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Welcome to BBC Points West with Liz Beacon and David Garmston.
Our main story tonight: How green is this valley?
Plans for an environmentally friendly business
park near Stroud which could create 4,000 jobs.
The most sustainable stadium in the world and even a canal. Is this
could turn out to be the biggest project in the area since the 1950s.
But some locals complain the increased traffic make
If you snooze you lose - A call for voters to wake up
and smell the election fever as the campaign for a metro
The teenager battling cancer who raises money for others -
And saluting the town that spoke for a nation -
we're in Wootton Bassett ten years on from the first repatriations.
Details of a huge green technology development right next
to M5 in Gloucestershire were unveiled today.
The plans involve offices and industrial units
as well as a brand new football stadium and a nature reserve.
It's all the dream of Dale Vince, founder
of the green energy company, Ecotricity.
But for some people living nearby, his proposals are an unnecessary
Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.
These are ambitious plans - A green science technology
business park on one side - which ecotricity claims
will attract up to 4,000 jobs, and on the other side a high tech
sporting facility with a new 10000 seat Forest Green Rovers
And everything pushing the boundaries of sustainability.
That is what we like to do. Somebody has to question, would we adhere to
green standards and the answer is we want to do better than that, so our
buildings will be the most sustainable buildings that have been
built yet. Today, companies
interested in building and being part of the ecopark
quizzed Dale Vince A vision of tapping
into and promoting the green When you put like-minded businesses
like this together, they starts barking ideas and opportunities to
work with each other and spin of new businesses, and that helps grow the
sustainable economy and also local services and the economy to support
them. Then they build up opportunities to move abroad.
But with a project this size come concerns -
many locals in Eastington say junction 13 - the gateway to Stroud
Ecotricity say they'll fix this with a new dual carriageway
But also the ecopark isn't part of Stroud's recently
published local plan - and those opposing the park say
there's just no clearly identified need for it.
We have very high employment and the local area, so the risk of a
shortage means there is no requirement for extra jobs, and we
need development space for all businesses in the near future. It is
the biggest and most complex planning decision made here since
Berkeley power station in the 1950s. It is still early days and hasn't
even gone through planning yet. If it does go through planning it will
be at least three years before the first ball is kicked in anger at
what is hoped to be the most sustainable football stadium in the
world. A driver remains in hospital
after a serious crash Two lorries collided just
after fouro'clock this morning. A second driver was released
from hospital this afternoon. The road was shut for
most of the day whilst In Bristol one person has been left
with serious injuries after a collision between a car
and a bus. It happened in the early hours
of this morning on Wells road. There were long delays to traffic
but the road has since re-opened. Workers at Mini in Swindon
are taking part in a series of eight 24 hour walk outs,
in a dispute over pensions. The Unite Union is protesting
over Mini's owners, BMW's plans to ditch the company's
final salary pension scheme. It claims some workers could lose up
to ?160,000 in retirement income. BMW says it has to act now to secure
the long term viability A publicity drive is underway
to tell 900,000 people in the West that they're
about to get a new leader. Today it was confirmed that six
candidates will be on the ballot paper for the so-called metro mayor,
covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath
and North East Somerset. But getting voters
interested, let alone Here's our political
editor, Paul Barltrop. The government is pumping money
into publicising the contest, from billboards on the streets,
to adverts on social media - though that's sparked plenty
of critical comments. The latest is a video
with something of a local flavour: people who'll come under
the new mayor? Farmers market. Supermarket. Rugby.
We may not always see eye to eye but we care about where we live and we
need to make a living and get around. These things excite us all
which is why we are acting on the issues that we all care about.
people who'll come under the new mayor?
Especially when even the name has proved difficult.
The government don't use the term 'metromayor'.
They prefer to talk about a 'mayor', but different to the elected mayor
The new person will take charge of the snappily-titled West
That's been abbreviated to WECA, and it's already been
holding meetings involving the leaders from the three
But, yet again, the name's proving a thorny issue!
I do not like the word, WECA. It is the West of England combined
authority. I wanted to be called the west of England combined authority
and we will have a West of England combined authority Mayor.
And there's plenty of that on their own video,
put out to encourage people to vote on May the 4th.
Well, the Bristol Post is determined that its readers
This was its front page today - with a very stark warning
that the west is "sleepwalking" into this election.
And I'm pleased to say that Mike Norton, Editor
Mike - You've been quite tough on your readers today -
Why do you think enthusiasm appears to be so low? I am concerned we are
sleepwalking into the election and not enough people realise the person
who wins this election will have a lot of power and the deciding vote
on the spending of ?1 billion of funding, devolved to the greater
authority. What do you think of the field of candidates? I think it is
quite underwhelming and how we look from the outside worries me because
this election has not been able to attract really high-profile
candidates that we should be having. In Manchester, Andy Burnham is the
well-known candidate for the is nobody like that. And that person
needs to have a presence, particularly in London, so whoever
wins has to be able to bang on doors in London and they worry nobody here
is able to do that. I have been doing interviews on the streets and
a lot of people are getting confused with the Metro Bus. It is similar
and that we are building a network that doesn't have provide that and
we are creating a council that doesn't have a base yet. You are
calling it, wake up for the Greater Bristol. You want to call it the
Mayor of Greater Bristol. Do you think that name will make any
difference to the perception of this post? Once again it is how we are
perceived outside the region. Outside, what people know is Bristol
and Bath so it should be either Greater Bristol or the Bristol and
Bath region. We have other Mayors as well. It is confusing and I
understand why people are confused but they need to wake up and hold
whoever gets this job to account. And you're going to do your best to
make sure people do wake up. I will try. Thank you for coming in.
And in our late bulletin in the 10 o'clock news tonight,
we'll be hearing from someone who's been pushing the government
to introduce this role for the past decade.
It might have been mis-sold up until now but a lot of people will see
over the next year what the Mayor can do for them. It will be the most
directly involved leader they have ever elected and it will be a real
benefit. Join us for that. And we'd like you to get involved
too and join us as we debate all issues surrounding
the new mayor. You've made a little film
all about it, haven't you? Bristol already has a Lord May and
unelected WECA putt Mayor and now a third is on the way. Voters here go
to the polls for the new role. It is called the Metro Mayor. They will
have powers over housing and transport and ?30 million a year to
spend on infrastructure. If you would like to attend the debate or
put a question to the candidate, let us know.
Coming soon. That will be transmitted later this month and all
the candidates will be there and will be taking questions.
Well, it's Liz and David with you this evening,
Still to come on tonight's Points West.
Nick Knowles joins us live from the latest DIYSOS project
And we'll have joy, we'll have fun, we'll have a season in the sun.
We look ahead to the summer with Gloucestershire's cricketers.
A charity has called a 13-year-old girl from Bristol
"an inspiration", for thinking of others whilst battling cancer.
Tatiana Stankovic Davis is being treated for leukemia
but what she's been doing to pass the long hours is already
Andy Howard has been to visit her at Bristol Children's Hospital.
For the second time in her short life, Tatiana has cancer.
And you just feel like you can't cope sometimes.
There's lots of decisions being made...
It is just annoying because you want it to be back to normal life
She's been in this hospital room for more than a month.
But when she feels well enough, she escapes,
This is the model I got for finishing chemo this year,
I mean, there are days when Mum and Dad are sad.
You know, why is this happening to your own precious child.
But then you see a smiling face, you actually know that life goes on.
And you actually enjoy that day as a family.
It's got a dentist and a photography studio.
Despite being at her lowest point, in the past few weeks Tatiana has
She's decided to raise money for other children,
so they have something to play with whilst they're
In return, her dad Simon will shave off his beard.
So far, Tatiana has raised more than ?8,000.
All for a charity which supplies Lego to hospitals.
I'm quite precious about it as you can imagine but as soon as Simon
suggested it, I thought let's see how it goes and the amount of money
is just phenomenal. It is probably about 10% of turnover. She has had
numerous operations and hundreds of scans and she has been prodded and
pooled, quite often when all she has wanted to do is actually sleep. So
to actually deal with that and then to be thinking of others is
outstanding. I just feel it was nice to be
helping others and making What a difficult road she is on and
we send you our very best wishes for a fast recovery.
As he just mentioned, part of Tatiana's fundraising
So here they are, father and daughter, before this -
the moment Simon had his beard completely shaved off to help boost
And this is how the proud dad looks today.
Wootton Bassett was for many years synonymous with the compassion shown
The town even had 'royal' added to its name in recognition
of the way in which it responded to the repatriations that came
It's now ten years since RAF Lyneham was chosen as the regular
A moment of silence, remembrance, respect.
Captured by many cameras and broadcast around the world.
That silence and the first hearses coming up, that never leaves
you and you finish shooting with a sense of numbness at what's
The town carried out 167 services - but they started spontaneously.
The coffins began passing through regularly in 2007 -
after nearby RAF Lyneham became the airbase the fallen
from Afghanistan and Iraq were flown into.
During those repatriations, hundreds if not thousands of people would be
Today it's very much business as usual.
The Town Council's decided not to put on any specific events
And what makes me proud is that our little town here managed
to put respect back into our armed forces and respect
Lee Mackie from Oxfordshire lost her son Jason when he was
killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.
Although she was too upset to go to his repatriation -
I became very aware that the community
there was like a comfort blanket to these traumatisued families.
They gave them the opportunity to recognise the fact
that our nation appreciate the sacrifice they had made.
Repatriations stopped in Royal Wootton Basset in 2011 -
they now take place at RAF Brize Norton.
In those four years, 345 fallen service men
by people in the town - and they haven't been forgotten.
The town made the country proud. It was recognised that around the
world. Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson
says he's still confident his side can avoid relegation
despite suffering their heaviest City were 1-0 down at half-time
before conceding four second half goals in just 21 minutes
to lose 5-0 at Preston. Fans who had gathered at Ashton Gate
to watch the match were left They need somebody like Harry
Redknapp to come in, somebody like that just to get us over the line
because it is a joke. He needs to go now, tonight. This job is too big
for you. He will be there next season, one T? Unfortunately he will
still be there even though most supporters want him to go. There
will be a big backlash over the renewal of season tickets and
everything else that goes on from now on, if everything goes wrong
this season. Bristol City, who are just one place
above the relegation zone, Sorry if that was painful viewing
for some of our audience. Hundreds of builders have
spent the past nine days volunteering their services
at a house in Hartcliffe in Bristol It's so that 24-year-old
Ryan Pollard can return home, having lived in a care home
in Gloucester for He collapsed after an operation
for a brain condition, Well, the presenter of DIY SOS has
been on site for most of the time and joins us from there tonight.The
big reveal's tomorrow, We are going to be ready. We taught
actually we would finish earlier than we have ever finished before
but it stretched into the night and we will be here until about 11pm and
then we will be finished and able to show you. What are the spirits like?
Very good and if you look... A lot of people stood outside. That is how
good it is. You get to a certain point when you have to clear people
outside you can get the thing finished, so all of these people
have their jobs and should be going home, but we can't actually get rid
of them all. I wish I could get rid of this lot. Your programme is based
on the same site as ours and we have seen the vans coming and going, you
have put in some incredible hours this week? It has probably averaged
about 100 hours a day and if they are putting in 10-12 hours a day you
can do the maths. A huge amount of work goes into this and we are
taking on all the work in nine days so what is an unbelievable job. The
trades have come out from all over Bristol and surrounding, up from
Somerset and all over this area has been massively supportive and
welcoming and people bringing cakes and drinks and everything to make us
feel welcome. Everybody saying hello. It has been a fantastic job
and everybody have really enjoyed it and tomorrow we get our reward and
all these people who have given up their time to come and work for no
wages will get their reward when they finally get to see mum and dad.
Mum and dad get to bring him home after five years. That will be a
wonderful moment. We love the bit where they see it for the first time
but do they have any clue what sort of things you have done and have you
asked questions about what they would like? Our designer always
spends time with the family to get an idea of the things they like and
people occasionally ask if anybody doesn't like it. This is not like
Changing Grooms, this is people needing the waterways widened so
their son can move around the house, so he can be at home, and specialist
facilities they need. If we widen the doors and put a bathroom and
downstairs they would be happy but the fact we go the extra mile and
build the space they need and they get some high-end luxury added, it
is almost neither here nor there but it can shock them. We take all the
internal walls out and half the floor is out and there is a point
you can see through the roof, we took the back of the house off,
everything goes out, so the house they are stepping back into will not
be the house they live them for 26 years but it will be the house built
specifically for his needs and will mean for the first time in five
years they can be a family together. We can't wait to see it. Am I being
undermined by what is going on behind me? Thanks for thing you have
done, look forward to seeing it. I will sort them out, goodbye. What
are you doing? The start of the county cricket
season is just two days away, and this morning Gloucestershire's
players pulled on their whites The squad has a much
younger look to it, It's not easy to follow in the
footsteps of one of Gloucestershire's most successful
overseas signings but that is the task for the 23-year-old Israeli and
Cameron Bancroft. Michael Kleiner scored over 6000 runs in the four
seasons and led them to a trophy. He will be back for one-day cricket but
Bancroft takes over in the championship. When you enjoy your
cricket you will be successful and play well so these guys have that
great feel and I am looking forward to running with that, nice and
relaxed and enjoying my cricket and hopefully that results in some good
runs. Gloucestershire's best chance for success may be the T20. They
were second from bottom in their group in the one-day cup but are
hopeful of improving that, and the format they championship results.
Two teams can get promoted and as I said that wasn't our aim that would
be ridiculous, so some tough teams and we have to play some hard
cricket and be sure that everybody is mocking in together to perform on
the pitch. It will be tough but we are not hiding behind that. Comedian
Dara O Brion has been lending they can take a hand promoting the
England- Ireland match staged in Bristol next month. It is also a
venue for the women's World Cup meaning Gloucestershire will host a
lucrative ten internationals this summer. It is the difference between
trading profit and not trading at profit. We are not hugely dependent
on it but it makes the difference between a rainy day and a not so
rainy day. The club has certainly sharpened up its image and as the
county continues to prosper off the field, the team needs to ensure it
is not left behind. Let's catch up on the weather and we
can head upstairs. Let's take you through the forecast for tomorrow.
We continue this run of dry weather and it is looking like over the next
ten days, generally drier than average conditions will be
prevailing, not to rule out some rain but not much. Tomorrow, on face
value more cloud compared to today but one thing I should point out,
the forecast computer models are struggling with the degree to which
things cloud over and the balance between sunshine and cloud cover,
not just for our region, and that continues into tomorrow, so you may
see different solutions for any particular spot. A dry a for some
and some will see a sunny weather. As we continue into tomorrow you
will see the signal for mode of the cloud to be around about some
exceptions, most notably to the west and around the coastal fringes. As
we come inland, more breaks developing. A good deal of sunshine
around, invaded by varying amounts of cloud. The process continues
through the course of tonight but a dry night and not as chilly as the
last so we should end up with the temperature around 6-8. For many of
you a good deal of cloud around but with the caveat about the amount of
cloud being difficult to pin down. A signal that some of the coastal
fringes around Somerset will see a reasonable amount of sunshine.
Coming inland, the cloud will be breaking up through the course of
the afternoon but cloud or not, a Friday and the winds will be light,
the temperature in the low teens. Feeling pleasantly warm should the
sun breaks through. A more path into Friday, the trend throughout Friday
and into the course of the weekend is to lose cloud cover rather than
increase, boding well for the weekend, not impossible that by
Sunday the temperature could get up to 20.
Just in time for the weekend. That would be nice. Back again at 10pm,
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