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£1.3 billion plan to redevelop Sussex cement works site

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to redevelop a derelict cement works on the South Downs in Sussex.

The massive quarry near Shoreham closed twenty-five years ago, but remains a blot on the landscape.

The former cement works site covers a large area of land in Sussex

Now, a group called the 'South Down Project' wants to build more than two-thousand homes and businesses on the site, at a cost of £1. 3 billion pounds. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Neil Laughton, a local businessman; Ed Carr, the Chairman of the South Down Project; and John Richards, a former cement worker.

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Shoreham crash investigation 'lacking key evidence'

Eleven people died when the jet came down Credit: ITV

Sussex Police say their investigation into the Shoreham airshow crash is being hampered because key evidence is missing.

Eleven people died when a vintage jet crashed onto the A27 last August. Today, detectives told a pre-inquest hearing they've had to apply to the High Court to get material from aircrash investigators. Malcolm Shaw reports

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Damning report on Shoreham Airshow crash

Air accident investigators have released a damning report on the Shoreham Airshow crash, which shows how the safety of the public was put at risk.

Today's report made 14 recommendations - highlighting huge flaws in health and safety at Shoreham.

11 local men died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the busy A27 in August last year. Today's report said safety had been compromised before.

Video footage of the same plane - in the previous year - showed most manoeuvres happened over public areas, along the A259, and one went straight over the town of Lancing.

This was happening with other aircraft at other airshows, and went against the rules of flying at public events. Here's Divya Kohli with the details.

Shoreham Airshow boss 'unaware' of pilot's plan

Investigators assess the damage on the A27 Credit: ITV Meridian

Shoreham's flying display director was not aware of the sequence of manoeuvres that the Hawker Hunter pilot intended to perform, the AAIB found.

Without prior knowledge of the routine or the ground over which he would fly, it was not possible to identify specific hazards and which groups of people would be exposed to them, the report stated.

The FDD presented risk assessments to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to seek permission for two displays following the disaster that "were not materially different from that for Shoreham", according to the AAIB.

Investigators issued a safety recommendation calling for the CAA to "specify the safety management and other competencies" that flying show organisers must demonstrate.

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