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Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.


Education policies a controversial topic in General Election run-up

Parents all want the most promising future for their children. But which policies will ensure that they get the very best education? Free childcare hours, free school meals or free schools and grammars?

In the second of two reports, Christine Alsford looks at the proposals from the politicians during this election campaign that are giving parents food for thought.

Watch Christine's first report here.

Christine Alsford spoke to campaigners Sarah Shilling, Simon Werner and Jo Smith.

Christine's report contains archive footage from 1950.

Protest urges Church to divest from ExxonMobil

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There is to be a protest outside Fawley Refinery as the Church of England is urged to divest from the company.

A coalition of faith and non-faith groups will be demonstrating there this morning before gathering for a vigil outside Salisbury Cathedral this afternoon.

A letter will be handed to the office of the Bishop of Salisbury requesting that the Church divests from ExxonMobil.

They say the Church should cut its ties with the refinery as a vote is taken in America on climate change.

Southampton Airport reveals expansion plans

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Southampton Airport says it plans to expand its terminal in order to double the number of passengers who use it.

It says with Heathrow and Gatwick filling up fast it is natural for the south coast airport to grow.

The news comes as the airport reveals it is now being used by a record 2 million passengers a year.

It says it will announce its full expansion plans later in the year, with no current plans for another runway.

Mike Pearse reports.

Dave Lees, Managing Director, Southampton Airport


Election 2017: As political parties market their ideas - what matters to you?

In a week that has seen the ITV Leaders' Debate and the release of more party manifestos, we sent Simon and Amanda to a Brighton market to find out the election issues that really matter to you.

Bluewater expansion raises fears about local impact

It is a sign of the times - large out of town shopping centres with free parking drawing shoppers away from struggling high streets.

Now that Bluewater in Kent has been granted permission to expand, there are fears about the effect it could have on local town centres in Gravesend and Dartford.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to shop owner, Kevin Cheema.

Rolls Royce workers strike in pensions row

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Car workers at Rolls Royce in West Sussex have walked out on strike for the first time in living memory.

They held an angry protest outside the site in Westhampnett near Chichester in a row over changes to the pension scheme.

The company says it is disappointed by the action and is trying to protect future pension provision.

But the union says the 24 hour stoppage is just the start of their campaign.

The closure of the pension scheme is scheduled for 31st May.

The union says it could see some workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.

David Elson, UNITE

A further six 24 hour strikes are planned on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3 May - workers at Hams Hall strike
  • Friday 5 May - workers at Rolls-Royce at Goodwood strike
  • Tuesday 16 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Thursday 18 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Sunday 21 May - workers at Cowley and Swindon strike
  • Wednesday 24 May - workers at Goodwood and Hams Hall strike
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REPORT: Seaford residents flock to see 'The Shoal'

Crowds gathered in Seaford today for the unveiling of a rather unique piece of furniture.

Six years ago a group was formed to creatively spruce-up parts of the Sussex town's seafront. The result has been a memorial bench like no other.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Gaby Tofts and Christian Funnell, creators of The Shoal, and Keith Blackburn of the Seaford Community Partnership.

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