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Millionaire transforms TV's "Darling Buds" farm into 'perfick' wedding venue

Among the many millions of viewers who watched ITV series The Darling Buds of May - set on a Kent farm in the 1950s - was a young businessman who went on to make a fortune from internet marketing. And when Simon Coulson saw that the farm - in Bethersden near Ashford - was up for sale he decided to buy a piece of TV history. His efforts have been so successful, as Pop Larkin might have said, it calls for a cocktail. John Ryall's been to take a look.

£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

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A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

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This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter

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House prices fall in commuter towns

House prices are falling in the region Credit: PA

The price of homes in some of the South's commuter towns has fallen in the last six months.

A new survey of the top 10 areas where there's been a fall featured Winchester, Woking, Basingstoke and Reading.

The Berkshire town has reportedly seen almost half of property sales reduced.

More misery for rail passengers after long weekend

Overrunning engineering works at London Waterloo meant fresh misery for passengers from the South returning to work after the long weekend.

On the day the station was due to re-open, around half of train services at our key commuter routes were cancelled due to a problem with the signalling system.

It meant more frustration for commuters who have had a month of severely reduced and slower services. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse reports.

Major disruption at Waterloo as upgrade works overrun

According to South Western Railway there is expected to be major disruption at London Waterloo station until at least 12 midday after engineering works on a large-scale upgrade of the station overran.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling. In a statement issued by Network Rail earlier this morning, it was said that only early passenger trains would experience delays.

"The upgrades taking place at Waterloo station are some of the biggest and most complex engineering projects ever undertaken on the railway.

"We are entering the final stages of that programme and are preparing the railway and station for trains and passengers.

"During the process of testing the complex signalling, we identified an issue in this safety critical system, which we are working to resolve. This will take some time to fix and a small number of early passenger trains may be delayed as a result.

"We are working hard to minimise delays to passengers, but safety is our number one priority."

– Network Rail spokesperson, update at 4am

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Emergency changes to rail timetable for Kent & Sussex

Passengers travelling on rail services from Kent and East Sussex to London have faced more disruption this morning after emergency changes to the timetable were made late last night.

All Southeastern trains that were due to run into Waterloo will now be diverted to Blackfriars because of fears engineering works might overrun at the station.

Services were to use the Waterloo International terminal while London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross are closed this week to allow for works on the Thameslink project.

"We're now unable to run services to Waterloo as planned on Tuesday due to the major upgrade works. We have been instructed by Network Rail to run these trains to and from Blackfriars instead. Our passengers' tickets will be accepted on specific Tube and London buses to ensure a smooth onward journey. We will also have more Southeastern employees at stations to help our passengers.

"We would like to remind everyone to check before they travel and follow us on twitter @SE_railway and check our website for the latest information."

– Ellie Burrows, Southeastern train services director

The affected stations are:

  • Dover Priory
  • Folkestone Central
  • Folkestone West
  • Sandling
  • Westenhanger
  • Ashford International
  • Pluckley
  • Headcorn
  • Staplehurst
  • Marden
  • Paddock Wood
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • Ramsgate
  • Minster
  • Sturry
  • Canterbury West
  • Chartham
  • Chilham
  • Wye
  • Sandwich
  • Deal
  • Walmer
  • Martin Mill

Asda's new store...on the Isle of White!

The bag with the Isle of White address Credit: Isle of Wight Radio

A supermarket has apologised after printing 10,000 bags with the mis-spelling "Isle of White" to mark the opening of a new store.

Asda produced the carrier bags for the official launch of the store in Newport on the Isle of Wight using a design by two local children.

But now the error has caused social media users to criticise the store for failing to proofread and have been using the hashtag #RetailFail.

Beth Burleigh posted on Twitter: "ASDA gaffe proves the importance of #proofreading!"

Others were more sympathetic with Roy Gardner posting: "Most Marketers' will feel a degree of sympathy here... it can happen to the best of us."

An Asda spokesman said: "We're hanging our heads for making this genuine printing error and we're in the process of reproducing the exclusive design to get back on sale as quickly as possible."

Work on region's biggest exhibition centre reaches half-way point

Work on what will become Hampshire's biggest building - is at its halfway stage. The new exhibition centre will hold 10,000 people. It's being built as part of the Farnborough Airshow facilities. It's costing £30 million and is a joint partnership between the councils and the airshow organisers, who hope it will boost the local economy. Mike Pearse reports.

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