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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.


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