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Agreement reached over BMW pensions dispute

The BMW plant in Swindon. Credit: ITV West Country

Workers at car giant BMW, which has a plant in Swindon, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised offer over the closure of their final salary pension scheme, ending the threat of more strikes.

Members of Unite, who make the Mini and Rolls-Royce cars, backed the offer by 81.5%. The workers took part in a series of strikes and had threatened more industrial action.


Boris Does Great British Bake Off Impression

Boris Johnson was in Yate today, visiting a start-up bakery business and creating his own confections as he joined staff in the kitchen.

Boris Johnson in Yate cake shop Credit: ITV News West Country

On the Johnson menu - a dismissal of both the Liberal Democrat's plan for a second referendum and their electoral challenge in the region. He also cooked up his own new election battle cry, strong and stable has now been replaced by solid and sensible.

Boris learning what it takes to make top-notch cakes. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Thornbury and Yate constituency in South Gloucestershire could be keenly contested on 8 June as the Conservatives took it, narrowly, from the Liberal Democrats in 2015.


150 in protest march against Fishponds McDonald's

Around 150 people gathered in the Fishponds area of Bristol this morning to protest against plans for a two-storey McDonald's restaurant there.

Protesters on the proposed site. Credit: ITV West Country/Caron Bell

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.

The NoMacInF campaign has been running for over two years. Credit: ITV West Country/Caron Bell

'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.'

– McDonald's spokesperson
Residents of all ages took part in today's march. Credit: ITV West Country/Caron Bell

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.

These residents are worried about traffic and the effect on children. Credit: ITV West Country/Caron Bell
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