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£6m work starts to "transform" Eastbourne town centre

Work is starting on the latest phase of an ambitious scheme to modernise and transform Eastbourne town centre.

The project, costing £6.2m, aims to reduce traffic and improve access for pedestrians and public transport.

The changes will work alongside the redevelopment of the Arndale shopping centre, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.

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Fire service update from Birling Gap incident

The investigation continues into what caused a gas cloud to affect hundreds of people on the Sussex coast. The fire service has released a statement:

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has now been officially stood down from the Birling Gap incident.

The Service is thanking the public for the way they responded, following instructions given by the emergency services and other agencies who were working together at the scene and along the coast.

Members of the public who were affected are reminded that they can call 111 if they continue to suffer persistent symptoms or symptoms worsen.

For further information please go to: https://sussex.police.uk/news/agencies-report-gas-cloud-appears-to-have-cleared/

– East Sussex Fire and Rescue statement

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REPORT: Toy stories on display in Sussex town

From the Magic Roundabout to Dangermouse and Thunderbirds - a unique collection of children's TV memorabilia has been brought together in Eastbourne - and its looking for a permanent home.

Andy Dickenson reports.

Andy spoke to Paul Young, the creator of Animazing.

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The Last Word, July 2017

Her first twelve months. Anniversaries are supposed to be happy events. But Theresa May admitted today that as she neared the end of her first year as PM, she shed a tear or two. It wasn't the election result she expected - and to be fair to the Maidenhead MP - it wasn't the election result the pollsters, or anyone else, predicted either.

Theresa May Credit: ITV

So will there be another anniversary to celebrate ? Or, as we enter the dog days of high summer, will these next few weeks see the end of her premiership? To debate that, and the never-ending troubles on Southern Rail, three Sussex MPs :-

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown
  • Gillian Keegan, the new Tory MP for Chichester, and
  • Stephen Lloyd, the new (and old) MP for Eastbourne

We ask voters in central Brighton to score her out of ten. And one MP who lost her seat tells us where the "nightmare" of last month's election began.

And would this cause Mrs May to shed a few more tears? We look at the increasingly vicious way cartoonists are depicting the latest inhabitant of No 10. One expert who has surveyed the satirists for the last fifty years and more, tells us why the Prime Minister is drawn the way she is.

General Election 2017: Eastbourne

The LibDems pulled off a big win in Sussex. Eastbourne has bounced to and fro between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives for more than 25 years.

Last night it was the turn of Stephen Lloyd. He lost the seat 2 years ago. Last night he turned the tables. Derek Johnson reports on a political comeback.

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