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Fears new by-pass could destroy ancient habitat

Opposition to building major new roads and by-passes is nothing new. As we reported earlier this month, it's been 20 years since work began on the Newbury by-pass, the most controversial road-building project ever seen.

Now residents in Sussex fear stunning sections of the South Downs could be carved-up to create a new northern by-pass around Chichester.

It's one of several options to ease congestion on the A27 being put to the council on Monday.

But campaigners say destroying ancient habitat is too heavy a price to pay.

Sally Simmonds reports.

Details of Sussex astronaut's first space walk to be revealed

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Further details of Sussex astronaut Tim Peake's first space walk will be revealed later.

Nasa are due to give a briefing on the maintenance task Major Peake will have to carry out when he ventures outside the International Space Station on January 15.

Maj Peake, who's from Chichester, will be joined by Tim Kopra to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the station's eight power channels last November.

Sussex astronaut Tim Peake to make first spacewalk later this month

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Sussex astronaut Tim Peake will take part in his first spacewalk from the International Space Station on January 15.

NASA has confirmed that Tim Kopra and Tim Peake take part in a joint operation to replace a failed voltage regulator that affected one of the space station's eight power channels in November.

Major Peake, who is from Chichester, confirmed the announcement via Twitter.

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Residents urged to recycle Christmas trees

West Sussex residents with real Christmas trees are being encouraged to recycle them this festive season. All real Christmas trees – minus baubles, lights and tinsel – can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and added to the green waste container.

Some districts offer alternatives to this.

  • Worthing and Adur will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for you at the same time as they collect your rubbish, if you put it out for collection on your usual bin day from mid-January.
  • In Mid Sussex, you cannot leave it on the kerbside, but there are 26 additional sites where you can take your real tree for recycling from 31 December until 14 January. Just be sure to place your tree in the marked bay.
  • Residents in Chichester can leave trees next to their green waste bins, but those in Arun and Horsham are asked to cut up their trees and place them inside.

If you would like more information, visit your local district council website.

Major Tim calling Mum and anyone at home?

The parents of Sussex astronaut, Tim Peake, missed a phone call from their son from the deck of the International Space Station.

At home in Westbourne in West Sussex, Nigel and Angela Peake spoke of the surreal moment they heard Tim's voice from space. But first.... have a listen for yourself to the answerphone message

How! Major Tim Peake talks to Fred from International Space Station

"Way better than I'd imagined." That's the reaction from astronaut Major Tim Peake, giving his first news conference from the International Space Station, orbiting more than 250 miles above the earth.

Fred was among the journalists at the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne in Germany, who fired a range of questions to him.

And among the answers: Thanks, greetings and best wishes to his friends and family in West Sussex and his former colleagues at the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop in Hampshire.

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