22/02/2017 Spotlight


22/02/2017

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One of the oldest fishing ports in the country

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Plymouth City Council has earmarked the fish quay as an area to develop

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But as our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell reports there's

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a difference of opinion about what the final plans

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Plymouth has hundreds of fishing boats coming into port every year.

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These ones landing scallops are from Brixham.

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The Fish Quay covers a small area, but it's important to the city

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Plymouth handles more fish by weight than any other port in England.

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Plymouth trawler agents auctioned more than ?17 million of fish

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in 2016 and fishing employs more than 700 people afloat and a further

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Plymouth trawler agents also act as the market for smaller ports

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around the south-west, as well as other ports

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But post-Brexit, south-west fishermen

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and the owners of the Fish Quay Sutton Harbour Holdings

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have different ideas about expanding the business.

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There are two distinct divisions about how the Fish Quay should be

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Both sides, though, agree on one thing, this area is really important

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for Plymouth and it needs to be developed very carefully.

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As the industry plans for a future outside the European Union,

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fishermen have put forward their own ambitious ideas to ensure this

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important part of the city is developed for its industry,

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rather than shopping, leisure or housing.

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The leader of the Labour group on the council thinks that should

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benefit the fishermen, rather than the alternative vision

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The policy talks about preventing things that are detrimental

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to the fishing industry and so I guess luxury flats would be

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detrimental to the fishing industry, rather than places where fishermen

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could lay up their nets, repair their boats and all the rest

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of it, so it's not just about tying up alongside and hoping

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for the best, the quay is vital and a vital component of not just

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the south-west fishing industry, but we can see it as an important

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But Sutton Harbour Holdings thinks its proposals are in line

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with the city council's plan to develop the area

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for the enhancement of the Fish Quay.

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What our plans are now is to ensure there is enough footprint available

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to service the fishing industry going forward.

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The remaining footprint that is left, which will be partly

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unused land at the entrance to the complex, will be used

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for purposes sympathetic to the industry, sympathetic

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to the area and it will be used to provide funding

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What kind of things might that be, then?

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I really can't go into detail on that because

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The owner of the Fish Quay, Sutton Harbour Holdings,

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may not be able to explain the details of its plans for now,

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but the local MP says the zoning of the area is designed

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Well, it's about protecting the fishing industry and the fishing

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facilities within the city and that is something

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which is really important and post Brexit, the fishing community's very

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keen to make sure they are going to improve the fish taken

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and all of those kind of things as well, so I'm really delighted

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that the council have decided to protect all those facilities

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in Plymouth and right down to Sutton Harbour as well.

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The city's plan won't be fully ratified for months,

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but it will affect what happens to this important area

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Government funding for Southwest councils was voted through at

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Westminster this evening despite being widely criticised by

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conservatives in the region as disappointing.

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Our political editor has been following the day's events

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This has become a bit of an annual ritual, every

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February in this debate we hear MPs from rural areas like the South West

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saying they are being unfairly short-changed and something must be

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The St Austell MP, Steve Double, said it was very disappointing

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that there he was at the same debate saying

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He went on to say he would be voting in

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favour of the settlement with the government,

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All of our Conservative MPs did the same thing except the Newton

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She said she endorsed the trenchant criticism we

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We have had so many promises about looking

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at inequality between rural and urban funding.

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The deal we have got is not fair and not appropriate

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given the level of people we have over 85.

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How can we fund that with what the government is doing?

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Has this issue been put to bed now for another year?

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Cynics and opposition politicians would say yes,

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absolutely, again we have had sound and fury from Conservative MPs.

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But they then fall into line and agree with the

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Those MPs have pointed to the fact the government does plan

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a major overhaul of local government finance by 2020 and the Communities

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Secretary said today the reassessment of rural needs will be

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Anne Marie Morris said she hoped they might be

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more help for rural councils in the budget in two weeks.

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A brand new ?15 million intensive care unit to treat patients

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who are critically ill has been officially opened

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The project comes as the trust is also looking to close thirty two

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beds in the hospital, but it says it's all part

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of its plan to provide the best care to patients who need it most.

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Tucked away in a corner of the brand-new intensive care

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unit, the last of 100 or so staff were finishing up

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Just help me with your breathing a bit there, Gary.

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In shiny new surroundings, with state-of-the-art equipment,

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A rare good news story about the NHS.

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There are 14 bays in the new intensive care unit

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and the first thing you notice is how much lighter and brighter

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they are, with daylight lighting and so much more space for staff

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As you can see, it's very clean, it's very bright, we have got top

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of the range equipment and there is space for them

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to get on with their job, because you feel very uncomfortable

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when you're doing things for a patient and you are having

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to kind of trip over their wife, their mum, saying I'm sorry

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and you don't want relatives to feel like they are in the way.

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The hospital's League of friends raised an incredible ?1.6 million

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which has helped to pay for much of the top of the range kit and two

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I'm very proud, actually to be standing here and saying that

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The trust has effectively borrowed the money to pay

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for the new facilities at a time when it is also looking to cut

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costs by closing beds elsewhere in the hospital.

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In a sense, this is all part of the plan that we described,

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which is, where possible, we move people's care

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into the community and provide additional services there.

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For those people who need to be at the hospital,

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and there will be fewer of those in the future, we need to provide

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the highest level of care possible and this is at the very extreme end

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of that, in the sense that it has the sickest

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The makeover also includes new reception and cafe areas

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The ICU is expected to open to patients in June.

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The fire service has revealed it used a special water misting system

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to help stop an intense fire at Exeter's Riverside Leisure Centre

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from spreading across the entire building.

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The centre is expected to be closed for the forseeable future

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after yesterday's fire which started in the health suite.

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At its height around 120 firefighters tackled the blaze.

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So there were three lines of attack really.

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Firstly to put the fire out in the sauna and health suite area,

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We had to cut holes in the roof structure to get water mist

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into the roof space to put the fire out there.

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Are we going to be hit by Storm Doris? Yes, we had strong winds. We

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will see a band of rain pushing in. It should clear quickly. Most of

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tomorrow should be bright with strong winds. Along the north coast,

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gusts of 60 miles an hour, perhaps even 70 on high ground. It is all

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tied in with Storm Doris, clearing towards the east. Strong westerly

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winds. The peak of the winds will be through the middle part of the day

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and the early afternoon. All quiet by Friday, light winds and plenty of

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sunshine. A much brighter day than we have seen recently. Barely damp

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at the moment, lots of rain and drizzle. The breeze will keep the

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cloud from getting too low. A spell of rain pushing in from the West at

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dawn. Temperatures on the mile site, nine or 10 degrees. The rain will

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clear quickly tomorrow. Isolated showers. The rain -- the winds pick

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up leads in the day. Especially on the north coast and high ground we

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could see strong gusts. Dry and bright on Friday, plenty of

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sunshine, light winds with one or two isolated showers. Milder but

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breezy as we head towards the weekend.

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some sunshine around and light winds. For more on Doris and its

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impact, here is the national weather.

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Good evening, a rough patch weather on the way. Time to fasten your seat

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belt. A high wind warning from the Met office, an amber one, so pretty

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severe. Let's see where Storm Doris is right now, only just developing

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to the west of the UK, in its early stages which is not good because it

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will be at its peak when it crosses the UK. You can see this hook of

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cloud which is where the twisting is starting to happen, which is where

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the big mid-latitude cyclone is starting to develop and it will slam

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into the centre of the UK during the morning and move across the country

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through the morning and into the afternoon. Two rounds from this

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storm, we will see some snow across southern and central parts of

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Scotland first tonight and into the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Let's look at the snow, also an amber warning from

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