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Wind warning may close Redheugh Bridge

Redheugh Bridge. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One of the main routes across the River Tyne in Newcastle, Redheugh Bridge, may be closed by high winds from the early hours of tomorrow morning, January 29.

The Met Office has issued a strong overnight wind warning, as Storm Gertrude sweeps across the country.

Early reports suggest that the Redheugh Bridge may be closed from 3am to midday, possibly to high-sided vehicles only.

But if the winds are very strong, the bridge could be closed to all users.

Northumbria Police say a decision will be taken overnight on whether the closure is necessary for safety reasons.

Businesses in York could get share of £5million flood compensation

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Businesses in York could benefit from a share of a proposed 5 million pound fund set up to help those affected by recent flooding.

It's to help small and medium sized companies reopen and safeguard jobs for local people.

An initial £1.4m will be made available with the full £5m awaiting final approval by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board at their meeting on 4 February.

The Business Flood Recovery Fund is expected to be in place by next week with grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 available. The fund could support businesses with investments like new equipment or hire costs for machinery. It could also go towards implementing internal flood resilience measures. Each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said:

“This fund will go a long way to helping businesses get back on their feet. It will provide even more support on top of the £70,000 in grants we’ve already paid to businesses here inYork, and is in addition to ensuring many are exempt from paying businesses rates which so far is at the value of over £400,000.

– Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council

The application form will be available from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) next week and via local authority growth managers across the region.

Businesses are encouraged to get in touch by calling 0113 348 1818 or emailing businessgrowth@the-lep.com to find out more.

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