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Images revealed of new Chelmsford leisure centre

The artist impression from company Pick Everard Credit: Chelmsford City Council

Images of Chelmsford's new leisure centre have been released. The complex which will be built on the existing Riverside Ice & leisure Centre site will have a ten lane pool, two teaching pools and pool with flumes.

There'll also be a gym and fitness studios.

The work will start in summer 2017 and is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.

The current leisure centre will stay open through the build.

How the new leisure centre in Chelmsford will look Credit: Chelmsford City Council

"The new Leisure Centre will be designed to provide access to the widest possible cross-section of the community under the principle 'The Best Leisure Offer for the Most People', providing an affordable family-friendly attraction suitable for all. Later this year we will be able to see the designs coming together and I hope at this point people will be inspired at the thought of having this fantastic facility in our city centre."

– Councillor Julia Jeapes, Chelmsford City Council

Court hears how optometrist's negligence caused death of boy

An optometrist is on trial for manslaughter after allegedly failing to spot an eye condition which resulted in the death of a young boy.

A jury has heard that 8-year-old Vincent Barker - known as Vinnie - would still be alive today if the optometrist carrying out his eye test had spotted he had a potentially life-threatening condition.

The prosecution claim Honey Rose from East London was grossly negligent. She denies a charge of manslaughter.

Click below for Malcolm Robertson's report from Ipswich Crown Court


Eye specialist arrives at court over 'preventable' death of boy

The death of an eight-year-old boy could have been prevented if an eye specialist had "done her job properly", a court has heard.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on July 13 2012 - around five months after he was taken to have a routine eye test at Boots the Opticians in Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The conduct of locum optometrist Honey Rose, 35, fell so far below the standards expected that it was "criminal", prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.

Colchester Hospital to create 'Time Garden' for terminally ill patients

The garden will be created in this courtyard in the hospital grounds Credit: Colchester Hospital

Colchester General Hospital has released plans to create a special garden for terminally ill patients and their families.

The 'Time Garden' will be built in this courtyard area and will be the only one of its kind in the East of England.

It will cost around £160,00 and hospital staff are going to take part in Colchester's Startlight Walk this weekend to start the fund raising campaign.

Staff are hoping to fund raise for the new 'Time Garden' Credit: Colchester Hospital

"We're convinced that having our own Time Garden will help us to improve the experience of patients in the last weeks and days of life, as well as for their families. It will allow patients who are on a ward to choose to have some time on their own with their loved ones. "

– Beverley Pickett, End of Life Care Facilitator

It will include a pavilion with enough space for two beds, a seating area, and facilities to make drinks and listen to music.

Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) has created a special Time Garden fund where donations can be made.

Ipswich Hospital 'full' according to Chief Executive

Ipswich Hospital. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital says that staff are coping well despite the hospital being unusually busy for this time of year.

Nick Hulme tweeted that he "had never seen a hospital so full at this time of year."

It's believed the hospital is seeing a 10% increase in the number of patients compared to the same time last year.


Summer ball raises huge sum for East Anglia's Children's Hospices

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the summer ball Credit: ITV News Anglia

A summer ball attended by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices is expected to have raised over £400,000.

The Duchess is a patron of the hospices charity, EACH, which is raising £10m to build a new children's facility near Norwich. Around £3 million has been raised so far.

An image of the new facility Credit: EACH

"Everyone at EACH is thrilled with the success of A Taste of Norfolk and the projected figure raised of more than £400k is absolutely magnificent. This truly unprecedented event for EACH was only made possible following many months of hard work and dedication from our voluntary committee."

– Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive
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