Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have chosen not to have an elected mayor for the region.
It comes after more than 5% of the electorate signed a petition calling for the vote. In total the campaign has cost around £180,000.
The result means that the current system will remain in place. Bath and North East Somerset Council is led by a leader elected by councillors, with a team of senior cabinet members to help make decisions for the region.
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Angry drivers are claiming a council speed camera is catching out some motorists because it is obscured by trees.
The camera, at Saltford between Bristol and Bath, is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, and police have penalised nearly 1,000 drivers in the first six weeks since it was switched back on in February.
Some feel a lack of visibility makes their £100 fine and three penalty points notice unjustified.
I don't think it's really fair. They should put their cameras in a wide area, in a clear area so people can really see it, if they're concerned about the safety of the public in that area.
Bath and North East Somerset Council say it should be obvious that there is a speed camera in that location.
The camera is operated by Avon & Somerset Police who issue penalty notices to people exceeding the speed limit.
There is a speed camera warning sign and the camera is within a clearly-marked 30mph area; there are also clear markings on the road next to it.
We have received one complaint about the visibility of this camera and we are currently looking into this.
We'll be speaking to a lawyer on tonight's ITV News West Country to find out if unhappy drivers have a case. Tune in from 6pm.
Following the news that motorists caught in Bath's controversial Dorchester Street bus lane are to get their tickets refunded, BANES Council says there is no need to do anything to claim the refund:
Please note there is no need to contact the Council directly – you will automatically receive a refund. Anybody who has already paid by card will have their payment refunded directly back onto their card, and we are working on issuing refunds for payments made in cash. All pending Penalty Charge Notices will be cancelled.”
Thousands of homes are to be built on Green Belt land around Bath.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has approved plans for 12,700 homes to be built on greenfield and brownfield sites by 2029.
The original proposals were for 11,500 homes, but a government planning inspector decided this figure did not meet the area's future needs.
Extra homes could now be built in the following areas:
- Odd Down, Bath: 300 homes
- Weston, Bath: 300 homes
- Extension to MoD Ensleigh: 120 homes
- East Keynsham: 250 homes
- South West Keynsham: 200 homes
- Whitchurch: 200 homes
A public consultation will be held for a six week period later this month.
Tests have confirmed that beef mince used for school meals in Bath and North East Somerset in December contained horsemeat.
The meat came from the supplier Welsh Bros Foods. 49 primary schools and 10 early years centres used the mince.
The council has now withdrawn all products from the supplier and beef mince has been removed from school menus.
The Food Standards Agency says there's no evidence of any risk to consumers.