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Tonight on Spotlight, how much will your council tax be going up?


Bills are increasing across the region but how much


We'll be asking how much more families will be paying


is this parking machine a mark of disrespect?


This is the site of one of Cornwall's worst mining


disasters, but the National Trust has installed a meter as the series


And the 1930s white knuckle ride restored


Councillors in Devon and Dorset have tonight become the latest to approve


It follows Somerset council's decision to increase bills


The other local authorities in our region are expected


to make similar increases within the next few weeks.


The reason for the rise, which equates to around ?60 extra


on a Band D property, is to help fund care


More from our political reporter Anna Varle.


Many of us have seen small increases in council tax over the last few


years to pay for things like bin collections, highways, street and


fire, but this year you might notice a change in your built because of


social care. Let's go into the kitchen, make you a cup of tea. A


task many of us take for granted but Joyce has just returned home from


hospital and needs help to get back on her feet. This support has a


cost, which is quite local authorities are looking at charging


council taxpayers more. If you don't know about them, you might say,


fancy putting their council tax up, but when you know the things that


you do and the money goes towards, you don't mind so much. Protests


took place in Somerset yesterday as councillors said the biggest rise in


more than a decade and today it was Dorset and Devon's turn. Today Devon


County Council decided to increase council tax by 5%. 2% of that will


go on beans, police, fire, 3% will go on social care for the likes of


Joyce. What does that mean for you and I? Those in a band D property


will pay around ?60 more a year. We have to put in a large amount of


money to look after people. It's going through, ?19 million, ?2


million for children's services. Similar increases are expected


across the rest of the region in the next few weeks. I think largely


people can afford it and social care is central to society you have the


health service which is the point of need, social care which is means


tested. I think it deserves more funding. I haven't any objection to


them putting our council tax up. We will find the money and I believe it


is worthwhile. But despite the rise in council tax, local authorities


like Devon are still having to make ?23 million in cuts to social


services to balance the books. Our political editor


Martyn Oates is here. This is more evidence of the


financial strain on councils. And this won't go away even with big


council tax increases, even if they make big savings. A big grievance


often is the government grant that councils get, when big local


government settlement was announced just before Christmas there were


complaints from MPs and council leaders in rural parts of the


country saying it is unfair and not enough, and we're in strange


position this year because most of our major councils, Devon and Dorset


and Somerset, setting our budgets a week before the government produces


its final settlement, which will be voted on at Westminster next week,


so even if the government produces more money, we will be left with


this council tax bills, and the government is being blamed for this


because it is so late getting on with its side of the bargain because


of Brexit arrangements covering through, while councils have a duty


to sign of their budgets before the beginning of March. Where I'd


councils make those savings? Devon said they would look at better


contracts for schools and waste, and services will be provided at home.


If the government doesn't step in, where are the obvious areas? This is


a worsening problem and it tends to affect smaller councils, rural


district councils more than the big councils we have been talking about.


Some counties are looking at a very radical option, essentially


abolishing county and district councils altogether and following


Cornwall and becoming unitary authorities, so places like


Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Dorset is poised to


go down that route. If Dorset goes unitary, Devon and Somerset will be


the only areas in the whole of the South West sticking to what might be


seen as an old-fashioned two-tiered county and district structure, and


if we see these other counties go when unitary, the pressure on Devon


and Somerset to do the same thing might become quite strong indeed.


Martin, thank you. The questions patients are asked


when they phone NHS 111 have been criticised by a caller who says


she was left confused and upset. Michelle Perryman rang the service


saying she felt violently ill but says what she was asked


about her condition was irrelevant. The NHS has apologised,


but GPs have told us there are usually valid medical


reasons for the questions. Michelle Perryman said she called


the NHS non-emergency number But she says during the ten-minute


call she was asked too many questions, the wrong questions,


and was laughed at. Have you had a head injury


in the last seven days? We just need to answer these


questions if you don't mind. How many more questions


have I got to answer? The computer's asking


these questions. I was being asked all the wrong


questions and I wasn't Has she suddenly developed


a severe headache like If I had been hit by a brick,


most people would either be Southwestern Ambulance Service NHS


Foundation Trust says the brick question was a legitimate question


to help identify serious injury. How I was spoken to


was so disrespectful. You can actually hear him laughing


at me when I told him this. I'm sick to death of


answering questions. The trust said the operator's tone


was inappropriate where Devon Doctors say many people


comment on why there are so many questions asked, but they say


patient safety is paramount. The Pathway system is a number


of questions developed by clinicians who know how to identify particular


conditions and frequently patients phone up with what they think is one


problem and by the process of these questions we realised there may be


something else and it may be more The Southwest Ambulance Service,


which no longer runs the 111 service, said call handlers


are required to ask a series of questions known as NHS


Pathways and the call handler selected the wrong pathway,


but even if Mrs Perryman had been asked the correct questions


the outcome of the call They said they were sorry


for any distress caused. A controversial car park pay machine


has been replaced at a Poldark filming site in Cornwall


after the original was deliberately pulled out of the ground soon


after it was installed. The National Trust is being urged


not to enforce new parking charges at Levant mine, where 31 men


were killed in a mining I saw a sight I don't want to see


again, I think it took three days to recover the whole lot of the men who


had been trapped in the shaft. This accident put paid to this mind and


now we have today the derelict buildings and that is all that is


left of the famous mind which produced over ?2 million worth of


war. Well, the National Trust says


the money from parking charges will be used to fund


the conservation of the site The underground workings of Levant


mine extend more than a mile Generations of men sought copper


and tin here but the Levant mine disaster in October 1919 was one


of the biggest losses of life 31 men were killed when the device


to carry them down the shaft failed. Scenes from the first series


of Poldark were filmed here. For now, they have enough copper


to cope and come the next auction... We will see they come


away empty-handed. There has been a 50%


increase in visitor That means the footfall


has increased here. 70% of those people don't go


into the site itself but walk in the local landscape


which we also look after. So that increases the maintenance


liability and we have an conservation work we need to do


to keep the space special. So to pay for it they have put


in a parking machine, It will cost us money to replace us,


it has already cost us money to replace and that is money


we could have used for conservation work, so it is sad there has


been that vandalism. Opponents say they don't


condone the vandalism but still want to get this machine


moved legally and permanently. They make a point about protecting


the environment but I would hardly call sticking that parking meter


here protecting the environment, and how did they manage


for all these decades I suppose it's people like us that


are attracted to this place because of Poldark and we have


to pay for the upkeep of it. My grandfather was Tom Rowe


and he died in the Levant mine disaster but I still think


the National Trust need to charge to park here because it's becoming


increasingly popular with Poldark. They need money to maintain


the roads and the access in and out. With the 100th anniversary


of the Levant mine disaster approaching, the National Trust says


descendents of the men killed will still be able to come


here and park for free. Plans for 185 houses and apartments


at the former Dorchester Prison Planning permission for housing


at the site was initially refused last August following concerns


from nearby residents. But today a revised application


for fewer homes was passed. The plans will see the main cell


block and gatehouse converted into 60 homes and a further 125


properties in nearby buildings. Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly has


been charged by the FA following an incident when a ball


boy was shoved to the ground 27-year-old Kelly has


until 6pm tomorrow evening If you have something out


of guarantee but which appears to be broken, stay with us -


there's a place you can go Following in the footsteps


of a master shoe maker - the apprentice keeping


a North Devon craft alive. And during the later, when I'll be


going supersonic on this 1930s moon rocket ride.


A family from Dorset says their Quins are lucky to be alive after


suffering a rare disorder in the winter -- in the womb. Only 10% of


twins around the world have the condition, when both babies shared


the same placenta. Edward Salt reports.


At 20 weeks I started getting pain and then we had the devastating news


at 22 weeks that we had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome,


which was very frightening and we didn't know whether the twins


Sarah was rushed to hospital in London.


Her twins were in immediate danger and surgeons had 48 hours


Very frightening, it's the worst day of my life.


Henry and Sebastian shared one placenta in Sarah's womb.


It meant they weren't getting enough blood and this could be fatal.


Only 10-15% of twins suffer from twin-to-twin transfusion


syndrome and need laser surgery to save their lives.


The blood vessels to connect the baby are connecting them


in an uneven fashion, so the curative treatment is to put


a tiny telescope in, about two millimetres in diameter,


and through it we can identify the blood vessels joining the two


placentas of the babies and using an even smaller laser


fibre through the same telescope, we can block the blood vessels that


Individually they may see a couple of dozen cases each year.


By pooling all of this data, all their knowledge,


they will have a far broader, more in-depth picture of what's


successful and where they might be able to make changes to improve


Back in Dorset, Sarah and Dan are now looking to their future.


We're just very lucky that we've got the two boys and we take every day


as it comes to do as much as we can, if we get a chance take them out


and enjoy everything that we can with them.


And the same goes for Henry and Sebastian, waving goodbye


More than 21 million tonnes of household rubbish was collected


from bins in Exeter last year - but how much of that waste


In an effort to tackle the number of broken items that


are just thrown away, rather than fixed,


a repair caf is launching in the city this weekend.


Clare Woodling has been to investigate.


An unfashionable maxim in 2017 at once espoused


Don't want to throw it away, I want to keep my stuff forever if I can.


I know that's not feasible but as long as I can,


Jude is the driving force behind a repairer cafe launching


It's designed to stop fixable items going to landfill.


Some repairs can be fiddly and I brought one of my own


There's a hole in the sleeve of my brown jacket.


I would sew it up by hand with some strong thread and small stitches


because you cannot get at it with a sewing machine.


People can bring their faulty electricals as well as broken


Bikes with flat tyres or brakes that don't work are welcome.


I think what they might do is put in the back of their garage for six


or 12 months and then take it to the tip, whereas if they repaired


it today they could use it again tomorrow and enjoy the fresh air.


There will even be a potter doing ceramic repairs


The ?2000 community grant has been awarded by Exeter Council


to pay for consumables like batteries and thread.


A lot of the items that get brought to me are items that could last


a lot longer but unfortunately we live in a world of planned


obsolescence where a lot of things are built with a weak link in it,


It's no deterrent for the repairers, who say no job is too big or too


small, and Jude says that shops may want to sell,


Six years ago I bought some leather chairs and the front of them had


started to peel off and I went to the manufacturer and said


I hadn't had these very long, they're leather, and he says five


That's it, five years, throw them away, buy a new one.


Such a good idea. We all throw things away far too easily and too


quickly. Now, across the South West many people are keeping traditional


crafts alive but there are fears those skills could disappear unless


young people are encouraged to take them up.


Well, one young woman from North Devon is


learning at the feet - quite literally -


The leather and vegan shoes, boots and sandals are handmade to order


Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.


26-year-old Polly Collins is learning from an expert.


Try to do longer sweeps with the knife.


That's right, because you were slightly chopping into it.


The difficulty and why we need funding for craft skills


There is the 10,000 hour theory for learning any new skill.


Three more years at the feet of a master.


Funding for the apprenticeship comes from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship


It's a really fantastic opportunity and it's really nice to be


I think it will be a really great few years and I'll learn a lot.


I'm just really looking forward to it.


It's not easy running a small business and this is a massive help


because for me it's an act of faith training someone because it costs


a lot of money and time and effort and so this is a huge boost for me


personally, it validates my choice in politics but the people at Quest


also thought she was high calibre and had the staying power


Alison Hastie set up Green Shoes with ?600 in 1981.


She hand makes leather and vegan shoes, boots


and sandals to order here at the workshop


She performs a bit of magic, I think, especially the ability


to turn such two-dimensional material into this three-dimensional


thing that fits people really well and lasts for such an incredible


It's a really amazing thing and it's very inspiring.


Do you have to wear the shoes to work here?


I can't say I really wear any other shoes anymore.


Once you start wearing them, every other shoe feels


Polly is an apprentice shoemaker and says it will be a good few


years before she can drop the word apprentice.


Now, you may remember last summer we reported on a fundraising


campaign to save the last surviving 1930s Moonrocket fairground ride?


Well, the money was raised and this week the white knuckle ride opened


So we sent Johnny Rutherford along for some antique theme park thrills.


Before the space race, there was Moonrocket.


This was the fastest ride at the time, 1938,


and it was a sensation, it was the fastest ride and that


was an immediate hit with the public.


The Moonrocket represents an era on the fairgrounds when


speed, thrills and excitement were in vogue.


It's one of the original white knuckle rides.


Space travel was science-fiction, it hadn't been


invented, it hadn't happened yet, so it was artistic license how you


portrayed space travel, so it was artists'


space travel possibly was in the future.


This version, one of less than 20 ever made, was ordered by


After much fundraising, Dingles Fairground


Heritage Centre bought it for ?175,000 to house it undercover


I thought it was really fun because it's really fast.


When you go really fast and you can tilt the cars.


It was quite frightening but it wasn't too bad.


When I had a go, they racked it up to top speed.


Johnny Rutherford, BBC Spotlight, Lifton, West Devon!


Maybe from the 1930s but it still has the power to thrill. We have


fond memories of being there, eight Children in Need outside broadcast


their many years ago. Let's see what the weather is doing across the


south-west. Not too much of a roller-coaster there were otherwise.


A nice springlike day although technically it is still winter and


I've been spoiled for photos, this lovely one coming in looking across


to Plymouth, another one of sunshine here and a nice day has led to a


nice evening. A glorious sunset, are cameraman Jeff was driving along the


aged 38 near Chudleigh and you can see a glorious end to the day. Any


of you have sent your photos in the sunset and I am collecting those for


the late news. Red sky at night can prophesy is an nice day but that


will be not so much the case in this instance, but it is mild. This is


just a week ago, highs of 5 degrees for many of us, skip forward seven


days and we are looking at 12 and 13, so a different feel. Tomorrow we


keep this Mountfield but we have some mist and fog at first, it will


be cloudy with a risk of showery rain later. We have high pressure


bringing this risk of mist and fog, some fine conditions that weather


fronts introduce a bit more cloud with the risk of a little rain here


and there but not too much, a decent amount of dry weather. The we have


starry skies initially that could allow some mist and fog patches due


form and some low cloud. Temperatures of five, six, 7 degrees


but there is the chance of a touch of frost. Tomorrow morning you might


catch a bit of fog and Dorset and we have more chance of hill fog, also


some showery rain but not too much, the bulk of tomorrow should be


largely dry and mild with temperatures up to 13 degrees but a


brisk wind for western areas and the Isles of Scilly will have a brisk


wind. Cloudy, a risk of showery rain and these are the times of high


water tomorrow. These are the ways for our surfers, the biggest along


the north coast, generally clean conditions with the wind coming in


from a southerly direction. A bit smaller along the south coast, wind


strop lighter but choppy out to the West as the breeze comes in. This is


the coastal waters forecast, winds occasionally getting up to six in


the West. They have risk of rain or drizzle that will reduce the


visibility to moderate or poor, rough at times in the West. Although


this looks very grey, there are some good things to say about the weather


in the next few days. Where'd you get sunshine it will feel nice,


winds are fairly light, mostly dry through the weekend although you


could see a little rain and areas like the north-east of Dartmoor are


most likely to see the sunshine coming through, and where it does it


will feel a bit like spring. We can't do with too much excitement,


that looks fine to us. That is all from Spotlight this evening. The


late news is just after 10:30pm. Join us then if you can. Good night.


Two challenges await you today, and our genre is Landscape.


The conditions are a wee bit challenging.


I've really got to convince the judges


It's colourful - but it was meant to be muted.


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