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Mayor to unveil UK's first council-owned wind farm

George Ferguson will today unveil the UK's first council-owned wind farm at Avonmouth. Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, will today unveil the UK's first council-owned wind farm which is being installed at Avonmouth.

It's hoped the turbines, when they swing into action next month, will become the council's biggest source of renewable energy.

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Bristol's hi-tech role in smartphones and tablets

The Science Minister was at a trading estate near Bristol today. The location may sound a little dull - but the work David Willetts went to see is cutting edge in the world of technology.

Nvidia is an American-based firm which has just doubled the size of its operation here in the West. It develops and builds technology used in mobile phones and tablet computers. Our political reporter Robert Murphy joined him.

Plans submitted for solar park in Wroughton

A solar park could be built in Wroughton Credit: Swindon Commercial Services Ltd

Plans for a solar park in Wroughton have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council.

Swindon Commercial Services Ltd are proposing to build it to address local renewable energy requirements within the administrative area of Swindon Borough Council.

The new facility will be located at The Science Museum at Wroughton, Swindon.

An Environmental Impact Assessment will be prepared to accompany the planning application.

An exhibition to display the initial proposals for the site was held on Saturday 26th January 2013 at the Ellendune Community Centre, Barrett Way, Wroughton.

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Seven Devon and Somerset towns to get superfast broadband

Seven rural towns and villages have been named as the first communities to benefit from the major £94 million scheme to get superfast internet.

By the end of this year, high-speed fibre optic broadband will start to become available in:

  • Moretonhampstead
  • Holsworthy
  • Sticklepath (near Okehampton)
  • Bradford on Tone
  • Bishops Lydeard
  • Creech St Michael
  • Monkton Heathfield (near Taunton)

Construction work for Sticklepath and Bradford on Tone has started three months early.

By early 2014, 15,000 homes and businesses in these areas will benefit from the new technology.

It is estimated that about 400,000 kilometres of optical fibre will need to be laid.

The first phase of the programme will also include extending fibre broadband in Taunton and Bridgwater, most of which have already been upgraded.

High speed fibre broadband is a key driver of economic growth and development. It has the potential to transform our rural businesses and communities, improve productivity, and enable business to access new markets while breaking down the digital divide within our communities. It will also improve and transform the delivery of public information and services.

– Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council
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