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Formal signing of Humber Growth deal

Humber growth deal Credit: PA

The formal signing of the Humber Growth Deal 2015 takes place in Grimsby today. The event marks the further award of almost ten million pounds from the Government to develop ten major projects on both banks of the Humber. This, along with major local investment will see just under £47 million of capital injection into the area.

The Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, will be joined by Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, and leaders of the four Humber local authorities.

Hull couple scoop almost £7 million jackpot

Lucky couple to be revealed Credit: PA

A lucky couple from Hull are celebrating after scooping almost £7m in Saturday's Lotto Double Rollover Jackpot Prize. They will be revealing who they are - and just how their new found wealth is set to change their lives for the better at a press conference later.

To give the win some context, it is one of the biggest in the East Yorkshire area since the following:

· 1998 - £7.5m – Roy Gibney, Grimsby

· 1998 – £14m – Jacquie King, Grimsby

· 2005 - £18.2m – Tesco syndicate, Driffield

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On-the-spot fines look to solve million pound litter question

Twenty-five new banners have been unveiled as a warning to litter bugs in Grantham as the town looks to tackle its million pound waste problem.

On-the-spot fines look to tackle million pound litter question

South Kesteven District Council says it costs £1.1 million every year to clear up the town's streets and is asking residents to think twice before dropping litter or fly tipping.

The banners have been draped on lamp posts across the town, saying "‘LoveGrantham, hate litter" or "Love Grantham hate fly-tipping".

Publicising these issues is encouraging residents to assist us with our priority to be clean, green and healthy by respecting their local towns and neighbourhoods. We know we are dealing with a minority when we ask people to love their local areas, as we know most residents already respect Grantham and South Kesteven and would never litter or fly-tip. However those who do commit offences cost the taxpayer a significant sum in clear up costs, money that would be far better invested in making the district cleaner and greener in other ways.

– Cllr John Smith

The campaign is being backed up by the council’s Environmental Health team, who gave their latest £75 on the spot litter fine within metres of one of the banners on 6 February.

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Increase in Lincolnshire council tax to support police precept

Council tax payers in Lincolnshire will soon be paying more to safeguard policing levels in the county. A recommendation by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick for a 1.95% increase in the police precept was accepted by the county's Police and Crime panel earlier which voted unanimously for the increase. It means on average residents will pay around seven pence a week more. Mr Hardwick says the money will guarantee the number of police officers and PCSO's can be kept at current levels.

Thousands of funding available to event organisers in Lincoln

A total of £75,000 in funding has been made available to event organisers in Lincoln to help get more people to visit the city.

Thousands of funding available to event organisers in Lincoln

The money is a key aspect of the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Destinations Project in Lincoln.

From today, events organisers in the city can apply for up to £10,000 of the money, provided that amount is not more than 20 per cent of their overall budget.

Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager Emma Tatlow said the aim is to attract new audiences from a wider catchment area and raise Lincoln's profile as a great cultural destination.

Events and festivals form a really important part of the city's offer. Local residents and day visitors benefit and this fund offers an opportunity to further enhance our existing events programme. The aim is to really put Lincoln on the cultural map and start to attract staying visitors from further afield.

– Emma Tatlow

Campaigners march against proposed fire service cuts

Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county.

Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county. Credit: Defend Our Fire Services

The Defend Our Fire Services march will start at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street on Saturday 31 January from 11.30am.

Our campaign seeks to increase public awareness of how the proposed cuts to our Fire and Rescue services will impact on response times and coverage. The service has already experienced a significant reduction to its funding and consequently a further £1.23 million of cuts will have devastating affects for both fire fighters and the public. The campaign has developed real momentum so far and over 1000 people have already signed our petition. However, we still need many more signatures and we're calling on everyone who values their local fire services to march with us on Saturday.

– Elaine Smith, Defend Our Fire Services spokesperson

The Fire Brigade Union in Lincolnshire have praised the campaign saying it shows the strength of community support for the fire service:

We thank all members of the public who have thrown themselves into this campaign. It shows how strongly the local community feels about cuts to their fire service.

– Dan Taylor

The chief fire officer for Lincolnshire has argued that the proposals will enable the service to save money without reducing the service:

Obviously any reduction to the fire service is regrettable; however, we are confident that the proposals being consulted on allow us to achieve the required savings while having the least impact on the overall level of service provided. Since 2010, we have increased the number of fire engines crewed by whole-time firefighters on a 24 hour basis from two to nine, and on average our on-call firefighters across the county train for an extra hour each week. During this time there has been no reduction in the number of fire engines or fire stations and we have been able to make significant investments in new appliances and equipment, to allow our firefighters to continue to deliver a first class fire and rescue service for Lincolnshire.

– Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
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