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superking

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Reported on tv that Bristol city council will plant fruit trees and various things to tidy ground up in front of the mansion house.That way they say they will spend the money else where in the city.Funny how they found that money in the first place.Skinflints spring to mind.
 

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Reported on tv that Bristol city council will plant fruit trees and various things to tidy ground up in front of the mansion house.That way they say they will spend the money else where in the city.Funny how they found that money in the first place.Skinflints spring to mind.
I missed that. The Mansion House at Clifton, the Lord Mayor's official residence?

 

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Bristol airport has been voted number 1 in the UK for providing accessible facilities for its passengers.
 

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This week Bristol City Council planning committee recommended approval of the plannning application for a 17,000-capacity arena at Filton. The matter will be referred to the secretary of state who can either make the final decision or leave it to the local authority.

This arena would replace the long-held idea for an arena on 'Temple Island' near Temple Meads railway station, a location that now looks set to be turned into yet another mixed-use area that will include a conference centre in this case.

Highways England supports the Filton Arena but requires a number of conditions be imposed aimed at reducing traffic congestion.

Part of the approach to the site is outside the Bristol City municipal area in the neighbouring unitary authority of South Gloucestershire to whom a number of related planning applications will be made.

The backers of the arena have a 2023 opening date.

If this goes ahead alongside the Bristol Sport proposal for a 4,000-seater arena that can double as a conference centre at Ashton Gate that I highlighted in this thread a few days ago, Bristol will go from famine to feast.

I can't help thinking that if Bristol Sport owner billionaire Steve Lansdown was running the council, or perhaps even better his forceful Joe Blunt North Countryman former compatriot billionaire Peter Hargreaves (they of the eponymous FTSE100 financial group Hargreaves Lansdown although neither has any control of it these days), things would be done in Bristol instead of being endlessly talked about, something that Steve Lansdown alluded to this week in a video interview recognising the 125th anniversay of Bristol City Football Club, part of his Bristol Sport stable along with Bristol Bears RFC and other sports teams.
 

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The latest update. I really can't see how this could work.

In today's Budget the Government said it will support the Western Gateway, which is a strategic economic partnership across South Wales and the West of England, with an independent economic review to identify long-term economic opportunities and challenges for the region.

I really can't see this working. For starters, Wales is a country with its own government that has tax raising and borrowing powers whereas the West of England consists of a number of local authorities at the highest 'goverment' level with no tax raising and limited borrowing powers (compared with the Welsh Government).

The chancellor today spoke of the growth of every region and nation in the UK being important for boosting the economy and creating a strong and inclusive society. In addition, the government will publish an English Devolution White Paper in the summer, setting out how it intends to meet its ambition for full devolution across England.

I don't know what they mean by full devolution across England. Unless it includes such things as first ministers in every region as well as law-making, tax-raising and substantial borrowing powers (it won't) it can't in any way be comparable with the devolerd governments in the UK.

Returning to the Western Gateway, the two airports alone are commercial rivals and if Wales did finally have APD devolved to it and axed it, which is seems is what they want to do, that would be another taxation differential.

I'm not going on and on with more examples about the differences that would make the two regions of their respective countries almost certain impossible bedmates but I believe very strongly that is the case.
 

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Well looking at it the UK government seems to want to establish regional/area Mayors. Not sure how that would work for the West country.
The West of England Combined Authority already exists with its own elected mayor (covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset councils - North Somerset Council in whose area BRS is situated opted out).

Bristol has three mayors: the elected city mayor (Labour); the elected combined authority mayor (Conservative); the city's Lord Mayor (ceremonial). No wonder many people are confused especially as the city mayor and the combined authority mayor seem to overlap with some of their responsibilities.

The combined authority mayor is in effect the city region mayor which in no way could compete with a national government (the WG).
 

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With everything going on in the country and in the wider world this mob has to make a nuisance of itself again. I'd call them morons but morons have more intelligence and common sense.

Police and other emergency services are going to have their hands full in the coming months. Any emergency legislation should include the right of police to apply to a High Court judge for an order to have such demonstrations banned. Anyone flouting the court order would be in comtempt and should be shown the inside of a prison cell for a few months.

People's lives are at stake and this shower of excrement take it upon themselves to divert valuable public resources.
 

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I must agree with all you have said TLY no thought or sense,if they had brains they would be sdangerous. It goes to show that these demonstrations that take place are done with no thought on any one else. The coronavirus has hit hard and will hit much harder and people demonstrateing with this going on,no thoughts to people that have lost their lives and the prospect of many more deaths,and also people very ill.With the prospect of groups of people in a rally or what ever else going on,will these idiots take notice of this.Lets hope some one sees sense and cancels demonsreations. In my book peoples lives come before any demonstration about any subject you care to mention.
 

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For anyone who may be interested Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys will be in Bristol, the birthplace of UK aviation.

The synopsis suggests that he will be preparing an A380 for landing at Filton.

BBC2 at 18:30 this evening.
 

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