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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.


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