The retrial of a 41-year-old man accused of murdering 18-year-old Rachel Manning in December 2000 began today.
Center Parcs say construction of its new £250 million village in Bedfordshire is on schedule to open to guests in spring 2014.
A forty year old man has gone on trial accused of murdering a young woman who was found dumped at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.
ITV Anglia has been speaking to a number of businesses in Bedfordshire for their views on the new Center Parc:
Vickie Humber of Humbers Home Made Preserves:
“I may be optimistic but I hope I'd have the opportunity to sell my products in Center Parcs or even start a local farmer’s market. Aside from any business opportunities, I think it’s great because I’ve got children and they'll soon need part time jobs"
Luan Hall who runs Fairies and Frogs Toy Shop in Ampthll hopes it'll be positive for her business.
“Having visited Center Parcs I know people do explore the area surrounding the resort. But we need to make sure Ampthill welcomes Center Parc visitors by providing adequate parking and bicycle racks”
There will be no direct impact for Paul Belger of Pro-Direct Beauty but he says it will be great for the towns of Flitwick and Ampthill.
“Any extra business will be a bonus, but it is really going to open a lot of job opportunities for local people and it will put our area on the map.”
Silva Schuldt, Flitwick operates the Flitwick Ostepathic Clinic. She’s not anticipating much new business but agrees the town will benefit.
“I don’t forget we get all the negatives and we’ve already seen infrastructure improvements and in general it is a good thing for the local economy."
The Chief Executive of Center Parcs talking to our correspondent Emma Hutchinson about building work beginning on a new holiday complex in Bedfordshire.
The holiday firm Center Parcs has announced its to build a new Parc at near Flitwick in Bedfordshire.
It would be the fifth site they have created and provide 1500 new jobs as well as 1200 construction jobs.
In a statement Center Parcs said the majority of the 1500 people employed will come from the local area.
The centre, which will open in the spring of 2104, will have a 75-bed hotel, 625 forest lodges as well as a swimming pool, a lake and other leisure facilities.