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.
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.
A new National Sheepwatch Scheme is being launched on the South Downs to prevent attacks by dogs on sheep.
It is calling for dog owners to be prosecuted if they allow their pets to go into fields where there is a sign warning of the presence of sheep.
We are told at least 50 sheep have died in dog attacks so far this year.
Hampshire County Council and six partner authorities, including the South Downs NPA, have been successful in securing just over £2million from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to promote the use of sustainable travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.
The additional funding for 2015/16 will deliver a series of new initiatives such as the ‘Share the Road’ and ‘Take the Train’ campaigns, integrated ticketing and WiFi on rural bus services.
Controversial plans to bus hundreds of teenagers from inner city London to the tranquility of a state boarding school right in the heart of the South Downs National Park will be decided this week.
Christine Alsford has this special report.
Jason Eade has won an award for his film about why he and his dog love the Sussex Downs. The competition was to mark the two years since the South Downs became a National Park. See his film in full here.
It's two years since the South Downs became a National Park, protecting a huge area of countryside. To mark the occasion, there's been a competition to make short films celebrating the landscape and the winners have been announced.
The winning film, about a young boy and his dog walking on The Downs was made by Jason Eade. Malcolm Shaw has been talking to him about the film.
‘WIth computer games and smart tvs, some youngsters rarely venture out into the countryside. But a new project from Learning through Landscapes and the South Downs National Park Authority will see many leaving their classrooms to explore the South Downs.
Divya Kohli reports.
Rupert Penry-Jones, star of BBC’s hit series Spooks and Silk and ITV’s Whitechapel, was present today to officially open a new open-air theatre, nestling in the South Downs. The actor lives locally and gave details of the first season of the new Petersfield Shakespeare Festival.