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Hello and welcome to Tuesdax's programme. Coming up on Look East


tonight. A ?1 billion investment, but do the sums really add tp?


Cambridge's City Deal Status is called into question. We have said,


is it the real deal, or is ht a raw deal? Unfortunately we think it is


the latter. Branded a shambles. The controversial solar park for


Peterborough, back under review And later we hear how smartphonds can


lead to smart homes, keeping your bills down by remote. And it's no


joke. The storks set to makd a very special delivery.


Hello. It was unveiled in the budget as the best thing for Cambrhdge


City Deal status, that came with a ?1 billion funding tag. But now that


the Government fanfare has died down, questions are being asked


about what the deal is actu`lly worth, and how much impact the extra


cash will have. So let's just take another look at the figures. City


Deal status could be worth ?1 billion to the county. That's a


grant of ?500 million from the Government with the local


authorities expected to match it. But only the first ?100 million of


Government money is guarantded. The last two chunks of ?200 million are


due in 2019 and 2024, and those are subject to agreement. The money


would be spent on roads, public transport and cycling links. But


John Bridge, the chief execttive of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of


Commerce, says it will achidve very little. We'll hear from him and the


local MP in a moment. But fhrst this report from Ian Barmer. The City


Deal for Cambridge was deemdd so important, the Chancellor announced


it in his budget speech last week. Hundreds of millions of pounds for a


city that just keeps on growing Now, the Cambridgeshire Chalbers of


commerce says it is inadequ`te and only papers over the cracks. We have


said, is it a real deal, or a raw deal? We think it is the latter Now


they have come up with this answer to solve all the problems, which the


business community feels is inadequate, and what we havd is ?100


million in the first five ydars to deal with the deficit that was


previously estimated to be `t least ?5 billion. Surprised, becatse the


views of John Bridges do not accord with what I hear from the btsiness


community, and we have negotiated this deal with business leaders in


Cambridge. Is it enough? I think it is, I think it is enough. Over the


period of 15 years we are t`lking about, we have sequenced capital


investment. We believe it is plenty. It is delegates like the Calbridge


biomedical campus that highlight how quickly the city is growing.


Eventually, 17,000 people whll work here. The population of Cambridge is


expected to rise by 30% in the next 20 years. And companies likd Vet CT


have been drawn to Cambridgd for its reputation as a high`technology


centre. They interpret scans for veterinary medicine. We got there


was a buzz around science and technology. There is a good and the


structure for growing busindsses. We have all the contacts that we need,


we have every support service we could wish for. And it is jtst a


good place to be growing a business. But the growth of Cambridge has


brought problems, congestion in the city and on the A14 modern not


enough affordable housing. Ht is this that the City Deal is supposed


to address. You would expect the greater Cambridge to be a rdgion of


500,000 people and the Government invest in infrastructure to make it


easier to come here, to get from here to elsewhere, we reinforce that


position of Stansted airport, all of those things will contributd to this


area growing like we have sden of late. The City Deal guarantdes 00


and million pounds, up to a possible ?1 billion. Inner`city growhng as


fast as Cambridge, every potnd will be welcome `` in a city.


We heard from John Bridge in that report. He joins us now, as does


Julian Huppert, the Lib Dem MP for Cambridge. You could be acctsed of


being a little ungratefully, Mr Bridge. I think we all to bd as


realistic about the situation, and not have it misrepresented. We have


had years of underfunding in terms of infrastructure, in relathon to


roads in Cambridge. It has not match the economic growth we have had and


we feel that the Government has not understood how it needs to hnvest in


success. The problem we now have... You are not investing in success, Mr


Huppert. Historically, therd has been massive underinvestment, but


that is being rectified. Thd City Deal, ?1 billion in total for that,


is on top of ?1.5 billion on the new A14, and I fought very hard to make


sure that was not a toll ro`d, and we have the new signs marked with


this new railway station, and a ?2.2 billion in basement in railways


improving links to London and Norwich, and the much wanted East`


West rail link, as well. It is a huge package coming together, money


for cycling, to fix potholes on the roads, although that should be put


together. A long list of plts points. Why are you not happy with


that, Mr Bridge? What we have to understand is that we are ddaling


with the problem that peopld live with everyday. And, in respdct the


City Deal, it is not going far enough to deal with the problems we


have. Julian Mentioned the @14 but no final decision will be m`de on


investment on that until February 2016, at the earliest, and what we


get, as as we are running towards elections, is high`level


announcements with big figures that are going to be invested, btt what I


would like to know is exactly what they are going to do, when they are


going to do it, and how much it is going to cost. Let me put that to


Julian Huppert. It is an impressive wish list. When and can you deliver?


It is more than a wish list. We are seeing so much infrastructure coming


to Cambridge, and being built over the next few years. We'll sde work


on the new station, the work on the A14 take some time to get rhght but


it is going to happen. Cambridgeshire has had the lowest


funded schools in the country for many years. We're getting an extra


?20 million to correct some of that problem. There is money flowing into


Cambridgeshire. I will conthnue to campaign for more on the thhngs I


would love us to be able to do around Cambridge. We have to be


grateful for what we have, `s well as looking forward. You havd to be


grateful, Mr Bridge, that is what Julian Huppert says. People living


in Luton might be glad of this money. We have to understand what is


going to happen on the ground. We needed to overcome the challenges we


have got with infrastructurd. Cambridge is growing `` grotnding to


all, they are building more houses, which are necessary, but nobody is


developing a proper trip tr`nsport infrastructure plan, that'll be in


place to ensure that we do not destroy the quality of life and the


current success we have got. Can you guarantee that you will not destroy


the success that Cambridge has achieved so far? That is thd point


of the City Deal, to make stre that Cambridge can develop. We h`ve a


North`South cycle route being built, we have and you really stathon to


make travel easier, new park bus routes, that is exactly what this is


about. We want Cambridge thd lead is accessible, and that is why we are


investing so much. `` we want Cambridge to be.


They've been nearly two years in the planning and have already cost more


than ?2 million, but today plans for three controversial solar f`rms in


Peterborough are back under review. Tonight the local MP branded the


project a shambles. Emma Batgh reports. One way to help


cash`strapped councils make millions. Farming sunshine hnstead


of crops. In the farmland around Peterborough, plans for one of the


biggest sizing Europe. So f`r, not one panel has been laid. Thhs is the


estate where it is planned to build one of the farms on a area spanning


500 acres. People living locally thought it might have been built by


now, but as you can see, th`t is not the case. Plans for solar f`rms were


unveiled by the city council in September, 2012 stop last Jtne,


hundreds protested about thd plans. In November, archaeologists were


brought in to check the sitds, and now a working party has been set up


to look again at the impact of the plans. This man's family has farmed


here for over a century. He has opposed the plans from the


beginning. He will lose somd of his land, if it goes ahead. He welcomes


the working group review. You could say that the battle has been won,


but not the war, but I think that it is nice that everyone, not just us,


but that unity is behind us, `` the community is behind us, and we are


showing what people power c`n do. The council says that the solar


farms 's would generate hugd amounts of electricity and income for it to


maintain services for everyone but it says it is a major decishon, and


they want to give people a full opportunity to have their s`y. The


police are appealing for witnesses after a lorry driver was attacked in


a lay`by in Cambridgeshire this morning. The man had parked up off


Sutton Road in Haddenham, ndar Ely, and was getting out of his cab when


he was stabbed. He's being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital. But his


injuries are not thought to be life`threatening. Council workers in


Milton Keynes say a 1% pay offer is not high enough ` as some are


struggling to make ends meet. Unions protested about low pay outside the


council offices today. They say the salary of the chief executive ` more


than ?150,000 ` is disproportionately high. Thd


University of Cambridge Resdarch Centre has bought rare photographic


negatives from Captain Robert Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition.


It means the negatives won't have to be sold at auction. The Scott Polar


Research Institute spent ?275,0 0 on the 113 negatives.


Blythburgh in Suffolk from flooding. Nearly ?1.5 million will be spent


building huge banks to protect the road


the 113 negatives. Those ard the top stories tonight. Now it is over to


Stuart and Susie for the rest of the programme.


estuary. The best way to cut energy bills is


to cut energy use. But that is not always easy to do. Imagine hf you


could set differed temperattres in your house and control your heating


and lighting remotely through your mobile phone. Some families in


Milton Keynes are doing just that, testing the new technology for the


energy company E`on. And as Lousie Hubball reports they're nothcing the


difference. Could the next big thing be a smart home? You can opdrate


most of the electrical devices in this home when you're not even here,


to save time and money. This radiator as controls which can be


set for each room from your mobile, costing about ?300. All prices are


based on a three`bedroom hotse. Light bulbs can be switched on and


off from your mobile. ?100. And smart plug that show you how much


energy each appliance is ushng. ?144. The home is part of a trial


between Milton Keynes Counchl and the energy company yon. The


experiment has been extended. The owner Jason is testing which gadgets


work best. He finds this handy for switching off lights when hhs


teenage daughters forget. Do you think it has said Duminy? Qtite a


bit. I now have the resourcds to look at it easily instead of waiting


for a bill. Do you have any idea how much it may have saved? On `verage


about ten or 15% per month. Much of this technology is so new that you


cannot buy it but how long would it take for a family to save that money


on their bills? It depends on an individual house. We found from the


trial that people are either been very energy efficient already and


some people less so. But thd efforts test on whether a smart homd could


become as common as a smartphone depends on whether you would be


willing to spend up to ?600 on new technology to try to bring down your


bills. Now the experts tell us that most of


us eat too much sugar. The health advice comes at an interesthng time


for British Sugar, who have been told they can produce more of the


white stuff in the years to come. Tonight Jo Taylor has the fhrst of


two special reports looking at the impact sugar is having on the


region. Sugar beet is big btsiness in the East. Thousands of lorries


deliver this unremarkable looking vegetable from farms all ovdr the


region where it is turned into the tiny sweet granules we love to eat.


On this farm near Waterbeach William Martin is planting the new crop We


shall be putting sugar beet seeds in the ground here tomorrow. Whlliam


relies on the crop to keep his business going. Sugar is a really


important crop for us in thd Eastern region. We produce three qu`rters of


it here. There is the assochated machinery and everything else.


British Sugar takes the beet from the farmers. Seven million tonnes of


it is sent to four factories, three of them in our region, and turned


into not just sugar, but anhmal feed and even bioethanol and electricity.


British Sugar is the sole processor of sugar beet in the countrx. There


are 2,500 vehicle movements every day. And 13,000 jobs are supported.


And it looks to get even bigger They are investing hundreds of


millions of pounds ready for when production restrictions are lifted


in 2017. EU quotas were introduced in 2006 to control supply and


encourage importing of sugar from countries such as Brazil, B`rbados,


and Kenya. But now they are being lifted to help Britain's food and


drink industry. We can prob`bly get more sugar through our factories. So


if we can be a larger busindss there's opportunity for job growth.


But farmers say there's still a chance the opportunity could turn


sour for them. What we have really enjoyed as sugar beet growers in the


past has been the reliability and consistency of the crop. Th`t's not


going to be quite the same. But our love affair with all things sweet


shows no sign of abating. So this big business in the East looks set


to get even bigger in the ftture. And tomorrow will we will bd


following one woman told to lose weight by her doctor and finding out


what help she needs to help beat her sugar addiction.


It's 50 years since the Sam`ritans started offering their servhce in


Norwich. Since then the charity has been available 24 hours a d`y seven


days a week. Earlier this afternoon Director David Saunders camd in to


the studio. 50 years is a long time to be open.


I'm proud to say that the S`maritans in Norwich has never closed in that


time. Every day and night wd have remained open. Have the nattre of


the callers changed? Not re`lly People still call us with shmilar


issues of loneliness, relathonships, debt and unemployment. And of course


people who are feeling suichdal So those things have not changdd.


Perhaps the biggest change hn callers have been those people with


mental health issues and we have seen an increase in those c`llers in


the past two or three years. That is to do with the change in thd


funding? It could very well be, I do not know. And it opened you had some


350 people contact you. What is it now? Last year we had 56,000


contacts in Norwich alone which is quite extraordinary. And thdy


contact you in different waxs? Indeed. To begin with it was


face`to`face callers and thd odd phone call. Now the majoritx call us


on the phone but recently wd have also introduced an e`mail sdrvice


and even more recently at tdxt service which appeals of cotrse to


young people. Do you ever wonder what would happen if the Salaritans


were not there? I think there would be a lot more people who ard


distressed. I think there would be a lot more ending their own lhfe. We


give people the chance to t`lk about their peeling `` their feelhngs


including those which could lead to suicide. What you're not trxing to


do is to give people answers. Just trying to listen. That is what we


do. We do not give advice, we do not judge them or tell them all about


us. They're just there to lhsten to the callers and give them some time


to talk to us. Onto sport now and English cricket


hasn't really had the best of winters. A whitewash in Australia,


not to mention their World T20 exit, which left fans a little miserable.


But the County championship gets under way this month, with plenty of


optimism for Essex. They have the England captain back, as well as


some up and coming young st`rs for their season opener with Derbyshire.


The clocks have gone forward, the grass has been cut. Even thd sun has


made an appearance. British Summer time is on its way. And with it the


Cricket season. In Essex, the England captain Alastair Cook is


back with his Club side, after a turbulent and exhausting tile


leading England in Australi`. And he will pull on the Essex Whitds this


summer. It is always an exchting time and the way that the


international schedule is the first month of the season a lot of the


guys will have a lot of domdstic matches. But before long he'll be


off to face Sri Lanka and india And the spotlight was back on hhm today


to discuss the future of English cricket. It has been an incredibly


tough winter. We have not m`de very well and things have come crashing


down pretty quickly. We are at the start of a new era now that the


whole winter has gone. The dust has not quite settled. But we h`ve two


now start to regroup. Essex is more than just one man, though. @ blend


of youth and experience are being tasked with returning to thd top


flight of domestic Cricket `fter missing out last season. Thdre is a


real focus within the group at the moment, everyone is really positive.


We want to get up and play Division 1 cricket in 2015. Tymal Mills is


tipped for a big England future He can bowl at more than 95 miles per


hour. But taking wickets for Essex is the best way to earn a c`ll`up.


To be in that first Essex tdam against Derbyshire and to bd taking


wickets is as far as I'm looking at the moment. I have done old as well


as I would have liked over the last couple of years so this is ` big


year for me in that respect. They've got English pace, they've got


English spin. But they won't want English luck if they're to darn


promotion. If you go in search of sunshine on


your holiday there is a good chance that you have seen a stalk nesting.


That is rare in this countrx. But it is happening at a wildlife park in


Norfolk. The birds are nesthng on top of Thrigby Hall which is also


part of a zoo. It's now hopdd the pair will breed successfullx here in


Norfolk. And if they do it will be the first time in the UK for


hundreds of years. Today we are at the zoo for something more tnusual.


Red pointed beaks. A wingsp`n of almost two metres. These ard white


stalks will have picked these 18th`century chimneys for their new


nest. White stalks are long`distance migrating birds spending winter in


warmer climes as far away as South Africa. So having them here is


extremely rare and if they do breed, it is believed to be the first time


in this country in almost 600 years. It is extremely unusual to have them


nesting in the wild which they effectively are. Several ye`rs ago


we tried to establish a pair of breeding stalks here and made a nest


for them but this breeding pair chose to ignore what we had offered


them and shows one of the chimney stacks. Up to ten white stalks


originally bred in captivitx live in the gardens. A rich supply of food


means they have plenty to e`t. We provide chopped fish and dax`old


chicks which they like and chopped up mince. Then in the neighbouring


area they find frogs and insect If the birds do breed, in just a few


months young stalks could bd hatching. It is likely about the


office bring will also stay here and make this their home. `` thd


offspring. Quite a sight. What a lovely day it has bedn today.


We recorded some impressive temperatures for the first day of


April. We have this warmer `ir that has come in from the contindnt. But


it has had a drawback as it has been accompanied by a high level of air


pollution. This map shows jtst how badly affected our region w`s


today. Not as many counties affected tomorrow and by Thursday thdre is a


real improvement. Looking at the detail for tonight, there is more


cloud around and some clear spells overnight. Perhaps some mist patches


forming. And just the risk of some showers in western counties by the


end of the night. But it is not going to be particularly cold. The


kick`off tomorrow with some cloud around but it is a pretty fhne day


with low pressure to the sotth`west. We should see plenty of sunshine


through tomorrow, feeling qtite warm in the sunshine. It is diffhcult to


predict where it will stay cloudy and where we see those breaks. But


where we do we could reach 09 Celsius. A bit more of a brdeze


still coming through. In thd south`east. There are some showers


around tomorrow but they should not reach us until the end of the night.


And they are brought in by that cold front which introduces some slightly


cooler air and a change in the weather pattern. Someone settled and


cooler for the end of the wdek. Quite a lot of cloud around on


Thursday. The chance of somd showers by Friday but also some dridr


interludes. And a cloudy st`rt to the weekend with temperaturds


overnight not too low. That is all from us.


Have a very good evening. Goodbye. All across the country, millions of


families are waking up to a Britain in which they find it harder


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