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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Rob Smith.


Tonight's top stories: Two centuries of military tradition under


threat claims an MP, as a petition's launched


to save a Kent barracks the Government plans to close.


We're live at Invicta Barracks in Maidstone.


Grammar schools may ask parents for hundreds of pounds


a year headteachers warn because of concerns


Also in tonight's programme: The smartphone app pioneered in Kent


that is helping relieve pressure on A departments.


The time-travelling photographer who's created a series


of images of Tunbridge Wells, now and then.


The Sussex exhibition which aims to explore how people interact


The Government's been accused of breaking more than two centuries


of military tradition with plans to close a Kent Army barracks,


as a petition to try save it is launched


Helen Grant says shutting Invicta Barracks in Maidstone


would have a detrimental impact on the town.


The closure was announced last November as part of a swathe


The Government is aiming to build more than 55,000 homes


Hundreds of years of military history is set to come to an end


when the army march out of Maidstone for the final time in


Launching a petition against the closure,


the local MP says it will have a huge impact,


particularly on the Gurkha soldiers who served there.


800 soldiers and their families will have to move.


There will be a huge impact on the town, not just


And there will be a break in 200 years


The barracks were first established in Maidstone


in around 1797, with the threat of Napoleon across the Channel.


The site's been home to the 36 Engineer


Regiment since 1959, but it was announced late last year


Our state has failed to adapt. It is inefficient and costs ?2.5 billion a


year to maintain and 40% of our built assets are more than 50 years


old. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the sale forms part of


a better defence estate strategy and ensure a modern estate fit for


personnel and their families. They say there will be better facilities


to train Armed Forces and more stability for those in the military


network. In Maidstone, not everyone see the logic. A shame, because it


has been here a long time. I haven't got a clue what will happen to the


Gurkhas, so that's a concern. I think the Gurkhas are very decent


people and well liked here. So you'll be sad to see them go? Yes.


So it is to be closed in ten years? It is not so good. The clock is


ticking towards closure. Simon in in Maidstone now -


Simon, how likely is Helen Grant's Well, she said she will fight to the


end and is planning to present the petition to the Ministry of Defence


by Easter time. She said she does not want this barracks to go and be


replaced by thousands of houses. But there is a form on this because a


barracks in Canterbury has been and housing is earmarked for that site.


The Connacht barracks in Dover has been closed for that reason, too. So


you can see the direction of travel for the Government, so she may have


a tough fight. The head teacher of a Kent Grammar


school says they'll be forced to ask parents for a voluntary contribution


of almost ?200 a year Cranbrook School says it's due


to consult with parents This comes as the Grammar


School Heads Association of its members will be the biggest


losers under planned That's despite Government plans


to create new grammar schools. Our Education correspondent


Bryony MacKenzie has more. Held up as an example of educational


excellence by the Government, controversially given the money for


expansion, but is the financial rug being pulled from underneath some of


the best performing schools in the country? We are very perturbed about


the scale of what is proposed. Unfortunately, in order to do some


of the things we've traditionally offered it, particularly sporting


and creative, sometimes in supporting individual students with


special needs, we will need parents to help us with our annual giving


scheme. This school will ask for voluntary amount of


?180 a year. According to the grammar school heads Association,


103 of the 163 grammar schools nationally will lose funding under


the proposed formula. Eight will lose out in Kent and four are set to


lose almost 3%. School funding has become a hot issue. Every secondary


headteacher in west Sussex wrote to their MP asking for short. The


addressed and warned of shorter school days and bigger classes. On


average, schools facing cost increases of about 8% over the


course of this Parliament. Schools are winning will receive at most


around 5.5%. It is not fair, because not everyone has that money. People


work hard to get into grammar schools and sugar free schooling


like everyone else. I would be happy to contribute, I think it is a


nominal amount and worth it. Grammar schools have far fewer disadvantaged


children, which is all funding is formulated. The Department for


Education says the new formula is based on need rather than postcode


and is fairer for all. It's hard to see grammar schools


as needing more money when you compare them to schools


in disadvantaged areas. Absolutely. There is only one pot of


cash, so grammar schools want more, are they taking from schools who may


have more less well off people's? The grammar heads Association says


they need a minimum funding for everyone and many grammar schools


are not getting out. Grammar are funded at the same as nonselective


is, but it may be that some of the parents of grammar school pupils


from more middle-income families. But today, I was told there is lots


of support for grammar schools from the Government, incentives and money


for expansion, but when it comes to the court funding, all schools are


in the same boat. Coming up: how a third of Kent


Police time is now spent dealing with people undergoing mental health


issues. Extra funding has been pledged to help.


A new smartphone app pioneered in East Kent to help ease pressure


on A departments has proved so successful it could be rolled


It allows patients to compare waiting times at A E departments


The app also shows people where their nearest urgent care


centre is, and the quickest route to get there.


It's been used more than 25,000 times in its first month.


Peter Whittlesea is at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford.


A are expensive to run and staffed by specialist to can deal with any


eventuality. If you have a minor injury, you not only cut the waiting


time here, but also save the NHS money.


The crisis in A is a national problem. As more and more patients


turn up at hospitals, waiting times have soared. We need to go to A I


can't, I will be there for hours! I've got a wedding to go to. I have


a nap on my tells you the best way to go. This advertiser is the new


app. Their ages -- fame is Tuesday knowledge a and free up resources in


A and cutting waiting times. This has been in operation in East Kent


for a month. We've had 20,000 users and already, we are detecting


slightly less demand in A and more demand in the minor injury units.


The ambition is to get this accepted nationwide and help the whole of the


NHS, not just the NHS hearing East Kent. How does it work? It at the


latest information on waiting times and patient numbers at all nearby


minor injury unit and A departments. It also calculates


travel time from your location. By combining information, it provides a


list of the best places to go to. I've not been here before and it was


number one on the list for less waiting time, so here we are. How


did it work? Came in, registered, were seen within ten minutes and now


we are ready to go home. It is quicker than A Also, we are not


using up services needed for more urgent cases. Did you believe it


when you first saw the app? No, but I do now. Could this app really


relieve the pressure on overstretched A? Increasingly, the


NHS will have to use modern technology in a way it isn't. It is


still using faxes and such. The power in your pocket to save you


time and the NHS money, it is hoped this free app will catch on.


This app is updated every four minutes so I can present it and see


the waiting time here is 21 minutes. Down other minor injuries unit, it


is just six minutes down in Folkestone. It may be quicker to


drive there to get treated if I've just got a minor injury, like a


fractured wrist. A man who carried out a series


of sexual offences against children in the Tunbridge Wells area has been


sentenced to nearly Ian Tucker's abuse of


five victims spanned His crimes came to light when one


of his victims contacted Kent Police a year ago,


which led to other Southeastern train services


will not return to normal for the rest of this week


following yesterday's The track was damaged


by the carriages and around a 50-metre stretch of railway


needs to be replaced. Passengers delayed by 30 minutes


or more as a result of the incident can claim double the normal


amount under Delay Repay. The meeting is under way to discuss


whether Canterbury and Dover should go ahead with creating a new single


council for East Kent. A final decision will be taken, but the


public will need to be involved and approval will be required from the


Secretary of State. The merger would create the largest District Council


in the country, achieving ?6.8 million of savings over two years.


Kent Police need to undertake a "revolution" in the way they deal


with people going through mental health issues, according to the


He's announced that ?250,000 will be dedicated to help


It's estimated as much as a third of police time is now


taken up with people and cases involving mental health issues.


It comes on the day the College of Policing has issued


new guidelines for how police restrain people in crisis,


Kent Police officers now spend a third of their time dealing with


people suffering mental health problems. In this place it takes


more than half of police time. The police and crime commission now


wants revolution in the way people with issues are dealt with. It is a


pressure for vulnerable people but also officers whom though may be


trained to handle these situations are not mental health professionals.


For all the time they spent waiting with people dealing with these


particular issues, that is time they are not out and about tackling crime


or outing communities as a visible presence. This month, the Prime


Minister said mental health have been dangerously disregarded as she


launched her vision for a shared society. Left unaddressed, it


destroys lives, separates people and deepens the divisions within our


society. In Kent, this quarter of million pounds funding means


charities and community groups can get councillors for people in


crisis. If I turn up in uniform to turn -- deal with somebody with


mental health problems, I can give the perception I'm criminalising


their ill-health and I can add to that stigma and research would


suggest that makes it take longer for them to recover from a crisis it


police officers are involved. For the past year, Mind has provided


councillors in Kent Police call centres. This art group run by the


same charity is an informal setting where people can access help. They


want to extend the services to meet demand. When all the nine to five


services are shut, turn off out of hours help would be fantastic.


People can go along, meet workers, and we see that kind of one to one


support so they're not calling ambulances and presented themselves


at A, calling the police. This will not support or replace NHS


services, but provide alternative help.


A petition has been launched to try and save a Kent barracks that is set


to close as part of wider Government plans to build more housing. The


Conservative MP for Maidstone says shutting Invicta Barracks would end


two sentries of military tradition. Also, the artist who has been taking


things lying down. An exhibition celebrating the recumbent in Sussex.


And it has been a foggy and dull day today. Brighter tomorrow, but still


bitterly cold. I will have the forecast later.


Outside of science fiction, time travel is, of course, impossible -


That's because photographer Jonathan Bolland has teamed up


with local historian Ed Langridge to capture a series of startling


images that match up pictures of the town taken a 100 years


For tonight's Special Report, Chrissie Reidy


I have. What is extraordinary when you look at the photos of then and


now, yes, there is far more traffic around now, and of course, people


were wearing different clothes at the turn of that century, but


architecturally here, it is very much still intact. If you take this


book shop, it has been here since 1898 and the front is very much how


it was in 1900. A time travel tour


of Tunbridge Wells with early 20th-century photographs


merged with modern day. A couple of my photographs


will show people in Edwardian times, for instance,


walking down the high street and walking past some


cars in modern day. So it's in the context


of how people's lives have changed in terms of,


say, Only possible because


so much of the town's What resonates is the fact


he hasn't changed. You put that picture


against 100 years ago You've got advertising


signs, yes, but After receiving positive


feedback from the few that were posted online,


Jonathan decided to explore further. You go out and take


the equivalent photograph the site you are and it is a bit of


a transposition in our photographic software to layer the


photographs together. And you take elements out of one


photo and put them on the other. Wandering round the streets


of Tunbridge Wells, it's a chance to You look at the buildings and wonder


who's walked through here. It's gentry who used


to live here, isn't it? And now, you know,


you just can't quite picture it, but to seeit like that,


you can actually see what it was Over 100 years may have


passed since the original photos were taken, but with a little


help, the town's rich heritage has Certainly an interesting take,


contrasting the past and present. Of course, Tunbridge Wells was very


much the place to be at the turn of the 20th century and I think what


this book highlights is how rich in history the spa town of Tunbridge


Wells still is. Thank you. It's An Art Show With A Big Title -


In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And


You Were Full Of Joy. Curated by Turner Prize-winning


artist Elizabeth Price, it features some big names


including Henry Moore, the Lumi re Brothers


and Bridget Riley. As Piers Hopkirk


reports, the Exhibition at the De La Warr Pavillion


in Bexhill on Sea aims to explore how important it is for human


beings to lie down, weather sleeping, working,


mourning or dancing. A's an extraordinarily eclectic mix


of art and artists, linking the historical with the contemporary.


The brainchild of Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, it is an


examination of a very specific artistic device. The reclining human


form. The show opens with images of sleeping. When you look at the image


of a sleeping figure, you think of what they may wake up to do, but


also you think of the internal life and their dream world. So I guess


one of the ideas of the narrative in the exhibition is that as we go


through it, maybe we can pursuing through the dream logic of the


sleepers we encounter at the beginning. Featuring the work of


more than 50 artists, a Rangers from woodcuts to video installations, the


subjects from the homeless and downtrodden, to royalty. This giant


plaster cast of Eleanor of Aquitaine is on loan from the Victoria and


Albert. What is interesting about this, is the way in which the figure


is presented so benignly, so peacefully, the way the fabric is


contoured round her body, very languidly and gently, as though she


might move or stir one leg. Behind-the-scenes, work on


exhibition continued today ahead of its opening this weekend. This


exhibition is an enormous privilege for us to host and we been working


with the Hayward touring exhibitions in order to post it here at the De


La Warr Pavillion. What's extraordinary about it is the great


range of types of work in it. It is an amazing chance to see this great


swathe of practice across history telling a particular story that


Elizabeth has devised. The exhibition runs until May.


Brighton and Hove Albion are back on top of the Championship table


after a 1-0 victory over Cardiff last night at The Amex.


The Seagulls were frustrated by Cardiff for much of the match,


until Tomer Hemed smashed in the only goal in the 73rd minute.


Chris Hughton's side are now two points clear of Newcastle.


Visually-impaired skier Millie Knight from Canterbury


and her guide Brett Wild have won Downhill Gold


on the opening day of the World Para Alpine Skiing


The 18-year-old, who was GB's youngest athlete at the 2014


Winter Paralympics, completed the course in just over


one minute, 13 seconds to take Gold by over a second


Sussex rugby star Dylan Hartley has been confirmed as England's captain


for the Six Nations, two days after his six-week


suspension for hitting an opponent ended.


The 30-year-old, who grew up in Crowborough and played


for the town's rugby club, was shown the third red card


of his career for striking in December last year.


Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is out of the Australian Open


after being beaten in straight sets 6-2 6-3 by former


Konta went into the quarterfinal in the form of her life,


but came up short in her first meeting with Williams,


The world number two was just too strong


the British star's nine-match winning streak to an end by knocking


I think she played at a higher level than I did today and I think she is


one of the best of all time, so I think, yeah, I really


enjoyed my time out there on court against her and


Well, I hope I can bring a lot away from it and


things I'll be able to reuse and hopefully get


And if she does, she will take heart from the fact the


American did not have it all her own way in this match.


Having lost the first set, Konta fought


even harder, managing to break Williams's serve.


It's that sort of form which prompted her opponent to describe


her as an Australian Open champion of the future.


Playing really well and I think it's so important.


This has been coming for her for


She's been wanting to win grand slams and to do well.


was the best experience of her life and by reaching the quarterfinals


here, she could well retain her position in the world's top ten.


It has been very foggy today. Yes, lots of fog around today causing


real problems. But it should be shifting in time for tomorrow, but


it will stay bitterly cold. Earlier today, dense mist and fog patches


didn't even clearer in many places and there was a good deal of cloud.


The dull, cold there. It will change tonight. The winds start to pick up


from the South East, so bitterly cold air from the near continent.


Overnight tonight, we see clearer skies around and temperatures are


once again falling to around -2 or -3 in rural spots. We should avoid


much of the mist and fog thanks to the winds. First thing tomorrow,


bitterly cold and blustery. As you can tell, those winds will pick up


as we head through the day. It will be bright, and by the afternoon,


temperatures do well to get above three degrees with the wind chill


factor though, it will feel more like freezing. As we go from


Thursday to Friday, a bit of a shift. The winds go back to south


westerly direction, so it will be a little less cold. Overnight


temperatures will still drop to minus one degree in more rural


spots. Just above freezing along the coast. Friday, we will potentially


see patchy drizzle and it is less cold. Highs of 8-9 . The unsettled


at the weekend. Rain on Saturday, but dry by Sunday. Sunshine


tomorrow, but wrap up warm. Thank you, Rachel. I will be by


later. Goodbye.


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