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Ann Sutton just wants a driveway - but Black Notley Parish Council in Braintree says it would make the area look 'unattractive'. A pensioner fighting her local council over parking space has created a huge sign demanding a driveway. Ann Sutton 72 wrote on a bedsheet "all I want is a driveway" and strung it up on her fence. However the giant blue and green letter has so far failed to convince the council to give the widowed grandmother what she wants. Braintree Council denied an application from Ann and her late husband for a driveway five years ag as the local Black Notley Parish Council said it would make the area look unattractive. So the gran strung up a bedsheet in the driveway, reports Essex Live. She originally made the sign with paper letters, but they started falling off because of the rain.
A huge fire raging on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria has sparked the evacuation of hundreds of people and seen the arrest of a man suspected of lighting the blaze, authorities said Sunday. Around 1, hectares 2, acres have so far been destroyed in the fire, which erupted Saturday in the western municipality of Artenara near the provincial capital of Las Palmas. Some 1, residents evacuated overnight have not yet been allowed to return to their homes , emergency services said in a statement on Sunday. Police said they had detained a man for allegedly starting the fire by using welding equipment. Firefighters battling the flames seemed to have the upper hand by Saturday evening but a change in wind direction worsened the situation overnight, Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres told Spanish radio COPE on Sunday. More than firefighters, including an emergency military unit deployed only for worst-case scenarios, were trying to bring the situation under control, he added.
This morning, the emergency authorities confirmed troops are now being called in to fight the blaze which is affecting a hectare area in the mountains of Artenara. The blaze is believed to have been sparked by a man using a soldering iron and a 55 year old has been arrested by local cops. Last night, the emergency was downgraded after firefighters believed the flames were under some sort of control but extra air help has now been called in. And this morning Gran Canaria fire brigade tweeted: "We are overwhelmed by the situation.