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Breaking news: Bailiffs move in at anti-fracking camp

Police presence at Walkington

Reports are coming in that bailiffs are removing a makeshift camp set up by anti-fracking protestors in East Yorkshire. The group has been at Crawberry Hill near Walkington since last May.

They claim the land, owned by Rathlin Energy, could be used for fracking - claims the company has always denied. Earlier this month a deadline for the protestors to leave expired. An operation to remove their base, including caravans and tents, began this morning. There are unconfirmed reports that there have been arrests.

Sheffield's new public woodlands

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Sheffield over the next three months, to create the next generation of public woodland for the city.

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Sheffield over the next three months

In total almost 50,000 trees will be planted and 30 hectares of woodland habitat will be created at 17 different sites. All of the new woodland will be accessible to the community and will include areas of open space to incorporate informal and formal footpaths, woodland edge habitat, rides and glades.

The first of the tree planting will take place at Worrall Recreation Ground today, where 200 native broadleaf trees will be planted.

Worrall Environmental Group, local residents and children will be helping to plant the trees with Sheffield City Council's Community Forestry team and the Ranger Service.

These trees are part of a larger scheme in the park where another 1,160 trees will be planted, and extends an area planted with Worrall Environmental Group a few years ago.

"We already know that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with two million trees - four for every single person.

"But this tree planting project is further proof of our commitment to enhancing our landscape and environment as much as we possibly can.

"This is especially important at a time when we are cementing our reputation as the Uk's Outdoor Capital City and demonstrating that Sheffield is a city where people can come to walk, jog, ride their bikes and enjoy family days out in an array of fabulous green spaces.

"I look forward to seeing these new woodlands grow and thrive, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and all those involved in this vital project."

– Cllr Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure Sheffield City Council

"Sheffield's existing woodlands are renowned nationally, but many are in decline and despite being of great value to people and wildlife alike will not last forever.

"The establishment of new woodland will perpetuate this amazing woodland legacy for future generations and, in the shorter term, will provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife.

"These new woodlands will maintain the cities woodland legacy, increase biodiversity, clean the air and create new amenity opportunities. They will create the next generation of woodlands for future generations of Sheffielders to enjoy."

– Tim Shortland, community forestry manager at Sheffield City Council

The public are welcome to take part in today's tree planting event at Worrall Recreation Ground, off Worrall Road, between 10.30am and 2pm. Tools and gloves will be provided.

The other sites where new woodlands will be created are at Acres Hill (Mather Road), Addlington Rd (Parson Cross Park), Black Bank Open Space, East Park Fields (Brunswick Fields), Flockton Park, Greenhill Park, Jaunty Park, Longley Park, Manor Laith Rd Green Space, Sky Edge Open Space, Manor Playing Fields, Ochre Dyke Playing Fields, Richmond Heights, Westwood Counrtry Park and Worrall Recreation Ground.

Funding for the project, which will cost around £136,000, is coming from the Forestry Commission.

"We are delighted to be investing grant aid in the creation of these 17 new woodlands across Sheffield.

"Sheffield City Council recognises the value of trees to people, wildlife and the economy and we welcome their ongoing work to plant more trees and manage the woodlands of the city sustainably."

– Chris Grice, local Forestry Commission Woodland Officer


Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

Fears new visitor centre will damage nature reserve

A group of residents who live near to Spurn Point say they'll fight against plans to put a new visitor centre in their village for people travelling to the peninsula.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is developing plans for a new building with cafe, display space and a classroom but some people who live nearby say it will damage the area and should not be built. James Webster reports.

Leeds bin collections over festive period

Leeds City Council has written to every household to remind residents about the changes to bin collections over the Christmas period.

Some bins will be picked up a day earlier while other residents will have their bin picked up a day later than usual.

If your normal bin day is …. It is changed to …

Thursday 25 December ... Wednesday 24 December.

Friday 26 December ... Saturday 27 December

Saturday 27 December ... Sunday 28 December

Monday 29 December ... No change

Tuesday 30 December ... No change

Wednesday 31 January ... No change

Thursday 1 January ... Friday 2 January

Friday 2 January ... Saturday 3 January

Saturday 3 January ... Sunday 4 January

Monday 5 January... No change

Tuesday 6 January ... No change

Bin collection days can be checked throughout the year

To help residents cope with the extra recycling and waste created over the festive period the council’s eight recycling centres will be open from 8am to 4pm throughout December.

They only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Bird flu restrictions lifted but stay vigilant warns chief vet

The country's chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens says there is a continuing need for vigilance following the lifting of bird flu restrictions in East Yorkshire today.

Around 6,000 ducks were culled on a farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, following the identification of the H5N8 bird flu last month. The Yorkshire outbreak was the first serious case of bird flu in the UK since 2008.


New colleges to train young talent

Apprentices from across the country, needed to fill thousands of future skilled jobs in the wind energy industry, are to be trained at a new multi-million pound college based on the Humber. The plans were announced during a visit to the region today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable. He also revealed that a new college to train young talent in highly skilled engineering roles will be based in South Yorkshire. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Business Secretary announces new National College of Wind Energy for Humber

The Humber's credentials as the UK's green industry capital has been further enhanced today with the news that a national wind energy college is to be based in the region.

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced this morning that the new multi-million pounds development will be based on the banks of the estuary.

Because of the huge investment in renewables around Hull, including the Siemens factory, the city is likely to be a strong contender to land the new college. Other possible sites could be around the BAE facilities at Brough and Grimsby.

Cable announces new national wind energy college

Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce today that a new national wind energy college will be based in the Humber.

No location has yet been revealed for the facility, which will cost tens of millions of pounds, but sites are being considered on both banks of the estuary.

The scheme, which will train thousands of young people, will be funded by employers and with a government grant.

“It is excellent news for the region that our bid to establish a National College for Wind Energy in the Humber has been successful.

“This is a major step forward in achieving the ambition we set out in March for the Humber to be the national centre of excellence for energy skills, and builds on the other investments we are making in training facilities.

“We worked closely with government, industry and education to develop the national college proposal, which will focus on delivering excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, underpinned by quality standards set by employers to reflect the sector’s skills needs.”

– Lord Haskins, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

Huddersfield Railway Station praised as one of the nation's finest

Huddersfield Railway Station, which was once described by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as “the most splendid in England”, has been named in the top five of great stations by English Heritage.

Huddersfield Railway Station Credit: Engish Heritage

Huddersfield, which faces out across the revamped St George’s Square, is a Grade I listed building, and English Heritage deserves its place because it is “fronted by a magnificent classical portico” .

It was designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye between 1846 and 1850.

The station is well known in architectural circles for its classical-style facade, with a portico of the Corinthian order, consisting of six columns in width and two in depth, which dominate the Square.

There are currently six platforms in use, with TransPennine and Northern services using the station. Figures released last week show it was used for more than 4.6m journeys last year.

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