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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS

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CHAIRMAN PUTS PRESSURE ON COUNCIL OVER STADIUM ...
CHAIRMAN PUTS PRESSURE ON COUNCIL OVER STADIUM

The chairman of Birmingham City Football Club is urging the city council to reach a decision on a proposed new stadium. The plans for a 60,000-seat stadium to share with Warwickshire County Cricket Club had been raised with the council in April, but David Gold said he was still waiting for a progress report, says the Birmingham Post(p1).

WARWICK LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PLAN

A plan to make Warwick more prosperous by 2020 was launched yesterday, reports the Birmingham Post(p4). The Warwick District Community Plan has been drawn up by the Warwick Partnership, a collection of public authorities, voluntary groups and local businesses. It aims to make the area safer, healthier, fairer and more prosperous and includes town centre regeneration schemes. It also encourages authorities to purchase recycled, Fair Trade and locally produced goods.

ISLAND COMMUNITY SET TO TAKE OVER FERRY SERVICE

The residents of the Shetland community on Foula look set to take control of the islands vital ferry service, reports The Scotsman (p27). Shetland Isles Council officials have backed the plan after the community secured£200,000 in lottery funding. If ratified by the council, the community will take over from the authority.

DISGRACED COUNCILLOR ARRIVES AT MEETING CALLED TO DISCUSS HIS ABSENCE

Jim Speechley, the former leader of Lincolnshire County Council jailed for misconduct in April, turned up for his first council meeting since his early release last week, reports The Yorkshire Post (21 August, p4). Speechley arrived the meeting - called to discuss his absence - wearing an electronic tag. His attendance meant that his absence had not reached the the six-month limit, so the meeting was abandoned after just four minutes. A High Court ruling on whether or not Speechley should have lost his council seat is expected in October.

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