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Gritters on standby in Lincolnshire

ABOVE: Richard Fenwick, Highways Maintenance Engineer

Gritters in Lincolnshire have been making final preparations before the cold weather hits.

Gritting teams have been out on training runs and the council has stockpiled 35 thousand tons of salt to treat the county's roads - more than official government recommendations.

Flood prevention plans for River Hull

Long term plans to prevent flooding along the River Hull have been revealed. Developed over two years the £45 million project includes new lock style gates where the river meets the Humber estuary along with dredging and removing sunken abandoned boats.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will discuss plans for dealing with flooding in the River Hull valley which experts say represents the second most at risk drainage catchment in the UK.

Council chiefs will consider two key recommendations for the future dredging and re-profiling of the River Hull south of Tickton and removal of wrecks and uncontrolled structures and using the existing tidal surge barrier as a tidal sluice in the short term; constructing a new barrier adjacent to it in the longer term.

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Residents express flooding concerns

Residents in the Sutton area of Hull will be able to voice their concerns about flooding today at a drop-in event held by the council's Flood Management Team. Many people in the area suffered damage in the floods of 2007, and some properties were flooded again in September 2012 and August 2014.

Many people have concerns about the drains and sewage systems backing up. It's such a concern that when ever there is heavy rain some people will move their cars to higher ground and furniture up stairs. People shouldn't have to live like this. The problem needs addressing now before it happens again. Listening to what people in the area have to say is just the start, but it is an important one.

– Cllr Terry Keal

Bradford university graduate wins video competition

A University of Bradford graduate is going to Japan after winning an international video making competition.

Jessica Waite’s three-minute animation was one of three winners of a joint worldwide student competition to make a video about sustainable development awareness organised by UNESCO and Hong Kong film company Salon Films.

Jessica, now a project assistant with Cycling4All – a project based at the University’s Students’ Union – made the video while still a student and an intern at the project. Encouraged by colleagues, she submitted it for the competition and then forgot about it.

A call came up on my phone that was a Hong Kong area number and when I listened to the voicemail I couldn’t believe it. It was an invitation to come to Japan to receive my prize. I’d completely forgotten about entering but to win is just amazing

– Jessica Waite

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Thousands of new homes could get the go-ahead in Scunthorpe

Controversial plans for up to 3000 new homes on a flood plain near Scunthorpe could get the go ahead today.

Plans for new homes near Scunthorpe

The Lincolnshire Lakes project is on land close to where villages were flooded in last year's tidal surge. The developers insist it will be safe.

Plans to build Lincolnshire wind farm well on the way

A massive wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire is set to be one of the biggest in the world.

The company behind the Triton Knoll scheme has already been given planning permission for just under three hundred massive turbines.

Today it revealed details of how it will bring the power that's generated back to land and where it will build a new electricity sub-station. Kate Hemingway reports.

Consumers warned of increased energy bills

Consumers are being warned that energy bills will go up because the government rushed into a decision about multi-billion pound renewable energy contracts.

A wind farm off the Yorkshire coast - and a biomass plant at Drax power station - were among those awarded a share of 16 billion pounds of taxpayers' money in December.

But a House of Commons committee says the Department for Energy acted too quickly - and failed to consider whether cheaper green energy projects were available. Michael Billington reports.

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