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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.'