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Reports that Western Greyhound have ceased trading

Uncertainty over bus company's future Credit: ITV West Country

There's uncertainty this morning over the future of the Cornish bus company Western Greyhound.

It's understood drivers turning up this morning weren't able to get in to work. Senior management are thought to be briefing staff at the Summercourt depot now. First Bus are accepting Western Greyhound passes.

Stadium for Cornwall is unlikely to go ahead

Money for the stadium in Cornwall is dependent on plans for a supermarket and housing development being approved Credit: ITV News

Campaigners appear to have lost their long battle to build a ten million pound super stadium in Cornwall. Funding for the showpiece arena had been dependent upon approval being given for a supermarket and housing development on the outskirts of Truro.

But tonight councillors have voted to approve a different housing and supermarket development at Willow Green, which means the Stadium for Cornwall is unlikely to go ahead.

Stadium for Cornwall developer Inox and Henry Boot Developments wanted to build a mixed use development at West Langarth including a supermarket, housing and community facilities. If the application is granted, they say the cash proceeds would be used to fund the construction of the 6000 seat stadium.

But a spokesperson for Inox said that it would be difficult to secure a contract with a supermarket like Morrisons, now an ASDA scheme has been given the green light.

Cornwall Council had indicated that there is only demand for one further supermarket in the area.

Cornwall stadium developer: "No Plan B"

"We do not have a Plan B, we've looked at grant funding, we've looked at loan funding, we've looked at tax payers' money coming from the council, all of which have been turned down in the past and this is our final option now, so we are asking officers to just approve our scheme to enable West Langarth and the stadium to happen."

– Rob Saltmarsh, Inox


Cornish Pirates: new stadium is vital

"It's absolutely vital to the future of the Cornish Pirates, it's been a seven year saga, and it's coming to a head today. The stadium provides the prospect for Cornwall to have top flight professional Rugby Union in Cornwall in years to come. If we don't get the decision today, then that prospect becomes an increasingly forlorn hope."

– Ian Connell, Cornish Pirates Chairman

Stadium supporters gather outside County Hall

Stadium supporters outside County Hall Credit: ITV News West Country

Around 100 supporters of the stadium including members of the Cornish Pirates rugby team gathered outside County Hall this morning singing rousing Cornish anthems. They urged councillors to vote for the stadium project to go ahead as they arrived for today's Strategic Planning Meeting.

Construction industry urged to encourage more women workers

CITB say more needs to be done to encourage women into the construction industry Credit: ITV West Country

A new report has urged construction firms to do more to attract women workers after it said the industry was still seen as sexist. A survey of 1,500 employers found that three out of four believed perceptions of a sexist culture were a major reason why women were under-represented.

The study by the Construction Industry Training Board - on International Women's Day - identified a lack of female role models as well as poor awareness of the types of jobs on offer.

The industry is on course for a major comeback, but we need a dynamic and diverse workforce to help deliver it. This poll shows that construction employers realise we are still a long way from overcoming the perceptions of sexism in our sector, which potentially keep women away.

To attract the best skills and talent from all parts of society, we are challenging industry to make women and people from all backgrounds feel welcome and valued.

– Gillian Econopouly, head of research at the CITB

The CITB's research shows that young people believe the industry is male dominated and poorly paid.

This weekend members of the public have been invited to visit a site in Plymouth to gain an insight into the construction industry, and potential career opportunities in the building trade.

Kat Simpson has gone into the industry as a trainee site manager. She says women are thriving in the trade.

Kat Simpson is a trainee site manager Credit: ITV West Country

The construction industry is so diverse. You can be working on a housing project one minute, and the next minute you can be working on a multi-million pound sky scraper.

Women are thriving. They're successful. And they need to start thinking about this as a career.

– Kat Simpson, trainee site manager

Richard Lawrence has been finding out what's being done in the South West to change preconceptions.

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