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Cash could be offered to scrap old diesel cars

Two thousand pounds to trade in your old, polluting diesel car for a greener alternative. That's the deal the government is expected to announce in the next few days - in a bid to cut pollution and boost new car sales.

A 'toxin tax' - to be imposed on drivers entering high pollution zones - is also under consideration.

Environmentalists say Eastbourne and Maidstone are among the worst diesel pollution blackspots in the South East.

But the initiative has angered many motorists. And there's mounting pressure on the government to make the scrappage scheme universal, not selective. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in

Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in Credit: ITV

Owners of diesel cars in the most polluted parts of the country may be paid to trade them in as part of government air quality plans.

Proposals for the scrappage scheme are due to be published this week.

Last year Eastbourne was named in the top 10 of the UK's most polluted towns and cities in a report by the World Health Organisation. The scheme is being supported by Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.

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Police called in as rocks are hurled from cliffs

They risked their own lives - and those of other people. A group of youngsters were seen hurling rocks off cliffs in Sussex on to the busy beach below.

One of them continued rolling boulders down the cliff face at Beachy Head for more than an hour - as witnesses shouted at them to stop and urged beach-goers to run to safety.

Video of the incident - handed to ITV Meridian by a horrified eyewitness - has been passed to Sussex Police. Tom Savvides has this report.

'It's completely unrecognisable'. Four years on what's become of the site of the Second Battle of Hastings?

They called it the 'second Battle of Hastings' - when environmental campaigners descended on a small corner of Sussex in a bid to stop a link road from being built.

For seven weeks the resulting protests caught national attention, but four years on what has been the fate of Combe Valley?

A year ago the road between Bexhill and Hastings was finally opened at a cost of some £127million but how has the landscape adapted as more developments are planned?

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to environmental campaigners Andrea Needham and Anthony Bradnum, as well as John Shaw, chief executive of Sea Change Sussex.

Recycling rates in Ashford above national average

Credit: Ashford Borough Council

Residents in Ashford have been praised for their efforts to recycle household waste.

The latest recycling figures from DEFRA’s nationwide recycling league tables show that Ashford Borough Council has become the country’s most improved recycling authority.

The council launched a crackdown on contamination last year, encouraging residents to ‘recyclesmart’ to ensure their bins contained clean, recyclable materials.

It means Ashford’s recycling rate is above the national target of 50%, and the overall figure for Ashford (53.1%) places the borough 44th in the country, 14th in the South East and top in Kent.

Credit: Ashford Borough Council

It is excellent to see Ashford’s recycling rates remain strong. This has been achieved by the enthusiasm and committed efforts of our residents and we would like to thank everyone for continuing to support our recycling service.

– Tracey Butler, Head of Environmental and Landscape Management Services
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