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How does the world's largest car carrier stay afloat?

The world's largest car carrier has arrived in Southampton as part of its maiden voyage.The Hoegh Target can carry 8,500 cars and has a deck space of 71,400 square metres - the size of 10 football pitches. It's owned by the same company of the ship that grounded in Southampton earlier in the year. But how safe is it? Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports.


One of world's biggest ships arrives in Southampton

The ship can carry 8,500 cars Credit: Mike Pearse

The world's largest car carrier has berthed at Southampton as part of its maiden voyage.

The Hoegh Target has capacity for 8,500 cars and deck space of 85,394 square yards. She is visiting the Hampshire port on her journey from East Asia to Europe, and onwards via Africa.

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 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

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.

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