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Row over MPs "selling off Parliament's silverware"

Cutlery manufacturers in Sheffield are furious at plans to sell off House of Commons silver and potentially replace it with stainless steel tableware from Vietnam.

For more than a century cutlery has been forged in Sheffield, the city where stainless steel was invented. The move has not gone down well with either business owners, or the Deputy Prime Minister. Martin Fisher reports.

Contentious land listed as community asset by council

A piece of land that has been at the centre of a debate on Skegness seafront has now been listed as an asset of community value by East Lindsey District Council.

The land has been listed as an "asset of community value"

The council has also put Pier Field on to the open market meaning campaigners now have six weeks to express their interest in acquiring it.

They would then have six months to submit a bid to purchase the site.

Developers who wanted to build a Major hotel chain on the land would also be able to bid though as part of the process.

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Tractor speed limit changes could mean massive savings for farmers

The government says changes to speed limits for tractors will lead to millions of pounds in savings for farmers.

Speed limits for tractors have increased from 20 mph to 25 mph Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

From today, speed limits for tractors have increased from 20 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The amount of produce they can carry per journey has also gone up.

The government estimates it will save farming communities £62m a year and mean less traffic on the roads.

Campaigners propose venue alternative to Skegness hotel

Campaigners who are fighting plans for a hotel development on Skegness seafront have now come up with an idea for a concert -style venue on the land.

Campaigners propose alternative to hotel development Credit: Artist's impression

A decision over whether to sell Pier Field to KCS Developments is expected to be made by East Lindsey District Council on Monday.

But campaigners say if they are successful in securing Pier Field for community use, they could then seek permission to build a venue called 'The Shell' on the land instead.

The drawings give an insight into what the stage could look like.

Campaigners propose alternative to hotel development Credit: Artist's impression

North Yorkshire village to benefit from proposed fuel rebate

Drivers in some of the most remote parts of the UK, including a village in North Yorkshire, are to get a discount on petrol and diesel thanks to a rebate scheme.

North Yorkshire village to benefit from fuel rebate Credit: Press Association

The rural fuel rebate is being extended to 17 of the most isolated communities in Scotland and England at the end of May, allowing motorists living there to get 5p off every litre.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the move will help up to 125,000 people in areas that are currently faced with some of the highest fuel prices in the country.

It is the first time that the European Union has approved a fuel discount for people living on the UK mainland.

Currently, islanders off the coast of Scotland and in the Isles of Scilly are eligible for a 5p discount on petrol and diesel because the costs of transporting fuel there means prices at the pump are much higher.

From the start of next month, people living in 17 parts of the UK will be able to register for the scheme, with the rebate then coming into effect from May 31.

Mr Alexander said: "Thanks to my action in Government, motorists across some of the UK's most remote rural areas will now benefit from a fuel discount.

"I have made introducing the rural fuel rebate a top priority because I know from my own experience that cars are a necessity, not a luxury, for people living in remote communities - and that petrol in these areas is far more expensive than the rest of the UK.

"People will see lower prices from the end of May, with filling stations in the 17 selected areas able to register for the scheme from April 1. Combined with the current fall in oil prices and the freeze in fuel duty rates nationwide, this 5p discount on fuel prices will provide a much-needed boost to families who face the highest fuel prices."

The rebate will apply in the postcode areas IV14, IV21, IV22, IV26, IV27, IV54, PH19, PH23, PH36, PH41 and KW12, all in the Scottish Highlands, as well as those in the PA38 and PA80 areas of Argyll and Bute.

In England it will help those in the NE48 area of Northumberland, the LA17 area of Cumbria, the EX35 area of Devon and Hawes in North Yorkshire.

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Permanent memorial to be built for trawlermen lost at sea

A permanent memorial to trawlermen lost at sea will be built in Hull, after plans were approved by the council.

The statue, to be built on St Andrew's Quay, has been 10 years in the planning.

It took fishing heritage group Stand, with the help of local MPs, eight years to raise one hundred and fifty thousand pounds. It will also be used for outdoor remembrance services.

Schoolgirl forces council-u-turn on development

A nine-year-old girl has overturned plans for houses to be built on land near her home which she and her friends play on.

When Isabel Gratton heard the green opposite her house in Thurcroft near Rotherham was under threat from the builders, she took it into her own hands to stop them.

Planning officers got more than they bargained for when Isabel turned up at their council meeting. Sally Simpson reports.

Distinctive dresses stolen in Bradford raid

Police have released pictures of some distinctive Asian dresses which were stolen in a burglary in Bradford.

The dresses were among a significant amount of clothing and accessories taken when thieves broke into commercial premises in Tickhill Street overnight on Wednesday, 25 February.

One of the dresses stolen in a burglary in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police
One of the dresses stolen in a burglary in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A quantity of cash and computer equipment was also stolen in the burglary, which is believed to have occurred between 8pm last Wednesday, February 25 and 11am on Thursday February 26.

"We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Tickhill Street area between the times above.

"It is likely that the thieves will have used a vehicle to transport this clothing, which is distinctive and quite rare.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered similar clothing or accessories for sale, possibly at a reduced price."

– Insp George Bardell, Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team
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