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Hello and welcome to South Today. - so it's goodbye from me -


In tonight's programme: Hundreds of homes, but would they help


The opposition to plans to build on fields near Aylesbury.


Campaigners have branded the developers as greedy.


Also: the fans and the tributes keep coming.


Ten days after his death, flowers are still being left outside


Every day there are something like several hundreds at least coming. I


shall never regret doing this, it's the best thing I could do.


And later on: family secrets, a special wartime unit


A first time author who's just won a top award.


Campaigners in a Buckinghamshire village have reacted with anger over


fresh plans to build hundreds of new homes there.


They'd be in addition to 400 houses that have already been


Protestors say not enough thought's been given to how schools,


GPs surgeries and roads will cope with the growing population.


It comes as Aylesbury has been selected by the government


to become a new garden town, receiving more than a million pounds


In a moment we'll hear from our political reporter.


This development in Aston Clinton sits next to another site Web


This development in Aston Clinton sits next to another site where


Residents say there isn't the infrastructure to cope.


We understand the need for houses but these houses


have not been planned, they've been put in piecemeal,


ad hoc, and they've rode roughshot over planning laws and the Council


and the government need to stand up to developers


Around 700 homes are planned for Aston Clinton, meaning


I've just taken a short walk down the road and you can see


the building work has already started on this site behind me.


In fact we walked past two potential development sites just to get here,


15,000 homes are planned for Aylesbury alone.


Come into Aylesbury any morning at nine o'clock,


traffic miles back down towards Aston Clinton.


It's got to be rethought, it really has.


House prices are just priced so way out.


The kids, my children are 28 and 30 and they cannot get


onto the property ladder for love nor money.


I think it's very good that they are building


these properties now, it's just the cost


Aylesbury was recently granted garden town status.


Now a masterplan for the town will look at existing housing


proposals, infrastructure, parks and cycleways.


We are in a position, particularly with our emerging local plan,


but also with the garden town status where we can actually plan


for future development and not have it more or less thrust


upon us on a site-by-site basis, as has been happening in the past.


Back in Aston Clinton residents have one week to comment


on this application, and shape the direction


As we heard there, Aylesbury is one of the latest places


A short time ago our political reporter Bethan Phillips told me


It's an idea that's been around since Victorian times,


stop urban sprawl by building new communities and protecting


And the plan behind these new garden towns remains pretty much the same.


The government says it wants to create distinct new places,


Two garden towns have already been announced in our area,


at Didcot and Bicester, now a new garden town


All three will have more than 10,000 homes each.


The government also wants to create 14 smaller garden villages,


including one next to Eynsham, that's currently being called


What's been the reaction to the announcement about all these


They've been welcomed by some, but concern from others.


Bicester and Didcot have already caused controversy, with some


residents worried that the idea of a garden town isn't being adhered to,


and that green spaces are under threat.


Housing expert Professor Danny Dorling hit out yesterday


at the garden village next to Eynsham, saying the homes


were really needed in Oxford, and that this would


But West Oxfordshire District Council say it


These garden towns and villages are an attractive idea for councils


because they get extra government funding for them.


In fact the government says there's been a high level


of interest in the idea, and it may open up


a new round of bids for Garden Villages later this year.


The impact of Brexit on farming is one of the key


topics being discussed at the Oxford Farming


Andrea Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, is Secretary


of State for Environment, and MP for South Northamptonshire.


She says she's committed to giving farmers access to the seasonal


migrant workers they'll need to harvest their crops,


I want to pay tribute to the many workers from Europe who contribute


so much to our farming industry and rural communities.


Access to labour is very much an important part of


our current discussions and we are committed to working


with you to make sure you have the right people


with the right skills, a strong skilled workforce will allow you to


focus on how the latest technology can transform your business.


Ten days after his death, tributes are continuing to pour


in at the Oxfordshire home of George Michael.


The singer and songwriter died at his home in


It's still not known what led to his death, but it isn't


Fans of George Michael, not just here in Goring


but from all over the world, have been paying their respects


There must have been thousands of people.


You know every day there are something like several


It takes comfort a little bit really just to understand how much it


meant everyone really, just to see the messages and to see


what he meant to so many people from different walks of life.


Just couldn't get over it for ages, I couldn't stop crying.


He was just such a brilliant, brilliant man.


Despite living here for a number of years, George Michael


The news of his death shocked many, including local businesses.


We've had people from all over the country coming in,


talking about their memories of George Michael.


I can't believe the impact he had on people's lives and


We have had people from all over the country and


they are leaving all sorts of tributes, there are pineapples down


It's still not clear how George Michael died.


Police say the 53-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained,


Post-mortem results have come back inconclusive.


More tests are being done over the next few weeks.


Adina Campbell, BBC South Today in Goring on Thames.


Oxford United could have a permanent training ground at Court Place Farm


stadium, the home of Oxford City - under a new deal agreed


United would continue to play first team matches at the Kassam Stadium


and City would continue playing at Marsh Lane.


The deal would help finance a new artificial pitch being laid


It's important for United because they need facilities


for both the academy for


the first team, and for Cit, of course, it's a financial lifeline,


given the problems they've been facing in recent months, so we are


delighted that bringing the two clubs together from the City point


Bees and butterfly numbers have plummeted over


the last decade according to the Swindo-based National Trust.


The organisation's been reviewing wildlife on its estates.


It says unsettled weather has led to a boom in grass growth


at the expense of the wildflower habitats required by


A film-maker has helped a woman's dreams of being a mermaid come true.


Sarah Chandler from Oxfordshire suffered two severe strokes


aged six and seven, leaving her unable to speak.


She's now starred in a short music video as her favourite Disney


character, Ariel from The Little Mermaid.


Sarah was filmed with her parents and carers by filmmaker Amanda Reid.


Following two devastating strokes as a child, Sarah now lives


with past-it dystonic quadriplegia and a complete loss of speech.


Eye-gaze technology is helping her to express herself.


My best friend is my mum, she is lush.


Actually I programmed that last week, I have to take the


credit for that one, but Sarah and I do get on very well.


This is brilliant because she's just got it and


But it was the chance to play Ariel alongside her


parents and carers that has been a real dream come true for Sarah.


I really enjoyed making the Little Mermaid film.


Sarah was on a beanbag so it meant she got


some physiotherapy getting out of the chair but Sarah just


It was so much fun everyone was involved,


Sarah's support workers both took in turns,


I called it the pea, but it


was the green suit, all up over the face


so they were around Sarah as Flounder and I was


I expect the fee would be very cold at this time of year, especially


tonight! The weather is later on in the programme.


I'll have the headlines at eight and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.


Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.


changed the character of the Isle of Wight.


Keggie Carew had never written a book before.


But she grew up with stories of her father's courageous acts


during the Second World War and was determined to get them


on paper before dementia took hold of her father's life.


So, she wrote Dadland - A Journey Into Uncharted Territory.


And it's won her the Best Biography in the Costa Awards.


I went to chat to her at her home near Salisbury.


As dad slowly leaves us, I try to haul him back from the bottom of


cardboard boxes and forgotten trunks, from letters buried in


desks, from books I have not known about, from photos I am unfamiliar


with, from diaries never meant for my eyes. It isn't just that I want


to stick together again, this is an exorcism and a ghost hunt. Rebuilt


him, rebuild me. Why did you embark on the story? I knew my dad had done


some extraordinary things in the war, since we were young we have


these Indian newspapers from 1945 that col Tim Lawrence of Burma and I


got into his attic and found two huge trunks full of stuff and I


sadly realised I had an incredible story and everything things kept


falling into my lap. Did you learn more about your father, would you


like, I did not know he was like this. There was a lot of wow, I knew


he was extraordinary because he was unorthodox, rule breaking,


charismatic, living with him was like being in a game of poker, you


never knew where you were. He was born in 1919 in the middle of the


Irish War of Independence out of wedlock, so it started off like that


and went on. Tell me about the note that kicked it off for you. He came


to say and I was going through his pockets and he had just started to


lose his memory and I found a note that said my name is Tom Carew but I


have forgotten years. It was moving but he was funny, once he had got


over the immediate panic, he would try to outwit his dementia. My


neighbour came round and I overheard him say to her, I don't remember you


but I do remember your teeth. They are very distinctive. So he was a


joy. And a nightmare! How much of this has been a personal journey? It


has been a huge personal journey, I am very much in this book and it has


been hard because I have two revisits a lot of tough family stuff


because everything went pear shaped, with a man like that it will go her


shape. Post-war Britain, there wasn't much call for aid agent in


Hampshire in 1960 but it didn't stop his self belief -- a gorilla agent.


This is where you wrote the book. This is my ramshackle shed, or my


dad's letters and photos and secret papers. What is next? I have


something in my drawer, loads of things in my drawer, more horrible


true stories. Which you will not share? Not right now click! And you


can hear Keggie talking tonight on front row at 7:15pm.


Do you remember your first visit to the cinema?


It may well have been to an ABC Complex.


They were one of the biggest names during the post-war heyday


of British cinema-going and tonight, one of the last remaining


It's in Bournemouth and we can join Ed Sault who is there ahead


What an entrance, there certainly has. Welcome to Bournemouth. Who


needs Hollywood on a night like this, this is where the action is as


the ABC cinema closes its doors after 80 years. Members of the


public got to choose the last film, and this is a giveaway, the DeLorean


from Back To The Future and the cinema, while looking back on its


past, is also looking forward to its future.


It is a Bournemouth icon, a 30s landmark but one that is closing


down. The ABC cinema first opened in 1937 and everything from Fred


Astaire's dance to Star Wars Rogue one has been projected onto its


giant screens. This is the projection room for them they just


screamed, screen one. We have the two ages of projection, the


old-style 35mm projection and the new digital projector. And that is


what is used now. One of the interesting bits of history by the


fire instructions. Instead of using the word far, a charrette which used


the word sand, like code, and rather than a conventional fire alarm, Rule


Britannia was played instead. I started when ABC was part of the


Cannon group and we reverted back to ABC, so if you cut me in half I


would have ABC and Odeon written through me, so to close it is like a


story full circle in my career. ABC cinemas were well known across the


south, as seen here in Portsmouth, but Fred Hughes -- for those who


work here it is bittersweet. With 80 years of history, knowing we are the


12 will close it down is sad on our part but we are glad knowing we are


looking to the future and looking around we think it is so different,


especially when we moved to the new building. Tonight's screening of


Back To The Future is the end of an era as the curtain comes down on


eight decades of history. A brand-new theatre opens across the


road in February. While there is a lot of change on the card, some


things aren't changing. I love this bit. I will make sure you get some,


Sally! I know there will not be anything


left after you finished that not, and Chris Temple either wanted a


drum roll or curtains. That would be nice, one of those


curtains for the sports presenter. What happened last night? Are


Bournemouth fans upset? I'm sure they will be, 3-0 up against Arsenal


and then you throw it away, Bournemouth fans may have felt they


should have been gutted but a large number reflected on a night of


positives at the vitality stadium, which is proving the place to go for


Premier League drama. Goals, disallowed goals,


penalty shouts, a red card and a last-ditch equaliser,


this had the lot. Half of Charlie Daniels'


family are Arsenal fans, A temporary family split


when the left back put Bournemouth It's hard to keep the Cherries'


pocket rocket Ryan Fraser This push on the Scotsman gave


Callum Wilson a chance 2-0, Bournemouth all over


the 13-times champions. Then came another point for debate,


Harry Arter's shot coming The referee ruled it


out for handball. That seemed irrelevant when Fraser


belied his stature to thread 3-0 but not yet won,


particularly when Alexis Sanchez Difficult to argue with the quality


of the Gunners' second, The Cherries' quest to hang


on wasn't helped by a red card for skipper Simon Francis


for a lunge on Aaron Ramsey. The Cherries have today


appealed that decision. And with ten men, the resistance


buckled as Olivier Giroud glanced It's a strange one for us, 3-0 up,


to be hoping the game is over but you can't underestimate


the quality of Arsenal. As soon as they got that first


goal, the game changed. 3-1, we didn't see the game out


in an effective manner. We're here to win and that's why


tonight hurts so much. And Bournemouth stay ninth in the


Premier League. Hampshire bowler Reece Topley has


suffered another injury setback, in his attempts to return


to full fitness. After spending the whole of last


season on the sidelines with a recurring back problem,


Topley has today undergone That will prevent him joining up


as planned with the England I think it was a case of not


responding well to the physio he's having and the decision was made


to have an operation but the encouraging thing that's


positive is that it's a short time out and he should be raring to go


at the start of the season, so that's a real positive for Reece


and also for us at Hampshire. It's back to business this week


for the Berkshire-based GB rowing squad, who have launched


into their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. The GB squad were back at Caversham


today, before heading off for their first training camp


of the four-year build-up. It's a mixture of seasoned


Olympians, and new faces too. The big target of 2017


is the World Championships They had a longer time


after the Olympics to recover, four years on, very demanding


on the body and to get the wheels spinning again is not as easy


and if you look now, two and a half years' time,


we have to qualify for Tokyo, That lake looks cold.


It's amazing when they say it's not a lot of time, you think it is ages


but not when you work Groening, it goes quick. -- when you are


training. It's 50 years since the last


British Rail steam train ran The railways used to crisscross


the island, but, today there's just one short line


from Ryde Pier to Shanklin. Now, with archive film


you've never seen before, our transport correspondent


Paul Clifton looks at how the end of the steam era changed


the island's character. The Isle of Wight once had


55 miles of railways. This is 1928, when trains linked


most towns and villages. From the 1950s onwards,


the lines gradually closed. At the end of 1966, Ventnor died


because the line from Ryde to Ventnor served the principal


holiday resorts on the island, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor -


and it took Ventnor about 30 years to reinvent itself to become


a destination once again. Here is the last ever train from


Newport, shortly before the tracks were taken up.


If you look carefully, evidence of the old railways


A platform that hasn't seen trains in decades.


Once called Whitwell Station, here it is in 1897.


And this is a junction of two lines, the station building is long gone


but the platforms are still standing. The island always had old,


worn out trains, second-hand cast-offs from the mainland, but in


the summer holidays they were packed. The carriages made of wood


are still here, restored on that carriage railway. -- the heritage


railway. After 104 years, the last steam


train ran on New Year's Eve, 1966. The trains were probably much more


busy than an average were very much coming


for their last trip of an era. The final seven miles of railway


from right to Shankland were electrified, ready for a more


cast-offs. This time former London underground trails, old even in the


1960s, yet still soldiering on half a century later. Certainly the eyes


and railways never made any real profit and they just closed a year


because of their non-viable T. There is a future in the sense that I


didn't line carriage provides a good service to and from the ferries.


In reality, the island has two heritage railways.


Unlikely survivors from the island's past.


And there are no firm plans to update it.


And for those of you who'd like a bit of steam, you can go to our


Facebook page and see that archive footage over again. Onto the


weather. It was not quite so chilly this morning but


weather. It was not quite so chilly this morning but it will get cold


again. Temperatures were above freezing this morning but remembered


Tuesday, minus six Celsius and it will be cold overnight to like,


maybe even minus eight Celsius. Tonight we expect frosty conditions


but let's look at your pictures because many have been out despite


the cloud cover this morning, a dog walker at Waltham St Lawrence in


Berkshire, also a cloudy scene with some brighter spells at Netflix and


a few brighter spells at Hungerford, captured by Ken Rayner. The night


temperatures will drop like a stone, potentially -8 across southern


England, elsewhere temperatures could drop to -24 minus three. There


is a chance where we have crossed on the ground that could create


slippery conditions and maybe some freezing fog first thing tomorrow


morning, so it will be a bitterly cold start, tomorrow temperatures


will struggle to rise. Lots of sunshine, barely a cloud in the sky


and temperatures could reach five Celsius along the south coast that


just a high of two Celsius in parts of Oxfordshire. A lovely end to the


day but we will see increasing cloud for western parts, the further east


you are, you may see freezing fog with temperatures dropping to -3 so


Friday will start on a chilly night, cloud will increase with a weather


front from the North West thinking South and East, it could produce


some heavy rain from lunchtime onwards on Friday afternoon and some


milder temperatures, the air behind the front will be milder,


temperatures up to nine or 10 Celsius but that rain will clear


south and east into Saturday morning, so a bitterly cold start to


tomorrow, temperatures could start off at -8 Celsius, the usual cold


spots like Bournemouth Airport, Friday quite a cloudy start, some


bright spells, temperatures milder than tomorrow and staying mild over


the weekend, highs of 10 Celsius. High pressure will develop over the


weekend so we will have fairly settled conditions, a chance of


drizzle but a good deal of cloud and one were too bright and sunny


spells. So it will be chilly tomorrow morning. We will have more


at 10:30pm tonight and then we're back tomorrow morning. Have a great


evening. Good night. as he explores Naples,


Venice and Florence. It's like we're walking through


a giant's armpit. We can follow the escape route


of Michelangelo. Mildred is our first student


from a non-witching family.


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