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    Thank you for joining us for all your breaking news, travel and weather.

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  2. Homeless hostel funding agreed

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Artist impression for York Road Project in Woking

    A homeless shelter and purpose-built hostel for services provided by the York Road Project in Woking, Surrey, has moved one step closer.

    Councillors have approved funding for the £7.6m scheme and agreed to put forward £160,000 from council accounts every year from 2022-23 onwards.

    The money will come from a £5.5m loan and capital receipts from help-to-buy schemes.

    Members welcomed the construction of the purpose-built hostel in Church Street West at Woking Borough Council's executive meeting yesterday.

    Council leader David Bittleston said: "I'm delighted we are able to do this. This is a very important thing to do."

    The proposed site is currently owned by Prime Place, which will carry out the development as part of its wider development of Goldsworth Road North.

    A planning application is expected by April 2019, with development due to start in June 2020.

  3. Council responds to "firetrap" assessment of HQ

    Kent County Council officials have attempted to reassure staff working at its Maidstone headquarters after it was branded a "firetrap" earlier this week.

    Councillor Harry Rayner (Con) made the comments on Tuesday while discussing the possibility of the authority leaving Sessions House as part of its ongoing review into its office portfolio.

    He told fellow councillors: "This place is absolutely grim. It doesn't work well - to me it's a firetrap from beginning to end.

    "The earliest we can get shot of it, the better as far as I'm concerned."

    Councillor Rayner's words are said to have "caused some concern among staff", and officials have since told them there are no on-site fire safety issues.

    KCC spokesman Murray Evans added: "We have reassured all staff at Sessions House that the building has full fire compliance certification and procedures in place should it be necessary to evacuate the building.

    "These are regularly tested and have been verified by Kent Fire and Rescue."

    The Grade-II listed building, which houses 1,100 staff and the council's political chamber, has been excluded from previous assessments but its future is now to be looked at.

    Detailed council papers - as well as the main debate on the matter - were exempt from public scrutiny.

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    Severe accident: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe accident, between J3 for A322 Bagshot and J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M3 northbound between J3, A322 (Bagshot) and J2 M25 J12, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, after J10 for A3 Portsmouth Road.

    M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise after J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a broken down van.

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

  6. Surrey Conservatives elect new leader

    Tim Oliver

    Tim Oliver has been chosen as the new Conservative leader at Surrey County Council.

    The Tory group of 60 councillors held a hustings this morning to elect a successor to David Hodge who's stepping down after seven years.

    Councillor Oliver is the current leader at Elmbridge Borough Council and the county councillor in charge of public health.

    He will be proposed by as the new leader of the county council at a full council meeting on 11 December.

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    Video caption: More migrants have arrived in Dover by small boat

    More migrants have arrived in Dover by small boat, with 93 stopped so far this month.

  8. Specialist NHS services in East Sussex face shake-up

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Specialist hospital services in East Sussex could be set for a major shake-up, according to proposals to be considered at a meeting next week.

    Currently East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) provides full Ear, Nose and Throat services at both Conquest Hospital in Hastings and at the Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH).

    But in an NHS report - to be considered at the county's Health Overview and Scrutiny committee on Thursday - health leaders now say this arrangement is "unsustainable" due to medical staffing shortages and funding pressures.

    In order to address these concerns, ESHT plan to transfer all of the department's day cases and planned surgeries to the DGH, in a move expected to affect around 494 patients per year.

    Commenting on the plans, an East Sussex Healthcare spokesman said: "Our aim is to provide clinically safe and effective services that are sustainable in the future.

    "Over the past number of years it has been increasingly difficult to do this in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) due to medical shortages.

    "This has impacted on the ENT out-of-hours service, our ability to manage waiting times effectively and deliver effective medical training which has resulted in the loss of trainee doctors further impacting the viability of the service.

    "We have taken a number of actions to safeguard patient safety with the use of temporary staff but this is an unsustainable position.

    "Currently, adult inpatient and emergency ENT is provided at Eastbourne DGH along with ENT out patients provided at both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH. This will continue to be the case.

    "These proposals would provide a clinically safe and effective ENT service in the future across East Sussex.

    "They would ensure workforce sustainability; increase the quality of training for junior doctors, securing further trainee doctors to deliver resilience in on-call rotas whilst helping to reduce waiting times for patients."

    According to the report, the service ran at a deficit of £1.7million in the year ending March 2018 and at a deficit of £987,000 in 2016/17.

    The report also recommends directing children who require emergency Ear, Nose and Throat treatment to the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton, rather than either the Conquest Hospital or the DGH.

    This would affect around nine patients per year, the report says. A small number of low-risk patients will continue to be offered treatment at Uckfield instead of any other centre.

  9. Council plans to lease flats to cut costs

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Horsham District Council plans to reduce its "inordinately expensive" bed and breakfast bill by leasing nine flats as temporary accommodation for the homeless.

    The 10-year lease from Saxon Weald would save the council almost £50,000 each year, members of the cabinet have been told.

    Horsham already has planning permission to develop sites in Rowan Drive, Billingshurst, and Peary Close into temporary accommodation, but a "sustained increase" in demand has raised the need for more.

    Tricia Youtan (Con, Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham), cabinet member for community and well being, told members that the use of bed and breakfast accommodation had placed "a significant financial burden on the council".

    In 2018/19, the costs were expected to be around £300,000.

    Nigel Jupp (Con, Billingshurst and Shipley) asked if there were plans to acquire further homes in the future, adding: "This is obviously going to satisfy the current demand but I get the impression that that demand will not be drifting away."

    He suggested that future homes could be located in the south of the district because "not everybody works in Horsham and the population is spread around".

  10. Dog boarders to require £188 licence

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Owners of day care and boarding homes for dogs in Woking will now need a licence to run their business at a cost of £188.

    Woking Borough Council (WBC) is introducing the fees as part of a review of charges for some of its own services.

    People who sell animals as pets, hire out horses, run kennels or catteries, or keep or train animals for performance will also need a licence, with a first-time application costing £198.

    The council's fees and charges were approved by members of WBC Executive on Thursday.

    Changes have also been made to the charges for guest artists working at tattoo parlours and salons offering electrolysis or ear piercing.

    Opposition councillor Ann-Marie Barker, from the Liberal Democrats, said the cost of a licence was "a little on the high side".

    Councillor Ayesha Azad, deputy leader of the council, said: "Charges for animal licensing are based upon an officer's hourly rate and full cost recovery and not profit."

  11. Protestor climbs down, but action continues

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A protestor who climbed a tree in Tonbridge to stop it being cut down has now climbed down.

    Mark Hood climbed into the branches of the horse chestnut in River Lawn Road at around 06:30 GMT, when workers turned up with chainsaws.

    Mark Hood protests planned felling of tree in Tonbridge

    The developer Assura says the tree suffers from bleeding cankers, and would become unstable when a new medical centre was built around the site.

    Mr Hood says the protest will continue, with other members of a campaign group taking turns to sit in the tree.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J10 for A3 Portsmouth Road to J11 for A317 Saint Peter's Way.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and severe delays on M25 clockwise from J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) to J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of animals on the road. Congestion to J9 (Leatherhead). Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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

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    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, from J9 for to M25 J7.

    M23 West Sussex - Slow traffic on M23 northbound from J9, Gatwick Airport to M25 J7, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. In the roadworks area.

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

  14. Anger over cost of planning challenge

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The leader of Wealden District Council has rejected calls to apologise for the legal costs of a controversial planning challenge.

    At a full council meeting on 21 November, Wealden Independent councillor Greg Rose called on Conservative council leader Bob Standley to apologise for the costs of legal action connected to the Steel Cross development in Crowborough, which would see 103 homes built.

    The proposals have been subject to a long-running legal battle between developers Knight Developments Ltd and Wealden planners, appearing most recently at the Court of Appeal in January 2017, at a cost of £180,000 to the authority, even though it won.

    Plans for the Steel Cross development
    Image caption: The proposals have been controversial
    Quote Message: What makes this even more shocking is that this site was subsequently included within the development boundary for Crowborough, in the new draft local plan and (is) earmarked for development. Why on earth did the council defend this case so vigorously only for it to be slipped into the plan?" from Councillor Greg Rose Independent, Wealden District Council
    Councillor Greg RoseIndependent, Wealden District Council
    Quote Message: Planning is a moving target and we all know that defending these cases is very expensive, but we will always those decisions. If at a later date it goes into a plan, that is just the way the planning system works." from Councillor Bob Standley (Con) Leader, Wealden District Council
    Councillor Bob Standley (Con)Leader, Wealden District Council
  15. No change on who controls fire and rescue service

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Surrey's fire and rescue service is to remain under the control of the county council.

    Governance of the fire authority has been under review for the past year after new powers were given to Police and Crime Commissioners to bring it under their remit.

    Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro
    Image caption: Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro

    PCC David Munro originally put off making a decision in May this year saying he needed more evidence of the business case.

    But, in a document to go to the Surrey Police and Crime Panel on 28 November, he has concluded that because the fire and rescue service is embedded into the county council, any changes in governance "could prove substantial".