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Bird relocation plan could cost millions

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

The debate is continuing over plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary. Today a new report says the cost and effort required to move waterbirds that use the estuary would run into millions of pounds. But airport supporters say it's got to be done.

David Johns reports, speaking to Labour Councillor Vince Maple from Medway Council, Paul Outhwaite from the RSPB, and Daniel Moylan, the Mayor of London's Aviation Adviser.


Mother of teenager killed in a quarry warns of dangers

The mother of a teenager from Kent killed in a biking accident in a quarry is warning others of the dangers. Lisa Skone is backing a campaign launched in Sevenoaks today to make children aware of how dangerous quarries can be.

Last year six men drowned in them over a two month period during the warm weather. While another two died in disused quarries in May and June of this year. Quarry operators are asking people not to ignore warning signs and fencing.

Airport on Isle of Grain would 'decimate' area for birds

"This report clearly shows the high risks, uncertainty and costs of putting an airport into an area which is one of the most important for waterbirds in the UK. It would decimate these important environmental areas with any mitigation or compensation measures requiring vast areas of land to be made available at enormous cost.

This is another showstopper report demonstrating why this absurd scheme should never be allowed to go ahead."

– Rehman Chishti MP, MP for Gillingham and Rainham

Estuary airport plans would mean relocating 140,000 birds, says report

Isle of Grain
An artist impression of Norman Foster's plans for an airport on the Isle of Grain Credit: Norman Foster

Plans for an airport on the Isle of Grain in Kent, would mean relocating around 140,000 birds at a cost of millions of pounds, according to a new report. The British Trust for Ornithology says airport development would have "significant negative impacts".


Flash Floods in Kent and Essex

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Homes and businesses in the South East have been flooded with up to four feet of water after torrential rain and storms swept the region. Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one weekend, North Kent and South Essex were particularly badly hit and elsewhere, lightning and strong winds damaged homes.

Today the long job of clearing up began. David Johns reports, speaking to householder Bill Smith, pub manager Peter Pethers, Gravesham Borough Council leader John Burden, householders Rose & Bob Kitts, and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris.

Sheppey Crossing closed southbound following crash

Kent Police were called to reports of a collision on the Sittingbourne bound carriageway of the Sheppey Crossing at 2.37pm, involving a car and a van.

South East Coast Ambulance service were also at the scene. They say a male patient in his 30s, suffered a medical episode and reversed into the van behind him. He was taken to the Medway Maritime Hospital. The other driver is not believed to be injured.

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