Severnbanks Primary School in Lydney is set to re-open on Monday after an issue with its fire alarms was solved sooner than expected.
The school is closed today for safety reasons and a message on its website this morning said it may remain shut until next Thursday. However, pupils are now expected to return at the beginning of next week.Headteacher Pam Howell said: “The safety of both pupils and staff is our paramount concern.
"We are working with Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud Alarms to rectify the problem as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.”
Thousands of people are marching through Stroud during today's Climate Strike action. Our reporter at the scene says about 2,000 people have joined.
Climate Strike: Emily wants a better future for children
Emily Thwaite, 62, from Redmarley, Gloucestershire is one of the thousands at Gloucester's climate change protest today.
She said: "My first grandson was born last November and I started becoming very worried about what kind of future we're leaving to him and all our grandchildren.
"I'm here today because of Greta Thunberg, seeing her and all the young people around the world. All these young people who are already in climate crisis with floods and awful things happening for them."
Thousands of people are now marching through the city to protest against the ecological emergency.
Climate Strike: Crowds gather outside Shire Hall
Crowds of people have gathered outside Shire Hall in Gloucester to protest against climate change.
About 200 people are currently outside the hall, waving placards.
£2m boost for Lydney Harbour
Lydney Harbour is to receive £2.1m from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
The money will be used to create new transport routes and develop the area for recreation and tourism.
This will include improved signage, art displays and an arts-based walking trail.
Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information
point and a new café.
Mooring and seating points will be installed and
improvements made to cycle routes. A community rowing boat building project is also planned.
Lydney is one of five coastal areas sharing £10m from the fund.
The projects receiving funding today were designed by local people who know best what will bring the biggest benefit to their community.
Global event highlights climate change impact
Events to draw attention to the impact of climate change are taking place across the West today.
It's part of a "global climate strike" organised around the world.
It's estimated there will be 2,500 events in 150 countries including dozens in the UK.
In Bristol, wildlife film-makers will dress in black and carry coffins to illustrate the number of species made extinct or endangered by climate change.
Primary school closed for several days
A Gloucestershire primary school looks set to be closed for several days due to a health and safety issue.
In a message on its website, Severnbanks Primary School in Lydney said that it was closed today and was likely to remain so until next Thursday.
Gloucestershire County Council's Closed Schools alert service says it is shut due to a 'premises issue'.
'Human swan' to become 'human osprey'
A conservationist, who flew with Bewick's swans three years ago, is planning to follow the migration of ospreys from the UK to Africa.
Sacha Dench became known as the "human swan" when she followed the birds from arctic Russia to Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.
She is now training to follow the ospreys' migration from Scotland to Ghana in west Africa.
She will cross more than 15 countries and cover almost 10,000km using a parachute wing with a small propeller engine strapped to her back.
Plaque unveiled for 'Britain's loudest man'
A plaque to mark the spot where "Britain's loudest man" broke two world records has been unveiled.
Alan Myatt, Gloucester's town crier, made it into Guinness World Records in 1991 with a 112.8 decibel shout.
As well as being the loudest crier he also set the world record for vocal endurance, issuing a 100 word proclamation every 15 minutes for a period of 48 hours.
A plaque to mark the spot on North Quay where he set the record, was unveiled on Wednesday night
The force's new programme, Schoolbeat, has officers teaching at secondary schools around the county.
People evacuated from workshop fire
Three people were evacuated from a workshop in Congresbury after it went up in flames during the early hours of this morning.
Fire crews from Clevedon, Winscombe, Yatton, Weston and Southmead were called to Bristol Road at 02:41 BST.
The nearby A370 was closed as a result of the fire and Bristol Airport, located six miles away, tweeted to warn travellers to seek an alternative route.
A spokesman for Avon Fire & Rescue said the cause was thought to be accidental.
Closure of respite centre for disabled children
A respite centre for disabled children in Cheltenham has been forced to close its doors due to a lack of funding.
Parents say a vital lifeline has been taken away after the closure of Hop, Skip and Jump, located at Seven Springs.
Kim Moxham from Gloucester says the care provided for her autistic son benefited the whole family and called the closure "devastating".
A statement on the Hop Skip and Jump website said the decision "followed a lengthy but ultimately disappointing consultation with Gloucestershire County Council over additional resources."
"Sustaining the level of care that the centre provides requires £250,000 per year and despite our best efforts we have been unable to secure this level of funding," it continued.
"We thank all the staff, volunteers, donors, patrons and families who have helped to maintain the centre over the 37 years it has been in operation. Closing the centre has not been an easy decision for any of us."
Gloucestershire County Council said funding for the centre had increased year on year for the past three years.
Hundreds of homes, nursery and shops set to go ahead
Plans for 763 homes, a community centre, nursery and shops on the edge of Bristol are set to be approved despite dozens of objections.
The detailed proposals for land at Harry Stoke will be decided by councillors on Thursday (September 19) following a previous decision to grant outline permission.
South Gloucestershire Council officers are recommending giving the go-ahead in the face of opposition from 78 residents and Stoke Gifford Parish Council.
The development forms a significant part of the Harry Stoke Strategic Allocation for 1,200 homes, a local centre and a primary school, the latter of which is subject to a separate application and has also received outline consent.
But campaigners and parish councillors claim the finalised proposals do not conform with the original “design code”, adopted back in 2012, and that there will be no GP or dental surgery.
They say the appearance and design of properties on the “rural edge” fronting Harry Stoke Road go against what was envisaged seven years ago and that large, four-storey apartment blocks were not included in the document at the time.
But a report to strategic sites delivery committee members said: “The proposal is considered to be acceptable in respect of design, materials and layout, and any deviation from the 2012 design code would not result in material harm.
“The principle of four-storey apartments in this location is already fully accepted. “The design and layout of the community building are considered to be acceptable.”
A prisoner who is serving a sentence for GBH has absconded from Leyhill open prison in South Gloucestershire, police said.
Paul Easby, 42, was last seen at 6pm on Sunday.
Avon and Somerset Police said he may be heading for Plymouth and should not be approached if seen.
BBC local radio headlines for the West
Radio Bristol: A BBC investigation has found a waste company, close to fly-infested homes in Avonmouth, breached environmental rules 16 times in a year.
BBC Somerset: Avon and Somerset Police are trying something new in an attempt to reduce knife crime. It is putting teenagers through an intensive week-long course in which they are shown the brutal reality, often in shocking detail.
Radio Gloucestershire: A new scanner is being donated to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital that will revolutionise treatment for thousands of children.
The AccuVein is being donated by the family of nine-year-old Henry Bromberg who died in 2016 from a rare heart condition.
BBC Wiltshire: There's been a cyber attack at Swindon College.
Bosses say the hackers got access to information about former staff and students after breaking into the computer system. Police are investigating.
Plans to turn an empty historic pub in the centre of Cirencester into flats could be given the go-ahead next week.
Developer CDMC Properties Limited wants to demolish and alter parts of The Wagon and Horses Inn, London Road, to make five flats.
The proposal to develop the London Road pub is the second time it is before Cotswold District Council’s planning committee, which blocked a similar bid earlier this year.
The Waggon and Horses Inn has been closed since January 2018 when its previous tenants’ lease expired.
According to a council document, the pub would be replaced by four two-bed flats and one one-bed flat.
Cirencester Town Council have objected to the application on the grounds of “detrimental loss to the vitality and viability” of the town centre, and would “diminish” the towns cultural and tourism offerings.
A design and access statement submitted to the district council by the developer said: “The proposals have been carefully considered along side both local and national policy to allow for an appropriate development to be proposed."
Council officers have recommended the planning committee approve the application.
Councillors will determine the application on September 10, from 9:30am.
Police chief backs officer safety review
An urgent national review into the safety of police officers is to be carried out after a rise in assaults on officers.
Avon and Somerset Police Federation chair Andy Roebuck said attacks on officers must be taken seriously.
Films and podcasts aim to help students get the most out of uni life
A series of five films and podcasts have been made by a university, in response to just under 10% of its student population seeking help from wellbeing services in 2017/18.
The University of the West of England in Bristol aims to use the material to help students succeed and take ownership of their own mental health.
survey conducted by UWE Bristol on the overall induction and start of year
process in 2018 found the biggest concerns new students had were time management (21%), having enough money (17%),
making friends (16%) and adjusting to a new way of life (16%).
The films look at these themes and feature student actors who ensured the university was hitting the right buttons.
Students who were offered a place have been sent links to the films and to five modules on themes such as 'discovering your student self' and 'engaging with your course'.
The films will also be shown at course induction sessions with students encouraged to discuss the themes.
Undergraduates at UWE already have access to residence assistants - other students who live in halls - to talk to and a 24/7 team of professional advisers on the different campuses.
"We want to give a bit of leadership to students and help them learn
through failing and not be too hard on themselves if they do fail so they learn resilience," said Simon Phillips, Deputy
Director of Student and Academic Services.