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Good evening. news at Ten.
Taunton has been chosen to become one of the large
scale "garden towns", under new plans announced
As we've just been hearing in the national news,
the idea is to create new communities with green
spaces, affordable homes and good transport links.
Somerset's county town of Taunton is now an official garden town,
which means it's unlocked ?350,000 to push forward
The idea of this part of money is to enable better advice, better
consultation, access to other parts of money and other funds, so that
the housing developments we bring forward become much more
sustainable, much more pleasant places to live.
The plan is to build new distinct communities,
with 8,000 new homes, alongside crucially good
transport links, green spaces and local facilities.
We've got 3500 people on the waiting list, for starters in Taunton. We
have 74% of the people in Taunton working in Taunton, so the
construction is important to us. We have the railway, the motorway, we
have employment sites we are trying to develop. It is not just another
housing, you see, what about the town itself and place making. We're
pretty proud of our county town and want to improve it.
The locals we spoke to agreed it can't just be about house building.
You know, the hospitals, the schools, etc. The roads.
So you need that as well as the houses?
Yes. My family just have a struggle getting eight girl into school down
the road, but they are building new houses near us. -- getting a girl
into the school. So what you need to matter more
schools? Yes, many more schools.
Stop too many developers, put them somewhere else.
But not in my backyard. But in body said that, we were never
have any more homes! I don't care.
This award will help unlock more funding for Taunton,
and attention will soon pass to the town centre, next
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man
was found stabbed to death on Christmas Eve.
Mohammed Abdurezek's body was discovered in Syston
Detectives investigating his death have also been searching a block
Three men, one aged 42 and two who are 22, are being questioned.
It's hoped around two thirds of artefacts which were being stored
at a disused museum in Swindon could be saved, after a fire
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze
at the old Coate Agricultural Museum on Saturday.
The museum had been closed for decades, but a number
A charity which is opening a new hospice for children
in Wiltshire says it's struggling to recruit staff.
Julia's House already provides respite for over a hundred families
at its hospice in Dorset, but the charity is opening
It says a shortage of paediatric nurses has made it harder to recruit
Empty properties in Bristol are being transformed by a group
It's hoped the scheme could save the city council money,
help people find homes and rehabilitate former prisoners.
This two-bed terrace has stood empty for a year,
But now, a social enterprise group's stepped in to provide
They gave us a house and said, here you go,
We turned it around and about seven working days.
We can do it for this price, you know, that is
We will not add on crazy extras and high cost and things.
It is a shame to have so many buildings in Bristol that are empty
and when we have got an issue with homelessness.
Like many others, this place was due to be sold off.
But since the scheme, the council is realising
the financial benefits of holding onto its homes.
We're taking them off the for sale list.
We have got the resources to repair them.
It's saving us a lot of money in terms of having to put
people into B or hotels or private, temporary accommodation.
So although we are spending money, we are actually investing money
Each refurbished home could save the council ?400 a week.
There are plans to renovate 50 empty properties.
That adds up to around a million pounds a year.
And - as all those employed are former prisoners -
they benefit too from career opportunities.
Some are given the chance to stay on the right track,
and others get the chance to get off the streets.
With housing associations also looking to renovate rather
On to sport, and it has not been a great start to 2017 for our football
teams. Bristol city lost the next time to
Reading in the championship, having been ahead for a lot of the match.
Bristol Rovers lost 4-1 away to Charlton. Meanwhile, Swindon managed
a goalless true against Southend. -- goalless draw. In League 2, but
Yeovil and Cheltenham lost 2-0 away from home. Let's catch up with the
weather now. Ian has our forecast. Good evening to you. We are in for a
cold night, with widespread frost around, but tomorrow morning,
Agudelo sunshine together day underway. A general trend of Seymour
cloud into the afternoon and evening. We have a Met Office
warning out through tonight and tomorrow morning for the likelihood
of icy stretches on roads and pavements. That is courtesy of the
frost which will be in some abundance first lights tomorrow.
Unsurprisingly, with temperatures dropping perhaps as low as -5 in
some parts of Somerset. So, tomorrow morning, frosty start likely, maybe
the odd patch of freezing fog around, most areas starting with
plenty of sunshine. The general theme as we run through the day will
be a bit more in the way of cloud around. Still some brighter spells,
but their club will be thickening up towards evening from the north, and
it is here where we might just get one or two spots of light rain as
they get late into the day. Temperatures tomorrow recovering
after that cold start, could get up to a 5-7 C in afternoon. We will
find the week wears and that there is something of mixed fortunes with
temperature trends. They will drop off again at the tail end of
Wednesday into Thursday. Lots of sunshine around by Thursday.
Thereafter, much more cloud, but Ambridge is continuing to climb
towards the weekend. Looking fairly mild by them. -- temperatures
continuing to climb. And before we go, have you made a
New Year's resolution? . We asked to review what you are hoping to
change. I don't make them. If you want a
goal, set your goal and do it any time of the year.
Give up smoking. Still like my drink, so I can't give that up.
It's always lose weight, isn't it? That's the top one. Or stop
drinking. But you don't, do you? Really good, obviously! Drink more
cider! That's about it! Well, tomorrow, we will be meeting a
woman who gave up sugar completely. Becky Murray cut it out after she
was diagnosed with diabetes. Join us tomorrow to find out how she got on.
That is at 6:30 p.m.. That is it from us for now. We are back with
the News at ten o'clock. For now, I will say goodbye MCU later. Goodbye.
Good evening. It has been turning colder and clearer and our weather
watchers have been capturing the sunshine. Here is the scene in
Derbyshire and where we have had the clear skies by day, we are in for a
cold night tonight. Temperatures already plummeting, particularly
towards the south with some icy stretches across parts of central
and southern England, and into Wales. For the north-west, not as
cold, as we have the cloud building. But to the south we could see
temperatures down to minus four or five first thing Tuesday morning. If
you have a commute back to work, bear in mind you will have to scrape
the car and there could be the odd patch of mist and freezing fog. But
many of us staying dry. More cloud in the north and west.