02/01/2017 South Today


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Good evening, I'm Jo Kent. for the news where you are.

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Three major housing developments in the south have been

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given financial support from the Government.

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Welborne, near Fareham in Hampshire, and a new site near Eynsham

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in West Oxfordshire will be designated as Garden Villages.

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Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire has been named as a Garden Town.

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As David Allard reports, the new status could push forward

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projects which have been held up in planning rows.

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Welborne - it's been talked about for years as a way to solve

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But after all the protests, a public inquiry and a compulsory

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purchase row, not one of the planned 6,000 homes has been built yet.

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Today, though, the project got a shot in the arm.

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Welborne would be a completely new community, built on these

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fields, with affordable homes, schools, shops

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In fact, pretty much what the Government says

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So now Welborne gets a share of ?6 million and other support

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What we are looking for is for the Government to start

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pushing out of the way some of the obstacles to getting this

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We accept this is needed, the Government accept it is needed,

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we need homes, we need jobs, we need schools, we need

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They feel other sites are more suitable for housing.

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About 1,000 people are wanting homes in our area and it is our duty to do

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that, but a lot of it could be absorbed in either brownfield sites

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or sites that have come through and hopefully will go

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It's likely Fareham can now bid for money to upgrade the A32 and M27

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Improved transport links will be crucial to another planned garden

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One of the important aspects of Government backing for this

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scheme is it gives us access to the Housing Infrastructure Fund

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and that could go some way to helping alleviate some

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of the existing problems in nearby areas such as the A40.

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Meanwhile, thousands of new homes will see the extension of Aylesbury

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With talk of "new planning freedoms" and "accelerated development",

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it's clear the Government wants these garden communities built

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Later this month, they'll set out more radical plans to boost housing

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So it may not be long before landscapes like this change forever.

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Two men have been charged after a spate of knife-point robberies

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Four incidents happened on Friday and Saturday in the Paulsgrove area.

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46-year-old Wayne Bailey of Hillsley Road has been charged

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with four counts of robbery and four counts of possession

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And 41-year-old Martin Lee O'Sullivan of Chaucer Avenue has

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been charged with two counts of robbery.

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It's hoped around a third of artefacts which were being stored

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at a disused museum in Swindon could be saved, after a fire

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Fire fighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze

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at the old Coate Agricultural Museum, which started on Saturday.

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The museum had been closed for decades, but a number

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The Cowes floating bridge on the Isle of Wight

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will make its last crossing today after 40 years of service.

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It's being replaced with a new bridge that

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A temporary launch will operate for foot passengers from tomorrow

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until the new floating bridge is ready at the end of March.

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Vehicles will be diverted via Newport.

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Many people have worked over the festive period, including those

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But some people give up their time then and throughout the year,

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doing unpaid voluntary work to help others.

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Among them, some dog owners whose family pets have been specially

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trained to help in the search for missing people -

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often elderly people with dementia or people who are depressed.

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It's a scene like many in homes across the south

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this holiday season, families getting together,

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But Darren Yates and springer spaniel Millie could be

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Darren and his three-year-old pet dog are volunteers with lowland

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rescue group Searchdog Sussex, which is drafted in by police forces

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across the south to help search for missing people.

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They are on call 365 days a year, which meant abandoning the festive

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fun last New Year's Day, when the telephone rang.

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That call came through at ten o'clock on the morning

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That call came through at ten o'clock in the morning

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and that was completely out of the blue, so that shook up

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We were planning on playing a board game, watching a bit of telly,

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the typical family stuff that you usually do on New Year's Day,

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but it was a case of dropping everything, grabbing the kit

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from under the stairs, loading the car and driving 50 miles

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to help the police search for a missing gentleman

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I get quite sad because he's missing out on the fun with us but I kind

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of feel proud of him because he is, like, saving people's lives.

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However, part of the compensation for ten-year-old Ellen

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is helping Dad train Millie, playing hide and seek

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For Millie, it is just a game, she loves the search

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For her, it is about the search and finding that missing person,

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going to tell me what she's found and taking me back into

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But even so, Millie, Darren and the whole family

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are hoping for a peaceful New Year this time around.

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In football, Southampton lost a third Premier League

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Everton put three past them in the last 20 minutes.

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Manager Claude Puel said his players were tired after three

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In the Championship, Brighton have gone to the top

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of the table after a 2-1 win at Fulham, while Reading came

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from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory against Bristol City,

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with Yann Kermogant scoring two late goals.

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In League One, there were goalless draws for the MK Dons

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at Chesterfield and also for Swindon hosting Southend.

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And in League Two, there was a 1-0 home win for Portsmouth

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against League Two promotion rivals Luton.

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We are in for a cold night, quite markedly so in some areas.

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We have a Met Office warning out for icy stretches on untreated

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surfaces and pavements, this is courtesy of a frost that

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will develop quite widely during the course of tonight.

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Unsurprisingly, temperatures pretty widely at freezing or below.

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Some parts of Oxfordshire could be as low as minus 4 to minus six.

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Do take it easy on the roads at first light tomorrow.

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There could be the odd patch of freezing fog around.

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Most places starting frosty, yes, but with some sunshine around.

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The general trend into the afternoon is to introduce more

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Rather patchily, until we get late into the evening,

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when it will thicken up to the north.

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They could even be the odd spot of light rain feeding into the north

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Temperatures tomorrow eventually up in a range of about 4-7 C.

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We'll find those temperatures drop away get the tail end of Wednesday

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We'll find those temperatures drop away at the tail end of Wednesday

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overnight into Thursday, but then start to pick up a milder

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theme towards the tail end of the week with some rain

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Good evening. It has been turning colder and clearer and our weather

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watchers have been capturing the sunshine. Here is the scene in

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Derbyshire and where we have had the clear skies by day, we are in for a

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cold night tonight. Temperatures already plummeting, particularly

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towards the south with some icy stretches across parts of central

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and southern England, and into Wales. For the north-west, not as

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cold, as we have the cloud building. But to the south we could see

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temperatures down to minus four or five first thing Tuesday morning. If

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you have a commute back

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