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Majority in favour of Saltford station reopening

More than half of people in Saltford want the village train station to be re-opened.

A survey carried out by the local Council found two thirds of residents in the area are in favour of the idea as it would ease the commute to Bath or Bristol.

The plans are part of a wider project by MetroWest to make greater use of local rail links. Some fear it could cause traffic problems for the village.

Pickles calls in plans to build on green belt land

Protesters at the public inquiry into the plans to build on green belt land in Saltford Credit: ITV News West Country

A plan to build 99 homes on green belt land in Saltford near Bath has been called in by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Residents and the local MP have strongly opposed the plan, which they argue could pave the way for far larger developments nearby.

A decison by a planning inspector had been expected this week but the final say now rests with Mr Pickles, who says he wants to assess the impact on the green belt.

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Protest against houses planned for green belt land

99 houses are planned for the land. Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners fighting plans to build up to 99 houses on green belt land at Saltford, near Bath, will stage a protest at a public inquiry today.

Developers Crest Nicholson argue the homes are needed on farmland at Manor Road to meet local demand.

The scheme is being seen as a national test case for other sites in the green belt on the edge of towns and villages.

Father of drowned teenager pays tribute to his son

The father of Aaron Burgess, the teenager who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford earlier this week, has described his son as 'a fantastic, happy go lucky boy'.

Jay Burgess also warned other teenagers about the dangers of swimming in rivers.

Aaron was a fantastic happy go lucky boy. He was very popular and he was loved by everybody. I'm completely devastated by what's happened and I will miss him so terribly.

I am grateful for all of the kind words of support from his friends and the cards and flowers which have been left.

I am also extremely grateful for the efforts of all of the emergency services and the Search & Rescue Teams.

I know that everything was done to save him but unfortunately it was just not possible.

I can only hope now that other young people realise the dangers of swimming near weirs and in rivers.

– Jay Burgess

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Friends gather at the spot where teenager drowned

More flowers have continued to arrive at the spot where a teenager drowned near Bath.

Friends and classmates of fourteen year old Aaron Burgess have been gathering at Saltford weir, where his body was found on Tuesday evening.

Memories of Aaron, from Longwell Green, are being collected in a book.

His death has led to calls for greater safety measures at the spot which is popular with swimmers in hot weather.

Flowers placed at scene of teenager's death

Friends and family of Aaron Burgess, the teenager who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford last night, have been laying tributes at the scene.

The 14 year old's body was found by police divers at about 11.30pm last night.

He had been swimming with friends in the stretch of the river between Bristol and Bath when he disappeared under the water and did not resurface.

Jesse Stroud was one of several friends with Aaron and tried in vain to save him. He has revisited the spot today to pay his respects.

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