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Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane meets the Prime Minister

Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane meets the Prime Minister
Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane meets the Prime Minister Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane has met the Prime Minister David Cameron. Claudia, who won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month, attended a reception at Number 10 Downing Street held in honour of British athletes' success at the Games.


Dunford asks fans to continue to show their support

In a statement after his resignation from Bristol Rovers Geoff Dunford asks fans to continue to support their team.

"My participation over the last two years has dwindled to mostly giving financial support and I hope the board can find someone young and energetic to replace me. In Chris Jelf and Edward Ware the club have two people who can lead us to better things. They are prepared to work hard with Nick to bring about a change in our fortunes. It will not happen overnight, but please show patience."

"To all Gasheads, please back your team in their hour of need. Positivity is so important."

– Geoff Dunford

You can read the full statement here

Lib Dems want to scrap Severn Toll Bridge charge

The Liberal Democrats say they'll include a pledge to scrap tolls on the Severn bridges - in their next manifesto. It currently costs £6.40 to take a car over the crossings into Wales. Three times that for lorries. The Lib Dems say it's hurting business on both sides of the Severn and that the tolls should be lifted in 2019, when current costs and debts should have been cleared. The government argues tolls should continue to pay for ongoing maintenance. Stephen Williams is the MP for Bristol West:

Thousands affected by A370 roadworks

The repairs will force many to take a long diversion
The repairs will force many to take a long diversion Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of commuters travelling between Bristol and North Somerset have been affected by roadworks on the A370. Two out of three lanes are closed while work is carried out on the Yanley Viaduct. The work costing £3.4 million is likely to last around 6 months. Around 19,000 people use the road every day.

Waste removed from Averies at last

Tonnes of unburnt waste have started to be moved from the Averies Recycling site in Marshgate, Swindon after the owner failed to comply with orders to remove it.

Environment Agency contractors have begun removing up to 3,000 tonnes of the non-hazardous waste which will create the necessary space for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service to tackle the blaze more aggressively.

The waste is being moved by Hills Waste Solutions and comprises mainly non-recyclable, commercial material. It is being checked and damped down as a precaution before it leaves Marshgate and goes on to be transported to the permitted landfill site in Chapel Farm, Blunsdon.

Firecrew at Averies
Firecrew at Averies Credit: ITV Westcountry

It is anticipated that, within a few days, enough waste will have left the site for firefighters to be able to intensify their work. Preparations are underway to protect the drainage systems ahead of thousands of litres of water per minute being used to tackle the blaze, which started four weeks ago.

As this more aggressive firefighting begins, the smoke experienced during the early days of the fire is likely to return. Air quality levels will continue to be monitored daily by Swindon Borough Council and Public Health England so that local people can be advised on any necessary health precautions.

The waste transfer operation forms part of a multi-agency plan, which is being advanced by partner organisations committed to the joint aim of putting the fire out faster for local residents and businesses.

– Environment Agrency

Following enforcement action taken by the Environment Agency, control has been taken of the Marshgate site and work is underway to remove significant volumes of waste, which has precluded fire crews from being able to tackle the blaze full blast. In the coming days, it is hoped sufficient waste will have been taken away so this more intensified firefighting can begin. This is a long and complicated operation and we are grateful for the ongoing support and co-operation of residents and local businesses affected by the fire, which we all agree has been going on too long. Another step forward has been taken today and rest assured we’re working hard to minimise disruption and ensure normality can resume as soon as possible. Inevitably, the smoke means things will unfortunately seem worse before they get better and once again I thank everyone for their patience at this difficult time.

– James Mahoney, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
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