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Hello and welcome to Thursday's Look East.


Too risky and too expensive ` will plans for Europe's biggest dnergy


park in Peterborough be pulled? The schoolboy who came into contact with


asbestos is now a father with cancer. And he's sued a council for


Eye have managed to make sole security for my wife and chhldren.


`` I have. And I'll be here later


in the programme with a wriggly The creatures that gave Ely


its name are returning in record numbers to the Fens,


thanks to their very own bypass And, the ping`pong prince


batting for Commonwealth glory. First tonight, could plans for


Europe's biggest renewable dnergy A group set up to look


at the project have concluddd the risks outweigh the benefits


and the sums just don't add up. This is what we're talking `bout `


half a million glass solar panels across 900 acres of farmland


at Newborough and Thorney. To give you an idea, that's about


the size of 700 football pitches. But now it's future is far from


clear and today's findings could A solar farm that would look like


this but 25 times ago. That is what the `` is being proposed. The


project has produced strong feelings. A group of councillors has


looked in detail at the cost and potential profit. By a majority they


are saying it should not go ahead. All of the figures we were given


were termed as indicative. That to me is guesswork. There was nothing


concrete, saying this will be the return, the actual estimated costs


of the installation was nevdr rob the leader find. The estimated cost


was ``... The three documents together make for interesting


reading `` reading. The working group's report describes thd scheme


as having returns that are not viable and risks that are


unacceptable e`e`mails betwden the council and the government obtained


by BBC Look East, in which the council says it does not know if it


can go ahead for certain until after the general election. And the


overall cost is nearly ?2.9 million. There needs to be an enquirx into


why the council has spent ndarly ?3 million in the proposals without


planning permission, subject to subsidies that might change. Frankly


this will be kicked into thd long grass for a year or so. The working


report will be discussed at a meeting tonight and then passed to


senior councillors, who will decide whether to proceed.


Well we did ask the leader of Peterborough City Council,


who's been a strong advocatd of the solar park, for an interview, but


But someone who was happy to talk was Aled Jones.


He's an expert on sustainable energy at the Anglia Ruskin University


A short while ago I asked hhm how significant this proposdd solar


It is a very significant project. The size of the megawatts you would


get out of it would make it one of Europe's largest solar parks. In


terms of solar installations, there are significant parks being put in


place. There are larger ones planned in North Africa but they ard yet to


get off the ground. The manx objections that seem to havd been


raised our financial. The council needs to balance its books. It does


but it would be interesting to understand some of the contdxt in


which they made that financhal risk assessment. The main thing going on


in energy markets at the molent is a strike price agreed by the


government for nuclear, much higher than current electricity prhces Oil


prices will continue to go tp, as will gas. It is interesting to


understand, when you have an initial capital outlay, the cost reduction


over the long term should bd very significant. You are saying perhaps


that it is a risk worth takhng. It is a risk that needs to be taken,


when you look at electricitx markets and guaranteeing supply. We need


more big visionary projects to demonstrate what is possibld and to


be able to put them in at this sort of scale, the test the technology,


lead the way and show that the UK builds jobs and growth, builds the


renewables industry, all of those should play a part in making the


decisions. We need energy sdcurity but we also need food securhty and


this part is planned on an `rea that is prime farmland. The fact that the


council owns land in Peterborough makes it any easier thing for them


to do, to put solar parks on land they own. It is prime agrictltural


land so there are questions to be asked about what it is the future of


how they use their land. In the future land will be given over from


Brownfield sites to big sol`r projects, but that is not h`ppening,


so somebody needs to demonstrate what is possible.


Six men have gone on trial for conspiracy to murder after ` Luton


Atif Ali who's 27 almost didd after the shooting in Leicester Road


All deny the plot to kill but two men have admitted plans to


The trial at Luton Crown Cotrt is expected to last four wedks.


Northampton General Hospital is being threatened by a `` with legal


action over a dispute with hts biomedical staff. The UK's largest


union, Unite, claims it is the first time an NHS hospital has faced court


proceedings to break an indtstrial dispute.


There's been good news todax for the region's schools `


Schools receive funding from the Department of Educ`tion for


every pupil ` but until now some local authorities have recehved


The Schools Minister David Laws today announced a raft


of extra funding ` to bring everyone up to the minimum level.


Maths at a school in Saint Hves Part of the arithmetic around the


school funding does not add up, says the head teacher. Per child they are


receiving a lot less than other schools in other counties. We are so


poorly funded in Cambridgeshire but I am hoping we can bring in extra


teachers and support staff so that we can help all of our studdnts but


in particular those students who need the most help. Schools in this


part of the world have been short`changed for more than 30


years, say campaigners, on `verage receiving ?600 less per puphl. This


school is on the edge of Calbridge, one of 250 across the countx, a


total of 78,000 pupils, all of whom will see their funding incrdased by


7.9%. Here is the maths. Schools here receive mini ?4000 per pupil,


which will rise to more than ?4 00, an additional ?300 plus each.


Anybody who knows Cambridgeshire will know it is an expensivd place.


There should be a proper fahr funding formula that takes `ccount


of deprivation and need but also the cost of living, how expensive it is


to hire staff. I want a fair for `` funding formula.


The funding hike `` hike will happen by 2015. For many schools it is


overdue but very welcome. A father


from Cambridgeshire has been awarded ?275,000 as compensation


for an asbestos`related disdase Chris Wallace ` from Wisbech `


came into contact with asbestos He's one of the first peopld


in the country to successfully sue. Chris Wallace is one of the youngest


people in the country to get an asbestos related cancer. I had


stomach pains, weight loss. After five or six months I went to


hospital and I was in there for weeks and they finally diagnosed me.


The disease Chris has can elerge between 20 to 50 years after


exposure to asbestos. He has taken legal action against Devon County


Council, arguing he developdd the disease because he came into contact


with the substance at school. Times when I had an off a pipe with other


boys and there was asbestos lagging. `` hung off a pipe. There


were as Best 's mats which were crypt and broken. `` asbestos mats


which were chipped. The council arranged an out`of`court settlement


but they did not admit responsibility. I have found some


security for my wife and chhldren but just over a quarter of ?1


million is not much for somdbody's life and to have such a painful


death it is not much at all really. Chris attended four different


schools in Devon during the 198 s. Devon County Council says it takes


great care to manage as Best is in its buildings, including regular


inspections. `` as best boss. This is the only time a Devon School


pupil has taken legal action in these circumstances.


The campaign to allow cheesdmakers in a Cambridgeshire village to call


their blue cheese stilton h`s reached Westminster. Campaigners


have been meeting the farming and food minister in the hopes of


overturning DEFRA's decision to reject their application. Under


current law only places in certain parts of the Midlands can claim the


name. We need the `` we need advice from


DEFRA to understand what we need to do to get this extended frol


Leicestershire, Derbyshire `nd Nottinghamshire.


Now we can join Stewart for the rest of the programme and a full weather


forecast. Still to come to light, our best


table tennis player, and thd boy prodigy who has stunned the art


world takes the wraps off a new exhibition.


It's been a remarkable week in the countryside.


The sharp eyed have noticed a very rare butterfly and a very r`re bird.


On top of that, there's been a boom in the presence


Mike Liggins has been on butterfly watch at the RSPB nature reserve


Hello. What a wonderful day for watching wildlife. Just havd a


look. Has Minsmere ever looked finer? The bird you referred to is


the great not spotted in Norfolk, and the Butterfly spotted hdre and


at one or two other sites in East Anglia is a yellow legged


tortoiseshell. It was attracted to the Buddleia,


maybe to the groove of the building, Just happened that


the warden came out into his garden, and saw this butterfly that he


wasn't quite sure what it w`s. Ian Barthrope is part of thd RSPB


team at Minsmere. When I got here, it was sat


on the gutter of the bungalow. He saw


the yellow legged tortoiseshell The only previous record prhor to


this week in the UK of a yellow legged tortoiseshell was


in Kent back in 1953. So it's been a very long waht


for butterfly watchers to fhnd Ian took this photograph of the


elusive yellow legged tortohseshell. Compare that to a photograph taken


by a keen viewer in Daventrx David Fairhurst managed to capture


some video of the yellow legged tortoiseshell, blown in herd


from East, possibly on warm winds. I can see a peacock,


and a red admiral. And there are other ones


frittering around. Haven't quite got a good vidw


at the moment. Sharon Hill works for the Bttterfly


Conservation Organisation. On Saturday, they start


their day butterfly count. It's all about encouraging dverybody


to spend some time counting In the garden, in the park,


even at nature reserves. So we get some picture


of how butterflies are faring. What are the chances of spotting


a yellow legged tortoiseshell? Last year,


it would have been zero but this year there is a chance, and there is


a chance that you could spot one in You're much more likely to see


a red admiral or a peacock. Either way, it's hard to thhnk


of a more enjoyable and rel`xing It is a fantastic thing to do and we


have been lurking in these bushes for most of the day, trying to spot


a yellow legged tortoiseshell, but we haven't had any luck, pldnty of


red admirals, and big and lhttle whites, but they feed on to, so it


is a honeypot for them. You might also like to know that the


Springwatch team, who were here a couple of weeks ago, have now moved


on, they would have loved this next story about young eels in the fence.


The numbers are on the incrdase story.


In the heart of the fence, xou'll find one of our most mysterhous


visitors. Eels was so common here, the city of the Ely was namdd after


them. After years of numbers dramatically, it seems they are


making a comeback. Remarkably, they don't become male or female until


around a year old and can grow to 1.5 metres. These eels were born


thousands of miles away in the Sargasso Sea, and have swum all the


way here. That is until now when their journey is haunted by the


Saint German's pumping stathon. This special pass has been built to allow


the eels in here to swim around it. They follow the taste of frdsh


water. So, it is time for a health check for these five`year`olds with


the officer who monitors thdm. I have everyone apart from ond, not


bad going. They are wriggly How healthy are they? The ones we are


seeing here, they have survhved and because they are the fittest, they


have still got the rest of their lives to live. Persistence,


determination. It is a dram`, really, with all the characters you


are looking for. Eel numbers have increased in the last two ydars


thought to be due to favour`ble ocean currents, so it is not


guaranteed that numbers will continue to rise. We are making sure


that while they are with us, we can actually help them, they have the


right habitat, the right food, and we're making sure that they are not


taking intakes, damaged by pumps, and power stations, and while they


mature before they migrate back out on their epic journey. All too soon,


it was time to let them go. Eventually, these fascinating


creatures will return to thd Sargasso Sea to breed.


One or two butterflies have just landed on me! I don't if thd weather


is going to be that great this weekend, go to our Facebook page for


all the links The games start


in Glasgow next week. The table tennis player


Andrew Baggaley from Milton Keynes has already won two gold,


two silver and one bronze mddal since making his first appe`rance


in Manchester 12 years ago. Today he spent


the afternoon promoting the sport as In the last four years, table tennis


has moved outdoors. But all the time, just in summertime. Mhlton


Keynes today, a Commonwealth legend joined in. Lovely day. Thesd tables


will spread out across the country, so it's fantastic for everyone to


get involved playing the gale. Gold, silver and bronze. He's got the full


collection. England's most decorated athlete taking it easy on the


passers`by before Glasgow and his fourth games. England's most


successful table tennis plaxer in the Common of games history, how


does it feel? Great! Hopefully, I can continue doing really wdll. I am


very fortunate that I'm plaxing this is my fourth games. Hopefully,


I'll be at my best in Glasgow and try to wind a medal again. Ht was 12


years ago in Manchester when he fell head over heels with the so`called


friendly games. It was tabld tennis' debut at the games. It was


introduced in 2002, and that was fantastic. I remember playing, and


winning two gold medals, followed by running a silver and a silvdr and


bronze in Delhi. So it is fantastic. I am so happy th`t I am


part of it. He lives in Milton Keynes. So, too, table tennhs with


its HQ in the town. Today's event is starting off a summer of ping. How


do you get more people coming to events like this and taking part in


table tennis? According to sport England, fewer people are playing


the sport. This initiative will definitely help table tennis. It


will be in the summer months, so all the kids will play. What's good for


the kids is for the big namds deliver on the big stage. No


pressure, Andrew! Excitement is building in the art


world tonight as a Norfolk schoolboy gets ready for a new exhibition


of his amazing landscapes. Keiron Williamson will be 12


in three weeks. The first time his work went on show


it was snapped up in 14 minttes with The new show is promising


even more interest. Dawn Gerber has been to Holt


for a preview. Striking pictures capturing the


landscape, work from the petrol artist you might think. Thex've all


been painted by 11`year`old Keiron Williamson from Norfolk. I like


Saint Bennetts Abbey. That hs my favourite place to paint. This is


his ninth exhibition. This work is alongside his idols' and here they


fetch from ?2 to ?22,000. M`ny have sold. It is amazing. Just fhnishing


the pictures off, framing them up at home and then seeing them in the


proper light is amazing. It is an amazing transformation. So H am very


proud to see all my pictures hanging up. He has been painting for five


years. Aged seven, his first exhibition. By November, his work


was hot property. He sold 16 pictures in 2009. We were blown


away. They just went. From his mailing list, those not advdrtising


for that second exhibition `t all, and we were blown away by how


quickly they went. With such success, his parents have h`d to


ensure he is not exploited. From the beginning, we had a local solicitor


to offer us advice on how to manage his finances. He has breachdd the ?1


million barrier. People need to understand that he is also paying


his corporation tax ten years before his peers are likely to, so there is


a lot of outgoings as well `s significant income. He is not the


only artist to produce such a high standard of work. But is certainly


unique. To have such an accomplished style and technique is absolutely


incredible. It is typical through art history. On the 14th century, a


painter was discovered at the age of 11, Picasso had his first exhibition


at the age of nine, so some have been discovered early on. Hd's just


finished his first year of home`schooling, a decision lade so


he could focus on art. At the moment, his love of painting takes


into London, Norfolk and Cornwall, but the future holds no boundaries.


He has his eyes set on painting landscapes abroad.


He has to pay corporation t`x? Lets get the weather!


It has been a hot day, but not the hottest day. We still got to a


respectable 27 Celsius. Temperatures are likely to hit 30 degrees


tomorrow, perhaps higher. It is going to be the hottest day of the


year tomorrow, probably. Tonight, after a warm day, it will not cool


down. It is going to be a w`ll and muggy night. We have showers coming


up tipping western counties tomorrow morning. Most of us stay drx through


the night with some clear spells. It will be a warm and muggy fidld to


things with lows of 15 or 16. We stopped tomorrow quite warm, so


becoming very warm early on. We have some cloud first thing, but then


quickly brightening up with hot spells. A lot of heat and htmidity


building, so it is possible we might have 30 or 31 tomorrow. If ht is


cooler weather you are after, go to the coast. Quite a nice day on the


coast with a moderate south`easterly breeze picking up through the day.


Plenty more hot sunshine to come in the afternoon. We have some fun to


read rain coming up from thd south. It is coming up from the continent,


meaning some pretty intense downpours into the early hotrs of


Saturday morning. This is rolling the graphics right through to six


seven o'clock on Saturday morning. Some hail, thunder, downpours. But


there will be a gap in procdedings. Discovering up from the continent,


so the middle part of the d`y on Saturday could be calmer and drier,


but the heat and humidity mdans the `` we could have some thunddry


downpours. On Sunday, cooler. Then you'll be glad to know that it will


be a settled start into next week. Thank you. That is it. From all of


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