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Taxi drivers resist licence fee rise

Taxi drivers in North East Lincolnshire are protesting against a council proposal which could mean their licence fees increase by over a third.

North East Lincolnshire County Council began a 28 day consultation on the plans.

Susan Barss, chairman of new association Taxis For Change, handed in a petition of more than 200 signatures from drivers concerned about the change.

At a meeting of the Council's Licensing and Community Protection Committee, members heard drivers' licence fees for private hire and hackney carriage vehicles could rise from £75.21 to up to £104.

Row continues over speed limit on Grimsby road

Councillors in Grimsby have voted to increase the speed limit on a controversial stretch of road - completely going against the advice of the police.

The local authority has sided with thousands of drivers who signed a petition against the change to a 30 mile an hour limit. Eight-five per cent of drivers using the road were caught breaking the law after the stricter rules were introduced.

Matt Price reports.

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Possible council tax rise for North East Lincolnshire

A rise in council tax is among North East Lincolnshire Council's proposals Credit: PA

North East Lincolnshire Council says changes in service provision and a possible rise in Council Tax are the key proposals in a report going to the Council's Cabinet meeting next week.

But the authority says it's determined to press ahead with its regeneration programmes and plans to tackle poverty amid a series of job cuts.

The Council, which due to pressures from central Government needs to save around £76m by 2017, has drawn up its Draft Budget for 2014/15.

Council Leader Chris Shaw said:

"Local government didn’t create this financial mess, but we're being left to sort it out – and that’s what we’re doing.

We’ve already made huge savings, including £12m last year alone, but the axe continues to fall our way despite the government asking much more of local councils on issues such as health delivery without providing the previous level of funding."

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Appeal to buy dream Disney trip for partially blind boy

Brody Croft from Grimsby
Brody Croft from Grimsby Credit: ITV News Calendar

The parents of a young boy from Grimsby who is losing his sight say they are overwhelmed with the response to an appeal to help pay for him a dream trip to Disney World in Florida. Brody Croft has a rare condition that has left him blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other.

Thousands of pounds has already been donated by members of the public. You can find out more about the appeal by visiting the Brody Croft appeal page on Facebook. There is also more details on a YouTube video.

Events held to mark World Diabetes Day

NHS staff are gearing up to offer free diabetes risk assessments to people across the UK.

Awareness events will be taking place all over the country including one at Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and one in Bradford.

New figures reveal that one in three people in the North East Lincolnshire area and over 45,000 people in Bradford are living with the condition without realising they have it.

New lamps for old

North East Lincolnshire has a brighter future thanks to an £8.2-million project that will see the borough’s street lights upgraded using more cost-effective state-of-art LED technology.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s development services regeneration partnership is set to replace 16,500 traditional street lamps with low energy LED lights during the next two years.

The phasing out the orange sodium lamps and replacing them with white-light LEDs will result in a clearer and cleaner light that improves visibility, whilst also making substantial savings in energy and carbon emissions.

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