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Bristol Mayor faces 'no confidence' debate

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will face a 'no confidence' debate later today over the way he's introduced residents' parking schemes.

Protesters have submitted a petition of more than 5000 signatures, enough to force a council debate.

Seven out of twelve proposed zones have now been approved, but campaigners argue they hit trade and force businesses to move.

Tonight's debate is purely a symbolic gesture, as the city's 70 councillors do not have the power to remove a directly-elected mayor from office.

Plans to prevent flooding on A372 in Somerset

There are plans to prevent the flooding that closed the A372 in Somerset for several weeks last winter.

It also had to be shut for the emergency pumping operation. The works at Beer Wall will improve water flow and increase capacity of the River Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drain. A drop-in session is being held at Othery Village Hall this afternoon.


Fire at recycling plant during FBU strike

A large fire has broken out at a recycling centre in Wiltshire tonight during a walk out by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

The blaze at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate in Swindon started during this evenings 2 hours of industrial action over pensions. Six resilience crews were called in to cover for the firefighters involved in the strike.

A thousand tonnes of rubbish is on fire, and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue says it could continue to burn until the end of the week. People are being warned to keep doors and windows shut, especially if they have breathing problems.

Calls for Swindon MP to stand down as Solicitor General

There are calls for a Wiltshire MP to stand down from the job he was given just six days ago. Robert Buckland, of South Swindon, became the new Solicitor General in last week's reshuffle.

But the appointment's been criticised after it emerged that three years ago he was found guilty of professional misconduct by the legal body he now oversees. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy reports:

Bristol City can build at Ashton Vale

Plans approved to build at Ashton Vale
Plans approved to build at Ashton Vale Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol City's application to build on the controversial site at Ashton Vale has been approved.

The City Council's agreed the club can build a sports academy on half of the land as long as they keep the other half as a green space. The decision is a compromise, after plans to develop the whole site came up against opposition from protesters.


Fire at Swindon recycling plant

Fire at recycling plant in Swindon
Credit: Gary Lawrence

A fire has broken out at a recycling plant in Swindon. Five fire crews were called to attend the fire at Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate at around 5:50pm.

1,000 tonnes of rubbish are on fire, along with several pieces of machinery.

Large amounts of black smoke are coming from the recycling plant, and local residents are being advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

Repair work finally begins on Kelston Road

Repair work finally begins on Kelston Road
Repair work finally begins on Kelston Road Credit: ITV News West Country

Repair work has finally begun on a commuter route between Bath and Bristol. The A431 Kelston Road has been closed since February after prolonged heavy rain caused part of it to subside. The work - including re-surfacing and improving drainage - is expected to cost the council around 1 point 5 million pounds and could take until Christmas. A temporary toll road bypassing the route opens next week.

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