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Welcome to BBC Points West with Sabet Choudhury and Alex Lovell
A new location for the Glastonbury Festival.
As the event faces criticism over traffic chaos -
It would be a huge loss for Somerset if it went there for ever. We will
find out how likely the move is. Even
Also in the programme: Room at the inn - the North Somerset pub
inn - the North Somerset pub landlord heling the homeless
A West MP's so worried about the effects of social
media on teenagers, he's demanding an inquiry.
And we're joined by the multi marathon man from Portishead
honoured at last night's Sports Personality of the Year.
The world famous Glastonbury Festival could be moving
to a new site 100 miles from its current home.
Festival founder Michael Eavis has told Points West he is in serious
negotiations with landowners, though he won't say
Earlier this year a potential move to Longleat fell through.
Meanwhile, the local council has issued a report criticising
traffic management at the festival this year - a year in which some
people were stranded in their cars overnight.
Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers has the story.
Taking me on a tour of the festival site this morning, Michael Eavis
gave the strongest possible hint that the days of the Pyramid Stage
Mind you he's threatened to move this event before -
normally at a time when he's negotiating with neighbouring land
owners whose fields he needs to make the festival happen.
This time though he insists he is in detailed negotiations
with land agents to use another working farm 100 miles
north of Glastonbury, though he won't say exactly
But if you moved the Glastonbury Festival
Nowhere else in the world really produces the same show that we do.
The first Glasto away from Glasto could be 2019 he says and
We haven't been here for a very long and we'd
If it is going to get more people coming, we are very close to
a point where it could become intolerable.
Now all of this comes on a day when Mendip Council has issued
a report criticising traffic management at
a year when people were left to sleep
in their stranded cars, when
Complaints flooded in to the council among them...
Most of the problems were caused by torrential rain making hard
Mendip Council says the festival organisers
need to have better contingency plans next year.
In response festival organisers say they are already working to make
roads on the farm better - and next year they have agreed
to use the Bath and West showground as an emergency car park, should
The runaway lorry which killed four people in Bath has been likened
to a revolver with a bullet in one of its chambers.
The trial of 20-year-old Phillip Potter today
heard his defence barrister say he'd been given a "wholly defective
vehicle" and an accident was bound to happen.
Phillip Potter, who's from Wiltshire, denies causing death
by dangerous driving - two others face
Scott Ellis has been at Bristol Crown Court for us today.
What was said? The defence barrister said that Philip Potter, who was 19
at the time of the accident last year, had no idea that the brakes on
the tipper truck were defective as he headed off down the steep lane.
You said it was Philip Potter and the victims terrible misfortune to
be in the places that week where last year when those brakes failed.
The defence barrister looked at some of the evidence that has been used
against him. Some that he ignored the restriction signs at the top of
Lansdown Lane. We said the signs are being put there to ease traffic flow
around Bath. The defence barrister said, consider that and consider in
ignoring those signs, was a dangerous and careless driving? We
know that he was speeding prior to going down the lane but the defence
barrister pointed out that the experts say that not cause the
brakes to overheat. As for doing more money start smoke coming out of
the vehicle, they said by the time the smoke was coming out it was too
late. The prosecution says it was a grim predicament but that he did
contribute to the accident but not to the extent that the other two
did. They are denying manslaughter charges. The judge has nearly
finished his summing up. We expect the jury to go out and consider the
verdict by two o'clock tomorrow. Thank you very much.
Bristol, the region's largest city, unsurprisingly has the most -
there's currently thought to be 74 bedding down on the streets there.
This number doubles if you include those sleeping
in unsafe buildings or sofa surfing on friend's couches.
in North Somerset organised for a coach to pick up a group
of homeless people from Bristol, so he could give them a spot
of christmas lunch and show them there is room at the inn.
He's cooked for Tiger Woods and Princess Anne.
But today it's for people who really need it.
Sarah hasn't had Christmas dinner for eight years.
It reminds me of my mum and dad 's growing up. I lost my dad eight
years ago. He had cancer. 18 months after my mum. To come and have
Christmas dinner, it is really, really nice because it reminds me of
them. It's also an emotional
time for Matthew - It is the first time I have been
homeless at Christmas. It is very, very hard. I am not eligible for
housing because they do not have a look at connection to Bristol. It is
very hard. After the meal everyone was was
sized up for clothes and shoes. At Christmas time, things like this
mean the world. It raises your spirit.
Is the owner of the pub - and a whole host of volunteers
There are a lot of people who are out there who have tried and have
been knocked down. To bring them like something like this, it makes
them feel part of the community again and rather than someone who is
begging for money or something like that. It has been fantastic. They
have been really happy and they cheered as the bus pulled up. They
are all really, really grateful. Is there anything you would like to say
to the people who organised it? Thank you ever so much. The dinner
is lovely. It is quite emotional, isn't it? Yes. No, this is not a one
off event. The pub serves it will serve up a Christmas dinner next
year, too. -- the pop says. Thanks for your company
here on Points West this evening. Do stay tuned because there's plenty
more still to come, including... We'll tune in to the local acts
picked to record at the world From midweek on we will see a change
in the weather. A windy theme. Details at the end of the programme.
The MP for Cheltenham is calling the bosses of social media sites
to parliament for an inquiry in the New Year.
Alex Chalk is worried about the effects of the digital age
It comes as charities say the numbers of young people dealing
with stress and anxiety - caused by social media -
Here's our political reporter Robin Markwell.
They are the first thing we pick-up in the mornning,
and the last thing we put down at night.
We all seem to be hooked on our devices,
Even they underestimated just by how much.
How many times a day do you check your phone?
A recent study suggests we check our phones an average of
Those we met at this chart in school now use giddying array
array of applications to keep in touch.
It is when I get home until about two hours before I go
I might wake up once during the night and if I'm
awake I might feel over and I might
as well have a little scroll through until I fall back asleep.
I know not just young people but adults that are
falling into that habit of a deep anxiety when they do not have their
They are constantly checking to see if they have had
messages, to see if they have had likes to any posts
What they are looking for is validation and
acceptance and that becomes addictive.
The Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk is concerned about cyber bullying.
He has called for an enquiry in Parliament in the New Year,
inviting all the big social media firms.
They insist they already have ways of
Facebook said it had introduced new features and
It has introduced a parent portal this week with tips for
parents about talk to their children about safe use of the site.
And it was governed by a clear set of
Our devices can cope with any number of swipes, likes and online
gripes but one of the questions the enquiry will consider is, can we?
More on that later, don't you? More on the ten o'clock News. It is not
just teenagers. Exactly. An interim report into the way
a special school in Gloucestershire was being run has uncovered claims
of pupils running out of control and a failure
to ensure their safeguarding. Earlier this year all the pupils
were removed from Coln House Today, in a separate development,
the local authority said it was recommending the school
should be closed as it's no Steve Knibbs is at the school
for us now. we know about the culture
within the school? You will remember that early in
December, the pupils were removed because of concerns about the use of
restraints. This is the interim report. It has uncovered that back
in September 2015, when a new headteacher was brought in, there
was a change away from or Pastoral care to the pupils took a more
academic approach. That has prompted resistance between the staff and
management but also resentment from the pupils to management as well.
That led to some of the issues we have seen over the last couple of
months. Some of the points, it says that staff were not trained well
enough in safeguarding. Some children ended up running out of
control and onto the roofs and walls. Listening to children was not
well developed and governors had been weak for a considerable time.
The governors carry the ultimate responsibility for keeping the
children safe and managing the school. You will remember as well
that governors resigned on mass when pupils were removed here, saying
there was no longer a meaningful role for them but also citing some
of the improvements they brought in. I tried to contact the chair of the
governor did not get a response. They also say the authority should
have intervened earlier. At the point to the counsellor and he said
we did put a lot of money into training and help. We put in an
extra half a million. There was a lot of advice and support going in
there. Was it a catastrophe? We acted as quickly as we could have
done. I am glad we took those decisions. It has been tough ticking
those decisions. I think they were the right ones in terms of
safeguarding. It is important to say that this is only an interim report.
There is a lot more work to be done and more people to speak to. The
headteacher and three non-teaching members of staff are still
suspended. As for the future of the school, the council recommended it
will go ahead with closure, despite a public consultation. It is to do
with the financial reasons. The staff will be given help and
training to find work elsewhere. As for the pupils and been removed from
the school in the summer, we are told they are all doing well but a
lot more work to do to find out what happened here.
A shipwreck in Somerset has been given special protected status.
The unidentified wreck, on Madbrain Sands at Minehead,
was first exposed during the winter storms in 2014.
It's thought it might possibly be the Bristol Packet which was wrecked
More than a thousand sites in the UK have been given protected status
Those photographs are amazing. They really are.
A Christmas display at a hotel near Wells Cathedral has
Points West filmed the alpine snow scene outside
But it was smashed in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The hotel's manager says he's "heart broken" but has clear
His festive spirits have been dampened. He has made an appeal for
the people involved to come forward. That is awful.
Five West Country acts had the chance to record their music
at the world famous Maida Vale Studios
I do not think you will be one of them.
Symphony Orchestra and have recorded everyone from The Beatles
Harriet Robinson followed the musicians up there.
Idles, Tamu Massif, Fenne Lily, Keir and Lyricist Chanz are all acts
that BBC Introducing in the West believe are set
This weekend, they got to record their music at Maida Vale.
A 19-year-old singer from Bristol performed her most well known track
in the live Lounge studio. The only thing I associated it with was Radio
1 live lounges, I used to be obsessed with them when I was 15.
Even that alone and then I realised when I came here that the Beatles
used to do a radio show from here and loads of cool people have done
stuff from here. Everything I hear about it makes me feel happier that
I am here. They present it in introducing in the west every
Saturday night. We do it because we think we need to do it. The music is
so good and the artists are so brilliant that they need places like
Maida Vale. This is now a yearly trip for the team. One of the first
acts to join them at Maida Vale was George. He is now a number one
recording artist who has toured the world. No pressure, guys.
The final recordings from Maida Vale will be played out on BBC
Introducing in the West on your BBC local radio station
From radio to TV, if you are one of those millions of people watching
the sports personality of the year awards last night he would have
spotted Ben Smith being given a special gong for sporting
achievement in the face of adversity. You may remember Ben, he
completed marathons in 401 days. -- 401 marathons. You as a reminder of
that incredible feat. -- here is a reminder. I want to say thank you to
the tens of thousands of people that came out and supported this. I have
found running as my sanctuary. I found it as my way of being able to
express myself and be who I was. Not have to live any more. I did not
have any confidence or self esteem and I was scared about who I was.
Ben Nevis ex-mac 250,000. I got to meet some amazing people, some of
which you see here. Running gave me back my confidence and my
self-esteem but most importantly, I am not afraid any more. Thank you. I
am so pleased to say that Ben is here. After your amazing evening,
congratulations. The amount of times we have had a montage and moving
music and your incredible words. Every time I see it is emotional. I
was at last night? It was one of the proudest moments of my life, really.
I did not know a lot of the detail around the award. What was going to
happen... You probably heard in my voice was quite quivering because I
was trying to hold back the tears. Very special. Use some of the
runners as well? Yes, 30 people who give me a honour on to the stage
that I had run with. I've ran to being sacked and looking down at the
floor as the video was on to stop myself from crying and all I see are
these 30 people walking past me. I was thinking, hold it together. You
have had a number of awards here in Bristol. Also, the award itself,
people may not know about that. Can you tell us it is the age of Helen
who died in 1989 of cancer. Hope over adversity. I got to meet
daughter last night and she came up to me and said you embody everything
about this award. It was very about this award. It was very
especially from her. Being in a room surrounded by people that I have
looked up to for many years, Jessica Ennis and Paula Radcliffe, to be in
the same stage as Paula Radcliffe and Tom Daley... I am stuck in the
middle and I am thinking, does this happen? It does when it met you have
done something as amusing as you have. Beat a good few? Somebody
turned up at the after party and to get away. We were dubious, do you
work for sports personality? The promise that a going to send it back
to us. Let's roll back the clock a little bit. I met you at the start
of your challenge and I remember chatting with you and thinking, he
is not going to do this. Don't worry, your doubts over the same as
mine. Do you remember, we met in Stroud and I thought not in 1
million years. Can you remember that you have done it? It has been a
roller-coaster since the end. It has been two and a half months and the
past two months have been tough psychologically. Physically, I am
fine. Why psychologically? I suppose it is moved -- mood. I have a lot of
adrenaline pumping around my system. It is hard to sleep at night and
with no sleep, the thinking processes are not that great. We are
getting help with that at the moment, which is great. I think we
have not had time to reflect on what it was that we have done. That is
what the Christmas period is for. I am going home for Christmas. Is it
still worth it? Definitely, more than worth it. What are you looking
towards for the new Year? We have started the ball rolling with the
foundation now, which is fantastic. The 401 foundation will be the
legacy of what we have created. I remember using to me, what is your
legacy of the 401? My legacy is, as me at the end. What is your legacy?
The 401 foundation. Any challengers left in your body that you want to
get out? Not as of yet. We are doing the London Marathon. That is my
other half, Kyle, his first marathon. They may be a timed
marathon at the end of the year and achieving a fast time. I am never
going to say never. I do not think you could. Good luck with the
foundation and it means so much and it makes Billy King -- bullying and
homophobia. Thank you. Thank you. Let's catch up with the
weather. Ian is on the road. He has bobbles. No expense spared up here.
Blowing round aplenty as we get later on into this week. Let me take
you through the forecast for tomorrow. It should be a dry day for
the majority. Hopeful for many of you. A comparatively bright day. The
exception in the grand scheme of things will be if you had westward
into west Somerset. More in the way of cloud and prone to some patchy
outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. The legacy of the week front. That
is drifting its way slowly west words through the first-half of the
night. It will still be in situ somewhere west of us as we head
tomorrow. There is a major change at fit tomorrow. The high pressure gets
shifted out towards the east, towards the near continent by that
front, which are starting to move in from the west. That is a major
change in weather type as we read into the second half of the week and
on to Christmas. We still have some erratic outbreaks of rain about.
Fairly heavy in some spots. Further out towards the west as the night
wears on. Towards the east, clearer skies. It is here we are likely to
see the lowest temperatures of two Celsius out towards the west and
more cloud, hail fog and close to about four or five Celsius. Tomorrow
we set out in that way. There is a fair chance that any of us will
experience a brighter day with some sunshine around or sunny spells.
Still the chance of outbreaks of rain and maybe into part of
Wiltshire and Dorset. A largely dry picture, with those exceptions of
patchy drizzle out towards the far west. The bees will pick up in the
afternoon and evening. The temperatures up to six or seven
Celsius. We get into that period of change. A closer view of that but as
I come out wider, it is the other side of the Atlantic that we have
cold a spilling out of the Canadian Arctic and that will start to usher
in the first of two depressions. The first of one you can see there and
that will head into an Friday and a windy spell. As we go through into
the Christmas period itself, after something of a lull, a second storm
system out of the north-west. Detail on that all yet to be established.
It does look like the north-west of the British Isles will be the brunt
of that. Certainly a unsettled spell. Thank you very much for that.
That is almost it for us but not quite. Thank you for putting up with
microglia voice and for the messages you have sent in. It is Christmas
week, so that as end the gram with some Christmas cheer. Now it is the
Gloucestershire meal voice police require. -- male voice police
require. # Is tiny star lights up way up
high. # All across the land starts a
brand-new Morant. -- morning. # The winds of change whisper in the
breeze. # Across the land...
# This comes to pass when a child is born.
# For a spell or two 01 seems for Lauren.
# This comes to pass when a child is born.
# All across the land is a brand-new morning.
# This comes to pass when a child is born.
# This comes to pass when a child is born.
Ben dropping a frozen turkey on Mum's foot.
Put me down! No, we talked about this.