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Bristol's 'ludicrous' speed limits must be debated by council

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Bristol City Council will have to debate its 20 mph speed limits - after more than 5,000 people signed a petition describing them as "stupid" and "ludicrous".

It argues that the limits make the roads more dangerous due to frustrated drivers watching the speedometer rather than where they are going.

"No driver objects to a 20mph limit near a school for example but a blanket roll out is totally absurd ... 30mph has been in place for many many years, and is the national speed limit because it is ample control in urban areas except for specific spots. Restore common sense and reverse this stupid waste of money."

– Online petition against Bristol speed limits

The council has said that the rules make the city safer and are supported by many Bristolians.


Man injured after seagull attack in Bristol

There have been several reports of seagull attacks in our region in recent weeks. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

The growing problem of seagulls in our city centres has again been highlighted after a man was badly injured by a gull and ended up in hospital.

Allan Plaister was dive-bombed by the bird, who managed to knock him off his bike while he was cycling in the centre of Bristol. He's now on crutches, but says it could have been worse had he fallen into passing traffic.

Bristol City Council has set aside £200,000 to look at ways of tackling the problem the city's gull problem, and the Prime Minister has spoken about the issue, in the wake of several gull attacks on pets and people in recent weeks.

Bob Constantine has more.

Protestors "entrenched" at Stapleton allotments

Bristol City Council will try and remove the remaining activists at the Stapleton allotments today.

It's estimated around 50 protestors left the site yesterday but there are still dozens who remain. There are still some protestors in trees and attached to lock points.

It was a largely straightforward operation yesterday - as anticipated - and we are grateful to all those protestors who co-operated and left the site calmly when asked.

There were no arrests and no major incidents. Safety remains our top priority.

Clearly there is a minority who are more entrenched, including those occupying a number of the trees on site. Our specialist team is now preparing to resume operations.

Action to remove the individuals in the trees and several other points will continue during today and into the weekend if necessary.

Safety is paramount, so our specialists will take whatever time is necessary in order to reach a safe conclusion.

– Peter Mann, Service Director for Transport at Bristol City Council

Statement: Bristol City Council on MetroBus protest

Given the continued presence of protesters on the council-owned Stapleton Allotments site, a possession order has now been granted by the court.

We are aware that those on site include both passionate, local campaigners wishing to enact their right to peaceful protest, but also others who we believe may hold very different intentions.

We will now proceed in a timely manner in order to bring this situation to a conclusion so that we can move ahead with the MetroBus project and provide a cleaner, greener transport solution for Bristol and the West of England.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson


UKIP in Bristol - "We're here to stay"

UKIP won a seat on Bristol City Council for the first time as Mike Frost won the Hengrove seat with 31% of the vote ahead of Labour and the Conservatives.

UKIP's Chairman in Bristol, Steve Wood told ITV News that his party is "here to stay"

Labour leader celebrates success in Bristol

Labour Leader Councillor Helen Holland hailed it a good night for her party in Bristol and a bad one for the Liberal Democrats. She also told our reporter Richard Payne that UKIP had benefitted from national publicity in the run up to the local elections.

Full results for the Bristol City Council elections can be found here:

800 jobs to go at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has announced that up to 800 jobs could go over the next three years.

It's part of efforts to bridge a £90 million funding gap following government budget cuts of around 25%.

The council says although it will have "no choice" but to reduce it's number of jobs, compulsory redundancies will be a last resort.

I think everyone knows we are facing some incredibly difficult financial decisions as a result of the severe national cutbacks to local government. For many years Bristol has been relatively fortunate in being able to find savings while providing a lot of services, but now we’re having to do what many cities have already done by looking at a larger scale of change which will inevitably mean fewer jobs at the council. This is not a pleasant process, but one which will hopefully leave us in a more realistic state to serve the city and its citizens, which is our primary purpose.

I will do all I can to limit the impact on people’s lives, both in terms of the public and our staff. Compulsory redundancies will be the last resort, but I fear they will be necessary when there is simply no other option.

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
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