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Dover eyesore demolition begins

It's been described as the biggest eyesore in Dover but work to remove it from the landscape is finally underway.

Burlington House is being demolished but not in the usual way. The thirteen storey office block in Townhall Street is full of asbestos so needs to be stripped from the inside out. David Johns has been to see how the process will happen.

He speaks to demolition contractor Eric Rosay and Kevin Charles from Dover District Council.

Restaurant 'risked lives of customers and staff'

The case was brought by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Credit: Hants Fire & Rescue

Risking the lives of customers and staff has cost a businessman £25,000.

As well as a £15,000 fine, the owner of Junness Indian Cuisine in Southampton was ordered to pay costs of £10,300 after pleading guilty to five charges relating to inadequate fire safety standards.

A visit to the property in High Street by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on 21 August 2012 found: an inadequate fire alarm system; a fire exit not well protected; and inadequate emergency lighting.

Following the visit a prohibition notice was served, stopping people from living above the premises.

After evidence that people were still living there, with the problems not addressed, legal action was taken.

South Coast 'set to attract major investment'

New report predicts major investment Credit: ITV

Southampton and the South Coast is set to attract millions of pounds worth of investment as developers look outside of London - that's according to a new report out today.

Publishing consultancy JLL predicts that more investors will follow in the footsteps of London-based organisations such as Grosvenor, the company behind the Southampton's £80 million retail and leisure development.

Longer platforms, longer trains

Start of work to extend platform at Hever Stn Credit: Network Rail

The Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat has formally marked the start of a project that will extend twelve station platforms between Edenbridge and Uckfield. The project will allow the introduction of 10-coach trains that will reduce crowding on the Uckfield line and help to meet growing passenger demand. The new longer trains will increase capacity on the line during the morning peak by 50% from July 2016.

Network Rail will build the longer platforms and infrastructure, and Southern Railway will lease, refurbish and run the trains.

“I am pleased that the platform extensions on the Uckfield line are taking place and will be completed soon. This will mean that commuters and other rail users will be able to have a more comfortable journey as trains are able to take extra carriages. Work is now underway and this will be a huge benefit to the local community in providing a better train service. I look forward to the completion of the work early next year”.

– Tom Tugendhat MP


First pictures of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn

The Dawn is unveiled Credit: Richard Slee
The Rolls-Royce Dawn makes its debut Credit: Richard Slee

A brand new Rolls-Royce car - built in Sussex - was unveiled to the public today. The model, called Dawn, was revealed at the company's factory in Chichester this morning. The event is being followed by a flypast of Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at nearby Goodwood.

Premiere for 'The Lost Choices' film made in Ramsgate

The film was made in Ramsgate

A feature film that was made in Ramsgate and starring local people who gave up their time for free has had its premiere in the town.

"The Lost Choices" was made on a shoestring budget by Jamie Thomson, a writer/director who went to extreme measures to get the film made, as David Johns reports.

The interviewees include actors Levi hart and Callum Pease.

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Developer ditches plan for new Kent town

It was to be an entirely new town for Kent. Five thousand homes - and as many jobs.

The creation of Lodge Hill at Chattenden on the Hoo Peninsula was the biggest element of Medway's regeneration programme - and it was seen as a solution to the area's severe housing shortage.

Tonight, though, the developers confirmed they're pulling out after seven years of 'frustrating' planning - and 11 million pounds of costs. But backers of the project say it's not over.

David Johns reports, speaking to MP Kelly Tolhurst, two local residents, and Rodney Chambers from Medway Council.

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