A controversial one-way traffic scheme which has led to massive protests in a town in Devon is to continue. TV presenter Jonathan Dimbleby was among hundreds of people who marched through Totnes earlier this week, calling for the council to ditch the scheme. Richard Lawrence reports.
The controversial new one-way traffic system in Totnes will remain after county and district councillors voted today to continue the experiment.
Earlier this week the veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby, led a protest through the town of local traders who say the scheme is damaging their business.
Damage to one of South Devon's most historic buildings is being assessed.
Conker Shoe Company in Totnes, which dates back to the 16th century, partly collapsed in Friday's storms.
Much of the High Street had to be evacuated and remained closed while scaffolding was put up. Investigations show that much of the historic facade is affected.
High streets populated with thriving independent businesses have added an average of £40,000 to nearby house prices over the last decade, according to a study by American Express.
It suggested that homeowners living close to a flourishing high street could see their property value outperform similar homes elsewhere by as much as £70,000 over the next 10 years.
The study identified five "high street hot spots" it described as good examples: Whitstable, Kent; Marlborough, Wiltshire; Hungerford, Berkshire; Totnes, Devon, and Yarm, North Yorkshire.
The Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne says we need a debate on whether young Muslim women and girls should be banned from wearing a veil or Niqab in public. Claire Manning has been to Plymouth to assess reaction to the proposal.
Poor Sarah Wollaston's twitter feed has become a total car crash of bigotry, Islamophobia, historical ignorance and exceptionalism.
Sarah Wollaston, how about asking a woman who wears niqab what she thinks about her freedom? Or does her opinion does not matter?
feminists should be allowed to say that they find the #niqab deeply offensive without being accused of being bigoted or islamophobic,
The niqab should be banned within schools & colleges; how on earth do they promote equality when they collude with making women invisible?
The niqab won't be banned in the UK because too many politicians will hide behind freedom; hiding women away is a perversion of freedom
The Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston says Islamic veils are an 'intolerable subjugation of women which should not be allowed to masquerade as freedom.'
Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes, Brixham and South Hams) says the niqab (a full-face Islamic veil) should be banned in schools and colleges. A Birmingham college last week reversed a decision to ban the garment on security grounds. Read more about that decision here.
Dr Wollaston, who was a family GP before entering Parliament, has criticised the delays on minimum alcohol pricing and plain packaging for cigarettes.
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes), says she will not stop criticising the Government on Twitter, despite the fact that Labour have used her comments to attack Government policies. Here is a sample from her Twitter feed:
R.I.P. public health. A day of shame for this government; the only winners big tobacco, big alcohol and big undertakers
To retain any credibility on lobbying, Cameron must postpone statement on minimum pricing until we know whether CTF has big alcohol clients
Doctors are tired of being lectured on reducing avoidable early deaths by politicians who take away the public health tools to achieve it