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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.

£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

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A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

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This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter

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Residents campaign to stop noise pollution

They say it's making their lives a misery - and now a group of residents in Oxford have stepped up their campaign to stop noise pollution along the A34 north of the city .

People living in the Wolvercote area say the constant drone of vehicles on the dual carriageway near their homes has become unbearable.

They're calling on Highways England to install sound barriers between the Peartree interchange and the Botley flyover. Penny Silvester reports.

Residents complain about road noise

Residents are asking for sound barriers Credit: PA

A campaign for measures to prevent noise pollution from the A34 in north Oxford has been taken to Parliament.

Residents in Wolvercote have complained about high levels of noise and disturbance from the A34 throughout the day and night, which can be exacerbated by the direction of the wind.

Over 700 local people signed a petition in 2015 urging the city and county councils to give their backing to plans for sound barriers.

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Video: thirty dolphins surround Brighton Pier

A pod of dolphins has surrounded Brighton Pier. Joe Fry from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina was joined by the enthusiastic visitors. Joe says the dolphins were up to two and a half metres long.

"We first spotted the dolphins between Brighton Marina and Brighton Pier when they continued to swim with us, playing in the wake of our boat and swimming just off of our bow. Heading west towards Shoreham, we eventually parted from the pod of dolphins after approximately 35 minutes.

"It was exactly this time in August last year and again in 2015 that we encountered dolphins passing the Brighton coast."

Thirty dolphins spotted near pier at Brighton

The dolphins swam alongside Joe's boat Credit: Joe Fry
The dolphins also appeared during August in 2015 and 2016 Credit: Tom Anderson

Joe Fry from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina was joined by a pod of about 30 bottlenose dolphins. Joe says the dolphins were up to two and a half metres long.

"We first spotted the dolphins between Brighton Marina and Brighton Pier when they continued to swim with us, playing in the wake of our boat and swimming just off of our bow. Heading west towards Shoreham, we eventually parted from the pod of dolphins after approximately 35 minutes.

"It was exactly this time in August last year and again in 2015 that we encountered dolphins passing the Brighton coast."

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