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Welcome to BBC Points West with Amanda Parr and David Garmston.
Plans to expand the shopping centre are put on hold after furious
Local shops fear they will go out of business if the plans are approved.
Our other headlines tonight: An amazing recovery -
the Bristol Royal Infirmary leaps from "needing improvement"
One in four students are suffering from stress,
depression and other mental health problems.
And the story of a playground that's been turned into a play.
There's to be a public inquiry about plans to extend one
of the region's biggest shopping centres at Cribbs Causeway.
The proposals would increase its size by 50%.
Planning permission was granted in November but the scheme
is now to be reviewed by the Secretary of State.
It's nearly 20 years old now and it's trying
to maintain its position as the leading shopping
That is a position it would dearly like to hold onto.
And to do that, it's trying to expand - no mini expansion.
It wants to grow by 50% to include a hotel, flats, and,
But it's no longer in the hands of the local council to decide.
It's the government who will now make the final decision.
When neighbours go to war, it can get ugly.
And shopping centres are no exception.
Last November, South Gloucestershire Council approved a ?300 million
expansion of the Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
The developers said it would create 3000 jobs.
In response, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol said it
And high streets up and down the West joined
We all only have so much money in our pocket.
I think what we need to do is look at the potential impact on not just
Bristol city centre, but the likes of Taunton,
Exeter, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon,
I think all of those will see some impact.
The Weston-Super-Mare, MP John Penrose, seen
here opening the Mall in 1998, wrote to the government,
saying an expanded Cribbs would cost Weston ?39 million in lost
He's delighted there's now to be a public inquiry
Weston-Super-Mare's economic rebirth is underway.
We are making huge progress, lots and lots of new jobs
I do not want something like this to strangle it.
You cannot have Cribbs Causeway eating up all the other local shops.
His constituents, though, don't see things in such
For me, if I was doing shopping in a number of shops,
probably Cribbs Causeway would attract me because
Weston-Super-Mare is quite a small town and where you do not have a lot
of brands that we can really work off.
Especially people around our age, we are definitely discovering more
brands, so we want to go ahead and buy those.
South Gloucestershire Council says it's extremely disappointed
But it is still confident the plans will be approved.
It believes an expanded Cribbs would be a good thing
There is no doubt this is a regional shopping destination. Earlier I did
a survey of my own. I spoke to 40 people at Cribbs Causeway and ask
them how far they had travelled to the shopping centre today.
Interesting results. 19 were either from Bristol or South
Gloucestershire but the remaining 21 were from much further afield,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, North Somerset, even parts of Devon. That
is something the planning inspector will have to balance. The wider
significance of Cribbs Causeway against the individual needs of high
street up and down the West Country. Interesting, Alice Bouverie, thank
you for that. Bristol's main teaching hospital has
become the first trust in England to leap from "requires improvement"
to being rated as "outstanding". In just two years, the trust,
which includes the Bristol Royal Infirmary and seven other hospitals,
has tackled overcrowding in A and improved the number of staff
available for operations. Our health correspondent
Matthew Hill has been finding out Transferring very sick patients
into A and keeping tabs on just A few years ago, potentially
life-threatening symptoms Staff have to take measurements
within hourly targets to identify In particular, they're looking
for conditions such as sepsis, And it's the success of this scheme
which has been highlighted So successful that it's been
rolled out to all other We have saved lives,
we have had no incidents reported with failure to recognise
deterioration as one of the causes. And we have really raised the level
of care that we provide to all of our patients,
particularly during theatres has also contributed
to today's "outstanding" rating. That includes identifying
so-called "golden patients" - who are often the most complicated
cases - to be the first We have looked a lot into efficiency
and how we can get as much done We have rolled out golden cases
over the last few years, so it identifies procedures
and patients that we can crack We have made sure that we have
all of the kit available, the bed available, so that helps
getting the flow We found a trust with stable
leadership, who have really put the patient at the heart
of all they do. They have invested in their staff
to develop and given staff And the outcomes for treatment
at these hospitals now As part of today's report,
the CQC also looked into the trust's In fact, it is one of just a handful
in the country to be in surplus. So how has it managed
to achieve that? Well, it has managed to invest
in expansion like this ?92 million redevelopment without having
to resort to private finance. The thousands raised by charitable
appeals have helped build the children's hospital -
a vital injection of cash when it And with ever growing patient
demand, this is one trust which is now setting an example
to other hospitals. Matthew Hill, BBC
Points West, Bristol. With us in the studio is the man
in charge, Robert Woolley. Normally you come in to talk to us
when the news isn't so good - black alerts, problems
with children's heart surgery, lack of beds etc -
you must be delighted I am delighted, David. When I have
been here apologising for the mistakes we have made I have
committed to burn. What is great about the report today is that
learning is shown to have been happening and is delivering real
benefit for patients. That is credit to the 9000 staff, the 300
volunteers, all of our charity supporters, academic partners, who
wants to deliver not just good clinical care, but actually care
what real kindness and compassion. We call that treating strangers as
if they were family or friends. Were you surprised by this outstanding
rating? I was delighted. I know that the care is good but I know there
are other areas where we must improve. We have put an awful lot of
hard work into this to make sure the vision and strategy for the trust is
clear to staff, to make sure the values are meaningful and influence
to be that we think and talk, to put a real focus on the safety of
patients and managing risk. But the decision that we took, I and other
senior leaders, was to stop and attend to the experience of our
staff, to spend more time listening to their concerns, there are
suggestions for improvement, and what is brilliant is that we have
unleashed this passion and innovation right across the
organisation. It was not an Oscars moment, did you wonder if the
envelopes had got switched? Mercifully not.
The last time we spoke, we talked about bed blocking -
specifically 89-year-old Iris who was in the BRI for five months
Are you getting better support from the community now?
It is a continuing challenge. The one area that the CQC found the
required improvement was about managing the flow of emergency
patients to the hospital and the impact of that on the emergency
department, particularly at the BRI. They saw that we are keeping
patients safe, I must add that. But we have tried again to be
innovative, we established what we call a virtual hospital ward model,
so an adult patient that is about to be admitted to a hospital bed, we
ask them if they prefer to receive the same care in the comfort of
their own bed at home. Briefly, you have not been lumbered with PFIs,
how important has that been? We have been very careful to manage the
money as best we can, so when looking to rebuild, as Matthew said,
we went for cheap Public Works Loans Board that has meant we know exactly
that we can meet the repayments. OK. That is great news and we do pass on
our congratulations to the people who work so hard in your
organisation. Thank you very much. So one of our hospital trusts
is celebrating its success today, but what's the picture around
the rest of the West? Well, it's not such a positive story
for our other hospitals. Only one other in our region has
been given a good rating - that's Taunton and Somerset NHS
Foundation Trust. If you're a patient in Yeovil,
Gloucestershire, Bath, Weston, Southmead or Swindon,
your hospital trust That's the same rating as the BRI
was given two years ago. It's lovely to have your
company this evening. Amanda and David with
tonight's Points West. We meet the children's
author whose puppies have And stand easy all you parents out
there - your job is done. We celebrate the best and worst
witches, wizards and Wallys Now it should be one of the most
exciting times of your life, but for some, starting university
can be a struggle. Worryingly, one in four students
at Bristol Uni experiences some form The figures from the Students Union
here are reflected across the country, where more young people
- especially young Our home affairs correspondent
Charlotte Callen reports. You just feel completely worthless
and hopeless and I can understand if you haven't been there it can be
quite hard to empathise. Grace has no scars to show the pain
she's been through... There was no sticking plaster,
no operation to make her better. She's had mental heath problems
since the age of 13. I had anorexia, so I got quite
physically unhealthy. In terms of my low mood,
I had periods when I was suicidal, Grace got a degree and now works
with a Bristol charity which helped her to cope
during the bad times, One in four students
at Bristol University said they had With 22,000 students,
that means as many as 5,500 will have mental heath needs at some
point during their studies. That's a picture
reflected nationally. Our young people are under enormous
pressure to succeed. Some of that is academic pressure,
and then, of course, there is the pressures on social
media to look and Add to that the extra tuition fees
they have to pay and the fact that grants are being slashed,
and you have the perfect storm. It is important that we reach
all students with support, and that means making sure that
whether it is through the personal tutoring system or through
residential pastoral staff that students, all students, understand
where they can access support. Bristol is one of only two
universities in the country to have Since the start of the academic
year, there have been So they're investing an extra
?1 million to support students. But with NHS budgets stretched
and so much pressure on mental health services,
it's charities like the one which helped Grace that are often
left to pick up the pieces. Charlotte Callen for BBC
Points West in Bristol. A burning bus caused traffic
problems in Bath this morning. It caught fire at the University
of Bath which resulted in roads Wessex Bus, whose vehicle
it was, is to investigate. Her Majesty's Inspectorate
of Constabulary, which oversees policing standards, has warned
of the "potentially perilous" state In the West, our forces
have faired differently. Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire
forces were rated good, but Dorset Police and
Gloucestershire Constabulary Their Chief Constable Suzette
Davenport says she's angry at the findings,
saying it doesn't represent Wells in Somerset has thrown its hat
into the ring to become The cathedral city has
to fight off Warrington, Portsmouth and Swansea St Davids
who announced their intentions The winner gets ?3 million
from the Heritage Lottery Fund The city was on the big screen
in 2007 when the film Hot Fuzz Now there's a playground
at Lockleaze in Bristol which has been inspiring young people
since the 70s. It was and still is affectionately
known as "The Vench". And now it's the subject
of a brand-new musical playing Written by Bafta-winning
Bristolian Jack Thorne, it tells the tale of the beginnings
of The Vench, which Jack's It took quite a hunt through the
Points West archives, but on one little roll of film hiding in the
basement, we found these pictures. The original 1970s The Vench. Made
by the children, for the children, a place to go and the place to grow.
Rough and ready, making use of old junk, the story of its creation is
now being told and son at the Bristol old Vic. Acclaimed Bristol
writer Jack Thorne watched his father Mike helped to build The
Vench, a source of real pride. Then... And now... I think the thing
that I admire about what they did then and what still happens now is
that it was a form of outrage that reached out and managed to get
children that were not caught anywhere else. These were children
that the school system did not they have place for. And at the
playground, they found a place for them. The most difficult children
from the school were the ones that came to the playground. They were
looking for the freedom from the tyranny of school and grown-ups and
parents. Some children would just ten hours and hours, after day
there, knocking the way at bits of wood and building stuff. And then
burning it down and rebuilding it. Last night, half of Loch Lees was
invited to see the show and it brought back memories. I grew up
there and I have been there since I was little and I can see people in
the characters, so it is nice. I used to work up there when the sub
was a child and we're going that is so and so, that is so and so. It is
wonderful, you laugh and cry. There are some really great strong
characters. The Vench is rather more polished these days, but is still
serving the community in its own special way. As new generations play
out the age old rituals, begun so enthusiastically more than 40 years
ago. Wonderful pictures. The play is not for the very young children, I
believe. Yes, there are some strong language, so be warned about that.
But it does look very good. People tending allotments in Bristol
say they're becoming increasingly The deer got stuck inside
the Stapleton Allotments after contractors working
on the nearby Metrobus route The deer, who were hiding
in the bushes from our camera crew today, have been there for almost
two months already. Although the allotment
keepers have named them, they're worried about the deer,
who they say won't leave because of the Metrobus building
work going on around them. Too scared to add the main gates
because all Lake Annecy is machinery and the smell and they are
frightened. We want them to be happy and I do not think they are happy
stuck in here. No one is going to be happy having all of their plants
eaten. They have a few of mine but I did not mind too much!
Metrobus bosses say allotment managers are responsible for
what happens within the allotments so Lord Ethelred and Lady Morgana
as they've been called, look set to stay.
A writer from Wiltshire, whose first book was snapped up
by the same publisher as J K Rowling, has
now been shortlisted for a prestigious book prize.
Laura James walked straight off a children's writing course
and into a three-book deal with one of the biggest publishers around.
Michelle Ruminski has been to meet her.
Inspired by the antics of her dogs Brian and Florence,
Laura writes about the adventures of a dog called Pug.
And the first chapter, she said she was so funny to the housekeeper. I
always say that, you are so funny. The dogs are wagging at me and I
understand where it came from. She began writing the book several
years ago and it helped get her on the creative writing course. She
shelved the story sending another to several publishers, including
Bloomsbury. We sent them a different manuscript and they said they really
liked it but they had something similar, anything else? Pug was the
manuscript I looked at on the course. And they said that they
really liked it. With an two years she has gone from being a volunteer
at the BAFTA children's literature festival to one of the authors on
the bill. It is really unusual, it is incredibly hard to go from writer
to author and although we hear about the publishing stories, you know,
99.9% of people are still trying to get that deal. Pug's Tommy was
rumbling. Wendy had beat some of delicious jam tarts. Now Laura is
sharing her success by helping pupils at this local primary school
write stories of their own. It was very imaginative and creative. I
really like the characters and the way that pug acted and the problem
is that he encountered. You do not expect a dog to be dressed up and he
does it a lot. There are lots of old-fashioned things that you do not
expect that you would not see walking down the street normally.
Laura has recently been short listed for the Waterstone's children's book
prize. Do you pinch yourself and feel like you are bidding begin? I
am and I am incredibly blessed and lucky and fortunate and I have been
very fortunate that I have met by the people and helped me on my
journey to be published and I could not be more grateful for that. It is
difficult to look back and think, gosh, how I actually got to where I
always wanted to be. Laura said she is still working on being a
full-time author. Captain Pod is about to be published in America and
Australia. And if you've got little ones
in the family, you don't need us Plenty of Harry Potters,
Where's Wallys and Worst Witches You've been sharing your snaps
with us and we've also been to Bannerman School
in Easton in Bristol. I am Buzz Lightyear,
to infinity and beyond! I am dressed up just looking
for Narnia because I like it. I am the roly-poly bear. Who are
you? Bob The Builder. Can you fix it? Yes. Well done. I am a Power
Ranger. I am reading, be quiet! That is the
whole point, great, what a creative bunch that you are. You will be
celebrating World Book Day tomorrow, so keep your photographs coming in.
And here in the West we have a grown-up who's made
a career out of dressing up as book character.
Visitors and residents of Bath will no doubt be familiar
He's welcomed visitors to the Jane Austen Centre
Today they marked the occasion by presenting him
Looks very good as well. It was certainly blustery weather today if
you were wearing a bonnet. It is likely to have been a one-off, is
that not correct, Ian? I would imagine so, yes. Let us take you
through the expectations for tomorrow. The emphasis is firmly
going to be on a fair amount of wet weather. More particularly through
the morning that that brain will be quite extensive across the region.
As we head into the afternoon it gets a little bit tricky in terms of
the balance between some drier phrases, so the rest of rain and
showers and it will never be too far away. It will persist for some
throughout the course of the day. Low pressure dominates the pattern
now through the remainder of this week. As we head into tomorrow, you
will see through first light comes the one front and that will bring
extensive rain. Through the afternoon and into the evening
period we have a cold front for the wing but this wavelike pattern and
that will deliver a punch in terms of some heavy shall remain where it
aligns itself of some heavy shall remain where it
aligns itself with the latter part of the day. Further eastwards, you
can see there are some dry weather to be had. Might be a fine margin, I
would suspect, between those wet conditions and something a bit
drier. A few showers around at the moment. They will tend to feed and
into the second half of the night that one front comes up and in comes
the rain, meaning by first light tomorrow into the commuting period
it looks like being a wet story, regardless of the direction you are
heading in. Temperatures tonight, probably five or six Celsius. The
rain will move northwards during the first part of the morning, then we
are into this trick your face in the lunchtime, were further eastwards
there is some more dry weather, converting towards the West but
uncertain positioning. Baykal front comes in delivering shall remain and
through the evening that could be fairly heavy, so there could be some
appreciable rainfall totals building up in a few spots where you have had
a succession of these periods of rain and later showers running
across to the blue because of the day. Despite that, it will be
comparatively mild tomorrow, 10 Celsius will be fairly typical. We
will find the rain peters out for the most part as we head overnight
and through to Saturday. Low-pressure close at hand on
Saturday but depending on the exact position and scope of that, we could
actually be in a bundle of some drier weather with some brighter
spells around. If you showers and outbreaks of rain perhaps in the
mix, but not too bad for Saturday, whereas on Sunday there is the
chance of wet weather at some stage for all of us, probably at least in
the first part of the day. Thank you, Ian. Thank you for joining us
this Thursday evening, it has been good to have you along with us. We
are off in search of David's bonnet. Yes, it went somewhere! Such a mess!
I will see you again at 10pm. Goodbye.