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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.

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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

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.

30,000 expected at Southampton marathon

Ten thousand runners and up to 30,000 visitors are expected in Southampton tomorrow for the city's first full marathon in more than 30 years.

Four different runs will be taking place - the ABP full marathon (26.2 miles), the ABP Half marathon (13.1 miles), the ABP 10k and the ABP one mile family fun run.

Organisers say the event will create a welcome boost for the city’s economy, they're estimating that £750,000 will be spent in hotels, car parks, shops and restaurants. This year’s route will take participants in the opposite direction to previous years. For the first time ever, runners will take on three of the city’s bridges; Cobden, Northam and the Itchen Bridge. It will also go through St Mary’s Stadium.

All runners will finish in the race village in Guildhall Square. At the event’s climax it’s expected that 430 people will cross the finish line every 60 seconds.

Southampton marathon route Credit: ABP Marathon
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The Last Word, April 2017

As surprises, go this was one of the best-kept. When Theresa May announced this week, there'd be a General Election in June, no-one was expecting it.

The Commons backed the decision to hold a snap election by 522 votes to 13, formally firing the starting pistol on the election campaign. The Prime Minister urged MPs to "put our fate in the hands of the people"

In the south and south east, what will the people decide? After your votes:-

  • Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Lib Dem candidate in Lewes
  • Henry Bolton, from UKIP in Kent
  • Charlie Elphicke MP, the Conservative member in Dover, and
  • Solomon Curtis, from Labour in Sussex

And we also hear from Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion's MP and the co-leader of the Green Party.

Busiest travel day ahead as Easter getaway begins

This afternoon is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year on the region's roads as the Easter getaway begins.

People are being warned journeys could take up to ninety minutes longer than usual.

Gatwick Airport is expecting it's busiest ever period with almost three million passengers planning to travel through the airport over the holidays.

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