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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 14:40

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COUNCIL FURY OVER VISITOR ATTRACTIONS JOBS THREAT ...
COUNCIL FURY OVER VISITOR ATTRACTIONS JOBS THREAT
Aberdeenshire Council leaders have been criticised for failing to consult with staff at closure-threatened visitor attractions before moving towards cutting money from their tourism budget. Councillors have condemned their administration for its lack of consultation regarding the uncertain future of tourist spots throughout the North-east, reports the thisisnorthscotland.co.uk website.
COUNCIL DEFENDS QUESTIONNAIRE IN CENSUS ROW REPEAT
A repeat of the row over a Welsh tick box on the Census forms has begun after a Ceredigion CC equal opportunities questionnaire for its employees failed to include a Welsh tick box under ethnic origin. A Ceredigion CC spokesperson said: 'The 2001 Census classifications have been used as these are specifically referred to in the definition for the indicator and provide a nationally recognised set of classification that would not be seen to favour one group over another. As with the 2001 Census, those wishing to declare themselves Welsh can do so in the 'others' section available under each of the main ethnic headings,' reports The Western Mail(p9).
GAELIC/ENGLISH ROAD SIGN DISPUTE
Scottish Executive minister Alasdair Morrison has pledged to act on the continuing row over bilingual road signs in Gaelic and English. Highland Council launched a successful campaign to erect the bilingual road signs along two trunk roads and local roads, but some councillors have claimed that the private company brought in to maintain trunk roads in the region, BEAR Scotland, has signalled it is unwilling to provide the signs, reports the thisisnorthscotland.co.uk website.
TOWER HAMLETS LBC ELECTS FIRST ASIAN LEADER
Helal Abbas will become Tower Hamlets LBC's first ever Asian leader for the next municipal year, following his selection at a labour group meeting last week. Current council leader Michael Keith said: 'I am proud that we have elected the first Bengali leader in Tower Hamlets. I am pleased for Abbas and I am sure that he will be a fantastic leader for all sections of the community,' reports the East London Advertiser (p7).
by Assistant Editor Neil Watson
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