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Hello and welcome. In the programme tonight: when this road goes ahead


in three years, there will be no toll. A toll`free A14 and fewer wind


turbines. Remembering Leon ` friends mark a month since Leon Briggs died


after being detained by police. We will be here later in the


programme. The legacy of the mid`Staffs


hospital scandal and the lesson for Met students in a care home. The


woman who has given 40 years of her life to netball.


It's the day the government told us where it's planning to spend our


money over the next few years and for us the headlines are roads and


wind turbines. As we forecast on last night's Look East, there was


confirmation that the planned A 4 confirmation that the planned A14


Huntingdon bypass will not be tolled. But today's announcement


also signalled a change of emphasis on renewable energy. Subsidies will


be diverted away from onshore wind and solar farms to offshore


proposals. So, what will that mean for our energy parks? Already


critics are saying the changes are too small to make a difference.


Seven years ago, this Northamptonshire landscape changed


for ever. Burton Latimer became home to the county 's first wind farm.


Today, the government announced that subsidies for wind and solar farms


where being reduced, potentially jeopardising smaller scale


projects. Welcome news for countryside campaigners. The hope is


that without the incentive we will not see so many applications for


farms in inappropriate places. You will see dozens of turbines being


erected. It is decimating parts of my constituency and lots of people


can't even sell their house. It is a big issue for my constituents.


Subsidy levels for onshore schemes will be cut by around 5% and more


expensive offshore projects will seize subsidies rise by the same


amount. Peterborough Council is planning a giant solar farm which it


says will generate money for the city. It says it is too early to say


what impact it will have on the plans and will study the details


carefully. Industry experts say it is likely to make little


difference. The changes are trivially small. They are so close


to a lie as it makes no difference. It is a slight change of emphasis


and a small increase for offshore. It is not significant. The


government denies today's announcement is in response to


public 's concern. They say it is purely down to the changing cost of


technology. In Burton Latimer, they prepare for a drop insert ``


subsidies. Nine more turbines are planned here. It seems where various


profit, the industry will grow regardless.


Well, the other big announcement today was, as we mentioned earlier,


the confirmation that the A14 will not be tolled when the new road


bypassing Huntingdon is built. Instead, the cost will be picked up


entirely by the government. As the news sank in today, there have been


mixed reactions. Another morning, another slow


commute on the A14. Today there was confirmation a new road will be


dealt and drivers will not have to pay to use it. I use it every day.


It is a good idea scrapping the toll. Great. Obviously it will be a


lot better if you had to pay `` if you don't have to pay. It will stop


everyone. You can stand on any bridge between Cambridge and


Huntingdon and see just how heavily the road is used. Look at the


lorries on there right now and it is not even rush hour. The haulage


companies are glad plans for a toll have been scrapped. Across the


region, they were strongly opposed. One transport firm said it would


have cost them ?170,000 a year. You would have seen people using other


rat runs, a lot of congestion in small villages and you would have


seen people relocate some businesses. We were certainly


looking to move away from our site. Yesterday, we found out the toll


would be scrubbed and today it was announced officially with


confirmation that the new road will still be built. Not everyone has


welcomed the news. We want to see money being put into an East `West


rail link to include transport from Felixstowe to Nuneaton `` improved


transport. The upgrade will be paid for by the government and local


councils. A few months ago they said the toll was needed to make up the


rest so does this mean councils will have to put in more taxpayers money.


``? I have taken that as a know so we look forward to the road


starting. Any indication when it will start? Hopefully, we will be


back to the original timetable and delivering on the ground as soon as


possible. The government says it has listen to concerns but Labour is


accusing them of wasting time and money. It has been in and out of


their plans and including the idea of a toll when there was no


alternative role. `` road. My constituency this as an important


economic grid and they are missing out. Work is due to start on 2016


out. Work is due to start on 20 6 with the road not opening in 2016.


with the road not opening in 20 6. Drivers do not have to pay but they


had to wait. Later in the programme, our


political correspondent, Andrew Sinclair, will give us his take on


all of this. It's been exactly one month since


38`year`old Leon Briggs died after being held in police custody. Since


then, an investigation has been launched, a number of police


officers have been suspended and his family and friends are still waiting


to find out what happened. Tonight, a candlelit vigil is being held in


his memory, but the support net spreads far wider. Anna Todd is at


Luton police station now. Lots of people are already arriving


for tonight 's candlelit vigil. While much of the support comes from


the Luton area, there are also people coming from all over the


country. The aunt of Mark Duggan, the man shut down `` dead in


Tottenham last year sparking the Tottenham riots, is here. As you can


see from the candles and flowers, the main element of the theme


tonight is about Leon Briggs. Family man, Leon Briggs, father of


two and friend to many. Since his death, known everywhere. On the 4th


of November, he was restrained by police in Luton. He kept shouting,


the cups `` cuffs are too tight. the cups `` cuffs are too tight.


After that there was constant screaming. He was detained under the


Mental Health Act but died after being in police custody. The


Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it was


investigating. One week after five police officers were suspended. The


next day his family confronted police at a community meeting. It


became heated and emotional. We do not know why he died. We know


nothing. The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police said if there


was any wrongdoing she would deal with it. A postmortem examination


proved inconclusive. A few days later, a candlelit vigil was held to


remember Leon Briggs with over a hundred people looking for answers.


With me is a man who knew Leon Briggs probably better than many


others, Cyril Mitchell. What has the last month been like for you and the


family? I would like to say the last month has been horrible and


horrific. We are still here on this candlelit vigil and so many have


come out to show their hurt and they concerned as to what has happened.


It has been painful for the family. His mother is still broken and the


fact we can't bury our brother right now and they are rubbing our faces


in it. We are disgusted. That is why so many people in the powerful


community have come together to voice their concerns outside Luton


police station. There has been concern because of the confusion and


anger and circumstances over his death that there might have been


some unrest in the Luton community. Is that the case? We are the only


town with an airport, to motorway junctions and train stations and we


are a community of power. We do that in a decent and peaceful way. All


the people of Luton and Beds want justice. Justice for us all. Thank


you very much. The IP CC is asking people to be patient while the


investigation is ongoing. Rural areas are missing out on


sports funding because the big towns and cities are swallowing up all the


cash. That's what one of our MPs will tell the House of Commons


tonight. Steve Barclay, who represents North East


Cambridgeshire, says the funding system needs to be clearer and


fairer. We'll hear from him in a moment, but first Emma Baugh reports


from Wisbech Tennis Club which is desperate for some all`weather


facilities. Reads on the centre line and real


grass`roots tennis. They say they need all`weather courts but they are


still waiting after two years. There are so many things we would like to


do to encourage more youngsters to play. Go out into schools and


introduce tennis to young people and adults but we cannot develop this


programme without the facilities. The club is severely restricted by


the weather, only playing from late April to September. In bad weather,


they have to wait till late morning for the courts to dry out and in a


bad summer, they can lose half of their playing time. The club needs


to raise ?180,000. It says it has had to scale down plans after


funding was directed to more urban areas. It is a real frustration for


us as a club. For all the members and people in the community who are


keen to play all the way through the year and have not got an


opportunity. How does the area do for sporting facilities? Very


sparse. Compared to the inner cities it is sparse. I think we lose out,


yeah. I don't know what you can do about it. It comes down to money,


doesn't it? They have to make sure the highest number of people can get


to facilities, but clubs say that funding here has a long way to go.


So, is the government ignoring these rural clubs, or is that the groups


don't really know how to apply for funding? I asked the MP Steve


Barclay this afternoon. It is because the model is complex.


Government allocates the money to sport England and it has 11


different grants and the criteria is often changing. It also gets a lot


of his money `` gives a lot of it is money to various sporting bodies.


They all have their own different schemes with different criteria


which again often change. People with a love of sport find themselves


dealing with a complex model of delivery and often one that is


weighted against rural communities, like ours in north`east


Cambridgeshire, because too much funding is going to the cities and


that is something I am keen to have out in Parliament today. Isn't there


an argument for the money to go to the places that benefit the most


people? Of course cities should get funding and there are lots of people


there and that should be reflected. What I will highlight is the


disproportionate amount of funding that goes to the cities. If you look


at rural communities where travel is more difficult and expensive and


sometimes there aren't as many options, it is important we have


local facilities so people, particularly young, but all ages,


can be active and healthy. It shouldn't be the case that


everything is centred in the cities. That is not realistic and I


communities should have their fair share for, after all, what they are


paying for. Sport England says that if you have plans to help more


people play sport more often but you are held back by cost, we can help.


Are they falling short of that? Their rhetoric is great but the


reality isn't. Cambridge has had five times as much funding as my


constituency. Of course there is more need in Cambridge, but is it


five times? Why is it that the criteria on funding bids keeps


changing and why is it so complex that it makes it difficult for


people to get their bids in? Why are criteria often weighted against


Shire counties? That is why I want to put pressure on ministers so we


get our fair share. We are just looking for a reflection of the fact


that people in villages, towns and community areas across north`east


Cambridgeshire want to play and participate in sport and are not


getting a fair share of the funds. In a statement, the Department for


culture, media and sport said they are investing over ?1 billion in


sport up to 2017. There are warnings of strong winds


hitting the region tonight. The weather forecast in a moment but


businesses in the region to tell them what flights they want as part


of a survey. The airport is particularly keen to speak to


companies with links to the USA, Middle East and Far East who


currently travel from other terminals.


Still to come, more on the history of the A14 project. And more on our


unsung heroes project. Meet Phillipa Pitts, the inspiration behind


Eastwood netball. The University of East Anglia is


giving some medical students the chance to care for elderly people as


part of their studies. The idea comes in the wake of the Francis


Report earlier this year into the failings at the Mid`Staffordshire


Hospital. Among the recommendations from Mr Francis, a call for the


caring professions show more compassion. `` to show more


compassion. Mike Liggins has spent the afternoon with one of the


students at a care home in Norwich. This woman is in the third year of


her degree course in occupational therapy. The last five weeks, she


has been coming year to this care home in Norwich. Today, she has come


to seek 92`year`old IV and talk soon turns to Ivy's recent birthday


party. So you had to cakes? Yes. Rhianna is one of five students who


have been volunteering. It is to help students with confidence,


communication and compassion. I think everybody deserves respect and


to be treated as an individual and to be listened to. This experience


particularly has helped me understand people's stories and it


brings home to you that people have a life that they have lived. The


pilot is being run by the school of rehabilitation at the University of


East Anglia. This compassion something that we should have to


teach students? I think a lot of students who come to the caring put


`` caring professions are compassionate, but it doesn't harm


them to get more exposure within the sort of environment. Grandchildren?


How many do you have? We have been delighted with the way it has gone.


The five students have been amazing. Each of them has found something


different out of the experience and they have been really happy coming


to our home and we have been delighted to have them. Rhianna says


that her time with these patients has been hugely beneficial. The UAE


`` need the University of East Anglia hope they can carry on with


this in the future. This week in Look East, we're


meeting the three people who have been short listed for the BBC East


Unsung Sporting Hero Award. Yesterday it was a netball


administrator, today it's a netball coach. Phillipa Pitts has given more


than 40 years of her life to coaching netball in Essex. She


spends nearly every week night and every weekend on a netball court.


We are going to do a change of direction tonight. 1974. Britain was


under a three`day week. It was also the year that Phillipa Pitts started


Eastwood netball team. Three fingers, carve them so that you have


them around ear height. Just one team, with a handful of girls. She


now has 13 teams with 150 players. People who started in year seven,


they have gone through and their daughters have been playing as well.


So that continuity of families, mother and daughter. She has taken


individuals and turn them into `` she is taken beginners and turn them


into international. But it is about making sure they enjoy the sport. It


is not just about her being a coach, she is an umpire, she brings girls


up to gloat. I am now a coach as well. It wouldn't run without her.


Are you running backwards? Which you run backwards on a netball court?


For whatever reason, many girls drop out of sport in their teenage


years. But Phillipa's girls keep coming back. You can hear that they


are enjoying themselves. It is the sport can take them all the way


through. With some sports, they can drop out. We try to accommodate


those who want to be performance players but also those who just love


the sport. It is all about the love of the sport. Her passion is


catching and because of her, thousands of girls had taken up


netball and deliberately taken up netball `` taken up netball.


And tomorrow we meet our final candidate a woman from Northampton


who's spent 30 years helping children with special needs take


part in gymnastics. And we'll be revealing the winner on Friday.


Back now to the news that the government has abandoned its plan


for a toll road on the A14. But the new road will be built. Work will


definitely start in 2016. But if you think you've heard that before, you


probably have. We've reported it on Look East on many occasions for more


than 20 years. John Cranston has been looking through our archives


with the help of one man who's seen it all before.


When the ribbon was cut on the A14 in 1994, the road was heralded as


opening up the east. But it shared the stretch between Heybridge and


Huntingdon with the A1 M11 link. We proved that it was not long before


there were regular problems occurring along it. The first


suggestion of bypassing the bypasses came in 2000. The transport


secretary was proposing plans for a ten lane superhighway. We need to


make sure that our road and rail links are strengthened to make sure


that we have a Rob `` have the jobs. It will be widening the path around


the motorway and could start in 2008. But there were planning


problems and the financial crash came and all we ended up with work


promises. The government has said that the long`awaited plan to build


the A14 will now begin in 2011. And heavy highways agency done its job


effectively the first time around, we would not be in the position we


are now because that would have happened before the financial crisis


and the change of government. The coalition will do the axe. Let's


begin with the news that many businesses and commuters really


didn't want to hear. We can't proceed with a ?1 billion funded


dual carriageway. Then the toll road solution was mooted. You can't just


expect the taxpaying public to pay for everything. You have to share


the burden between taxpayers and those who abuse the road. What


finally scuppered the idea was the lack of an eternity of `` and it ``


and alternative free route. It is unlikely that the road will be


started before late 2016. But we welcome that if it actually happens.


Let's go to Westminster and Andrew Sinclair. Let's start with the


shorts of John Bridge. How sceptical should we be? `` the thoughts of


John Bridge. In the House of Commons, Alistair Darling said he


was sure he had announced the screens before. The trouble with


infrastructure is that it takes a long time to put together. It can


get bogged down in the planning system as well. The government is


conscious of this and in this massive book of infrastructure


announcements which we got today, there is a plan to set up a new body


which will be in charge of driving through infrastructure


developments. The government is saying that if big schemes like the


A14 get bogged down in the planning process, they will use legislation


to fast track it. And of course the subsidies for offshore will come in


after the next election so everything we have talked about


today could change? On the offshore subsidies, that could well change


because everything about energy is political. On the A14, there seems


to be political consensus that this road needs to be improved. Labour


won not happy with the toll, so I think, sticking my neck out, that it


should start in 2016. Is there anything else to announce? It seems


as if we have had everything today. There will be more money for small


businesses. That is always big in our region. What happens to fuel


prices as well? The Essex MP has been pushing for a few cut. Now time


for the weather. `` a few well cut. We have had a damp day today and we


are seeing the price of the later sometime because some parts of the


region are now close to freezing. Ms patches forming `` mist patches


forming. Into tomorrow, we have this intense area of low pressure which


will push this France down across the country. Not a great deal of


raid on it when it comes to us, but it will increase the winds during


the day. So for all of us, it will be a windy day. There is a risk of


coastal flooding particularly on the Norfolk coast. Tomorrow will be dry


and bright with increasing amounts of cloud. That wind speed increasing


through the day. These are the strong gusts which we expect during


the day. Then as the day progresses, it is important to flag up


particularly that north Norfolk coast. A culmination of the


direction of the wind is and high spring tides, the push of the sea,


all coming together at the same point. This is the area under the


amber warning from The Met office. A risk of localised flooding for that


North Norfolk coast. This is our pressure chart. High pressure starts


to build back in. You can see that the isobars are starting to widen so


the winds will ease through Friday but still there is a risk on the


North Norfolk coast on Friday morning with the high tide. It will


be very cold because that by the fund will introduce much colder air.


So expect lower temperatures. As they get the weekend, the high


starts to drag in a lot more cloud. `` as we get to the weekend. It will


be rather cloudy. Saturday feeling chilly. Temperatures will start to


recover and by Sunday, we are back to highs of around eight else else


`` eight Celsius. That's it from all of us. See you


tomorrow night.


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