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New £50m car terminal opens in Southampton

Southampton is already the country's busiest port and now it is getting even busier with the opening of a new car terminal.

The £50 million project will allow even more cars built in Oxford and Swindon to be exported around the world.

Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to Michael Rye, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Terminals, Alistair Welch, Director of the Port of Southampton and Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Trade Minister.

Hampshire County Council forced to save another £140m - some services will be cut

Hampshire County Council has an annual budget of almost £2 billion pounds. That money is spent on public services like education, roads, libraries, public health and waste disposal.

So far - since central Government's funding began to be cut in 2008 - the council has saved £340 million from its budget.

Council has to cut £140m of services Credit: HCC

Because of the rising cost of adult social care - like services for the elderly - it has increased council tax. Despite that, it says it faces a budget shortfall of £140 million.

Leader of HCC Roy Perry Credit: HCC

We have been reporting for some time now, the extent of the financial challenge that we continue to face. With our revenue support grant from Government soon coming to an end, together with rising inflation and significant increases in the numbers of elderly people, younger adults and children needing care - the pressures are mounting.

Members of the public, for good reasons, tend not to see the children in the care of the County Council, or those on the 'at risk register', but there is no doubt in my mind that they must be our highest priority to protect.

– Roy Perry

We are limited on the level by which we can increase council tax, and changes to the law would be needed to enable us to introduce or increase charges for some services - even though residents have indicated they would prefer to make contributions for some discretionary services rather than lose them.

The financial outlook remains extremely challenging. It's going to be very difficult indeed to achieve a further £140 million of savings, on top of the £340 million of spending reductions we have had to make since our funding from central Government began to reduce in 2008.

– Roy Perry

A final decision on where the cuts will be come wil be made by full council on November 2.

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'I'm on my knees," trader says regeneration has killed town

Work is continuing on the regeneration of Wokingham town centre - but some traders are concerned they could go out of business. The borough council has been criticised for the lack of support - but it says the work is essential to meet the future needs of residents.

Linden Reader, owner of The Dollshouse Boutique, tells ITV News Meridian how it's affecting her:

£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

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A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

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This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter

Time-lapse footage shows transformation of old market

Work is progressing on a multi-million pound development in Southampton.

This time-lapse footage shows how the city's former fruit and vegetable market is being transformed.

The £60 million scheme off Queensway involves the building of more than 200 apartments plus commercial space.

Iconic Ladybird books go on display

There are a total of 59 original illustrations Credit: ITV Meridian

A collection of original illustrations for the iconic Ladybird books is to go on display at the Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

The artwork is from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on jobs of the day and includes the miner, the sailor and the lifeboatman.

Mel Bloor has been to take a look.

Mel spoke to Clare Plascow, Collections Officer, Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

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Protest held in guards row amid new SWT franchise

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The RMT union has been protesting to keep guards on trains on the first full day of the new South West Trains franchise.

Members have been demonstrating at Waterloo station in a bid not to extend driver only operation to the service.

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The new owners First Group, which already owns Great Western Railway, takes over the company at a time when August upgrade work is putting pressure on services.

As Mike Pearse reports.

Mike spoke to Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT and Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway and Owen Johns from Network Rail.

Final day for residents to comment on county's future

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It is the final day for Hampshire residents to have their say on how budget cuts will affect the county's future.

The authority is expecting to face a £140 million gap in its budget due to national austerity measures.

The public can comment on potential changes to services, ways to generate income and increases to council tax.

The county has already seen a £340 million cut in spending over the last nine years.

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Work on region's biggest exhibition centre reaches half-way point

Work on what will become Hampshire's biggest building - is at its halfway stage. The new exhibition centre will hold 10,000 people. It's being built as part of the Farnborough Airshow facilities. It's costing £30 million and is a joint partnership between the councils and the airshow organisers, who hope it will boost the local economy. Mike Pearse reports.

£6 million grant to help bring 15,000 homes to Didcot

Plans to bring 15 thousand new homes to Didcot are a step closer with news of a £6 million government grant.

It will be used to improve the area's transport network and deliver the 'Northern Perimeter Road'.

It's part of the new Didcot Garden Town which should be complete by 2031.

It's hoped the route will lead to faster journeys and less congestion.

Alok Sharma, MP Minister for Housing & Planning

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