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UK"s best beer

A full flavoured, classic bitter made in Yorkshire has been crowned the best beer in Britain.

Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker beat beers from microbrewers and large regional companies to win the accolade.

The Keighley brewed ale was judged the Supreme Champion by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) at its annual beer festival in London.

Timothy Taylor's head brewer Peter Eells said: "We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew, so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic."

Major development in Grantham gets boost from council

Plans for a new £5 million development in Grantham - including a multiplex cinema and a food court -have been given a major boost after South Kesteven District Council's cabinet recommended the project go ahead as part of the town's regeneration.

Artist's impressions of the new development
Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council
Artist's impressions of the new development
Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council

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Claim: North misses out on infrastructure spending

A leading think-tank says the north of England is missing out on public infrastructure spending.

IPPR North research showed that spending per person was significantly lower outside of London with the East Midlands, including Lincolnshire, among the lowest on the list.

IPPR North say the imbalance is a result of big projects in the capital such as Crossrail, Thames link and the average cost of a project in London is £1.2 billion compared to £83 million in the North East.

Spending per head in regions is shown below:

  • £5,426 per head in London
  • £1,248 per head in the North West
  • £614 per head in the East of England
  • £581 per head in Yorkshire & the Humber
  • £502 per head in the South East
  • £474 per head in the South West
  • £438 per head in the East Midlands
  • £389 per head in the West Midlands
  • £223 per head in the North East

The report says the north must come up with its own ideas for major projects and take the lead in transforming local economies.

The Government says it is working to tackle "decades of underinvestment" and is looking to create a "northern economic powerhouse."

A key part of the government’s long term economic plan is reversing the decades of underinvestment in this country’s infrastructure. As the Chancellor has made clear, we have an opportunity to build a northern economic powerhouse by better connecting the cities in the North of England. This will be a centrepiece of the Autumn Statement, working with city leaders to deliver new infrastructure, new transport, and new local powers.

– Treasury spokesperson

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Details of multi-million pound revamp for Barnsley town centre announced to public

Council bosses in Barnsley have released more details of a planned 41 million pound makeover of the town centre.

The proposals include a new town square, central library and shopping boulevard. It is hoped the revamp will attract future investment into the town.

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Plans for a revamp of Barnsley town centre Credit: Barnsley Met Borough council

"We’ve asked hundreds of people, and held several working groups. People were clear about what they wanted. Among other things, we were told loud and clear that Barnsley needs to keep its markets, to create quality open spaces that feel safe, and to make sure business servicing and parking needs are met."

– Sir Cllr Stephen Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council,
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A new shopping area is included in proposals Credit: Barnsley Met Borough council

New town square – Expected October 2016: A new landscaped public square where routes into the town centre meet. The square will be large enough for market stalls and public events, and will look into the refurbished indoor market.

Revamped metropolitan centre and market hall – Expected early 2017: Bright, open and inspiring, this newly refurbished space will create flow between outdoor and indoor shopping, and easier to get to for shoppers and businesses.

New shopping boulevard – Expected 2017: By extending Lambra Road there’ll be a new route behind the redeveloped indoor markets with new shopping and leisure opportunities.

New central library – Expected early 2017: Proposed for location on Mayday Green, this state of the art building will be a hub for community activity.

New car parking – Expected November 2015: High quality, safe, bright, and easy to access open-air car parking, with plenty of spaces.

Jobs to go at Hull based pharmaceutical company

Up to 140 jobs are to go at Smith and Nephew in Hull after the company announced plans to transfer some of its production work to China.

The pharmaceutical giant, one of Hull's biggest employers, says the move will take place over the next two years. Both voluntary and compulsory redundancies are expected.

Managers today stressed they are still committed to the area and that the Hull site remains a major cornerstone of their business.

Campaigners refuse to back down despite High Court ruling

The High Court has today ruled against a group of protesters who have set up camps in East Yorkshire to prevent energy firms fracking in the area.

The company which owns the site, Rathlin Energy, say they have no plans to frack in the area, but the campaigners built barricades across the entrance.

James Webster has been at one of the sites getting reaction to today's decision:

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