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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 10:55HRS

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THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL RETURNS, WITH COUNCIL ON ITS SIDE ...
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL RETURNS, WITH COUNCIL ON ITS SIDE

With the council's approval, the island is staging a fortnight of concerts in June to capitalise on its musical past and to celebrate the Queen's golden jubilee. It is a far cry from the counter-culture spirit of the original event. 'Obviously we are playing off the 1970 festival because we have that musical brand heritage,' said Rachael Board, events manager for the organisers, Wight Leisure, a trading arm of the Isle of Wight Council. The reaction of some residents in 1970 resulted in the government passing the Isle of Wight Act, making it near-impossible to hold a large event without council approval, reports The Guardian(p7).

CORNWALL COUNCIL LEADER WELCOMES TOURIST INFLUX TO ENGLAND'S POOREST COUNTY

John Weller, Newquay's council leader, has commented on Ryanair joining British Airways in flying from a London airport to Newquay: 'Ryanair's arrival is the most significant economic regeneration factor for Cornwall in the past 30 years. We hope people from Europe will use the hub at Stansted to fly to Cornwall and it will be a spur to the whole tourism industry,' reports The Times(p3).

BYERS EXPECTED TO PRESS AHEAD WITH PARTIAL TUBE PRIVATISATION

Stephen Byers is next week expected to make progress on the partial privatisation of the London Underground, braving renewed legal threats from the capital's mayor, Ken Livingstone. Whitehall insiders say the transport secretary is preparing to announce a decision 'in principle' that the controversial PPP deal should go ahead, reports the Financial Times(1/2/02).

£33.5BN TO RESOLVE RAILWAY'S PROBLEMS? AND THE REST, SAYS TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE

The real cost of sorting out Britain's creaking railway would 'dwarf' the money so far offered by the government, a Labour-controlled committee of MPs warned yesterday. The transport sub-committee said the treasury had to accept that the industry would need 'very large sums of money', which if necessary should be transferred from the roads budget, reports the Financial Times(p3).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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