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Plans for flightpath changes to be announced

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An announcement is expected later from the Government about radical plans for new flightpaths.

It would be the biggest change for 50 years allowing up to 50% more flights.

Under the scheme aeroplanes would fly more concentrated routes, which the industry says would save on fuel and reduce emissions.

Campaigners say it just means there will be more noise.

One year in - inside the 19th century hospital at centre of half a billion pound redesign

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton contains some of the oldest buildings in the NHS, dating back almost two hundred years.

It is now the centre of one of the most expensive redesigns in the country - costing nearly half a billion pounds. But while eight years of work goes on patients have to be looked after as normal.

So, with the first twelve months completed, Andy Dickenson went to see how doctors, nurses and patients were getting on. He speaks to clinical director Peter Larsen-Disney, patient Geoffrey Price and ward manager Zingy Thetho.



MP launches petition against barracks closure

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The MP for Maidstone and the Weald is launching a petition opposing the closure of Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone, Kent.

Helen Grant is calling for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to reconsider the decision stating that it will negatively impact 800 service personnel, their families and the town.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced its closure last year as part of widespread cutbacks in the Ministry of Defence's budget.

91 of the most expensive sites are to close by 2040, reducing the size of the total estate by 30%.

The MoD says the estates are too big and too expensive to continue in their current form.

It says the move will release enough land to build 55,000 homes as part of the wider government housing policy.

Plans to sell Sussex downland halted

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Campaigners won a reprieve tonight in their battle to protect historic downland outside Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council is hoping to raise more than a million pounds by selling the land at Plumpton Hill and Poynings to restore nearby Stanmer Park.

Campaigners say that new ownership cannot guarantee they will remain untouched.

The council says the project does not put the downland at risk.

At a meeting tonight councillors delayed a final decision.

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