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Report asks: just how smart are smart meters?

An investigation by ITV's Tonight programme is claiming that the installation of energy smart meters could cost householders more than £11 billion. The programme also says consumers should be wary of claims that the meters are free, as there is no legislation to make energy companies pass on financial benefits to customers. The government insists the claims don't reflect the benefits of the meters. Kevin Ashford reports

Honour for Donald Campbell's Bluebird team

It's 50 years this month since Donald Campbell was killed in his speedboat Bluebird on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

It was a team of engineers from Sussex who helped Campbell set many world records before his tragic death.

Now, their groundbreaking work designing his boats and cars has been officially recognised thanks to Burgess Hill District Lions Club, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

First tenants announced for science park

The science park will open in August Credit: Reading University

An innovative cluster of technology-led companies has been announced as the first tenants of the Thames Valley Science Park. The ‘Gateway’ building at the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park is expected to open in August this year and will provide 70,000 square foot of specialist space for innovation led and technology based companies. Approximately 20 companies are expected to fill the building, including:

Biointeractions – a specialist bio-medical company that provides biocompatible solutions for the worldwide medical and pharmaceutical industry

Clasado – leading experts in the field of gut wellness

Dextra Laboratories – who are developing specialist carbohydrates for the pharmaceutical industry

Fairsail – a fast growing provider of innovative, cloud based human resource management software.

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Railway handed more than a million pounds to 'show off' its steam gems

The Bluebell Railway line in Sussex has been an obsession for its army of volunteers for almost sixty years, and it now takes passengers on 140,000 journeys every twelve months.

Meanwhile its collection of steam engines is thought to be one of the best outside London - and it's just been awarded £1.1million of Lottery funding to show them off.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to the railway's Roger Kelly.

British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died aged 61

Piers Sellers, pictured in January 2003 Credit: Rui Vieira PA Archive/PA Images

The British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died of cancer at the age of sixty-one. Originally from Crowborough in East Sussex, Dr Sellers, was a climate scientist for NASA in the United States of America. He was a pupil at Cranbrook School in Kent as a boy.

Boost for broadband in Wiltshire

More business are being connected Credit: ITV

Thousands more households and businesses in Wilshire are to benefit from access to fibre broadband. The announcement has been made by Wiltshire Council and BT as part of a reinvestment of nearly £3 million. Since 2013, 83,000 across the county have been connected to fibre broadband.

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