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  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

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
  1. Andy Dickenson

Should 'tourism tax' be given a break?

A group of south-east MPs are backing a campaign to boost the finances of the region's hotels and tourist attractions by giving them a massive tax break.

They say the VAT rate for tourist businesses should be cut from 20% to 5% - closer to the rate in force in many other EU countries.

The campaign has the support of more than 100 MPs and it's on course to become an election issue:

Interviewees: Hotel owners Michael Clinch and Nick Head, Tracey Crouch MP.

MPs to discuss Manston Airport's future

Manston Airport in Kent closed in May 2014

The future of Manston Airport to be discussed by MPs at the House of Commons this afternoon. The site closed in May 2014 with the loss of around 150 jobs.

The discussions are part of the Transport Select Committee's evidence sessions for its smaller airports inquiry. The witnesses due to speak include representatives of Kent Airport Ltd, RiverOak Investment Corp, Thanet District Council and Kent County Council.

Members of the Save Manston pressure group are also in London to make their voices heard.


Boost for businesses in Winchester

Business property prices are rising in Winchester Credit: ITV

Business property prices in Winchester rose significantly during 2014. A specialist firm of property consultants says prices rose by more than 10 per cent.

The consultants said there had been a dramatic rise in prices across a range of sectors.

The increase in confidence in Winchester has been boosted by the improvement in the country's economy.

Government scheme to create 1,700 jobs in East Sussex

More than than 1,700 jobs are expected to be created thanks to a £5.7m funding boost for East Sussex.

Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hailsham will benefit from the expansion of the Government’s Growth Deal scheme.

The latest round of funding includes £2.6 million to improve road links to the new business park being created in North East Bexhill, close to the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road site, which will also open up land for the development of 400 new homes.

The cash boost, to be delivered between 2016 and 2021, is part of a £46.1 million investment resulting from a successful bid for Growth Deal funding by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Lydd airport plans: exclusive TV interview with new boss

The expansion programme will start in the next few months Credit: PA

The new boss of Lydd Airport in Kent has revealed plans for major expansion - and how they are now working with former opponents of the scheme to minimise any environmental damage.

In his first TV interview about the future of Lydd - rebranded London Ashford Airport - Charles Buchannan says the expansion programme will start - in the next few months - with a runway extension and, later, a new passenger terminal as it hopes to eventually handle half a million people every year.. Iain McBride reports. He also spoke to Rolph Williams from the RSPB

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