Archive for May, 2011


By Ian Onions, Political Editor


A PUBLIC inquiry will not be held into a decision to give planning permission for a Sainsbury’s superstore at Ashton Gate.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has the power to review decisions on major planning applications.

But he has decided a review of this scheme – which would likely have led to a public inquiry – is not necessary.

The decision means another hurdle has been cleared towards a £92-million stadium at Ashton Vale.

If there had been an inquiry, it would have held up the scheme for months. (more…)


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PRESIDENT Obama won over Bristol MPs of all political shades with a “masterclass of oratory” as he addressed both Houses of Parliament earlier this week.

The US leader reaffirmed the special relationship between Britain and America as “one of the oldest and one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known”, during the keynote speech.

He was the first US president to be granted the rare honour of speaking to both Houses in the historic Westminster Hall, previously accorded only to a handful of eminent figures like Nelson Mandela, Charles de Gaulle and the Pope.


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From Kerry McCarthy MP

Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy MP is backing Age UK’s campaign against Government plans which will see thousands of women waiting up to two years longer for their state pension than promised under the Coalition agreement.

Kerry has discussed the these damaging changes with many of her constituents who are just some of the  330,000 women who will be worst affected by the changes.

Kerry has joined hundreds of MPs who have signed an Early Day Motion to reverse the changes which break the Coalition Agreement’s pledge to hold off speeding up the equalisation of the State Pension Age.


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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

BUS services across Bristol could be cut as the city council is facing a £2.2 million budget shortfall.

Morning, evening, Sunday and bank holiday services that the council supports could all be axed.

Certain journeys on the number 4 city centre to Downend, the 8 and 9 Temple Meads loop and the 20 Hengrove to Southmead are among the many that could be scrapped.

Night buses, the Henbury yellow school bus, harbour ferries, orbital buses, shopper services and the Easyrider could also be affected.


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By Rachel Clare

POLICE and residents have rejected suggestions by Conservative MP Jack Lopresti that police could solve gang problems in Filton by copying tactics used in New York when crime was rife.

In a House of Commons speech Mr Lopresti, who represents the Filton and Bradley Stoke ward, claimed his constituents were suffering at the hands of a “few thugs” who were waging a campaign of “intimidation and abuse”.

He said he was unsatisfied with the police response and invited chief constable Colin Port to meet with residents to discuss the problem.

But Avon and Somerset police told the Evening Post officers had done all they could to resolve the problem, which they called “low-level”.


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By David Clensy

THERE are few people who would look at a paper bag and see a treasure.

But the spirit of the new M Shed museum will be to celebrate the normal; the everyday; the mundane – the things that make Bristol‘s social history come to life.

So perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising to find expert paper conservator Harry Metcalf, studying a brown paper bag, as though it’s the Crown Jewels.

After all, the eagerly-anticipated new museum, which is set to open on June 17, will be filled with more than 3,000 individual objects from the daily lives of Bristolians.


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IT is time to stop “banging on” about Kraft‘s actions in closing the Cadbury factory in Keynsham, the town’s MP has said.

The American food company pledged to work to keep the Somerdale plant open as it fought a bitter takeover battle for the British chocolate maker in 2009.

But within a week of winning control of Cadbury in February last year, Kraft announced a U-turn. It said Cadbury’s previously-announced closure plans, under which production of snacks, including Double Deckers and Curly Wurlies, would move to Poland, were too far advanced to reverse.

The factory ceased production at the end of last year and the last workers left in March.


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