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Could third runway decision be delayed AGAIN?

A plane comes in to land at Heathrow Credit: PA

A decision on a new runway for the region is set to delayed again, according to newspaper reports.

An announcement by the Government was due in July but could be put back until September or even later in the year. There are two options at Heathrow and one at Gatwick for an extra runway. The decision was already delayed from last year.

It's because of a large amount of legislation and Government decisions that need to be made between the EU Referendum next month and the end of the parliamentary session in July creating a log jam.

Gatwick say the emissions scandal could have an effect on pollution levels at Heathrow Credit: PA

In a new development Gatwick claim more work will have to be done to look into pollution levels at Heathrow because of the car emissions scandal.

Those from some cars may be six times higher than previously thought which could mean the airport breaching legal limits with the amount of traffic a new runway would bring on the M4 and M25, it is claimed.

Heathrow say that is not true and it has taken into account accurate emissions and will expand public transport with new rail from Reading and the south.

The row has led to bitter divisions on both sides Credit: PA

Meanwhile Gatwick could get a major boost for its campaign if the Labour candidate for the Mayor of London wins the election, this coming week, as the polls predict.

Both Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith are against a third Heathrow runway Credit: PA

Sadiq Kahn backs the airport getting a second runway over Heathrow.

All the candidates, including Zac Goldsmith for the Conservatives, are against a third Heathrow runway but Mr Kahn firmly supports Gatwick.


Naked dancing and wicker man burnings - it must be May Day

Beltain celebrations have been taking place across the south, with wicker men being burned in spectacular fashion.

At Butser Hill near Petersfield in Hampshire, a 30 foot effigy was burned as the sun set last night, to welcome in the season of renewal and fertility.

Across the south, morris dancers and maypole dancers are joining the celebrations.

At Westerham in Kent, they'll be 'Beating the Bounds', complete with dancing around a newly-instated maypole on the green.

Credit: Visit Westerham

Twitter has been alive with May Day messages, explaining the significance of the festival in the Pagan calendar. With some racier postings too!

Happy May Day everyone!

May Day celebrations across the South

Morris dancers perform in Oxford Credit: PA

May Day celebrations have been taking place across the south, even though the temperature still feels like March!

A record crowd of 25,000 turned out for the traditional celebrations in Oxford.

A choir sang at the top of Magdalen College tower, and many people stayed up all night to see in the morning.

Choristers sing every year at the top of Magdalen tower Credit: PA

There were signs up on Magdalen Bridge to prevent people jumping into the river, and organisers say the event has been a great success.

Meanwhile the ancient festival of Baltain has been celebrated across the region.

At Butser Hill in Hampshire, a giant wicker man was burnt as part of the annual celebrations, which take place to welcome in the Spring.

Bank holiday rail disruption for passengers - train lines shut for improvement works

Rail engineering works are underway over the bank holiday weekend

Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing disruptions this bank holiday weekend. Engineering works are taking place on key lines - with no service on the Gatwick Express. The Brighton mainline, South West Trains and Great Western services will also be affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Chris Denham from Network Rail; and Paul Clark, an engineer who has been chosen to appear on the project's awareness posters at stations.


Watch our special feature on damning report into Southern Health

The Care Quality Commission has issued a damning report following an inspection of the way the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust looks after the people in its care.

The organisation has come under increased scrutiny following the revelation that there were failings in the way that it reported and investigated hundreds of unexpected deaths, particularly of people using its mental health and learning disability services.

The chief executive of the trust, Katrina Percy, has refused to step down, despite criticism about Southern Health's leadership.

You can watch our full special report on the Care Quality Commission's report into Southern Health NHS Trust below:

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