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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN SATURDAY'S NATIONAL PRESS

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CAMDEN LBC TICKETS A TRACTOR AT LONG DISTANCE ...
CAMDEN LBC TICKETS A TRACTOR AT LONG DISTANCE

A Dorset farmer spent months contesting a parking ticket which was erroneously sent to him by Camden LBC. The ticket was a charge on his tractor for parking on a North London street - but the tractor has never left the farmer's Dorset property. The Daily Mail (September 1, p11) ran the story of Roger Yeoman's long running argument with the council, which was finally resolved. A Camden LBC spokesman told the paper: 'The warden did take down the right registration number. But there was an inputting error and Mr Yeoman's tractor's registration number was put in by mistake. We have cancelled the ticket and are writing to apologise to Mr Yeoman.'

KEY PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF TO GET FREE LOANS

The government is to offer interest--free loans of up to£10,000 to help public service workers buy homes, reported The Guardian(1 September, p1).

HASTINGS BC STRANDS NUDISTS AFTER REMOVING CLIFF STEPS

The Daily Telegraph(1 September, p3) reported that about 60 nudists were stranded when Hastings BC workers took away steps leading up a cliff from the beach where they were sunbathing. A council spokesman said: 'The people should never have been down there because the path has been closed for months. People ignored the notices, which were there to stop people going down to the beach.'

LONDON MAYOR BANS SCIENTOLOGIST CAMPAIGNERS

London mayor Ken Livingstone has banned the Church of Scientology from campaigning in Trafalgar Square. He told The Independent(1 September, p11): 'I have refused permission for the Church of Scientology to use Trafalgar Square to promote their so--called 'anti-drugs' campaign, because it is a medically unproven policy which I am advised could be dangerous.'

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