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Summary

  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Monday, 23 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Sandys

All times stated are UK

More cloud? Goodbye sunshine?

We're done for another day as far as Local Live is concerned - back again at 7am tomorrow. Why not join us then?

We'll leave you with Holly Green and the forecast...

BBC Weather's Holly Green says the potential for showers - some heavy - is increasing.

Imagine using a camera with 3.2 billion pixels

What would be your first picture? For a bunch of lucky astronomers it will be our universe. 

An image recorded by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
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The world's biggest digital camera - the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope - is being built in the Chilean Andes to film a motion picture which will feature billions of galaxies, stars and solar system objects.

And the good news for us is that astrophysicists from the University of Bath are involved and will be providing expertise along the way.

Rovers' boss linked with Leeds United

The stars are out at RHS Chelsea

...including BBC Radio Bristol's Claire Cavanagh, who's broadcasting live from the most famous of flower shows at 2pm.

I sense she's having enjoying herself. We're not jealous at all. 

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Ken Loach victory: Who is Daniel Blake?

Ken Loach
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Back to Ken Loach's triumph with 'I, Daniel Blake'. But who is Daniel Blake?

Well we're told he's a former joiner in Newcastle who is struggling in the welfare system after becoming ill.

A clip from the film 'I, Daniel Blake'
Joss Barratt

Following a heart attack he crosses paths with a single mother of two, called Katie, who escapes to Tyneside from a one-room hostel in London.

The Cannes website says the pair "find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain".

In the papers...

'Pressure increasing' over community hospital services

Is enough being offered at South Bristol NHS Community Hospital to keep residents from having to travel elsewhere for healthcare?  

South Bristol NHS Community Hospital
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Bristol South MP Karin Smith would argue no, and wants action as a result.

She has written to NHS bosses saying pressure from local people is increasing and an expansion of services is more pressing than ever.

“It is becoming more and more evident that residents’ experiences of having to travel from their south Bristol home elsewhere to access vital healthcare is not only common, but a source of anxiety and stress, not least due to the inconvenience, time and cost," she said. 

Final medals for Bath swimmers

We can be proud of our swimmers this morning as a fair few medals are heading to Bath following the European Swimming Championships.

Team GB delivered five medals in Sunday's final session as the team finishes second in the table behind Hungary.

Here's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor helping win gold in the 4x100m medley relay...

GB win 4x100m freestyle relay

And well done Chris Walker-Hebborn, part of the men's team which stormed to 4x100m medley relay gold...

European Swimming Championships: GB men storm to freestyle relay gold

Finally, another medal for Jazz Carlin, yesterday winning silver in the 400m freestyle...

GB's Carlin clinches 400m freestyle silver

Ken Loach victory: In pictures

Here's a few pictures of Bath-based director Ken Loach's triumph at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ken Loach wins at the Cannes Film Festival
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He was given the festival's highest accolade for his latest film 'I, Daniel Blake'
The Cannes Film Festival
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It was the second time he has won the Palme d'Or award
Ken Loach at the Cannes Film Festival
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He told the press conference he was "quietly stunned" by the win
Ken Loach at the Cannes Film Festival
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"When you get very old you're just pleased to see the sunrise the next day, so we'll just take each day as it comes," he said when asked 'what next?'

Stoke Lane closure plans on hold 'temporarily'

More on the last-minute decision to halt a planned closure of the busy commuter route Stoke Lane (northbound) in Bristol.

The city council's cabinet member for transport, Mark Bradshaw, spoke to Emma Britton about it on BBC Radio Bristol earlier. 

He refused to be drawn on whether the 12-month closure would be scrapped completely but did say the current halt was a temporary measure, "for as long as it takes" he said, to get a bit of extra consultation work done.

You can listen to the full interview again here...

A last-minute halt over plans to shut Stoke Lane northbound is 'temporary'.

'A nice bright day' forecasts Holly

...and I hope she's right - my washing's out.

'A dry and bright day' says Holly Green

Stoke Lane closure 'on hold' for futher assessment

Roadworks
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What have those in power had to say about the pausing of the MetroBus work on Stoke Lane?

Here's the statement from West of England Metrobus:

"We have taken the decision to put the temporary one-way system in Stoke Lane on hold to allow more time to conduct further traffic assessments. 

"The planned bus diversions will still operate from this weekend because they have been advertised in advance, but the one-way system will not be implemented yet. 

"The local community and councillors will be kept updated."

Up above the streets and houses...

Rainbow over Bristol
Philip Langley

...this rainbow is/was climbing high. (You singing the theme tune now as well?!)

Thanks to Philip Langley for sending in this cracker of a picture. His email said he took it on Sunday evening from the Clifton suspension bridge.

Nice, isn't it.

Stoke Lane closure delayed: 'You just can't win in Bristol'

Some have been responding online to the news that the Metrobus work around Filton, which was due to shut Stoke Lane northbound for a year, has been postponed.

A 'cancelled due to common sense' sign has been stuck on an official road closure sign
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A 'cancelled due to common sense' poster has been slapped on one of the official roadworks signs

Emily Smith said: "Twelve months time people will be complaining the road works taking too long. You just can't win in Bristol. Every one wants to get round the city more quickly but no one willing to be put out while it gets sorted. It now takes me less time to get from near WSM to St Anne's than it did to go from Filwood to town."

And Janine James posted on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page: "Why can't they close the road at night like they do on the motorways."

Oli South said: "Ridiculous, just let them get on with it."

Hoorah for our Ken

Bath-based film director Ken Loach has won the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ken Loach with his Palme d Or award
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His film - I, Daniel Blake - is about a middle-aged widower and the UK welfare system and stars stand-up comedian Dave Johns.

It's not the first time he has won the Palme d'Or. A decade ago he won it for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Stoke Lane: Delayed again

A sign advertising the closure
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It should've been shut by now, but the planned closure of Stoke Lane near Bristol, going northbound - to allow for Metrobus work - has been delayed for a second time.

Stoke Lane links the University of the West of England and the Stoke Park district with Frenchay Park Road.

Signs have been in place for a while warning that the busy commuter route will be made one-way for 12 months with a two-mile diversion put in place.

However the closure has now been halted to allow time for further traffic assessments.

In case you missed these pictures...

Thomas Boot photograph
Thomas Boot

They're part of a new show, featuring hundreds of pictures taken to illustrate 24 Hours in Bristol.

If you'd like to see more you can click here to read all about it.

All of the images were taken from midday-to-midday on 16 and 17 April and the contest was open to anyone with a camera or a mobile phone.

Caroline Smith-McClean photograph
Caroline Smith-McClean

Welcome to a new week

So here we are again. The rain has gone (for now), the sun has returned (for now), it's nearly time for my porridge and this is Local Live. Welcome.

We'll be bringing you the latest updates from across Bristol, Bath and Weston until 3pm today.

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