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Roadworks on IOM before start of TT

Major roadworks are being carried out on one of the most dangerous routes on the Isle of Man in preparation for the TT motorcycle festival.

Work is taking place at the Waterworks and Mountain Mile to prevent the hazardous routes from becoming impassable.

The mountain road is a popular route for tourists visiting for the TT races in June each year. Phil Gawne is from the MHK's Department of Infrastructure

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100 days on from Boxing Day floods

100 days on from the Boxing Day floods many people affected are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were flooded in the deluge in December 2015.

One of the worst hit areas was Whalley, Ribble Valley, where the River Calder burst its banks.

Flood defences are being restored but there is no promise that they will hold in the future.

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Flood recovery fund increases target to £7million

Flooding in Carlisle after Storm Desmond Credit: ITV Border

The group raising money for Cumbria's flood victims has increased its fundraising target to £7million.

Cumbria Community Foundation's Flood Recovery Appeal has already raised £5.7million, but says the cost of December's floods to the county is rising.

The appeal has so far supported more than 2,000 households – 35% of all those affected - with 30-35 grants being awarded per day. An average of £188,000 is being awarded per week with most people receiving money within 48 hours of their applications being considered.

The charity is expecting to see more households applying as families return to their homes - many are still in temporary accommodation.

“The Flood Recovery Appeal has so far responded to the immediate crisis phase of the flooding. We know, however, that recovery takes a long time. Our experience of managing flood funds in 2005 and 2009 tells us that we will need to continue to support some families for 12-18 months after the floods.

“We need to be able to help re-build valuable community facilities and to support the work that charities have done to support people affected by the floods.

“If the appeal continues to spend at the current rate it would be spent up by July 2016. Our trustees are monitoring expenditure to ensure those in greatest need are prioritised.

“We encourage anyone facing financial hardship as a result of the flooding to seek help through the Appeal if they have not done so already.”

– Andy Beeforth, Cumbria Community Foundation chief executive

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Anti AND pro-fracking protesters gather in Blackpool as energy firm appeals decision not to frack

Protesters gather in Blackpool

Pro and anti-fracking protesters have gathered outside Blackpool Football club where the five-week hearing is taking place.

Energy firm Cuadrilla is appealing against the decision not to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire.

The company wants to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, on the Fylde Coast.

In June 2015 Lancashire County Council rejected both planning applications.

The hearing is being chaired by a planning inspector but the final decision will be made by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark.

A public inquiry looking into the decision not to allow fracking in Lancashire has got underway.

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