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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS

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MORE PROBLEMS ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT ...
MORE PROBLEMS ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT

A controversial public private partnership scheme at an East Lothian school has run into further problems as a new ceiling collapsed, reports The Scotsman (26 August, p9). The project is already delayed after the original contractor went into liquidation, and this latest disaster has left a classroom unusable after just four days of the new term. Pupils have already complained about have having to study on a building site, and there are concerns about the central heating, odour from bins and the lack of toilets for girls.

PUBLIC PRIVATE LINKS VITAL FOR REGENERATION

A leading firm of property advisers is calling on local authorities in to focus on developing close relationships with retailers, reports the Yorkshire Post (26 August, p18). The advice from follows research that showed Bradford and Barnsley as key areas that could benefit from retail development. Kike Curtis, director of investment at DTZ, said: 'To ensure that retail can play a role in regeneration projects, it is essential that local authorities work co-operatively with large retailers to help identify where business opportunities exist in deprived areas.'

POLICE CALL FOR BAN ON NEW PUBS AND CLUBS IN ABERDEEN

Grampian Police are calling for a moratorium on new licensed premises in Aberdeen because they struggling to cope with alcohol-related crime in the city, reports The Herald (26 August, p10). Later this year, Aberdeen City Council will be imposing minimum prices to help combat binge-drinking but councillors are also being urged to reject planning applications for more pubs and clubs.

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