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Hull music scene welcomes talk of new venue

Members of Hull's music scene have welcomed the possibility of a new arena in the city.

The Hubbards
The Hubbards

Reuben Driver from local band The Hubbards said: "There's a huge music scene in Hull and it is growing and with things like the Hull City of Culture 2017 it is only going to get better, so something like an arena would be more than appropriate."

Chris Birch, manager of the Hull venue Fruit said: "I don't think people should have to travel out of Hull to see bands. We shouldn't have to go to Leeds, we should have that in our city, it's not even a selfish thing to say, I don't think, that we should have it for ourselves."

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Flood devastation still felt four months on

The residents of a north Lincolnshire village who say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back into their homes following last December's tidal surge.

Four months ago 120 homes in South Ferriby were devastated after several feet of water swamped the village, wrecking homes and businesses.

Our reporter James Webster has been to speak to some of the residents whose lives remain on hold - including one man who now admits the trauma of what happened was almost too much for him.

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Still homeless four months after floods

Residents of South Ferriby say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back home after December's tidal surge.

Around 120 homes are needing repairs after ending up under several feet of water. Lives for many have had to be put on hold.

One man whose house was badly damaged now admits the immediate aftermath was so hard to deal with he considered ending his life.

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal crash

Humberside Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the A614 Boothferry Road, Airmyn shortly after 5pm on April 7.

It involved a jogging pedestrian and a blue coloured Volkswagen Polo car.

The pedestrian, a 64 year old Goole man received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are asking for any witnesses to contact them

Marine plans praised

Secretary of State Owen Paterson has backed the creation of plans which look to create a sustainable marine economy.

The first of the plans focuses on the East coast, and are released soon after German technology giants Siemens announced £310 million of investment in wind turbine production in Hull.

UK seas are home to one of the richest marine environments in the world and are currently worth more than £49 billion a year to our economy. We are making sure that environmental considerations are embedded in every decision about proposed developments along the coast from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe and in our seas out to the maritime borders with the Netherlands, Belgium and France. By 2021, marine plans will cover the entire English marine area, supporting an estimated £50m of economic benefit each year and helping to promote sustainable development of the marine area”.

– Owen Paterson, Secretary of State

These plans are the culmination of years of work by government, industry, environmental organisations and many others. We are delighted to be at the forefront of sustainable marine development, cutting red tape for developers while taking full account of social and environmental impacts.

– James Cross, Marine Management Organisation

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East coast marine plans for sustainability

The Marine Management Organisation has revealed plans to sustain the marine economy around England's coast.

The first of these plans concentrates on the East coast from Flamborough Head near Bridlington to Felixtowe in Suffolk.

By 2021 there will be 11 plans in total, covering all English waters.

Secretary of State Owen Paterson has backed the plans.

The Marine Management Organisation has made a video explaining their plans:

Marine economy plans revealed

The first of 11 plans to create a sustainable marine economy in England's coastal waters has been released, focusing on the East Coast.

They have been developed by the Marine Management Organisation and approved by Secretary of State Owen Paterson.

It is estimated the marine economy is worth £49billion a year and Mr Paterson is hoping the plans can help to sustain this value.

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