Bristol’s worst mining disaster and Bedminster’s hidden history of coal needs a memorial, says councillor

South Bristol’s biggest single mining disaster should have a public memorial, a city councillor has stated, to recognise and highlight the area’s mining history. Ten men and boys were killed in an explosion at the Dean Lane colliery on September 10, 1886, and a bandstand erected in memory of those who died was destroyed by fire decades ago and never replaced. Now Cllr Tony Dyer, whose great uncle worked down the Bedminster and Ashton coal mines, is calling for more …

11 water companies – including Thames Water – must return almost £150 million to customers for failing on targets

Eleven water companies, including Thames Water which operates in Cirencester and the Cotswolds, will be hit by financial penalties because of missed targets, the regulator Ofwat announced today.  Overall, the companies will have to return almost £150 million to customers because of missed targets in areas such as maintaining constant water supply, pollution incidents and sewer flooding. Customers in the Cotswolds will find their bills reduced from next year. Thames Water and Southern Water were the worst performing companies. David Black, …

Stagecoach bus company denies allegations drivers refuse to pick up asylum seekers from hotel near Bristol Airport

Bus company Stagecoach has denied allegations its drivers have refused to allow asylum seekers on board a bus service, as supporters of the men say they are being directly discriminated against. Up to 150 mainly young men were placed by the Home Office in the Holiday Inn Bristol Airport, on the A38 in the North Somerset village of Redhill, around five months ago, but say they are struggling to access the already limited public transport in that rural location. Police …

Family share moving pictures of Stroud schoolboy’s funeral

THE FAMILY of a Stroud schoolboy who recently died have shared moving pictures of Friday’s funeral.  On Friday at St Matthew’s Church, Cainscross, family and friends gathered to say an emotional goodbye to five-year-old Liam Ellis, from Cashes Green.  The Foxmoor Primary School pupil died on August 24 following a holiday in Bridport, Dorset during which he suddenly became ill. The theme of the service was very much centred around love, as the family say that Liam had huge amounts to give and …

ITV Coronation Streets’s Ryan Thomas and TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh’s son rushed to hospital

ITV Coronation street star Ryan Thomas has revealed he was “grateful” after his son was rushed to hospital and kept in for 24 hours. Thomas shares son Roman with his partner, TOWIE legend Lucy Mecklenburgh. Sharing an update on his Instagram story, Ryan said: “Me and my little man have unfortunately been in this situation many times before. But this weekend we spent 24 hours in hospital away from home – but wanted to say a massive thank you to …

Brook Academy in Brockworth, Gloucester opens

Work on a new special school in the county is now complete and this September the school has been welcoming its first pupils. The new £9.5 million school, Brook Academy in Brockworth, Gloucester is built to accommodate up to 80 children and young people aged 11-16 years with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs, and also supports children with autism and speech, language and communication needs. The specialist purpose-built building was completed on time by Gloucester firm, Carter – E …

Ombudsman criticises Bristol City Council in annual review

Watchdogs have criticised Bristol City Council for sending a complainant a “brief, poorly written, unprofessional” apology which “undermined its value”. In another case investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), the local authority “failed to reassess a person’s care and support needs” in the time agreed. The ombudsman said in its annual review that the council’s “disappointing” response to a finding of maladministration in both instances was “not what we would expect”. But a City Hall officer told an audit …

La Bobina, Cirencester given new hygiene rating

A CIRENCESTER restaurant has been handed a new food hygiene rating.  La Bobina, a restaurant, cafe or canteen at The Stables, 14 – 16 Black Jack Street, was given a score of four out of five after assessment on August 25, the Food Standards Agency’s website shows. It means that of Cotswold’s 272 restaurants, cafes and canteens with ratings, 225 (83%) have ratings of five and none have zero ratings. Back to: The Traffic SEO – Website SEO – News and …