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Hello and welcome to Look East. Wednesday's headlines here.


?13 million lost, as Corby Council says it


will not try to recover the overspend on its new building.


They lost control of the project and allowed costs to spiral.


We are no not going to be able to recover this ?13 million,


which is an enormous loss for the people of Corby and the


A booming young population in Peterborough,


We speak to the designer of the iconic '70s children's bike.


And how long as the beautiful weather going to last? Join me later


to find out. won awards for its design and has


become a Corby landmark. But building the Corby Cube cost


the taxpayer ?13 million Now Corby Borough Council


has publicly admitted that they are writing off that debt


and will no longer actively Opposition politicians have dubbed


the whole affair "appalling" and say the council "lost control


of the project". The icon has come at a cost. After


years of wrangling, the Council have decided they have no chance of


getting back the ?13 million overspend. The Administration


managed the project appallingly. The lost control of it and allowed costs


to spiral. We will know not get the money back, which will be enormously


damaging for Corby and the surrounding villages. Not


surprisingly, the news is not condone well. Ridiculous. They could


have used the money for extra housing. There should be a


full-scale enquiry. They seem to think they can use people's money in


any way the world. Nearly seven years after it opened, parts of the


building have still not been finished. The top floor was going to


be a restaurant. Then plans were revealed for it to be turned into


offices, but no one has moved in yet. In a previous statement, they


said the feelings or so we are with other parties connected with the


Corby Cube. They see them is insufficient evidence to show that


the conduct of the parties is the sole problem with the overspend.


They say that lessons have been lay. They had this to say about


large-scale programmes. We realise that these big scale projects on


teams do not come in on time and on budget. We are realistic about that.


It is not the first overspend. The Cambridge gated bus was over ?60


million over budget. The gated bus for Luton was over ?6.5 million


overspend. And the abbey was over ?1.4 million overspend. And over ?2


million was spent on the solar farm project, which was then shelved. I


can Corby, the Corby Cube is the centre of the regeneration, but it


does ask a question of whether councils like Corby should again


undertake such huge projects. So, why do councils


overspend like this? I asked an expert in local


government, from the London School of Economics, Professor Tony


Travers. Of course, big projects do not


come around very often, so whereas councils will


be relaying roads or putting up streetlights or mending


schools, in some cases, quite regularly, they will not be doing


that with major theatres or big projects very often


and there is just always the risk that that the skills needed to do


those are less present Is it also that council offices


and councillors are also not really qualified to deal


with the financial arrangements necessary for these


large-scale projects? I think, in fairness to councils,


they often get it right. We have seen examples of tramways


that run over budget or big But central government also gets


them wrong at scale, as well, So there is a wider public


sector problem here, but occasionally, councils do get it


wrong and not only in places Is there enough good quality advice


available to councils when they have taken


on this kind of thing? The question of advice is a crucial


one, because obviously councils do seek advice from various companies


who are used to big The problem may be that


all of the advisory industry, at some level, may have a vested


interest in big projects So, getting really good advice


and keeping the project motoring, when the taxpayer can


always step in at the end, is a little different from me


or you getting some work done on Should local councile


with a lower council tax take lower their expectations and not


take on these big projects? The problem is that


councils, who have the are ensuring it is attractive to


look at, has good facilities and has things that makes people want to go


there, to invest in business and to live there, they do


have to undertake these Nor have town centres left we did


not do that in the past. The trouble is, getting the expertise. Getting


all that expertise in one place is more difficult and may become more


difficult in the years to come. A human rights committee has been


grilling experts on how best to manage mental health problems


in our prisons. A record number of people killed


themselves in prisons Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes had


the highest number of suicides, with seven prisoners taking


their own lives in that period. Mousumi Bakshi was watching


the hearing at the House of Commons It was a distinguished panel of


speakers from both sides of the committee. The mother of Stephen


Lawrence. Harriet Harman. It is about the ability of the prison


service to deal with mental health issues. Around 70% of the prison


population has some sort of personality disorder. At one point,


two of the presence in the region were described as toxic. These


included Woodhill Prison. Prisoners expensive and ineffective. It does


not help quash conviction numbers. If we put people into


community-based provision, put them into good community projects, we


might have the more effective way of dealing with the problems which lead


people into the prison system in the first place. A more radical


solutions where proposed? Yes, you remember the Justice Secretary said


?100 million would be put into the prison service to hire more


officers, staff, nurses. But one key witness suggested that a specialist


prison be built to house some of the more critically ill inmates. People


who have to reoffend because of their mental health issues may have


to be in a more secure environment. We might be better dedicating a


pleasant to these people, these individuals and our people trained


to deal specifically with them, rather than have the situation


really are in the prison population amongst everyone else. More


witnesses will be here over the next few days. Thank you very much. The


former Northampton chairman has seen off a motion by the council to reap


the money that the loan term. Are Now, we are always hearing


about the challenges of an ageing population and how


services will cope in future. But the city of Peterborough


has another problem - how to support the rising number


of young people who live there. One in three people in Peterborough


is under the age of 25. It is one of the fastest-growing


cities in the country, with an expected growth rate overall


of 28% in the next decade. But the youth population


will grow by more than 50%. So, how is the city coping?


Emma Baugh reports. how do you get young people away


from their mobile phones? The answer, it would appear food.


Businesses identify the and the nightlife needs of teams. The focus


tends to be on older people who are more affluent. Younger people tend


to just fall off adults have gone. But it is not just sweet treats that


are helping young people. It is about schemes to help them into the


work place. They are getting some great experience and gaining


professional qualifications, as well. Has it help? It has steadily


been good experience. Probably a lot better than what they would of got


that university. It is not the same for everybody, but it was very good


for me. This year, a consumer group said the city was the best place in


the country for young people and families to move to. As you can


afford to buy a house, it is still one of the cheaper places in the


country. And for young people, there seems to be a better support


network. But not everyone is convinced. It needs to be something


like the job opportunities for young people. My husband wanted to go to


university. As a teenager, life is OK but rather boring. We want to do


as much as they possibly can. It is always difficult. We are listening


to what young people have to see. As the city continues to expand, the


challenge is to make sure the city has something for everyone and


retaining the young people by developing them as the city grows.


A new foot and cycle path has opened, connecting villages in south


The cycleway, running along the A10 from Meldreth, cost over ?500,000


and is the first project from the Greater Cambridge City Deal.


The aim is to provide safe, car-free routes between local rail


stations and key work areas like the Melbourn Science Park.


That is all from the team here on the west side of Look East.


Stay with us for our special guest - the man who invented the


Alex has got the weather and a new search begins in Essex


It's Day Three of the Look East Referendum Road Trip.


we are re-visiting the places we went to in June


to find out what people think about Brexit.


and last night went to Northamptonshire.


Tonight, we take the road to Cambridgeshire


where there are concerns around the availability of labour


While in Silicon Fen, the focus is more on where to recruit


Hannah Olsson is at the wheel for tonight's report.


On the road in the Fens, it may seem a long way


from Westminster but the effects of Brexit are far reaching.


And even here the debate over the EU is still growing.


7000 people in Cambridgeshire work in farming,


growing the food that ends up in our supermarkets.


8000 tonnes of leeks a year are grown by this


farm and they rely on migrant workers to pick them.


But after the Brexit vote, coming to the UK is


no longer the first choice for many Eastern Europeans.


Most of them, you know, they like to go more


to Europe countries, like


Sweden, Denmark, because Brexit and they are thinking of the future,


That's why they are taking a different kind of choice and the


After harvesting, the leeks arrive here


But in the future, will there be enough workers to


keep our supermarket trolleys full of produce?


We're trying to make as much as we possibly can and apply


technology where we can but if we can't find the jobs,


the workers to fulfil our jobs, we will go and find


the workers which means we will take our business abroad.


It's not just workers that farmers are


concerned about, there is also changes to subsidies.


They have got to sort out trade, where that has got to be, where the


Labour is going to come from so we can anticipate, from that subsidies


to make us more productive, more technically efficient in the future.


At the moment, the government has promised subsidies will be matched


until 2020. But after that, there are no guarantees. From farming to


pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge, developing drugs is big business.


When pharmaceutical giant moved to this camp later this year, it will


become one of the leading medical research centres in the wild, more


than 17,000 people working here. It is what we do with Brexit itself.


You see the building behind me represents real optimism about what


Cambridge can become if it is a real player in the global environment


which has been since its inception. There is a lot of optimism that can


be greeted from it as well, it is certainly not doom and gloom and you


don't feel that in Cambridge at all. That option -- opinion is not shared


by many. There are still questions what the pharmaceutical industry


will look like after Brexit. He at the outcomes research UK drug


discovery Institute, they are developing the dementia drugs of the


future. Like the farm, they have questions over funding and


immigration. They also want to make sure there are no issues with drug


regulations. The moment we do that wrap the whole of Europe with the


European medicines agency, if we lose that agency, we will have to


have our own process. I do not think we know at the moment what that


would look like. The concern that people have is that we might find


ourselves behind the rest of Europe in our ability to access the most


exciting new medicines. Keeping cross-border trials running


and collaborative with partners overseas is what the scientific


committees that is needed now to keep it in the driving seat. --


scientific communities. And tomorrow night, Andrew Sinclair


will bring the mini to Norfolk to get the views of people


in fishing and farming. And a new bicycle came on the market


like nothing before it or since. which is the subject tonight


of a BBC documentary. Released in 1970, it


is arguably Raleigh's Motoring journalist


Mark Hughes got one There was just no way once


you've seen that as a ten-year-old kid, there was no way


you couldn't have that. It was just lust, that is


the only way you could Grown men still talk about that name


back. Tom Curran is the man who designed the Chopper. He is in our


Cambridge studio. Why do you think it became so iconic? I ought to


explain that in my design of it, I wanted every project to be a huge


success. I think the Chopper was a bit unusual in that it was a bit


unlike any other bike and it really caught the imagination of children.


I always meet people who either had one or desperately wanted one. It


just became a great success. We had a lot of those in our newsroom today


talking about it as well. What did you do to come up with the idea? How


did you come up with the idea, especially of the saddle? The


Raleigh, Raleigh needed to compete with something in America. They came


to me and asked me to design something which would compete with


this bike but had a different kind of flavour. I was very keen to make


it like a dragster with a big wheel at the back and a small wheel at the


front. I think that made it different from any other bike. It


had a lovely gear shift which children liked a lot and the saddle


was fun. It had make-believe springs on it, you may notice. It was all


about the looks, it was not necessarily the best bicycle to ride


but it was all about how it looked. It... I am not sure I am quite with


you. I was just talking about the fact


that the looks of it was so important rather than what it was


like as a right. -- ride. I have got one in my home, I am not answering


your question. I have got one in my home and it belonged to my


first-born who said a long time ago, early 70s and it was restored by the


Chopper club. I have got an 11-year-old grandson and he has got


his eyes on it. He drove it down my garden and went down some steps as


well. Get me back on track, if you will. You have invented so many


things as well as the Chopper. Including the also iconic marble run


which I think both your children and grandchildren have loved playing


with. I am glad you mentioned the marble run. I am so proud of that


because it has given pleasure to properly millions of children. --


Raleigh too. I thought of it in 1970 and we made a prototype and it has


been running ever since. I was one of the people who love that as well.


Thank you so much for talking to us, Mr Karen. Thank you.


It's cold and dark, the shops are bursting


and the chances are the finalists will come from Essex,


Today, the search for a new star got underway in Essex on Clacton Pier.


# Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside


# Oh, I do like to be beside the sea #.


If you want to find fame and fortune on reality TV, this is


where the X Factor journey starts - auditions in the spring.


Olly Murs, Matt Cardle and Louisa Johnson are all


In a room next door to the bowling alley, the


Clacton hopefuls are trying their luck.


I found out yesterday so I was like, why not?


# I'm leaning on a lamp post on the corner


Natalie Imbruglia could be good, I think.


Go on, give us a little burst of that now.


# I thought I saw a man brought to life


# He was warm, he came around like he was dignified #.


Waiting in the queue for more than two hours


is 28-year-old Toni Parker, she works for Asda and has always


For as long as she can remember, Toni has had a stutter


and would break down in tears when asked


No, it was always, I always used to sing a lot as a child and do


karaokes and everything and it was always all OK, the singing.


For the X Factor audition, Toni sings


an Alanis Morissette song called Thank You.


We can't film the audition itself but...


I have to wait either for an e-mail before I know


It is a long way between here and the X Factor final at Wembley


just before Christmas but if today proves anything, it proves that this


Mike Liggins, BBC Look East, Clacton.


He was desperate going. You could've gone on. Let's get the weather.


Blue sky today. 18 Celsius in Essex. Beautiful scene here in Suffolk


coastline and lots more lovely photograph sent in today showing the


fine weather. It is going to change a little bit through tomorrow, more


cloud around that ending the day on a clear night. It is expected to ten


quite misty as we go through the night, down to around six Celsius.


We start the day tomorrow with some mist bad thing. This weather from


coming in from the west will turn things cloudy. It should be a bright


bat for many of us, once the mist, some good sunshine, particularly


across eastern counties drain the morning. Across western counties,


the cloud coming in from the west so it is going to cloud over and it


will not be as warm as it was today. Up to 12, 13 Celsius. A notice or


breeze as well from the south-west. The evening and overnight, some


patchy rain but not expected to amount to very much. A splash of


rain for many others. And we are getting towards the end of the week


and into the weekend, looking unsettled. Some rain later in the


day on Friday, much of the day does that drive but cloudy. This is how


it shapes up for the next few days. We get a cold night for tomorrow


night, worth noting once that weather front has me through. We are


into cloudy forecast for much of the day on Friday with some rain


arriving later. Looking mostly for here in the east in the weekend,


temperatures lifting to mid teens. Not so much of the sunshine.


Thank you. We've had an e-mail to from Karen to say she was the only


girl who 'The UK has voted to leave


the European Union 'Ukip leader Nigel Farage


celebrated the result, 'declaring that dawn was breaking


on an independent nation. 'Prime Minister David Cameron is


expected to resign 'The pound fell sharply as the


referendum result became apparent, 'and traders are bracing themselves


for panic when the markets open. 'and England are confident


of advancing to the next stage 'ahead of their upcoming European


Championship game against Iceland.'