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Good evening, I'm Jo Kent. for the news where you are.
Three major housing developments in the south have been
given financial support from the Government.
Welborne, near Fareham in Hampshire, and a new site near Eynsham
in West Oxfordshire will be designated as Garden Villages.
Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire has been named as a Garden Town.
As David Allard reports, the new status could push forward
projects which have been held up in planning rows.
Welborne - it's been talked about for years as a way to solve
But after all the protests, a public inquiry and a compulsory
purchase row, not one of the planned 6,000 homes has been built yet.
Today, though, the project got a shot in the arm.
Welborne would be a completely new community, built on these
fields, with affordable homes, schools, shops
In fact, pretty much what the Government says
So now Welborne gets a share of ?6 million and other support
What we are looking for is for the Government to start
pushing out of the way some of the obstacles to getting this
We accept this is needed, the Government accept it is needed,
we need homes, we need jobs, we need schools, we need
They feel other sites are more suitable for housing.
About 1,000 people are wanting homes in our area and it is our duty to do
that, but a lot of it could be absorbed in either brownfield sites
or sites that have come through and hopefully will go
It's likely Fareham can now bid for money to upgrade the A32 and M27
Improved transport links will be crucial to another planned garden
One of the important aspects of Government backing for this
scheme is it gives us access to the Housing Infrastructure Fund
and that could go some way to helping alleviate some
of the existing problems in nearby areas such as the A40.
Meanwhile, thousands of new homes will see the extension of Aylesbury
With talk of "new planning freedoms" and "accelerated development",
it's clear the Government wants these garden communities built
Later this month, they'll set out more radical plans to boost housing
So it may not be long before landscapes like this change forever.
Two men have been charged after a spate of knife-point robberies
Four incidents happened on Friday and Saturday in the Paulsgrove area.
46-year-old Wayne Bailey of Hillsley Road has been charged
with four counts of robbery and four counts of possession
And 41-year-old Martin Lee O'Sullivan of Chaucer Avenue has
been charged with two counts of robbery.
It's hoped around a third of artefacts which were being stored
at a disused museum in Swindon could be saved, after a fire
Fire fighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze
at the old Coate Agricultural Museum, which started on Saturday.
The museum had been closed for decades, but a number
The Cowes floating bridge on the Isle of Wight
will make its last crossing today after 40 years of service.
It's being replaced with a new bridge that
A temporary launch will operate for foot passengers from tomorrow
until the new floating bridge is ready at the end of March.
Vehicles will be diverted via Newport.
Many people have worked over the festive period, including those
But some people give up their time then and throughout the year,
doing unpaid voluntary work to help others.
Among them, some dog owners whose family pets have been specially
trained to help in the search for missing people -
often elderly people with dementia or people who are depressed.
It's a scene like many in homes across the south
this holiday season, families getting together,
But Darren Yates and springer spaniel Millie could be
Darren and his three-year-old pet dog are volunteers with lowland
rescue group Searchdog Sussex, which is drafted in by police forces
across the south to help search for missing people.
They are on call 365 days a year, which meant abandoning the festive
fun last New Year's Day, when the telephone rang.
That call came through at ten o'clock on the morning
That call came through at ten o'clock in the morning
and that was completely out of the blue, so that shook up
We were planning on playing a board game, watching a bit of telly,
the typical family stuff that you usually do on New Year's Day,
but it was a case of dropping everything, grabbing the kit
from under the stairs, loading the car and driving 50 miles
to help the police search for a missing gentleman
I get quite sad because he's missing out on the fun with us but I kind
of feel proud of him because he is, like, saving people's lives.
However, part of the compensation for ten-year-old Ellen
is helping Dad train Millie, playing hide and seek
For Millie, it is just a game, she loves the search
For her, it is about the search and finding that missing person,
going to tell me what she's found and taking me back into
But even so, Millie, Darren and the whole family
are hoping for a peaceful New Year this time around.
In football, Southampton lost a third Premier League
Everton put three past them in the last 20 minutes.
Manager Claude Puel said his players were tired after three
In the Championship, Brighton have gone to the top
of the table after a 2-1 win at Fulham, while Reading came
from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory against Bristol City,
with Yann Kermogant scoring two late goals.
In League One, there were goalless draws for the MK Dons
at Chesterfield and also for Swindon hosting Southend.
And in League Two, there was a 1-0 home win for Portsmouth
against League Two promotion rivals Luton.
We are in for a cold night, quite markedly so in some areas.
We have a Met Office warning out for icy stretches on untreated
surfaces and pavements, this is courtesy of a frost that
will develop quite widely during the course of tonight.
Unsurprisingly, temperatures pretty widely at freezing or below.
Some parts of Oxfordshire could be as low as minus 4 to minus six.
Do take it easy on the roads at first light tomorrow.
There could be the odd patch of freezing fog around.
Most places starting frosty, yes, but with some sunshine around.
The general trend into the afternoon is to introduce more
Rather patchily, until we get late into the evening,
when it will thicken up to the north.
They could even be the odd spot of light rain feeding into the north
Temperatures tomorrow eventually up in a range of about 4-7 C.
We'll find those temperatures drop away get the tail end of Wednesday
We'll find those temperatures drop away at the tail end of Wednesday
overnight into Thursday, but then start to pick up a milder
theme towards the tail end of the week with some rain
Good evening. It has been turning colder and clearer and our weather
watchers have been capturing the sunshine. Here is the scene in
Derbyshire and where we have had the clear skies by day, we are in for a
cold night tonight. Temperatures already plummeting, particularly
towards the south with some icy stretches across parts of central
and southern England, and into Wales. For the north-west, not as
cold, as we have the cloud building. But to the south we could see
temperatures down to minus four or five first thing Tuesday morning. If
you have a commute back