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Southampton ready for official Christmas light switch on

Daily Echo:

9:29am Friday 27th November 2015

SOUTHAMPTON will get well and truly into the festive spirit when the city’s Christmas tree lights are switched on.

New deal could mean new jobs for Ford site in Southampton

Daily Echo:

7:26am Friday 27th November 2015

A MULTINATIONAL company is set to take over Southampton’s former Ford Transit site, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

Hospital's £8m car park plan gets go ahead

Daily Echo:

5:40am Friday 27th November 2015

PLANS for a new £8million multi-storey car park at Southampton General Hospital have been given the green light.

OS could be sold off by Government

Daily Echo:

4:30am Thursday 26th November 2015

THERE are fresh fears Southampton-based Ordnance Survey could be sold off by the Government.

Ordnance Survey could face privatisation in Government plans

Daily Echo:

4:40pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

SOUTHAMPTON map-maker Ordnance Survey could face privatisation as part of the Government’s spending review proposals.

Extra security to protect Southampton's docks and airport from terror attacks

Daily Echo:

4:00am Wednesday 25th November 2015

SECURITY at Hampshire’s ports and airports is set to be beefed up to protect the UK against terrorists.

'Spare social care from cuts' leader pleads with chancellor

Daily Echo:

4:20am Wednesday 25th November 2015

THE leader of Southampton City Council has written to the Chancellor urging him to spare social care in the city from the "knife" of further cuts.

Ukip man ‘seeing stars’ after by-election slap

Daily Echo: Pictured: Mike Beggs outside Southampton County Court, holding his teeth that we knocked out during the alleged incident. 

A former UKIP candidate told a court today a female Tory councillor broke four of his teeth when she slapped him during an election

9:03am Tuesday 24th November 2015

AN ELECTION hopeful said he was left “seeing stars” after a leading councillor slapped him at a by-election count, knocking four teeth out.

Councillor 'knocked four of candidate's teeth out', court hears

Daily Echo:

2:14pm Monday 23rd November 2015

A FORMER council candidate says ‎a leading councillor left him "seeing stars" after she knocked out four of his teeth in a row at a by-election.

VIDEO: Twitchers descend on Hampshire field after rare owl seen

Daily Echo:

7:32am Monday 23rd November 2015

A RARELY-SEEN owl has caused excitement after being spotted on the outskirts of Southampton.

Southampton's 'super care home' moves closer to becoming reality

Daily Echo:

11:08am Thursday 19th November 2015

PLANS to build a “super care home” in Southampton have moved a step closer to reality – and council chiefs have pledged to look at building another in the east of the city.

Homelessness on the rise in Southampton

Daily Echo:

9:19am Thursday 19th November 2015

ROUGH sleeping in Hampshire is on the increase, official figures show.

Southampton pleads with George Osborne over cuts to services

Daily Echo:

7:56am Thursday 19th November 2015

CASH-STRAPPED civic chiefs in Southampton will plead with chancellor George Osborne to stave off further cuts to services for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Bogus beggars make life hard for the homeless

Daily Echo:

7:23am Thursday 19th November 2015

"IT'S A hard life". That's how the homeless people in Southampton understandably described living rough on the city's streets.

Conmen make £200 a day posing as beggars on the streets of Southampton

Daily Echo:

1:10am Friday 20th November 2015

"PROFESSIONAL" beggars are earning as much as £200 a day on the streets of Hampshire's cities posing among the homeless, it has been claimed.

70 retirement flats for former bus depot site in Southampton

Daily Echo:

7:20am Wednesday 18th November 2015

MORE than 70 retirement flats could be built on the site of a former bus depot in Southampton.

Showdown talks to decide the future of respite care centre

Daily Echo:

5:40am Wednesday 18th November 2015

PLANS to close a respite centre for vulnerable residents in Hampshire will go before council chiefs next week.

Delays alert: New barriers installed on Itchen Bridge as 25,000 drivers cross for free

Daily Echo: Anger grows over Itchen Bridge charges

1:00am Wednesday 18th November 2015

EXIT barriers are being installed at the Itchen Bridge in Southampton from today.

Plans to knock down pub and turn it into houses in Southampton

Daily Echo:

12:04pm Tuesday 17th November 2015

PLANS to knock down a Southampton pub and replace it with houses will go before planning chiefs tonight.

Revealed: The £12million 'super care home' for Southampton

Daily Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 17th November 2015

PLANS for a £12m new "super care home" in Southampton are set to move forward.

UPDATE: Just what was the 'suspicious package' that brought the city centre to a standstill?

Daily Echo:

1:00am Tuesday 17th November 2015

HUNDREDS of frightened city-centre employees were dramatically evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered.

Woman cut from car after motorway crash

Daily Echo: South Central Ambulance Service in Hampshire

7:45am Monday 16th November 2015

A WOMAN had to be cut from her car by firefighters after a crash on the M3.

PICTURES: Foals, Southampton O2 Guildhall

Daily Echo:

11:16am Saturday 14th November 2015

FOALS have been on an almost continuous upwards trajectory since releasing debut album Antidotes in 2008.

REVEALED: Police boss paid £220k after just 15 months in job

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 12th November 2015

ONE of Hampshire's former top police bosses was given £220,000 in taxpayers' money after just over a year in the job.

VIDEO: What is set to light up the skies above Southampton this Christmas?

Daily Echo:

4:30am Friday 13th November 2015

IN RECENT years there has been a distinct lack of Christmas cheer on offer in Southampton, but this year the stage is set for a truly spectacular festive celebration.

Companies could be missing out on thousands in tax breaks

Daily Echo:

12:51pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

FIRMS on the south coast are missing out on thousands of pounds in tax breaks for research and development.

Brace yourself - city faces worst ever council cuts

Daily Echo:

7:33am Tuesday 10th November 2015

SOUTHAMPTON is facing its worst year of cuts yet, with 180 jobs set to be axed and dire warnings that the city is facing “financial meltdown”.

Council won't say how many staff are on over £100k a year

Daily Echo: Hampshire County Council building  headquarters  The Castle in Winchester.  Friday 21st January 2011 (31170637)

3:20am Tuesday 10th November 2015

A HAMPSHIRE council refused to say how many of its staff earn more than £100,000 – claiming it would take too long to answer.

180 jobs could be cut at Southampton City Council

Daily Echo:

1:00am Tuesday 10th November 2015

MORE than 180 jobs could be lost in the latest round of cutbacks at Southampton City Council.

Pensioner fighting for life after being hit by car in Southampton

Daily Echo:

11:11am Monday 9th November 2015

A PENSIONER has been left with life threatening injuries after a hit and run in Southampton.

Plans to transform Southampton nightclub into student flats

Daily Echo:

4:30am Saturday 7th November 2015

THIS is the dramatic vision to turn a run-down former nightclub in central Southampton into a towering block of student flats.

Man denies causing death of popular teenager

Daily Echo:

4:01pm Friday 6th November 2015

A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a popular Southampton teenager by careless driving.

Woman on hen-do pinned to railings by bus

Daily Echo:

2:20pm Friday 6th November 2015

A WOMAN suffered serious injuries after being pinned to railings by a bus that had just dropped her off for a hen party event.

Southampton shop at centre of drug probe stopped from selling alcohol

Daily Echo:

5:00am Friday 6th November 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON shop owner arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine to youngsters from his shop has had his licence revoked.

Young man found dead at farm

Daily Echo:

10:39am Thursday 5th November 2015

A MAN’S body has been discovered at a farm in Hampshire today.

Dolphin Pub, St Deny's, Southampton

Daily Echo:

4:59pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

THE Dolphin has stood at the heart of a Southampton community for more than a century.

CAREWATCH: Council contract under review

Daily Echo: Hampshire county council

8:25am Wednesday 4th November 2015

HAMPSHIRE County Council is reviewing its contract with Carewatch (South Hampshire) in the wake of the damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

Council bosses urged to scrap contract with shamed care company

Daily Echo:

4:00am Wednesday 4th November 2015

PRESSURE is mounting on council chiefs to scrap their contract with a shamed care company after a damning report revealed a catalogue of failures.

Library closures 'breach human rights' of Southampton children

Daily Echo:

12:50pm Wednesday 4th November 2015

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a Government inquiry into the potential closure of six libraries in Southampton.

Southampton MP in clear over voter allegations

Daily Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 3rd November 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON MP will face no action from police after a complaint over allegations that he handed over voters’ details to a rival election candidate.

Research group backs Echo initiative

Daily Echo:

6:30am Tuesday 3rd November 2015

A CAMPAIGN to trace Hampshire’s forgotten heroes, who gave their lives for their country, has been backed by a research group

'Dozens' of names missing from Southampton war memorial

Daily Echo:

7:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

IT IS BELIEVED there could be dozens of names missing from Southampton’s memorial wall.

Which Hampshire MPs have donated their pay rise to charity?

Daily Echo: Desmond Swayne (44222228)

7:02am Sunday 1st November 2015

A HAMPSHIRE MP has kept his promise to donate his recent pay rise to a local charities.

Campaign to honour forgotten hero

Daily Echo:

6:30am Saturday 31st October 2015

HE WAS one of the youngest people from Southampton to die in the Great War

Council boss takes walk-in centre fight to Government

Daily Echo: Exteror, Bitterne Health Centre and Bitterne Walk-in Centre (44282317)

9:15am Friday 30th October 2015

THE leader of Southampton City Council has written to the Secretary of State for Health about his concerns over the closure of the Bitterne Walk-In Centre.

More libraries face closure in council cuts

Daily Echo: Hampshire County Council building  headquarters  The Castle in Winchester.  Friday 21st January 2011 (31170637)

7:00am Friday 30th October 2015

Street lights could be dimmed for longer and recycling centres could close as part of cost-cutting measures

Family backs Echo campaign to honour forgotten heroes

Daily Echo:

6:30am Friday 30th October 2015

The Daily Echo has launched a campaign to have residents' names added to the cenotaph

Find The Forgotten: Our campaign to find Southampton's lost servicemen

Daily Echo:

9:55am Monday 26th October 2015

THEY are Southampton’s forgotten heroes who fought and died for their country but their names are missing from the city’s memorial to the fallen.

PICTURES: Experts set sail from Southampton in bid to answer some of universe's greatest questions

Daily Echo:

2:10am Monday 26th October 2015

COULD a humble rock hold the answers to some of the universe’s greatest questions?

Result confirmed in Hampshire by-election four-way battle

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 24th October 2015

THE Conservatives have won the battle for a Hampshire County Council seat after holding on to it in a by-election.

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