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Harbour plans divide opinion

Plan for a new half-billion pound harbour scheme have been revealed for Sussex. Hastings seafront would be changed hugely by the scheme. The council will submit it for formal planning permission later this month, but as Derek Johnson says, not everyone is convinced.

His report contains interviews with Stuart Hamilton a fisherman, with Andrew Doyle from Hastings Harbour Quarter Ltd, and Cllr Peter Chowney the leader of Hastings council.

Work on region's biggest exhibition centre reaches half-way point

Work on what will become Hampshire's biggest building - is at its halfway stage. The new exhibition centre will hold 10,000 people. It's being built as part of the Farnborough Airshow facilities. It's costing £30 million and is a joint partnership between the councils and the airshow organisers, who hope it will boost the local economy. Mike Pearse reports.

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Hundreds attend second Lexicon jobs fair

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It has been years in the making and next month Bracknell's new, state of the art, shopping centre will finally open.

Today hundreds turned out at a jobs fair looking for work at the Lexicon.

It's the second one to be held with the first attracting more than 2,000 people.

But the Lexicon is just one part of the massive town centre make over.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Rob Morris, General Manager of The Lexicon and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker from Bracknell Forest Council, Con.

Oxford opens its first ever gin distillery

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Once dismissed as an old fashioned drink, gin has seen an extraordinary rebirth in recent years with sales rocketing in bars and supermarkets alike.

Last year, 40 million bottles were sold in Britain - that's enough to make more than one billion gin and tonics.

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Its surge in popularity has led to a dramatic rise in the number of gin makers setting up business.

Bombay Sapphire opened its distillery in Whitchurch three years ago and now Oxford has its first ever distillery.

Mel Bloor went along to find out more.

Mel spoke to Tom Nicolson, Founder of The Oxford Artisan Distillery, George Bennett from Sandy Lane Farm and Master Distiller, Cory Mason.

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£60 million Cowley development plan gets go-ahead

The heart of Cowley will be transformed Credit: Redwood Consulting

Oxford City Council has approved NewRiver’s plans for the £60 million development of Templars Square in Cowley.

NewRiver REIT plc (‘NewRiver’), the owners of the shopping centre and site, will deliver a major mixed-use regeneration designed in collaboration with Corstorphine & Wright Architects. The proposed plans will revitalise the heart of Cowley and improve the retail and leisure experience for shoppers and the wider local community.

The proposals will preserve the much-loved existing Templars Square shops, while bringing forward a range of significant improvements to the area. These include the addition of a hotel; new restaurant units for leading national operators; new housing; a dramatically improved streetscape and pedestrian routes; upgraded and modernised car parking; and new feature entrances.

Around 60 new jobs will be created, alongside 300 construction jobs.

Residents vie for three thousand new shopping centre jobs

It's cost more than £440m and in less than four months' time, Oxford's Westgate shopping centre is set to open.

With more than 100 stores, 25 restaurants and a cinema - the demand for employees has never been higher.

Yesterday, residents met with prospective employers in a bid to snap up some of the 3000 jobs on offer.

Juliette Fletcher reports.

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.

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