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£4-million to be spent on Southampton's roads

Repairing Southampton's roads Credit: ITV news

Southampton City Council is spending £4 million each year for the next decade on improving the city's roads. The road resurfacing programme will focus on residential roads - with work on A and B roads being funded by a separate budget. The council is asking people to contact them stating which roads they think are most in need of being repaired.

If you have any suggestions for residential roads that you think are most in need of improvement, email by October 27 with: the name of the road, the reason it requires attention, which section of the road should be prioritised. The council's road improvements programme will be announced later in the year.

300 jobs at risk at luxury yacht builder

Sunseeker in Poole Credit: ITV news

Around 300 jobs are at risk at luxury boatbuilder Sunseeker based in Poole. Staff were told of plans today. It's thought the cuts will focus on administration and managerial roles.

The company said: "The focus of the plans is to ensure the continued growth and success of our business, based on the UK's South Coast. It is clear to us that customer demand and the industry as a whole is changing and we need to respond to those changes to retain our position at the forefront of an ever-competitive market. We have informed Sunseeker International staff of the outcome of a strategic review aimed at increasing efficiency, simplifying our operating model and positioning the business for its long term future. As part of these plans we are looking to rebalance the workforce by removing non-core activities as well as where we see cross-over and duplication. Around 300 roles could potentially be affected. We want to reassure our staff and suppliers that Sunseeker International is 100% committed to maintaining our current UK manufacturing capabilities, and we have no plans to move our brand or production elsewhere". "

The company says the news will have "minimal impact" on boat building activities and there is a "strong demand" for its product. A consultation on the plans will now take place. The company builds luxury yachts, often with a price tag of several million pounds


Strike action by refuse workers continues in Brighton

No bin collections today Credit: ITV news

Refuse workers in Brighton and Hove will strike again today in an ongoing row over pay. Collections won't be made today, tomorrow and on the 20th. People affected are being told by the council to leave their bins out and they'll be collected as soon as possible. Staff introduced a "continuous work to rule" on 12th September.

The council says "We are very sorry for this disruption and the inconvenience it is causing to all residents." It offered this advice to residents: household waste and recycling centres are open as normal and will accept separated waste and recycling. You can take recycling to any of the recycling points in the city. City centre communal bins will continue to be emptied. Street cleaning staff will be working as normal.

Gridlock in Reading town: Delays were "more than an hour"

Managers at Reading Buses have apologised for major delays and disruption at the beginning of the week.

Almost every bus suffered delays, some by more than an hour, causing huge queues in the town. Extra buses - and drivers - were brought in but they, too, were caught up in the traffic chaos on Monday.

Reading Buses Credit:

The delays were caused by numerous factors including an earlier incident on the M4 which reduced the number of lanes to one and various roadworks around the town that included temporary traffic lights and inclement weather

– Jake Osman, Reading Buses

Reading Buses said the problems on the roads were the worst seen in years. The company said it will continue to monitor the various roadworks around the town and do what it can to help keep the buses to time.

Plans unveiled to rejuvenate Maidenhead town centre

New plans for Maidenhead Credit: London and Aberdeen

The plans for rejuvenating Maidenhead's Broadway Plaza have been released. People are invited to respond to the drawings for the £230 million project which will see King Street, Broadway and Queen Street revamped.

Known as The Landing, the developers hope to submit a planning application before the end of year. The area will include officers, new homes, shops, restaurants and cafés and provide a gateway from the railway station to the town. A public exhibition is currently underway at 59 King Street


Titanic letter up for auction in Wiltshire

Up for auction Credit: Henry Aldridge and Sons

A letter which details the Titanic's near miss in Southampton is being sold at auction in Wiltshire. The ship's chief engineer Joseph Bell wrote the letter about the incident which took place shortly before the ship's ill-fated voyage to New York. It's going under the hammer at Henry Aldridge and Sons in Devizes.

It was the worst of omens for the gleaming new ship embarking on its maiden voyage. As the Titanic left Southampton docks for a journey that has gone down in history, the ship came close to hitting two other liners.
Had they collided, it would have cut short the Titanic's ill-fated voyage to New York and may well have averted the catastrophe that was to claim 1,500 lives when the boat struck an iceberg on April 14 1912. The near miss is described in a letter from the Titanic's chief engineer Joseph Bell to his son Frank.

Mr Bell, who died in the disaster leaving behind wife Maud and four children, had transferred to the Titanic from the Olympic and oversaw its construction in Belfast.

Mr Bell's letter is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when it goes under the hammer on October 18.

Bin strike takes place in Brighton and Hove

Bin strike in Brighton Credit: ITV news

A four hour bin strike is taking place this morning in Brighton and Hove. The industrial action is the latest in the long running dispute between unions and the council. Workers will leave the picket line and return to work just before 11 o'clock.

The GMB Union has been locked in talks with Brighton and Hove City Council this week to try to end of the action. Binmen have been 'working to rule' since September 12 in the dispute over pay.

Geoff Raw, city council executive director, said: "We apologise for disruption and assure residents that we're doing everything we can to get the service back to normal and catch up on missed collections.

Renewed appeal for witnesses to A34 crash

Lorry overturns on A34 Credit: ITV news

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a lorry overturned on the A34 northbound carriageway just before Sutton Scotney at around 7am on Wednesday, October 1. The driver, a 50 year-old man from Wiltshire was airlifted to hospital to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries. A second driver, a 45 year-old man, was also treated by ambulance crews, after his silver Skoda Octavia ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway. The northbound section of the A34 was closed between Three Maids Hill and Sutton Scotney for nearly 12 hours to enable recovery of the vehicles and an investigation to be undertaken. Some debris including notepads and coasters from the load being carried by the lorry closed one lane southbound for a much shorter period. A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been bailed until December Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Thorne at Whitchurch roads policing unit on 101 quoting 44140354733 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

New security measures in place at Gatwick Airport

New security measures in place Credit: ITV news

Gatwick Airport is upgrading its road to airside security gates and has introduced a new screening facility. It's aimed at improving detection rates of explosives and other prohibited items which come through the gates and go airside.

New surveillance technology has been installed to check the underside of vehicles in a four lane screening facility. It replaces the mirror of stick approach and security staff say it will allow vehicles to access airside more effectively and efficiently.

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