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Revealed: popular restaurant chain is to open on Wednesday

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Legal and General, owners of The Beacon, have confirmed that Nando’s will open in the £85 million extension on Wednesday.

The restaurant chain, home of the flame-grilled Portuguese Peri-Peri chicken, will be the first restaurant to open in the extension and it was the first to sign up for the extension in 2015.

Nando’s will open on the first floor where eight-screen Cineworld is due to open in the summer.

Neil Crawford, Head of Retail & Leisure Development at Legal & General, said: “It is great news that we now have an opening date for Nando’s. It’s a hugely popular restaurant that will really complement the local eating experience.”

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Airport’s second runway plan

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ALMOST 90,000 additional flights and 28 million extra passengers could use Gatwick, by 2038 should proposals to bring its emergency runway into routine use go ahead, a new report claims.

The UK’s second-busiest airport is in the process of preparing a planning application to make alterations to its existing northern airstrip, which is only currently used when the main runway is closed.

More details about Gatwick’s proposals have now been provided in a scoping report submitted to the planning inspectorate earlier this month.

The report states that along with bringing the emergency runway into regular use, Gatwick wants to extend its north and south terminals, and build three new hotels – two of which will have up to 400 rooms.

By 2038, it is anticipated the improvements could increase the airport’s capacity to 74 million passengers each year, compared to the 46 million who used it in 2018, the report said.

Annual flights are also proposed to increase from 284,000 in 2018 to 373,800 in 2038.

The centre lines of Gatwick’s main and emergency runways are separated by 198 metres (650ft).

The proposals involve widening that gap by re-positioning the emergency runway’s centre line to the north by 12 metres to comply with safety regulations.

While arrivals would continue to use the existing runway, departing aircraft would use both.

The project is part of the airport’s 2019 master plan, which the report says is a “direct response” to the Government’s policy of making the best use of existing runways.

Gatwick lost out to Heathrow in a bid to obtain Government approval to build an additional runway, amid a need for more airport capacity in the South East.

A planning restriction which had historically prevented Gatwick’s northern airstrip from being used at the same time as the main runway expired in August this year.

The report says construction work could begin in 2021, with the altered northern runway fully operational by 2026.

Extensions to the terminal buildings would likely take place between 2025 and 2029, the report said, while the hotels and commercial facilities would not be completed until 2032.

The scoping report, which was published on the national infrastructure planning website, identifies any environmental effects that will need to be assessed as part of any future planning application.

Local campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions claimed earlier this year that the plan would lead to “a second runway by stealth” and accused the airport of being “the neighbour from hell”.

In order to gain planning permission to routinely use the stand-by runway, Gatwick must follow the Development Consent Order process that culminates in a final decision by the Transport Secretary.

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Pole dancing to success

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A POLE dancing business has been chosen as one of 100 to appear in a national campaign which highlights local success stories.

The Pole Emporium, in Patcham, Brighton, sells clothing and accessories for “pole fitness”.

It has been selected to be included in this year’s Small Business Saturday and owner Colleen Budd is thrilled.

She said: “It’s a big opportunity for me. Small Business Saturday raises awareness of small businesses and we get a whole day where they celebrate us online.”

For the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on December 7, the campaign will publicise one business per day on its website and social media.

Colleen said: “In December we go to the House of Lords for a reception so it’s all really exciting.”

Colleen’s idea for the business came five years ago during a difficult time, as her father had been diagnosed with terminal lung disease.

She took up pole classes as a distraction and a hobby and found it gave her more than just a confidence boost.

“People at my classes were buying all their products from America, and it took a long time for them to arrive – so that got me thinking.

“After Dad died I felt it was the right time to try something different, and do something for myself.

“I actually went to see a medium, and she said ‘Your dad is saying to go for it with your business plans’. It sounds crazy and I had never been into that kind of thing before, but I went with it.”

Colleen created the Pole Emporium and left paid employment two years ago, after working at a bank for 11 years.

She said: “Working for a big corporate company, sometimes you feel like you’re not making a big difference.

“I trade from a building in Patcham now, and we have grown from selling just the one brand to about 15 brands. No one sleeps any more, including me, but it’s all worth it to be my own boss.”

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Still spinning after 20 years

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AN independent record label has celebrated 20 years since its first release.

Experimental electronic imprint Tru Thoughts, which is in North Laine, Brighton, has gone on to release more than 120 albums since its launch in 1999.

Robert Luis Faria, co-owner, said: “As we celebrate 20 years it’s very exciting to have releases lined up from new artists alongside established artists and to have a great variety of genres.”

To mark the anniversary the label is releasing a compilation album, Shapes: Diamonds, featuring an eclectic selection of heavier club tracks, reggae, dub, folk, jazz and soul-influenced singers that have become its hallmarks.

Mr Faria, 48, said: “Tru Thoughts doesn’t get stuck on genres. Good music is good music.”

After being founded by Mr Faria and Paul Jonas, the first release was Alarming Frequency by Steady, a downtempo hip-hop track which bears the catalogue number TRU 001. Since then it has released music by the likes of Bonobo, Quantic and Hot 8 Brass Band.

The label began as a home for the music produced by those who played at its club nights, at which Mr Luis was the resident DJ.

There will be a celebratory party featuring hip-hop grandee Rodney P at Patterns, Brighton, on November 2.

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