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Gloucestershire children's services 'taking too long to improve'

BBC Gloucestershire - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:23
Gloucestershire social workers focus too much on the needs of the adults, a watchdog says.
Categories: Gloucestershire

PC Andrew Harper murder trial: Quad bike 999 call played in court

BBC Oxford - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:20
A jury hears a recording of Peter Wallis as he watched three alleged killers steal his bike.
Categories: Oxford

PC Andrew Harper murder trial: Quad bike 999 call played in court

BBC Berkshire - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:20
A jury hears a recording of Peter Wallis as he watched three alleged killers steal his bike.
Categories: Berkshire

London Underground drivers vote to strike over pay

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:17
The ASLEF union says members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over pay and conditions.

Man Utd: Odion Ighalo on childhood and living his 'dream'

BBC Manchester - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:12
Odion Ighalo grew up in Nigeria as an avid Manchester United fan. Now he is living his "dream" by playing for them.
Categories: Manchester

Debate: caging of farm animals

Parliament News - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:09
MPs to debate a petition about caging of farm animals started by Deborah Meaden
Categories: Parliamentary News

Coronavirus: Scouts cancel Essex International Jamboree

BBC Camberidgeshire Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:56
The international event is held in Essex every four years and attracts 9,000 Scouts and Guides.
Categories: Cambridgeshire

Coronavirus: Scouts cancel Essex International Jamboree

BBC Essex - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:56
The international event is held in Essex every four years and attracts 9,000 Scouts and Guides.
Categories: Essex

Coronavirus: UK deaths related to virus rise to 10

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:55
There are now 596 cases in the UK, as the government prepares to step up its response to the virus.

Debate: animal sentience and welfare

Parliament News - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:51
MPs to debate a petition about animal sentience and welfare started by Alesha Dixon
Categories: Parliamentary News

Kendal 'hydro hedges' hope to halt homes flooding

Cumbria BBC News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:26
The dams, which include living willow trees, aim to slow the flow of storm water and protect homes.
Categories: Cumbria

Michel Roux: French restaurateur and chef dies aged 78

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:22
Roux passed away at his home in Bray, Berkshire, following a long battle with a lung condition.

Michel Roux: French restaurateur and chef dies aged 78

BBC Berkshire - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:22
Roux passed away at his home in Bray, Berkshire, following a long battle with a lung condition.
Categories: Berkshire

Lucas Dobson: River Stour death was an accident, coroner rules

BBC Kent - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:21
Lucas Dobson's father tells an inquest that he was sucked into the River Stour "like a bath plug".
Categories: Kent

Man charged after assaulting four officers following collision

Nottinghamshire Police News - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:09
A 25-year-old mas been charged with multiple charges including possession of a bladed article and failing to stop and report a road traffic collision.
Categories: Nottinghamshire

Council’s commitment to A30 St Austell Link sees start of prep work on site

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:09

Preparatory work will begin this month on a section of land which is set to become part of the new A30 link road for St Austell and clay country communities. 

The work on Imerys-owned land at Stenalees will help prepare the site for the £85m St Austell to A30 link road, which will also feature a ‘green corridor’ of wildflowers, heathland, trees and shrubs to support wildlife habitats and insects.   

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said that in principle the government is prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT). 

“Once confirmation of funding from the DfT has been received, construction work can begin on providing this link which residents and businesses have wanted for many years,” he said. 

“The work at Stenalees shows our commitment to this project – we’re carrying out as much as the preparatory work as we can now so that as soon as funding is confirmed we can get on with building the road. 

“I’d like to thank Imerys for working with us on this project – the company’s extensive clay country knowledge is invaluable.” 

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay said: “It is great to see the first steps being taken to prepare for the new link road to be built. Following securing almost £80m of funding from the government to make this road possible we really are in the final stages. I am confident we will receive the final sign of from the Department of Transport in the coming weeks, once the final legal processes are completed. But it is good to see the Council begin work to ensure we are ready to get on with the construction.”

The new road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria, supporting employment, housing and regeneration in the area. It will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction. 

When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding, with five-and-a-half miles of new paths to give residents greater opportunities for leisure and recreation. 

Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project. 

Cornwall Councillor for Bugle Sally-Anne Saunders said: “I firmly believe that this new road and the complementary measures associated with it, will make a huge difference to the lives of residents in Bugle and Stenalees and so I am greatly encouraged to see Cornwall Council's commitment in getting the project underway. After many years of talking about it, this preparatory work will be the first really tangible sign to these communities that this project is going to be a reality and I hope that they are heartened by that.”

Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Bethel Malcolm Brown said: “"As a St Austell councillor, I am delighted that we are continuing to go smoothly through the stages to bring this road to fruition. It's hard to over emphasise its economic importance for the future of St Austell".

Cornwall Council is contributing £6m towards the new road which will be built by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd. 

 

Story posted 12 March 2020 

Categories: Cornwall

Boy charged with Humberston assault on 85-year-old woman

BBC Humberside - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:08
The woman has "life-threatening" injuries after being pushed over outside her house, police say.
Categories: Humberside

Coronavirus: Second hospital worker tests positive

Merseyside BBC News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 14:58
The hospital worker was diagnosed after coming into contact with a surgeon who also tested positive.
Categories: Merseyside