By Tom Moseley, Parliamentary Correspondent
MORE than 35 pupils are suspended from schools in the Bristol area each day, new figures reveal.
Hundreds of students are excluded for assaulting staff, racist abuse and drug and alcohol offences.
Posted in Bristol City Council, Education, tagged Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Politics, Bristolpolitics, Education, Evening Post, Nick Gibb, North Somerset Council, Politics, Schools Minister, South Gloucestershire Council, Tom Moseley on August 2, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Bristol City Council, Transport, West of England Partnership, tagged Ashton Vale, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Brian Allinson, Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Politics, Department for Transport, Hengrove to North Fringe, North Somerset Council, Politics, Public Transport, South Gloucestershire, Temple Meads, Tim Kent, West of England Partnership, Weston-super-Mare on July 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
From the West of England Partnership
The four West of England Councils have joined forces to submit five bids to Government for funding for major transport improvements in the area.
The Cabinet and Executives of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have agreed that the bids should be submitted by the deadline of 9 September this year.
Posted in Bristol City Council, Public Transport, Trains, West of England Partnership, tagged Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Politics, Campaign, Dan Evans, Department for Transport, Evening Post, Lets Get Moving, Politics, Rail, Saltford, Saltford station, Trains, West of England Partnership on July 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
By Dan Evans
A FLURRY of hands marked the passionate start of a campaign to reopen Saltford railway station.
More than 120 people gathered at Saltford Hall last nightTUE in near unanimous support for the drive by Saltford Environment Group.
The station, which opened in 1841, was closed in 1970 and the buildings alongside the A4 demolished.
Posted in Alternative Vote, Bristol City Council, tagged Alternative Vote, AV, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol, Bristol City Council, No to AV, North Somerset Council, Politics, South Gloucestershire Council on May 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
By Ian Onions, Political Editor
A REVIEW is under way by council chiefs after Bristol was one of the last centres to declare its result on the AV voting system.
The city council took more than five hours to announce that voters in Bristol had rejected the Alternative Vote by 69,878 to 56,433 on Friday.
This meant the city was one of the last out of nearly 450 centres to declare its result.
More than 60 staff were used to count more than 126,000 referendum votes at the Council House.
They started at 4pm and despite the votes being verified the previous night, the result was still not declared until after 9pm.
In contrast the Isles of Scilly announced its result just 39 minutes after the national count started at 4pm.
However they only had an electorate of 1,700 and there was a total of just 833 who voted.
A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: “We have always sought to get our election processes right – and not race to an early result.
“We have worked with the Electoral Commission and followed their directives on how to improve our service and practices. Adopting this methodical approach means every vote is counted accurately and checked at every step of the process – and this takes time.
“We will of course be looking at how our counts went to determine what additional steps we can take to deliver further improvements, this may well include employing additional counters.”
Voters in South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset all followed the national trend by giving a resounding “No” to AV which would have replaced the existing First-Past-The-Post system.
The local election count in Bristol on Thursday night did not suffer the same chaos as last year but the declarations did not finish until after 6am.
Council officials had hoped to start declaring results after 3am but later it emerged that counting would not begin until 4am.
One of the problems was that the count had to be done in two sittings because the Ashton Gate venue was not considered big enough to accommodate all the tables for the counts on the 24 seats which were being contested.
In the local elections last year, the counts descended into chaos after a series of blunders which included some votes were lost and later found.