02/01/2017 Points West


02/01/2017

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Good evening. news at Ten.

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Taunton has been chosen to become one of the large

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scale "garden towns", under new plans announced

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As we've just been hearing in the national news,

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the idea is to create new communities with green

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spaces, affordable homes and good transport links.

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Somerset's county town of Taunton is now an official garden town,

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which means it's unlocked ?350,000 to push forward

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The idea of this part of money is to enable better advice, better

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consultation, access to other parts of money and other funds, so that

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the housing developments we bring forward become much more

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sustainable, much more pleasant places to live.

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The plan is to build new distinct communities,

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with 8,000 new homes, alongside crucially good

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transport links, green spaces and local facilities.

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We've got 3500 people on the waiting list, for starters in Taunton. We

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have 74% of the people in Taunton working in Taunton, so the

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construction is important to us. We have the railway, the motorway, we

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have employment sites we are trying to develop. It is not just another

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housing, you see, what about the town itself and place making. We're

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pretty proud of our county town and want to improve it.

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The locals we spoke to agreed it can't just be about house building.

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You know, the hospitals, the schools, etc. The roads.

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So you need that as well as the houses?

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Yes. My family just have a struggle getting eight girl into school down

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the road, but they are building new houses near us. -- getting a girl

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into the school. So what you need to matter more

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schools? Yes, many more schools.

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Stop too many developers, put them somewhere else.

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But not in my backyard. But in body said that, we were never

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have any more homes! I don't care.

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This award will help unlock more funding for Taunton,

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and attention will soon pass to the town centre, next

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man

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was found stabbed to death on Christmas Eve.

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Mohammed Abdurezek's body was discovered in Syston

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Detectives investigating his death have also been searching a block

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Three men, one aged 42 and two who are 22, are being questioned.

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It's hoped around two thirds of artefacts which were being stored

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at a disused museum in Swindon could be saved, after a fire

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Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze

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at the old Coate Agricultural Museum on Saturday.

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The museum had been closed for decades, but a number

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A charity which is opening a new hospice for children

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in Wiltshire says it's struggling to recruit staff.

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Julia's House already provides respite for over a hundred families

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at its hospice in Dorset, but the charity is opening

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It says a shortage of paediatric nurses has made it harder to recruit

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Empty properties in Bristol are being transformed by a group

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It's hoped the scheme could save the city council money,

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help people find homes and rehabilitate former prisoners.

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This two-bed terrace has stood empty for a year,

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But now, a social enterprise group's stepped in to provide

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They gave us a house and said, here you go,

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We turned it around and about seven working days.

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We can do it for this price, you know, that is

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We will not add on crazy extras and high cost and things.

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It is a shame to have so many buildings in Bristol that are empty

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and when we have got an issue with homelessness.

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Like many others, this place was due to be sold off.

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But since the scheme, the council is realising

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the financial benefits of holding onto its homes.

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We're taking them off the for sale list.

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We have got the resources to repair them.

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It's saving us a lot of money in terms of having to put

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people into B or hotels or private, temporary accommodation.

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So although we are spending money, we are actually investing money

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Each refurbished home could save the council ?400 a week.

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There are plans to renovate 50 empty properties.

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That adds up to around a million pounds a year.

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And - as all those employed are former prisoners -

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they benefit too from career opportunities.

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Some are given the chance to stay on the right track,

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and others get the chance to get off the streets.

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With housing associations also looking to renovate rather

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On to sport, and it has not been a great start to 2017 for our football

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teams. Bristol city lost the next time to

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Reading in the championship, having been ahead for a lot of the match.

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Bristol Rovers lost 4-1 away to Charlton. Meanwhile, Swindon managed

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a goalless true against Southend. -- goalless draw. In League 2, but

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Yeovil and Cheltenham lost 2-0 away from home. Let's catch up with the

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weather now. Ian has our forecast. Good evening to you. We are in for a

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cold night, with widespread frost around, but tomorrow morning,

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Agudelo sunshine together day underway. A general trend of Seymour

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cloud into the afternoon and evening. We have a Met Office

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warning out through tonight and tomorrow morning for the likelihood

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of icy stretches on roads and pavements. That is courtesy of the

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frost which will be in some abundance first lights tomorrow.

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Unsurprisingly, with temperatures dropping perhaps as low as -5 in

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some parts of Somerset. So, tomorrow morning, frosty start likely, maybe

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the odd patch of freezing fog around, most areas starting with

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plenty of sunshine. The general theme as we run through the day will

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be a bit more in the way of cloud around. Still some brighter spells,

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but their club will be thickening up towards evening from the north, and

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it is here where we might just get one or two spots of light rain as

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they get late into the day. Temperatures tomorrow recovering

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after that cold start, could get up to a 5-7 C in afternoon. We will

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find the week wears and that there is something of mixed fortunes with

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temperature trends. They will drop off again at the tail end of

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Wednesday into Thursday. Lots of sunshine around by Thursday.

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Thereafter, much more cloud, but Ambridge is continuing to climb

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towards the weekend. Looking fairly mild by them. -- temperatures

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continuing to climb. And before we go, have you made a

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New Year's resolution? . We asked to review what you are hoping to

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change. I don't make them. If you want a

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goal, set your goal and do it any time of the year.

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Give up smoking. Still like my drink, so I can't give that up.

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It's always lose weight, isn't it? That's the top one. Or stop

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drinking. But you don't, do you? Really good, obviously! Drink more

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cider! That's about it! Well, tomorrow, we will be meeting a

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woman who gave up sugar completely. Becky Murray cut it out after she

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was diagnosed with diabetes. Join us tomorrow to find out how she got on.

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That is at 6:30 p.m.. That is it from us for now. We are back with

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the News at ten o'clock. For now, I will say goodbye MCU later. Goodbye.

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Good evening. It has been turning colder and clearer and our weather

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watchers have been capturing the sunshine. Here is the scene in

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Derbyshire and where we have had the clear skies by day, we are in for a

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cold night tonight. Temperatures already plummeting, particularly

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towards the south with some icy stretches across parts of central

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and southern England, and into Wales. For the north-west, not as

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cold, as we have the cloud building. But to the south we could see

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temperatures down to minus four or five first thing Tuesday morning. If

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you have a commute back to work, bear in mind you will have to scrape

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the car and there could be the odd patch of mist and freezing fog. But

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many of us staying dry. More cloud in the north and west.

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