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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our economy's grown faster this year than London's.
In a new water claims this region is number one for economic growth. `` a
new report. Also, Jessica and I are on a journey to find out just how
safe it is these days to cycle on our roads. Plus, drivers ard told to
expect major changes here as a mile long stretch of the new road opens
for the first time. And find out why this silver collection has `ttracted
thousands of people to Lincolnshire. ??PREVSUB
More good news on the East Lidlands' continuing recovery
Our economy is the fastest growing region in England so far thhs year,
That's according to a report by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
They found the economy here is now 4% bigger than it was a year ago,
This time it's the retail sector leading the way.
the future is looking bright for this zip manufacturer in Lehcester.
These apply major high stredt chains. They are recruiting more
staff and have seen a major increase in orders. We used to have hardly
any orders but now they ought for months in advance we are taking on
up to four people. `` three or four months. It is 4% bigger than a year
ago and is growing twice as fast as this time last year. Hotspots
include Leicestershire and Rutland, South and West Derbyshire, so it is
not the city 's leading the way Leicester, Derby and Nottingham also
blew the output but for now the recovery is moving faster elsewhere.
Retail is the hottest sector, up by 5.4%. Distribution like all those
weird houses along the M1. `` we're houses. `` warehouses. It is almost
a year since the Governor of the bank of England gave a speech to
business leaders citing that this business region was a bellwdther for
economic recovery. It was hdre that the governor made that remark and on
the surface it does seem like things have improved but underneath the
picture is more complicated. The region has seen the biggest drop in
wages in the country, a loss of around ?36 per week compared to the
previous year. So what does this growth mean for those who lhve here?
I am feeling the pinch more than four or five years ago. Everything
is going up and we have had no pay rise. We have been lucky, mx husband
has had a PI is at work which made things easier. The macro thhs year I
have been on holiday twice. The region has moved to national leader
and for companies like this one it is looking like a promising road
ahead. First there was good news, then bad news, what is going on
Mixed signals. We were told unemployment was falling thdn we
were told our wages are falling in the same period, then we ard told
the region is the fastest`growing in England for 2014. The truth is, the
economic recovery is not a simple picture. In the first three months
of this year the East Midlands was best for economic growth in England.
That was largely due to manufacturing. When you look at the
second quarter, the picture emerging is that the service sector hs doing
particularly well. We heard about that company in the piece, retail
distribution. They are quitd different. The truth is, anx
recovery is welcome but I think what a load of business leaders `nd the
government will be hoping for is for sustained growth. We will bd hoping
for manufacturing and possibly exports as well. We will le`ve it
there. Thank you. new figures show that in recent
years the number of people cycling But cycling campaigners clahm
the city's just too dangerots to July, a cyclist was killed
as she rode to work. Now the government's given
Nottingham an extra six million This report from our
Political Editor John Hess. Most days this woman cycles to work.
As a cyclist there is nowhere else to go but on the road and some
hearts have potholes. `` parts. There is a lot of hype from the city
council about how rain it is. How good it is for cyclists, but that
isn't quite true. We are he`ding through the city, we have mhst the
rush`hour and we are on the way to speak to someone about cyclhng
policy. Deal are going to bd more casualties because there ard more
people cycling. `` there ard. In Nottingham last year there was one
death among 130 casualties, Leicestershire's casualty toll was
172 and Derby's was 94. Ask any driver or pedestrian and thdy will
tell you when it comes to s`fety on wheels not all cyclists adopt the
Highway code. It is important drivers accept cyclists are there
and likewise cyclists accept drivers aren't there and give them courtesy.
Cycle campaigners say they want to see more lanes like this so it is
safe for the driver and cyclist too. Good roads be safer for cycling I
put that question to the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council.
Yes, we could, but it will take time. Do you believe that for many
cyclists the city feels dangerous? I do. I cycle myself, I do not find it
that dangerous. Statistics show Nottingham is safer than thd
national average. It seems that they are not so many cycle tracks. Some
of it is to do with an historic road configurations but we are wdak we
are introducing cycle tracks. `` where we can. There is an accusation
that cycling has slipped off of the agenda. That is not the casd, there
is a lot of future investment going on but at the moment money hs short
and it will take some time to get where we want to be.
Coming up in a moment, the latest on the A453.
And there's both good news `nd bad. The same could be said
of the weather. Here's Mel.
Police investigating the murder of a Nottingham man have arrested
two people, following what they say is the discovery of fresh evidence.
Bogdan Navrotski, a 22`year`old Polish man who was
living in Radford, disappeared from his home in January.
Despite large scale searches and appeals, he's not been seen since.
Two men aged 28 and 39 have been arrested on suspicion of murder
Nearly 70 current and former students at
the University of Derby are seeking compensation over fears thex've been
It follows the discovery th`t a worker at the university's health
clinic was re`using syringe barrels for taking blood tests and
More than 600 students, past and present, fear they may have
been infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
A ?1,000 reward is being offered for information about a number
of burglaries that followed a huge fire in Leicester a fortnight ago.
Three houses and a service station in Melton Road
were ransacked after they'd been evacuated during the factorx fire.
Cash and jewellery were among the items taken.
The charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward
for information leading to the arrest of those responshble
Drivers who use the A453 in Nottinghamshire are being told
to expect significant changds in the road layout from tomorrow.
A small section of the new carriageway will open
It's being described as a milestone by those in charge
But drivers and holidaymakers are being warned to pay attention to the
It may only be a small stretch of road but it is a giant leap towards
the white and carriageway. Drivers will be diverted onto this now
completed part of the carri`geway. What can they expect tomorrow
morning? Two`way traffic saw no change in the existing road. They
need to be cheerful because it is a new road layout but they nedd to pay
attention to all of the signs. That safety advice is important. Although
this will be the future westbound dual carriageway, for now it will be
used by traffic in both dirdctions. This road runs past the powdr
station and parallel to the current road which will now close as the
carriageway is diverted over here so work can start over there. This is
just the start. A further two miles will open in two weeks time )
further road will open but ht will remain single carriageway until next
spring. We have had the bendfit of a mild summer but I am confiddnt we
will have this finished by the beginning of May next year. The road
will close by eight o'clock tonight so it could affect people travelling
to the airport ahead of a holiday. The long awaited work to widen this
road enters its final eight months. Well all the details of those road
changes are on our Facebook page, there's the address. And we'll be
keeping you up to date with various planned diversions and clostres on
the A453 as that work procedds and we'll put all the details on
Facebook for you. we'll put all the details on
Facebook for you. we'll put all the details on
Facebook for you. we'll put all the details on
Facebook for you. Sticking with the report. Order
staff are blaming long queuds on 14 flights arriving in quick
succession. Managers say thdy are considering installing a covered
walkway after passengers colplained of having to stand outside hn the
rain. Plans for a quarry at a beauty spot have been thrown out. They
wanted to install industrial stone soars but the Peak District National
authority has refused saying it is too close to ancient monuments. The
final designs for a new art gallery in Leicester have been rele`sed An
extension of the University Centre for arts will open next year. It
will be the first of its kind since the city Gallery closed four years
ago. It will have free entrx for the public. Silver service norm`lly used
for state functions at Downhng Street has been put on display at
the grand film. Other reporter is one of those getting a tastd of
number ten. The grand dining room is exceptionally busy. This is why
This silver service, normally reserved for state functions at
Downing Street, is on displ`y. The collection was created in 1892 and
has been used by most of thd world's heads of state. These plates
each up there own individual design and story, this one, we belheve was
used by Nelson Mandela. It was produced specifically for the
purpose of state banquets at number ten. Already 9000 people have come
to see it from across the country. It is wonderful. I would like to
take some porn! It is magnificent and saw amazing to get to sde
something used by so many hdads of state. `` take some headrool! There
is still time for you to sed it A rare chance for you to see some
Number ten silver on our doorstep. Still to come, in cricket, @lex
Hales talks about his England call up. And ideas to keep the khds
occupied in the long summer holidays. We are just five linutes
from the city centre here. Get paddling! That was harsh. No ice
creams either! Now the sport. Early days but not in Forest fans will
enjoy looking at the championship table today. The Reds have gone top
after the win at Bournemouth last night. Derby County suffered the
first defeat of the season. The Nottingham Forest manager h`d been
critical of his defence at the weekend but last night they played
the art site. The defence hdld during a first`half bombardlent The
statistics will tell you how one`sided it was. 11 first`half
corners to one. Just minutes into the second half defences were
reached by Callum Wilson. No surprise to anyone that ever saw
this man in a forest shark. And the third of the season for this man was
scored to level the game. After being second best for most of the
match, Forest stole all thrde points. Level on points with
Cardiff, Millwall and Charlton. The defensive record only lasted 11
minutes for this team as Ch`rlton scored. The equaliser was a cracker
from the edge of the box. There were lots of problems and after dancing
through the defence this man was brought down and Charlton Rdid took
the lead from the penalty box. Then Charlton's third was headed home.
The game was lost and the R`ms with four points from three slipped to
13. Else we are there were wins for Notts County and Mansfield town The
first win of the season for Notts County. There were sending hs off.
The game against Colchester was hoped to boot last Saturday's
performance behind them. After seven minutes the first call. And then
during the second half this was scored and the manager was sent to
the stand for his protests `bout it being off site. There were late
sendings off of Jeevan Keand and Mickey Rourke. Chris Clements close
range effort rolled over thd line after just two minutes in this game,
the only one of the match. Hn cricket, Notts outlaws have a big
game in the one`day Royal London cup. A win for Notts will gtarantee
them a place in the quarterfinals. They are chasing 303 for victory.
Alex Hales is in good form, fresh from being cold up to the England
one`day squad. I caught up with him earlier to see how he feels about
the prospect of his one`day debut against India next week. I `m really
excited about it. I feel re`dy. It has taken a while to get into that
squad. Now you get your chance here. Definitely, I have enjoyed ly T 0
expedience so far and the sdlectors said you have to show as yot can
compile and build innings. H have hopefully shown that this ydar and
feel ready for the step up. My aim at the start of the year was to push
for the World Cup squad. So far I have managed to get into thd squad
and impress for selection for the World Cup. How about the test site?
Could we maybe see you knocking on the door there as well? That is my
rain, I will have to keep working hard and performing well for Notts.
Hopefully we can see you continue that with England in the ond`day
side? Yes, it will be a real test of everybody's skill. War medal success
for our swimmers in the European Championships. Adam Petrie swam a
great second leg on the bre`ststroke to give Britain a two second lead.
And they got medal came homd for Fran in a world record time. It is
fantastic, I have to maintahn it. It is good fun. Finally, big
congratulations to this Nottinghamshire gymnast, frdsh from
her sister's medal success `t the Commonwealth Games, she has won her
own at the youth Olympics. @ll the hard work has paid off, she has
picked up a bronze medal to prove she is a real prospect for the real
Olympics in two years time. Great stuff from heart. That is all yours
bought. And just before the weathered the last part of our
schools out CDs for the sumler. `` CDs. The `` `` series.. This might
not be your first choice of places to bring the kids during thd
holidays but it is an international success with bases in China and
Asia. In 1928 these stunning gowns were given as a gift and officially
opened as a college later that year. In 1948 it was awarded univdrsity
status. Albert Einstein, Gandhi and HG Wells have visited to lecture.
This pleases far more than just learning. There are a host of
activities to keep the kids occupied. Let's go on the bhke. Two
children. I'm worn out, it shall be go and do something else? Anyone
fancy a round of golf? All right! She recall. BBC Radio Nottingham on
the rain about to hit a hold in one. OK, the winner is Jeff. Yes And
there is even open air ping`pong. And ice rain. `` ice cream. If you
like it we can sign you up for September. I was thinking ftrther
away! Now the weather. August is still fairly cool and it cotld feel
fresher still tomorrow. The bees will pick up. This beautiful picture
was from earlier this morning. That is when we saw the best sunshine. It
was quite chilly but clouds bubble up as we head through the
afternoon. This evening showers will feed and most places will h`ve clear
skies. Temperatures will fall sharply. Overnight lows arotnd nine
Celsius in towns and cities. In the countryside it could dip as low as 4
degrees. A fresh start to Thursday morning. The best brightness first
thing again. There will be some outbreaks of showery rain. Not
everyone will see these showers but everyone will notice the brdeze It
will feel fresher than tempdratures suggest. Highs of 16 or 17 degrees.
Another cool bay with some sunshine but also a few showers. That is the
story heading into the weekdnd. Saturday will have some dry or
bright spells but also a few showers. This high pressure will
build later in the day and `t the moment Sandy will be the best day of
the bank holiday weekend. This rain will make inroads and it will take
until the early hours of Monday Some rain at some point over the
bank holiday weekend, timing and certain. The temperatures whll
remain fairly cool heading hnto next week. Dominic said earlier that is
not cold but it is cold for August. That is not actually cold! Goodbye.
We've got factory boys and butchers' apprentices and office clerks
Don't stop moving! If you go back you'll die!