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That is all from the BBC's news at six, so it is goodbye from
Good evening. First tonight, filthy, dangerous homes, eviction and
threats. Just some of the conditions facing people renting in the most
deprived areas of Peterborough. The growing problem of long`term
youth unemployment. And a unique light aircraft takes to
the stylus for the first time. `` skies. To crack down on it, the
council is proposing a new licence which all private landlords will
need to pay. It will affect homes in the Gladstone, Millfield, New
England and Eastfield areas of the City, where there are just over
4,000 private rentals. The cost of a licence for each property will range
from ?600 to ?900 and last five years. But if landlords fail to get
a licence they could face a fine of up to ?20,000. Our reporter Emma
Baugh is in Peterborough. I am right in the heart of the area
where they want to bring in the changes and it is a very high rental
area. The council says there are a lot of good landlords but there are
some that are far from it that are charging high rents and putting
people in cramped and dangerous conditions.
The enforcement officer arrives at a two bed terrace. One family living
downstairs, upstairs a family of five with a month`old baby living in
just two rooms. The family has been told to tell a different story. A
landlord got wind that the council were carrying out investigations and
told the tenants they were going to have to move the kitchen to make it
look like a single family dwelling and he gave them a story to tell the
council that it is a single family household. How that would have
worked, I don't quite know. He promised he would put the kitchen
back once the council had finished. Mum is obviously devastated because
she can't do the motherly thing The council has had a call about another
property but arrived too late. We have got some idea that the landlord
has been around over the weekend but we have not got a full story on that
as yet. We believe the landlord has had some part to play in illegally
evicting the people. At another house, it is not about overcrowding
but living conditions and whether people here are safe. We haven't got
a fire, that is empty, and there is another empty one there. The council
is looking to charge landlords to ?600 for every property they let
out. Some say it is too much. Everything is tight now so the
council is looking around trying to raise cash. I think we are an easy
target. There are rogue landlords out there and we do need to clamp
down on them. If this legislation came through, I would pay it but I
would feel aggrieved. The council denies it is a moneymaking scheme
and said it would just cover costs to help them target problem homes.
There is a meeting taking place in the hall behind me tonight and I
have been in there and there are around 300 people. There are quite
angry scenes. I have spoken to the council asking if we can film and
they said no but they do want people to get in touch by December. It
certainly seems that people are having their say.
The Residential Landlords Association represents private
landlords. Earlier I spoke to Alan Ward, who told me that all a license
fee would do is push up the cost of renting for tenants and that it
wouldn't do anything at all to tackle rogue landlords. How will
licensing good landlords and their properties improve the situation for
the tenants in the bad properties? I don't see the logic of it. The
council seems to be saying that the money will be ploughed back into
enforcement. Does that make it any better? Not really. It is the good
guys paying for the bad guys. A port landlord is not going to put their
head over the parapet and say, come and inspect me. They will disguise
their identity, use different addresses, they will say it is not
their property. They can also hide behind limited companies. I don t
want to give them all the tricks of the trade but these are what some of
the battlements will do. `` bad ones. Peterborough have only
prosecuted 55 landlords in the last five or six years. But they have
really got to get out on the streets and investigate the properties. If
they want to identify the properties and the landlords in the poor
properties, they can go into the land registry and examine who owns
them and trace them from there. But the council is saying that this many
raised by the licence fee would give them the availability to do that.
Put more officers on the street to investigate these properties. But I
say again, who is paying for it That is the good landlords. They are
already paying taxes anyway. ?6 0 per property, which is quite a sum
of money to find, so in the end what they will do is, the rent will go up
for the properties that are being taxed. Peterborough Council is not
the first to do this. What would your message be? Look at Manchester,
look at Bournemouth. Manchester with room suggestive licensing when they
realised it would not work and Bournemouth today consultation and
went through all of this and decided it was not appropriate for their
needs. I welcome the consultation and we will be putting forward our
views on this and suggesting that it is not the simplest solution that
they think it is. Next, to the thousands of young
people in this region struggling to find a job. Lastest figures for the
East show youth unemployment now stands at 80,000. That's down by 2%
from last year. But amongst them are a growing number of young people who
have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than two years.
That now stands at 1,700 ` up by 175%.
Young people hoping for a brighter future. These 16`24 `year`olds are
renovating part of a primary school. They are all volunteers without jobs
but hoping to improve their chances of getting work, training or into
further education. I have had knock`back and knock`back. I am
trying to get a full`time job. I have found I have so many hidden
talents giving me that boosting confidence. I have got leadership
qualities. I am getting more confidence, better job skills,
communication. This project is a partnership between the Princes
trust and the YMCA will bed which. But these young people taking part
have done all the budgeting and planning themselves. They are
valuable skills to have when applying for jobs. We work on lots
of different aspects that are preventing them from going into
education employment or training, whether it be confidence, motivation
or even the belief that they can actually do it. Youth unemployment
in our region is among the lowest in the country and falling but today a
senior minister was in Suffolk launching a scheme with the aim of
halving it within two years. Every young person who is offered an
opportunity to work, to train, through apprenticeship or training
course with an employer, or to continue and education will have the
ability to work and improve their skills. They have got to take it.
Back in Luton they are still hard at work and with a new found skills,
they are already looking for the next community project to work on.
Next, she was killed in a car crash just months after passing her
driving test. 18`year`old Becky Taylor had just dropped her younger
sister off at school when she lost control of the car. That was in
2008, and now her parents are calling on the government to make
sure new drivers are safer on the road. The idea is for new drivers to
be issued with an intermediate licence that would restrict their
driving for a year after passing their test. They would only be able
to carry one passenger and wouldn't be able to drive at night and they'd
have a lower drink drive alcohol limit. It's something already used
in other countries and Becky's mother Nicole Taylor met the
Transport Minister this week to push for the changes here. She told me it
was a positive meeting. He knows it makes sense. The
evidence, you can't argue against it. There is no argument to say it
is not going to make sense. It is like the seat belt rules we
introduced in the 1980s. My point was that you have got to look at
this evidence and statistics because underneath it all, it is parents,
siblings, grandparents who know the actual true value of losing a child.
He needs to be braver. I urge people watching today, if they support
this, let him know you support it. He needs to have the confidence the
public will accept this. Do you believe there needs to be a change
in the law or is this something parents could bring into place
themselves, to say to their children at 17, you are not going to take the
car out at night. Have you got children of that age? I have been
that age though. There is your answer. You can know your children
well, Rebecca, I had no concern about her driving at all. She was
well trained, she was competent she was safe. She is not here today
Five years on, the pain, the loss of losing a child never goes away. If
we can just save just one family and one young adult from not having a
life any more, it is worth put `` pushing the issue and it is worth
setting a few people. It is about protecting our young adults.
And staying with road safety, a number of villages in
Northamptonshire have been at the centre of a crack down on speeding
drivers. The two`day operation last week targeted these villages, with
more than 60 people now being prosecuted. Police officers from
Daventry worked in partnership with the Safer Roads Team.
After days of train delays and power cuts, our part of the region was
back on track today after Monday's stormy weather. Power has been
restored to Hertfordshire and areas around Stansted, although there are
still a few houses waiting to be reconnected. All trains to London
were also back in service following a huge clear up operation to remove
trees from the line and mend overhead cables.
Those are the main and says it would cover costs to
help them target problem homes. Still to come tonight.
Britain's newest aeroplane takes to the skies over the east for the
first time. And it's an anxious moment for Delia
and Canaries fans, as a Norwich City star lies unconscious on the pitch
at Old Trafford. Over the last few days we have been
telling you about the political upheaval at Norfolk County Council,
over the plans to build a new waste burner in King's Lynn. It was
finally given the go ahead this week, after months of turmoil inside
and outside the council chamber. In tonight's special report we ask
this: what's the future of waste incineration in our region if it's
so controversial? Our environment reporter Richard Daniel has been
investigating. It is on time and on budget. This
incinerator well`born 270,000 tonnes of rubbish a year. Most of it from
homes. You have either got landfill. We do more than
incinerator. We actually use the seat from the waist to use
electricity and make sure that the emissions are fully cleaned up. The
many people who are fiercely opposed to this. They either do not feel it
is safe or they do not want the hundreds of lorries here dumping the
ground. The fact is that this project, compare to others, has gone
ahead with barely a hatch. In the East of England, five incinerators
are planned. But so far only two are being built. It is down to Eric
Pickles to decide whether this should go ahead. If it doesn't, the
council could face a ?25 million compensation bill. In Bedfordshire,
the American company behind the project is trying to sell it.
Planning permission has been granted but there is a legal challenge.
Opponents argue that cutting waste is the answer. Communities are
rising up in opposition to this offensive alternative to waste. It
is time for local politicians to get the message. We are not going to be
dog with this. So why are incinerators proving so
controversial? That is now one size fits all approach. We have got a
very diverse region. In Suffolk, for better or worse, they have decided
to go ahead. By December, next December it will be up and running.
The Norwich City footballer Robert Snodgrass has been released from
hospital after an injury which silenced the crowd at Old Trafford
last night. The Canaries winger was knocked out after a clash of heads.
He was lying on the pitch for ten minutes, getting attention from the
medical team before he was taken off on a stretcher. The players were
clearly shaken. Norwich eventually lost 4`0 and are out of the Capital
One Cup. It was a traumatic night all round.
Norwich left Old Trafford battered and bruised, but the result was
overshadowed by a nasty head injury to Robert Snodgrass. Big clash with
Rafael. He went down and he's stayed down. Manchester United's
goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard, reacted first. He quickly helped the
winger into the recovery position. Then paramedics rushed to the scene.
Play was delayed for ten minutes while Snodgrass received treatment.
He lay motionless, knocked out, before he was carried off on a
stretcher. After a very, very lengthy stoppage, Robert Snodgrass
is carried off, wearing an oxygen mask. Harrowing scenes for everyone.
Snodgrass regained consciousness before being taken to hospital. The
club have confirmed that he was released late last night, suffering
from concussion. It's not known how long he'll be out. All in all, a
shocking night. Norwich fell behind to a penalty. Javier Hernandez
scored from the spot. He scored a second ten minutes into the second
half, and in the closing stages Man Utd ran riot. Phil Jones and Fabio
with the goals. The scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on Norwich,
but the champions were in no mood to let them off lightly. I thought we
were decent in the first half. It was never a penalty. That can be
demoralising. It's hard to take. I didn't think it was a penalty. I
thought it was harsh. But in the end it didn't really matter because the
other three goals made it comprehensive. Norwich's thoughts,
whilst with Snodgrass, now return to the Premier League. They make
another trip to Manchester on Saturday. This time to play City.
Without a win in four, they'll be desperate for a change in fortune.
A company based near Cambridge is claiming to have built the first new
aircraft in the country for years. It's called an E`go, and is designed
to fill a gap in the market between a microlight and a light aircraft.
Of course, there's only one way to find out if a new plane actually
works ` and that's to take it for a test flight. Which is exactly what
happened earlier today at an airfield in Norfolk.
If test pilot Keith Dennison was nervous, he didn't look it. This was
only the fourth time the E`go had taken to the air, and the first time
with anyone watching. Friends and relatives held their breath for a
moment as Keith took off at Tippenham Airfield. No one should
have worried. The first public flight went like a dream. Back on
the ground, there was a warm handshake from Tony Bishop, one of
the founders of the company. Excellent. I'm over the moon. It is
a mixture of delight and relief. It's lighter and faster and more fun
to fly than anything that is out there at the moment. We wanted to
design something fun. The E`go is a single seater, powered by a rotary
engine, and has a top speed of about 110mph. It came about as a result of
deregulation by the Civil Aviation Authority. The amount of red tape we
have had to go through is minimal. That's why it has been a rapid
process. We can use technologies that have typically been used in
cars. Not in aviation. I think this aeroplane could attract people to
flying. People that aren't interested at the moment. You might
have people who are considering a motorcycle or something like that.
If they see this, because it looks so different, they might think I
want some of that. If you do want some of that, it is going to cost
?50,000. E`go aeroplanes are hoping to go into production soon. With a
view to delivering their first E`go single seater in 2015. Designed,
developed and manufactured in our region, the aim is to sell the E`go
around the world. Beautiful Norfolk skies there. But
despite today's sunshine, summer has gone and it's the end of another
season for a Suffolk business that's been in the same family for five
generations. We're going to take you on a pleasant crossing of the River
Blyth in Suffolk. The service has been provided by the same family for
five generations. These days it's down to Dani Church to row the boat
between Southwold and Walberswick. Dani looks back now on another busy
season, in her own words. There has been a ferry running from
Walberswick to Southwold since 1236. My family became involved in the
late 1800s. About 1890. That makes me the fifth generation of my family
to work here. My dad was a ferry man and I used to love sitting on the
boat with him when I was younger. I used to sit in the rings at the back
and watch him. When I was about six, he would sit me on his lap, and I
would take the oars. He was so patient. I would watch how he did
it. Rowing is quite an art. You either take to it or you don't. It's
a lot to do with coordination. It is quite tricky here. The tides are
strong. I can do it in about ten strokes on easy water, with no wind.
It takes less than a minute. But sometimes I can be rowing for up to
four minutes. People like to come on the ferry because it's like a step
back in time. Escapism. We take lots of things on. Buggies and prams. My
dad retired and I thought we would row together. We did for a while.
This is definitely in my blood. I love it.
It looks beautiful. Her story is part of a new online series. Details
on the website. Time for the weather. Overnight, the
rugby showers. It is a bit of a wet night in prospect. This rain looks
like an a patchy but it need produce heavier busts in places. Tonight we
are looking at nine to 10 Celsius. If you live in Suffolk and Essex, it
might be wet first thing. On the whole, across the region, it stays
cloudy. In the afternoon, it may be brighter, but the risks of showers.
We are at about 14 or 15 Celsius for tomorrow. A little above average.
Into the afternoon, we have those showers. If you are out for
Halloween it is not good news. It would be raining all the time but it
could be quite damp at times. We have got a developing law and this
could produce some very heavy rain. It is not intense, not as intense as
Monday, but there is another one behind it. That is good to be very
windy on Sunday. It is good to be changeable and unsettled. Tomorrow
should be largely dry but there could be showers in the afternoon.
In the evening they become more widespread. In Friday, we start dry
and the rain starts to develop. It could turn heavy. It could cause
some problems with localised flooding is . Showers possible later
on Saturday. Also on Sunday. Back to you.
Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.
I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,
I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.
In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.
We will still eat and we will still have heating
It's just maybe the quality of the food that we eat
may not be as good as what we're eating at the moment.