A national poll of independent travellers has put London as Britain's most popular city, closely followed by Edinburgh and Bath. The survey, by Conde Naste Traveller, put York in fourth place, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Chester, Cambridge and Oxford, reports The Scotsman(p13).
DERBY PHONE-IN TO BE A WEEKLY EVENT
Derby City Council is to have a weekly phone-in which will give residents the chance to talk directly to senior officials, reports The Derby Evening Telegraph. The move follows the success of an all-day phone-in staged on Wednesday as part of local democracy week, which attracted almost 50 calls.
South Norfolk DC is being urged to ensure the destruction of GM trial crops, following claims that they were planted unlawfully. Local resident David Goodman wants the council to serve stop/enforcement orders for the immediate destruction of all GM crops in the district. The Eastern Daily Pressreports that a petition from more than 750 people, deploring the trialing of GM crops in the area without public consultation was also presented to a planning committee meeting.
ELECTED REGIONAL ASSEMBLY CALL
Unions at the TUC conference in Glasgow yesterday called on the government to end quangos and deliver directly elected regional assemblies, reports The Journal. Veronica Dunn of Unison's Newcastle city local government branch, said: 'We support a regional government structure that provides maximum possible democratic accountability.'
KIRKLEES FOCUSES ON HEALTH OF MINORITIES
The Race Ethnicity and Health Project Partnership, whose partners include Kirklees MBC, Kirklees Health Authority and the Commission for Racial Equality, has launched a joint action plan to improve the health of ethnic communities in the borough, reports The Yorkshire Post(p8). The plan has been launched after research suggested improvements were needed in health services to reduce significant inequalities.
By Lewis Williamson, LGCnet assistant editor