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Oldbury power station sends out final flask of nuclear fuel

Oldbury now moves to a decommissioning phase aiming to make the site free of radioactive hazard by 2027. Credit: ITV West Country

Oldbury power station has sent out its final shipment of nuclear fuel.

The station in South Gloucestershire opened in 1967 but was shut down in 2011.

A team of more than 200 staff will decommission the site.

The last flask of nuclear fuel from the former Oldbury power station reactor has been sent for reprocessing. Credit: ITV West Country

Site Director, Mike Heaton says it's an end of an era.

While the site is decommissioned, the reactor buildings will be kept for at least another 80 years.

Celebrity chef ends 21 year role at Gidleigh Park

Michael Caines will cook for the last time at Gidleigh Park this weekend, bringing to an end 21 years as head chef at the fine dining hotel near Chagford.

The celebrity chef will continue to look after his other restaurants before opening his own hotel at Lympstone in 2017.

"Devon's my county.

I was born in Exeter so having the opportunity to practice at the top end of my industry and to be regarded as one of Britain's top chefs here in my home county using local produce and championing the cause has been a fantastic journey and a wonderful experience."

– Michael Caines, Chef

2015 'good year' for Cornwall tourism

Tourism bosses in Cornwall say 2015 has been one of the best years on record Credit: ITV News

Tourism bosses in Cornwall say 2015 has been one of the best years on record.

Visitor numbers are up on previous years by 5%. Part of the increase is due to terrorism attacks abroad but also the county being showcased in series like ITV's Doc Martin.

Attractions like Newquay Zoo have benefitted and so have many of Cornwall's hotels. Stephen Baker, Managing Director at Carbis Bay Hotel, says the BBC series Poldark has also brought in the crowds.

The more the merrier - as we find out in this report:


Why a bird colony could prevent a multi-million pound development

A row about a colony of protected birds could ruin plans for a £10 million hotel on Drake's Island.

The area is home to a colony of Egrets - a white coloured bird similar to a heron.

Credit: Michael Gore/PA

A report to Plymouth City Council's planning committee has found the egrets would be disturbed if the hotel is built.

A sign gives an artist's impression of the development.

Councillors are expected to make a decision this afternoon.

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