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Hello, welcome to Look East. Coming up in the programme tonight: A boost
for business or bad for the environment. A month after their
launch, flights are leaving Cambridge International Airport with
as few as four passengers. That and the rest of the top stories now
The crash that almost killed a 21`year`old man, today a lorry
driver pleads not guilty to dangerous driving.
Generation inspiration, how Dame Kelly wants sports to help young
people back into work or education. And inappropriate for Armistice Day,
why some veterans say they will not use this Milton Keynes Memorial
Good evening. First tonight, they were meant to boost the region's
economy but the BBC has learned that some flights are leaving Cambridge
International Airport with fewer than five passengers on board. It
has been a month since the high`profile sermons were launched.
The planes will hold 50 people but on average, each flight to Amsterdam
had around 12 passengers on board, flights to Geneva carried 11 people,
to Milan it was ten and just four passengers used each plane to Paris.
We'll be hearing from the airport in a moment that first this report
And Kharkov water, the traditional way and airport welcomes its new
airline. Four new destinations turned Cambridge Airport
International. Darwin operate 5 flights out of Cambridge every
month, the aircraft hold 50 passengers. The total number of
flights for September, they were one fifth full. Are they disappointed?
We are delighted the way we started the service. When you start a
brand`new route and a new outbound destination like Cambridge, you hope
to start from a 0`based so we had to start publicising them from the
beginning, getting the message out there and we have seen the sale
numbers go from a few hundred per week to around 600 per week now You
can also fly to the same four destinations with the typical
ticket, Cambridge 's is more expensive to three of them but to
Geneva it is cheaper. Stansted and Luton but do people know that you
can fly to the constant from Cambridge?
Have you considered flying out of Cambridge? Not really. Heathrow is
such a long way, but Stansted is great. Should more people use it?
Yes, many more. I might use in the next couple of years but not at the
moment. green campaigners say we need more passengers flying from
local airports. If we are having trouble, I would prefer people to go
from local airports in small planes to where they want to go rather than
people clogging up Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and demanding new
runways and more environmental damage. The aircraft are far from
full but in time, the airport says more passengers will fly from here.
Well, David Surley is in charge of business and new routes for the
airport and joins us now. We hear that you are confident that
passenger numbers will increase but it seems not enough people know that
you offer these flights. Are you on price comparison websites yet? Yes,
we are on a wide selection of online booking platforms. The airline,
Darwin, distributes fares across a huge number of websites worldwide.
It is taking a while for passenger numbers to pick up, Lodz and of
course already offers these destinations and they are cheaper
than yourselves apart from special offers, can you really compete? Yes,
I think we absolutely can. The airline has seen a sharp take`up in
sales looking forward. We are really pleased with forward sales and there
are some fantastic bargains to be had out there. Just this week, the
airline has been marketing in conjunction with Air France, new
first of the United States and destinations around the world at
extremely competitive prices. Sue you are pleased with these routes
enough that you might introduce more? We absolutely hope so and we
are focused on making sure that these flights work really well. We
are working with the travel trade, with partners far and wide but we
would love to see a destination or two more added in the future. The
Green party likes the idea of people flying from local airports. Aside
from that, what are the advantages? It is convenient and that is what
Cambridge passengers are finding. Short check`in times so you can
check in 45 minutes before your flight. We do not charge from drop
off or pick up in our car park outside the terminal so it is
thoroughly convenient through and through and it is a small, compact
space. Passengers are loving it Positive feedback. David Surley
thank you for joining us. A Dutch lorry driver has pleaded not
guilty to dangerous driving after he crashed into the back of a broken
down car. The 21`year`old driver was seriously injured in the accident
near Milton Keynes back in June Milton Keynes magistrates heard that
30`year`old Dutch driver has been driving lorries for around nine
years in the UK. On the 10th of June this year, he was driving a 44 tonne
Volvo lorry on the Stoke Hammond bypass near Milton Keynes. Just
after 6pm, he crashed into the back of a Ford Fiesta which had broken
down in one lane of the dual lane carriageway. The driver, a
21`year`old from Dunstable was still inside and was seriously injured in
the impact. He was flown to hospital with head injuries. The court heard
that Mr Noble was driving at a constant speed of 56 mph. The speed
limit for lorries on dual carriageways. But on seeing the
broken down car, he did not take avoiding action. The Dutch lorry
driver denies one charge of dangerous driving and was given
unconditional bail and now will face trial at Aylesbury Crown Court at a
date to be fixed. Two men from Northampton have
appeared in court charged with the murder of Jamie McMahon. His body
was found on the grounds of Saint Charles Church in the town centre
earlier this month. Michael Francis and Mark Lewis were remanded in
custody, they are also both accused of robbery. `` Saint Giles Church.
Investigations are taking place into the death of a 63`year`old man who
was found at an address in Luton this afternoon. Bedfordshire police
were called by an ambulance crew who had been sent to an incident in
Carnegie Gardens just after two o'clock. The man died shortly
afterwards. Police are appealing for information.
Cambridge is home to many high`tech businesses, some of them just
starting out. But it seems some of the entrepreneurs behind them are no
longer relying on big investors like banks. Instead, they are raising
money through news sites like Crowdcube offering anybody the
chance to own a share of the company by investing as little as ?10.
I will offer you all the money for a 35% stake. Fantastic. Backing a new
business, exciting stuff if you can afford it. But you don't need to be
a millionaire to be a dragon. You can do it without even leaving your
server through sites like this. You find a company and choose to invest
as much or as little as you want. Some of Cambridge's newest medical
and technology company as using it to attract the so`called armchair
dragons. Investors like Thomastown, a researcher in Cambridge who
invested in a company that makes tools for scientists with a stake of
?250 he declared that he was in `` Thomas time. I would love to see a
Cambridge company prosper. But it is guided by the chances of getting a
decent return. Of course, he had never met the entrepreneur behind
the business so we brought them together. Michael's company raised
more than ?250,000 from 100 different investors. It allows them
to access early`stage companies which only high net worth
individuals like venture capitalists were able to do. The process has
been relatively painless in terms of the whole process and how quickly we
were able to raise funds so it has been a positive experience for us.
Like all types of investment, armchair dragons like Thomas are
risking their own money so in this case, does he feel he made a wise
choice? I am confident that my investment is in good hands. And I
look forward to seeing how to put the money into good use and see how
they use it. The question now is what will his next investment there?
`` his next investment be? An organisation that runs academies and
free schools in Bedfordshire is under investigation by two
government departments. The Barnfield Federation in Luton
was visited by the education secretary Michael Gove in 2011. The
Department for education and the skills funding agency say they have
now received allegations which they are taking seriously. The Barnfield
Federation says it is engaging with the investigation.
Plans to build a new ?330 million campus for the University of
Northampton have moved a step closer. It is one of just 15 major
projects in the country to make it through the first round of bids for
funding. Under the plans, the university's two campuses will close
and reopen in a purpose`built facility within the new enterprise
zone. Network rail says it hopes to
complete repairs tonight to the overhead wires on the East Coast
Main Line near Peterborough. Yesterday, 30,000 passengers were
affected. Passengers were forced onto replacement buses as engineers
try to repair the cables and reopen the line.
Those to light's top stories, now we can join Stuart
said that she cried because she felt that the Ambulance Service had not
done enough. The court will make a decision later this week.
Still to come, the Olympic champion helping young people to get into
training or a job. And the British Legion boycott a
brand`new warmer more real. `` wall memorial.
Hundreds of people who live near a parish church in Norfolk have just
received a nasty shock in the post because of law .dating back to the
Middle Ages. Nearly 900 homes in Gorleston
received letters from the Land Registry warning that they could be
liable for paying for repairs at St Andrew's Church. The law is called
the Chancel Repair Liability. It applies everywhere and it goes back
to the days people had to pay tithes to their local church. Our Chief
Reporter Kim Riley is at St Andrew's now.
Yes, I am in the chancel in front of the main altar. I have to say,
looking around me, it looks as if it is in good repair. This is an
archaic law, most of people had not heard of it before. Before it was
changed, historic interest had to be locked with the Land Registry. Now
more local people know about it, they are not happy.
This couple and their wedding day at St Andrews Church. They have owned
their present home for more than 50 years. Furious at the letter from
the Land Registry hearing that they could be liable for repairs at the
church. I was shocked, then I was angry. I
thought the church was putting the wind up people. I think it is
cheeky. It is a form of blackmail, saying
they want money off you. That is what made us angry.
They're near neighbour was also shocked to receive a letter.
I felt as if it was someone taking money from my wallet, someone you
thought you could trust, the church, and you can't even trust them.
The reverend and other members of the parochial council have been
taken aback by the anger generated and the resentment at a charge of
?50 visitor the Kurds relieving loners of `` relieving owners of
liability. I feel that we should have brought a
sack of rain. When this started 50 years ago, people were poor like
today, they had to bring that. It is affecting people in a big way.
Our message to local people is that nothing has changed, other than
something that has existed on their properties for many years has now
been made public. There has never been a way of getting out of Chancel
Repair Liability than a certificate of exception. However, we are now
coming across cases when people cannot afford that ?50 charge and we
are considering how we could deal with that address, wearing our ``
hats as a charity as well as a church.
The church has apologised for distress, and further that they
could not reply to complaints more quickly. They are receiving legal
advice. The church is set to reopen. The
money has been raised by the congregation. The council has not
caught on the Chancel Repair Liability before and says it has no
plans to do so now. And if you have a story to tell
about the chancel tax we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch
by phone, by email, by going to our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
Here's a question ` does the word NEET mean much to you? It applies to
16 to 18`year`olds and it stands for "Not in education, employment, or
training". Across the East, there are almost enough NEETS to fill
Wembley Stadium ` 81,000, at the last count. But in Bedfordshire
there's a project to help them, headed by a famous Olympian and
using sport as its inspiration. Dame Kelly Holmes is inspiring people.
Not every young person's life can be smooth, they can struggle if there
is no one to look up to. But with sport, these young people's lives
are being improved. We have been with them for seven
weeks. They get more confidence. We are trying to encourage them not to
be afraid to get out of their comfort zone. We have tried
football, basketball, badminton. A lot of the time, the sport is new to
the young people, but they are open to trying new things.
Nearly one in five of young people are not involved in education,
training or work. This scheme aims to help young people, saying that
success in sport can help success in life.
Five weeks ago, this young man was out of work, but today he got a call
from a shop. It is improving my confidence. It
comes with the teamwork. If you work in a team, nobody blames each
other. Projects like this one won't solve a
national problem, but Dame Kelly Holmes wanted to make a difference.
She was inspired by her PET chill. Young `` PE teacher.
How difficult is it to get the opportunities? It is tough, isn't
it? It is difficult. No work is bad
work. Even if it is part`time. This is the only project of its type
in our region. 70% of young people taking part are now doing something
positive with their lives. Tonight, it is their graduation, so every to
celebrate. Dame Kelly Holmes is in Luton this
evening and we spoke to her, asking how the people she helps our chosen.
All the young people are potentially not in education, employment or
training. The needs of these young people are quite clear, they need
some guidance and direction in their own life and basically we ensure
that ordinary young people who are selected are making that first
commitment. That is a big one. This is not about creating great
athletes of the future. But sport is still plays an important role?
Yes, that is right. We try and enable and empower young people. We
have different stages of the Get On Track programme. The young people
and maybe in a situation where their background has not been great, that
experience in life has not been great so far. So to trust people can
be difficult for them. Do people like you spend a lot of
time getting involved in this? Or do you just appear once at the
beginning and help someone else takes it and further. Do you have a
greater commitment than that? I started this trust five years ago
because I wanted to help others like sports people had helped me.
Realising the benefits that sportspeople have to become mentors.
You were the King `` talking about raw mad `` role models. Who was your
role model? Mine was my teacher. My teacher told
me I could be good at something. At that time, that was important to me,
because I was not academic. If it had not been for sport, I do not
think I would be who I am today. Is there one person that you have
seen who has come to you who has become something that you never
thought they could achieve? There are so many young people that
we've helped with that transformation. There is a young
girl here in Luton who dream of being a skiing instructor and she
was written off and told her `` told that she would never push that
dream. She was working at a call centre and was unhappy and lost her
self esteem. Through the programme, we managed to get her on a ski
instructor score `` course. It was more than getting her on the
course, it was about rebuilding who she wanted to be and all the people
who knocked her down. It is great work. Thank you.
In the run`up to Remembrance Day, a row has broken out in Milton Keynes
which could sour the commemorations on November 11th.
Some British Legion members are so unhappy with the new MK Rose
memorial, which opens in a few weeks, that they're planning to
boycott it. It will contain 100 pillars commemorating things as
varied as World Maths Day and International Joke Day. But the
Legion says it's not a proper war memorial.
For commemoration and contemplation, at the MK rose
memorial there will always be something to think about. The
merging out of the memorial will be 106 pillars, each representing a
different day or organisation. I have a list of them here, and they
include things like skipping day, even tea bag day. Somewhere there,
between all those, is a pillar representing armistice day.
This has upset some war veterans. This man is on parade every day, but
will not come here. I do not feel I can act in true and
as a standard`bearer if I do not see the cross. For me, the cross is a
sign of remembrance for the dead of all wars.
Here, a more traditional war memorial is being built.
You cannot compare. I have never seen anything like it. Right next to
Armistice Day is National Joke Week. That's not right.
Some people say that this is not right. It detracts from the enormity
of the situation. I think there should be another area
for the heroes of the country. But those behind the MK Rose say
that veterans are missing the point. What we have created, for a modern
city, is a new way of people being able to mark the remembrance, for
what is essentially a very important day.
But for some ex`servicemen and ex`servicewomen, this will never be
a fitting memorial to those who served.
In the run`up to Remembrance Day, a row has broken out in Milton Keynes
which could sour the commemorations on November 11th. Some British
Legion members are so unhappy with the new MK Rose memorial, which
opens in a few weeks, that they're planning to boycott it.
A primary school near Chelmsford has appealed for help in solving a
rather embarrassing mystery. It all came to light ` or rather failed to
come to light ` during celebrations to mark the school's Golden Jubilee.
It is something to celebrate, the 50th anniversary of Writtle Junior
School. People gathered to discuss the school. In 1988, the school put
together a time Capshaw, to be an earnest in October 2013. `` time
capsule. We put lots of different things in
it. We put in stamps in it. We watched it being varied. There
was a paving slab to say where it was buried.
The paving slab was there, but the time capsule was not.
We looked under the paving stone, but it was not there.
We went round the garden with metal detectors. We could not find any
evidence of it. We had to stop after digging three holes, because we were
worried about the garden. It was time to appeal for help.
If anybody knows where the time capsule is, please let us know. We
will not dig up any more of the school until we know where it is.
In the meantime, they are burying another time capsule to be dug up in
2038, presuming that they can find it.
Oh dear. We will look at the weather.
There has been a lot of rain today. Some of the showers were on the
heavy side. Some of those have cleared away, but overnight they
will be developed. In the early morning, it the showers could turn
quite heavy. Some drier interludes now, but on the whole, the showers
redeveloping into the evening and the night. That it will be a mild
night. The showers will go through to the early hours of the morning.
Tebbutt is around 14 Celsius at their lowest. `` temperatures. For
some of us, the showers should get away quite quickly. Then it will
improve tomorrow. Quite blustery first thing, but the sunshine should
come out throughout the region. Temperatures around 16 or 17
degrees. Our wind speed is coming from the South West. It will ease
through the afternoon and overnight. Overnight, with clear skies and
writer wins, `` lighter winds. It will be chilly tomorrow night. This
is our pressure pattern for Thursday. You can see the pressure
moving in from the Atlantic. There will be some low pressure giving us
a wet and windy conditions by Friday. Make the most of the
afternoon. On Thursday, it should be a decent day. Wet and windy weather
appears overnight on Thursday into Friday. It will be quite blustery.
At the moment, it looks like the weekend will have a dry start. It
will be cold tomorrow night, after that it will be warmer.
We will see you tomorrow. Goodbye.