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  2. Southampton council pledges not to ban skateboarders from Guildhall Square
  3. Winchester edition of Monopoly planned, with Jane Austen banknotes
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Andover swimming pool closure sparks anger

Campaigners have spoken of their frustration at plans to close a swimming pool  long before its replacement is ready. 

The current pool and sports hall in Andover will close next month, with a new complex not due to open for several months and no temporary facility yet in place.  

The council said the community would have a "state of the art" facility to enjoy for decades to come.

Kirsty Gray

It's really disappointing. It's used by all sections of our community - I really think there should be a public This should have been in place prior to closing the leisure centre. Without it we fear for the commity's feature."

Kirsty GrayAndover resident

Jack wins local hero award

Ninety-one-year-old Jack Poole from Gosport was among those honoured a national awards ceremony to specifically celebrate achievements of the over 65s.

Mr Poole is a regular volunteer at Gosport’s SEARCH Museum, and his Local Hero award was voted for by members of the public.

He received his Churchill Award at a ceremony in London earlier this week.

Jack Poole receives award
Churchill Awards

The remarkable individuals receiving these awards are all leaders in their field, and during 2016 they made a huge contribution towards the health, happiness and welfare of millions of people across the UK. The continued achievements of the over 65s should not come as a surprise; they are rarely celebrated in this way."

Dame Esther Rantzen Churchill Awards Ambassador

Taxi driver rapped for overcharging cruise ship passengers

A taxi driver in Southampton has had his licence revoked for overcharging cruise ship passengers and having numerous defects with their vehicle, including a tyre with its tread completely worn off.

The city council's Licensing General Sub-Committee revoked the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver’s licences with immediate effect.

Taxi sign

Eight arrests in Basingstoke drugs raids

Eight people have been arrested as part of an operation to disrupt the supply of Class A drugs in Basingstoke.

A total of five warrants were executed out at addresses in Brighton Hill, Kings Furlong, Rooksdown and Winklebury on Tuesday. A shotgun, cash and drugs were seized during the raids.

One man has been charged with driving offences and three men and three women have been bailed on a drugs offences. One man remains in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of Class A drugs.

Plan to woo tourists with Isle of Wight webcams

Saints midfielder James ward-Prowse on England call-up

Southampton FC has posted a video of James Ward-Prowse's reaction to being called into Gareth Southgate's England for the forthcoming matches against German and Lithuania.  

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Council considers merger referendum

Christchurch councillors are to meet on 21 March to consider whether to hold a referendum about plans to abolish Dorset's nine councils and replace them with two unitary authorities.

The borough was one of three councils to reject the proposals , which would see it merge with Bournemouth and Poole.

Former council leader Ray Nottage, who supported the plans, was ousted last month .

Acting council leader David Flagg said it was vital that councillors took into account the wishes of residents.

He said: "By holding a referendum, we will understand what truly matters to our residents."

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Pupils with learning disabilities describe experiences

A group of Hampshire pupils with learning disabilities have been describing their experience of mainstream schools, as part of School Report News Day 2017.

Jamie and Max, who now attend a specialist school in Didben Purlieu, said they were affected by noise and crowds.

Jamie told BBC South Today: "The teacher once said to the supply teacher, 'Jamie's autistic', and they replied, 'What does that mean, is it treatable?'"


NHS hospital opens renovated private unit

Bournemouth's main NHS hospital is launching a new refurbished unit for private patients later this month.

The four-bedroom unit will be run by Bournemouth Private Clinic (BPC), which has already been operating since 2008.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

BPC says NHS staff do private work as overtime and all profits are reinvested in NHS facilities.

Similar units are already operating at NHS hospitals in Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Council: 'No new land' for football club

A council says it has no land for Basingstoke Town Football Club to relocate to "at low or no cost".

The authority has responded after the club said it had abandoned its two favoured options for a ground move  to help clear its £2m debts.

Camrose stadium
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Departing chairman Rafi Razzak said the council had effectively blocked the plans.

Senior councillor Simon Bound said he would welcome improved facilities at the club's Camrose stadium and was "surprised" at the club's "pressing" desire to leave the site.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A30 and J7 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - Stationary traffic on M3 southbound between J6, A30 (Basingstoke) and J7, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a rolling road-block and a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Saints' stars in England squad

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Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse have both been named in Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad for the forthcoming games against Germany and Lithuania.

The Southampton duo are included for the first time and join fellow Saints Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand in Southgate’s first pick of the national team at this level for the games on 22 and 26 March.

James Ward-Prowse
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BreakingSouthern Health: All non-executive directors resign

The four remaining non-executive directors at the heavily-criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust have resigned, the interim chairman has announced.

Alan Yates said the trust has completed a review of its mental health and learning disability services and details of its findings will be published next week.

Alan Yates
Southern Health

He added: "My colleague non-executive directors have offered me their full support in the development of the future strategy of Southern Health over the last few months. 

"It is clear to us all that the Trust leadership will need to look quite different if it is to meet the needs of patients and service users, as well as its stakeholders in the future.

"As a consequence, four non-executive directors have this week jointly offered their resignation from their posts so that the governors can, with my help, recruit to the need for all five new non-executive directors."

Lynx helicopters to make farewell flypast

Four Royal Navy Lynx helicopters will fly over parts of southern England tomorrow, ahead of the aircraft's decommissioning on 31 March after 41 years' service.

The helicopters will travel from Lyme Regis to Portsmouth from about 11:44 GMT to 13:18 GMT, before heading north to Odiham and returning to their Yeovilton base later in the afternoon. 

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Basingstoke FC ground move 'blocked by council'

Basingstoke Town Football Club says it has abandoned its two favoured options for a ground move to help clear its £2m debts.

The Southern League Premier side had hoped to redevelop its Camrose Stadium and move to a greenfield site or the Winklebury football complex.

Camrose ground
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Departing chairman Rafi Razzak said the borough council had effectively blocked the plans, leaving the club with "few options".

The authority said it would be responding to the claim.

In December, the club was put up for sale for 99p on eBay, in what it  later called a "misguided publicity stunt".

Lola the tiger, rescued by Isle of Wight zoo from a French circus, dies aged 19

Bournemouth Airport

The new legislation is to stop motorists collecting or dropping off passengers near Bournemouth Airport.

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Southampton makes 'clean energy' pledge

Southampton will have "100% clean energy" by 2040, ruling Labour councillors have pledged.

The commitment would help to address a global "environmental crisis", according to a motion voted through by ruling Labour councillors last night.

Solar panels

Council leader Simon Letts said: "As the sunniest city in the UK.... 25% of our energy needs could be met by roof top solar energy.

"We also need to do some innovative thinking about how we can harvest energy from the tides."

Two treated after fire in 'closed' derelict building

Two men have been treated for the effects of breathing smoke in a fire at a derelict building in Poole.

St John's House near the station has been empty for three years having been earmarked for redevelopment.

More than 30 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze which started on the third floor at some time before 17:30 on Wednesday.

In November, Borough of Poole council obtained a closure order making it an offence to enter the building in an effort to tackle antisocial behaviour. 

St John's House in Poole

Fines to curb airport road stopping

A £70 fine is coming in for drivers who stop in a road near Bournemouth Airport to drop off passengers.

Dorset County County is bringing in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for Parley Lane to tackle safety issues as pedestrians were being dropped off at "unsuitable points" along the road.

Bournemouth Airport

The authority said the TRO for the "no loading" restrictions on Parley Lane, which was approved at the end of 2015, will come into effect on 21 April, when new lines and signs will be installed.

It is understood the road is being used as a drop-off point by drivers after the airport brought in a £2.50 charge to drop-off and pick-up passengers in 2011 - the fee went up to £3.00 in April. 

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Behind the scenes at trainer Colin Tizzard's stables
BBC Points West visit the stables of Colin Tizzard, trainer of two Gold Cup front-runners, Cue Card and Native River.

M3 services to reopen after fire

A temporary building, housing shops and restaurants, will open at Fleet services on 23 March, following a fire which destroyed the building in December.

Operator Welcome Break says work will start soon on a new permanent building on the southbound side to open next year.

Fleet services fire
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Police commissioner 'avoids councillors like the plague'

Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is "not interested in Southampton" and "avoids councillors like the plague", according to a senior city councillor.

Labour's Jacqui Rayment told a council meeting that rural areas were the top priority for Conservative PCC Michael Lane.

Michael Lane

Mr Lane told BBC Radio Solent: "Rural communities are important as well as the cities.

"Southampton voted in quite significant numbers for another [PCC] candidate but I represent them with equal power and authority and engagement."

Jane Austen Monopoly money

A Winchester-based Monopoly game to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen is to be created.

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Weather: Mostly cloudy, mist and fog

Dan Downs has Thursday's forecast

School reopens after fire in head teacher's office

A school forced to close after a fire in the head teacher's office has reopened.

West Moors Middle School in Ferndown was closed yesterday after fire broke out in the early hours.

West Moors Middle School

The comprehensive told parents and pupils it would be "open again as usual" today and tomorrow and  apologised for the inconvenience caused .  

Pride-opoly: Winchester game to mark Austen anniversary

A new version of the board game Monopoly is to be based on the city of Winchester, the final resting place of the novelist Jane Austen.

The game is being created to mark the 200th anniversary of Austen who died in the city in 1817 aged 41.

Jane Austen Monopoly money
Winning Moves UK

Playing pieces could include the King Alfred the Great statue, while banknotes in the game could feature a portrait of the author.

Residents are being  asked to nominate  landmarks in the city to fill the spaces on the board.

Skateboarders welcome in Guildhall Square

Southampton council has pledged not to ban skateboarders from its flagship development, Guildhall Square.


A council meeting heard claims that boarders were causing damage and noise pollution.  

Conservative group leader Jeremy Moulton said: "Now is the time for it to stop."

But ruling Labour councillors said the space was there for everyone to enjoy and skateboarders would be asked to agree to a code of conduct.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Jonathan Beale

Defence correspondent, BBC News

Technical issues and potential personnel shortages cited in National Audit Office report.

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News headlines: Aircraft carrier delay warning

  • The National Audit Office has expressed concern about technical problems plaguing the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • Southampton council has pledged not to ban skateboarders from its flagship development, Guildhall Square
  • A Winchester edition of the Monopoly board game is being planned, with Jane Austen on the banknotes

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