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Second resignation over Cambridge congestion proposals

Congestion has long been a problem in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A second member of the Greater Cambridge City Deal's resigned over plans to reduce congestion.

Councillor Tim Bick is now calling for a public debate on the proposals to close city centre roads during rush hour.

But members of the city deal say public transport will be improved with more buses and a second train station.


Peterborough to take in 100 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees will begin arriving in Peterborough in the autumn. Credit: ITV News.

A hundred Syrian refugees are to be welcomed into Peterborough between now and 2020.

The city council has agreed to resettle five families a year for the next five years as part of a wider government pledge to accept 20,000 people forced from their homes.

The first groups - usually made up of two adults and two children - will arrive in Peterborough this autumn.

"The government has confirmed that we will receive appropriate levels of funding for these families. That means that we can be sure that we're offering them the help that they need and over the next few months we will be making appropriate arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

"This city has a long and proud history ​of welcoming those that need our help and we will be working with groups from across our community that have already offered their assistance."

– Cllr John Holdich, leader, Peterborough City Council.

Referendum campaign lands at Stansted as 450 new jobs announced

Political rivals joins forces at Stansted airport in Essex to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.

The Chancellor George Osborne has been in Essex claiming that leaving the EU would be a one way ticket to a poorer Britain.

He spoke alongside political opponents Labour's Ed Balls and Vince Cable from the Liberal Democrats as the Remain campaign staged an event at Stansted Airport.

They warned that Brexit could mean an end to cheap flights and threaten investment such as the new Ryanair training centre which will create 450 jobs.

The launch of the Vote Leave campaign in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Vote Leave campaign pointed out that the Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said only a few months ago that Brexit would not cause fares to rise.

The Stansted announcement comes after more than 300 business leaders urged Britain to vote to leave the European Union, warning that the country's competitiveness is being undermined by its membership.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, they argued that businesses will be "free to grow faster, expand into new markets and create more jobs" if they are unconstrained by EU rules.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


450 jobs created in new Ryanair training centre at Stansted

Vince Cable, George Osborne and Ed Balls Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's emerged 450 jobs will be created at a new Ryanair training Centre to be based at Stansted Airport.

The airline's boss Michael O'Leary announced the investment at the airport as part of a stronger in Europe event alongside George Osborne, Vince Cable and Ed Balls.

However Leave campaigners have accused Mr O'Leary of hypocrisy quoting speeches he made in 2011 criticising the EU.

Councillors to discuss fate of more than 20 children's centres in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council could close eight children's centre to save money. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Proposals to close eight children's centres in Northamptonshire and relocate more than a dozen others to the county's libraries will be discussed today.

Councillors say they need to cut funding by £3m because of "unprecedented demand" on services and big reductions in government funding.

This afternoon, Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet will consider the proposals which would include closing three children's centres in Northampton, two in Wellingborough, two in Kettering and one in South Northamptonshire.

"Children's centre services will still be available across Northamptonshire, but financial pressures mean that we will be using a larger proportion of the funding available for services in areas of greatest need, such as Northampton East and Central, Corby and Wellingborough."

– Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning and families.

Conservative majority cut on Essex council as final results come in

The result of the local council election in Epping Forest in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The final result of the local elections in the Anglia region has seen a small cut in the Conservative majority on Epping Forest Council in Essex.

Although voters went to the polls on Thursday, the votes in Epping Forest were only counted on Saturday morning.

The Conservatives made a net loss of two seat cutting their overall majority to 14. There were gains for the Green Party and a local residents group.

Epping Forest has had a Tory majority since 2007 although before that it was a hung council for many years.

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