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Plans to bring ‘life back into the town centre’

An artist’s impression of how the High Street could look. Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

A blueprint for the future of Aldershot town centre has been published by Rushmoor Borough Council.

Four key sites have been prioritised for development including the Galleries, the Princes Hall and police station area, Aldershot railway station and the High Street.

Decision on ferry terminal redevelopment due today

The Red Funnel ferry and high speed Red Jet carries passengers from Southampton to the Isle of Wight Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Plans for a multi million pound new ferry terminal in Southampton could be given the go ahead tonight.

Councillors are meeting to decide if they will approve the Red Funnel terminal. It would be the first part of a £450 million redevelopment at the Royal Pier.

If it's given the green light, work will begin later this year.

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BA creates 2,000 new jobs at Gatwick and Heathrow

Staff numbers at BA will top 20,000 Credit: ITV

British Airways will recruit a record 2,000 new workers at Heathrow and Gatwick this year as the airline takes delivery of new planes and flies to new destinations.

The company says it will employ 1,600 cabin crew and 350 pilots, and comes as record numbers fly out of the region's airports.

For the first time more than 40 million passengers flew out of Gatwick last year. At Heathrow it was 75 million.

It will bring staff numbers at BA to over 20,000 which is more than ever before in the history of the company.

The airline say the staff will be needed to help operate 13 new planes including Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. They will train at a new facility at Heathrow.

The airline will fly to 13 new destinations.

First stage of application to reinstate Manston as an airport submitted

Credit: PA

The campaign to reopen Manston Airport has moved a step forward, with the first stages of a planning application submitted.

The plan requires the compulsory purchase of the land from the current owners who want to build homes and a commercial development on the site.

The plans by Riveroak, who do not own site, want to upgrade the site primarily as a cargo airport, with some passenger services with a capacity of at least 12,000 air cargo movements per year.

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Airports praised for not charging drop-off parking fees

Gatwick is one of the airports to be praised Credit: ITY

The South's two main airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - have been praised by industry experts for not charging drop-off parking fees. It comes as other major UK airports, such as Stansted, have been charging drivers £2.50 for a maximum of 10 minutes. Bob Atkinson from TravelSupermarket says he wants to see all airports adopt free five-minute parking.

Champagne corks popping over wine investment in Kent

It's being described as a 'game-changer' for wine production in the South East. A leading French champagne house is making a massive investment in Kent, where it's confident it can produce a world-class sparkling wine bearing its famous name.

Tattinger will create a 70-hectare vineyard at Chilham between Canterbury and Ashford - eventually producing 300,000 bottles a year.

Industry experts say the move, made possible by climate change, could establish Kent and Sussex as one of the world's premier wine producing regions.

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