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University of York wins prestigious Archaeological award

A unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr Credit: Suzy Harrison

A University of York project has won a prestigious 2016 British Archaeological award.

A team of York archaeologists won the Best Archaeological Innovation Award for their project involving the examination of a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr.

The British Archaeological Awards showcase the latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK.

"The Star Carr team are delighted to receive such a prestigious award. It is great recognition for the huge amount of research that everyone spent in the analysis of the pendant, and the innovative techniques that were tested. These have also generated much public interest which has been very pleasing."

– Professor Milner, Deputy Head of York’s Department of Archaeology
Credit: Suzy Harrison

Watch: Our report on calls for more help for seaside towns

A Seaside Tsar should be appointed to help Britain's seaside towns according to new research which paints a grim picture of the problems facing many coastal communities.

The report, commissioned by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), says that people living in seaside towns are more likely to be poorly educated, unemployed or lacking in ambition.

Watch our report here:

Read more: Five reasons why we love our seaside

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UKOOG welcomes fracking decision in North Yorkshire

UKOOG - United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas - has welcomed the decision by the planning committee of North Yorkshire County Council to approve fracking for Shale Gas at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton well.

“UKOOG welcomes the decision that has been taken today by North Yorkshire County Council, which helps to dispel many of the misleading claims that have been made about this application, as well as the process of hydraulic fracturing more generally.

We look forward to Third Energy being able to conduct a test to see how much gas is under this area of North Yorkshire to power and heat homes and businesses.”

– Ken Cronin, UKOOG

Third Energy: "This is a huge responsibility"

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy.

They've given their reaction to the outcome of the vote.

"This approval, is not as a victory, but is a huge responsibility.

We will have to deliver on our commitment, made to the committee and to the people of Ryedale, to undertake this operation safely and without impacting on the local environment."

– Rasik Valand, Chief Executive of Third Energy

Greenpeace react to North Yorkshire fracking deal

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy.

Greenpeace campaigners say they will keep fighting despite the decision.

North Yorkshire Council say they've taken into 'careful consideration' all the issues raised.

"It is striking that the overwhelming number of speakers giving evidence at the two-day hearing were against fracking and Ryedale Parish Council voted against fracking at its back door, but North Yorks Council has overlooked this and the many, many concerns that were raised locally.

This isn't over and people will continue to raise their very valid concerns and keep fighting against fracking because it will industrialise the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and contribute to climate change."

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– Daisy Sands, Greenpeace's head of energy campaign

Fracking in Kirby Misperton given the go ahead

Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire where fracking WILL now go ahead Credit: ITV

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy, paving way for first fracking in UK for five years.

Anti-fracking protestors were warned to stay within the law as the plans were debated.

After the decision around 200 protestors started chanting 'we shall overcome' outside County Hall.

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