Flash-flooding that devastated part of north Cornwall will cost the county's tourism millions in lost bookings, the Devon and Cornwall Business Council has predicted. Tourists pump more than£1bn a year into the struggling economy of Cornwall, one of the UK's poorest counties, whose population more than doubles in July and August, reports the Financial Times(p9). John Prescott described the flooding at Boscastle, where many buildings were damaged and six were destroyed, as 'staggering'. The deputy prime minister, visiting the village yesterday, said the government would 'do whatever we can to help'.
Because of a bureaucratic glitch, traffic wardens will not operate in St Albans until 4 October, when 'the lawlessness will come to an abrupt end' once the council finds a taker for its£35m traffic warden contract, reports The Guardian(p9). This 'descent into anarchy' all began in April, when Hertfordshire police stopped providing a county-wide traffic warden service - leaving the role to be taken up by local councils. St Albans City & DC leader Robert Donald denied that there was a parking free-for-all in the city. 'There are a few people who are taking advantage of the situation ... but to call that anarchy is going too far,' he told Radio Four's Today programme. LGCnet is able to confirm Mr Donald's assertions.
COUNCIL-FUNDED ARTS PROJECT ALLOWS BLACK MEN TO EXPLORE CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
Society Guardian(p9) reports on a project in south London which is giving young black men an opportunity to explore the consequences of their sexual behaviour through the arts. Playa's Klub is funded by Lambeth LBC's teenage pregnancy unit.
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The Co-op has discovered playing Beethoven and Bach in shop doorways deters youngsters from congregating outside convenience stores, reports The Times (p11). Julia Rogers, who is responsible for Co-op store security, told The Big issue magazine the scheme had even provoked some frustrated youths to try to silence the music.