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By Bristol city councillor Tim Kent on the bendy bus schemes

THE choice for Bristol couldn’t be more stark. Condemn another generation of commuters to the misery of rush-hour congestion – and employers to millions of pounds in costs and lost income as the traffic jams lengthen – or join with the city council in seeking a solution.

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Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor for Southmead has resigned her seat due to ill health.

Councillor Jacqueline Bowles has been suffering from cancer and feels she is no longer able to serve the residents of her ward.

Dr Bowles was elected to the council in June, 2009, taking the sear from the then Labour councillor Peter Hammond.

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From Bristol Liberal Democrats

THE government’s policy of getting schools to convert to academies is costing far more than planned, says the Lib Dem councillor in charge of Bristol’s children and young people’s services.

Clare Campion-Smith says a dash for cash is now under way, in which heads and governors are rushing to apply – not necessarily because they want to escape local authority control, but because it means extra funds from Whitehall at a time when spending is tight.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

THE political row over Bristol City Council’s plan to sell off green spaces is threatening to erupt again after Labour proposed  an alternate way of paying for the scheme.

The council’s £87-million parks and green spaces strategy was supposed to fund improvements to scores of parks across the city by selling off up to 64 other open spaces.

But it prompted a huge public backlash last year as the authority was accused of “selling off the family silver”.

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By Dominic Harris

BOOKWORMS and music buffs can now get their hands on the objects of their affections a little quicker in Bristol’s libraries, thanks to the arrival of self-service machines.

Four self-service machines were used for the first time at the Central Library yesterdayMON, and another three will open at Henleaze library today.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

BRISTOL City Council’s flagship Ashton Vale to Temple Meads bendy bus route will not actually stop at the station, it has emerged.

The £50 million scheme is one of three rapid transit routes the council is finalising, ahead of submitting funding bids to government in September.

The idea is that the three routes will make life much easier for people who want to get from one end of the city to another.

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By Tom Moseley, Parliamnetary Correspondent

EXPENSES claims for MPs in the Bristol area topped £1million last year, it has been revealed.

But across the country there was a sharp drop in claims as tighter restrictions and fear of a public backlash after the 2009 expenses scandal took hold.

New figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), set up in the wake of the scandal, show MPs’ claims from after May’s General Election up until March 31.

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