27/02/2017 Spotlight


27/02/2017

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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Torbay's planners have tonight agreed a controversial plan

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for a hotel, flats and a car park on one of Torquay's

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The scheme will include an 11-storey building and the regeneration

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But objectors say it will ruin the site and are already

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Well, Spotlight's John Ayres was there tonight

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This decision is hugely controversial. Such was the passion

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behind this that almost 200 people turned up to watch. The planning

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officer described this as one of the most difficult decisions she has

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been involved in. Why is it so controversial? The plan is to put an

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11 story building right on the side of Torquay harbour for a hotel and

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flats and a car park and it will see the rejuvenation of the Edwardian

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pavilion which currently is closed. The default position for this

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because it's in a conservation area would be to say no, but you can

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approve an application like this when it is for the greater public

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good and that being jobs and a boost to the economy. The developers have

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been involved in this process with the planners for a very long time

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and so there was great relief from them when it was approved this

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evening. I think it was a very

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thorough process. I have been to a lot of planning

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meetings in my lifetime and I have not seen one like that before

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with so many people. With half and half in the room,

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you're never going to please everybody in this process

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and I think the important thing now is to try and deliver

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what we have said we would do. The protesters are very unhappy

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about this. They turned up in force tonight and had a little

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demonstration ahead of the meeting outside here. The reason they are so

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unhappy is they do not believe the benefits are there, they do not

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believe the jobs will be of value but in the end the plan was voted

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6-4 so it did go through this evening.

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A Labour city councillor from Plymouth says he apologises

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unreservedly for making a Nazi salute during a council

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Councillor Johnny Morris made the gesture during a debate

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He told Spotlight that he'd been angry about the debate being closed

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down and let that anger get the better of him

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with an "inappropriate and offensive gesture".

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The motion to raise council tax by almost 4.5% was later passed.

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Cornwall is to push ahead with a controversial bid

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for European Capital of Culture in 2023, despite critics branding

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Senior councillors were voting for the second time today

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after calls for further scrutiny of the proposals.

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Cornwall's likely to be competing alongside Leeds,

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Dundee and Milton Keynes for the title at a cost

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The Liverpudlians launched in style when they won it

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Now Cornwall is eyeing up this price.

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With Truro at the heart of it, there will be a Cornwall-wide bid

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to become the European Capital of Culture 2023.

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We are coming out of the EU, but all but one senior counsellor

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today gave the nod for the bid to go ahead at a cost of up to ?336,000

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Given that we have just voted to come out of Europe to now

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want to be European Capital of Culture seems,

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Yes, it would be a lovely idea, but I think it's an awful lot

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of money and we really need to think, do we need to spend

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I think there is enough in Cornwall of different types of culture

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Supporters point to the success of cultural projects like last

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summer's Man Engine and say if this bid goes all the way,

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the Cornish economy could get a boost of up to ?100 million.

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The creative industries are one of our fastest growing sectors,

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so supporting this is supporting that sector and supporting growth

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The competition for the crown is likely to include Leeds,

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Critics are branding it a waste of money when budgets are so tight

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and question whether post-Brexit the UK will even get its turn.

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Conservative opposition to the idea is coming from both

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Had we stayed in the European Union we would be in a completely

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different position, but this is part of our renegotiation

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as we leave the European Union, we don't know if it's

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going to survive, the government has made that clear.

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And we could possibly create another competition

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post-Brexit into which Cornwall could contribute, it's just

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that this competition we're too late, we're not organised

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When Liverpool's year ended, organisers insisted there

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Those behind Cornwall's ambitions argue even taking part in this first

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Fredrik Lindegren put the successful bid together for Umea, in Sweden,

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which was the European Capital of Culture in 2014.

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If you look at it from a cultural, political point of view,

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I would say it is definitely worth it if you have an united agenda

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There is always a possibility not to do it, but if you do it,

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then do it together and do it with your own city and region

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as the grounds for what you are trying to accomplish.

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What sort of benefits have you experienced as a result

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If you look at it from a tourist perspective, you can see a high

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increase in overnight stays at hotels, you can see

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an increase of investments, private investments in the city,

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but for me, working as head of the culture department,

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I would say that the most important is the awareness of how

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investments in culture actually can make a difference

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What do you make of a British county bidding for the title

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of European Capital of Culture when we are working to leave the EU?

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Well, of course it's a little bit puzzling,

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but I think that the strongest connections we have in Europe

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is within the culture field, so your decision,

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despite your decisions, I think it's very wise to continue

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to cooperate on a cultural level that will help us to unite further

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A man has appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court

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in connection with an alleged attack on a special police constable

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at the city's railway station on Saturday.

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23-year-old Jonathan Feasey from East Taphouse, near Liskeard,

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has been charged with causing actual bodily harm.

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He was granted unconditional bail and ordered to appear

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before magistrates again on the 20th of March.

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Doctors in Cornwall are launching a new scheme to stop people

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with long-term medical conditions becoming addicted

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Contracts between the GPs and their patients will be drawn up

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It comes after clinicians noticed a rise in patients being admitted

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to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after overuse of painkillers.

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What we began to notice was that many of the patients with long-term

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painful conditions were displaying the same kind of features in how

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they presented and how their lives were as I had seen when working

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in a drug addiction service and that was a real concern.

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The work of a forgotten poet from Devon, born

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nearly 200 years ago, is being revived

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Edward Capern was a postman and he won plaudits

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from the Prime Minister and all the big literary

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Liz Shakespeare is now publishing two new books about him -

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a novel about his life and a selection of his poems.

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Winter is not quite finished with us yet. There is more forced to come.

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Certainly quite a cold night tonight and shower was around which gives us

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the risk of ice and some frost first thing tomorrow. The week ahead is a

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real mishmash. Lots happening, lots of changeable weather. It will

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remain windy and cold. Showers and some sunshine but also the risk of

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some frost around, certainly overnight tonight. One line of

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showers clears southwards, another one approaches. Once that goes

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through, some perhaps more persistent rain along the south

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coast on Wednesday and then after that we get slightly less cold air

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for a time, but once we get rid of the first batch of wet weather,

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cooler conditions arrive from the north-west. Just about everything

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over the next 24 hours. Wintry showers through the night to come.

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The chance of some ice forming on untreated roads and pavements even

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though temperatures may be a couple of degrees above freezing. Tomorrow

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morning some sunshine, isolated showers then a line of perhaps more

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frequent showers, some more persistent rain. That will please

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past replaced by sunshine. Briscoe winds and eight or 9 degrees will be

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the maximum. Thursday may well start of bright and drive but later on

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that day we will see a range settling in. Thursday probably the

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driest, more much whether on Friday. Temperatures up into double figures

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them they start to lower. Next weekend it will be quite cold,

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showers around and the continued risk of seeing some overnight frost.

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Stay warm. Have a good night. More news and weather from the spot 19

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tomorrow morning. Have a good evening.

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