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Next step towards thousands of new homes in Cambridgeshire

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A meeting is being held to set out how a government inspector will look at plans to provide 44,000 new jobs and 33,000 homes across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge up to 2031.

Around half the jobs and homes will be provided by a new town north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn airfield and a major extension to Cambourne.

Other developments are planned around the edge of Cambridge. The meeting will set out a series of hearings in the coming months.

Good fairy Carole Hughes definitely puts the fun in fundraising

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

CAROLE HUGHES

Carole Hughes and her husband Rob from Pilsgate near Peterborough lost their 3-year-old daughter Anna to a cancerous brain tumour in 2006.

They set up Anna's Hope, a charity dedicated to improving the treatment for children and young adults with brain tumours.

Carole's tireless fundraising is often conducted wearing a fairy costume and over the years she's raised nearly £1m.

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Ed Williams takes swimming for charity to extreme lengths

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

ED WILLIAMS

Ed Williams from Cambridgeshire loves swimming and has turned his passion into a prolific fundraising tool by swimming Lake Windermere and the English Channel for charity.

He's raised £70,000 and is now preparing to swim the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland.

We wants to complete the Ocean Seven - a series of the most difficult open-water swims around the world.

The wartime secrets of the mysterious Langham Dome

What wartime secrets were kept in the mysterious Langham dome? Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a curious building perched closed to the North Norfolk coast but it played a vital role in the Second World War.

The Langham Dome just a new miles from Blakeney hid a secret that helped Britain deal with the aerial bombardment from Germany.

It's now been restored and turned into a museum where its mystery can now be revealed.

Kate Prout reports on the Langham Dome in the ITV News Anglia Hidden Histories series

World Cup 1966 & the East

The East of England may not have hosted any of the 31 fixtures staged during the 1966 World Cup, but there was still a role to play for the region.

A handful of nations, including semi-finalists Portugal and finalists West Germany, based themselves in the ITV Anglia patch.

Portugal stayed at Harlow, while the Homestead Court Hotel in Welwyn Garden City was used by the Germans although they trained in Stevenage in the run up to the final.

See Donovan Blake's report, part of ITV News Anglia's series "Hidden Histories"

Red Panda twins arrive at Shepreth

Shepreth welcomes Red Panda twins Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge has welcomed a pair of Red Panda twins.

The panda girls settled into their new habitat instantly, tasting all the different varieties of bamboo on offer. The wildlife park estimates they will be munching their way through quarter of a ton of bamboo every year.

The gardening team has been busy planting throughout the grounds since the go ahead in March.

The twins settle in Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

The Red Pandas arrived at the beginning of September after months of preparation, getting their habitat ready and fulfilling the necessary license requirements. The habitat will be officially opened on Saturday.

The South Cambridgeshire wildlife park has wanted to home this species for over 20 years, and the dream finally became a reality after joining EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) just three years ago, allowing the collection to be included in this European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

The two girls, yet to be named, have joined the conservation breeding centre as part of the international breeding programme. When they reach maturity, one of the females will be exchanged with a male to assist with the EEP.

"I remember as a child my father talking about Red Panda as a species he wanted to be involved with for conservation, so it is wonderful that while we celebrate our 30th anniversary this long-term goal has finally come to fruition."

– Rebecca Willers, Wildlife Park Curator

The Red Pandas will have their own special event on Saturday 13th September. It will feature keeper talks and presentations, concluding with the official naming of the animals.

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Shortage of construction materials delays road improvements

Roadworks on the A1(M) have been delays by a shortage of construction materials. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Road improvement work on a three-mile section of the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire to start a week later than scheduled because of a shortage of construction material.

The Highways Agency says the re-surfacing work on the southbound carriageway between Peterborough and Huntingdon will now start on Thursday 11 September.

The work is at Sawtry, between junction 15 and 14, near Glatton Ways and Wheatsheaf flyover, and is due to be completed in a month.

“The current surface is worn and needs replacing to ensure that users of the A1(M) in this part of Cambridgeshire can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys."

– Michael Freeman, Highways Agency project sponsor
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