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People's Millions: Anglia West Monday vote

The People’s Millions. Credit: ITV

Lines are now open for Day 1 of voting in The People’s Millions competition.

Today in the Anglia West region Caravan of Miracles in Peterborough goes head to head with Heroes House in Bedford.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote are here: peoplesmillions.org.uk

Terms here: itv.com/terms

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund.

We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

People's Millions: Anglia East Monday vote

The People’s Millions. Credit: ITV

Lines are now open for Day 1 of voting in The People’s Millions competition.

Today in the Anglia East region Gardens Matter in Great Yarmouth goes head to head with West Norfolk Carers Advice Bus in King's Lynn.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote are here: peoplesmillions.org.uk

For terms: itv.com/terms

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund.

We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

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Wood recycling plant fire burning for over a week is being monitored

Fire still smouldering near Duxford in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire Fire Service is asking people to stay away from a blaze at a wood recycling plant near Duxford, which has been smouldering for over a week.

It's thought that people have been visiting the site at Flint Cross and fire officers are warning that the site has many hazards.

Firefighters are allowing it to burn itself out and say it could continue smouldering for another week. It is being closely monitored by fire officers.

The fire is being treated as a suspected arson attack.

A man was arrested in connection with the fire and released on police bail.

The fire at Flint Cross near Duxford has been smouldering for over a week Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We understand that this incident has caused a lot of upset and anxiety among local residents and we realise some people who live very close may have some concerns. We are allowing this fire to burn in a controlled way as it is the safest way to protect the drinking water that lies beneath the site. Fire officers are regularly inspecting the site and are monitoring it to ensure it burns in a controlled way."

– Station Commander Bruce Parcell, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

More than 40 flood warnings and alerts still force in the Anglia region

Location of flood warnings (red) and flood alerts (orange) at 7am on Monday Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency still had 15 flood warnings and 27 of the lower level flood alerts in place early on Monday morning after a weekend of heavy rain.

More than a fortnight's worth of rain fell in a day on Sunday in some parts of the Anglia region. It ran off already saturated ground and into swollen rivers.

It's expect that water levels will begin to fall during Monday as a mainly dry and sunny day is forecast.

Temperatures fell below freezing in the early hours of Monday in some parts of the Anglia region.

Send your images of any flooding in your part of the region to angliaweather@itv.com

More misery for Greater Anglia passengers as broken down freight train causes disruption

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers. Credit: PA

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers.

There's disruption on trains between Colchester and London Liverpool Street due to a broken down freight train at Kelvedon.

The train is now on the move again, but Greater Anglia say that the problems could continue until at least 10am.

Cost of renting in the East falls by 5.4%

The cost of renting a home in the Anglia region fell by 5.4% last month to an average of £781, according to the HomeLet Rental Index.

The average cost of renting a property in the East is £781. Credit: PA Images

The latest data suggests the average monthly rent in Cambridge is £1,028, 43% of the average annual income.

In Norwich the average monthly rental is £566, 35% of the average income.

Our analysis of the affordability of renting in the UK’s major cities has produced some surprising results.

In some parts of the UK, such as Scotland and East Anglia, where rental prices are now falling or stagnant, the data tells us that renting in some cities in these regions is still stretching tenant affordability.

The data has also revealed some unexpected pockets of rental affordability where tenant income is keeping greater pace with rental prices.

– Martin Totty, Homelet

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Plans move forward for new nature reserve

The Wildlife Trust in Northamptonshire has released a mock-up image of the visitor centre for Northamptonshire's newest nature reserve.

How the new visitor centre could look Credit: The Wildlife Trust

The eco building will be zero energy, featuring a green roof to absorb rainwater, provide insulation and create a habitat for wildlife.

Part of the £50 million Rushden Lakes Scheme, it is hoped that the new reserve will provide a good habitat for birds that fly south to the UK for winter.

It is due to open to the public in 2016.

Fund wants your ideas for its cash

A funding programme for local groups and organisations wants people to apply with ideas for community projects.

The People's Health Trust has launched the Active Communities Programme, giving grants from £5000 to £25,000. Projects should be small, for example between a few villages or a group of streets.

For more information click here.

Previous ideas the organisation has funded include:

  • Mediation service run by tenants on a housing estate
  • Women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women
  • Computer skills support group run for and by older people
  • Support for local people to become community organisers
  • Setting up a green space in urban areas

Ambulance service warns of disruption due to strike

Staff on strike in Ipswich in October Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) says there could be disruption to 999 responses today as health workers go on strike in a continued row over pay.

In October thousands walked out over the Government's decision not to accept a recommended 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff. Today midwives, paramedics and hospital porters will be among those taking part in four hours of national action, from 7am to 11am.

The EEAST says it does not know how many staff will take part, but that it has been working with the unions to make sure that those who need an emergency ambulance get the service they need.

"A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for this strike. We have been working closely with our union colleagues to ensure that those who need an emergency ambulance response get one...

"As always we are urging the public to think about using alternative services especially during the hours of strike action. "If you need medical help but it is not an emergency, consider your options, such as calling 111, contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacist. This will help keep ambulances available to those in the greatest need."

– Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for Resilience and Specialist Operations
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