20/02/2017 Spotlight


20/02/2017

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How will Plymouth and south-west Devon look in 20 years' time?

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A vision of the future will go before councillors next

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week detailing planning ambitions for 2034.

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The joint local plan is being seen as a model for the future

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on everything from homes and jobs to transport,

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The Plymouth South Hams and West Devon joined local plan

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covers an area of more than 2,000 square kilometres.

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The vast majority of that in the rural areas of West Devon

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But 70% of the 400,000 population lives in the city,

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so of the 27,000 planned new homes, around 19,000 will be in Plymouth

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It should also create more than 30,000 jobs,

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again with around 70% of those concentrated in and around the city.

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It's a hugely ambitious plan, literally joined up thinking

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between the city council and its neighbours.

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We all have our part to play, we've all have come into this

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as equal partners and the end result is a seamless plan that I think

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is the first time I've ever seen it done this well.

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My own view is this will be a model for the future.

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One interesting change is that Plymouth City Council has turned up

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the pressure of old campaigners hoping to reopen the airport.

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Sutton Harbour wants to build a garden suburb on the site,

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but the plan now is for aviation use until 2022, nine years less

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There is sufficient land in the Plymouth area to meet

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the needs of the city and the wider area.

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Therefore, we are certain and adamant that the Plymouth

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airport site should be reserved for aviation activity

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and collectively we need to work towards bringing back airport use.

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The city council also rejected 122 sites earmarked

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for housing, including this one at Paradise Road in Stoke.

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If approved by all three councils, a six-week consultation on the joint

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Acts of antisemitism will not be tolerated.

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The words of the vice chancellor of Exeter University

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following the discovery of a swastika and racist

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Today, dozens of students marched through the campus in an antifascist

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protest as our Home Affairs correspondent Simon Hall reports.

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About 100 students joined the march against fascism through the campus

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It was organised after a swastika was carved into a door in a hall

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of residence with a "rights for whites" sign nearby.

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We want to take a march directly to the perpetrators and show them

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that jokes are not OK and it all snow balls into real-life

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fascism, which is not going to be OK on campus.

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It's really important, however, I think this march won't be enough

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to really change events that are happening worldwide.

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But I think it's a very important step forwards.

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The march is about raising solidarity with Jewish people

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but overall creating an atmosphere of antiracism on campus,

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In his first interview, the Vice Chancellor told me

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As soon as we found out, we were appalled.

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It doesn't fit with the character of the institution, this

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I have been racking my brains, Over the last 14 years

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as Vice Chancellor, I cannot think of a single complaint we have

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received from a Jewish student about feeling unwelcome.

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Students held a rally with a series of anti-fascism speeches.

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There have been instances of anti-Semitism in other

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All have generated negative publicity.

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Anti-Semitism is becoming an increasingly uncomfortable issue

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Exeter University say their investigations indicate

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that the carving of the swastika and the rights for whites sign

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may have been a deeply offensive attempt at a joke,

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possibly parodying a television show.

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Researchers are warning that Exeter's roads won't be able to cope

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with the extra 14,000 car journeys that are predicted by 2026.

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Now a community interest company is offering cash for ideas that

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will get people out of their cars and end congestion.

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Exeter City Futures is willing to invest up to ?15,000 per project.

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The fact of the matter is the problems we face in Exeter

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will not be solved by the public sector, because they simply do not

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They have to be solved by businesses delivering better services

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for people to move around in different ways.

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Meanwhile, there are around 200 places in Dorset where people

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are waiting for road schemes which campaigners

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The county council says it can only afford a small number of projects

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each year and that it prioritises cases based on safety.

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Now one village, Winterborne Houghton,

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is looking at paying for its own 30mph

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I looked at the Department for Transport guidelines and it does

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say that 30 miles should be the norm in a village, and it's quite

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I thought, well, this is the village that time forgot.

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We will just fill in, put the justification through and it

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will really be a rubber-stamp job, but no, certainly not.

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Councillors have today backed a bid for Dark Sky status on Bodmin Moor,

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which involves putting controls in place to prevent light pollution.

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An application will now be sent to the International

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Dark Sky Association, with a decision expected by June.

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As Tamsin Melville reports, there are already a number

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of Dark Sky communities in the UK, including Exmoor National Park.

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Switching off to send a message on light pollution.

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The people of Dulverton were firmly on board when Exmoor became

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the world's second dark sky reserve five years ago.

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This official international recognition of the top-class quality

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of Exmoor's night skies seems to be as popular as ever.

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So many people in light polluted areas that it is wonderful for them

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Getting children enthused about the stars is said to be one

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big benefit and shops are happy with the footfall.

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We as a business are aware of a lot of people who come

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That is young families, that is other people,

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so it is one of those things that has broad appeal and has attracted

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An area with a lot of light pollution in the city might

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Here on Exmoor, with a telescope you would see billions of stars.

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Tourism is getting a boost with holiday accommodation

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businesses offering telescopes for star gazing.

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It is a bragging right for people to talk about and to make them

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But it has genuine benefits in terms of bringing tourists to the area.

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And now the top quality of the night sky recorded by experts over

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Bodmin Moor has experts also reaching for the stars.

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Cornwall councillors were today discussing a bid for the area

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In Cornwall we have some of the darkest skies we have

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We do not have a designation yet but one would hope that

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if we have Bodmin Moor, other places will follow suit.

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This is a great way of preserving something historical,

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cultural that we can pass on to future generations.

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It isn't just Bodmin Moor looking to follow in Exmoor's footsteps.

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There are also plans for a similar bid in West Cornwall

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Looks like it's getting stormy by the end of this week.

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Good evening. More of the same is the story for the next two days of

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the week ahead, but later we have somewhat of a change. It becomes

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quite windy and starts to call down again. We have been blessed with

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good temperatures the past couple of days. A mild start, it will turn

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windy and cold by Friday. One weather system doesn't change its

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position over the next 24 hours. By Wednesday it is still there but it

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is developing an area of low pressure and that is the one that

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will give us very windy conditions on Thursday and opens the door to

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the winds from the north and north-west, which means lower

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temperatures and a possible frost into Friday. Friday should be dry,

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bright but colder. The mildness will continue overnight tonight. Must

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re-winds feed in low cloud, the list, drizzle and fog. Temperatures

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of eight or 9 degrees. Tomorrow is going to be a similar date to today.

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Some breaks in the cloud to the east. Generally it is thick enough

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for light rain and drizzle. Temperatures at 12 or 13 degrees and

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a brisk westerly breeze for all of us. For Wednesday, the same sort of

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day, drizzle in the wind and mild. Early rain on Thursday but the main

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feature is it will feel cooler, it will be a brighter but it will be

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windy. Strong north-west winds, by Friday the colder air is with us and

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temperatures of no more than just seven or 8 degrees. Could Cornwall

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soon become a hub for launching and tracking commercial satellites as

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well as operating space flights? We will look at that tomorrow. See you

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later. As you have just seen, after a day

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in which some of you have been shedding the layers, you will be

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putting them back on for the rest of this week. Big changes ahead, all

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down to where the air has been coming from. Today, it originated in

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the Caribbean, hence the name tropical maritime air. Temperatures

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peaked at 18 degrees. But later this

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