Transport chiefs at Birmingham City Council have pulled the plug on new street lighting schemes after admitting they cannot spend a multi-million pound budget fast enough. red-faced officials were surprised by the scale of requests from ward committees to use a£50 million Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) to illuminate dingy areas. Sir Albert Bore, leader of the council said: 'Transportation are absolutely inundated. Street lighting is one of the more popular initiatives for NRF money and we are facing a bottlekneck as a result', reports The Birmigham Post(P1).
COUNTRY'S FIREFIGHTERS FLOCK TO BIRMINGHAM PAY PROTEST
Firemen from across Britain demonstrated on Birmingham's streets amid the shadow of a strike - the first in 25 years. Firefighters are demanding a 40 per cent pay hike. Tony Nutting, secretary of the West Midlands FBU, said: 'We have the best fire service in the world but we cannot go on with these levels of wages', reports The Birmingham Post(P1).
EX-YORK COUNCIL LEADER FACES TRIAL
Rod Hills, the former leader of York Council has pleaded not guilty to a string of charges including interfering with a witness and soliciting women. Hills, 56, is due to return to York Magistrates Court on October 8 for a committal hearing, reports the The Yorkshire Post(P5).
OMBUDSMAN SLAMS SHEFFIELD COUNCIL BUILDING CONTRACTS SCHEME
A critical report into the way a council approved builders to work in the homes of elderly and disabled people has been published today. Local government ombudsman Patricia Thomas said Sheffield Council was guilty of a catalogue of failures relating to a local builder missing out on contracts over the last five years. As a result, the council has been ordered to pay£3,300 in compensation to the businessman, reports the Yorkshire Post(P8).