19/03/2014 Look East - West


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Good evening. First tonight, the money coming to Cambridge to help

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unlock economic growth. Tod`y the Chancellor announced in his spring

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Budget that it will be given City Deal status, ?500 million worth of

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investment to boost transport, infrastructure and jobs. Cotncils

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will be able to set their own budgets and less control from

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Central Government means more freedom on spending. It's the

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largest package of its kind in the country. And George Osborne says it

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will transform the city into the powerhouse of the national dconomy.

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Our political correspondent, Andrew Sinclair, reports. This is `

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significant announcement whhch is likely to have a dramatic affect on

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not just Cambridge but the surrounding area. ?100 millhon from

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the Government over the next five years. 400 million more by 2030 To

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be used for a variety of purposes, but particularly to make it easier

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for people to get about. A place like Cambridge, which is wanting to

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grow, has the capacity to grow, has the industry, has the local

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companies that play on a national playing field, this is an investment

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that will pay back for the country. More than 33,000 homes are planned

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for the Cambridge area. But for them to be built for people to w`nt to

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live in them, there's a desperate need for better transport lhnks Not

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just improved roads, but better public transport services and new

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cycle routes. Under the so called city deal, the Government whll give

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a substantial ground to the greater Cambridge area and allow local

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councils and business leaders to decide how and where to it. We need,

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for example, to put new measures on the A10 corridor between Calbridge

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and Ely, because it's cloggdd up all the time. We know that the @428

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capacity needs to be increased on that. We know that the 1307 is a

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dangerous and poor capacity road. These are the kind of things we need

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to do. A number of places across the country have been given Citx Deal

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status. Here in Nottingham, they are using the money to extend their tram

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network. The local council says in just two years the extra investment

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has already attracted new btsinesses and created 700 new jobs. L`bour say

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any extra money for the reghon is to be welcomed, but they worry that

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focusing so much on Cambridge means that other parts of the reghon,

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particularly rural areas, m`y lose out. But this Budget was all about

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promoting economic growth and, in the eyes of the Government, City

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Deal status for Cambridge goes a long way to help.

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Andrew was at Westminster when George Osborne delivered his speech.

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I caught up with him earlier and asked him whether the Chancdllor

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mentioned investment for anxwhere else in the region.

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The City Deal announcement for Cambridge was by far the biggest

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piece of news for our region, but there are other things which have

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been announced today which will go down well. There's going to be a tax

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break for regional theatre. We talked about this on Look E`st last

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week. Local theatres in our region have really struggled over the last

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few years financially. This will go some way to help. There's also going

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to be ?200 million for councils to bid for to tackle potholes hn their

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area. This follows a campaign by the Northampton MP Michael Ellis.

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There's also going to be a small fund to make donations to local air

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ambulances. And one of the big stories down here today has been the

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decision to cut the tax on bingo from 20% to 10%. That campahgn was

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led by the MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon. He was so pleased when the

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Chancellor made the announcdment today, he led a chorus of, "House,

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house!" One more announcement today. The Chancellor is going to put money

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into an Alan Turing Institute, named after that the Bletchley Park code

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breaker. He said it would ldad the way in the study of data. Wd don't

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yet know with the institute would be based, universities can bid for that

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money. Next, the news of more investment

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and jobs coming to the region. Today Ryanair boss Michael O'Learx said

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his budget airline was expanding at Stansted Airport. It could lean

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another 2,000 jobs for the `irport, as well as dozens of new rottes

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across Europe. Louise Hubball is at Stansted for us now.

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This is big news for Stanstdd. As a passenger, it means there whll be

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eight new destinations incltding Athens, Bucharest and Pragud. If you

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want the figures, it means ` number of Ryanair flights will go tp from

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490, to 700 every week. That could create up to 2000 new jobs. Today,

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the boss of Ryanair said since the airport came under new ownership

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last year things have changdd. I think not just the management but

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also the people who work at Stansted. There's a new atthtude, a

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welcome for passengers, the train services have improved and Ryanair

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is playing its part by not just adding new routes and flights, but

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also improving our schedules and improving our customer servhce as

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well. We've heard that this has a good time for the airport. Stansted

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has been struggling. That's right. Stansted has had a tough tile during

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the recession. Traditionallx it has always focused leisure travdl. That

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has suffered during the downturn. In fact, passenger numbers havd dropped

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by 25%. But now bosses have said they are going to focus on business

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travel. They are hoping to capitalise on economically rich

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areas like Cambridge. For a region who has got strong growth

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opportunities in business and inward investment, so the destinathons that

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have been announced today and the frequency really supports otr

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ability as a region to do btsiness and for other parts of the world to

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do business with us. But thd proof of all of this will be how lany

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passengers actually use these new routes. Police are still qudstioning

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seven people after armed police raided a travellers' site in

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Northamptonshire. A firearm and a quantity of Class A drugs wdre

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seized during the raid which took place early this morning. Officers

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have been continuing to search the site at Rothwell, near Kettdring.

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Police say three women, thrde men and a teenager remain in custody.

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That's all from us. Don't forget we will be back with the breakfast

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bulletins from 6:25am tomorrow. Now let's take a look at the we`ther.

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A dry night stretches ahead with some long, clear spells, but

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temperatures aren't expected to get down to low with a brisk brdeze

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Tomorrow, and much better prospect of seeing some bright or sunny

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spells through the day, as the cloud starts to shift and break`up. These

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temperatures may go a degred or two high in the sunshine. There will be

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a noticeable south`westerly breeze through to borrow and that will tend

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to freshen into the afternoon. This is the sign of the next reldvant

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heading our way, and that whll bring some rain after nightfall, tracking

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eastwards overnight. This brings a much cooler air mass for thd end of

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the week. In a moment, the National forecast. But I'll leave yot with

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our outlook. Cooler and shall report Friday and into the weekend the

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return of some frost overnight. night it will be heavy in places.

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This is the outlook: Bright enough for Friday and the weekend but much

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colder and some of the showers could have a wintry nature.

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Cloud coming in from the Atlantic. When it moves through we will get

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cooler conditions with lively showers. But mild overnight with the

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south-westerly breeze dragging cloud across England and Wales. As you can

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see the heaviest rain and strongest winds overnight are confined to

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Scotland and northern Ireland. Wet and windy here but it is an mild

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night with the cloud cover and breeze. But, a miserable start to

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the day in Scotland. Wet and windy, gusty wind through the central

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lowlands in the morning. Up to 0 miles an hour and maybe more than

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that over some of the hills. Not pleasant in the morning rush-hour

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and not pleasant in Northern Ireland either. In England and Wales, a lot

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of cloud around but maybe a few breaks to the east of

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