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Cemetery prepares for garden party

The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments
The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments Credit: ITV News West Country

The Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol is being prepared for a garden party to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first burial at the site on Sunday.

The cemetery are also launching a project that tells the story of the fight to save the cemetery from development in 1998. The Oral History Project will also feature locals' memories of the site.

30,000 expected for air acrobatics show

Yeovilton Air Day, one of Somerset's largest one-day events, opens its gates tomorrow.

30 thousand people are expected at the Royal Naval Air Station. Military aerobatic teams from all over the world will be taking part. As well as an air display, there'll be a funfair, bands and a classic car show.

Neil Thompson, air display director, tells us more:


Plans to rebuild fire station in Bristol

The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.
The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters. Credit: ITV News West Country

There are plans to rebuild Temple Fire Station in Bristol. It's part of the Fire Service's 'Investing in the Future' programme, which was launched in January. The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.

If the plans go through it will free up part of the Temple Back plot for redevelopment.


Waste plant previously fined for safety breaches

The Environment Agency has issued a statement about Averies Recycling Plant in Swindon, where 100 tonnes of waste caught fire on Monday 21 July.

Staff have inspected Averies Waste Site on several occasions this year as part of our routine regulation of permitted waste sites. We have raised concerns about fire risks and have visited the site with the fire service. We have taken prosecution action against the site in the last year, with a £73,000 fine issued as a result.

A number of improvement conditions were placed on the site requiring changes in site infrastructure and management to meet the permit conditions.

An embankment has built along the edge of the site, this is preventing contaminated fire water entering the River Cole.

Our officers remain on the site today, advising and working with the fire service.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

The West Country's wonderful countryside

These pictures were taken last night by two of the ITV News West Country team out and about in Somerset.

Backwell Lake
Swans and geese enjoy the evening sun at Backwell Lake in North Somerset Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
Backwell Lake
Bullrushes around Backwell Lake provide a shady spot for a bit of bird watching Credit: ITV News West Country
Vernham Woods, Englishcombe
The view to Vernham Woods and beyond to Englishcombe near Bath Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart
Scottish thistles
A few thistles growing along the Wansdyke ancient monument in Bath in tribute to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart
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