29/01/2014 Look East - West


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Good evening. The development of Northstowe, a new

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town to the north of Cambridge is one step closer tonight after local

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councils agreed a ?30 million deal for the first phase of homes. The

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project was first unveiled ten years ago. Our reporter Ben Bland has the

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story. It's something that's been talked

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

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district councils and the main developer is a big step towards

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turning the plans into an actual town. Here's where it will go:

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10,000 new homes between Cambridge and Huntingdon. The first phase

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1500, will be built near the village of Longstanton. Initially, the

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councils were hoping to secure 65 million from the developer to pay

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full amenities in Northstowe. Last year that was cut to ?40 million.

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They've now settled for a contribution of ?30 million, less

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than half what they originally wanted. Some councillors are unhappy

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about it. There will be less facilities for

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the community to enjoy. There will be more cost put back to local

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authorities who are already hard pushed and facing financial crisis.

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There will be more mental health problems and anti`social behaviour

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and all of that becomes a problem for the local authority. So it is a

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false economy. The money they have secured will go

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towards a primary and secondary school, sports pitches and cycle

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routes. Some will also go to a guided bus, already in place. But

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under the deal there will be fewer affordable homes in the first phase.

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Instead of two in five, it'll be just one in five. For that, the

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developer makes no apology. I have to make the point that 4 %

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affordable housing was always subject to viability. And the 2 % in

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the first phase after all is 30 affordable housing units, which will

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be available for local people. I think that is a substantial

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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 shovels

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should hit the ground this summer, the first home ready by the middle

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of 2015. Next tonight: inspectors say the

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East of England Ambulance Service is still failing to get to 999 calls

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quickly enough, but in some areas ` like Luton and Cambridgeshire ` it

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does seem to be making progress Stuart Ratcliffe is outside the

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ambulance service headquarters now. The last months have been turbulent

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for the Easter then and underlines service and the root of the problem

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is response times. Put simply, the ambulance service is not getting to

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emergencies quickly enough. There are signs that that might be

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changing. The un`announced inspection last

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month found significant improvements in a number of areas. After

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interviewing patients, there is praise for the care received from

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

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two key areas: ambulance response times to 999 calls, and staffing.

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Ambulance trusts must aim to respond to at least 75% of life`threatening

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calls within eight minutes. And at least 95% of calls where a solo

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paramedic is first on the scene within 19 minutes. Latest figures

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show that the trust has met neither target. There are big regional

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variations: in Luton and Cambridge, the trust is exceeding these

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targets. But in some areas of Norfolk and Essex it consistently

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fails. But the service has welcomed today's news.

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The report clearly identifies that the service is getting safer, but

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there are still areas where the response times are not where we

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would expect them to be. To meet that gap, we need to fill vacancies,

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which is what we are pushing hard to do now. We need to have more staff

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and to have the same type of service across the East of England.

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The report says a recent review found that in order for the trust to

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meet national targets, it would need over 500 additional paramedics by

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2016. The East of England Showground

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service has already recruited more paramedics and wants to recruit a

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further 400. To meet that target, it is unlikely to meet its response

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time targets. Every child will have a place at one

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of our primary schools. That's the guarantee I Peterborough, which has

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faced unprecedented demand for places. 1000 children came forward

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in just one year and tens of millions of pounds is being spent to

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create spaces. I would like you to discuss whether

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you think we should ban playtime or not.

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Small school, high expectations That's the motto of this primary

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school, but it will soon double in size, so great has been the demand

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for places. The pressure is certainly on the

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younger age groups. There has been a higher birth rate, and more children

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in the area want to come to the school. In Year One, if we had the

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space we could actually have an extra class of children. We are not

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able to offer a place to between 25 and 30 children who want to come

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here. In the last seven years, 5000 extra

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places have been created, but still more are needed. This year there are

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going to be six school expansion projects, creating 1500 extra places

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at the cost of more than ?25 million. Last year the city had to

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find 1000 new places due to more people moving to the city and one of

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the highest birth rates in the country. But the council says this

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expansion will create spare capacity.

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We can guarantee that every pupil who wants to come to school will

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have a place but not necessarily where they would want to go or where

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they live. Work is going on across the whole

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city to expand schools or build new ones. They'll be ready to take

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pupils this September. Good evening. It is going to stay

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cloudy with some outbreaks of rain. A lot of cloud around. We start

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tomorrow with a cloudy picture. Further outbreaks of rain through

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the morning. The rain will become lighter and patchy into the

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afternoon. Gradually the rain will clear away and become drier by the

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afternoon and into the evening. Into Friday, much of the day looks drier.

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The wind will start afresh and later and that weather front will bring us

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some heavy rain. From all of us on the late team in

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Cambridge, good night. Hello. The next dose of wet and

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windy weather is due to arrive on Friday from the Atlantic. Today we

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have had an easterly wind bringing the chill as the threat of icy

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patches comes to the north where the cloud breaks. More cloud further

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south. Maybe some sleet and snow in parts of East Wales as we engage the

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cold air. Temperatures in the south-east are not changing much

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because the rain keeps going. It will be colder further north,

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though. Icy patches are possible. More wintry showers in the

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north-east. Quite a few flood warnings in Tayside. Write to the

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west of the Pennines. -- brighter. Figure clad -- thicker cloud further

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south. We see some dampness in parts of the West Country, possibly into

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East Wales. In the north-west of Wales is the

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