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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