A survey of 1,049 pub landlords by the British Institute of Innkeeping has revealed that 91% of them believe that there should be later closing times at weekends. But only 55% of those surveyed believed last orders should be later during the week, reports The Evening Standard.
WESTMINSTER WANTS NO FURTHER INVOLVMENT IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE PLANS
Westminster LBC has handed the responsibility for pedestrianising Trafalgar Square to the Greater London Assembly and Ken Livingstone. The council's transportation and highways committee has decided to have no further direct involvement with the£23m project because it fears the scheme will cause widespread traffic chaos, according to The Evening Standard.
Durham CC has confirmed that it has cleared 13 of the 14 suspended staff members from Windlestone Hall school following a two-year£1m investigation into allegations of abuse, reports The Journal. Eight care workers and six teachers were suspended in June 1998. One teacher will now face a disciplinary hearing. A year ago the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to make criminal charges against any of the accused, but the council then launched its own inquiry.
BIRMINGHAM EQUALITY CHIEF RESIGNS
The head of Birmgingham City Council's equalities unit has resigned two months after launching a legal action claiming he was the victim of racial discrimination by the counncil. The Birmingham Post (p1) reports that Haroon Saad is taking up a new role in Holland and is expected to contiune his claim at an employment tribunal.
£8,000 FOR WESTERN ISLES WHISTLEBLOWER
A former accountant who was sacked by Western Isles Council after finding and reporting a massive hole in the authority's finances, has won£8,000 compnesation in another battle with the authority, reports The Herald (p12). It has emerged that the authority paid out the cash to its former senior accountant, Keith Jackson, after a catalogue of delays and bungling by officials who scuppered his plan to set up a bed-and-breakfast business.
CALL FOR MORE SPENDING ON SCOTTISH ROADS
Grahame Lawson, head of planning and roads at North Lanarkshire Council, has demanded a commitment from the Scottish executive to help eliminate the backlog in road repairs. In a letter to Western Isles Council The Herald(p20), Mr Lawson says a survey by his council found 93% of residents thought more should be spent on maintaining roads, footways and lighting.
LYONS BACKS COMPLAINTS OVER 'PATRONISING' REPORTS
Sir Michael Lyons, chief executive of Birmgingham City Council, has promised immediate action after four women councillors complained that some council reports were patronising, reports The Birmingham Post (p2). He promised to take up the matter with chief officers to see that higher standards were adhered to in future.
By LGCnet assistant editor, Lewis Williamson.