Dumfries & Galloway Council members over-rode the recommendations of officers to approve a£2.5m grant to save the oldest working theatre in Scotland from closure, reported The Scotsman (28/7/04, p3). Convener Andrew Campbell said the theatre was part of Dumfries heritage, adding: 'We wish to see a modernised, vibrant Theatre Royal operating year-round and open to the whole community.'
The cancer risk from nuclear installations - including an industrial plant on the outskirts of the Welsh capital - could be 10 times as great as previously thought, according to a group of government scientists. A report from the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters says the risk of cancer from exposure inside the human body could be much higher than the international safety limits allow, reported The Western Mail(p1).
TOWER HAMLETS COUNCILLOR QUITS OVER CLAIMS OF 'INSTITUTIONAL' SEXISM IN LABOUR GROUP
Tower Hamlets LBC's only female member, Mumtaz Samad, has left both the council and the Labour Party after months of levelling allegations of sexism and harassment against her fellow Labour councillors and party members, reports the East London Advertiser (p10).
AND FINALLY ... ART ATTACK
Artist Tom Bloor was devastated when, having been given permission by Birmingham City Council to create his contemporary artwork in a local subway, he went to complete his latest commission, only to find a council street cleaner destroying it. A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman told the Evening Mail: 'Someone complained about flyposting in the subway so the street cleaners removed it overnight. We have sincerely apologised for the breakdown in communication.'