16/01/2017 Points West


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Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on BBC Two. That's

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Good evening from BBC Points West. Our headlines tonight:

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A new link road in Bristol hoping to create jobs and ease congestion.

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We are gradually being cut off in the south of Bristol,

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This will go some way to making them better

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and it can only be great news for the area.

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the NHS faces cutbacks on fertility treatment.

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And tomorrow brings a dry day, cloudy for most of you, perhaps

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brighter to the south. Details at the end of the programme.

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Business leaders in Bristol have welcomed a major new road

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which could help to create over 2,000 jobs

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This is what the new link road looked like

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The route connecting Hartcliffe to the A370

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Here's our Business Reporter Robin Markwell.

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It might have been gloomy in South Bristol this morning,

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but a gathering of high vis soon brightened things up.

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A major transport scheme in Bristol finally complete.

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Instead, a minister moved a symbolic concrete block.

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First mooted in the 1930s - 80-something years later,

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the South Bristol Link Road was finally open.

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The three miles of new tarmac now connects the south of the city

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This road is so new that on some maps online,

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Take a closer look and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.

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At ?15 million a mile, this new road is not cheap.

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To cut Bristol's crippling congestion

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as well as improving links to the airport.

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It will help with reliable journeys, faster journeys to the airport.

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Passengers will be able to get to the airport in more

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But it proved controversial in the planning.

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Environmental campaigners complained it would increase

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pollution as well as cutting through the Green belt.

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At the Cater business park, they took a different view.

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This printing and plastics firm has long been

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Having to ship their signs through the centre of town was proving to be

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I think one of the concerns for us was we were gradually being cut off

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in the south of Bristol, access routes weren't good.

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This will go some way to making them better

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and it can only be great news for the area.

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in a jigsaw puzzle of schemes that all arrive this year.

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It'll join up with the Metrobus network due to open in the autumn.

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Then motorists will be able to judge if it's really the answer

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A man from Somerset has been sentenced to 25 years in prison,

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after being convicted of sexually abusing children

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Andrew Margetts was convicted on 23 charges including rape,

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indecent assault and false imprisonment.

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His victims were aged between six and 11 when the abuse

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Government inspectors have raised concerns about claims of racism

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and bullying in a school in South Gloucestershire.

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Ofsted highlighted weak leadership from the head teacher

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at Meadows Primary in Bitton last November.

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It also said antisocial incidents had not been dealt with

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But those findings surprised some parents today.

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there is no way in the world that my children would be going here.

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I have got four children, three of which are now in secondary school,

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We all feel the same, we think the teachers do a great job.

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Our children have flourished here. It doesn't make any sense.

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The staff here work so hard. And it is extremely unfair.

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The report did also highlight a number of strengths including

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A new head and deputy head have now been brought in from another school.

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Couples seeking fertility treatment in the west could be facing

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a reduced service as health service budgets are stretched.

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NHS guidelines say that eligible women should be offered

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But now the last authority in the west to offer that level

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For those embarking on their first treatment of IVF, like Jade

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the forecast is looking increasingly uncertain.

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At the moment, we've just started our IVF treatment.

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We have been accepted for two courses, two cycles of IVF,

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so we are hoping that we will get another go after this, but I

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understand that the CCG have changed this, so I don't really know.

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Swindon will be reducing our IVF provision from three fresh cycles

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to one fresh cycles plus two frozen embryo transfers.

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It puts us into alignment with our local partners including Wiltshire

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and it helps us to stay within our spending budget.

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If, as Jade fears, her local NHS doesn't pay for her future

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treatment, she will be left to cover the cost herself.

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Like Paula - she had to find ?33,000 for her two lovely children.

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I know if I lived in a different part of the country,

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I would have had more rounds funded for me.

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It wouldn't have mattered if my husband had had children

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that I would be entitled to some form of funding

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and I wouldn't have had to sell my house.

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However unfair it might seem, with growing demand on NHS budgets,

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is unlikely to increase any time soon.

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You can see the full version of that report on inside out west on the BBC

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iPlayer. of the Human Fertilisation

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and Embryology Authority. A short while ago I asked him

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what he made of the change. Thinking about infertility,

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I think this issue has really shown us or might help us to see that

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infertility is a condition which is largely not

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talked about, it's hidden. It's a little bit like cancer used

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to be and maybe we ought to talk I think they're going

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to be devastated. A lot of people might argue, look,

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the NHS is under pressure so surely this could be considered a bit

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of a luxury to have on the NHS? I realise, we all realise,

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the NHS is under enormous pressure but this is part of the problem

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with infertility - seeing it as a luxury treatment I think

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it is to completely misunderstand what it is about and also its human

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impact also if there's one thing that can come out of this,

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is that the discussion about the pressures on the NHS,

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I hope that what is happening and remember that Swindon was one

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of the best places to have treatment in the country

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until we have heard this news - I hope it's going to help us try

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and decide how we ensure that everybody gets the treatment

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that is going to be helpful to them That is the problem, isn't it,

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regarding this whole issue? It suddenly becomes the right

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of people who can afford it. Indeed it is and I don't

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think it should be. I think all the issues around

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funding of the NHS need some societal and political will to be

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able to say what kind of NHS to need societal and political

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will to be able to say I fear that the people

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who are at the bottom of society who experienced these issues

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are going to be, again, excluded I don't think having children

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is a human right, it's a gift, but actually it is a gift

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that we should help people to receive and more cycles,

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the evidence shows, under a certain age, the more cycles

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of IVF you can have, Clearly these are complex questions

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but we do need the engagement now and maybe it is coming up the agenda

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for the Government And our health correspondent

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Matthew Hill has a special programme looking at the law surrounding

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research on human embryos. That's Revisiting The 14-Day Rule

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at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning. A Cheltenham landmark has been taken

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down and dismantled tonight. For over three decades,

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the wishing fish clock has been been blowing bubbles over shoppers

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at the Regent Arcade. But time has taken its toll

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and it was taken away for repairs. It should be back in

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a few months' time - We are back with you in Breakfast

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tomorrow but I will leave you with Ian, who has the forecast.

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Thanks very much. Good evening, we are in for a week which will see

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predominantly a lot of dry and certainly pretty quiet weather but

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the cloud amounts are going to be a tricky part of the forecast, that

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certainly will be the case tomorrow. Generally speaking, a lot of cloud

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about but as you come further towards the south-east of the

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region, some sunshine developing through the course of the afternoon.

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We have extensive amounts of playground at the moment courtesy of

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a weak front moving east to west, giving drizzle and temperatures

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keeping above freezing tonight and into tomorrow morning, we can expect

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a good deal of the cloud and hill fog will be with us. The drizzle

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will have eased away and we are in for a dry day. You will notice cloud

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tending to break away and it is difficult to gauge how far

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north-west the boundary might extend, it may improve the some of

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you but I will lean on the side that it is likely to be a day with a fair

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amount of cloud, certainly for a good part of the region. By the

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night-time, the skies could have cleared more which means

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temperatures tomorrow of five perhaps a little milder. If you like

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the mild weather, you'll have to head elsewhere in the country. Find

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out more in the national weather forecast. Our weather is going

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against normal expectations this week. In Highland Scotland some snow

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to be seen on the hills. Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius

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today. Over the next few days the coldest air is in the far south-east

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of England where there is sunshine to be had. Four or five Celsius in

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Kent. Differences remain over the next few days and here is why. I

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pressure in control of the weather. Some clear a continental air, but

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coming into Scotland from the Atlantic plenty of clouds around.

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Outbreaks of rain through Scotland and Northern Ireland overnight,

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patchy drizzle into parts of England and Wales, but where you've got

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cloud the temperatures are holding up. Clearer skies in parts of

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south-east England and East Anglia, could get below freezing as the

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