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Bristol Arena could get approval tonight

Plans for Bristol Arena Credit: Bristol City Council

Plans for the Bristol Arena are expected to be approved at a city budget meeting tonight.

The £90 million venue next to Temple Meads would have a capacity of 12,000.

Work could start in January 2016 if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The City Council has raised £53 million for the project and is planning to borrow the rest. The meeting will also debate cuts and a 2 percent rise in council tax.

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Construction skills shortage could affect fortunes

A skills shortage in the construction sector could affect an upturn in the industry's fortunes

Many workers left the industry during the recession to find other work Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

While the latest figures show construction is at a six year high, many workers left the industry during the recession to find other work.

Property advice firm, Jones Lang LaSalle says the problem is compounded by a lack of investment in apprenticeships.

Packhorse Inn back on the market following uncertainty

The Packhorse Inn in Southstoke near Bath is back on the market following months of uncertainty.

The pub is being offered to villagers by owner Martin Sherry, who bought it only last year after it was put up for sale by Punch Taverns.

The Packhorse Inn in Southstoke Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Villagers in Southstoke are following in the footsteps of other Bath drinkers at the Bell on Walcot Street, which was bought by 500 of its customers who raised £600,000.

And the Richmond Arms in Lansdown where supporters persuaded Punch Taverns to take the pub off the market.

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Club owner said plumbing damage cost up to £400,000

In the South West 66% of people said they do not always expect their plumber to do a good job.

John Sutcliffe's sports club was left with a dangerous boiler and faulty heating after hiring a rogue plumber, his company had taken out a loan to cover the costs.

He said: "For the first quarter of 2011, our revenue suffered."

"The reinstallation costings of the wet system alone, would be approaching almost £100,000," he added, "the consequential losses were somewhere in the region of £250,000 to £400,000 to the club".

Two thirds of South West expect plumber to do bad job

Faulty plumbing work is costing us more than £2.5 billion a year, according to a survey of home owners which reveals many do not use qualified plumbers, as they put price ahead of experience when hiring a plumber.

  • In the South West 66% of people said they do not always expect their plumber to do a good job
  • 12% said they would hire an unqualified plumber to undertake plumbing work
  • 29% said they don't check the professional credentials of the plumber they hire
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