deal which could be worth up to ?14 million.

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And centre-back Papy Djilobodji will serve a four-match ban,

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having lost his appeal against a charge

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Staying in Sunderland, a blue plaque has been unveiled

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in the city this morning to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

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It's in honour of two Wearside sisters who helped Jewish people

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Ida and Louise Cook used their love of opera to travel to Germany

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and smuggle goods out in the 1930s, raising funds for Jews hoping

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The plaque was unveiled at their childhood home

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in Croft Avenue, and their nephew said his aunts were simply

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Their motives, and I'm often asked and my cousins are often asked,

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They saw people who they perceived as being in trouble and they did

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That they were Jews didn't enter into it.

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Now for a look at the weekend weather forecast.

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A very chilly start this morning as low as minus five degrees,

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still some pockets of frost around here and there but a bit

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of sunshine as well, especially out towards the West.

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The cloud, though, for all of us will start to thicken up as this

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frontal system out towards the West starts to push its way in,

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trying to introduce something a little bit milder as well

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but its slow progress, so through the rest

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of the afternoon, it will continue to feel really rather quite chilly.

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But the best of any sunshine really out towards the north

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and west, that cloud, though, trying to push on later.

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The temperature struggling through the afternoon,

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particularly out towards the eastern side of the Pennines.

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We've done a bit better towards Cumbria.

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Watch what happens throughout this evening and overnight,

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that rain starts pushing, potentially transitory,

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a little bit wintry in the nature of the higher ground as it pushes

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in but actually, as that rain continues to pump them, overnight,

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to all parts of the region, it is bringing with it some milder

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air, so the temperature is actually should hold up largely just

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above freezing as we head towards the start of your Saturday.

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But as you can see, it is a wet start to the weekend.

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That's rain will continue to track off towards the north and east,

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so an improving picture throughout the morning into the afternoon.

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A lot of dry weather, save for some showers potentially

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just coming in behind and again, over higher ground, you can see

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a little bit wintry, but temperatures have recovered

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We'll continue to see a trend towards something a little

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bit milder into Sunday although there will be some later

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rain and then on Monday, back to double figures.

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Looks like a chilly weekend. That said Friday lunchtime. I be back in

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look North at 6:30pm tonight. Bye-bye.

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