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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.

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.

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.

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