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University praised for reducing emissions

The universities in England have saved millions of pounds Credit: ITV

The University of Reading has been named as one of the top five universities in England for reducing its carbon emissions.

Energy efficient lighting, effective insulation and increased awareness has resulted in savings of more than £17 million.

The university achieved its own target of reducing emissions by 35%.

Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens 'at risk'

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Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens has been added to Historic England's most 'at risk' register.

It is now said to be threatened and in urgent need of repairs.

22 sites in total have been added to the register this year.

Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens are in urgent need of repairs Credit: ITV Meridian

These include the No 2 Battery in Gosport, Hampshire and Northumberland protected wreck site in Kent.

However 32 sites have been removed from the register.

These include the Argos Hill Windmill in East Sussex, Newbury Battlefield in Berkshire and St John the Baptist Church on the Isle of Wight.

Over the past year, Historic England has offered £612,000 in grants to help some of the region's best loved and most important historic sites.

The Heritage at Risk Register 2017 reveals that in the South East, 89 Grade I and II buildings, 214 scheduled monuments, 94 places of worship, 25 registered parks and gardens and 64 conservation areas are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

The Heritage at Risk Register helps us to target resources to those sites which are most threatened. We are delighted to have removed so many places of worship from the Register this year in the South East. Much of this success was achieved through giving expert advice for the Heritage Lottery Fund's 'Grants for Places of Worship' scheme. Although this scheme has now closed, we continue to work with the HLF and the communities who care for these important buildings to improve their condition and seek new and innovative uses for them."

– Clare Charlesworth, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the South East

Gatwick or Heathrow? The great airport debate continues...

It's almost 50 years since the Government recommended a new airport be built for London and the South East. Two years ago, it seemed that the argument had been settled when a Government-backed Commission said Heathrow should get a new runway - to cope with the huge demand for flights.

People living near Gatwick felt they could breathe easy when that recommendation was made. But once again the spectre of more noise pollution in Sussex and west Kent reared its head.

It comes as a new study has revealed that Gatwick would ultimately be better for the national economy - and less damaging to the environment. Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby had been following the latest developments.


'Responsibility should be taken' - father's dismay after tree destroys family home

A family of five from Crawley in Sussex has been left homeless after a ten tonne tree toppled onto the roof destroying much of their house.

The mature oak, in full leaf, collapsed without warning despite regular inspections by the council. No-one was injured but as Andy Dickenson reports it could have been a very different story.

He speaks to the householder Imkiaz Najam and his neighbours Vera King and Mahomad Ibrahim.

Polytunnels in area of outstanding natural beauty

One of the South East's biggest fruit farmers has won planning permission for permanent polytunnels - covering an area the size of 28 football pitches - in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Sevenoaks Council has approved the development at Penshurst near Tunbridge Wells - despite hundreds of objections. Environmentalists fear it's a test-case decision that could lead to large-scale polytunnel farming on some of Kent's most cherished landscapes. Derek Johnson reports.

82-year-old farmer mauled by dogs while trying to protect his sheep

Police are trying to track down the owner of two dogs that savaged an elderly Sussex farmer who was trying to protect his sheep from attack.

82 year old Henry Osborne needed urgent hospital treatment when his face was mauled in the attack in the Ashdown Forest.

Neither dog was wearing a collar or tag - and police are appealing for witnesses. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Mr Osborne, conservation officer Steve Alton and Sgt Tom Carter.

Drivers urged to switch off car engines

The campaign is aimed at reducing pollution Credit: PA

New signs encouraging drivers to switch off their car engines are being installed across Brighton and Hove.

It's all part of a new campaign, aimed at reducing pollution. The 'Cut Engine - Cut Pollution' signs will be put up in the city centre and outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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