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Raised road to Muchelney opens tomorrow

The road to Muchelney disappeared during last year's floods Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are being made for the official opening of the newly raised road into Muchelney.

The road became an iconic image of the flooding on the Somerset Levels last winter - and the village of Muchelney was cut off.

The road is one of several projects to prevent future flooding on the Somerset Levels - including dredging eight kilometres of the rivers Parrett and Tone.

Weston-super-Mare braces itself for high tides

Temporary defences, known as a Dutch Dam, have been raised in Weston-super-Mare to protect the town from the onslaught Credit: ITV News

Communities along the Bristol Channel are bracing themselves for the highest spring tides in decades this weekend.

50 feet high tides - the highest seen for 20 years - are expected in Weston-super-Mare from this morning. Forecasters are warning of the possibility of coastal flooding and North Somerset Council's emergency teams have been put on standby.

We've got good sea defences in Weston-super-Mare. We have a Dutch dam, which is a dam that we put up manually, and we've also got a gate which we shut and that creates a watertight seal.

And that stops the water from pouring onto the road if the weather gets that bad.

– John Flannigan, North Somerset Council

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Protesters receive backing of two MPs

Bristol tree protesters have won the support of two local MPs Credit: ITV News

Bristol tree protesters occupying land designated for Bristol's new MetroBus have won the support of two local MPs.

The protesters have been camped out at Frenchay for nearly three weeks, trying to stop the trees being felled for Bristol's new Metrobus route.

Now a letter signed by Charlotte Leslie and Kerry McCarthy has been hung up at the site, urging the Mayor George Ferguson to rethink the route. The letter has been jointly written by the two MPs and eight councillors.

Bailiffs were granted permission to clear the site six days ago but have not yet done so despite the court order.

"Dutch Dam" is deployed in Weston-super-Mare

The Dutch Dam has been raised at Knightstone Island to protect Weston seafront Credit: ITV News

Sea defences have been deployed in Weston super Mare because of forecast high tides.

The Dutch Dam at Knightstone Island will remain up until Saturday at least.

  • High tide Friday 20 February at 0730 is predicted to reach 13.23m
  • High tide Saturday 21 February at 0830 is predicted to reach 13.36m

Tree protesters build series of tunnels to resist eviction

Protesters have built a series of tunnels under the site to withstand eviction Credit: Protest against Metrobus

Protesters occupying land designated for Bristol's new MetroBus have built tunnels and a tower to withstand eviction.

Bailiffs were granted permission to clear the site six days ago but have not yet done so despite the court order.

The protesters have now finished digging a series of tunnels under the site with lock points to enable them to resist arrest for as long as possible, while others have built a 35ft tall tower, topped with a tripod.

Protestors have been camping at the site for more than two weeks Credit: ITV News

The campaigners are unhappy the trees will be cut down, and a wildflower meadow destroyed, to make way for a new MetroBus route. They've been camping in the trees for 17 days and say they're well supplied for a longer wait.

After meeting with Mayor George Ferguson on Monday the protestors say they felt there was no further option.

Teams have been working around the clock to finish these defences since they claim the mayor made it clear there will be no public debate on the subject of metrobus.

Experienced tree surgeon and rock climber Dave helped the protesters build a tower topped with a tripod, standing 35ft tall, while others dug a series of tunnels underneath the site.

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Protest takes place against Javelin Park incinerator

Protesters gather at the demonstration against the incinerator Credit: ITV News

A protest was held outside Gloucestershire County Council this morning where a petition of more than 7,000 signatures against the proposed Javelin Park waste incinerator was handed in.

Councillors will then vote on a motion to scrap the incinerator contract. Shire Hall had agreed a contract with Ubaser Balfour Beatty to build and operate the waste incinerator but eventually refused planning permission after a strong public backlash.

But after months of delays, Secretary of State Eric Pickles approved its construction after an appeal by the waste firm.

Protesters call on Bristol Mayor to meet with them

Protesters call on Bristol Mayor to meet with them Credit: ITV News

Protesters occupying land designated for Bristol's new MetroBus have called on Mayor George Ferguson to meet with them to discuss ways the 200 million pound scheme could be redesigned. Bailiffs have not yet cleared the site despite having a court order to do so.

Simon Bramwell, one of the protesters at the site says he welcomes the MetroBus scheme but doesn't think the land should go as a result:

No sign of bailiffs at Bristol tree protest

By 6:30 Friday evening there was still no sign of the bailiffs expected to remove protestors from their camp on the Stapleton Allotments in Bristol.

The High Court in Bristol yesterday granted the city council immediate possession of the allotments.

The campaigners are unhappy that the trees will be cut down, and a wildflower meadow destroyed, to make way for a new MetroBus route. They've been camping in the trees for 12 days and say they're well supplied for a longer wait.

Our reporter was live at the camp this evening and sent this report:

Protestors to be removed from Bristol allotments today

Protestors climbed trees to prevent the MetroBus development

Protesters occupying trees at Stapleton Allotments in Bristol are expected to be removed from the site by bailiffs today.

The High Court in Bristol yesterday granted the city council immediate possession of the allotments. The campaigners are unhappy that the trees will be cut down, and a wildflower meadow destroyed, to make way for a new MetroBus route. They've been camping in the trees for 12 days.

We'll be reporting live from the scene today.

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