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Teachers at Wellsway School strike

Wellsway School in Keynsham Credit: ITV News

Teachers at Wellsway School in Keynsham are striking today.

Members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, NASUWT, are protesting about workload. The strikes are the first of six days of planned action by the union.

The school has been in negotiation with both unions, but despite reaching an agreement with the National Union of Teachers didn't do so with the NASUWT.

In that letter, Andrea Arlidge, headteacher of the school, and head of school Simon White said the dispute was over "measures that we had taken to help improve the quality of teaching that your children receive".

Ms Arlidge and Mr White said the NASUWT was especially concerned over the "additional work" it felt these steps would involve.

I regret that the NASUWT has decided to take industrial action on Wednesday 11th March, but welcome the decision of the NUT not to do so. We have worked hard to meet staff concerns about workload whilst ensuring we continue to work towards the improvements we believe are vital to Wellsway's continuing success.

– Andrea Arlidge, Headteacher

The strike action is completely avoidable. The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to effectively address the serious concerns of members.

The teachers at Wellsway are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have no wish to cause disruption to pupils or to parents, but in the face of the employer’s intransigence have been left with no choice but to protest in this way.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT


Family confirm Ben Pocock died in Malaysian air crash

Ben Pocock was a passenger on the flight in July. Credit: Facebook

The family of Ben Pocock, from Keynsham, have today confirmed that he has been formally identified as one of the victims of the Malaysian MH17 air crash over Ukraine on July 17.

We can confirm that Ben was a victim of the disaster. We would like to thank all those who have sent us messages of support and tributes to Ben, and we would ask to be allowed to grieve and come to terms with our loss.

– Jeremy & Louise, Ben's parents

Trains disrupted between Bristol and Bath

All services between Bath and Bristol have resumed after a train hit a person at Keynsham Credit: ITV News file picture

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on First Great Western and South West services between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa after a person was hit by train at Keynsham earlier.

The line has now reopened but knock-on delays are likely until 12:30pm

Footbridge closed by heavy rain

Heavy rain has led to a footbridge in Keynsham being closed temporarily as a safety precaution.

A recent inspection by engineers of the bridge in the Memorial Park found that the riverbank has eroded.

The council says that, once the water levels have subsided, it will be clear if the structure is damaged and whether any work is needed.

Engineers have found the riverbank has eroded at Memorial Park in Keynsham. Credit: ITV News West Country


Cyclist taken to hospital after crash on A4 Bath Road

A woman cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a car on the Keynsham bypass near Bristol.

It happened at 3.45pm on the A4 Bath Road at the Broadmead roundabout in Keynsham.

The woman is being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

It's causing long tailbacks as the roundabout is partially blocked.

700 new homes for Keynsham get the go-ahead

Plans to build 700 new homes on the former Cadbury site in Keynsham have been given the go ahead by Bath and North East Somerset councillors this evening. That's despite concerns about emergency response times.

It's thought the development could create a thousand jobs.

But the site only has one access point which Avon and Somerset Police fear could lead to congestion.

former Cadbury site at Keynsham Credit: ITV News West Country
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