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Fire service explains how it will tackle £12m cutbacks

The region's fire and rescue services are facing a number of ongoing challenges over the past year including firefighters going on strike and shrinking budgets.

Fire chiefs in Hampshire- one of our biggest counties in the South - will have to make £12 million pounds of savings by 2018 - leaving the service with £58 million pounds to keep residents safe.

ITV Meridian interviewed Dave Curry, the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The fire service has launched an online survey to allow people living in Hampshire to have their say on how to shape the county's fire service of the future.

The public's views will be factored into proposals that will be put to the county's fire authority for approval next year. The online survey closes on 7 December 2014.

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Future of Ebbsfleet under discussion

Architects, investors and political leaders attended a planning summit today to discuss multi-billion pound schemes set to transform north Kent.

First and foremost - the creation of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, where the first homes are now under construction. Then there is Paramount Park, the vast entertainment resort proposed for the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford.

Also - the prospect of a second Thames crossing. And the possibility of Crossrail being extended to Ebbsfleet. David Johns reports.

He spoke to design expert Chris Lamb; architect Sir Terry Farrell; and Councillor Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council.

Plans for A21 dual carriageway to go on show

Road users, business owners and local residents are being invited to find out more about a multi-million pound upgrade for the A21 in Kent.

A 2.5 mile section of A21 is to be widened

Under Highways Agency plans, a 2.5 mile section of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury will be upgraded from single to dual carriageway, adding a lane in each direction.

A public exhibition is being held where members of the project team will be available to explain what's happening and answer questions about the scheme.

Upgrading this missing link in the A21 will bring real benefits for drivers and will be a big boost for the economy too. It's a major undertaking, so I'd encourage anyone with an interest in the project to come along and find out more about why it's needed, how we'll be carrying it out and the care we'll be taking to protect and enhance the environment around the A21.

– Highways Agency Project Manager Anne Marie-Palme

The exhibition will be held at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel in Pembury today between 2pm and 8pm and tomorrow between 10am and 4pm.

Advanced work on the project has already begun, with main construction expected to start next spring.

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Council will still consider a CPO of Manston Airport

"The council is already part-way through a process to review whether compulsory purchase of the site is a viable option following a petition presented to the council on 10 July.

The outcome of a soft-market testing exercise to identify suitable indemnity partners to cover all of the associated costs of a CPO will be taken to Cabinet on Thursday 16 October.

The council will then undertake a wider review of the options for the site and as part of this would seek further details from the new site owners to understand more about their proposal.

A report outlining all of the options for the future of the privately-owned site will then be brought to a Full Council meeting for all 56 Councillors to consider.

The council has been clear that a CPO will not go ahead unless there is evidence of the economic viability of the site operating as an airport and a suitable investor identified to cover all of the costs required."

– Thanet District Council
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