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  1. That's it for now

    Thank you for joining us this week. We'll be back with more news, sport and travel from 08:00 GMT on Monday.

  2. Man dies in Surrey crash

    A man involved in a crash in Newchapel yesterday afternoon has died, Surrey Police said.

    Police were called to West Park Road at 16:00 GMT after a report of a crash involving a BMW and a 4x4 towing a trailer.

    One man was pronounced dead at the scene while two other men were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    All three were travelling in the BMW. One person in the 4x4 suffered minor injuries.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  3. House plans come under consideration

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Proposals for a major housing development in Ninfield are to be considered by Wealden planners next week.

    On 28 March Wealden District Council's planning committee south is to consider an application to build 55 homes at Ingrams Farm in Bexhill Road.

    Plans for new homes in Ninfield
    Image caption: Site plan for Ingrams Farm in Bexhill Road, Ninfield

    Planners have previously granted outline planning permission to develop the site, with the committee set to decide on the details of the final design and building layout.

    Officers had initially raised some concerns about the proposed layout - including the amount of parking spaces to be provided - but are recommending the application be approved subject to minor amendments.

    The application is strongly opposed by Ninfield Parish Council, which has raised concerns including inadequate numbers of parking spaces; poor transport links; potential ecological impact; and limited sewerage infrastructure.

  4. House-building targets missed

    Dean Kilpatrick

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Medway Council planning committee members say they are frustrated about not being able to meet central government housing delivery targets.

    The unitary authority has been tasked with building 1,300 new homes each year – but only 553, 661 and 669 were delivered in the three years between 2015/16 and 2017/18.

    Under housing delivery test rules, the council will now have to send an action plan to explain how it will tackle the shortfall. It may also need to make more “difficult decisions” when considering controversial applications.

    The target increases to 1,600 next year, and the council will have to approve “sustainable development” regardless of public or personal opinion if it does not meet 45% of that quota.

    Head of planning Dave Harris told councillors: “The good news is we will start seeing a significant uplift on those delivery figures because of the permissions you and my team have granted.

    “The bad news is the target has risen, so we’re eating into the target, but the target is being raised at the same time."

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J7 for M23.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J7 M23, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J8 for A217 Brighton Road.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a broken down car.

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

  7. Creative businesses 'struggle for space'

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Proposals to support businesses in the creative sector have been put forward by Lewes councillors.

    Measures suggested by a review board include providing more affordable work spaces for start-ups and small traders within the district.

    Councillor Joanna Carter, chair of the review board, told Lewes District Council's scrutiny committee on Thursday: “The thing that these businesses struggle with most and that hinders their growth is the ability to find work spaces."

    Recommendations are expected to go before the full council in the coming months.

  8. 'I have saved these ladies' lives'

    A Kent beauty therapist has spotted cancerous moles on four of her clients after taking an online training course.

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    Video caption: Beauty therapist: 'I have saved these ladies' lives'
  9. B&B temporary accommodation 'gruesome'

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Bed and breakfast accommodation came in for a verbal battering as Horsham District Council took steps to launch its own affordable housing company.

    Placing homeless people in temporary accommodation costs the council hundreds of thousands of pounds each year – around £300,000 in 2018/19.

    At a meeting of the cabinet, there was unanimous support for £10m being invested in the new company, which would deliver some 70 homes in its first four years.

    Councillor Tricia Youtan, cabinet member for community and wellbeing, said "horrible bed and breakfast accommodation" was "the most gruesome way" to live.

  10. 'I can hear my eyeballs moving'

    A woman says her life has been made hell by a medical condition which means she can hear the internal workings of her body in acute detail.

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    Video caption: 'I can hear my eyeballs moving'
  11. Tennis club's alcohol bid

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A tennis club which wants to sell alcohol in its clubhouse has reassured neighbours this would only be for small members-only events.

    Five people living near Queen’s Park Tennis Club in Brighton objected to an application to serve alcohol and host live music there until 23:00 GMT.

    But after the club wrote to them to explain their plans, residents who live opposite the club withdrew their objections. Three objections still stand.

    Club director Conrad Brunner said there would be no more than 36 events during the year with no more than 60 people.

    He said: “Three years ago the council cut funding for park tennis clubs. Queen’s Park needs to come up with an extra £10,000 a year to keep up with repairs for the courts which comes to £60,000 over six years.

    “We have put up membership fees but income from the club house is a key part of our financial planning to make ends meet.”

    The Brighton and Hove City Council panel, chaired by Councillor Adrian Morris with Councillors Lynda Hyde and Lizzie Deane, heard there were no plans to host stag or hen dos.

    The panel retired to make its decision which will be sent to the club within five working days.

  12. Affordable homes to be built in Horsham

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Horsham District Council is to pump £1.65m of developer contributions into 84 affordable rented homes.

    Planning applications are being considered for the homes, which housing association Saxon Weald hopes to build at four sites in Horsham and Rudgwick.

    If approved, they will be built in Blenheim Road, Bennetts Road and Page Court, Horsham, and Pathfield Close, Rudgwick, and will help the council to hit its target of 240 affordable homes per year.

    At a meeting of the cabinet, members were told that Horsham’s £1.65m of section 106 funds would be used alongside money from Homes England and ‘considerably more’ from Saxon Weald.

    Section 106 agreements are negotiated between councils and developers, with money from the developers used to pay for the likes of infrastructure and affordable housing.

  13. Wimpy given alcohol licence

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Alcohol may now be served at the new Wimpy in Portslade.

    Objections were withdrawn to owner Kanagasabai Thirukkumaran’s application to sell alcohol from 10:00 GMT to 22:00 GMT daily at the burger bar in Station Road.

    As no one opposed the application and it is not in a restricted area, the licence was approved.

    The Wimpy will reopen after a refurbishment at the site that it vacated in 2012.

    In the intervening years, it was home to a Chicken Cottage.

  14. Maggie the wonder dog

    Ian Palmer

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Shot, mutilated and abused, but Maggie the dog still gives her love to humans.

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    Video caption: An abused stray from Lebanon has found a home in Brighton
  15. Mystery over Spanish man found dead on beach

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are trying to trace friends and family of a Spanish man who was found dead at Beachy Head in East Sussex.

    The body of 49-year-old Umberto Macias Navari was found on the beach on 6 February.

    He was identified through his driving licence and passport, which he was carrying.

    Umberto Navari
    Image caption: Umberto Navari was found on a beach in Sussex

    He had been living and working in St Albans, before moving to Ashford in Kent, where he lived alone.

    A woman he named to his employer as his fiancee could not be found at the London address he had given for her.

    Inquiries by the Spanish authorities have also failed to locate any next of kin.

  16. Gin from food waste

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There are no sour grapes at this Surrey distillery, where food waste from Kent becomes premium gin.

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    Video caption: Gin is being made from rejected table grapes
  17. New homes in Medway

    Dean Kilpatrick

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Plans to build 92 new homes in Cliffe Woods have been given the go-ahead.

    Esquire Developments’ scheme for land off Town Road had been met with objections from local residents concerned about the impacts of additional traffic and the site’s rural surroundings.

    The site includes provision for office space and a nursery.

    A review into whether to reduce the speed limit in the area will also have to be carried out as part of the planning permission.

    The scheme was unanimously approved by Medway Council’s planning committee.

    Cliffe woods housing plans
  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J5 for M26 J5.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J5 M26 J5, because of a broken down vehicle.

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