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By Dominic Harris

SHOP owners in Westbury- on-Trym say they are facing “financial ruin” because of council work to revamp bus routes.

Traders on Canford Lane claim income has dropped by up to 80 per cent since work started three weeks ago, as part of the £70 million Greater Bristol Bus Network scheme.

They have accused Bristol City Council of trampling on small businesses to help private bus companies.

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By Rachel Clare

 

NEIGHBOURS of a Bristol haulage depot say they are fed up with  being woken up by machinery at 4.30am every morning.

Residents living in Ashton and Bedminster are regularly woken up by banging and crashing at the Freightliner depot in South Liberty Lane and it is often so loud they cannot get back to sleep.

With the summer months approaching they said it is impossible to open bedroom windows as the sound of wine crates being loaded and unloaded onto trains is too much to bear.

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By Ian Onions, Political Editor

 

MORE than £1 million of council tax payers’ money is spent each year in the Bristol area on road resurfacing which can melt in hot weather.

Hundreds of roads and streets are sprayed with wet tar and covered with chippings in an annual programme of highway maintenance.

But in some cases the tar melts and residents walk the sticky chippings into their homes, causing damage to carpets and floors.

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BRISTOL East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy is urging people to protest against proposed reforms of the National Health Service.

The deadline for comments on the Department of Health’s website is the end of today. (Tuesday, May 31)

Ms McCarthy said she had received “an almost unprecedented” number of letters and emails from hundreds of constituents who were deeply concerned that the Government’s reforms would be disastrous for the NHS and lead to privatisation.

In April, Ms McCarthy wrote to the Prime Minister and his deputy on the issue. She said people regarded the NHS as a national service, provided on the basis of need – not on the ability to pay or what generates the most profit.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

A CITY councillor claims bus operator First isn’t disabled friendly – after missing three buses in as many weeks.

Bishopsworth councillor Richard Eddy uses a four-wheeled walker or crutches to aid his mobility since he was struck by Guillain-Barre syndrome last year.

The condition causes temporary paralysis, and Mr Eddy has found catching certain bus services much more difficult since he developed a disability.

While trying to catch the 76 from the city centre, he says drivers have been unable to spot waiting passengers due to parked buses obscuring the view and passengers have been forced to access vehicles stopping in the middle of the road.

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By Ian Onions, Political Editor

PLANS for a new tram system in Bristol have come off the rails.

A report by council experts and consultants says it would not be as good as the bendybus scheme, which is already on the table.

Members of the consortium who are promoting the tram met with cabinet councillor Tim Kent and council officials yesterday.

Afterwards, consortium chairman James Skinner said he was extremely disappointed that hopes of a tram appeared to be over.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

“WE told you this would happen” – that was the message from transport groups after Bristol City Council said it may have to cut £2.2 million worth of bus services.

Campaigners and councillors  have accused the authority of ignoring warnings that its attempt to increase bus competition in the city wouldn’t work.

Far from saving money, the failed plan to bring in rivals to First and drive down prices has left the council with a “disastrous” £2.2 million budget hole.

Dozens of supported transport services across the city are now at risk, including early morning, evening and night buses, the harbour ferry and a school bus service.

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