Thanks to James Potten for sitting in for me on yesterday’s programme.
The good weather continues unabated, and it’s days of glorious sunshine like today that I wish we could wind back the ceiling to the studio and let the sunshine in.
Talking about Let The Sun Shine, Labrinth was on live on today’s show chatting with Nikki Mills from Saturday’s In The Mix programme. He promised a full-on show for clubbers at Romford’s Liquid when he performs there next month, and admitted that his busy schedule means there’s no time for a lady in his life just at the moment. [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Labrinth-Interview.mp3|titles=Labrinth – Interview]
The big topic in today’s news was George Osborne’s Budget and to discuss the finer detail and how it will affect people in Brentwood & Billericay was Glenys Chatterley from the Essex FSB. We concurred that there was nothing truly devastating to come out of the red book this time round, and 1p off the price of petrol at the close of the show tonight was indeed a welcome inclusion for the two of us who both needed to fill our tanks up. I did however question if the £250 million for first time buyers would have been better earmarked as a relief on stamp duty, to help existing home-owners who are still feeling the pinch from the recession but stuck in negative equity with nowhere to turn. [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Glenys-Chatterley-Budget-2011.mp3|titles=Glenys Chatterley – Budget 2011]
Last but not least, local councillor Dudley Payne reminisced on 11 years as a local councillor before he hangs up his hat at the beginning of May. His latest four-year term presiding over Hutton North is coming to an end and he won’t be standing for re-election. We wish him every success in his future endeavours. [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Cllr-Dudley-Payne-Hutton-North.mp3|titles=Cllr Dudley Payne – Hutton North]