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Preparations underway for Berkshire County Show

Thousands expected at Berkshire County Show Credit: Berkshire County Show

Farms across the Thames Valley have spent the last week frantically preparing for the Berkshire County Show. Thousands of people will descend on the Newbury showground this weekend.

There will be a grand parade of livestock - cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, llamas and alpacas in the main arena

Grand parade of livestock Credit: Berkshire County Show

There will also be an old fashioned funfair, vintage vehicles, motorcycle display, cookery theatre, music and 500 stands selling crafts, clothing and other items.

Major regeneration scheme in Brighton gets the go ahead

New development proposals Credit: CircusStreetbrighton

Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in Brighton which is expected to create 400 jobs and more than 140 new homes. The Circus Street development will include shops, restaurants, offices and a dance studio. Its hoped it will inject 200 million pounds into the local economy.

The council's planning committee agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one-hectare site off Circus Street - the former municipal fruit and veg market.

Plans also include new teaching and research facilities for the University of Brighton as well as a new library. The developers promise green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing. They've agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.


Southampton Airport celebrates bumper August

The airport handled more than 200,000 passengers in August Credit: Meridian

Southampton Airport has seen more than 200,000 passengers through its doors this August – the highest number in a single month since August 2007 and representing a 3% increase in passengers over 2013.

The route with the largest growth, year on year, was Guernsey with an increase of 53% more passengers.

The city break destinations experiencing growth include Manchester (43%), Belfast (22%), Dublin (32%) and Amsterdam (19%), compared with August 2013.

Expansion was also seen in the French regional flights to and from Clermont Ferrand, Brest, Rennes, Limoges, Nantes, Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Verona was also up on 2013 this August.

Tradition meets technology at Southampton Boat show

It's an enormous contributor to the local economy, and attracts thousands of visitors- this year's Southampton Boat show is under way

More than 120 thousand people are expected at Mayflower Park over the next week. But it's not just a celebration of the maritime industry with boating displays, and international exhibits - it's also where multi-million pounds contracts will be signed.

Andrew Pate has been meeting some of the exhibitors

World's most expensive yachts arrive for Southampton Boat Show

Some of the world's most expensive super yachts have arrived in Southampton ahead of the nine-day boat show which gets underway this weekend.

More than 1120,000 people are expected at Mayflower Park over the next week. But it's not just a celebration of the maritime industry with boating displays, and international exhibits - it's also where multi-million pound contracts will be signed.


Southeastern trains to carry on running for three and a half years

The Government announced today that Southeastern will continue to run trains in Kent and East Sussex. Some travellers have expressed surprise at the decision - and even the Rail Minister herself who made the announcement, admitted the company had failed its customers too often in the past.

But that IS the past the company insisted. And today Southeastern promised big improvements, with more services, more high speed trains, and better stations.

Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Rail Minister Claire Perry, Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd, and Ashford MP Damian Green.

Friends of the Earth welcome decision to reject drilling

Friends of the Earth say the decision is 'common sense' Credit: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth have welcomed the decision to reject an application to test drill for shale oil at Fernhurst, in West Sussex.

"This is a victory for common sense – there should be no place for shale oil or gas exploration in our national parks.

“But thousands of communities across the country still face the threat of fracking in their back yard.

“It’s time to build a clean energy future based on efficiency and developing the nation’s significant potential for renewable power, and ending our dirty and damaging addiction to fossil fuels.”

Planners reject Sussex drilling scheme

Planners have rejected a bid by a shale company to explore for oil and gas in the South Downs National Park. Celtique Energie put in a planning application for a site near Fernhurst, West Sussex, to drill a temporary vertical well to test for oil and gas.

The controversial plan, which attracted more than 5,500 objections, could also have led to the drilling of a horizontal well extending out from it.

But members of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) heeded their officers' recommendations and turned down the application overwhelmingly.

Cheers and applause broke out among opponents fearful that the plan could have led to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, taking place if the drilling had been successful.

Refuse workers in Brighton and Hove to take industrial action

A previous refuse collection strike in Brighton Credit: ITV news

Refuse and recycling workers in Brighton and Hove have voted to take industrial strike action in a row over pay and allowances. Members of the GMB union will not work overtime or do side waste collections on Friday and will hold a one-day strike next Monday. The union is warning residents to be prepared for disruption "potentially for weeks or even months". The council says it's "disappointed" by the action and "keen to keep discussions going to avoid this action if possible".

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