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Silt plan given go-ahead

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Planning permission to dispose of silt from a lake on the Kent-Sussex border has been renewed by county council planners.

On 15 May East Sussex County Council’s planning committee considered an application to create an on-site silt disposal area at the Bayham Lake Estate near Lamberhurst.

Bayham Lake, Lamberhurst

The application had been a resubmission of an earlier scheme, which had been approved in 2016 but was delayed as developers sought planning permission for a spillway elsewhere on the estate.

Frant Parish Council had objected, saying the location would be inappropriate for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and be out of character with surrounding area.

However, officers told the committee the dredging of silt from the lake would be necessary to maintain its character while ecological surveys had raised "no significant issues".

Dragonfly project in Dorset extended

Melanie James

BBC Radio Solent

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A Dorset project to help victims of domestic abuse is to be extended.

The Dragonfly project uses the symbol of a dragonfly to show people in an abusive situation where they can find confidential support and advice.

The project trains people to become champions within communities. They're able to receive and respond to disclosures of domestic violence and abuse.

Funding has now been secured to continue the Dragonfly project in Dorset and to extend it to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex.

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KentOnline: Thieves steal hundreds of pounds from Wildwood Discovery Park near Canterbury

The Argus: The Old Market and Brighton Women's Centre team up

GetSurrey: Staines school to scan pupils for knives following rise in knife crime

Hastings Observer: Wet and windy start to day in Hastings and Rother

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill town centre redevelopment: Residents invited to open day

Chichester Observer: Goodwood pilots to fly silver spitfire around the world

Worthing Herald: Adur Repair Cafe set for launch in Shoreham

West Sussex County Times: Broadbridge Heath bypass closes as downgrade begins

Brighton & Hove Independent: Trainlines between Worthing and Littlehampton blocked after person hit by a train - Chichester lines also affected

Eastbourne Herald: New drug cabinet provided to DGH by Eastbourne charity

Brighton and Hove News: Vine Street restaurant given alcohol licence despite neighbour concerns

Conservatives hold Wealden

The Conservatives have maintained a comfortable majority in Wealden.

The Tories lost six seats - four to Liberal Democrats and two to Greens - but held control of the council, winning 34 out of a possible 45 seats.

When are your local council results due back?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Election count in Tandridge

Overnight we have seen the Tories lose overall control in Tandridge, Surrey.

In Kent, the Conservatives have lost control of Folkestone and Hythe but the party has held Medway and Dartford.

These are the estimated results times for each county in the South East:


  1. Maidstone 12:45
  2. Dover District 13:00
  3. Ashford 14:00
  4. Thanet 14:00
  5. Sevenoaks 15:30
  6. Swale 15:30
  7. Tonbridge & Malling 16:00 -18:00
  8. Canterbury City 17:00
  9. Tunbridge Wells 17:00
  10. Gravesham Borough 18:00

East Sussex:

  1. Eastbourne 16:00
  2. Rother 16:00
  3. Brighton & Hove 17:00
  4. Lewes 17:00
  5. Wealden 17:00

West Sussex

  1. Worthing 11:00
  2. Chichester 12:00
  3. Crawley 16:00
  4. Horsham 16:00
  5. Arun 16:00
  6. Mid Sussex 19:00


  1. Mole Valley 15:00
  2. Woking 15:00
  3. Spelthorne 15:00
  4. Reigate and Banstead 16:30
  5. Waverley 18:00
  6. Runnymede 18:00
  7. Elmbridge - Unsure

Remarkable footage shows World War Two soldiers sending messages home
Attempts are made to trace families of Sussex veterans who filmed messages in Asia.

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Hastings Observer: Sussex town is the smallest in England to still have a Mayor and Corporation

Kent Online: Former Tally Ho pub in Canterbury must be converted back from house to bar

Chichester Observer: Hundreds gather for open air baptisms on Easter Sunday in Chichester

Eastbourne Herald: Police and council respond to petition to dig up garden in search of body of missing Polegate teen

Worthing Herald: Dogs Trust Shoreham dog of the week Benny acts like a giant puppy

Mid Sussex Times: ‘Wonderful news’ as Mid Sussex charity awarded £5,000

Brighton and Hove News: Police ask public to help find Brighton man missing since before Easter

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fraud investigation as Brighton women lose thousands after being promised jobs abroad

The Argus: City clean boss hits back as union holds ballot on strike action

Get Surrey: Slow M25 and M3 traffic due to crash and emergency repairs - live updates

Crawley Observer: Gatwick based trust offers bursaries for children with paralysis

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Hastings Observer: Morris dance set to celebrate St George’s Day.

Kent Online: Migrant's death under coach 'misadventure'

Chichester Observer:Train disruption between Gatwick and Three Bridges

Eastbourne Herald: Two cars on fire in early hours

Worthing Herald: Police warn of 'disturbing hugging scam'

Mid Sussex Times: Stephen Lawrence Day - Police officers take time to reflect

Brighton & Hove News: Councillor speaks of 'highs and lows' in office

Brighton & Hove Independent: Meet the Sussex Police cyber crime head

The Argus: Man dangles boy over cliff edge

Surrey News: Dentist to face misconduct hearing

Crawley Observer: Our shared interest in protecting the planet

Police seek pair of purse snatchers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Detectives have released CCTV images of two women they believe are behind a series of bag thefts in supermarkets.

The latest victim is an 85-year-old woman, who was targeted in the Uckfield branch of Tesco.

Uckfield bag theft suspect 1
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One of the suspects pretended to be looking in the refrigerated section as a pretext to get close to the victim, and covered her hands with a scarf as she grabbed the purse.

Uckfield bag theft suspect 2
Sussex Police

The theft took place on 13 February and is one of a spate of similar thefts in supermarkets in the town since the start of the year.

Mother of 14-year-old who killed herself at the Priory speaks out
Amy El-Keria was a patient at Ticehurst House Psychiatric Hospital, which has been fined £300,000 over her death.

South East unemployment picture better than national

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Unemployment in the South East is at 3.3% according to the latest official figures.

Across the UK the proportion of people aged 16 and over not in work is at 3.9%, lower than at any time since the end of 1975.

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Unemployment in the South East is below the national average

You can read more about the national picture here.

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Hastings Observer: Hastings Street Food Festival to return in May

Kent Online: Anger as parking permit fees double in Canterbury within two years

Chichester Observer: Outrage over decision to demolish 'charming' historic Selsey home

Eastbourne Herald: Bid to transform Eastbourne’s oldest building into ‘high end’ B&B

Worthing Herald: Police operation at Worthing level crossing snares 10 people

Mid Sussex Times: Bomb squad called to Mid Sussex

Brighton and Hove News: Moulsecoomb playground reopens after parents raise funds for £70k revamp

Brighton and Hove Independent: Janet Muller killing to feature in real crime TV series

The Argus: Dealer used 15-year-old boy to sell class A drugs

Get Surrey: Huge house fire at Hamhaugh Island in Shepperton

Crawley Observer: Bikes stolen after hole cut in hedge to access garden

Councillors mull wine decision

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Beacon Down Vineyard

Wealden councillors have retired to make a decision after hearing a vineyard’s bid to sell wine during tastings and tours.

At a day-long hearing on Monday, Wealden District Council’s licensing sub-committee considered an application for the sale of alcohol at the Beacon Down Vineyard near Cross-in-Hand.

During the hearing, the vineyard’s owners Paul and Alice Pippard they had previously secured temporary event notices to sell the vineyard’s wine on site.

Mr Pippard said: “We are a new vineyard still finding its feet. We planted in 2015 and every aspect is run wholly by us.

“Farm gate sales are important to make the business viable and the licence would also mean we could make retail sales for online purchases.

The application, however, has proven highly controversial among local residents, with many voicing their objections to increased activity on the site during the meeting.

Jermey Phillips QC, a barrister representing objectors Richard and Diana Randell, said: “It is critical to look at this it in its context and against the setting.

“I stand to be corrected but you will never hear an application that is made in a more tranquil, rural and peaceful location than this. It is elysian in its character.

Following the hearing the sub-committee retired to consider the evidence heard, with councillors warning they would be unlikely to come to a decision until the end of the week.