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Hello and welcome. Tonight, forced pensioners having to move out with


no guarantee of a new place. It makes me feel tearful. That and


no guarantee of a new place. It multi—million pound deal to bring


jobs and leisure facilities to Silverstone. Welcomed by some but


how will the new a 14 affect already congested local roads? And back


how will the new a 14 affect already the future, the project to return


Dozens of pensioners are being forced out of their homes to make


way for a multi—million pound new care facility. Many of the residents


at Langley Court in Saint Ives are in their 80s and 90s. They were


called to a coffee morning to hear what was termed exciting news. When


they arrived, they were told that their sheltered housing was being


demolished. Understandably, some strong feelings there tonight. Yes,


I have been speaking to people here for much of the day, and to say


I have been speaking to people here understatement. Many are upset and


angry. Angry at the way it has been happening at all. It's been her


angry. Angry at the way it has been for 15 years. But she could be out


by Christmas. Devastated, really devastated. I just could relieve my


ears. At 92, she didn't think she was going anywhere. It wrecks my


heart. Even the thought of it now, it makes me feel tearful. In all


honesty. Because I love my daughters daily but I wouldn't like to live


with them and I don't think they would like me to live with them


either! It hasn't worked, they are happy and we are happy as we are. 50


people live at Langley Court. Today the mood is more up eight but they


were told about a closing at a coffee morning. Disgusted, really.


The way it was sprung upon us. When we got the letter, they said it


The way it was sprung upon us. When good news for the residents and


The way it was sprung upon us. When people of Saint Ives. It is not


The way it was sprung upon us. When for me if I have got to move out. I


do understand, . The plan is falling liquid to be demolished and in its


place, a home for people who need a greater level of care. This is what


is planned to be created. It is greater level of care. This is what


development. It offers more carers, and they say they cannot ignore


development. It offers more carers, has an ageing ablation. But it's not


for everyone, even at 92, some are not ready for full—time care. Mum


doesn't need that, doesn't want not ready for full—time care. Mum


lose her independence. My sister and I help her but she wouldn't let


lose her independence. My sister and take her independence away. They


don't know when they will go but it could be before the end of the year.


Some people have made arrangements to leave the home here but others


insist they are not going anywhere, they going to stay, but something is


going to have to give. They will be a new centre here by 2015. The


company behind it say it must do all it can to try and ease pressures on


what can be struggling care system. denied that breaking the news to


residents at a coffee morning was insensitive. We wanted to make sure


they could ask questions in real time of the staff who were there in


front of them, who could give them all the answers that they required


was felt much better and sensitive to do that rather than perhaps to


write the residents, where they might be worried about what they


were reading and have no immediate answered. But this was branded as


exciting news, for most of those residents, this extra care facility


you are creating there won't be residents, this extra care facility


any use to them, they don't need it. But isn't actually the case. Around


20% of the residents who already live there do need some kind of


care, and therefore they would like to be eligible for the new scheme.


By 2021, there will be 10,000 more elderly people with dementia in


Cambridgeshire, all throughout the country, councils and organisations


like us are making plans to either build new extra care facilities


like us are making plans to either housing, which in the future, won't


really meet the needs of a growing population who have higher levels of


dependency. Is there not room for both of these facilities? Could


dependency. Is there not room for not have left the sheltered housing


where it was and found another site? The sites that are available


for such facilities are not around at the moment. Also, namely Court is


refurbishment in the next few years —— Langley Court. So actually, it is


a sensible decision to make the change now. So this is not because


your company will be paid more for extra care facilities than it is for


sheltered housing, it's not about money? Not at all. Luminus is a


nonprofit making organisation, we understand it is of concern, we


nonprofit making organisation, we give it our guarantee to make it as


stress—free as possible them and we guarantee that would ever they


choose to do, we will try and make it the highest priority they get


their choice. If they move into it the highest priority they get


of our extra care schemes, or a traditional shelter scheme, we will


make sure they feel safe and secure Next, the Transport Secretary says


commuters in this region will be some of the main beneficiaries of a


new country virtual high—speed rail line. The idea is for eight —— HS2


Northamptonshire up to Birmingham. It would then mean that more trains


could run on the existing tracks, easing the pressure on commuter


services here. The commuter trains into London from places like Milton


Keynes are some of the most crowded in Britain. We can't fit enough


Keynes are some of the most crowded Without the capacity provided by


Saint two, —— by HS2, the main roads and railways linking our largest


overwhelmed. We are joined from correspondent. This sounds like


overwhelmed. We are joined from new attempt to sell the idea to


overwhelmed. We are joined from government has come out fighting


today. It is, with a new argument, Saint two won't just provide fast


train services to Birmingham but with those fast trains, there will


be more space on the other rail government reckons not Keynes could


get another 26th services a day government reckons not Keynes could


London, Northampton could it get extra services, these are two of the


most congested passenger routes extra services, these are two of the


the country. We spoke to passengers this evening who said they could see


the benefits of this. The local this evening who said they could see


is also inevitably the idea. There are lots of stations along the main


line, passengers from the stations into a very crowded trains at the


peak, there is not enough room on the existing line for the InterCity


trains, four commuter trains, for freight trains. I have to say not


many MPs have changed their view is of this, most people here still


many MPs have changed their view is to have a lot of concerns about


many MPs have changed their view is project. The first concerns comes


from people like the MP for South Northamptonshire who is worried


about the route, the chaos and disruption and noise for those on


objections are from people who say this is an expensive vanity project,


can we really afford it in these austere times? Richard Bacon, the


Norfolk MP, said that there are austere times? Richard Bacon, the


rail lines in our region which would benefit from a slice of the money


that is currently being set aside for thing macro. —— HS2. 55% of


that is currently being set aside public are currently opposed to


that is currently being set aside The government still has a lot to


A multi—million pound investment has been agreed for part of Silverstone


motor racing circuit. The owners have signed a deal with the property


million deal will provide a huge It's the colour—coded vision to


million deal will provide a huge try —— transform Silverstone, which


is planning to develop almost all the 300 and Dean Baker is on the


referee on the track. Its owners have struck a deal with a commercial


company for a 999 year lease, which could create over 8000 permanent


jobs. If you look at what we have, community here, this will be four


times as big. When you are coming off the road, the area to join left


will be built out with industrial units, offices, workshops, as you go


down towards the right, that will be a whole new Lodge area of industrial


units as well. In order to safeguard the future of the British Grand


units as well. In order to safeguard a few years ago, they realised they


had to borrow big. Now that gamble has paid off. This new deal means


not only is the landscape around me going to change, but the debt is


written off. We went out on a limb because we felt it was our job to


try and keep the British Grand Prix in Britain. There was a time when it


was disappearing fast. We had to modifications, we have Moto GP,


was disappearing fast. We had to is the place to be, we are able


was disappearing fast. We had to wipe out all our debts completely


with this. The land has planning permission for a hotel, retail and


industrial developments. Soon plans will be announced to upgrade the


track. It's a first—class track will be announced to upgrade the


attractive for both the spectators and you can always make a track


attractive for both the spectators for them, more grandstands. We


wanted to do things on this side of the circuit, where we will build a


hotel so there is more than can the circuit, where we will build a


done. The planned for the circuit are expected next month. For a venue


that nearly lost it all a few years Are currently has ruled out suicide


in the case of a Bedford mother Are currently has ruled out suicide


was found dead after going missing on Easter Sunday. Her family were


violence or that she had taken her own life. She vanished after a


to you. That is growing confidence that, come next June, the skies will


be buzzing once more. Still to come, the project to


restore thousands of acres of peatland. And a former commander of


forces in Afghanistan says the government is creating a part—time


Army as it cuts the number of regular soldiers.


All this week, we've been looking at the plan to build a new toll road on


the A14 in Cambridgeshire. It would mean part of the existing A14 would


be demolished to stop drivers using the old road. So if you don't want


to pay the toll, the Highways Agency is suggesting drivers could avoid it


by travelling via St Neots using the A1 and the A428. But will those


roads be able to cope with the extra traffic? Stuart Ratcliffe did the


commute this morning. Thrapston, Northamptonshire.


Destination Cambridge. And so far so good.


We are just approaching the junction for Ellington on the A14 and, in


2019, this is where you would take the toll road cutting through those


fields, working through the countryside before rejoining the A14


at the Cambridge services. But we are carrying on on the old A14 to


take the recommended diverging route, going down the A14 and across


the A428. We are leaving the existing A14, this is the A1 above


us and the alternative route if you did not want to take the toll. So


down towards St Neots and Cambridge and we have the problems start. And


this is what people are worried about. Only a single carriageway at


the moment heading towards Caxton. The car has officially ground to a


halt. And if it's like this now, people in St Neots are really


worried about the future. When the A428 is clogged up with traffic, I


have experienced the problems that causes around St Neots, and I do not


want to see that regularly. The traffic at St Neots will be


horrendous. We will be looking at chaos in time two, they will come


down this road, try to get through over little britches. — —— we will


be looking at chaos. It is bad enough now. So back to the roads.


Even without the toll, how did the government's alternative fare? I


guess that was an extra eight miles, taking an extra half an hour, the


government's alternative route if you do not want to use the toll


road. Philip Gomm is from the RAC


Foundation. I asked him what impact he thought an A14 toll would have on


other routes. It is a real consideration and potentially a real


problem. A lot will depend on pricing. If people think the prices


are kept very low, people might be prepared to pay the £1 for what had


better be a much better journey. That is not the situation we found


on the M6 toll road when unregulated charges mean drivers pay more than


£5 per journey and we have seen a lot of existing traffic staying on


the old M6 and deciding to take their chances with congestion. The


highways agency would say that because of the jams on the A14 there


are already diverse as people try to find ways around a serious


bottleneck. I remember when the toll was first mooted and this was called


a tax on Suffolk. And a lot of viewers again are saying they have


already paid for this through their road tax, why pay again? Good point.


Drivers contribute billions in fuel duty, before adding VAT, so drivers


pay through the nose to use the roads. The irony is this A14 scheme


has been around for years. Back in 2010, this government cancelled


that, now we are going through it all again. They could have taken


that taxation money and build the road when it was first mooted. This


will be the first ball of its type in the country, but is this the


future of road—building? Do you think old roads will have tolls in


the future? The government say they are prepared to consider tolls for


so—called new capacity. The RAC foundation sees a long—term case for


some kind of national road charging, instead of fuel duty, but what we do


not see any argument for is this piecemeal approach, essentially


creating a postcode lottery. If you use the A14 in East Anglia, with


existing taxation, you pay road tolls, something people will clearly


be upset about. Thank you. The former commander of British


forces in Afghanistan has told Look East the government is creating a


part—time army as it cuts the number of regular soldiers. The MOD wants


to recruit 11,000 more reservists and has pledged to invest almost £2


billion training and equipping them. Our defence reporter Alex Dunlop has


just returned from Croatia, where reservists from the Royal Anglians


were on exercise. As the dawn mist rises, a platoon


commander urges his men to focus. Pass it down, guys. Part—time


soldiers from across the Eastern region on exercise near the Serbian


border. The enemy, marked with orange tape, won't give up without a


fight. 50 metres! Pass, pass, pass! Doug Farthing, a paratrooper for 23


years before he became a reservist, has done it all before. This his day


job now, a professional artist. We do see ourselves being used, as much


as already used both in Afghanistan and Iraq. We will be integrating


with regular battalions more. And deploying not only on operations,


but on overseas exercises as well in the future. The student hopes this


will give him an edge, before joining the Army Air Corps. I need


something that puts me about the rest. Just the life experience I get


from this will hopefully put me above everyone else applying. A


soldier to be and are now professional welcomed into the


ranks. The vast bulk of the 11,000 reservists the army needs by 2020


will be civilians. And so far, not enough people are signing up. The


government is investing £1.8 billion into reserves like these. That


includes centres for lawyers. But critics say that is a cynical move


by making full—time soldiers redundant and effectively hollowing


out the army. —— centres for employers. This ex—colonel turned


analyst says replacing with reservists is short—sighted. We have


seen a crisis in reservists before the government decided to do that.


What will that do to the Army? What is behind this is a false edifice.


We are increasingly moved towards a part—time army, and civilian army.


And an army made up in that way cannot function in the way the


British Army has functioned since time immemorial as one of the most


respected and professional Armed Forces in the world. A more flexible


or more constrained Army? Either way, reservists will have a key role


on and behind the front line. This afternoon, I spoke to the


Defence Minister and Essex MP Mark Francois, who was a reservist with


the Royal Anglians himself. I put it to him that Colonel Kemp believes we


could end up with a part—time army. I do not accept that, because


reserves will get high—quality training, equipment on a par with


the regulars and we will peer reserve units with regular units.


You have been looking at Royal Anglian reserve in creation who have


been exercising with the 2nd Battalion of the regulars. There is


a good example of what we will be doing across the Army of hearing


reserve units with regular units, working more closely together, and


more capable combine. But we will not be able to carry out the role


the British Army has traditionally carried out so many reservists? I do


not accept that. Territorial Army units in the Second World War have a


proud history. Supporters one thing, but more than one in three soldiers


will be reservists, a high number and people high up in the Army


concerned about it. There is a high your ratio than that in other


armies. Isn't this just about saving money? No, we are be balancing the


Army, and the Ministry of Defence has had financial challenges, this


is to expand the reserve part of the Army and integrate them more closely


with regulars. But not going into the hottest of hot spots, doing


back—up work? I do not accept that, we have had some reservists in


Afghanistan, in some hotspots, and unfortunately some killed serving


their country, just like regulars. Reservists at the sure pound ——


sharp end for a number of years. So we do not need a regular army? No, a


combination of both. We have always had regulars and reservists. In both


the second and First World War, Iraq, Afghanistan, both regulars and


reservists have formed well, that has been our tradition for a century


and we continue it with this reform, and strengthen it. Thank


you. Thousands of acres of peatland are


to be restored as part of an ambitious project which could last


into the next century. The Great Fen Project in Cambridgeshire is part of


a national campaign to bring back our wetlands. There is a huge amount


of carbon dioxide in peat. So it's important for all of us to save it.


Ghostly and silent. Beautiful in its flatness. And underfoot black gold,


the precious peat soil. But this rich organic darkness, the living


breathing soul of the Fens, is dying. Intensive drainage projects


followed by years of arable cultivation has literally sucked the


life out of the landscape. Back in 1850, this was completely drained


and the people behind that controversial drainage project put


in this metal pole to show the impact of drainage on peat soil. And


ground level was at the very top. Research shows two centimetres of


parched peat is lost every year. Known as a Fen Blow, the black dust


clouds fill the skies. But the environmental impact potentially


devastating. Peatland is a very valuable means of locking carbon


dioxide into the soil. When peatland dries out, when peat dries out, it


releases carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas. But by re—wetting


peatland, we can lock some of that carbon dioxide. From Trundlemere


Hide, you can see this vast landscape changing. Islands rise up


from the earth. Newly dug waterways rehydrate the soil. Pools and ponds


are filling up. It will be one of the most important reedbeds. About


30 hectares. Within five to ten years, this whole landscape will be


entirely transformed as far as the eye can see, all the way to the


horizon there. And we will get wetland species moving in. It will


take a long time to lick the wounds inflicted on this damaged land. Up


to a 100 years before it is truly healed.


It looked autumnal. Now for the weather. Low pressure and whether


fronts is the theme this week. This front has been responsible for


a lot of cloud. It has made things quite gloomy.


Expect light and patchy rain, some drizzle here and there, but petering


out. By the end of the night, we should be largely drive. A lot of


cloud of around. —— we should be largely dry.


Quite a bit of cloud around first thing, then something brighter, some


sunshine perhaps breaking through the cloud. Much warmer air tomorrow,


so temperatures climbing. Like south—westerly wind. 18, 19, perhaps


20 degrees in places, then increasing cloud later tomorrow, and


the next month, more potent, with more rain. The rain chatting


eastwards overnight into early Friday morning, and more persistent


and heavy. Some uncertainty for Saturday. Low pressure from the


South. Will that mean rain? Maybe it does. But stay tuned, because that


is some uncertainty. Overnight rain for Thursday, clearing first thing


Friday morning, then not a bad day, quite a lot of cloud, but largely


dry for the bulk of the day, the chance of rain on Saturday. Not bad


on Sunday, chilly overnight. That is it.


From all of us here, thank you for your company this evening. We will


see you tomorrow night.


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