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Improved facilities for rail passengers from Reading

Major changes at Paddington Credit: Network Rail

Over the next 18 months Network Rail will be making significant changes to Paddington station to provide passengers with new and improved facilities and ultimately a better travelling experience. Large numbers of commuters travel there from Reading.

The Grade 1 listed structure is currently benefitting from a renovation of its roof and an upgrade to its lighting system above the platforms.

Now Network Rail is starting a major programme of work to significantly improve the appearance of the station as a whole and provide growing numbers of passengers – 61 million forecast for this year - with a wider range of places to eat, drink and shop.

Recycling may be affected by cutbacks

Recycling centres could be closed Credit: ITV

Recycling centres in Surrey could be closed or only open at the busiest times. The plans are being looked at by the county council which says it's under increasing financial pressure following government cuts. Another option is to introduce a charge for dropping off non-household waste such as rubble and plasterboard. A consultation is underway.

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Children are guests of honour at Stonehenge

The children at Stonehenge Credit: English Heritage

For the first time in its 4,500-year-old history, children have been invited to step inside the stone circle at Stonehenge and discover it without any grown-ups, as part of English Heritage’s new Kids Takeover summer season.

To launch the season, English Heritage asked 1,066 children to help compile a list of fun activities to reflect history.

The wish was granted with the help of eight-year-old Thea Hunt, English Heritage’s first ever Child Executive Officer, and a selection of children from across the country.

Eastbourne Pier fire one year on

A year ago today, Eastbourne Pier was engulfed in flames. We still don't know why the fire happened - but ever since efforts to rebuild it have continued apace. Traders are relieved that they're back in business again, but is the long term future of the pier secure? Andrea Thomas has been speaking to trader James Gallagher, Tim Cobb from the Chamber of Commerce and Councillor David Tutt.

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Family found in back of lorry at University of Kent

A dozen people - believed to be illegal immigrants - were found hidden in the back of a lorry this afternoon - on the M20. The vehicle was pulled over just outside Ashford.

There's been growing calls, today, for British troops - based in Kent - to be sent to Calais to help with the migrant crisis.

The nightly assault on the security fences at the Channel Tunnel IS having an effect: More migrants ARE making it to Kent - and the county council is struggling to cope with the numbers.

In fact, the number of vulnerable children reaching the UK has soared in recent weeks - leaving the council facing a multi-million pound shortfall. We have several reports. Picture from Kent online.

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