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Stansted boost as airport has record July

Stansted airport has record July Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport had its busiest July in seven years last month - with more than 2 million passengers travelling through the airport.

That's up by 12.5 % on the same month last year - making it the busiest July since 2008.

“The beginning of the school holidays and our trio of exciting new long-haul flights have played their part in boosting passenger numbers in July, our busiest in seven years. It’s great to see a growing airport and over the last few months we have been growing at double the rate of Heathrow and Gatwick. It’s a real boost for the airport and it’s a great reflection on the East of England region and its economic vibrancy."

– Andrew Harrison, Managing Director

Norfolk third most popular place to own holiday home

Nearly 200,000 people in the UK now own a static holiday home says a new report, with Norfolk proving a popular place to own one.

An average of £55,000 is often invested on the getaway space according o Park Leisure who commissioned the report.

Norfolk came in third in the top ten most popular places to invest.

  • Cornwall
  • South Hams
  • Norfolk
  • Lake District
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Gwynedd
  • East Lindsey
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Cotswolds
  • Peak District

Over two-thirds of those surveyed in East Anglia saved for years to fund their dream holiday home at 83% and one in three used money they had inherited to buy a second home for holidays.

The average age of someone buying a second home is 37-years with most purchases happening in July.

"We commissioned the Park Leisure report as a first ever piece of research into this industry, revealing the psychological benefits of owning an easily accessible holiday home."

– Gary Molloy, CEO at Park Leisure

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"Huge interest" in former Greyfriars bus station site after rubble is cleared

Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished but has now been cleared. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of tonnes of rubble created when Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished has now been cleared.

The building was brought down in less than 9 seconds, in a controlled explosion in March.

Northampton Borough Council says the site can now be sold to a developer, for retail and leisure use.

"I already know that there's huge interest in the site.

It's four acres of really premium site, so we've got to find something that's absolutely the right thing for Northampton town."

– Jo Lappin, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership
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Last bastion of traditional high street struggles against influx of chain stores

Mill Road in Cambridge trying to maintain its independent shops against an influx of chains. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mill Road in Cambridge is one of the last bastions of independence in the High Street.

It has an eclectic mix of retailers, proudly trying to keep the big players at bay.

But there's concern an influx of chains and multinationals could spoil the character of this bohemian borough.

There are more than 20,000 independent shops in the East of England. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are currently 20,375 independent stores across the Eastern region. In the last 12 months 2,133 have opened while 2,241 have closed.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Battle to keep rural banks as hundreds set to close

Bank customers at HSBC in Reepham queue for the cash machine. Credit: Natalie Gray / ITV News Anglia

The 3,000 residents of Reepham in Norfolk will have nowhere to bank from October when HSBC closes its doors.

The soaring popularity of digital banking both online and on smart phones is being blamed.

More than 500 bank branches are expected to disappear from Britain's high streets in 2015 forcing residents of many communities to travel miles to their nearest bank.

The major lenders seem to have ditched a commitment to keep open 'the last bank in town', putting almost 900 branches in smaller towns and villages at risk of closure too.

Traders warn it'll be the death of the market town if the town's only bank and cash point goes. And elderly residents say they can't get to the nearest HSBC branch in Dereham 11 miles away.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

New moves to try and help struggling oil and gas industry

There's been new moves to try and help the struggling oil and gas industry on the East coast.

Great Yarmouth has been badly hit by the dramatic fall in oil prices. Workers have been laid off and one local firm went into administration last week, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Now, a working party's being set up to try and help firms who're struggling.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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