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Brighton sees the sharpest rise in rough sleepers in the country -
and opens its council buildings to house the homeless.
We'll be live in the city, and also in Medway -
where councillors voted against opening shelters more
Kent asks the Government to help pay for asylum seeking children
Also in tonight's programme: a Turner Prize winning artist brings
some of his biggest works to the south coast -
we chat with Keith Tyson in Hastings.
at 39, the oldest living tapir in captivity!
The goal that saw Brighton through to the fourth
round of the FA Cup - and they're queuing round the block
People sleeping rough in Brighton could soon be offered the chance
to stay in empty council buildings during freezing weather
It comes as new figures show the city has had the highest
increase in rough sleeping in the country.
144 people are now living on the streets of the city,
Although they've welcomed the proposals, homeless people we've
spoken to on the streets of Brighton say they need a permanent
Bedding down and covering up against the biting January air.
Claiming a space in the city is tough, such is
the demand that those sleeping rough here daren't even move their
belongings but many say more temporary shelters
Temporary solutions are not necessarily the way forward because
it doesn't help the individual to move forward.
In order to establish any kind of grounds for a future,
you have to have a stable base and some sense of security.
Proposed by the Green Group, councillors voted
unanimously last night to explore the use of empty
council buildings for homeless shelters.
A similar scheme's been rolled out in Manchester this winter
using a former library and children's home
In Brighton, no building has yet been earmarked for the scheme
but the council says it is open to options.
We don't have as a council lots of vacant buildings, we've...
Obviously going to be putting them to immediate use for housing, etc.
If there's a possibility that there might be commercial buildings out
there that, you never know, voluntary and charities would be
able to work with that commercial provider and open up so we're
Those who spent years on the streets though
say safety in any new shelter is vital.
I tended to avoid them having been in a few times, they were
noisy, violent, really rather unpleasant, such that actually even
the horrors of sleeping rough were better than some
They need to be very closely supervised.
Something the council says it acknowledges and also says that with
new funding from the Government, it will bring the number of
Little comfort though for those making their bed here tonight.
Juliette, there are reports an increase in migrant numbers has
The council told us that around 60% of those sleeping rough here are not
actually from this city, they come down here because of its reputation
as a tolerant place. Research has shown that out of the 144 rough
sleepers here, 11 are EU migrants and style to Iraq seven on non-EU.
So not exactly the numbers we are seeing in London but nonetheless
contributing to a homeless crisis here made worse by the cost of
living and renting. All councillors agreed last night that more terribly
shelters are needed but many here argue it is simply a sticking
plaster for an increasing problem that needs a more permanent
solution. Thank you.
Concerns about the plight of rough sleepers have also been raised
in Medway following the deaths of two men in December.
group had suggested opening council shelters as soon as the temperature
drops to freezing but that was rejected last night.
Our reporter Sara Smith is in Chatham now.
Sara, remind us of the current situation there on cold nights?
There is this national protocol that when it is forecast that the weather
will be below zero for three consecutive nights, the council has
to offer accommodation for those sleeping rough. The Labour group
said that should happen after one night but last night at a council
meeting, the Conservative led council voted that down. They said
it would be too expensive. A bit earlier this evening, I spoke to as
-- a rough sleeper. He lost his flight the next flat after being
assaulted. It's like being inside a fridge.
That is because of the cold? The charity helps rough sleepers here
and the founder is here. What did you think about the decision? We are
very disappointed in the council's decision last night. We are
extremely grateful that some of the Labour group did decide to try and
get the one night but unfortunately we were not successful this time.
How was provision here? Council provision for rough sleepers is very
limited currently. There are a lot of voluntary groups that are out
there doing their best but it is not enough. We have a crisis here. What
do you say? People will die. We lost two gentlemen between the 24th of
December and New Year and if the temptress continued to drop like
they do at the moment, we will lose more people in the streets. --
temperatures. The council told us that their priority is using the
budget to stop people becoming homeless in the first place.
Thank you. The controversial plans
to build 12,000 homes on green fields in Kent -
supported by the local MP. "The Government needs
to get its chequebook out because the bill for lone
asylum-seeking children when they turn 18 is set
to double in Kent" - the stinging words of the leader
of the county council, Paul Carter, who says Kent is already facing
a ?2 million shortfall after looking after unaccompanied
asylum-seeking children. But the number turning 18
and still needing support from the council is set to rise
from 688 to more than 1000 That will increase the deficit
to ?4 million which the council says puts it at "unacceptable financial
risk". I've suggested that they vow a bit
of the foreign aid budget, after all we are supporting people taking
refuge in this country from challenging parts of the globe,
therefore it shouldn't fall on the rate payers, the council taxpayers
of Kent, the Home Office should be reimbursing us in full and that's
what we expect them to do. Well, the Home Office has told us
it's "grateful" that local authorities like Kent are caring
for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and that funding levels
have recently been "substantially That rise means the authority now
gets ?200 a week, up from 150. But compare that with the amount
given for looking after a minor - such as a 17-year-old asylum-seeking
child - for which councils like Kent Our political editor
Helen Catt is with us now. Paul Carter has written
to the Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill saying he needs to do
the honourable thing and pay up - but why is there going to be
a sudden jump to ?4 million? It's actually explain that because
the council get less money wants the child turns 18. If they choose to
stay on an education or training, the council is still financially
responsible for them. The Home Office about ?200 a week should be
enough to cover their costs. Ken Khalili seems to disagree here. A
bit of context, this year Kent County Council has almost ?2 billion
to spend so in that sense, this is a very small part of it. Of course, it
is true that Kent takes on a higher amount of child asylum seekers than
many other areas. We council its remaining optimistic about getting
extra cash. We understand that finance officers from the Home
Office and the Council are due to meet in the next ten days that the
hope that an agreement can be met about that deficit.
Thank you. Long-running plans to build a second
rail line linking the Sussex Coast to London will be pitched
to the Transport Secretary The Brighton Mainline two proposals
would include restoring an old line between Hever and Uckfield,
building 20 kilometres of new track around Lewes and running trains
in to Canary Wharf in London Plans for two huge communications
masts, one taller than the The Shard in London, have been rejected
by Dover councillors. Two separate companies wanted
to build them in Richborough to speed up international
high-frequency financial trading. But the council said
they would have been an eye-sore Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
should be restricted At a full council meeting last night
a motion calling on Government to reduce high street gaming machine
stakes to ?2 was Councillors are also calling
on the government to give local authorities more powers to manage
clusters of gambling Currently the machines can take up
to ?100 every 20 seconds. Plans for a huge new housing
development near Folkestone are being welcomed by the local MP
despite opposition Damian Collins says
that the development of 12,000 homes at Otterpool garden village
will provide badly needed homes and The Government hasn't yet set
out its plans for house building but it has said it wants
to accelerate development. Ministers have already
promised funding and support Our environment correspondent
Yvette Austin reports. Taking to the streets in protest,
anger over plans to build a whole new town much of it on farmland near
Folkestone. Villagers optically concerned as the thousands of homes
would be on their doorstep and they see the countryside, historic sites
and ultimately their way of life would be destroyed. Members of my
own family who cannot get on the housing ladder and it's precisely
because this development will not address the issue that I am so
partially opposed to it. Nobody is saying that you don't need houses
but there isn't a need for them, it is the sheer scale of juggernaut
that is being thrown at this. We are in danger of losing places that are
special. The proposed new town covers a large area south of the M20
including the former racecourse. It could see up to 12,000 new homes
being built, along with community facilities, commercial space,
schools and GP surgeries. We are worried that this is going to suck
development into an area that is already powerfully stressed. There
are air quality problems along the M20, there are water stresses and at
what cost to people's quality? The Government announced funding for the
so-called Otterpool last year as part of the plan to speed up
much-needed house-building in the south-east. According to the
planning Association, the region built 20,000 homes a year between
2011 and 2015. It was estimated that 37,000 a year when needed and so to
catch up, 53,000 houses need to be built in the south-east every year
between 2015 and 2020. We need the jobs and the infrastructure, we need
the houses and we have got a site which is right next to iterate in
action and a railway station that can deliver a huge economic
investment that will benefit all residents for many years to come. It
is early days for Otterpool, the council is drawing up a master plan
and has started consulting an idea. It is a battle between development
and the countryside. And you can see more
on that story and the full interview with Damian Collins
on the Sunday Politics South East Our top story tonight: People
sleeping rough in writing could soon be offered the option should sleep
in empty counselling buildings during the freezing weather. The
city has had the highest increase in rough sleeping in the country.
Also in tonight's programme: Happy birthday to Kingut -
And after a bitterly cold week, it's turning less cold as
we look towards the weekend but it's going hand-in-hand with strong winds
I will have the details for you in the forecast a little
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The first exhibition of 2017 at The Jerwood in Hastings breaks
all sorts of arty personal bests for the gallery.
Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson breaks records for both the most
artworks and the largest picture ever displayed there.
The show called Turn Back Now features 20 years of what he calls
studio wall drawings, intricate striking pictures inspired
Robin Gibson met him for a preview of the show.
He's an enigmatic figure, happy to talk about his work, his life and
The Jerwood show is almost a scrapbook
So drawn to this one because, you know, you've taken on
Yeah, in there we've got Turner, personal painting, a Lego thing
from my child and this is the boat in the background of The Simpsons.
But this was to do with the idea of a naval battle
He left school at 15 to go to work in his native Cumbria where the idea
of a life in art wasn't on the agenda.
I was in the shipyard for five years, I wasn't very happy
there and I always wanted to go to art college but I was a
working-class guy and they said, no, you are going to learn a trade so I
became a fitter and turner, tried out nuclear submarines and then I
I didn't know I wanted to be an artist, I just
It was the right time, he's had critical acclaim, success and a
Just look at all of this, every square inch of wall
space covered, the Jerwood has never seen anything quite like it.
You get the real impression of an artist who
Keith is someone that we have wanted to work with
since before the gallery opened, he's been on our radar.
Sussex-based artist, he won the Turner prize in 2002 and has had
sort of international fame and exhibitions around
Yes, with a home in the Sussex Downs near Brighton, we can
An extraordinary show by an artist for
whom working is breathing, it's here until April.
Take your time. There's a lot to see.
Today marks Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering the millions of people
who died during the Second World War at the hands of the Nazis -
and victims of other genocides since.
This year's theme is "How Can Life Go On?",
and groups across the South East have been coming together
to remember those who died - and to talk about how similar
horrors can be prevented in the future.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Byrony Mackenzie has been to Lewes
Dan Leavy 27th, 1945. The Davis camp Auschwitz was liberated. -- January.
Millions died here, an atrocity that change what history and the lives of
so many. We collapse like that when Hitler marched into Vienna, that was
the end of her world. Her mother managed to escape the Nazis because
of her English cousin. Fanny who was working class goal from London,
quite poor, guaranteed to cover the cost of my mother and her two
sisters and say they came to this country, otherwise, if that meeting
had not had taken place I would not be here today. She has written a
book about life as a child as a refugee and about Holocaust Memorial
Day, Lewes is reflecting the plight of other refugees in an exhibition.
The key is to make things relevant and give people a link they so what
is going on at the moment and what has happened in the past. History is
a continue, history tends to repeat itself. The Government parts funds
school groups to visit Auschwitz, East Sussex students went to
experience the concentrate on camp themselves. Unthinkable for the
generation that came before them. They kept silent deliberately and
that is why so many people now are desperately delving into their
history because their parents didn't talk because I think so many of them
were traumatised, I suspect so many of them had to do things they felt
profoundly ashamed of. Promotion to the Premier League
might be Brighton's number one goal this season,
but tomorrow they turn their attention to avoiding a giant
killing in the FA Cup. The Seagulls travel to non-league
Lincoln City in the fourth round. While Brighton are top
of the Championship, Lincoln are top of the National League -
72 places separate the two sides. Brighton famously reached
the FA Cup final in 1983, but the furthest Lincoln ever
managed was a Fifth Round Tomorrow's game is at
the Sincil Bank Stadium - with a modest capacity of 10,000,
compared to 30,000 at the Amex. But while the Imps are confident
they can cause an upset, as Charlie Rose reports,
Brighton would love another trip You can forget Brighton's
league-topping Championship because this weekend it
is all about the FA Cup. And the Falmer Faithful
would love to see a repeat of 1983, which saw
the Seagulls make it to the final of In this year's campaign,
standing in their way right now are Lincoln,
they're top of League 2. OK, it's the National
League, but being three divisions below hasn't
stopped their fans queueing Licking their lips at the prospect
of a giant-killing. They're a premiership
team, basically, and we're tough and we've got a great
defence and I think we can do it and I think we can get the win
on the day. The city's got its team
back thanks to Danny and Nicky so, you know, we're
going up, mate, we're going up. And they have reason
to feel confident. This is last week's injury time
winner, which knocked another championship side, Ipswich,
out of the FA Cup, resulting in Lincoln progressing to the fourth
round for the first time It is a big game and
because of Lincoln's exploits in the last round I think
it's probably become It is one we'll look forward
to and we'll go as strong as we He and his team will
be doing all they can to get closer to reliving
the dream of 1983. Meanwhile in the football
league this weekend, Charlton travel to Bolton,
and Gillingham are at home While in League Two,
Crawley are away at Notts County. We're going to take
a moment now to wish happy birthday to a Malayan Tapir
- called Kingut. They may look like a kind
of pig with a trunk, but tapirs are actually more closely
related to horses - They generally live in the dense
tropical forests and jungles and in the wild can live to around
25 to 30 years old. Which is why they're making such
a big thing about Kingut - he's reached the ripe old age of 39
- the oldest captive Lynda Hardy has been
to meet the birthday boy. Here's an when it is your birthday,
it's time to be spoiled. A tickle and a scratch, a cuddle, tapirs like
a surprising amount of attention and Kingut is no exception. For the
birthday boy who in human years would be around 97, today's
celebration is even more special, and even meant a cake. So despite
his age, he is most animated tapir, he's out and about, he is always out
if he hears the public walking around. He will come over and have a
squeak and say hello to people. His affection for keeper Ben is clear
and it says a useful purpose and meaning health checks on the animal,
taking blood and even trimming nails, become a whole lot easier.
Despite his seniority and 271 kilograms, Smarden still has plenty
of energy and appetite and I bad they mean snow sorted a special free
treats. -- Kingut. Kingut came to the back here in 1992 and for an
endangered animal, he is showing no signs of slowing down. They are
already hoping this time next year they will be marking the big 40.
Let's hope they do. You have specialist tapir knowledge. I once
to rub suntan lotion into their skin. They don't get any sum, they
get sunburnt. You have to rub suntan lotion. It might have been Kingut.
You didn't turn up on his birthday, there was no need for suntan lotion
today. We had lots of sunshine but it has
been bitterly cold. It has been changing today. We started with
eyes, by the afternoon, there has been cloud cover around and thanks
to a change in direction of the wind, they are back to is south
westerly direction. Temperatures have been creeping up. We ended
today with highs around eight or nine Celsius. As we head to tonight,
we will hold onto cloud cover and potentially see some patchy drizzle
around. Just look at these temperatures. Several days ago, we
were seeing -60 minus seven Celsius. As we go to tonight, just dropping
to five or six degrees. -- -6 four minus seven. Highs in the afternoon
of around two or three. You will notice the difference. It is not
going to be pleasant. A lot of cloud around, patchy drizzle throughout
the day as well. The winds back to a south westerly direction. Quite
breezy, around 15 to 20 mph along the south coast. A good deal of
cloud around. A dull, drizzly, damp day. By the afternoon, temperatures
creeping up to around eight or nine Celsius. It is not going to be
feeling warm, you will notice that we will not be seen that chill.
Saturday event on Sunday, a slightly cooler night but a good deal of
cloud cover around. Perhaps a more rural spots you might below
freezing. You are going to be hovering around for three Celsius.
Five or six Celsius along the coast. Initially dry if you are up early on
Sunday, it does not stay that way. The early part of the morning we
will see this rain, it is heavy and blustery day. Although tempted
retries, perhaps nine or 10 Celsius, it does not feel like that. It is
not a pleasant day. Saturday is going to be the drier day of the
two. Enter the new week, we are going to hold on to the south
westerly airflow so it stays Molder that is going to be unsettled at
times. Another band of rain as we had through the day four Tuesday, a
ridge of high pressure gives us the drier picture for Wednesday that it
is going to be short lived. A deep area of low pressure waiting in the
wings are to the west of us. Over the next couple of days, we will see
much milder conditions, more cloud around, heavy rain, critically
through the day this Sunday. If you have been enjoying this crisp
weather, it is all change. It is looking quite miserable.
Now for a quick look at the stories making the headlines tonight.
The Prime Minister has joined Donald Trump added joint press conference
at the White House. She extended and invitation from the Queen to come to
the UK on a state visit this year in which he has accepted. Brighton and
Hove City Council has proposed opening some of its council
buildings to house Tokai University house the homeless after a sharp
rise in the number of rough sleepers in the city.
A member of Kent County Council was the governor to increase its funding
to help support asylum seeking children who are becoming adults.
I will not be back at eight o'clock because of the FA Cup but I will be
back at 1025 PM this evening. I will be back with Sunday politics.
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