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Hundreds of jobs at risk and high
street branches to go as the Norwich and Peterborough
Building Society announces plans to close.
the warning from Badminton bosses as they campaign against cuts
We are smashing so many things in the sport, doing so many things, and
this decision could absolutely pull the rug from under us.
as major structural problems are found in a main
And I am here at Anglesey Abbey in the stunning but chilly winter
garden. First tonight - more than three
hundred jobs across this region are at risk tonight,
as the owners of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society
announced it will be scaling back its branches and losing posts
at its headquarters. In all, 28 branches will close
across East Anglia and up The Norwich Peterborough Building
Society brand will also disappear from our high streets
later this year. This from our business
correspondent Richard Bond. It has been a trusted name on the
high street for decades, with 45 branches across the region. But soon
the Norwich and Peterborough name will completely disappear, it all
the Yorkshire building society to close 28 N and P branches including
this one of the outskirts of Peterborough. It does have an effect
on people in the area which is particularly felt with the older
community year but also for the young people, so my younger brother
uses it because it is near to where he works. It is a bit of an upset
because people have to travel further, for those who love appeared
especially because it is the neither place. Be changes put at risk 340
jobs, in branches and at the headquarters in Peterborough. After
the closures, only 17 branches will remain under the Yorkshire brand. It
was formed in 1986 to the merger of the Norwich and Peterborough
building society is, for 20 years the organisation thrived but had
suffered a major setback about ten years ago when it started selling
the investment products of a company called Key data which went bust.
Customers were compensated by the scandal cost them ?57 million, and
led to the Yorkshire takeover. The Yorkshire CV banking market is
changing, more customers are conducting business online and use
of high-street branches like this is declining by 7% per year. Further
investment in that network can't be justified. But the argument will
disappoint thousands of members who inspect -- expect a building society
to provide a good branch network in places where the big banks aren't
represented. These are some of the place is set to close, the changes
due to take effect from September this year. Members are being
encouraged to embrace online banking but some elderly customers may find
that difficult to do. I asked Chief Executive
of the Yorkshire Building Society, Mike Regnier, what the
changes would mean. The thing that makes building
society is different from banks is the overall objectives are
completely different, the building society objectives are to act in the
interests of our members, we don't have shareholders, we look at the
members. And provide the best service and best value. Lots of your
members value having a local branch to visit and a person to talk to.
You are not providing value for them. What is important to say is
that for most of those people the nearest branch will still be two or
three or four miles away from the one closing because in the main we
are proposing two ) is where we have another branch in the close
vicinity. We will still have 260 branches and agencies on the high
Street. It will be branded. And from our perspective that is still going
to be a significant investment in face-to-face service. This will
involve a certain amount of job losses, where all those come? Branch
level or at the headquarters? In East Anglia we are consulting with
our colleagues at the moment and these changes will take effect on to
the next 18 months so our priority really is to see how many of those
colleagues that we have spoken to today we can find them out of
employment for because we do have a number of months for us to find them
alternative rules were that is possible and where their skills
match and very find something they are interested in doing. A lot of
people might be sad and losing the name, Yorkshire does not mean a lot
to them. Any understand that and how can you reassure them? While the
name might change them while the pink and purple blobs might change
to green, the service customers get day-to-day will be just as good if
not better than I was. And for those branches it will remain, it will be
the same people there that customers can turn to to help them with their
needs. Badminton England,
based in Milton Keynes, says success at the next Olympics
is in jeopardy - unless funding Public money for badminton was cut
after the Rio Games, despite two MK players winning
bronze in the men's Our sports editor Jonathan
Park has this report. They want to turn bronze into gold,
in Tokyo. But right now and medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris
language can think too far ahead. They like the other players training
at the National Badminton Centre face an uncertain future after the
sport's funding was cut by UK sport. Healing the news was obviously a
real kick in the teeth for us and everyone, I don't think anyone could
believe what had happened. It was not just the case of funding reduced
it was to nothing. 18th of August 2016 the day Marcus and Chris won
Brent's first-ever men's doubles awarded medal but before the year
was out the UK sport decision not to -- made the decision not to spend a
penny of the budget on Badminton. This was leading up to the Tokyo
games in 2020. Badminton has launched an appeal but still must
prepare for the worst if the appeal fails. We have to prepare for what
life without UK funding could be like, it has been a challenging 56
weeks, we have a number of staff at risk of redundancy and the courtesan
at risk of redundancy, we informed the players about what they -- the
programme could look like should we not be successful here. UK sport's
Badminton snub means that Marcus and Chris may have to fight between 60
and ?70,000 each in the run-up to Tokyo just to be competitive. A
court is ?10 per hour and retrain sex hours a day and we need six
courts so that is a lot of money in itself. These are not luxuries,
these are the basics we need and then turn its wise if we are not
travelling a pointer internment our opponents in competitions are and
they go up in the ranks on the go down. Badminton players and coaches
and management are confident in the sport's ability to win Olympic and
paralytic medals in Tokyo and beyond. The head to London in two
weeks' time for the appeal to be heard by UK sport in what will prove
to be a pivotal moment for the sport.
As you probably know by now, it's the 50th
birthday of Milton Keynes, and, as we reported on Monday,
the event is being well celebrated across the town.
Today the celebrations extended to Westminster with MPs
from the Prime Minister downwards lining up to offer
Let's join Andrew Sinclair who's down there tonight.
It was the 23rd of January 1967 that the orders creating the new town of
Milton Keynes were drawn up in the building and me. Parliament doesn't
normally celebrate anniversaries of towns, but Milton Keynes's two MPs
were determined that this anniversary should not go unnoticed.
This week Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday. It started at
Prime Minister's Questions with the MP for NK cell is saying the praises
of his hometown and inviting the Prime Minister to join in. Think
Milton Keynes is a great example of what you can achieve with a clear
plan and with strong local leadership. Then the unusual step of
the whole parliamentary debate devoted to the subject. At
politicians in Milton Keynes share a passion for the place. Mr Stewart
said there had been a sense of excitement and optimism among the
early settlers particularly those who moved out of the slums of
London. Milton Keynes had lived up to expectations he said but could
not rest on its laurels. Projects like the Northern powerhouse and
Midlands engine meant that the town still needs investment to grow.
Milton Keynes future is as exciting as it passed. The other MP Mark
Lancaster is a government minister, he said Milton Keynes was becoming a
centre of high-tech innovation. More homes would be built but he made
this promise. I before E or infrastructure before expansion and
economic growth should be the drivers for local growth in Milton
Keynes. An MP from Oxford said he would forward to the expressway
being built, the Bedfordshire MP praised the large number of trees in
Milton Keynes. No one said anything nasty today. But then you don't own
birthdays do you? Which makes you wonder what the
point was today. It keeps Milton Keynes on everyone's radar and as
Ian Stewart said any publicity is good publicity.
Drivers are complaining of traffic chaos,
and villagers are complaining of drivers using their small roads
It's all over the continued closure of the A6 in Northamptonshire.
The Highways Agency says structural problems with the road are far worse
Stuart Ratcliffe has been to find out more.
It is this small section of road which is causing big problems. A
routine inspection last week raised serious safety concerns and the road
was immediately closed. The foundations are dropping away from
the road surface and we found a void, essentially we found a gap and
what we have been doing is serving the entire area and over the weekend
we were doing GPS surveying and realising that is more significant
than we first thought. And that we need to carry on doing what
investigations and work. That means the ASICS is now closed between
junction three on a 14 and there's brass. The diversion is to take
people through Corby and Kettering and vice versa but some are ignoring
that advice and this is the result. It causes bedlam on the old ASICS
between Rothwell and Desborough, the amount of vehicles that come into
Rothwell is awful. The lorries, they have put a sign up this banal HGVs
but big articular cant see them and the other evening there was an
articulated lorry at the end of a road trying to turn. Causing even
more chaos. Cars along each end of the road could not move. It is not
just the road through Desborough and Rothwell which is taking a hit. At
rush hour these tiny country lanes also become rat runs. It has
increased 24 to what normally does. It would be a real challenge to get
anywhere on these little roads at the moment. The full extent of the
work needed here is not yet known, nor is the exact reopening date.
Engineers say they are hopeful that it will be before the end of
February. The former Prime Minister David
Cameron has become the new president of the charity Alzheimer's Research
UK based in Cambridge. Mr Cameron, who resigned
from parliament in September visited the Cambridge Drug Discovery
Institute at Addenbrooke's He made dementia a priority
during his time as PM. He kick-started a drive
to deliver major improvements The charity said he will act
as its highest level ambassador. That's all for now. It's join Stuart
and Susie. Saying goodbye to the gardener
at Anglesey Abbey after 40 years. And after all that bad
news about the tidal surge earlier this month,
the silver lining on The latest phase of work is now
underway to protect the iconic lighthouse Orfordness from the
scene. Avril once the ways that been taken away, had been giving
something back. The East of England Ambulance
Service has seen a huge increase in the numbers of calls over recent
years, and it reached record levels The service says it's
been its busiest winter ever. Today, the board of directors
met in Cambridgeshire. Among the items up for discussion,
growing demand, a shortage of paramedics and handover
delays at hospitals. But the trust says it is making
progress on response times. In a moment, the chief
executive Robert Morton, after this from our chief reporter,
Kim Riley. Pressure on the Ambulance Service
has been steadily building over the winter, with demand leaping
by almost a third last month. Between Christmas Eve
and Boxing Day, control room staff handled just under 7000 calls,
800 more than last year. The Department of Health national
standard requires paramedics treat 75% of the most serious
life-threatening calls In December, the East
of England Ambulance Service While not hitting the national
targets, the trust claims, week-by-week, it's consistenyl now
one of the best-performing Our hospitals are under
intense pressure too. The report, at today's meeting,
highlighted that delays handing In December, delays of over 15
minutes reached over 7800 hours. The equivalent of some 682
12-hour ambulance shifts. Southend, Colchester,
the Norfolk and Norwich and Peterborough among
the top contributing hospitals. A national shortage of paramedics
has led the trust to back up its recruitment drive at home
by looking overseas. Nine candidates have
been offered employment It's now considering furtehr
recruitment in Australia The trust says it's treating more
of its sickest patients within the eight-minutes target
than ever before, and is moving towards meeting national
performance standards. But the recruitment problem,
an ongoing dispute with the main union,
Unison, and a significant financial deficit are among problems that
still have to be faced. After that board meeting, I asked
the Chief Executive Robert Morton about the financial measures at the
trust. He said the need to to spend more than they had in order to keep
patients safe. If we did not spend this money now,
effectively, we would not have sufficient capacity to respond to
the huge rise in demand we're experiencing across the east of an.
Secondly, there would be tremendous pressure on our workforce. Us, as a
trust board, the pressure wave had to maintain this deficit to ensure
we have sufficient capacity to respond to patients, maintain the
safety of service and the well being of our workforce.
You talk about your workforce, the trade dispute relating to late
finishes are still ongoing. I spoke to you about that when you first
joined, 18 months ago? We have worked in partnership with
Unison and developed a number of measures to address the issue of
late finishes and disturbed meal breaks. The feedback we've had from
our workforce generally is that those changes have been positively
received. But Unison has reiterated the threat
to ballot for strike action if its demands aren't met?
One would expect a trade union to continue to maintain that option.
The reality is, we do continue to work together in partnership, we do
continue to talk between our organisation and Unison. So whilst
the statement is there, the reality is the risk of industrial action is
low at this stage. You're still, as a service, failing
to hit your targets. How much of that is down to the problems you
have with handovers at hospitals? Is good percentage is due to hand
over delays at hospitals, particularly across the festive
season, we've seen continued correlation between weight for
ambulance in areas where there are a long hand over delays.
So you haven't got enough money, you have difficult relations with the
union and you're dealing with a creaking NHS. What would your
message to beat the Health Secretary this evening about those pressures
you're facing? Clearly, we would want or money and
want it now. I think the Secretary of State with gift us that money if
he had available to him. But thing, accordingly, what we also need is
continuing recognition of the pressure we're all under and that's
where a micro doing our best underdog but circumstances. I've
heard is a recognition that is it case from the Secretary of State.
Thank you. Two weeks ago, our coastline was
bracing itself for the devastating effects of strong winds
and spring tides. Thousands of homes were
evacuated, and the sea But while many places
were left counting the cost, at Orfordness in Suffolk,
they were counting their blessings. There, the waves dumped thousands
of tonnes of shingle on the shoreline, and that
could prove vital in a battle Once again, the volunteers are
stepping into the breach on the beach. This, the latest phase of
work costing more than ?6,000 to try to delay the now redundant
structure's collapse, using these shingle-filled sausages. While it
has weathered the recent swell, for once, the waves proved friend, not
phone. We felt that the old girl was
putting up a good fight, so we decided we would help her. Given
some fair winds and a kind tail end to the winter, we should be able to
get visitors over here again this year.
Built in 1792 using three quarters of millennium breaks, it's over 750
feet tall, with another 20 feet underground. It was decommissioned
in 2013, now owned by a trust driven by passion and pride.
It's landmark that everybody loves. Went you drive in, the first thing
you see out to sea as the lighthouse. It would matter be --
Orfordness without a lighthouse would be disastrous.
We will take it year by year and at the end of each winter we will be
able to assess how she's got through the winter. Will have time from when
we can't get visitors here any more, but the lighthouse still saved, if
that makes sense. That's when we will start dismantling and moving to
the next phase of the plan. These are voice pipes, Wessels would go
all the way down to the kitchen. The keeper good summer his mate come up
here and give him a hand. They will hope to salvage an exhibit
in the museum this and other artefacts from the inside. The very
top of the building will be taken away preserve too. They know that
they will sue calm, but for now it is all about digging in and battling
on. Surrender, never. I always loved those moments when
you say, I never knew that. Powered by whale oil, well I never.
If you say Anglesey Abbey to most people, especially
at this time of year, most people will say snowdrops.
Over the years, the Abbey - which is run by the National Trust -
has built a reputation for its winter garden.
For the last 40 years, the man in charge has been Richard Todd,
but now he's stepping down as head gardener.
The nationally acclaimed winter garden, here at Anglesey Abbey -
From red dogwood to whitewash bramble.
That's the beauty of a winter garden.
You can't be unhappy about what you're seeing,
because they're fantastically bright.
Richard Todd has worked here since he was 22.
He planted much of this garden and designed a lot of it.
Now he's retiring, his successor will need to constantly maintain it
It's not a job for the faint-hearted.
Not only are you running the garden, making sure
maintaining all of those things - big team to look after,
Obviously, there's lots of emotions around that, because it's
But think it's the right time for me to hang up my boots, as it were.
The real jewel in the crown here are the snowdrops,
What are the challenges facing the new head gardener?
We've got one right here, this is the first of our named
We've got 350 in the collection, you've got to get your head
round that, to tell the stories, tell the differences
Richard is now going on to become the garden consultant
for the National Trust in our region.
If you'd like to fill his shoes here, applications close
Does look lovely. Beautiful, very cold, but don't get
colder? Yes, it today wasn't called enough.
Promoter us across the region, it was misty and foggy, temperatures
just above freezing. Beautiful photographs, a misty scene and
Norfolk this morning. Another one here in Northamptonshire. That's how
we start the evening, a lot of messed around and low cloud. Spots
of drizzle possible, even the odd snow through the night. That throws
up a problem of ice on untreated surfaces through the night.
Temperatures will drop below freezing quite rightly, down to
around minus two Celsius. In those frost-prime spots, it could go a
degree or two lower than that. As we get drier, colder, continental air
bossing the region overnight. That is going to be a feature of the
weather tomorrow. High-pressure starting to head eastwards, we get
this south easterly wind. A lump of cold air across the continent,
across us tomorrow. We start tomorrow on a cold note anyway, a
widespread frost. Potential for icy conditions as well. Cloud around,
and once more at the of drizzle, a snow flurry as well. Essentially, a
dry day. Is this dry air comes in, we'll studies ease and brightness,
perhaps even sunshine in parts of the region, across that southeastern
corner. Temperatures were some of us, not above freezing all day.
Factor in the wind-chill, as easterly breeze, it will bitterly
cold. It will feel subzero for Match Of The Day. The good news is it
won't last, but it's going to be a widespread frost. A shift in
pressure pattern, Friday a transitional day. High-pressure
starting to rake down, Atlantic weather systems pushing and from the
west. We'll study get more of a southerly wind. Celeste Coles, not
warmer, but less cold. The potential for more cloud, and patchy rain on
Friday. Not raining on Friday, but cloud around, dry interludes and
spells of patchy rain. Temperatures recovering, up to 7 degrees on
Friday. The weekend a similar pattern, dry, cloudy at times,
chilly at night, but not as cold as it will be tomorrow.
Thank you. 80 degrees on Saturday? Hardly
swimsuits! -- 8 degrees on Saturday. See you tomorrow, bye-bye.