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

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

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

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jobs and leisure facilities to Silverstone. Welcomed by some but

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cambridgeshire, all throughout the country, councils and organisations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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overwhelmed. We are joined from correspondent. This sounds like

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

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overwhelmed. We are joined from government has come out fighting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from people like the MP for South Northamptonshire who is worried

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that is currently being set aside public are currently opposed to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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industrial developments. Soon plans will be announced to upgrade the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Army as it cuts the number of regular soldiers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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commute this morning. Thrapston, Northamptonshire.

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Destination Cambridge. And so far so good.

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

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

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fields, working through the countryside before rejoining the A14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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road. Philip Gomm is from the RAC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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not see any argument for is this piecemeal approach, essentially

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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just returned from Croatia, where reservists from the Royal Anglians

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

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

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soldiers from across the Eastern region on exercise near the Serbian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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soldier to be and are now professional welcomed into the

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

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

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

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

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by making full—time soldiers redundant and effectively hollowing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghanistan, in some hotspots, and unfortunately some killed serving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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you. Thousands of acres of peatland are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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followed by years of arable cultivation has literally sucked the

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

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and the people behind that controversial drainage project put

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

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

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

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clouds fill the skies. But the environmental impact potentially

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devastating. Peatland is a very valuable means of locking carbon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to a 100 years before it is truly healed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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eastwards overnight into early Friday morning, and more persistent

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

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

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

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

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

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on Sunday, chilly overnight. That is it.

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

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see you tomorrow night.

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