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independent Scotland. That is all from the News at six,

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Good evening. The first funding has finally been unlocked to kick`start

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the development of a new town at Northstowe, just north of Cambridge.

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But is it enough? There will be fewer facilities for people to

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enjoy. How one city is leading the way in making sure that every child

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has a primary school place. And later we have a special report on

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solar farms. Are they a blight on the landscape? And all the world is

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a stage for Charles and Camilla Good evening. The first funding has

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been knocked to kick`start the development of the new town at

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Northstowe. The entire project has been in the pipeline for years, but

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now the plans for a brand new town are nearing reality. Our reporter

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Ben Bland has the story. It's something that's been talked about

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for more than ten years. Today's deal between the county and district

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councils and the main developer is a big step towards turning the plans

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into an actual town. And here's where it will go. 10,000 new homes

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between Cambridge and Huntingdon. The first phase ` 1,500 ` will be

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built near the village of Longstanton. Initially the councils

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were hoping to secure ?65 million from the developer to pay for

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amenities in Northstowe. Last year that was cut to ?40 million. They've

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now settled for a contribution of ?30 million, less than half what

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they originally wanted. And some councillors are very unhappy about

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it. There will be less facilities for

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the community to enjoy and it will mean more cost in the long`term

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being put back to the local authorities were hard pushed and

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facing financial crisis. With fewer community facilities there will be

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more anti`social behaviour and mental health problems. So it is a

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false economy if we allow developers to pay less money. The money they

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have secured will go towards a primary and secondary school, sports

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pitches and cycle routes. Some will also go towards paying for the

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guided bus, which is already in place. But under the deal there will

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be fewer affordable homes in the first phase. Instead of two in five,

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it'll be just one in five. And for that, the developer makes no

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apology. 40% of affordable housing was all the subject to viability and

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the 20% in the first phase after all is 300 affordable housing units

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which will be available for local people. I think that is a

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substantial provision. This development will be one of the

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largest in the UK ` a whole new town. Today's deal means that

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shovels should hit the ground by this summer, with the first homes

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ready by the middle of 2015. One of the issues that has emerged

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from today's meeting is that the proportion of affordable housing for

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Northstowe has halved. Earlier I put it to South Cambridgeshire's cabinet

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member for Northstowe, Tim Wotherspoon, that fewer affordable

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homes would exclude many desperate to get on the housing ladder.

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While affordable housing is a technical definition and one in five

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is a number that is being talked about quite widely and compared to

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the 40% which is our policy. But there are questions of viability.

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When you start a project like this is always more expensive to get over

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that first stage. The other aspect is that there will be a wide range

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of housing for first`time buyers in particular. Housing available at a

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price that first`time buyers can afford. The other issue is the new

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road, 1500 new homes being built, is that not going to cause a huge

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amount of problems for those trying to access the road network? Well in

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the first phase I do not think it is quite such an issue. We have worked

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hard to get me a 14 back onto the agenda. It is thanks to local

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campaigning that we have got it back onto the roads programme. I'm sure

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it is little credit to the local campaigners against the toll that we

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have persuaded the government to see about telling as well. But will it

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be able to cope in the short`term? The transport assessment has been

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clear about that. But the first phase remember, it is likely that

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the 814 will be ready before the first phase is completed.

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Next tonight, inspectors say the East of England Ambulance Service is

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still failing to get to 999 calls quickly enough. But in some areas,

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like Luton and Cambridge, it does seem to be making progress. The

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latest assessment comes from the regulator, the Care Quality

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Commission. Their inspectors made surprise visits on four days in

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December. This from our chief reporter, Kim Riley.

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The trust handles more than 900 000 emergency calls each year across six

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counties and 7500 square miles. The inspection last month found

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significant improvements in a number of areas and after interviewing

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patients there was praise for the care received from the ambulance

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crews and call handlers. But the trust is found wanting in ambulance

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response times to life`threatening by 99 calls and staffing. Ambulance

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trust disdained to respond to a high percentage of calls within eight

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minutes. And at least 95% of calls should see an ambulance arriving

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within 90 minutes. The latest figures show across`the`board trust

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has failed to do that. MPs from across the region have led calls for

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improvements to the server. Yesterday came the surprise

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resignation of the interim chairman Doctor Geoff Harris. Much faith is

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now being placed in the new chief executive Doctor Anthony Marsh. I am

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impressed, he has bigger and enthusiasm and he is an experienced

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chief executive in covering rural areas. We appreciate that he is

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concentrating on recruiting paramedics and I think that is the

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right direction. I want to give him time and support. He knows that the

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pace of change needs to be stepped up. The report says the trust could

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need over 500 additional paramedics by 2016. That is a tall order. It

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also quotes a review identifying substantial shortfalls between the

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resources of the trust and what it actually needs to meet national

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standards. John Martin is the acting director

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of patient safety and clinical standards for the Ambulance Trust.

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Earlier he told Look East the report has recognised that the Trust is

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making improvements. The report highlights that are clinicians have

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a high degree of patient satisfaction. We have recruited a

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number of staff this last year and on top of that we have increased the

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number of staff internally who have become paramedics. We started a bit

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campaign to recruit 400 now and that is ongoing. They will come in over

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the next few months to man the ambulance.

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The final "missing link" section of the Bedford western bypass could be

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completed after funding was made available to buy up nearby land The

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Borough Council has secured nearly ?16 million and is now set to

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publish Compulsory Purchase Orders to buy the land required for

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construction. The money has come from a number of agencies including

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the Department for Transport. It's hoped the work can begin later this

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year. Every child will have a place at one

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of our primary schools. That's the guarantee from one city in the

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region which has faced unprecedented demand for places. One thousand

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children came forward in just one year needing to be schooled in

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Peterborough. And the council there is spending tens of millions of

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pounds to create spaces. I would like you to discuss whether

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you think we should ban playtime or not. Five minutes, off you go.

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Small school, high expectations That is the motto of Winston

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primary. But soon the school is to double in size, so great has been

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the demand for places. Pressure is on the younger age groups where

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there has been a higher birth rate and more children in the area. There

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is about 30 children who do want to come here but we are not able to

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offer them the space. 5000 extra places have been created in the past

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seven years but still more are needed. This year there will be six

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school expansion project creating 1500 extra places at the cost of

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more than ?25 million. Last year the city had to find 1000 new places,

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down to more people move into the city and one of the highest birth

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rates in the country. But the council says this expansion will

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create spare capacity. We can guarantee that every pupil who wants

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to come to school will have a school place but not necessarily where they

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wanted to go. A brand`new school and a brand`new head teacher. The Thomas

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Deacon junior college where they see rising pupil numbers as positive.

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Most children are in the city and I do not think the city would be

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getting the fantastic facilities with the new schools or expanded

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schools without that growth in Peterborough. Work is going on

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across the whole city to expand schools or build new ones. They will

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be ready to take pupils this September.

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In cricket, Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has helped England

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retain the Ashes against Australia. She scored 92 not out as England won

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the first Twenty20 international by nine wickets. It's her fifth Ashes

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victory. Victory means England have won the multi`format series with two

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Twenty20s to spare. They will lift the trophy for the second time

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within six months. We were pretty determined this morning. It was a

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must win for us today. I just went out there. I have been in good form

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but to play on a great wicket here, and to lead the team through like I

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did, we had and plastic support from Sarah Taylor today. It is a real

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high for us. The Cambridgeshire heptathlete

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Louise Hazel has come out of retirement in a bid to defend her

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Commonwealth title later this year. The 28`year`old, who won gold at the

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Delhi Games in 2010, retired in September but says the lure of

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competing in Glasgow was too strong to resist. She confirmed her return

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after a series of tests today involving sprint work, the long jump

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and shot put. She told the BBC she felt in better shape than she

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thought and can't wait to get started.

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Those are the top stories. I'll be back at ten with

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to flood defence, the authorities insist it is not the only answer.

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Depending on your point of view, they are either a blight on the

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landscape or an important way of generating clean electricity. But

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some people believe we are getting too many solar farms too quickly?

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Tonight one of our MPs will tell the House of Commons that the planning

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controls on solar farms aren't strict enough. There are currently

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14 working solar farms in the region. With a further 23 either

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planned or being built. The latest row concerns plans on the

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Suffolk`Essex border. To the west of Sudbury lies some of

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the least populated and arguably most beautiful countryside in Essex.

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And it's here that there are plans to build three solar farms across

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300 acres of land. It is idyllic and very rural. And these solar farms,

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very large solar farms, just don't fit in with the character. But they

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don't make any noise and will be hidden by bushes. Are they really

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that bad? They are hidden to a certain extent. Generally speaking,

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it sort of spoils the ambience and character of the area. That is

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problem. This is where one of the farms could be built. The landowner

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didn't want to be interviewed. But he told me it would be surrounded by

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bushes. Sheep will graze the land. Solar farms have become a

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contentious issue across the region. We filmed this altercation near

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Thetford a couple of once ago. Farmers can earn five times more

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this way than through conventional agriculture. But one MP says they've

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grown so fast, there are very few planning controls in place. If you

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want to build a tiny garage on your house in this area, you have to have

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a full environmental impact report. You can have a 300 acre farm of

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solar panels and don't need any environmental impact report at all.

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So there does not seem to be a good balance. Tonight in Parliament,

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he'll call for solar farms not to be built near areas of outstanding

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natural beauty. Or prime agricultural land. But those who

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build them say there are already enough controls in place. And all

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applications are carefully scrutinised. I don't know how they

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are going to make it tougher. At the end of the day, the national policy

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planning framework sets out a sustainable future for us and how we

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develop all types of technologies and developments. Obviously, these

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developments are assessed vigorously by the local authorities. The

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government has cut the subsidy for solar power, but is reluctant to

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legislate further. It says this is a clean and quick way to generate

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power. Mr Newmark agrees. He just wants people to think more carefully

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where solar farms go. Last night's football now. And the

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matches involving Colchester, Stevenage and Northampton were all

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victims of the weather. Peterborough United's trip to Sheffield United

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tonight has also been postponed. But four of our teams did play. None of

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them managed to win, but there was a lot to talk about. We'll start at

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Carrow Road. Bleak, boggy, but nearly 27,000

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braved the weather. A measurable night for a number of Norwich fans.

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It's been a miserable season. But a win this evening and they are in the

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top half. Such optimism appeared totally misplaced in the first half.

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Norwich came under fire. John Ruddy overworked in goal. The post proving

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to be their saviour. Loic Remy then found the other one. Floods of

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Newcastle chances came, but were wasted. Remy was denied again after

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the break. The crossbar this time the last line of defence. Then

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Norwich finally posed a threat themselves. Hooper! Another crossbar

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saves Newcastle. Now more even as a contest. It boiled over late on for

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Remy and Bradley Johnson saw red for one altercation. Robert Snodgrass

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could have stolen victory. But it would have been harsh. City stay

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12th. I thought our energy levels were better in that second half

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period and we made more of a game of it. But we are against a quality

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team today. Disappointing, because we are at home. You need to make the

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most of your home performances. Entertaining game, another point.

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But at times, Norwich rode their luck. Is it enough for the fans? I

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think it's a good point. We were lucky to get that result. Woodwork,

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the man of the match. It's a point gained rather than lost. Very poor

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first half. They put on a show for us. They did not lose the game. Fair

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enough. But there is just no heart there and it is disappointing to

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walk away with the point that we should have lost. Why do they have

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to get annoyed so much? We come to enjoy a game. It is good value for

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money. Come on, you yellows, we will be there next season!

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Mick McCarthy felt Ipswich had the chances to beat Leeds. David

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McGoldrick put Town in front. But they couldn't hold on. Ipswich just

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outside the championship play`offs. Carl Robinson was furious with MK

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Dons' performance at Carlisle. A 3`0 defeat. The manager says some of his

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players won't play for him again. Kevan Hurst scored for Southend. But

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Dagenham made it 1`1, leaving the Blues sixth in League Two.

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If you enjoyed the Olympic Torch Relay a couple of years ago, there's

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another on its way. It's the Queen's Baton Relay which is part of the

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build up to Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. And in this region,

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the focus is on Suffolk and Monday June the 9th.We don't know all the

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details. But it will kick off at breakfast time on the seafront in

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Lowestoft. It will arrive in Newmarket at a community event in

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mid`morning. And be at schools athletics competition in Bury St

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Edmunds in the early afternoon. After that, it's Ipswich for more

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athletics with the big finish in Christchurch Park.

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Dame Kelly Holmes won a gold at the Manchester Games back in 2002. This

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is her take on the relay. Each location are trying to celebrate

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sport, bring families and young people together, what we are trying

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to do. If people are interested, go on the website, or follow on

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Twitter, they will be able to see what is happening around the

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country. You could be somebody else at the time the bat on relay comes

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around. We are in Suffolk on the 9th of June. That is key for that area.

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But I think it will be really successful. We are really wowed the

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team and the we are gathering to go to Glasgow to compete for team

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England and we hope the public support them. Dame Kelly Holmes.

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed some of

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Shakespeare's most famous works today at a special performance in

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Essex. They visited the Palace Theatre in Westcliffe to launch

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celebrations to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth. On stage,

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school children inspired by their love of the Bard.

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CHEERING. It may have been cold and overcast, but that did not dampen

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the spirits. Hours waiting in the cold soon forgotten. For Charlie

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Johnson, his first brush with royalty at the tender age of six

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months. And patients rewarded with a chat with the Duchess. They were

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alone sing the 450th birthday celebrations.

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Rehearsals started early this morning, 30 children from schools

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chosen to perform in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Tomaso Luongo from

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Suffolk delivering that soliloquy. To be or not to be. That is the

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question. You have to be very intelligent

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about Hamlet beforehand, because his emotions are really complex.

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Overused phrase, but a once`in`a`lifetime experience? It

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is, Royal variety. When we first heard about it, we thought it would

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be his West End debut, but Southend is just as good. Rehearsals over,

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the moment of truth, and for the young cast, the biggest performance

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of their lives. Tybalt! Afterwards, relief and parade at

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what they had achieved. At first, he made a joke, saying not too many

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injuries, and we laughed, and he was asking where we were from and that

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he enjoyed it. What did he say? He seems very interested in England and

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school, and I shook his hand. I am not going to wash it! This is so

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important. We need to get the word out there to more and more schools

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about the wonderful work we do, how children love it, they never thought

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they would meet the Royal Highness is, so it was fantastic. And for the

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young actors, that meant the world. They needed any more inspiration,

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they certainly got it today. A fabulous day for them. An amazing

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experience, and some very good acting. And Prince Charles coming up

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behind that women. Now for the weather.

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The weather is a mess. Low pressure across the country bringing a cloudy

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forecast today and outbreaks of rain. The positioning as meant an

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easterly wind, so the weather has a real cold steel. Through this

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evening, we see continued spells of rain. `` real cold feel. More rain

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from France to most areas through the night. Cloud and a brisk breeze

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and temperatures not falling to low, but we could get down to two

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Celsius, and perhaps some frost and ice in sheltered spots. Not great

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tomorrow. Quite cloudy and healing cold. And further outbreaks of rain,

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particularly through the morning, and those could be heavy. Some drier

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interludes. Certainly not the best forecast through the morning. Heavy

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downpours, but rain becomes patchy and later through the day, so by the

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afternoon, it is also through the region. Temperatures perhaps up on

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today, six or seven Celsius, but that wind direction still East or

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southeasterly. The wind light tomorrow, but feeling cold. For the

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afternoon and evening, we just about get rid of the rain, conditions

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behind it remaining cloudy. Looking to Friday, an area of low pressure

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is coming, bringing rain, which is not welcome, but it will arrive

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later for as in the East, and much of the day dry if rather cloudy. As

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the weather front approaches, the wind will increase, direction

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changing to southerly, but windy at around the middle of the day, and

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the rain arriving, probably not until after nightfall for most. But

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it spreads across the region, heavy in places, the wind continuing to be

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quite strong through the night. But for the weekend, it starts to get

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drier, brighter, temperatures up to seven degrees. There could be some

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showers around, but the forecast looks like it is improving for the

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weekend. But still staying quite windy for Saturday. With clear skies

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overnight, getting quite cold overnight, cold enough to bring a

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touch of frost in places and icy patches.

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Just lovely when the whole country is obliterated by a band of rain!

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Stay indoors on Thursday. We will see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.

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'The cost of living crisis goes deep into people's lives,

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'deep into the way our country is run,

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'deep into who our country is run for.

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'the solutions need to be deep as well.'

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I opened a pub six years ago in Hackney,

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