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Here in the east, as CrossRail comes to Essex, concern grows over


plans for its hub station. And will the Olympic legacy deliver


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Hello and welcome to Sunday Politics East. I'm Etholle George.


Coming up, CrossRail is coming to town. From Maidenhead to the west,


Essex is the home of its eastern terminus, but can this station cope


with the increase in passengers? But first, let's introduce our


guests for this week. Gavin Shuker, Labour's MP for Luton South, and


for the Conservatives, Councillor Stephen Castle, who is Essex County


Council's Cabinet Member for Education and the London 2012 Games.


Let's begin with a quick word about Barclays being fined �290 million


for manipulating the inter bank lending rate, a sort of baseline


that other interest rates are set from. This happened between 2005


and 2009 under a Labour Government, and you failed to regulate the


banks. I think there was a global failure of regulation. The big fear


at that time it was it that we were over regulating. You need to get


the regulation right. To say that there was no move by Labour on this,


it is not true. It looks like other banks could be involved. There is a


fresh scandal that we have featured before over businesses buying


interest rate swaps. What about this cultural shift in banking,


will that be enough to change things. I run a small business in


the region and we struggled with their less RBS made of electronic


banking recently. -- with that mess. Behaviours are unacceptable.


I want to talk about the Olympics. They are nearly upon us. Just 26


days until the curtain goes up on land and when did well. There


venues are ready and so are the athletes, but are we? At the


beginning of the bed, nine years ago, 2012 or was about the legacy


and what can be achieved by the power of sport? Will it really


inspire a generation? It is fast, it is furious, handball


is a cross between a rugby and basketball. Thanks to the Olympics,


there will be extra money to help support the sport and going towards


schools and supporting schools at grass roots. It is not just sports


clubs getting a boost, there are We will be here for a lot of


The finishing touches are being made to this massive Olympic


inspired a aquatics centre in Luton. It is to open in August. We cannot


wait to deliver programmes for the children and four adults and for


everybody in Luton. We want them all to get involved in sport.


date, more than �50 million has been invested in Olympic related


projects in the east. When I went to visit the momentum -- the


mountain biking, it is a popular sport in France and Belgium, so


they asked it to come out here. We have people from 17 different


countries. At a recent launch in Brussels, Amy -- MEPs were put


through their paces. Its is very popular. It was part of a promotion


to show how the East of England is playing its part in the Olympic


dream. The international athletes have been over as much as they can.


The venue is very accessible to them. Unlike in Beijing. At home,


there is still concern over their government's slashing of Labour's


schools partnership scheme which promoted a variety of sport in that


school. School ports medallist in two children and young people. --


school sports at meant it listening to children and young people. We


want young people to have a positive attitude towards sport and


physical education. Since the 1980s, obesity has increased threefold. In


the east, one in five children are obese by the age of 10. We have


seen children get excited about the Olympics, but it is what about what


happens next. Can be carry on? infrastructure should be a long-


term benefit to the region but questions remained whether the


Olympics will improve health and fitness? What is in no doubt is the


enthusiasm for the games with just a few weeks to go. Are you all


excited? Yes! Joining us now is Dr Gavin


Sandercock from the University of Essex. Our research shows that


children's fitness levels, their aerobic fitness, their ability to


run, is declining. We are looking at a 10% decline in the last 10


years. When we measure of their strength and ability to jump, that


is going down even faster. These are starker declines. That is


independent of how far they are. They are just getting less effect.


-- how fat they are. What about the Olympic legacy? There is some quite


shocking evidence from Sydney that people develop apathy. Having all


these amazing athlete in town discourages them. Other places,


with the exception of Barcelona are who had a huge infrastructure


investment following the games, have shown no real legacy. There


has been no evidence of an actual increase in public health or


physical activity due to the Olympics. What about the


infrastructure? We saw a great list of brand new infrastructure, that


will help? The infrastructure is fantastic and it is fantastic they


have put it out beyond the Olympic village. But it is not a case of


building it and they will come. Having something on your doorstep


does not mean they will be used. The people who can benefit most


from improving their physical activity and improving their


fitness just a little bit are the least active. In order to get very


inactive people to start, the need education, ongoing support, high-


quality physical education and leadership Ms Ward. -- in the sport.


Well at levels of sport used to be raised? Are a agree with what he


has said. We have to plan for the legacy. The London Games had a


legacy literally from the start. That legacy was as much about


getting people involved in sport, getting people physically active as


about building fantastic facilities. There have been programmes put in


place and that is unique. What about places like Luton? Are you


feeling the benefits? In that film, we saw the Olympic-sized swimming


pool that be built there. That will be great. I launched a report in


Parliament this week along with their sports think tank looking at


the benefits of sport. There are many benefits of sport, we should


value of sport on the basis of the joy that it brings us. Not


necessarily get economic or health benefits, because they are much


harder to prove. What do you make of what Stephen Castle has said,


there has been this plan in place? What about the study you will be


conducting? The active people survey showed his first drop in


sports participation for 10 years. Physical activity levels, or rather


for his levels have dropped. We have to be careful of that type of


survey. The work that we are doing in some of the Olympic boroughs is


testing children's fitness level using objective measures before and


after the Games. In some schools, we are going him and giving


children activity... Elite athletes are not necessarily good role


models. They need local role models. They need their parents to be


active. Thank you very much. Are you confident that there will


be a positive impact from all this? Yes, there is a positive impact


already through business and culture. But the sports and


physical activity impact has to be the most important from their games.


They venues we have got will motivate people. If there is one


thing you want to do in terms of legacy, it is to welcome a group of


people were you will get out -- square and you will get the most


Tomorrow, more than 40 MPs are expected to gather at Liverpool


Street station to set out the region's first rail manifesto. On


the wish-list is a new track around Chelmsford which will allow faster


trains on the InterCity line to London. An upgrade of the Ely North


junction which could lead to more frequent services to Cambridge and


London. And improvements to the Ipswich to Peterborough or lime.


All the local authorities are coming together to describe their


vision for the railway for the next 20 years. No one has done it before.


That is why we have got this Cinderella service and we are not


exploiting our economy as fully as we could do. People in the region


do not have the kind of benefits from a good rail service that they


should have. Meanwhile, the biggest rail project in Europe is moving


closer to Essex as cross rail -- as cross rail links Maidenhead to the


West with Shenfield to the east. But there is dismay at the lack of


upbraid work -- upgrade work planned for the station.


Shenfield station on a Monday morning. Busy now, and passenger


numbers are likely to increase when CrossRail arrives. A new Line a


platform will be built here but there will be no major upgrade to


the station facilities. CrossRail is the biggest infrastructure


project in Western Europe at a cost of �14.8 billion. Trains will run


directly under central London, lending Maidenhead in the West with


Shenfield in the east. But look at these two stations at either end of


the line. Maidenhead with two entrances, Shenfield with one. A


white platform in Maidenhead, Shenfield with a much more narrow


one. But according to initial plans on the cross rail website, it is


Maidenhead a walk that most of the upgrade work. -- Maidenhead will


get most of the upgrade work. I am not happy about the current plans.


That is why I have organised a meeting with the town council, the


District Council, the county council and with CrossRail. I felt


somebody had to bring these organisations together. So while


Maidenhead gets a makeover, are people in Essex are being short-


changed? They are not getting a raw deal. Every station is getting what


it needs. The people getting a raw deal are the people using the


station in Maidenhead. Maidenhead need some more money is spent on it.


What people in Essex will get is a lot of disruption. Local traders


are concerned. The message to small business owners here is one of


reassurance, but Network Rail and CrossRail have not said exactly


when the construction work will take place. That uncertainty is


worrying traders. Just after Easter, we had three weeks of serious


disruption and saw a 40% drop in football in the town because


customers could not park. -- foot fall in the town. Not worked real


says it has listened to local concerns and has revised the plants.


But they will not reveal what has changed, saying the new plans will


be published in the next few weeks. One of the criticisms has been that


the County Council has not been communicating with the borough


council, what do you say to that? disagree with that. We have been


working with cross rail to try and ensure that the best month that is


needed goes in there. -- that the investment. We have seen the


facilities at the station, what about this wider platform, this


extra 80,000 people? That is what we have been talking to CrossRail


about. It is not just about entrances to the station. It is


about the impact of people travelling to Shenfield in


different ways. Are you confident that it will be fit for purpose?


think it will. It is a huge project. The implications of it is something


we are working on now and we are developing the data to tell us how


much more needs investing. Often, as the usage of the facility, like


Stansted Airport, determines what happens next. Do you agree that


there needs to be more investment to boost are standing here?


economy is not growing. You need to invest in infrastructure. If you


are investing in infrastructure, real is the number one priority. --


for rail. There is some progress in terms of putting money into the


projects. Written station is one of the 10 worst stations in the United


Kingdom. The government cancelled the Grad that was going to it. We


have old fashioned facilities. -- cancelled the grunt.


Now it's time for Deborah McGurran's weekly roundup with fuel


for thought. And all in 60 seconds. Workers at Coryton oil refinery


heard this week that they will lose their jobs as the plant in Essex is


to close. And fuel hit the headlines as the Government U-


turned on the planned rise in duty this summer, which delighted


campaigning Essex MP Robert Halfon. I am over the moon for the millions


of motorists across the East of England. This is the number one


issue affecting my constituents. Treasury Secretary and Norwich MP


Chloe Smith was sent to defend the decision, which had taken


Westminster by surprise. When was the decision taken? It has been


under consideration for some time. When it was the decision taken?


When we you talk? It is no wonder she said this. While the fallout


from Miss Smith's interrogation dominated the blogosphere, we can


all rest easy now Louise Mensh has promised her new social media


website is safe, phew! The government has done more U-


turns than a stunt driver, the budget's in tatters, it makes the


government look incompetent. The budget is in tatters. Does it make


the coalition look incompetent? think it is a case of responding to


what is happening on the ground. The economic situation is changing.


It is much worse than we thought when we came into power. The global


failure has been bigger than we expected. Any measures to help the


taxpayer has got to be the right thing to do. If it is right to


change, that is the right thing to do. The government was following a


Labour's plans. Recalled for a reduction in the price of fuel and


we have got it. -- 0 recalled. The number of U-turns power crucially


undermining our fiscal... But you are following the Labour plans.


would not be in this position where there is no growth at all. We


should have grown 3.7%. We have actually shrunk. The plan is not


working and all those U-turns do not help. We have to leave it there.


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