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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.


Bristol announces some of its biggest ever council cuts.


When they see the scale of the numbers being quoted as cuts, they


can see that that will have a massive impact and is not just in


one or two macro areas, it is across the board.


We'll assess the situation with the city's Mayor.


The paramedic making plans to leave a legacy of hope for others.


We meet the new robotic stars of a Bristol made programme.


And as it now turns much colder tonight the Met office warn of a


risk of ice for many of our districts. Council tax will need to


rise but services will reduce. That's the situation facing


Bristol's 450,000 residents The City Council today revealed some


of its biggest ever cuts. And there was more gloomy news


for the city with the announcement that its planned new arena will be


delayed even further. Let's join our political


editor Paul Barltrop Well, I am standing beside what has


been dubbed by some the bridge to nowhere. It is meant to lead across


to what has been called arena Island, that site for that ambitious


project but it is in trouble. It could end up costing the council


millions of pounds at a time when their finances are in real


difficulty. Today they have been setting out their spending plans for


the next five years. Overall, the money that our councils get from the


government is going down. At the same time, demand is rising, which


means councils are having to put up their council tax. Services, as we


know, are being reduced. Bristol say they have got to save ?100 million


by 2022 and so there will be cuts to services across-the-board.


From libraries to bins, from parks to buses,


Bristol is cutting spending across all departments.


More than ?60 million will go over the next five years.


Residents will have to pay more: Council tax will rise by nearly 5%


with a similar increase likely the following year.


Cuts from the central government only be lost in a position where we


have to take that additional money. The increase in pressure from an


elderly population and more children, it is huge. So people are


paying for that. The mayor who took over eight months


ago has described the changes Among the bigger hits,


?4 million will go from parks. Libraries are under threat


with a ?1.4 million cut. And raising car parking charges


will bring in an extra ?1 million. Plus there's an end to the free


on-street Sunday parking which was initiated by the former


mayor George Ferguson in 2012. They will do anything to get the


money. I drive in from Bath to Bristol to go to the library so if


they are going to do that, that is not great. Putting the car parking


cost up at a time of posterity doesn't feel appropriate. -- of


posterity. this city centre youth


hub works with hundreds We have got to the point where there


have been cuts upon cuts and we have scraped again at the money to keep


the services going and the opportunities going for young


people. I have to say at this point any further cuts are going to


translate into a direct cut to services for young people.


Row is very difficult. It is part of a series of cuts, get up on year.


They are working harder and harder, covering one more work from less and


less staff. To know that is going to carry on for years to come as we


have seen from these figures, it is very demoralising.


Today we learnt how much money will go from different areas.


Much more detail and controversy is still to come.


That wasn't the only big announcement today.


Bristol City Council has revealed it's parted company


with the contractors who were supposed to be building


the city's new arena because they couldn't


The council says it'll open a year later now, so by autumn 2020.


I hope it will because I think Bristol deserves a nice place


where you can host so many people, just because now Bristol is becoming


I think we deserve one and I think we will get one.


Well, they've built the bridge, haven't they?


They have started, so they're going to have to finish.


Do I think it's ever going to happen?


Well, rather like the Rovers' new stadium, I am forever hopeful,


The former mayor George Ferguson was the driving force behind


He remains optimistic it'll be built.


We are so close now, we've got the site,


we've got the planning, we've got the funds,


The operator is absolutely key and this will be a profitable


The council's expected to start negiotiations with contractors


They expressed an interest in the site earlier.


A quick solution is best, as every month of delay has been


estimated to cost taxpayers as much as ?80,000.


Thank you very much for that, Paul. Joining us in the studio now is the


male of restored, Martin Rees. You are adamant that it is going to go


ahead, aren't you, but how with this new contractor? Absolutely. Our


commitment remains strong. We want an arena but has to be the right


deal for the city. People would not thank us if we built the most


expensive Arena in the UK. We have the operator, we have the land and


the planning permission. All the work that has been done in this


pre-construction phase looking at how we build an arena homicide, that


is all still with us. This is not ideal, it is not good news, I am not


pretending it is but it is not back to zero. -- looking at how we build


an arena on the site. A lot of money to save. But looking through what


you have had to say, these are quite brutal cuts, aren't they? It is a


challenge. There are a couple of things. We need to get a grip of the


finances of local government. Whatever was going on, we wouldn't


be facing this situation if we had a proper grip and we have wrought in a


fantastic finance team. We are going to get a grip. But we are staying


true to our principles. Our commitments are on housing, mental


health, primary schools. I have talked about those three things.


Those are all great but one of the things I saw was the crisis


prevention fund, which helps people in tough situations, people who find


themselves homeless to get food, electricity, all sorts. That has


been cut by 55%. These are just brutal in a way. Surely, with what


you have just said, that is not fair. To say it is a massive


challenges to my old. The point we are making is if we going to keep


money one area we have got to talk about what we are prepared to


de-prioritise. There are many things we didn't do that we could have


done. Secondly, we have two move from this idea that local government


does everything. We have a collective responsibility, so our


commitment on breakfast clubs, that is a group of people who are saying


any school without a breakfast club, we will step in. So we can mobilise


resources in other areas. It also speaks to a wider political issue


here. We cannot as a major city be on the string of Westminster


politics saying whether they are not going to give us resources. We need


to have a serious conversation about devolution of power and resources so


we can take control post-op that is in the long-term but in the short


term, what is the cut if you had to pick one, that you dislike the most,


that would keep you awake at night? What do you want to do the least? We


have a series of cuts that are going to impact on early intervention.


Coming from a public health background I know that tackling


inequalities,... Children services being one of those? A lot of cuts


are being made on that side. We believe in the concept of children's


centres. We are committed to protecting the intervention that


comes about, investment in parenting, early physical and mental


health, that is central to the future of the city but what we are


doing is working out how we can continue to deliver those


interventions as a City Council but with health service, with the


Bollettieri sector and community groups as well. That is what we have


to do -- with the voluntary sector. We want to take control of our


future. We know what is needed in Bristol and we need more power at


the local level. We have run out of time to stop so many different


things we would like to talk about. People can see this tomorrow on the


Bristol city website. Yes and we will put it forward and there is


another period of consultation so people have plenty of time to have


their say. Said they can react. Thank you very much Marvin.


The West is braced for icy road conditions tonight


and into the morning after rain, sleet and snow through the day.


Local councils are asking people to take care when they're


They're also urging them to check on vulnerable neighbours


who might be affected by the freezing conditions.


Our reporter Andy Howard is at a gritting depot in Gloucestershire


Yes, it seems on the whole that today has been more wet than white


but we have had snow across the West. It started in Somerset and the


county council that were saying that resident should look after elderly


neighbours and relatives in this cold snap. Then it went to Bristol


Airport, sleet reported there and then further onto Bath, the


university had some snow on the campus. Slow pictures of the day


have the BB is sent into us by Peter who lives in Wiltshire. His kids


playing in the snow and to prove it was a good covering, here is their


snowman, the only snowman I have seen today. A bit muddy but it the


focus back here tonight off the vote five is on this, the gritting


operation. -- the M5. We set up to be running our gritting throughout


the night to cope with icy roads that we are expecting in the early


hours of this morning. You are well connected, what is the latest? We


expect wintry showers this evening. No accumulation of snow forecast for


Gloucestershire but that sleet and snow we are expecting will mean


there is icy services in the morning -- icy surfaces in the morning. We


are going to try and minimise the risk to road users in the county.


Have you got enough salt? We have 20 insult across -- we have plenty in


stock across the county. We are on top of things in terms of keeping


our roads moving. Be lack of snow means that easier night for the guys


here but they will be out and you can of course watch the ten o'clock


news for the latest from points West and your latest radio station --


your local radio station will have the latest.


Let's get a bit more detail on all that ice and Ian,


what's the impact likely to be overnight and into


Well, certainly there is a risk of ice about that is going to be the


focus of our attention through the course of the night. I think I would


rather be take issue with the idea that there will be no further snow


tonight. There is certainly a risk that some parts of the region will


see that, albeit in the shape of snow showers, so by definition much


more hit or miss. I wouldn't walk Gloucestershire out, nor for that


matter parts of West Somerset up onto the top of Exmoor and perhaps


other districts as well. It is going to be a tricky night. Gauging as to


when to get the work underway for the gritters, the snow, sleet and


rain, of course waiting for the right time to quit will be


difficult. Ian, thank you - and don't forget


Ian will have the full forecast And do send us pictures


of what the weather's been like where you are today


- any snow? You can email us,


[email protected], or get You're watching BBC


Points West with Alex and Seb. A Gloucester company gets government


backing for a world first. And find out why we will be getting


a pig's I of the studio later in the programme. -- I view.


A 30-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder


after a collision in Bristol on Tuesday night.


Shakrun Islam from Chipping Sodbury is alleged to have killed


27-year-old Kyle Clarke after he was trapped under


Plans to build a tunnel for the A303 past Stonehenge have been unveiled.


The government says it's now the only plan it's looking


at in order to make that part of the road a dual carriageway.


It's part of a ?1.4 billion upgrade of the busy


We're launching the next stage of the formal consultation


on a major upgrade to the A303, the main A-road into


This involves the development of the 1.8 mile tunnel passed


Stonehenge, which will protect the World Heritage site


from traffic, reduce local congestion and speed up journeys


I will now be talking to local people, Mr Speaker,


about precisely to the west of that tunnel which route it should


Some people say the proposed tunnel will be too short.


There'll now be a consultation on the proposals in March,


with the preferred route announced later this year.


A woman has died after a car crash in Bath.


A car hit a warehouse building on the Lower Bristol Road


150 buses were trapped inside a nearby depot, while police


The road reopened this afternoon, and First Bus says services are back


A paramedic says she's determined to leave a legacy


and save the lives of others, after being told she has


As a last hope, Kath Osmond, who worked for the South


Western Ambulance Service, had cutting edge treatment


Andrew Plant has been following Kath's journey,


and she's been telling him about her fight to find a cure -


and the memories she wants to leave behind.


Melanoma, it's a bit like a dandelion, so if you pick


a dandelion that's gone to seed, as you pick it, couple


Kath Osman spent 16 years saving lives, but six years ago


discovered a mole that changed her life forever.


Your hope is that you respond to the drugs and you respond well


and you get years out of these treatments but that's


She tried every treatment but she found herself


Private treatment that promised the chance


That's where the running man challenge kind of


Kath's ambulance colleagues organised this dance called


the running man and it went viral on the Internet, viewed by tens


of thousands of people, which helped bring in donations.


Basically the news came back that the melanoma was not only


coming back or hadn't responded well but it was aggressive.


She's using her time to make sure her partner Sara


and their three children are taken care of and to warn others


I am really keen to help as many people as I can to get that message


out there that a tan is not a good thing to have.


I've been kind of on the cutting edge of science and unfortunately my


cancer is developing quicker than science is developing.


My hope is that something out there can buy the enough time that


that sort of magic bullet is there and would have brought me


Kath believes that one day skin cancer will be a durable disease.


Kath believes that one day skin cancer will be a curable disease.


She's now busy making as many memories as she can with her family.


As you may have heard in the national news,


a Gloucester company has won government backing for its plans


to build the world's first tidal lagoon in Wales.


It aims to use the power of the tides to generate electricity


and if it's successful, more could be built,


Building tidal lagoons - it's a brand new industry.


And this unassuming building in Gloucester,


It's already developed plans to build the world's first


Today, an independent review gave its backing,


saying the government should seize the opportunity to move


It's a day the company's been waiting for a long time:


We can now be serious as a nation about needing on tidal, being world


eating and serious about our intent to build turbines, generators in the


UK, which means we can own the industry and importantly we know


there is a future of Fleet projects after Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.


The sea wall holds back the rising tide on the left.


A gate is then opened allowing the water to flow into the lagoon


through large turbines, generating electricity as it goes.


When the tide goes out the whole process is reversed.


Some environmental groups are in favour of this clean energy.


As anglers we are concerned about the impact on fish, that marine and


migratory fish will be chopped up in the lagoons and the late on their


migration. -- and he delayed on their migration.


The Swansea Bay scheme could be operational in just four years.


If it's successful, Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build


a further five tidal lagoons, including one in Somerset,


Now, they do say never work with animals, but I don't expect


A new nature programme made in Bristol is using


remote-controlled animals to film real ones.


Spy in Wild hits our screens tonight.


I've been speaking to the director and series producer and meeting


Well, with this series we are using animatronic animals


I mean, they can go in and become part of the animal family


and therefore get a perspective that you couldn't get in any other way.


And with this series we are looking at the animal behaviour


that is like our own, so to get an animal or something


that looks like an animal in the actual animals,


that looks like an animal in with the actual animals,


we are starting to unravel incredible stories.


It is difficult, because not just has it got to look like,


it has got to smell like, move like, react like,


so we have got here a very good example that is kind of freaky


and we are recording from its point of view as well,


take us through what you have been working on here.


Well, we want a full range of movement within the spy creature,


so the head is very important, so left and right, up and down


movement and the head roll and also, certainly with this creature,


he can walk, so he has got this lovely quadrapegal gait,


very similar to the real pigs and that all helps get it


What about the smell? Smell is very important for the meerkat, which we


have over there. I worked closely with a scientist and she recommended


we put the smell of the meerkat group with a film onto the spy


meerkat. I said good idea, what is involved? And they said you are


going to have to put to all over. It was a magic moment because he smelt


like part of the team and he was trusted to babysit the answers. --


we had to put faeces all over the spy meerkat.


for example the egret it was looking at elephants, wasn't it,


Did you see any characteristics that you just were not expecting?


Every time we deployed easily got reactions we were never expecting.


That was the beauty of the series. We were always went out to film


something specific. We had a baby langur monkey made


and it went out to film baby-sitting behaviour among these monkeys


because the mums give the babies But what ended up being most


extraordinary is that one of them picked up our spy monkey and then


dropped it and then They came around it as though it


was her own baby and the scientist that was there said this


is the behaviour that happens when a baby monkey dies


and they were doing it We wanted to uncover all this


incredible behaviour that people hadn't seen and make people


understand that they are just Yeah, and that is what we love


to see as well stop we can obviously Yeah, and that is what we


love to see as well. We can obviously look forward


to the series starting. There are going to be


four actual programmes and then the last one,


which is the fifth, looks behind the scenes and sees how we actually


got these incredible animals in among them and the disasters


that often unfurl! Thank you so much for


coming in with them all. That is on at 8pm on BBC One and the


guys behind the camera were picking up the baroque controls!


Ian Fergusson has that all-important weather forecast.


What is happening at the moment is forecasters in the Met office are


breathing a sigh of relief because a quite convert catered forecast


scenario has worked out as planned. Let me take you through -- because a


quite complicated forecast. We saw snow as expected. As you saw earlier


in the programme, further out into parts of Wiltshire, similar picture.


Tomorrow, the threat of snow will be isolated, in the shape of showers.


More particularly across western Somerset as the day wears on.


Elsewhere the underpinning is it will be a notably cold day and that


will be exacerbated by a strong wind but otherwise a dry and sunny day.


Our attention now turns to the threat of eyes. Whether you have had


rain, sleet or snow, as all of that cleared eastward, we do have this


risk of seeing the icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces. As


we head through the next 12 hours or so you can see the snow exiting out


of the London, South East area and for us you will see signs of


disturbances running in from the north-west, which could usher in


some snow showers across some parts of our area as we run through the


night and at times into tomorrow. For the rest of this evening it will


be a case of watching out for is no showers. Some of those gathering to


the north-west. More particularly, Exmoor will be adding to the threat


of icy stretches on road, as they will elsewhere. Most areas will be


driver stop temperatures down to freezing, maybe a degree above. Road


temperatures a good deal below that. As we head into tomorrow there could


be a threat of snow showers across the likes of the Cotswolds. A bit of


uncertainty first light. Elsewhere a generally dry picture barring the


chance of a few showers at times out towards the West. You will notice


those wind speeds that have been around there. If you are exposed to


that wind, it will feel bitterly cold. Do not take those temperatures


you see there as face value. It is cold but with the added wind chill


it will feel colder. In the weekend we get a push and shove between mild


Atlantic air trying to get in from the West. It will ultimately win on


Sunday but there are signs that next week cold air will start to flood


back in from the east. It is difficult because so many


people were hoping it wouldn't snow but there were definitely those who


were looking out the window wondering. You! Yes! It did so a


little bit. Heading back to Stroud them at the snow. See you at 10pm,




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