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PM 'determined' to help Eastbourne businesses recover

David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier - as it was announced that the resort is to be given up to £2 million.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor visited the East Sussex seaside town two days after part of the 144-year-old structure was left a scorched shell.

David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier Credit: John Ryall

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– David Cameron

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Downing Street give £2m to rebuild pier

Eastbourne will receive £2 million by the government to rebuild a pier that was destroyed by a fire.

David Cameron is due to make the official announcement today as he knows the fire on Eastbourne Pier will have 'hit the town hard', and pledged his support for local businesses.

Number 10 will invest in the future of the Sussex pier Credit: PA

"The Government is absolutely committed to supporting coastal towns, and through our long-term economic plan we are creating jobs and boosting tourism.

Schemes like our Coastal Communities Fund are helping them to reach their full potential.

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– – DAVID CAMERON MP, PRIME MINISTER

UK's biggest cruise ship to arrive in Southampton

The structure of the biggest cruise ship ever built for the UK has been completed and ITV Meridian has been given exclusive access to its progress.

Southampton-based Britannia is being built at a cost of £450 million and will be able to carry 3,600 passengers and 1,400 crew. She will have 15 passenger decks and is over 1,000 feet long - taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been given exclusive access to the ship being built.

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'Innovative ideas' are bringing people back to high streets

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP and newly appointed High Streets Minister, has told ITV News Meridian how high streets in Britain are undergoing a revival as they remain a 'social hub'.

It comes after a report by Southampton University found that high streets are becoming more popular due to a change in our culture, where shops in our high streets are the convenient option.

High streets will see revival as convenience is key

A new report issued by Southampton University has found that our British high streets will undergo a revival as we transform the way we shop.

The research has found 'convenience culture' will bring new business into our towns as people want to shop easily and sometimes that means their nearest shop.

Winchester High Street is among those seeing an improvement Credit: PA

The study claims the rising trend will continue over the next five years - with convenience stores making up one quarter of the entire grocery market by 2019.

The resurgence has especially been seen for artisanal bakers, butchers and tea and coffee merchants.

Fuel prices slashed as petrol is cheapest since 2011

Driving will cost less for thousands across the south as supermarkets cut their fuel prices.

Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are today reducing the cost of their petrol and diesel by 2p a litre.

In Asda's case, the reduction means its customers will pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol, with diesel being 129.7p a litre - its lowest price since January 2011.

The impact of the shale oil extraction in the US is also causing global oil prices to fall Credit: PA Wire

Asda said a strengthening pound against the dollar had been the key driver behind the cuts.

The AA said average UK petrol prices fell to 131.12p a litre, with diesel down to 135.38p this weekend.

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