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Resident calls for more action from Yorkshire Water

One of the residents who met Yorkshire Water earlier for an update on investigations into flooding in West Hull in August says he wants to see more action. Keith Hanson listened to representatives from the company explain how they are investigating but says he is worried more needs to be done.

Yorkshire Water: We are investigating August's flooding

Yorkshire Water says it is investigating the flooding which took place in parts of West Hull in August and will feed its findings into a report, due out in November, by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Spokesman Paul Carter met residents earlier to explain what is happening to understand why parts of the area ended up under water.

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Yorkshire Water meets West Hull residents who were flooded in August

Yorkshire Water has met a group of residents from West Hull whose homes were flooded in August when the weather system left behind by Hurricane Bertha brought strong winds and heavy rain to the area.

Norland Avenue, West Hull Credit: ITV News Calendar

Water poured into several homes on Norland Avenue just off Anlaby Road. The residents have been demanding answers over why the flooding happened and what can be done to prevent it happening again.

Regeneration tops agenda for City of Culture

The newly-appointed Chief Executive of the 2017 City of Culture company will tell business leaders that a legacy of regeneration is "top of the agenda" for Hull's year as the UK's cultural capital.

Martin Green, 2017 City of Culture Chief Executive Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Martin Green takes up his new role on October 1, but before then he will address the region's business community, alongside Hull: UK City of Culture 2017 Chair Rosie Millard, at a Bondholders breakfast this morning to mark the start of Freedom Festival, Hull's premier artistic and cultural event.

Rosie Millard, City of Culture 2017 Chair Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mr Green, whose impressive track record includes being Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said major events such as the Olympics, Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were a powerful tool for regenerating cities and communities and transforming their image.

People are mistaken if they think that London had it all already. We got the Olympics not because we just wanted to put on the Games, but because we wanted to regenerate east London.

"In the five years I worked for London I was able to see that area physically change in front of me. The change in Stratford is sensational and that is all because we put a cultural event on.

"I am really glad to say we put that cultural event on really well, so it also had legacy in terms of memories, pride in the country and belief in ourselves that we can deliver."

"I believe we can do the same with Hull. The scale may be different, but the principles are the same - staging cultural events, bringing people into city centres, putting on things that people want to come and see and while they come and see them, they eat and they drink and they stay.

"It also builds the reputation of the place, so you get people saying 'I want to live in the city now' or 'they've clearly got a lot of creative people in that place, we should put one of our offices there'.

"It's all about changing misconceptions - it's often no deeper than that. If you can build on the pride people have for Hull it really changes how the city feels about itself and how it represents itself to the outside world.

"The legacy impact and regenerative impact is top of the agenda, because that is how we look at culture and delivering great events.

"Art for art's sake won't cut it. That doesn't mean you put on loads of boring stuff. What we will put on will be new, exciting, relevant, diverse and of great artistic worth, but we will always be looking at what we're doing within the agenda of what we've got to deliver before and, most importantly, after the year."

– Martin Green

The Bondholders is a fast-growing, private-sector led group of more than 230 member companies and other organisations that act as ambassadors for Hull and the Humber to encourage investment and job creation. The regular Bondholders breakfast events bring these ambassadors together to gain insight into new initiatives and developments within the region.

At the Freedom Festival Bondholders breakfast Mr Green will also urge local businesses to "join in" and invest in supporting the cultural programme.

We want to see a galvanised, proactive business community, which already exists in Hull, saying 'we don't need anybody's help to do what we need to do, we just need a hook to hang our investment on'. "The City of Culture company is going to give you 365 days of culture to hang your business strategies and plans upon. Engage and be proactive with us and everyone will benefit".

– Martin Green

The focus on legacy from 2017 will be underlined by Rosie Millard.

City of Culture needs to improve jobs and futures in Hull; and it needs to change perceptions of Hull.

"We will be generating work from within the city that is genuinely jaw-dropping and accessible and that can actually change lives and perceptions, just by exposure to it.

"Places can be transformed. There is a reason why City of Culture has come to Hull. City of Culture has regeneration qualities, which Hull needs."

– Rosie Millard

The Bondholders breakfast will be staged in the Big Top on the Freedom Festival site in Hull's Fruit Market. It will focus on how being UK City of Culture 2017 is acting as a catalyst for investment that will create a thriving environment for business.

Bondholders members will also hear from Hull City Council about how City of Culture is part of the overarching City Plan masterplan and details of specific projects such as improvements to Hull's public realm, plans for a major events and conference centre, and regeneration of the Fruit Market.

In addition, the meeting will showcase case studies of investment which are reviving Hull's waterfront and reinforcing its position as a focal point for Hull's creative community.

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Ibuprofen threat to fish

Researchers in York have found that levels of of Ibuprofen found in rivers could be potentially harmful to fish.

They found that while most of the 12 pharmaceutical compounds tested were likely to cause only a low risk to aquatic life, ibuprofen might be having an adverse effect in nearly 50 per cent of the stretches of river studied.

The results of our research show that we should be paying much closer attention to the environmental impacts of drugs such as ibuprofen which are freely available in supermarkets, chemists and elsewhere.

– Professor Alistair Boxall, University of York’s Environment Department

Troubled Families programme expanded

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today announced details of an expansion to the Government's Troubled Families programme to help vulnerable younger children from struggling homes to get a better chance in life.

Communities Secretary and former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Work will begin this year in 51 of the best performing areas, ahead of a national five year programme from 2015 to help more troubled families who cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds per year without intervention.

Recent research shows that troubled families that have been worked with so far have an average of nine serious problems such as truancy, crime, anti-social behaviour, worklessness and domestic violence.

As well as expanding from working with school-age children to those under five, the wider programme will also have a particular focus on improving poor health, which new data published today highlights is a particular problem in troubled families, with 71% having a physical health problem and 46% a mental health concern.

The scheme builds on the success of the current programme run by councils, which new figures show is now helping over 110,000 of the most troubled families in England.

Of these over 53,000 have had their lives turned around thanks to the intensive and practical approach, which works with the whole family on all of its problems.

While retaining its focus on reducing truancy, crime and anti-social behaviour, the expanded programme will apply this approach to a larger group of families with a wider set of problems including domestic violence, debt and children at risk of being taken into care.

And the programme will continue to prioritise getting adults into work, with the Department for Work and Pensions providing 300 specialist troubled families employment advisers who will also work with young people at risk of becoming unemployed.

The Troubled Families programme has been a brilliant partnership between the Government and councils, changing the way services are run, saving taxpayers money and turning around the lives of some of the hardest to help in the country, with kids back in school, youth crime and anti-social behaviour cut and adults better able to work.

" Building on this momentum, we are now able to help even more families and deal with even more problems and I am delighted that that work will now begin in the next few months."

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary

Families with an average of nine different serious problems need help that gets in through the front door of their home and to the heart of what is really going on in their lives.

"The Troubled Families programme has been able to do that by taking a 'tough love' approach and dealing with the whole family and all of its problems.

"This has been the start of a revolution in the way that we work with our most challenging families and which we need to accelerate in the years ahead."

– Louise Casey, Head of the Government's Troubles Families programme
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