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A message of reassurance over the impact of Brexit

Liz Truss visited Stansted Airport today Credit: ITV News

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has visited Stansted Airport to reassure businesses in the East that the government is committed to a post-Brexit economy.

On her visit she highlighted the increase in exports from the East of England- which has been vital in helping the economy grow.

The latest figures show between 2015 and 2016 exports increased 10.4%.

She said the airport's new flights to Dubai emphasised the post-Brexit need for new routes to the rest of the world.

The visit was to highlight the region's increased exports Credit: ITV News

The East of England exports £16 billion of goods to Europe, compared to £4.6 billion to North America and nearly £1 billion to China.

Machinery and transport goods were the most exported followed by chemicals.

The East of England is a thriving region and a vital hub between the UK and the rest of the world.

The Government is hugely committed to ensuring the East of England and its businesses are as competitive and productive as possible in the global marketplace.

– Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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Lamma agricultural show cancelled due to wind damage

Visitors to Lamma on Wednesday Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major agricultural show has been cancelled today - after strong winds caused serious damage to its exhibits.

The Lamma show, at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, was due to stage its second day hosting thousands of visitors keen to check out the latest farming machinery and technology.

But following last night's gales, organisers woke to severe damage. The decision was taken to close the gates - but not before many visitors had already arrived in the car park.

Crunch time for councillors over huge Suffolk development

As well as new homes there'll also be a convenience store, community centre and sports ground. Credit: eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Planners will today decide if a controversial £100 million housing site will be built in Suffolk.

Campaigners lost their legal battle against the proposals for 2,000 new homes at Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath which they say is too close to the River Deben estuary.

Opponents are concerned about the environmental impact. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The crunch decision will be taken at a meeting by Suffolk Coastal's planning committee but they are recommended to approve them.

It follows years of debate and protests and court battles. Opponents say they're concerned about traffic congestion and the the impact the development will have on the internationally- protected River Deben.

The developers, Carlyle Land Ltd and CEG claim the 279 acre project will create hundreds of jobs. As well as new homes there'll also be a new convenience store, community centre and sports ground.

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£60 million care centre given the go-ahead in Northamptonshire

Artist impression of the new care home Credit: Crown Care

Plans to build a £60 million pound care centre in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead.

The development will overlook the Drayton Reservoir and have an 83 bed care home and 307 apartments for the elderly.

The scheme will create at least 300 jobs.

"We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it. Middlemore is the first to focus on the care village model - communities at the heart of the community where they are based."

– Baldev Ladhar, Director of Crown Care

The Middlemore development has been designed by Newcastle-based architects ID Partnership.

Long awaited report into tackling congestion on the A10 to be revealed

The stretch of the A10 between Ely and Cambridgeshire is notorious for congestion Credit: ITV News Anglia

A long-awaited report into the future of one of the region's most congested roads will be released later today.

Cambridgeshire County Council will look at a number of options for the A10 which runs all the way from King's Lynn into London.

It's notoriously busy around the stretch from Ely to Cambridge.

Options to address the congested A10 will be revealed Credit: ITV News Anglia

The A10 north is a key transport route for economic growth in the region, linking Ely, and other towns and villages to the north, with the city and wider transport network.

Rapid growth has put pressure on the road with peak-time congestion.

Thousands of new jobs and homes are planned along the route over the next decade or so, including 10,000 new homes at Waterbeach alone.

A study was commissioned by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to look out how to address the current challenges. It will be published today (Monday 8th January).

Any proposals will then be considered by all the councils affected.

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