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Work starts on new £1m Gibraltar Point visitor centre

A spectacular new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months.

Artist's impression of new Gibraltar Point visitor centre

Work has started on the brand new building, which will include a café and educational information.

It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This is an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity we intend to take full advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"Combined with the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development. Lincolnshire County Council

The council has developed the ambitious plans in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

"We have worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years, and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

"Gibraltar Point has been popular for generations - the new centre will hopefully encourage more visitors to discover this wonderful reserve."

– Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust


Protest over Saltend stench

Campaigners are due to stage a fresh protest this lunchtime outside Yorkshire Water's controversial waste water plant at Hull.

Campaigners protest about the odour from Yorkshire Water's Saltend plant Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Earlier this week East Riding Council issued an abatement notice to Yorkshire water over the bad smells coming from the plant in Saltend.

The council issued the notice after angry residents handed in a petition to the local authority calling for action to be taken over the odour.

For ten years the site has plagued residents in the immediate area of Hull, Hedon, and surrounding villages up to 5 miles away with horrendous smells.

This year a facebook page was set up that received over 2,000 members within 24 hours. At the same time an online petition also received 2,250 signatures asking the council to issue an abatement notice on YW.

"Since 14, July 2015 officers from the council's environmental health team have been investigating complaints from residents about odours coming from Yorkshire Water's waste water treatment works at Saltend.

"The investigation confirms that a statutory nuisance exists. The council has a legal obligation to serve an abatement notice on Yorkshire Water, which has now been done."

– Nigel Leighton, Director of environment and neighbourhood services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

"I am very pleased to hear of the Council's action to serve the Abatement Notice on Yorkshire Water.

"The Council has taken this decisive step following a summer of horrendous smells suffered by residents in the area around the Saltend Water Treatment Works.

"For years I have been campaigning to stop the stink and I hope this shot across the bows to Yorkshire Water will prompt it to sort it out once and for all.

"While progress was made with the introduction of the second odour control unit in 2011, Yorkshire Water has not got a grip on controlling the foul odours during the summer pea season.

"The Abatement Notice puts Yorkshire Water on the spot - sort out the smells before next summer or risk finding yourself in court."

– Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness

"We understand the strength of feeling in the local community regarding this issue and we respect their right to protest peacefully outside the treatment works.

"We remain committed to resolving this problem and are continuing to take steps to recover the performance of the site in the short term.

"Last month we also announced a full review of the site's treatment processes and future investment needs to establish what needs to be done to ensure we can adequately cope with peak season flows in the future.

"We will be aiming to provide an update on our medium and long term plans for the site in the coming weeks."

"In the meantime we would like to apologise once again to those customers affected by this problem."

– Yorkshire Water spokesperson

Woman must pay £740 for leaving bins out

A Lincoln woman has been ordered to pay £740 after repeatedly leaving her bins outside her house, obstructing the pavement.

Clare Clifton left her bins out for between two to five days after her collection day on at least six occasions between March 20 and June 1 this year.

She was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £150, as well as a £40 victims’ surcharge and £150 Criminal Courts Charge after being found guilty in her absence at a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Case on Thursday, August 13.

City of Lincoln Council first investigated the case in March following a complaint from a member of the public. An officer from the council’s Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour team found three wheeled bins had been left out obstructing the pavement two days after collection day.

A warning letter was sent and several further attempts to contact Clifton also failed. She was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice on May 22 but this was not paid and the council reluctantly decided to take legal action.

“In cases like this we make several visits and issue at least two warnings before going to court as a last resort. We prefer to work with people to explain why taking your bin in is so important and help them if there is a particular reason they are struggling to do so. However, in this case, we were unable to make contact and all opportunities to resolve the situation were ignored.

“People obstructing pavements and streets by leaving out their bins is one of the most common complaints we receive. It is quite a serious issue, especially in some parts of Lincoln where streets are very narrow. The bins unsightly but more importantly they are a nuisance and a danger to pedestrians. The elderly, wheelchair users, families with young children and children in pushchairs are either forced onto the road or cannot get past.”

– Sam Barstow, Service Manager for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour


Energy company pulls out of controversial Crawberry Hill site

Anti-fracking campaigners in East Yorkshire are celebrating today after an energy company announced it was stopping plans to drill oil and gas at Crawberry Hill, near Walkington.

Campaigners are claiming a victory today Credit: ITV News

Rathlin Energy, who have always insisted they have not had any intention to frack on the site, and say they have made the decision based on commercial and technical reasons.

Residents call for action over 'unbearable stench' from water treatment works

Residents in a market town in East Yorkshire are demanding action over a smell from a water treatment works, which they claim is blighting their lives. They've described the stench hovering over part of Beverley as unbearable. They are handing over a petition to their local MP. But Yorkshire Water says it is spending millions of pounds to try to solve the problem. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park leads campaign to save lions

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster is working to try to prevent the extinction of lions. Over the next three years it's helping to fund a group of rangers in Africa who will protect the big cats living in the wild. The issue of the hunting of lions hit the headlines with the killing of Cecil the lionby an American dentist. Victoria Whittam reports.

Morrisons launch more expensive "Milk for Farmers"

Supermarket Morrisons is to launch a new brand, "Morrisons Milk for Farmers" which will sell at 10p a litre more than usual, with the extra money being passed on to the crisis-hit dairy industry.

The Bradford-based chain has been one of the main targets for protesters from the farming industry who have stripped milk from the shelves before dumping the produce or giving it away for free.

Industry leaders met Morrisons bosses to try to tackle falling milk prices which, the National Farmers Union (NFU) says, will lead to dairy farmers being forced to leave the industry in the next few weeks as they struggle to pay bills and face rising debts.

"We will be launching a milk brand that allows customers to pay a little more if they want to support British farmers. Called Morrisons Milk for Farmers, this product will sell at a 10p per litre premium to the standard Morrisons milk price.

"All of that premium will go directly back to the farmers that supply our processor Arla. It will go into stores in the autumn and is aimed at shoppers who want to directly support dairy farmers ." "Consumers can choose whether they want to pay more to support British dairy.

– Morrisons Corporate Services Director, Martyn Jones
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