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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.


The Chancellor dismisses the cost, saying jobs and investment will sail


It's not about what it's going to cost, it's


Is that what you say when people come into your office at 11


Downing St, it doesn't matter about the cost?


I've been asking Philip Hammond what the new Mayor will actually do.


Our other headlines tonight: Seven hundred parking


Twenty years on, traffic wardens return to North


And snakes alive - a warning to look after your dog


as the warmer weather brings out the adders.


And just how quick was Bristol Rovers' record-breaking goal?


The chancellor Philip Hammond threw his weight behind


the Metro Mayor project today - promising the new post


would help to deliver jobs and prosperity.


Almost a million people will get the chance to vote for the new Mayor


for the West of England next month - but the signs are that many voters


Well, Mr Hammond was speaking on board the SS Great Britain -


the Treasury has just made a ?650,000 donation to a new museum


Chancer, welcome to the West Country. Visa, you're the chance.


You are the perfect person to ask. How much resistance to cost?


It's not about what it's going to cost, it's


Having it an integrated authority gives the area if ice, allows the


Mayor to coordinate activity across the different areas in the region


and ensure maximum value for money in the investment that is going into


the area. Is that what you say when people


come into your office at 11 Downing St, it doesn't matter


about the cost? What is it? I am not gone to set out


precise figures in this interview. Over the years, it will be roughly


?900 million, that is a really quite small and art of money compared to


the benefits of having an integrated approach to services and investment


in the area. And making sure that the business boom that is going, you


can only with the college a business boom that is going on in this part


of the country, is properly supported and facilitated. Bristol


has a more Maher. -- a Lord Mayor. Other payers have leaders and in


some cases Mayors. How does this fit in? Why do we need another one? We


need a real economic geography, interlinked markets, for Labour, for


goods, for services. Working together to harness the benefits of


planning across a wider geography. As has been done so successfully


around Manchester, is beginning to happen in the West Midlands, and we


are beginning to make sure that other key economic areas in the


country are able to benefit from this approach. It's strange, when


you're trying to take out layers of management elsewhere, particularly


in the NHS, why put one in here? It is about harnessing the benefit of


planning across a whole economic geography, a city region and its


hinterland. How will we know if this has worked? You will start to see


the benefits coming through, in terms of faster growth, more


sustainable transport systems, and across the whole area. Housing


solutions, planned across the whole area. I just want to point out, we


are on Brunel's ship. On the other side of the bridge, there is North


Somerset, who decided not to be involved in this scheme. You have


some players not involve? As it succeeds and demonstrated success,


others may wish to join at a later stage. They might come on-board? We


have a combined 30 ready to go now, and it will demonstrate by its


success, that it delivers to local people here within the mayoral


authority. If surrounding areas see those benefits, they may wish to


think about that. Thank you. The race is hot heating up. If you


want to find out who is standing, login to our websites.


Forces across the West held a two- minutes silence this afternoon,


as the funeral service got underway for PC Keith Palmer,


who was stabbed to death during last month's attack on Westminster.


Officers from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset


police all stopped still, while thousands of their colleagues


from all over the UK lined the route of the funeral cortege


It's an opportunity for us to express probably


The reading we chose was written by an American police officer


I think it summed up for us, the emotions,


all that we are feeling our sorrow and affection


Senior officers from the west also join their colleagues in London,


lining the streets for the funeral cortege.


Bath Spa station will be shut for the whole Easter weekend,


the longest the famous station has ever been closed.


It's all part of the ambitious plan to electrify the Great Western


Railway, which is running years late and two billion pounds over budget.


Today commuters were all crammed onto a single platform as engineers


Our business correspondent Dave Harvey went to find out:


The train now standing at platform two, the Great Western Railway


And on platform one, engineers and heavy machinery.


Their aim, nothing less than the total replacement of the


That line of grey, concrete blocks will form the


edge of the new platform here at Bath.


It's about two metres wider than Brunel's original and,


That's because the new electric trains are


too long to cope with this famously curved Victorian railway station.


And also, by bringing the trains further out into the middle, it


means the overhead of epic pylons that feed them won't foul up these


rather magnificent Grade II listed canopies.


Then, from Good Friday throught to Easter Monday, the whole station


It's going to affect the local economy quite a bit, I


Because we get a lot of people visiting at Easter.


In the short term it is a bit of a disruption


But what I would say is, we have done this before.


We have laid on real replacement coaches, as


We are confident that we can keep people moving in and out of Bath.


When will electric trains actually reach Bath?


Electrification will begin this year.


Then getting as far as Chippenham, but Bath and Bristol


For now, it is trains on one side, engineers on the other. It's a


pleasant Monday evening, you're watching BBC points west.


Stay with us tonight. We have lots more in store.


Getting a new museum ready is hard work. This one is opening today and


it is something a little bit different. I, for one, and bristling


with excitement. Temperatures are closer to average


for the weekend, for the most part, a lot of dry weather as well.


More than 700 parking tickets have been handed out


by a council in its first week, since starting a crackdown


More than eight decade, there have been no traffic wardens in North


Somerset. But now control has been handed back from the police to the


local authority. Out on patrol with Allan Taylor,


the man in charge of Just so you know, there


is an information sheet, That's a week of warning that


parking enforcement is back So far, over 700 fines have


been issued by the 11 So there's a van with


a yellow ticket over there. Half of that if it is


paid within 13 days. Since we've been giving


warning notices out, Last week, people were actually


stopping us, shaking our hands, thanking us, giving us tips,


"Can you come and visit our road?" Also sorts of things


we're not quite used to. That's a claim I had


to put to the test. It's easier for us to park outside


a shop, but not for, Where do you park if you live


here if you work shifts, as I do? And obviously, I work


in the Sainsbury's, so I have All the money raised


goes into the system Even fines collected


from errant council employees. We can't bring the council


into disrepute, council officers I sent an internal e-mail round our


system before we started saying, If you don't, you're just


as liable for a ticket. He's in a display area without


displaying a ticket, which is ?50. But, yeah, unless he comes back


in the next couple of minutes... The advice, then,


from Allan and his team? It's a painful sight. That row of


all because them on. Dog owners are being warned


to beware the dangers of adders if they take their pets


for a walk in woodland. It follows a case in Somerset


where a dog nearly died after being bitten by one


of the snakes. With the warmer weather


coming, adders are very Today's walk for Molly


is on the lead. Small wonder - the last time


she was running free in these woods, Twenty minutes later


when they found her, she was obviously very ill -


they didn't know then she'd She just lay down and she was


obviously not going to go any further.


It was to this vet's practice in Midsomer Norton


that Molly was taken, and they diagnosed the adder bite.


The dog was then sent to a specialist veterinary hospital


It was two days before she was well enough to go home.


This is the start of the adder season -


they're just coming out of hibernation.


Their bite is venomous and in rare cases fatal.


So this vet says it would be wise for dog walkers


The gavel having them off the lead where there is a lot of undergrowth,


bushes, where they could be prone to snakebites. Just those places, avoid


those places. Molly is fully recovered now,


but her owners say countryside walks will be more tightly


controlled in future. A number of groups have come forward


to take over the famous Faced with a budget


deficit of ?2 million, district council can no longer


afford to run the venue. Campaigners hope it can be


saved for the future, as selling the venue is one


option being considered. Our Gloucestershire reporter,


Steve Knibbs, is outside the Sub


Rooms for us now. They have been there for years and


years, haven't they? Absolutely. Back in 1833 this place was built by


public subscription but in 2013 that is not an option. Like many council


arts venues it is no longer financially viable. What is key to


this is the community going through this front door, because if they


don't do that then great enough numbers, then that front door could


close for good. or an expensive commodity


for a cash strapped authority? With a roster of classic acts


going back for decades, even the Beatles in its heyday,


the Stroud Subscription Rooms It's been part of Adam Horovitz's


life since he was a child, from going to events to ending up


on the stage himself. He's now worried about its future,


and says it doesn't just need money I think it is at risk,


given the amount of cuts that are being bandied


around at the moment, it would be a terrible


loss if it were closed. I don't think it's


absolutely definite. But that does entail a lot


of people saying no, sure it isn't closed, because it is,


as I say, so essential to the So the council has three options -


to restructure and carry on running it itself,


to give the Subrooms to a community interest company or charitable trust


to run, or to sell it off on a commercial basis -


with the potential risk Nobody wants the Sub Rooms to close.


It is the heart of Stroud. Nobody wants that option. But we can't


continue as a District Council to where we are, now, and what we want


to have is a better outcome than we have got at the moment. No decision


has been made. Three years ago, Cheltenham


Borough Council handed control of its venues,


museum and sports facilities to a charitable trust that


focuses on working more The public put more into the venues


in terms of how they use them, the more they will get out of them in


the future, because any surplus that we make as a charity is cloud right


back into the local business, into the charity. -- cloud into.


Paintings were being hung in the Subrooms today


for its new exhibition - there's no doubting the demand


But making it pay, that's another matter.


If you're interested in running this wonderful landmark venue, you have


until Wednesday to express interest. After that the council will be


looking at formal bids before making a final decision in the autumn. The


Cheltenham trust you had from in my report confirmed that they are one


of those half a dozen groups that have expressed an interest so far


but no decision has been made, and it is still early days.


A technology company in Dorset is the latest to attract


multi-million pound investment from the Chinese.


Gilo Industries describes itself as the Disneyland of engineering.


They've now created a flying car and want to use the investment


to create the first practical vehicle that commuters can use


This is one of the first generation cards that can also fly.


We are looking at the best ways, the simplest wats and the safest


ways to get man into the air in a machine that you can


In a factory in Dorset, they now want to take


Our core aim is to produce a next generation engine for powering


a whole range of vertical take-off aircraft and recreational machines


that allow us to transport ourselves in ways we have never been able


Revolutionising personal transportation. But funding such


ambitions means getting money upon. They have secured ?26 million thanks


to the backing of a Chinese company. Attracting investment from China


opens new markets and we will see this workforce doubling in size. In


the context of Brexit, attracting money from outside the EU is more


important now than ever. For the Chinese market they are interested


in the engine technology in these applications. They are really


forward-thinking and try to think about the aircraft, and having the


small, lightweight, high counter weight ratio engines is what they


are looking for. There is nobody else in the market space competing


with us, so by opening up that market space, that allows us to


actually lease sales. They say that this is no flight of fancy. For


commuters tired of sitting in traffic, the dream of six -- of


taking to the skies might not be far-fetched. Designers think the


first models could be available within ten years. I'd like to see


those parking offices in North Somerset putting a ticket on those


bad boys! Before it then takes off! Bristol Rovers player Byron Moore


made club history this weekend, scoring the fastest league goal


in the club's history. It's also kept Rovers'


play-off hopes alive. Alistair Durden is here.


How fast was it? 11 seconds. It beat the record that


had stood for 50 years. Alfie Biggs in 1968. It was also the fastest


anywhere in a professional club in this country this year. Shall we


take a look? Rovers in their yellow away strip kicking off, Chris lines


with a first touch of the afternoon. We are under way on BBC radio


Bristol. And an early ball for Harrison, there is a shot from


Moore, was that 11 seconds on the stopwatch? The earliest goal I think


I've ever seen by Bristol Rovers. They lead 1-0.


11.45 seconds is our official timing.


I tell you what - you don't want to be late for Rovers games.


This was the third time in the last month


they've scored in the opening minute!


Billy Bodin, against Southend, scored in 57 seconds.


Then, a week later, Ollie Clarke beat that,


scoring at home to Chesterfield in 34 seconds.


And now Byron Moore quickest of the lot on Saturday.


Those pre-match team-talks are certainly working.


I said to the players before the game that we sort


really bright in games over the last five or six, but we haven't


started quite as well in games away from home.


It was a delightful start, and then we dug in and defended


Really pleased with four points off the play-offs.


I'm really proud of the players who have left us still in with a chance.


I'll just pick out a couple of stories -


Head coach Lee Johnson again got the back of owner Steve Lansdown


before the game, confirming Johnson will be in charge


They're now four points clear of the relegation zone.


Easter Monday's game away to Blackburn,


the team just below them, will be absolutely vital.


where over 60,000 fans saw Bath Rugby


turn over their play-off rivals Leicester.


Remember, they'd given up home advantage for this game.


Well, Anthony Watson scored two tries in the last 12 minutes


There's a brilliant offload coming up from Matt Banahan.


That win means they are now level on points with Leicester.


The two clubs are vying for that last play-off place.


It is going to be tense, it is going to be close.


We have many museums across the West Country.


There's the Fashion Museum in Bath,


the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon


and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester in Somerset


But now there's a brand new attraction in Wiltshire hoping


The Coward family makes brushes. They have done since the 1920s. And


this is their Wiltshire Empire. Back in those days, we were just selling


street sweeping brooms to local authorities. My great uncle had them


on the back of his motorbike, took them round to Yeovil district to


have somewhere to sell them and that is what the business was, and it


grew from there. Nowadays these machines make 10,000 brushes each


day. And they are exported to 90 countries worldwide. People think it


is a bit odd, when you say that you make brushes. It is a bit of a funny


thing to do. But we love it. And people should be in love with


brushes. Are they really that important, brushes? In the average


home, apparently we have between 30 - 50. Not just ones like this,


toothbrushes, Neil brushes, toilet brushes and make-up brushes. They


are well. I think I will stick with this one. And so here you have it,


the first museum of its kind in the UK, celebrating the brilliance of


the bristles. We have go there from China, horsehair from Paraguay,


bamboo from India, all of which children can, and look at and touch


and feel for educational purposes. They can see the types of materials


that we are sourcing to manufacture our brushes. This family business


has swept across the world and even achieved royal appointment. Now, it


is putting a bit of a world on show back in Wiltshire. You'd be as daft


as a brush, not to go and see it! And now the weather with Ian. It was


a glorious weekend. Temperatures have dropped down by two Celsius to


around 10 Celsius below the values we saw through the course of the


weekend. Average conditions and terms of temperatures will dominate


through the course of this week. Just slipping a little bit below.


But we have seen some sunshine around today and it will continue to


feel pleasantly warm. Another fine and dry day tomorrow with varying


amounts of cloud and sunshine. We still have high-pressure out of the


West. It will continue to be locked in that sort of position through


this week. With the jet stream running to the north of the British


Isles with a more disturbed by them of whether they're at times. It


gives us on the more benign side of the British Isles and it will remain


that way through the Easter period, although there is some uncertainty


in terms of cloud amounts versus sunshine. It is looking like being


dry weather prevailing. The rest of this evening, through the course of


the night, lots of clear skies around. It's likely will end up with


a night that is just a little bit chillier than the last one, with


temperatures dropping to three Celsius in some places. In most


places closer to 5-7 C by daybreak tomorrow with a good deal of


sunshine around to get Tuesday underway. We will follow a similar


pattern to today. We'll start to import some of these areas of


sunshine with more way a broken cloud, but it will remain dry and


fine and pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Temperatures probably up


on today, 12-14 C. Tomorrow more widely about 13, 14. Some sports


getting higher than that. Heading into Wednesday, another fine and dry


start. Then we have a weak weather front running in from the north. It


will introduce more cloud through the afternoon. Possibly some light


rain by detailing the Wednesday. But, that aside, very little rain in


any one spot as we continued through the course of this week. And rain is


not always bad. My garden could do with it.


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