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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 17:15HRS

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HOUSING MINISTER PUTS ONUS ON CAMDEN TO BREAK IMPASSE WITH TENANTS ...
HOUSING MINISTER PUTS ONUS ON CAMDEN TO BREAK IMPASSE WITH TENANTS

Speaking about Camden tenants' and leaseholders' rejection of a transfer of council housing stock to an arms-length management organisation, housing minister Keith Hill yesterday ruled out meeting tenants, telling the Camden New Journal(p2): 'There is no fourth option. We are saying to Camden that they should go back and speak with their tenants and leaseholders.' Referring to campaign group Defend Council Housing, who spearheaded the anti-ALMO campaign in Camden, Mr Hill said: 'They have led tenants up the garden path and they need to answer to people.'

SOLIHULL PICKS REGENERATION PARTNER

Solihull MBC has chosen an organisation to lead a regeneration project which could attract more than£1bn in investment over the next 15 to 20 years, the council says. Solihull has picked the Solihull Inpartnership Consortium to breath new life into four wards in the north of the borough with a population of nearly 40,000, reports The Birmingham Post(p4).

'BULLIED' FORMER SCHOOL HEADTEACHER

A former headteacher who claimed that he was 'bullied and humiliated' by education chiefs who left him with no option but to resign has called for an inquiry after winning a case for unfair dismissal. Tony Brookes, the former head of Doncaster's Thorne Grammar School, believes Doncaster MBC should launch an internal probe, reported The Yorkshire Post (27/4/04, p8). The council refused to comment at any length about an employment tribunal's criticism of the 'insidious way' executive director of education Mark Eales approached the matter. Mr Hill has already angered residents in Camden by warning Camden that it must consult with tenants who ignored their chance to vote in the referendum.

DUTCH LOCAL AUTHORITIES OPPOSE PLANS TO TIGHTEN DR UG LAWS

Plans to tighten up the Netherlands' famously liberal attitude towards cannabis have met with strong resistance by local authorities across the country, reported The Scotsman (28/4/04, p12).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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