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Eastbourne is one of the fastest growing seaside resorts in the country

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Eastbourne is one of the fastest growing seaside towns in the country with a massive rise in business this year. A survey by a letting firm found more and more holidaymakers are looking to the South Coast town for their self-catering break.

Their website recorded a rise in searches for Eastbourne of almost 44% between January and June, compared to the same period last year. The website VisitEastbourne.com also saw a rise in users of more than a quarter during the first half of 2015, along with an increase in overseas visitors and bookings for self-catering properties.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We’ve definitely seen a growing trend this year with more and more independent holidaymakers searching for Eastbourne, looking for boutique style self-catering accommodation, of which Eastbourne has a wonderful offering.”

Love it, or loathe it: The Lexicon it is!

A new 240 million pound shopping area in Bracknell town centre will be called 'The Lexicon'.

The name was revealed at a meeting this morning to discuss the progress of the development. It's due to open in spring 2017 and will include 50 shops, ten restaurants, a new cinema and seated amphitheatre.

The Lexicon's Twitter page - no tweets yet!

The Lexicon already has its own Twitter page, but it's yet to send its first tweet. It already has two followers.

Almost all of the town centre has been demolished as part of the regeneration project. Roadworks are expected to cause disruption as the work develops further, with lane closures in and around the town.

Most of Bracknell town centre has been demolished as part of the regeneration programme

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eBay 20th anniversary - South's unusual items & bids

Buying and selling over the internet has become the norm and there are lots of sites you can use, eBid webstore and of course the most famous eBay.

Well eBay is 20 years old today and you can pretty much buy everything on it. Over the years we have reported on some of the more unusual things that have gone on sale - as Sally Simmonds reports.

Plans revealed for multi-million pound sports centre

A new gym, swimming pools and a number of sports pitches will feature in a new £23 million development in Fleet.

An image showing what the leisure centre will look like

Hart District Council has approved a new flagship leisure centre, which will be built opposite the current complex on Hitches Lane.

Hart councillors unanimously agreed the new centre should be built during its latest full council meeting.

What the leisure centre will look like from above

I am pleased the council has agreed to go ahead and build the new leisure centre.

I look forward to working with our new partners in delivering this outstanding new facility for the people of Hart.

– Cllr Ken Crookes, Hart District Council

Building work is expected to start next month, and developers hope it will be completed by March 2017.

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Dungeness estate yours for £1.5m

How do you fancy getting your hands on a country landscape by the sea? Well the Dungeness estate has gone on sale.

It's almost five hundred acres of desert-like terrain, jutting out into the English channel, shifting banks of shingle with a nuclear power station at its tip.

David Johns has been to see what you get for your money.

He spoke to estate trustee Maurice Ede, nature reserve manager Owen Leyshon, and estate agent Will Whittaker.

Kent in Crisis: Could MoD land free up the M20?

British troops could join efforts to ease traffic congestion in Kent as the migrant crisis shows no sign of abating.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is understood to be in the early stages of developing plans which could involve using land owned by the department to free up space on the M20.

Police try to stop migrants at Calais Credit: PA Images

The Daily Telegraph said MoD land around Folkestone could be used as a temporary lorry parks.

The source said a decision on the plans would be "taken in due course", adding they were led by the civilian authorities rather than military.

David Cameron, who has returned to the UK after a four-day tour of south-east Asia, is in the Government's emergency Cobra committee this morning.

It is understood he will ask ministers and officials to see whether more can be done to address the situation at the port and the Channel Tunnel railhead at Coquelles.

Kent in crisis: Lorries queue up on the M20 Credit: ITV News

The meeting comes after Mr Cameron blamed the chaos at Calais on a "swarm" of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and travelling through Europe.

French security and police were again dispatched to prevent desperate migrants from gaining illegal access to the Channel Tunnel following a week of unrest in Calais.

The situation in Calais has threatened to bring the cross-Channel haulage industry to a halt, with long queues at border control points in England and France.

As the situation rumbled into a fourth night of disorder, up to a hundred migrants roared as they steamed through police lines at a petrol station near the terminal to gain access to the tunnel.

French gendarmes and riot police at first were overwhelmed by the numbers coming at them but were able to gain control of the situation.

Officers, some with their batons drawn, formed a cordon backed up by riot vans.

But they could not prevent the men, women and children, mainly from East African and Arab countries, from bringing the road out of the tunnel in Coquelles to a standstill.

They watched as three or four teenage migrants climbed over a fence but later came back when they realised they had hit a dead end.

Afterwards Eurotunnel said its French platform was unavailable due to "security reasons".

A spokesman said: "Due to overnight activity around our French terminal, timetables are disrupted from both directions."

Another night of drama in Calais has increased fears the UK's already under-pressure social services will be pushed to breaking point as the number of asylum seekers increases.

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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