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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


Thousands trained in first aid thanks to banker fines

A first aid course in East Yorkshire is being paid for by money raised through fines from one of the country's worst banking scandals - the rigging of the Libor exchange rate used by banks for lending money to one another. More than a thousand teenagers are being taught life-saving skills by St John's Ambulance in Cottingham. It's hoped they will never need to use them but if they do it could save lives.

Ice bucket challenge couple raise £7.1 million

Ice bucket challenge

A couple from Wakefield who pioneered last summer's ice bucket challenge in the UK have raised £7.1 million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

It is just a year ago since Paula and Robert Maguire started the craze over here - after seeing its success in fundraising in America. It involves having a bucket of icy water poured over ones head, then nominating another victim, all the time raising money for charity.

And the couple are now up for yet another dunking - they say it is their way of saying thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Hull City Council prepares for anticipated public health budget cuts

Hull City Council has started planning where to make savings in public health ahead of anticipated spending cuts. It's expecting to have to make around one point six million pounds of savings by the end of the year - that's more than 7% of the public health budget. The exact figures will be confirmed in September.

A funding cut of the expected level is an unprecedented amount to be asked to save in-year and we have some extremely difficult decisions ahead of us. We will retain our commitment to delivering the best possible standard of service and residents should be reassured that we will make it our absolute priority to continue to protect those who use our services. We will be working closely with staff within the council and commissioned services to achieve this, but it is likely that some impact on the delivery of front line services will be unavoidable. We have begun the process of planning for these cuts so that we are in a position to make required changes when the Chancellor confirms the figure in September. It is regrettable that we are faced with implementing these decisions but unfortunately we do not have a choice.

– Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health


19% increase in property prices in last 5 years

People moving house in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire face paying 19% more for a property than they would have done just five years ago, according to a new report.

House prices are on the rise again according to a new report Credit: Press Association

The average price of a home in the region is just over £188,000. Across the country, home movers paid more than £50,000 extra on average this year to take their next step on the property ladder than they would have done in 2010, say researchers from Lloyds Bank Homemovers Review.

Sheffield to pioneer new lending scheme

Sheffield has become the first city in the country to pioneer a new approach that provides a viable alternative to high-cost credit and unscrupulous door step loan companies.

Editorial Image Credit: Press Association

Sheffield Money - the city's own one-stop money shop - opens its doors today. The not-for-profit business has been set up by city leaders to provide people with a new way to access affordable credit, with lower cost loans and finance.

Hull's mystery millionaire

Players in Hull are being urged to check and double-check their unique EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code for the chance to become an instant millionaire.

The search is on to find the owner of the winning ticket which was bought in Hull. For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket. The winning code on 10 July was VCY513088 and the lucky ticket-holder has until Wednesday 6 January, 2016 to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life."

Bradford's new shopping centre constructed in 100 seconds

Bradford’s latest retail centre, The Broadway Bradford, opens in one hundred days. To mark the countdown, Bradford Council has released timelapse footage of the site's construction.

The £260 million development, the largest UK retail centre to launch this year, will open on Thursday 5 November ahead of the Christmas rush.

The 570,000 sq ft centre, which will create 2,500 new retail jobs upon opening, will be the largest retail centre in the country to open in 2015.

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“After a lot of hard work and support from the Bradford community, we are now just 100 days away from opening our doors to the public for the very first time. The exclusive time lapse footage shows just how far we’ve come and it’s really exciting to see it all come together. Not only will the centre provide an unrivalled retail environment for shoppers in Bradford and the surrounding areas, but it will also deliver a significant boost to the local and regional economy whilst continuing to attract inward investment for the City’s regeneration. We are looking forward to welcoming the community through our doors on November 5.”

– Myf Ryan, Westfield Director of Marketing
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