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Developer ditches plan for new Kent town

It was to be an entirely new town for Kent. Five thousand homes - and as many jobs.

The creation of Lodge Hill at Chattenden on the Hoo Peninsula was the biggest element of Medway's regeneration programme - and it was seen as a solution to the area's severe housing shortage.

Tonight, though, the developers confirmed they're pulling out after seven years of 'frustrating' planning - and 11 million pounds of costs. But backers of the project say it's not over.

David Johns reports, speaking to MP Kelly Tolhurst, two local residents, and Rodney Chambers from Medway Council.

Decision due over John Radcliffe Hospital porter strike

An industrial action ballot will take place today Credit: ITV Meridian

A decision is due to be made today on whether porters at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital are to go on strike.

GMB Union members employed by Carillion voted for the action in a row about proposed changes to working patterns.

Carillion plans to change shift patterns and merge roles, which union members claim will see them lose up to £56 a week from their wages.

GMB will hold a ballot later today.

These workers are amongst the lowest paid in the hospital and cannot afford to lose this money. They have told us it will mean they just will not be able to pay their bills each month, and this will cause real financial hardship.

– Carole Vallelly, GMB Regional Organiser


Jobs boost for the Isle of Wight

Hotel firm creates island jobs Credit: ITV news

The Isle of Wight is to benefit from Travelodge plans to create 750 jobs across the UK. The company is investing £70-million in opening 10 new hotels in areas including the island.

250 jobs will be created at the new hotels opening across the UK between now and the end of the year. Recruitment has started for posts including managers, receptionists, housekeepers, cleaners and bar staff.

The 10 new hotels include London, Bristol and the Isle of Wight. As well as the 250 jobs in the new sites, the company is also recruiting for 480 jobs across the UK for its 504 hotels.

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Unemployment figures at seven-year low

Credit: PA

Unemployment is at a seven-year low of 1.83 million, official figures showed today.

In the first quarter of this year it fell by 35,000, although this was the smallest for almost two years.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 12,600 to 763,800, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 1.9% in the year to March - 0.2% up on the previous month.

The UK now has an employment rate of 73.5%, which is one of the highest since records began in 1971.


  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

Young people invited to UK's largest careers fair

The fair is aimed at the region's young people Credit: PA

Heathrow Airport is today hosting its 8th Annual Jobs and Careers Fair, the UK's largest single-day careers event.

The fair features several employers not necessarily based at Heathrow, such as Transport for London, and community organisations like Green Corridor or The Challenge.

Over 76,500 people work at Heathrow across 400 different companies.

The fair will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

It welcomes schools and college groups between 9.30am and 3.30pm and the evening session between 3.30pm and 7.00pm is aimed at young people aged 15 - 24 and their parents.

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