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Today's main headlines in the South East: Two centuries

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of military tradition under threat claims an MP as a petition's

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launched to save a Kent army barracks.

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We're live at Invicta Barracks in Maidstone.

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Grammar schools may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year head

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teachers warn over concerns about funding changes.

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It's been foggy and cloudy but it will be brighter tomorrow.

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

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

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as a petition's launched to try save it by a Conservative MP.

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Helen Grant says shutting Invicta Barracks in Maidstone,

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would have a detrimental impact on the town.

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

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

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

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Launching a petition against the closure,

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the local MP says it will have a huge impact,

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particularly on the Gurkha soldiers who served there.

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800 soldiers and their families will have to move.

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

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And there will be a break in 200 years

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The barracks were first established in Maidstone

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

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The site's been home to the 36 Engineer

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Regiment since 1959, but it was announced late last year

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It is inefficient and costs ?2.5 billion a

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

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

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

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They say there will be better facilities

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

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In Maidstone, not everyone see the logic.

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A shame, because it has been here a long time.

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I haven't got a clue what will happen to the

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I think the Gurkhas are very decent people and well liked here.

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The clock is ticking towards closure.

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Simon, how likely is Helen Grant's campaign to be successful?

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She says she will fight to the end and she plans to give the petition

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to the Ministry of Defence by Easter. She doesn't want to see the

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barracks along the road here turned into thousands of new houses, but

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there is precedent for this. The barracks in Canterbury has been

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closed recently and was earmarked for housing. And the barracks in

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Dover has also been shut down with houses planned for there also. So

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you can see the direction of travel. Tonight she's been boosted by the

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former head of barracks here who says the decision to shut it is

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unsound. The head teacher of a Kent Grammar

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

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of almost ?200 because of Cranbrook School says

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it s due to consult It comes as the Grammar School Heads

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Association says the changes which are due to take place in 2018

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to 2019 will mean 60 grammar schools will gain under the changes,

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but 103 will lose money, Our education correspondent,

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

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excellence by the Government, controversially given

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the money for expansion, but is the financial rug

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being pulled from underneath some of the best performing

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schools in the country? We are very perturbed

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

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of the things we've traditionally offered, particularly

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on sporting and creative fronts, sometimes in supporting

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individual students with needs, we will need parents to help us

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with our annual giving Cranbrook will ask

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for voluntary amount of According to the Grammar

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School Heads Association, 103 of the 163 grammar schools

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nationally will lose funding under Eight will lose out in Kent

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and four are set to School funding has

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become a hot issue. Every secondary headteacher

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in west Sussex wrote to their MP asking for

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funding shortfalls to be be addressed and warned of shorter

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school days and bigger classes. It is not fair, because not

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everyone has that money. People work hard to get into grammar

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schools and should be Grammar schools have

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far fewer disadvantaged children, which is all

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funding is formulated. The Department for Education

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says the new formula is based on need rather than postcode

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and is fairer for all. Claudia Sermbezis has

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been following this Claudia, it's difficult to argue

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grammar schools need more money if you're comparing them to schools

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in disadvantaged areas. And especially because there's only

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one pot of money so if grammars want to take more, will they take it from

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schools where there may be poorer pupils? Both grammars and

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nonselective schools are funded in the same way. The grammar schools

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heads Association says there should be minimum funding for everyone. But

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many grammar schools are not getting this. Today we spoke to several

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headteachers and they say they're getting mixed messages. A lot of

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support from Theresa May's government, but when it comes to

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core funding, selective and nonselective schools are in the same

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boat. Four Kent councils have confirmed

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they are to move ahead with a merger plan under what has been hailed

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as one of the biggest shake-ups At a specially-convened meeting,

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Dover, Canterbury, Thanet and Shepway councils said the merger

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would help improve services Critics of the proposal

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say council tax bills for some in the new combined

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authority could increase. Southeastern train services

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will not return to normal for the rest of this week

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following yesterday's The track was damaged and around

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50 metres of railway Passengers delayed by 30 minutes

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

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under Delay Repay. Outside of science fiction, time

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travel is, of course, impossible - Because photographer

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Jonathan Bolland has teamed up with local historian Ed Langridge

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to capture a series of startling images that match up pictures

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of the town taken 100 years ago A time travel tour

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of Tunbridge Wells with early 20th-century photographs

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merged with modern day. A couple of my photographs

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will show people in Edwardian times, for instance,

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walking down the high street and walking past some

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

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

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say, Only possible because

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

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he hasn't changed. You put that picture

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against 100 years ago You've got advertising

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signs, yes, but After receiving positive

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feedback from the few that were posted online,

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Jonathan decided to explore further. You go out and take

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

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a transposition in our photographic software to layer the

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photographs together. And you take elements out of one

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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help, the town's rich heritage has We'll have the national

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weather in a moment. First, here's the forecast

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for the south-east with Rachel. Good evening. Problems with dense

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fog over the last couple of days. Tonight, bitterly cold winds from

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the south-east so blustery tonight. Temperatures fall well below

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freezing. We should stay fog free. Heading through the day, it will be

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blustery. A good deal of sunshine but it stays bitterly cold. Here's

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the outlook: take a look at the Outlook towards

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the weekend. Good evening. If you think it was

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cold today, for many it will be colder still tomorrow. Cold even

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when we have the sunshine today. This was one of the wonderful

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weather watcher pictures we had sent in from Cornwall. It contrasts with

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a cloudy and foggy eastern half of the country, and a bank of cloud.

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Still foggy, but it is starting to lift. It is being pushed north and

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west, this bank of cloud. That will continue through the night. We will

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still have some fog sitting on the hills. Even with the cloud, it will

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be a cold night, with temperatures away from the far north and west

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falling to freezing. In the countryside,

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