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£24 million boost for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

A multi-million pounds boost has been announced for the local economy in Lincolnshire and East yorkshire.

A total of just over twenty four million pounds has been awarded to projects and businesses there, including money for the regeneration of Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe Town centres.

Cleethorpes pier: setting for today's announcement

Three and a half thousand new homes are also planned as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. The funding has come from the Goverment's growth deal programme.

MP Martin Vickers, left, and Lord Richard Newby announce the good news


Future of Sleaford heritage site is uncertain

Questions are being asked about the future of a disused heritage site in Sleaford - following the announcement earlier this month that Tesco will no longer be building a new store in the town.

Plans for Sleadford

The supermarket's withdrawal of support for the area has had a knock on effect on plans to redevelop 'The Maltings' - a site on which North Kesteven District Council wanted to develop a number of houses, apartments, restaurants and shops.

The authority says it now intends to begin a fresh public consultation for residents and businesses - and says it could be six months before a decision is made.

Work starts on Scarborough's multi-million pound water park

Work on a multi-million pound water park in Scarborough’s North Bay is getting underway today. Construction is expected to take around 14 months and the park is due to open for Easter 2016. It's hoped it will attract up to half a million visitors a year.

The attraction will initially feature four water rides, a wave pool,a luxury spa suite and an outdoor iodine infinity pool (a pool heated to 36° C with massage jets, which can help enhance health and well being). There are also plans for other features to be added to the water park under future development phases.

It will be built on Burniston Road car park.

The water park forms part of the much wider redevelopment of Scarborough’s North Bay, known as The Sands.

To say everyone involved in this project is very excited with this week’s fantastic news is an understatement. An attraction of this quality and scale will bring massive economic benefits, not just to Scarborough, but the wider borough and Yorkshire as well, both in the construction phase and once it is open.

– Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council

Tour de France spending boost in Calderdale

Last summer's Tour de France brought an extra £12.5 million to Calderdale, according to figures released by the council. Hotels and B&Bs were among those to benefit, with visitors spending nearly £3 million on accommodation.

I'm delighted by these findings, which show the clear benefits that participation in the Tour de France brought to Calderdale. This can be measured both in terms of the immediate impact on our local economy and, in the longer term, the legacy.

We know there are keen cyclists who will want to tackle the challenges of the route themselves this summer. There are also spectators and viewers who will want to explore our beautiful landscapes and quirky towns, bringing lasting benefits for our tourism industry.

– Cllr Stephen Baines, Calderdale Council


Retailers expecting bumper Boxing Day

Retailers say they are expecting this year's Boxing Day sales to be bigger than ever. Bumper crowds hit the shops for Black Friday earlier in December and even more people are expected to take advantage of bargains on offer after Christmas.

If Black Friday was anything to go by, we’ll be bracing ourselves for the busiest Boxing Day sales to date. We are anticipating that shoppers will travel from across the north of England to pick up an amazing deal on the luxury items our stores are known for. We could see in excess of 35,000 shoppers through our doors on Boxing Day alone.”

– John Bade, centre director at Victoria Quarter, Leeds

Pothole cash: the breakdown

It's been announced £489 million will be spent on improving our region's roads over the next six years. Here is the regional breakdown:

  • Hull City Council - £11,751
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council - £57,663
  • North East Lincolnshire Council - £10,416
  • North Lincolnshire Council - £24,016
  • York City Council - £11,849
  • North Yorkshire County Council - £154,766
  • Sheffield City Council - £65,601
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