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Work finally starts on new development in Wellingborough

Artist Impression of the site in Welingborough Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

Work is finally due to start on the long awaited Stanton Cross development in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire today.

It'll increase the size of the town by a third - creating three thousand new homes, a new school, and shops and offices.

It's got the go-ahead after the council was given permission to use a crucial piece of land needed for the site's main road.

The project has been in the pipeline for nearly two decades.

Stanton Cross development Credit: Borough Council of Wellingborough

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Peterborough is now 'Gigabit City' with access to fast internet

Faster internet speeds available to businesses in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough is now a 'Gigabit City' with access to some of the fastest internet connectivity in the UK.

CityFibre has finished work to install a CORE network with 90km of pure fibre network around the city to create a new start-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

Businesses and public sector sites including Peterborough City Hospital and schools can connect to the network and access speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

"In less than one year Peterborough has been transformed into a Gigabit City. With a future-proof digital infrastructure at its heart, Peterborough has a digital head-start on the rest of the country. Its public sector is already more efficient and capable of innovation while its business community is becoming more competitive and productive."

– CityFibre CEO, Greg Mesch

"We cannot overstate the value of a gigabit speed digital infrastructure to our city. As a Gigabit City, we have a significant competitive advantage over other areas and are able to lead the way with an innovative and integrated digital strategy. Businesses are hungry for bandwidth and we recognise that because of this network, Peterborough is becoming an even more attractive place to build a business. "

– Peterborough City Council spokesperson

107 public sector sites will eventually connect to the service.

Newmarket's horse racing industry welcomes plans to change betting laws

The horse racing industry in Newmarket has welcomed new proposals to change betting laws announced in George Osborne's budget.

Currently if bets are placed online, bookmakers who operate abroad don't have to pay anything to the racing industry.

But new laws proposed by the Chancellor could change that, meaning more money will go into the racing infrastructure. And that could mean more jobs here in our region.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

World's largest container ship heads for Suffolk

The world's largest container ship is heading for the Suffolk coast. 395 metres long and 58 metres wide, the MSC Oscar is due to dock at the Port of Felixstowe this afternoon.

The MSC Oscar Credit: Ingo Wagner/DPA/Press Association Images

In January the world's previous largest container the CSCL Globe, which carries up to 19,100 containers, docked at the Suffolk port. With a maximum capacity of 19,244 containers the MSC Oscar, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is even bigger.

Hundreds of ship-spotters are expected to be at the harbour to see The Oscar arrive. She is due in between one and two o'clock this afternoon.

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Thousands of jobs could be under threat due to dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue

There is a warning that thousands of jobs are under threat because of a dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue.

It is likely to have more of an effect on oil production off Scotland, but firms in our region will not be immune from the economic decline.

They are calling on the Government to provide tax breaks to help make the UK energy industry more competitive.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Prime Minister will claim his economic plan 'is working in the East of England" during second visit to region

David Cameron at the Vauxhall factory in Luton on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Prime Minister will be back in the region today to set out his long-term economic plan for the East of England.

David Cameron will make a speech to business leaders in Felixstowe during his visit to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

He will claim the government's plan has worked so far in the East of England - making it the fastest growing economy outside of London.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister met automotive industry workers in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

"We will keep working through our plan to secure a brighter future for hardworking people across the East of England by making the most of the region’s strengths in science, defence and energy, ensuring we have world-class infrastructure and backing business to create more jobs.”

– David Cameron.

Tesco offers communities £20k after stores 'mothballed'

Tesco is offering a £20,000 'community fund' to residents in Chatteris and Whittlesey to say sorry for not opening new stores earmarked for the towns.

Empty Tesco store to remain closed Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The deal has been struck by Fenland District Council and follows an earlier Tesco donation to Chatteris groups of £4,000 agreed with MP Steve Barclay after the store was mothballed.

The crisis-hit retailer announced last month it would close 43 stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

Multimillion pound dementia research centre opens in Cambridge

A new multimillion pound research centre dedicated to developing dementia treatments is opening at Cambridge University today.

Dementia affects more than 800,000 people in the UK Credit: ITV News, Anglia

90 scientists will be based at the centre over the next five years, it's being funded by the Alzheimer's Research charity.

Dementia affects more than 800,000 people in the UK and costs the UK economy £23bn a year.

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