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Plans for M20 lorry park are dropped

Plans for a huge lorry park off the M20 in Kent to cope with the problems caused by Operation Stack have been dropped by the Government.

Fred and Sangeeta introduce our coverage.


New £50m car terminal opens in Southampton

Southampton is already the country's busiest port and now it is getting even busier with the opening of a new car terminal.

The £50 million project will allow even more cars built in Oxford and Swindon to be exported around the world.

Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to Michael Rye, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Terminals, Alistair Welch, Director of the Port of Southampton and Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Trade Minister.

Brighton's Uber licence granted six month extension

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The GMB Union says Uber has been granted a six month extension to its licence in Brighton.

Discussions were held by the council on Tuesday, behind closed doors.

It is to allow the council to monitor Transport for London's decision about the company's operation in the capital.

The council will consider whether information arising from the case will have direct implications for its operation in Brighton.

It also allows more time for negotiations with Uber about a number of proposed conditions.

Uber allows users to book a journey and pay for it through a mobile app.

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The company argues it has brought cheaper fares and faster response times for passengers.

But local taxi drivers in Brighton say it is unfair competition.

Under national law, licensed drivers can operate anywhere in the country, allowing drivers from elsewhere to work in the city.

All Brighton & Hove private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers operate under the same licences and the same guidelines as Uber drivers.

They are also bound by the same background checks.

New plan revealed for centre of Winchester

An ambitious new plan to reshape the centre of Winchester has been revealed. It follows the scrapping of a previous £150 millionproject which became bogged down in a series of legal disputes.

The new proposals for the Broadway and Lower High Street area are being put to the public before a final decision is made. Rachel Hepworth went to see what people make of them.


'I lost my job, marriage and £750,000 to gambling' - former addict fears crackdown won't go far enough

The Government announced plans to restrict the amount gamblers can wager on fixed odds betting machines, today.

Medway Council has led a long campaign against the terminals, and in Chatham a voluntary exclusion scheme was introduced to allow gambling addicts to ban themselves from betting shops.

Under the present rules it's possible to bet up to £18,000 in an hour. A former Army Major who received the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, and then sold it to fuel his addiction, has spoken to us from his home in Tunbridge Wells about the devastation gambling has caused.

Andy Dickenson reports and hears from Justyn Larcombe, MP Tracey Crouch and Malcolm George of the Association of British Bookmakers.

Plans for major development in Winchester

The plans are due to be revealed today Credit: ITV

Plans for the regeneration of central Winchester are to be revealed today.

The previous £150 million development was scrapped after a series of legal disputes.

The new contractor JTP Architects, will reveal proposals to transform the city centre, Broadway and Lower High Street. A public consultation will be held once the plans have been finalised.

New lease of life for Edwardian lido

A crumbling Edwardian lido in Reading - which hasn't been used since the 1970s - is opening its doors again next week.

After a £3.5 million re-development the 110-year-old site at King's Meadow has been transformed into a modern spa - with a heated pool, restaurant and bar.

Our reporter Mel Bloor was invited along to see what visitors can expect.

Voting underway for tourism awards

A view of the beach in Margate, Kent Credit: PA Wire

Voting is underway for the 22 tourism businesses that have made it through to the final of the new Kent Tourism Awards.

Members of the public have until Friday 20th October to vote.

Categories include best family friendly businesses, best visitor attractions and pub of the year.

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