Bower News Live: Friday 16 November, 2018

Bower News Live: Friday 16 November, 2018


15:03 Liam Fox in Bristol – latest

Brexiteer and Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP visited Bristol today to talk to small and medium enterprise leaders about exports after Brexit.

The North Somerset MP was at the Engine Shed this morning as his Prime Minster’s position is in danger in London due to the Brexit deal turmoil.

Rosa Eaton reported that Dr Fox was bundled into and out of the venue in secret to avoid a group of anti-Brexit protesters outside the venue at Temple Meads station.

Ten protesters for Bristol for Bristol were asking the public to fill in postcards to their MPs seeking a second referendum, completing 60 over the two-hour stint.

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14;55  Bristol’s climate change state of emergency is a ‘game changer’, says Greenpeace

Bristol City Council has declared a climate emergency and wants to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years earlier than planned.

A motion was   presented by Green Party Councillor Carla Denyer at the  council meeting on Tuesday and will affect future decisions taken by the council.

The motion was supported by several environmental groups  who were present at the meeting.

Residents of Greenbank and Easton block streets in protest of the new luxury housing development in the area.

The plans, approved by Bristol City Council, would build luxury housing and apartments on the site of the former Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory on Co-operation Road.

Local residents were joined by the tenants’ union Acorn, who organised the protest.

Protesters are angry that the project is starting in one of the city’s most deprived areas, where people sleep on the streets and in vans.

Greenbank Protest

Credit: Bristol Cable

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13:50  ‘Big Breakfast Week’ raises awareness against child poverty in schools

Food charity Fare Share South West’s ‘Big Breakfast Week’ ended their latest campaign against child poverty and hunger in schools around Bristol today.

The charity distributes in-date surplus food from retailers in the area to people in need.

They work closely together with the council on promoting campaign events.

Mayor Marvin Rees attended the launch event and asked for donations for the cause.

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13:40 New mural ‘sparkles’ to promote ‘Merry Bristmas’ message to visitors

Visit Bristol has unveiled a new mural at city attraction, We The Curious, as part of a campaign to promote Bristol to visitors during the festive season.

Working with ad agency Stuff Advertising and local graffiti artists Cheo and Silent Hobo a new Bristol themed piece of street art was created using shimmer discs using the line ‘Make Your Christmas Sparkle’

Richard Spruce, Creative Director at Stuff Advertising, said: ”Graffiti seemed an ideal choice as it is synonymous with Bristol and allowed us total creative freedom.

“We didn’t want it to be too urban we needed something that also represented the more glamorous side of the city something festive and sparkly.”


12:50 Bristol schools to provide  access to sanitary products

Girls in Bristol will be given access to sanitary products in schools after Bristol City Council agreed to support a nationwide campaign to end so-called ‘period poverty’.

A Channel Four investigation found  10% of girls in the UK reported being unable to afford to buy tampons and pads.

Founded in Portsmouth in March 2017, the Red Box Project asks for donations of these products so that girls don’t miss school during their periods.

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Caroline McCabe of Red Box Project
Caroline McCabe of Red Box Project

12:25 People’s Vote protest at Liam Fox speech

Our correspondent Rosa Eaton reports that a small number number of protesters from the group Bristol  for Europe are outside Liam Fox’s business speech this morning.

Ten people from the group are protesting and asking passers-by to fill in postcards to their MPs demanding a ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit.


11:55 Broad Walk in Knowle closed following accident

Police have closed Broad Walk in Knowle Park Bristol following an accident this morning, causing major traffic disruptions.

A car and a motorbike were involved in the incident.

More updates as we receive them

11:47  Liam Fox speaks at the Engine Shed, Bristol

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox is speaking in Bristol this morning.

He is talking to small business owners at The Engine Shed, launching  Exports Week ahead of Small Business Saturday on 1st December


11:14 Avon Fire and Rescue team walking 150 miles  for Children In Need arrive in Clevedon

A team of Firefighters from Avon Fire and Rescue are due to complete a 150 mile walk for Children in Need this evening.

Wearing full rescue kit, the team of eight’s arrival at Bristol Temple Meads is planned for 7PM.

Weston-super-Mare Fire Station tweeted that the team arrived in Clevedon at about 10:45 am

10:50 Night panel launched to support Bristol’s nighttime economy

A new panel will give voice to Bristol’s nighttime economy and aims to support a range of nocturnal organisations; from its takeaways to emergency services, music venues and clubs.

This comes at a time when many Bristol venues claim that they are under threat of closing due to planning laws.

Businesswoman Marti Burgess who is heading up the panel said: “Often in Bristol big decisions are made and then the nighttime economy is an afterthought.”

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10:38 Bristol and Yate residents without water after major pipes burst

Houses in Bristol have been experiencing no water or low pressure this morning. Burst Pipes have affected supply to areas in Yate, Thornbury and surrounding areas.

Bristol Water have  confirmed that they expect work to repair the pipes will take all day.

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10:20 Cunning Fox to Bristol?

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and MP for North Somerset will be crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge to make a speech on Small and Medium Enterprises and exports in Bristol today. Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy revealed in Parliament yesterday that he has asked to speak to business leaders in Bristol twice, on the condition that he isn’t asked about Brexit.


10:00 Today’s news

Today we may be covering the small matter of Brexit, among breaking  news across Bristol.

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