The MP for Great Grimsby is calling for more support for coastal communities to protect them from flooding, Melanie Onn has today spoken in parliament , saying that a funding shortfall could put homes and people at risk.
She says more financial relief, improved warning systems and better drainage is needed. But DEFRA, which oversees government funding for flooding projects, says it is spending more than £2 billion over the next six years.
Duncan Wood spoke to Ms Onn and began by asking what her biggest concerns for coastal communities are:
A public consultation is being launched to find ways of managing flood risk in Boston.
Included will be new options for the refurbishment or decommissioning of the Black Sluice Pumping Station which was damaged during flooding in 2013.
Investors in a potash mine, including thousands of local people from the Whitby area look set to benefit on paper this morning after shares of Sirius Minerals rocketed up in price - with a rise of more than 80%.
It follows a controversial vote yesterday evening in which the North York Moors National Park approved the plans.
The company is listed on the alternative stock market.
A huge new offshore windfarm off the east coast, which can power up to 150 thousand homes, is to be officially handed over to its operators later. Construction at Westermost Rough finished earlier this year. It started generating power in May.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says the future is bleak for Spurn Point in East Yorkshire, if its plans for a visitor centre fail. The trust has written to residents, some of whom say a large, mordern building is out of keeping with the wild landscape, saying many modifications have been made to the plans along the way to try and accommodate as many people’s comments as possible. This has meant its planning submission date has been delayed by almost a year.
In its newsletter, the trust says a visitor centre is essential in order to ensure the protection of Spurn’s wildlife and the safety of Spurn’s visitors - and that if the project fails, the future is bleak for Spurn.
The Trust will still shoulder the responsibility for protecting Spurn’s wildlife but will also need to think carefully about how to ensure the safety of visitors without adequate facilities, at what is an increasingly hazardous site.
A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.
It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.
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The Campaign for National Parks has expressed its 'disappointment' at the approval of a potash mine by the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority and says it is now considering mounting a legal challenge.
The charity, which acts as the independent national voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales, says the project is 'completely incompatible' with National Park purposes.
CNP now has six weeks to apply for a judicial review and says it now needs to decide whether there are grounds for such a challenge.
We’re really disappointed that NPA members have approved the construction of the world’s largest potash mine in the North York Moors. We have long maintainedthat this project is completely incompatible with National Park purposes and that the promised economic benefits could never justify the huge damage that it would do to the area’s landscape and wildlife and to the local tourism economy. There was clear evidence of the planning grounds for refusing this project in the report produced by NPA officers but there has also been huge pressure for NPA members to approve a project which has been widely promoted as bringing employment to the area, even though many of the jobs will not go to local people.
The North Yorks Moors planning commitee has approved plans for a potash mine in the national park, near Whitby, by eight votes to seven. It could set a benchmark for national parks nationwide.
Planners are meeting now to decide whether to approve a huge controversial mining project in North Yorkshire.
Around one hundred and fifty people have packed into Sneaton Castle near Whitby .
From there Chris Kiddey reports.
Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.