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South east has best beaches in the country

The south east has some of the best beaches in the world Credit: ITV News Meridian

This summer, twenty five beaches in our region will be flying flags proving they're among the best beaches in the country.

Eleven received the Blue Flag Award, the international standard for the best beaches in the world.

In addition, fourteen beaches received the Seaside Award - Keep Britain Tidy's award for meeting the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

It is great that we have been able to award more beaches this year with Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.

The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world".

– Paul Todd, Coastal Awards Manager, Keep Britain Tidy

Blue Flag Awards went to the region's:

  • Brighton Central Brighton and Hove Council
  • Hove Lawns Brighton and Hove Council
  • Hayling Island Beachlands Havant Borough Council
  • West Wittering Beach West Wittering Estate plc
  • Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular Borough of Poole
  • Poole, Shore Road Borough of Poole
  • Poole, Canford Cliffs Borough of Poole
  • Poole, Branksome Chine Borough of Poole
  • Alum Chine Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Durley Chine Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Fisherman's Walk Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Southbourne Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Swanage Central Swanage Town Council
  • Weymouth Central Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Seaside Awards were presented to:

  • Bognor Regis East Arun District Council
  • Littlehampton Coastguards Arun District Council
  • Saltdean Brighton and Hove Council
  • Sandown Sandown Town Council
  • Shanklin Shanklin Town Council
  • Seagrove Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council
  • Springvale Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council
  • Bournemouth Pier Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Boscombe Pier Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Friars Cliff Beach Christchurch Borough Council
  • Highcliffe Beach Christchurch Borough Council
  • Swanage Central Swanage Town Council
  • Weymouth Central Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

More warnings over poisonous caterpillars

The caterpillars are damaging trees in the area Credit: ITV

People in Northern Surrey and West Berkshire are being warned to avoid a poisonous caterpillar spotted in the area. Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars are damaging trees in the area. Their hairs can cause itchy skin rashes and breathing difficulties.

£30m Broomhill Sands flood defence scheme opens

Broomhill Sands project during construction in March 2015 Credit: Environment Agency

One of the largest flood defence schemes ever constructed in the South East has been opened officially today.

The £30 million Broomhill Sands project is designed to protect homes lying in flood risk areas between Camber Sands and Jury's Gap.

According to the Environment Agency, the completed project will reduce the flood risk for 14,500 homes, businesses, a nuclear power station, significant areas of designated habitat and two Ministry of Defence firing ranges. Here's Ian Nunn, from the Environment Agency.


Villagers' fears over huge increase in traffic

Families living in a quiet Oxfordshire village are worried plans for a quarry will bring hundreds of lorries a day thundering through the lanes.

The residents in Clifton Hampden are fighting plans for the development on land opposite the Culham site near their homes.

They've joined forces with people in neighbouring villages to try to get the proposal thrown out. Kate Bunkall reports.

Gatwick expansion 'would deliver economic benefits'

Gatwick Airport says expansion there is the only way forward Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport has responded to the Transport Committee Third Report 2015-16: Airport expansion in the South East.

The Transport Committee’s astonishing statement that the arguments ‘for and against airport expansion have changed little in a quarter of a century’ ignores the significant change within the aviation industry following the break-up of the BAA monopoly in 2009 - and the worsening of air quality in the UK which has repeatedly halted Heathrow’s plans in the past.

In one key respect, however, the committee is right to say that nothing has changed - Heathrow is still undeliverable. Fortunately, there is now a credible alternative at Gatwick that can mean Britain finally gets on with it.

The opportunity to end decades of delay and false starts can only be achieved by giving the green light for Gatwick expansion. Gatwick is the only scheme which can actually deliver the economic benefits airport expansion would bring without the dramatic and unacceptable impacts on noise and air quality.

– Gatwick Airport
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