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Thousands of homes still at risk of coastal flooding

Seventy five percent of homes at risk of coastal flooding in East Lindsey are still not signed up to receive advanced flood warning, it has been revealed today.

Councils and the Environment Agency are warning that thousands of people on the Lincolnshire coast are putting themselves at risk of harm by not registering with Flood Warnings Direct.

Despite East Coast flooding being the greatest risk to the County, an estimated 75 per cent of households in coastal flood risk areas in East Lindsey have not signed up to the scheme, which is free of charge and provides a telephone call to a landline or mobile to give advance warnings of potential flooding.

"The tidal surge proved that flooding can have devastating effects on communities and it is important people are aware if their home could be affected.

"By signing up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency you will receive plenty of notice which can help you to protect your home and your family."

– David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning at Lincolnshire County Council

"In recent years we have seen the devastating effects of flooding – most recently in 2013 when flooding caused by a tidal surge devastated many homes and businesses across the country.

"While we will never be able to prevent flooding entirely, those living in areas of flood risk, be it on the coast or inland, should be as prepared as they can be, limiting the devastation that a flood can cause.

"I would urge anyone who lives in or has a business in a flood risk area to sign up to the FWD scheme now."

– Cllr Steve O'Dare. Portfolio Holder for the Environment

"Despite year on year campaigns it remains very surprising that such a small percentage of households are signed up to receive free flood warnings. Please don’t delay - make that call as it really can make a huge difference."

– Rachael McMahon. Flood Resilience Advisor

To register for flood warnings go online at www.gov.uk/flood, or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can choose five ways that you would like to be contacted with flood warning messages including phone numbers and email addresses so that whether you are at home or away, you will get the messages.

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.

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Country's largest onshore wind farm opens in Lincolnshire

The country's largest wind farm has been opened by the Energy Secretary in Lincolnshire today.

The country's largest wind farm has been opened by the Energy Secretary in Lincolnshire today.

The 34 turbine site in Keadby, North Lincolnshire is expected to contribute £43.3 million to the UK economy and create 723 jobs.

SSE, who built the wind farm, also plan to invest £8.5 million in funding for local projects for the next 25 years.

Onshore wind is the cheapest form of low carbon power we have. It powers millions of homes and provides thousands of green jobs for people across the UK. But the benefits of onshore wind projects like Keadby don’t stop there.

– Ed Davey, Energy Secretary

Today marks the culmination of SSE’s £98m construction project to build England’s largest ever onshore wind farm and its opening reflects SSE’s determination to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way, contributing significantly to the UK economy. SSE takes its responsibilities as a developer very seriously and makes a positive impact in the areas where it operates. Working in tandem with the local community is central to the success of Keadby, that’s why we’re investing £8.5m in local projects supporting everyone from toddlers to trainees over the next 25 years.

– Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director Generation

1,900 jobs to be created at Lincolnshire off-shore development

More details have been released about the wind farm off Lincolnshire which it's hoped will create 1,900 new jobs.

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Two companies - RWE Innogy and Statkraft, both world leaders in renewable energy - have formed a partnership to jointly develop Triton Knoll and their 288 turbines, 20 miles off the coast of Mablethorpe.

£20 million has been spent so far on research and development. The company say the total investment is likely to be £3-4 billion.

Work should start in 2017 and enough electricity could be generated for up to 800,000 homes annually.

Animal rights group asks The Deep to stop serving fish

An animal rights group has written to The Deep in Hull demanding it stops serving fish in its restaurant. PETA says after inviting people to look at what it describes as "glorious" and "fascinating animals" it's odd to then invite people stick their fork into them, likening it to serving monkey nuggets in a zoo. The Deep says it will not be changing its menu and insists there is nothing wrong with eating fish that are caught in a sustainable way.

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Promises 'broken' over help for flood victims

Flood victims promised help Credit: PA

The Government has been accused of breaking promises to give financial help to victims of flooding. This week marks a year since David Cameron told flood stricken communities that 'money is no object' in the relief effort.

But Labour says new figures reveal that the Government has failed to pay out millions of the promised funds. Households and business with flood damaged property were told that they would be eligible for up to £5000 in grants for repairs.

Over 13,000 households and businesses were directly affected by the 2013/14 winter floods but a year later Labour claims the Government has only paid out:

· Less than one third of the £10m farming recovery fund for farmers affected by flooding · Just over half of the £6m of council tax rebates for flood-damaged properties · Less than a quarter of the £5m sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities

On a visit to Leeds to see victims of flash flooding in Garforth, Shadow Environment Minister Maria Eagle said more must be done.

Makeover in honour of Boston's historic past

The town of Boston has its roots in Medieval times, but now its looking to get a makeover to honour its historic architecture. The borough council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which could lead to further investment of more than a million pounds.

The money will go to conserving buildings just off the Market Place and bringing back traditional shop fronts. It's hoped that new signs around the town will also make it easier for visitors to find out about Boston's past. Michael Billington reports.

Waste incinerator plans set to be approved

Controversial plans for a £200million waste incinerator plant next to Kellingley Colliery could clear their final hurdle today despite fierce opposition from local villagers.

The plans would see 280,000 tonnes of rubbish burned on the site each year to create enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 60,000 homes. There'll be 38 new jobs, but local campaigners fear there will be hundreds of lorries carrying waste through the community each week. Planning officials at North Yorkshire County Council are recommending councillors give the go ahead for the scheme.

Earthquake felt as far away as Keighley

The British Geological Survey have mapped hundreds of reports from people who felt the 3.8 magnitude earthquake - with claims it was even felt as far away as West Yorkshire.

It's appealing for more to add to it's data log, and the organisation is appealing for people to get in touch if they felt the tremor.

The epicentre was close to Cottesmore in Rutland, with people there saying they felt a big rumble at 10:25pm. But, as the BGS map shows, it was felt as far away as Keighley and Halifx in West Yorkshire and Luton in the South.

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