First MTR South Western Trains will be taking over the South Western Franchise. The company says passengers will 'enjoy faster journeys'.Read the full story ›
Around 150 people gathered in the Fishponds area of Bristol this morning to protest against plans for a two-storey McDonald's restaurant there.
The 160-seater, drive-thru restaurant on the site of the old Tile Workshop would necessitate a new traffic island and traffic flow system on Fishponds Road.
The fast-food chain, which already has eleven restaurants in Bristol, first proposed the Fishponds plan in November 2014. It sparked angry campaigning from residents worried about traffic congestion, architectural disruption and the effect on the health of local children, many of whom would be walking past the McDonald's to and from school.
'We firmly believe we can have a positive impact in this area including through the creation of 65 full time and part time jobs for local people. This is in addition to more than 450 employees already employed across the city. We pride ourselves on the positive contributions we make in communities across the UK.'
Bristol City Council rejected the Fishponds McDonald's application in February 2015 on the grounds of traffic disruption and the site's proximity to schools. But the company is appealing - the public hearing will begin at City Hall on 20 April: protesters plan to attend.
Chris Dawson started off as a market trader in Plymouth, but now he runs The Range, with 88 stores and a workforce of more than 2,500.Read the full story ›
A hidden clause - called doubling - could see property owners across the region unable to sell their homes for what they're worth.Read the full story ›
The South West has seen the biggest rise across the country in the number of women working from home.Read the full story ›
Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.Read the full story ›
The proposed 517 acre space in Hullavington, Wiltshire is on former Ministry of Defence land.Read the full story ›
Being named European Capital of Culture can reap big rewards but bidding for it isn't cheap. Bristol said no but Truro is all for itRead the full story ›
Crowds braved freezing weather in Ilfracombe this afternoon to see a variety show in support of the town's Landmark Theatre. Performers from around North Devon staged the free event following the Landmark's sudden closure last month.
The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple also closed when the trust that owns them went bust, leaving actors and ticket holders out of pocket. It's hoped both theatres could re-open under new management. More details here.
Citizens Advice Exeter, is expressing its concern as mortgage cases listed at Exeter County Court rose by 20%.Read the full story ›