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Anger that one in four homes at Brighton Marina sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers

There's been anger in Brighton after it was revealed around a quarter of new homes in its Marina development have been sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers.

The city now has the third highest levels of homelessness in the country, and campaigners say the development is doing nothing to solve Brighton's housing crisis - with residents priced out.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Living Rent campaigner David Gibson, Andrew Goodall of Brunswick Developments, and Cllr Anne Meadows of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Parents told children shouldn't play out in cul-de-sac

Children playing on bicycles outside their homes in a cul-de-sac in Sussex

Families in a cul-de-sac in Sussex have been told they could face eviction - if they let their children play outside.

Council tenants living on the Forest Row street say they're being treated like criminals following the letter from Wealden District Council. The local authority says the road is not a safe place to play and the warning was in light of a number of complaints. This is what two local residents told us.


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New dementia-friendly housing opens

Life expectancy is rising with many of us living longer than past generations. So with an ageing population, pressure is mounting on councils and hospitals to provide services for the elderly. Now a fully dementia-friendly housing complex in Kent has opened. The council-run sheltered accommodation scheme is the first of its kind in Ashford. Tom Savvides talks to residents, councillor Paul Clokie and Elizabeth Taylor from Alzheimer's Society.

Former Reading jail to be sold in government u-turn

Reading Prison is to be sold to make way for new housing

It's been empty for two years, but today, in a government u-turn, it's finally been confirmed that Reading Prison is to be sold.

The Grade two listed building - has stood in the centre of the town - for almost 170 years - housing thousands of prisoners - most famously - Oscar Wilde. But back in December 2013 it was shut - as part of the Governments plan - to modernise the prison system.

Now under new proposals, Victorian jails are to be sold to make way for new housing.

The interviewees featured in Mel Bloor's report are: Cllr Tony Page from Reading Borough Council; George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East.


New builds suffer catalogue of problems

Families who've bought new houses on a Reading development are being forced to temporarily leave their homes because they say they've been badly built.

Several houses at Loddon park in Woodley - where prices can be more than half a million pounds - have faults including missing insulation, wrongly installed air bricks, problems with landscaping and drainage, and wobbly walls.

Some families have been offered alternative accommodation during emergency repairs and the local MP is taking up their case. Cary Johnston reports

Thousands take part in march over housing crisis

Nearly four million young adults forced to live with their parents and a forty per cent rise in rents - that's the prediction unless more homes are built.

The national housing crisis will mean the average price of a home will be more than 13 times the average salary by 2030.

Protestors have been taking to the streets in support of the National Housing Federation's Homes for Britain campaign. Demonstrations have been held in Basingstoke, Andover, Aldershot and Southampton.

The call for action to end the UK's housing crisis within a generation culminates in a rally in Westminster tomorrow.

Kerry Swain joined one of the marches.

Thousands march over housing crisis

Thousands of people have been marching in Hampshire towns Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people have been marching across the region calling for action to end the housing crisis within a decade.

Campaigners in Southampton, Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot are among those supporting a campaign by the National Housing Federation who want more affordable homes to be built.

Three thousand people are expected at a rally in Westminster next Tuesday.

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive of the Housing Association Lindsay Todd.

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