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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments

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Farmers meet in Norfolk to discuss diversification

Deepdale Farm Credit: ITV News Anglia

Farmers from across the region are meeting in Norfolk today to talk about diversifying their business.

Jason Borthwick set up a campsite and bunkhouse on his family-run thousand acre farm and hasn't looked back.

Jason Borthwick, Farmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We haven't taken that much land out and yet this is the profitable part, so I am under no misconceptions that we wouldn't of been able to do any of this if it hadn't been for the fact that we were farmers."

– Jason Borthwick

Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

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apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

Milton Keynes hosts first post-Brexit Jobs Show

Previous MK Jobs Show in January 2016 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first post-Brexit MK Jobs Show begins in Milton Keynes later.

The two day event at the centre MK showcases employment and training opportunities from the region's employers.

Many organisations are exhibiting for the first time including: Vauxhall, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.

The latest jobs stats from May to July 2016 show 1.63 million people unemployed, 39,000 fewer that the year before.

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