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Millions invested in local building projects

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Thanet Parkway
South East Local Enterprise Partnership
Thanet Parkway station is one of the projects being invested in

Projects in the south east are getting £85m to help the economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

The money comes from the government’s £900m Getting Building Fund, which is aimed at financing schemes that will provide jobs and growth.

The local projects will provide 9,167 jobs, 7,234 homes and more than 50,000 sq m of commercial space.

They include:

  • Romney Marsh Employment Hub: 480 new jobs will be created across five hectares of employment land in Folkestone and Hythe
  • Britton Farm Redevelopment Learning Skills and Employment Hub in Medway
  • Thanet Parkway station: a new railway station in East Kent.
  • UTC Maritime and Sustainable Technology Hub: an education-led skills training centre in Lewes
  • The Observer Building, Hastings: the restoration of a local landmark including four floors of leisure, retail, offices, studios and community space
  • An Incubator facility for the Discovery Park in Sandwich

South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Chair, Christian Brodie said: “We are delighted.

"These projects have been carefully selected to target those areas and industries particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and those that can progress, at pace, to support economic recovery."

Council chiefs: 'Don't come to Brighton and Hove'

Council officials in Brighton and Hove say they are "concerned" about the number of people in the city as temperatures climb.

The city council posted a tweet urging people not to travel to Brighton and Hove amid concerns over social distancing.

Elsewhere in the South East, local authorities have reported beaches becoming packed with sunseekers, including in Camber and parts of Thanet.

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Police: 'Don't attend unofficial Pride events'

Police have urged people not to attend unofficial Pride events in Brighton this weekend amid concerns people will head to the seaside city en masse.

The popular festival was due to be headlined this weekend by Mariah Carey and the Pussycat Dolls but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are worries among authorities in the city that social distancing will be put at risk if too many people head to the coast. Instead, they have urged people to mark the event virtually.

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Man 'wielding axe' arrested in street

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man has been arrested by police investigating reports people were threatened with an axe in Brighton.

Officers were called to North Street just before 20:00 BST on Wednesday.

Firearms officers apprehended him on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm, and possession of an offensive weapon.

The axe was recovered and no one was hurt, Sussex Police said.

Traffic jams as visitors flock to the coast

Highways officials say heavy traffic is building up in the Camber area as people head to the coast amid the warm temperatures.

People are being urged to avoid the area as car parks in the seaside resort have now all filled up with vehicles.

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Delayed Brighton Marathon now cancelled

Brighton Marathon 2019
Brighton Marathon Weekend

The Brighton Marathon weekend, which was postponed in March and was due to take place between 18 and 20 September, will now not go ahead as planned, organisers say.

In a statement, marathon organisers said: "Not hosting the Brighton Marathon Weekend this September is not a decision that we have taken lightly."

They added that managing social distancing crowds would be "extremely difficult".

Although they are unable to shut down large parts of the city for the usual 26.2 mile course, organisers said they were working instead on creating a "socially-distanced, Covid-19 compliant event, which our 2020 participants will be invited to be part of" this autumn.

Further details of the revised event and options for registered runners will be released by mid-August.

Concerns over irresponsible face covering disposal

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Too many people are failing to dispose of face coverings responsibly, especially single use ones, according to councillors in Brighton and Hove.

They raised their concerns about the “proliferation of face masks chucked on the floor” at a “virtual” meeting.

Woman wearing face covering
EPA

Green councillor Sarah Nield called for more promotion of reusable face coverings to try to discourage people from discarding masks.

She told Brighton and Hove City Council’s Health and Well-being Board: “It is quite easy to buy one you can wash.

“This is going to go on for a long time and I dread to think about the amount of PPE going into the bin.”

Labour councillor Nick Childs said many people had raised the subject of the “proliferation of face masks chucked on the floor”.

He said: “It’s something all of us have seen more and more, and I think it’s going to increase as mask wearing becomes obligatory."

Teen's jaw broken in Swanbourne Lake attack

Two teenagers suffered "abhorrent" injuries when they were attacked by suspects wearing balaclavas, police have said.

The boys were part of a group that was set upon in the woods near Swanbourne Lake, Arundel, at about 01:00 BST on Wednesday.

One of the victims suffered a broken jaw and back injuries, while a second was left with a cheek injury and a burn to his leg, Sussex Police said. Both have been discharged from hospital.

Supt Miles Ockwell said: “The level of injuries involved in this assault are abhorrent and the behaviour from the suspect group is completely unacceptable."

No coronavirus deaths in South East in latest figures

Coronavirus
BBC

NHS England has announced there were no deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in the South East in the 24-hour period up to 16:00 BST on Tuesday.

Cases are only included when the positive Covid-19 test result is received, or death certificate confirmed with Covid-19 mentioned, NHS England said.

These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, including those in care homes.

Across England's hospitals 14 deaths were linked to positive coronavirus tests, with the Midlands seeing nine deaths and the North East and Yorkshire three.

Royal Pavilion reopens for first time since lockdown

GV of the Royal Pavilion
Google

The famous Royal Pavilion in Brighton reopens today for the first time since lockdown.

Civic leaders welcomed the news, describing it as “another step towards the city returning to a new normal”.

Councillor Carmen Appich, chair of the council’s tourism committee, said: “It’s fantastic news that, thanks to the hard work and commitment of staff, we are now able to re-open our wonderful Royal Pavilion.

The palace, a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles, was built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, between 1787 and 1823.

It was designed by a team of architects led by Sir John Nash, who also designed parts of Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the Withdean Sports Complex also reopens today, Brighton and Hove City Council said.

City's leisure centres set for phased reopening

Leisure centres in Brighton and Hove are set to reopen on a phased basis, the city council has announced.

The first to reopen will be Withdean Sports Complex on 27 July.

Boy beside pool
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Brighton and Hove City Council said other facilities will remain closed while it works with operator Freedom Leisure to deal with work “behind the scenes”.

We understand that residents are looking forward to going back to using their favourite gyms, swimming pools and joining live sports and fitness classes. All we can say at the moment is that we hope to be able to gradually open our facilities and that when they do customers can expect to come back to a safe environment in line with best practice guidance.”

Councillor Carmen Appich,chair of Brighton and Hove City Council's tourism committee
Neal Maupay challenges for the ball

Mantej Mann

BBC Sport

Manager Graham Potter says "the financial implications are massive" after Brighton secure their Premier League status with a goalless draw against Newcastle.

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Royal Pavilion set to reopen for first time since lockdown

The famous Royal Pavilion in Brighton will reopen next week for the first time since lockdown.

The city’s mayor Alan Robins will be among guests to attend the reopening of the striking building on Monday 27 July.

Brighton's Royal Pavilion
Google

Civic leaders welcomed the news, describing it as “another step towards the city returning to a new normal”.

Councillor Carmen Appich, chair of the council’s tourism committee, said: “It’s fantastic news that, thanks to the hard work and commitment of staff, we are now able to re-open our wonderful Royal Pavilion.

The palace, a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles, was built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, between 1787 and 1823.

It was designed by a team of architects led by Sir John Nash, who also designed parts of Buckingham Palace.