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Fears for future of chimneys at old Bedfordshire brickworks

Stewartby Brickworks chimneys can be seen for miles Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fears for the future of the Stewartby brickworks chimneys in Bedfordshire after plans were submitted for hundreds of new homes in the village.

The listed brick structures can be seen for miles around but the Parish Council says they are at risk from demolition if Bedford Borough Council decides they are unsafe to build near.

The Stewartby Brickworks Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I don't believe in this health and safety issue at all, I appreciate that it is of value and had to be adhered to. These chimneys have been up for years and people used to work under them. 6,000 employees used to be there at one time and since 2002, they haven't fired a brick and they're still standing."

– Cllr John Symonds, Chairman of Stewartby Parish Council

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Ambitious plans for on-site airport college

Artist impression of how the college could look Credit: London Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport and Harlow College have submitted a planning application to build a new technical skills college at the airport.

The £11million college, which has received two separate £3.5m grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council would be close to the long stay car park.

If successful, building work is expected to start this autumn and be open in time for the autumn term in 2018.

Credit: London Stansted Airport

Securing, developing and retaining the right talent and skills at a growing airport like Stansted is critical to our business..... Over the last two years we have worked in close partnership with the SELEP Harlow College and Essex County Council to develop and deliver an on-site further education facility which will help to address the growing skills gap in areas like engineering, logistics and customer service and develop a pipeline of employees fit for future growth at the airport.

– Stansted Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan

We live in an exciting place and London Stansted is at the heart of a key region for economic growth. By working alongside Stansted’s business partners we can provide young people and adults with the right skills to give them great careers, whether it be in Aviation, Engineering, Hospitality or Business.

– Karen Spencer, Harlow College Principal and Chief Executive

Twin brothers retire together after 50 years in family business

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

A pair of twin brothers are about to retire together, after nearly 50 years working at one of the oldest iron works in Northampton.

The Slatter brothers took over the business their father first set up in 1958 - but now the Slatter and Sons workshop in Northampton is closing down.

The brothers say it's the end of an era - but they've got to move with the times.

It's come to an end really, because of competition from China - also we're wearing out. You just get older and un-loading a big lorry full of steel - it's demanding.

– Max Slatter
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