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Grimsby MP calls for more support for coastal flood protection

The MP for Great Grimsby is calling for more support for coastal communities to protect them from flooding, Melanie Onn has today spoken in parliament , saying that a funding shortfall could put homes and people at risk.

She says more financial relief, improved warning systems and better drainage is needed. But DEFRA, which oversees government funding for flooding projects, says it is spending more than £2 billion over the next six years.

Duncan Wood spoke to Ms Onn and began by asking what her biggest concerns for coastal communities are:

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80% rise in potash mine company shares

Investors in a potash mine, including thousands of local people from the Whitby area look set to benefit on paper this morning after shares of Sirius Minerals rocketed up in price - with a rise of more than 80%.

It follows a controversial vote yesterday evening in which the North York Moors National Park approved the plans.

The company is listed on the alternative stock market.

Why Spurn Point visitor centre is needed

Spurn Point

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says the future is bleak for Spurn Point in East Yorkshire, if its plans for a visitor centre fail. The trust has written to residents, some of whom say a large, mordern building is out of keeping with the wild landscape, saying many modifications have been made to the plans along the way to try and accommodate as many people’s comments as possible. This has meant its planning submission date has been delayed by almost a year.

In its newsletter, the trust says a visitor centre is essential in order to ensure the protection of Spurn’s wildlife and the safety of Spurn’s visitors - and that if the project fails, the future is bleak for Spurn.

The Trust will still shoulder the responsibility for protecting Spurn’s wildlife but will also need to think carefully about how to ensure the safety of visitors without adequate facilities, at what is an increasingly hazardous site.

– Spokesperson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.

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Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.

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