Controversial changes at a North Yorkshire hospital come into place today.
There will no longer be an overnight children's ward at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton with families having to travel to Middlesbrough, Darlington or Harrogate for emergency care instead.
Campaigners had fought to stop the changes, but it was decided the units were too small to be safe.
Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group have said the following:
Changes needed to be made to children’s and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital as both the CCG and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (which runs the hospital) had serious concerns about the future safety of the services. They were worried that doctors working there would not be able to retain their clinical skills and develop new ones because there were not enough mums-to-be and children using the services.The new model for children’s and maternity services, developed by all GPs in the area, will ensure services for local mothers, families and children are safer, better quality and sustainable for the future.
Starting generally cloudy with occasional light rain, this mainly across the Pennines.
Eastern locations are likely to be predominantly dry, with some limited brightness.
Dry and clear conditions spreading south later.
Maximum Temperature 16C.
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Police are currently searching in and around the Redcar area for a vulnerable missing man.
52-year-old Bryan Rawstron is described as a white male, 5’7” tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair which is greying. He has a short trimmed goatee beard and is possibly wearing a light coloured or white short sleeved shirt with a collar and thin hoops around the chest area. He is also possibly wearing jeans or grey tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone who has seen Bryan is asked to contact Cleveland Police.
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Controversial plans for the world's biggest potash mine to be sunk in the North York Moors National Park are to be submitted today.
The firm behind the £1bn scheme near Whitby, says it would create 1,000 jobs, but critics say it would blight one of the region's finest landscapes and pave the way for other large scale developments in Britain's national parks.
The mine would target the world's largest untapped reserve of polyhalite - a mineral which is used as fertiliser to boost crop yields.
North York Moors National Park officials said today the mine is believed to be the largest ever major development proposal submitted to a National Park Authority in England.
If operating today at full capacity of 13 million tonnes of polyhalite ore per year, it is understood that the mine would be the world’s largest potash mine in terms of the amount of potash extracted.
The plan involves the construction of two 1,500 metre deep mine shafts on land at Dove’s Nest Farm, near Sneaton, four miles south of Whitby.
Also planned is a 250 metre deep tunnel running 23 miles from the mine site to Wilton on Teesside where the extracted mineral would be granulated for export.
The tunnel would have an access shaft at Dove’s Nest Farm and three intermediate access points on the route to Wilton, one within the national park, near Egton, the second just outside the park boundaries near Lockwood Beck Reservoir and the third near Guisborough.
The Authority understands the significance of the proposals and will carefully assess the planning considerations of the development which will include the environmental impacts and economic benefits. We will approach the new application with an open mind and the proposed development will be determined in the context of our local plan policies and government policy which is that major development should not take place in National Parks unless there are exceptional circumstances of public interest. I want to assure people that we will take all relevant considerations into account before reaching any decision.
We believe we have a compelling planning case that clearly demonstrates that the York Potash Project can deliver exceptional economic benefits, not only locally here in North Yorkshire and in Teesside but also for the wider UK economy.
We have planned the project with a very high regard for the environment and where possible minimising associated impacts. However, it is now for each authority to determine the applications according to the relevant policies and we keenly await their decisions.
A decision on whether to grant the mine permission is expected next year.
Final plans are being submitted to create Europe's largest potash mine. York Potash hope to build the £2bn mine on the North York Moors National Park. Campaigners argue it could ruin the environment but supporters say it would bring jobs.
Last year, the controversial plans were deferred till now. York Potash asked for more time to submit further details on the application - deferring the decision for a third time.