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Suffolk village flood defences almost completed

High flood waters from December 2013 tidal surge Credit: ITV News Anglia

One year on from last December's devastating tidal surge which flooded homes and businesses on the East Anglian coast and residents in Waldringfield in Suffolk are celebrating the near completion of new flood defences.

Campaigners raised £900,000 for concrete walls and defence gates.

The MP Therese Coffey will tour the site later today with local people and councillors.

"We are delighted that the project is nearing completion. Everyone has worked so hard to make this happen and we are grateful for the help and support we have received. We can all look forward to Christmas knowing that we are better protected from any future events".

– Jon Wilkins, Chair of the Waldringfield Flood Defence group

The project to improve flood protection with innovative defences and flood gates is the first community-led project to be delivered from the new Deben estuary plan.

"We are pleased to have supported the Waldringfield Flood Defence Group in both their Coastal Community Funding bid and the development of a local flood defence scheme for the residents and businesses in the village. The community have shown tremendous resilience and organisation to have achieved so much in the twelve months since the tidal surge. I am so impressed by what they have done; to deliver a new flood defence project in one year is unprecedented. It's a great example of what communities can achieve."

– Karen Thomas, The Environment Agency

Plans for 130m wind turbine in Suffolk rejected

Plans for a wind turbine near Ipswich have been rejected by planners. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans for a 130 metre tall wind turbine near Ipswich have been turned down by councillors.

The group, Partnership for Renewables, wanted to build on farmland at Wherstead, but residents in neighbouring villages, said it would dominate their lives.

Babergh District Council's planning committee voted unanimously against the plans.

Peterborough is the hardest place to get around if you don't drive

The city of Peterborough has been named and shamed as the hardest place to get around if you don't drive according to a new survey.

The Campaign for Better Transport singled out Peterborough for 'weaknesses' in its public transport and found that as a result residents are heavily reliant on cars.

But they aren't the only ones, with 29 cities and towns surveyed - Milton Keynes and Northampton were found to be amongst the most car dependent.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes


Suffolk: Pylons brought down in bid to restore natural views across the Waveney valley

A popular riverside beauty spot in the Broads has been transformed by work to dismantle electricity pylons and bury power cables underground.

The project around the River Waveney near Beccles is part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty. It's cost £1.7 million.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

10km of overhead cables removed from Suffolk beauty spot

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A stretch of the River Waveney valley has been transformed by a £1.7million project near Beccles to dismantle electricity pylons, and bury power cables underground.

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed.

It's part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and national parks.

"The Broads is one of our finest landscapes and these have been a rather notable feature on the Waveney valley, but a bit of a blot on the landscape, so to see them fall down like that was really a great moment."

– John Packman, Chief Executive, The Broads Authority

Anglian Water bills to fall by 10% over the next five years

Anglian Water bills are set to fall by 10% over the next five years. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Water bills are to be cut in the Anglia region after the regulator Ofwat decided what water companies can charge customers in the next five years.

In the East of England, Anglian Water have been told to cut bills by 10%. That will see the average combined sewerage and water bills of £431 in 2014/15 falling by £41 to £390 in 2019/20.

It's a bigger cut in the prices than Anglian Water had requested.

Affinity Water which supplies water to the Clacton and Harwich area of Essex along with South Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and West Essex will cut bills by 7%.

The average bill for a water supply in those areas will reduce by £13 to £163 by 2019/20.

One year on from tidal surge which battered the coastline

It's exactly twelve months since the worst tidal surge in 60 years, battered our coastline.

It was a night victims will remember for the rest of their lives, particularly those who watched helplessly as their homes slipped into the sea.

The Environment Agency has spent £8 million on repair projects, but for many coastal communities, the clearing up and re-building still goes on.

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

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