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Hello and welcome to South Today. - so it's goodbye from me -
In tonight's programme: Hundreds of homes, but would they help
The opposition to plans to build on fields near Aylesbury.
Campaigners have branded the developers as greedy.
Also: the fans and the tributes keep coming.
Ten days after his death, flowers are still being left outside
Every day there are something like several hundreds at least coming. I
shall never regret doing this, it's the best thing I could do.
And later on: family secrets, a special wartime unit
A first time author who's just won a top award.
Campaigners in a Buckinghamshire village have reacted with anger over
fresh plans to build hundreds of new homes there.
They'd be in addition to 400 houses that have already been
Protestors say not enough thought's been given to how schools,
GPs surgeries and roads will cope with the growing population.
It comes as Aylesbury has been selected by the government
to become a new garden town, receiving more than a million pounds
In a moment we'll hear from our political reporter.
This development in Aston Clinton sits next to another site Web
This development in Aston Clinton sits next to another site where
Residents say there isn't the infrastructure to cope.
We understand the need for houses but these houses
have not been planned, they've been put in piecemeal,
ad hoc, and they've rode roughshot over planning laws and the Council
and the government need to stand up to developers
Around 700 homes are planned for Aston Clinton, meaning
I've just taken a short walk down the road and you can see
the building work has already started on this site behind me.
In fact we walked past two potential development sites just to get here,
15,000 homes are planned for Aylesbury alone.
Come into Aylesbury any morning at nine o'clock,
traffic miles back down towards Aston Clinton.
It's got to be rethought, it really has.
House prices are just priced so way out.
The kids, my children are 28 and 30 and they cannot get
onto the property ladder for love nor money.
I think it's very good that they are building
these properties now, it's just the cost
Aylesbury was recently granted garden town status.
Now a masterplan for the town will look at existing housing
proposals, infrastructure, parks and cycleways.
We are in a position, particularly with our emerging local plan,
but also with the garden town status where we can actually plan
for future development and not have it more or less thrust
upon us on a site-by-site basis, as has been happening in the past.
Back in Aston Clinton residents have one week to comment
on this application, and shape the direction
As we heard there, Aylesbury is one of the latest places
A short time ago our political reporter Bethan Phillips told me
It's an idea that's been around since Victorian times,
stop urban sprawl by building new communities and protecting
And the plan behind these new garden towns remains pretty much the same.
The government says it wants to create distinct new places,
Two garden towns have already been announced in our area,
at Didcot and Bicester, now a new garden town
All three will have more than 10,000 homes each.
The government also wants to create 14 smaller garden villages,
including one next to Eynsham, that's currently being called
What's been the reaction to the announcement about all these
They've been welcomed by some, but concern from others.
Bicester and Didcot have already caused controversy, with some
residents worried that the idea of a garden town isn't being adhered to,
and that green spaces are under threat.
Housing expert Professor Danny Dorling hit out yesterday
at the garden village next to Eynsham, saying the homes
were really needed in Oxford, and that this would
But West Oxfordshire District Council say it
These garden towns and villages are an attractive idea for councils
because they get extra government funding for them.
In fact the government says there's been a high level
of interest in the idea, and it may open up
a new round of bids for Garden Villages later this year.
The impact of Brexit on farming is one of the key
topics being discussed at the Oxford Farming
Andrea Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, is Secretary
of State for Environment, and MP for South Northamptonshire.
She says she's committed to giving farmers access to the seasonal
migrant workers they'll need to harvest their crops,
I want to pay tribute to the many workers from Europe who contribute
so much to our farming industry and rural communities.
Access to labour is very much an important part of
our current discussions and we are committed to working
with you to make sure you have the right people
with the right skills, a strong skilled workforce will allow you to
focus on how the latest technology can transform your business.
Ten days after his death, tributes are continuing to pour
in at the Oxfordshire home of George Michael.
The singer and songwriter died at his home in
It's still not known what led to his death, but it isn't
Fans of George Michael, not just here in Goring
but from all over the world, have been paying their respects
There must have been thousands of people.
You know every day there are something like several
It takes comfort a little bit really just to understand how much it
meant everyone really, just to see the messages and to see
what he meant to so many people from different walks of life.
Just couldn't get over it for ages, I couldn't stop crying.
He was just such a brilliant, brilliant man.
Despite living here for a number of years, George Michael
The news of his death shocked many, including local businesses.
We've had people from all over the country coming in,
talking about their memories of George Michael.
I can't believe the impact he had on people's lives and
We have had people from all over the country and
they are leaving all sorts of tributes, there are pineapples down
It's still not clear how George Michael died.
Police say the 53-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained,
Post-mortem results have come back inconclusive.
More tests are being done over the next few weeks.
Adina Campbell, BBC South Today in Goring on Thames.
Oxford United could have a permanent training ground at Court Place Farm
stadium, the home of Oxford City - under a new deal agreed
United would continue to play first team matches at the Kassam Stadium
and City would continue playing at Marsh Lane.
The deal would help finance a new artificial pitch being laid
It's important for United because they need facilities
for both the academy for
the first team, and for Cit, of course, it's a financial lifeline,
given the problems they've been facing in recent months, so we are
delighted that bringing the two clubs together from the City point
Bees and butterfly numbers have plummeted over
the last decade according to the Swindo-based National Trust.
The organisation's been reviewing wildlife on its estates.
It says unsettled weather has led to a boom in grass growth
at the expense of the wildflower habitats required by
A film-maker has helped a woman's dreams of being a mermaid come true.
Sarah Chandler from Oxfordshire suffered two severe strokes
aged six and seven, leaving her unable to speak.
She's now starred in a short music video as her favourite Disney
character, Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Sarah was filmed with her parents and carers by filmmaker Amanda Reid.
Following two devastating strokes as a child, Sarah now lives
with past-it dystonic quadriplegia and a complete loss of speech.
Eye-gaze technology is helping her to express herself.
My best friend is my mum, she is lush.
Actually I programmed that last week, I have to take the
credit for that one, but Sarah and I do get on very well.
This is brilliant because she's just got it and
But it was the chance to play Ariel alongside her
parents and carers that has been a real dream come true for Sarah.
I really enjoyed making the Little Mermaid film.
Sarah was on a beanbag so it meant she got
some physiotherapy getting out of the chair but Sarah just
It was so much fun everyone was involved,
Sarah's support workers both took in turns,
I called it the pea, but it
was the green suit, all up over the face
so they were around Sarah as Flounder and I was
I expect the fee would be very cold at this time of year, especially
tonight! The weather is later on in the programme.
I'll have the headlines at eight and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.
Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
changed the character of the Isle of Wight.
Keggie Carew had never written a book before.
But she grew up with stories of her father's courageous acts
during the Second World War and was determined to get them
on paper before dementia took hold of her father's life.
So, she wrote Dadland - A Journey Into Uncharted Territory.
And it's won her the Best Biography in the Costa Awards.
I went to chat to her at her home near Salisbury.
As dad slowly leaves us, I try to haul him back from the bottom of
cardboard boxes and forgotten trunks, from letters buried in
desks, from books I have not known about, from photos I am unfamiliar
with, from diaries never meant for my eyes. It isn't just that I want
to stick together again, this is an exorcism and a ghost hunt. Rebuilt
him, rebuild me. Why did you embark on the story? I knew my dad had done
some extraordinary things in the war, since we were young we have
these Indian newspapers from 1945 that col Tim Lawrence of Burma and I
got into his attic and found two huge trunks full of stuff and I
sadly realised I had an incredible story and everything things kept
falling into my lap. Did you learn more about your father, would you
like, I did not know he was like this. There was a lot of wow, I knew
he was extraordinary because he was unorthodox, rule breaking,
charismatic, living with him was like being in a game of poker, you
never knew where you were. He was born in 1919 in the middle of the
Irish War of Independence out of wedlock, so it started off like that
and went on. Tell me about the note that kicked it off for you. He came
to say and I was going through his pockets and he had just started to
lose his memory and I found a note that said my name is Tom Carew but I
have forgotten years. It was moving but he was funny, once he had got
over the immediate panic, he would try to outwit his dementia. My
neighbour came round and I overheard him say to her, I don't remember you
but I do remember your teeth. They are very distinctive. So he was a
joy. And a nightmare! How much of this has been a personal journey? It
has been a huge personal journey, I am very much in this book and it has
been hard because I have two revisits a lot of tough family stuff
because everything went pear shaped, with a man like that it will go her
shape. Post-war Britain, there wasn't much call for aid agent in
Hampshire in 1960 but it didn't stop his self belief -- a gorilla agent.
This is where you wrote the book. This is my ramshackle shed, or my
dad's letters and photos and secret papers. What is next? I have
something in my drawer, loads of things in my drawer, more horrible
true stories. Which you will not share? Not right now click! And you
can hear Keggie talking tonight on front row at 7:15pm.
Do you remember your first visit to the cinema?
It may well have been to an ABC Complex.
They were one of the biggest names during the post-war heyday
of British cinema-going and tonight, one of the last remaining
It's in Bournemouth and we can join Ed Sault who is there ahead
What an entrance, there certainly has. Welcome to Bournemouth. Who
needs Hollywood on a night like this, this is where the action is as
the ABC cinema closes its doors after 80 years. Members of the
public got to choose the last film, and this is a giveaway, the DeLorean
from Back To The Future and the cinema, while looking back on its
past, is also looking forward to its future.
It is a Bournemouth icon, a 30s landmark but one that is closing
down. The ABC cinema first opened in 1937 and everything from Fred
Astaire's dance to Star Wars Rogue one has been projected onto its
giant screens. This is the projection room for them they just
screamed, screen one. We have the two ages of projection, the
old-style 35mm projection and the new digital projector. And that is
what is used now. One of the interesting bits of history by the
fire instructions. Instead of using the word far, a charrette which used
the word sand, like code, and rather than a conventional fire alarm, Rule
Britannia was played instead. I started when ABC was part of the
Cannon group and we reverted back to ABC, so if you cut me in half I
would have ABC and Odeon written through me, so to close it is like a
story full circle in my career. ABC cinemas were well known across the
south, as seen here in Portsmouth, but Fred Hughes -- for those who
work here it is bittersweet. With 80 years of history, knowing we are the
12 will close it down is sad on our part but we are glad knowing we are
looking to the future and looking around we think it is so different,
especially when we moved to the new building. Tonight's screening of
Back To The Future is the end of an era as the curtain comes down on
eight decades of history. A brand-new theatre opens across the
road in February. While there is a lot of change on the card, some
things aren't changing. I love this bit. I will make sure you get some,
Sally! I know there will not be anything
left after you finished that not, and Chris Temple either wanted a
drum roll or curtains. That would be nice, one of those
curtains for the sports presenter. What happened last night? Are
Bournemouth fans upset? I'm sure they will be, 3-0 up against Arsenal
and then you throw it away, Bournemouth fans may have felt they
should have been gutted but a large number reflected on a night of
positives at the vitality stadium, which is proving the place to go for
Premier League drama. Goals, disallowed goals,
penalty shouts, a red card and a last-ditch equaliser,
this had the lot. Half of Charlie Daniels'
family are Arsenal fans, A temporary family split
when the left back put Bournemouth It's hard to keep the Cherries'
pocket rocket Ryan Fraser This push on the Scotsman gave
Callum Wilson a chance 2-0, Bournemouth all over
the 13-times champions. Then came another point for debate,
Harry Arter's shot coming The referee ruled it
out for handball. That seemed irrelevant when Fraser
belied his stature to thread 3-0 but not yet won,
particularly when Alexis Sanchez Difficult to argue with the quality
of the Gunners' second, The Cherries' quest to hang
on wasn't helped by a red card for skipper Simon Francis
for a lunge on Aaron Ramsey. The Cherries have today
appealed that decision. And with ten men, the resistance
buckled as Olivier Giroud glanced It's a strange one for us, 3-0 up,
to be hoping the game is over but you can't underestimate
the quality of Arsenal. As soon as they got that first
goal, the game changed. 3-1, we didn't see the game out
in an effective manner. We're here to win and that's why
tonight hurts so much. And Bournemouth stay ninth in the
Premier League. Hampshire bowler Reece Topley has
suffered another injury setback, in his attempts to return
to full fitness. After spending the whole of last
season on the sidelines with a recurring back problem,
Topley has today undergone That will prevent him joining up
as planned with the England I think it was a case of not
responding well to the physio he's having and the decision was made
to have an operation but the encouraging thing that's
positive is that it's a short time out and he should be raring to go
at the start of the season, so that's a real positive for Reece
and also for us at Hampshire. It's back to business this week
for the Berkshire-based GB rowing squad, who have launched
into their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. The GB squad were back at Caversham
today, before heading off for their first training camp
of the four-year build-up. It's a mixture of seasoned
Olympians, and new faces too. The big target of 2017
is the World Championships They had a longer time
after the Olympics to recover, four years on, very demanding
on the body and to get the wheels spinning again is not as easy
and if you look now, two and a half years' time,
we have to qualify for Tokyo, That lake looks cold.
It's amazing when they say it's not a lot of time, you think it is ages
but not when you work Groening, it goes quick. -- when you are
training. It's 50 years since the last
British Rail steam train ran The railways used to crisscross
the island, but, today there's just one short line
from Ryde Pier to Shanklin. Now, with archive film
you've never seen before, our transport correspondent
Paul Clifton looks at how the end of the steam era changed
the island's character. The Isle of Wight once had
55 miles of railways. This is 1928, when trains linked
most towns and villages. From the 1950s onwards,
the lines gradually closed. At the end of 1966, Ventnor died
because the line from Ryde to Ventnor served the principal
holiday resorts on the island, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor -
and it took Ventnor about 30 years to reinvent itself to become
a destination once again. Here is the last ever train from
Newport, shortly before the tracks were taken up.
If you look carefully, evidence of the old railways
A platform that hasn't seen trains in decades.
Once called Whitwell Station, here it is in 1897.
And this is a junction of two lines, the station building is long gone
but the platforms are still standing. The island always had old,
worn out trains, second-hand cast-offs from the mainland, but in
the summer holidays they were packed. The carriages made of wood
are still here, restored on that carriage railway. -- the heritage
railway. After 104 years, the last steam
train ran on New Year's Eve, 1966. The trains were probably much more
busy than an average were very much coming
for their last trip of an era. The final seven miles of railway
from right to Shankland were electrified, ready for a more
cast-offs. This time former London underground trails, old even in the
1960s, yet still soldiering on half a century later. Certainly the eyes
and railways never made any real profit and they just closed a year
because of their non-viable T. There is a future in the sense that I
didn't line carriage provides a good service to and from the ferries.
In reality, the island has two heritage railways.
Unlikely survivors from the island's past.
And there are no firm plans to update it.
And for those of you who'd like a bit of steam, you can go to our
Facebook page and see that archive footage over again. Onto the
weather. It was not quite so chilly this morning but
weather. It was not quite so chilly this morning but it will get cold
again. Temperatures were above freezing this morning but remembered
Tuesday, minus six Celsius and it will be cold overnight to like,
maybe even minus eight Celsius. Tonight we expect frosty conditions
but let's look at your pictures because many have been out despite
the cloud cover this morning, a dog walker at Waltham St Lawrence in
Berkshire, also a cloudy scene with some brighter spells at Netflix and
a few brighter spells at Hungerford, captured by Ken Rayner. The night
temperatures will drop like a stone, potentially -8 across southern
England, elsewhere temperatures could drop to -24 minus three. There
is a chance where we have crossed on the ground that could create
slippery conditions and maybe some freezing fog first thing tomorrow
morning, so it will be a bitterly cold start, tomorrow temperatures
will struggle to rise. Lots of sunshine, barely a cloud in the sky
and temperatures could reach five Celsius along the south coast that
just a high of two Celsius in parts of Oxfordshire. A lovely end to the
day but we will see increasing cloud for western parts, the further east
you are, you may see freezing fog with temperatures dropping to -3 so
Friday will start on a chilly night, cloud will increase with a weather
front from the North West thinking South and East, it could produce
some heavy rain from lunchtime onwards on Friday afternoon and some
milder temperatures, the air behind the front will be milder,
temperatures up to nine or 10 Celsius but that rain will clear
south and east into Saturday morning, so a bitterly cold start to
tomorrow, temperatures could start off at -8 Celsius, the usual cold
spots like Bournemouth Airport, Friday quite a cloudy start, some
bright spells, temperatures milder than tomorrow and staying mild over
the weekend, highs of 10 Celsius. High pressure will develop over the
weekend so we will have fairly settled conditions, a chance of
drizzle but a good deal of cloud and one were too bright and sunny
spells. So it will be chilly tomorrow morning. We will have more
at 10:30pm tonight and then we're back tomorrow morning. Have a great
evening. Good night. as he explores Naples,
Venice and Florence. It's like we're walking through
a giant's armpit. We can follow the escape route
of Michelangelo. Mildred is our first student
from a non-witching family.