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March against wind farm developments

Campaigners against further wind farms in East Yorkshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Campaigners opposed to more wind farms in East Yorkshire will march through Beverley this morning before delivering their demands to the planning department of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The area already has the highest density of wind turbines in England with 2 hundred and 23 either built, approved or pending consideration.

Downton star Egan backs opposition to beagle farm

Downton Abbey star Peter Egan Credit: ITV

Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, who plays Lady Rose's father Shrimpie Flintshire, has backed campaigners opposed to controversial plans for a beagle farm in East Yorkshire.

The American-based owners of the exisitng facility at Grimston have announced they intend to appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission to extend the premises.

Today the TV and film star, best known for his role in the hit TV sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, signed a petition opposing the appeal.

He said: "“I am deeply shocked that Beagles, the most docile and people friendly of all dogs, are so cruelly abused and their tender nature taken advantage of for experiments that are of no benefit to humans._

"Current science proves that animals are not able to predict the responses of human patients. So lets stop experimenting on these animals. _

"They are our companions and have done enough already to help us evolve and keep us safe in so many areas. _

"For example, protecting our borders. guiding the blind. finding survivors in disaster zones. reducing our blood pressure, not to mention the huge benefits they contribute to anyone who has an animal in their daily lives.”_

Campaigners vow to continue fight against beagle farm

Campaigners in East Yorkshire said today that they will continue to fight expansion plans for a beagle breeding facility just north of Withernsea for as long as it takes.

The American owned B & K Universal, which supplies dogs for the UK animal testing industry, have twice had applications to expand their research and development site at Grimston turned down .

They have now submitted yet another formal appeal. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Government urged to reject beagle farm plans

Opponents to the Grimston beagle farm Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Animal rights campaigners are urging the Government to reject an appeal for a new beagle farm in Yorkshire.

The controversial plans attracted tens of thousands of objections before being turned down by East Riding Council’s planning committee last year after hearing it would blight the lives of residents in the village of Grimston.

But now the owners of the controversial animal research facility, have appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. It says the new building is needed to remain competitive, safeguard existing jobs and create ten more and “improve animal welfare.”

The plans, which campaigners said would have seen as many 300 breeding dogs - each producing litters of five - housed at Grimston, saw opposition from celebrities including Ricky Gervais, naturalist Chris Packham and radio presenter Mark Radcliffe.

Jan Creamer , the Chief executive of the National Anti-Vivisection Society said: " Dogs are pumped with fertilisers, pesticides and drugs and killed after suffering in crude and painful experiments. Poisoning dogs when more sophisticated scientific methods are available is unjustifiable.

“The Government has promised to reduce the number of animal experiments, so we urge the Planning Inspectorate to once again reject Bantin & Kingman Universal’s plans to breed beagles in Yorkshire for experiments.”

But a spokesman for the Grimston operation said without the development the future of the facility “will be put in doubt - with possibly severe knock-on effects for jobs.”


Calls to reject new homes plan thwarted as council asks for more details

Plans for a new housing estate on the edge of Beverley have been put on hold. Developers want to build 182 new homes in Molescroft.

People living there are campaigning against the estate, which they say is too big - something the company behind the plans disputes.

This afternoon councillors decided to send the proposals back for a rethink. James Webster reports.

Primary school saved from closure

Campaigners protesting over planned closure of Dunswell Primary Credit: ITV Yorkshire

An East Yorkshire primary school threatened with closure looks to have been saved.East Riding Council wanted to close Dunswell, Langtoft and Gembling primaries.

But following a massive campaign by parents and teachers the Department of Education has given the go-ahead for Dunswell to break away from the local authority and be taken under the wing of Swanland Primary School Academy Trust.

The future of Langtoft and Gambling primary schools is still unsure and council chiefs are expected to approve their closure next week.

Essential road repairs - Molescroft

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to resurface Driffield Road, Molescroft, between the Molescroft and Driffield Road roundabouts, this month. The work will start on Monday, 15 October and take six working days to complete.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation, but to minimise disruption to motorists and the travelling public, engineers will work restricted hours, between 9.15am-3.15pm, Monday to Friday, in order to avoid peak times.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and access to residents living in The Lawns will also be maintained.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council fined for school oil leak

The council was fined £18,000 after oil from a Withernsea School’s heating system leaked into a nearby watercourse.

York Magistrates’ Court heard the council admitted a charge of causing polluting matter to enter inland fresh waters in January last year.

A strong odour of fuel oil was detected and the following day an oily discharge was found from an outflow pipe into a watercourse near the school.

The oil dispersed through drains to the nearby watercourse, which feeds Winestead Drain, a wildlife haven which itself feeds into the Humber Estuary.

The oil was coming from a storage tank which serves the school’s oil-fired central heating system. The council, which owns and maintains the school, called in contractors to contain the spill. The volume of leaked oil was not significantly large, the court heard.