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One year on: former Manston employees remember the airport

Former employees of Manston airport are holding a reunion today to mark a year since its closure.

Also at the event, which will involve forming a giant mural of pictures, will be ancilliary airfield businesses.

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The event is being held with the support of pro-Manston groups.

More than 140 people lost their jobs when the loss-making airport closed last year, because it failed to find a buyer.


Canterbury signs up to scheme to boost local economy

The last few years have been tough for businesses across the south-east and various schemes have been suggested to boost the economy.

One is the "Business Improvement District", or BID, which sees local shops and companies paying extra taxes to help attract customers.

But Canterbury is the only place in the whole of Kent that's taken up a BID; we sent David Johns to find out why.

Thousands take part in march over housing crisis

Nearly four million young adults forced to live with their parents and a forty per cent rise in rents - that's the prediction unless more homes are built.

The national housing crisis will mean the average price of a home will be more than 13 times the average salary by 2030.

Protestors have been taking to the streets in support of the National Housing Federation's Homes for Britain campaign. Demonstrations have been held in Basingstoke, Andover, Aldershot and Southampton.

The call for action to end the UK's housing crisis within a generation culminates in a rally in Westminster tomorrow.

Kerry Swain joined one of the marches.

Thousands march over housing crisis

Thousands of people have been marching in Hampshire towns Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people have been marching across the region calling for action to end the housing crisis within a decade.

Campaigners in Southampton, Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot are among those supporting a campaign by the National Housing Federation who want more affordable homes to be built.

Three thousand people are expected at a rally in Westminster next Tuesday.

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive of the Housing Association Lindsay Todd.


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Threat to print mill jobs in Kent

Aylesford Newsprint is going into administration. It's been making newspaper at its one hundred-acre site for well over twenty years.

The company was bought by an American holding firm in October 2012 who described themselves as being "a long-term investor". The news was announced to staff this morning, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Tim Elliott from Unite The Union; MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch; and Prof Tim Luckhurst who's a journalist expert.

Derelict Saltdean Lido receives £4.7m from lottery

Saltdean Lido in Sussex has seen better days - and could see them again after £4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £4.7m to the project to restore the derelict 1930s Saltdean Lido in Sussex.

The money, alongside other grants and donations from other groups and individuals, will be used to help restore and reopen the lido. The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company said it still has to raise another two million pounds to fund the project.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area. However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use.”

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company
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