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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our other headlines tonight: Seven hundred parking

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Twenty years on, traffic wardens return to North

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And snakes alive - a warning to look after your dog

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as the warmer weather brings out the adders.

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

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The chancellor Philip Hammond threw his weight behind

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the Metro Mayor project today - promising the new post

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would help to deliver jobs and prosperity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mayor to coordinate activity across the different areas in the region

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

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the area. Is that what you say when people

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

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

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

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

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the benefits of having an integrated approach to services and investment

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

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

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of the country, is properly supported and facilitated. Bristol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sustainable transport systems, and across the whole area. Housing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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as the funeral service got underway for PC Keith Palmer,

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

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Officers from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset

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police all stopped still, while thousands of their colleagues

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

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It's an opportunity for us to express probably

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The reading we chose was written by an American police officer

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I think it summed up for us, the emotions,

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all that we are feeling our sorrow and affection

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

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lining the streets for the funeral cortege.

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

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the longest the famous station has ever been closed.

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

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

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Today commuters were all crammed onto a single platform as engineers

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Our business correspondent Dave Harvey went to find out:

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

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And on platform one, engineers and heavy machinery.

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Their aim, nothing less than the total replacement of the

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That line of grey, concrete blocks will form the

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edge of the new platform here at Bath.

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

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That's because the new electric trains are

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

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

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

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rather magnificent Grade II listed canopies.

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

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

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Because we get a lot of people visiting at Easter.

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In the short term it is a bit of a disruption

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

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We have laid on real replacement coaches, as

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

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When will electric trains actually reach Bath?

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Electrification will begin this year.

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Then getting as far as Chippenham, but Bath and Bristol

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

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

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

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

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

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with excitement. Temperatures are closer to average

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

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More than 700 parking tickets have been handed out

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

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

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

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local authority. Out on patrol with Allan Taylor,

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the man in charge of Just so you know, there

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

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parking enforcement is back So far, over 700 fines have

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

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

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paid within 13 days. Since we've been giving

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warning notices out, Last week, people were actually

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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goes into the system Even fines collected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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all because them on. Dog owners are being warned

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to beware the dangers of adders if they take their pets

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

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where a dog nearly died after being bitten by one

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of the snakes. With the warmer weather

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coming, adders are very Today's walk for Molly

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is on the lead. Small wonder - the last time

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she was running free in these woods, Twenty minutes later

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when they found her, she was obviously very ill -

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

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obviously not going to go any further.

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It was to this vet's practice in Midsomer Norton

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

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The dog was then sent to a specialist veterinary hospital

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

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This is the start of the adder season -

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they're just coming out of hibernation.

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Their bite is venomous and in rare cases fatal.

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So this vet says it would be wise for dog walkers

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

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

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those places. Molly is fully recovered now,

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but her owners say countryside walks will be more tightly

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controlled in future. A number of groups have come forward

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to take over the famous Faced with a budget

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deficit of ?2 million, district council can no longer

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afford to run the venue. Campaigners hope it can be

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saved for the future, as selling the venue is one

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option being considered. Our Gloucestershire reporter,

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Steve Knibbs, is outside the Sub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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close for good. or an expensive commodity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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given the amount of cuts that are being bandied

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around at the moment, it would be a terrible

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

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absolutely definite. But that does entail a lot

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

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

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to restructure and carry on running it itself,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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has been made. Three years ago, Cheltenham

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Borough Council handed control of its venues,

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museum and sports facilities to a charitable trust that

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focuses on working more The public put more into the venues

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

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

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

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Paintings were being hung in the Subrooms today

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

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But making it pay, that's another matter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A technology company in Dorset is the latest to attract

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multi-million pound investment from the Chinese.

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Gilo Industries describes itself as the Disneyland of engineering.

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

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to create the first practical vehicle that commuters can use

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

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

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

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In a factory in Dorset, they now want to take

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

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

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

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Revolutionising personal transportation. But funding such

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

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

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

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

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

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in the engine technology in these applications. They are really

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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those parking offices in North Somerset putting a ticket on those

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

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made club history this weekend, scoring the fastest league goal

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

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play-off hopes alive. Alistair Durden is here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11.45 seconds is our official timing.

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

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This was the third time in the last month

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they've scored in the opening minute!

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Billy Bodin, against Southend, scored in 57 seconds.

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Then, a week later, Ollie Clarke beat that,

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scoring at home to Chesterfield in 34 seconds.

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And now Byron Moore quickest of the lot on Saturday.

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Those pre-match team-talks are certainly working.

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I said to the players before the game that we sort

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

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started quite as well in games away from home.

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

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Really pleased with four points off the play-offs.

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

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I'll just pick out a couple of stories -

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

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before the game, confirming Johnson will be in charge

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

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Easter Monday's game away to Blackburn,

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the team just below them, will be absolutely vital.

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where over 60,000 fans saw Bath Rugby

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turn over their play-off rivals Leicester.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We have many museums across the West Country.

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There's the Fashion Museum in Bath,

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the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon

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and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester in Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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weekend. Average conditions and terms of temperatures will dominate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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temperatures dropping to three Celsius in some places. In most

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

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

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

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

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fine and pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Temperatures probably up

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

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

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

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will introduce more cloud through the afternoon. Possibly some light

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

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

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not always bad. My garden could do with it.

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We'll have an update at 8pm and our late bulletin is at 10:25pm.

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