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£36 million scheme to improve Clacton coastal defences makes significant progress

The new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 homes and businesses for the next 100 years.

A £36 million scheme to improve coastal defences between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton has made significant progress.

Two new fish tail groynes have been built - with two others close to completion. 70,000 tons of granite has also been delivered to the site from Norway.


Cambridge best city to find a job

Cambridge and Milton Keynes fertile grounds for job hunters. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge is the best city in the country to find a job, according to a new report by the search engine Adzuna.

The research looked at how many jobseekers there were applying for each vacancy.

Milton Keynes is also fertile ground for job hunters - coming in 10th on the list. And the average salary across the East of England is up almost 3% on last year.


House prices rocket in East Anglia as report warns of "housing crisis"

The East of England is now the third most expensive place to live. Credit: PA

The East of England is now the third most expensive place to live in the country according to a new report.

The research from the National Housing Federation claims that the average house price here has now risen to over £240,000.

It means that more people are now being forced to rent because they can't afford to buy their own house.

"Our broken housing market is leaving thousands of people desperately struggling to keep up with spiralling housing costs.

In some cases it's forcing people to make tough choices between paying for their home and buying food to feed their families.

The housing crisis in the East of England has been more than a generation in the making so short term initiatives aren't going to fix it for this generation, or the next."

– Claire Astbury, National Housing Federation

English Heritage "disappointed" by bypass decision

A mocked-up image of the proposed bypass

English Heritage says it is "very disappointed" by the Government's decision not to launch a public inquiry into the proposed Ely bypass.

The £30 million road will now go ahead with the backing of Cambridgeshire County Council.

English Heritage argues that road will spoil the views of the city's historic Cathedral. It says it will work with the council to try and ensure that sufficient steps are taken to minimise the visual impact.

Blisworth Tunnel: Two centuries of history

In the early 1800s a feat of engineering was achieved on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire with the completion of Blisworth Tunnel.

For centuries it drew in visitors and provided a link to London, but in the 1970s it closed because of fears it could collapse.

A few years later another major engineering project got underway, to shore up the tunnel near Northampton and re-open it. Now, 30 years on, the tunnel that links the villages of Blisworth and Stoke Bruene is back at the heart of the local community.

ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson's taken a trip through the tunnel, and a look back at its fascinating history.

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