Brian Woods-Scawen, former executive chairman of PwC's Midlands region, has been asked by Tony Blair to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life, reports The Birmingham Post(p5). Mr Woods-Scawen, who holds a string of public and private sector positions and led Birmingham's Capital of Culture bid, will be joined by Police Complaints Authority chairman Sir Alistair Graham, Independent Television Commission chief executive Patricia Hodgson and law professor Hazel Glenn from University College, London.
Responding to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health warning to local authorities that sunbeds should be removed from council leisure centres, Sunbed Association secretary Kathy Banks said: 'Let us be clear that there is absolutely no evidence that responsible use of sunbeds alone contributes to health concerns including skin cancer. On this basis, I do not understand why local authorities would seek to remove a service that millions of British adults avail themselves to each year.'
COUNCIL CALLS FOR WIND FARM TO INCREASE COMMUNITY WINDFALL
Plans to build the world's largest wind farm in the west Highlands could bring £5m in benefits for local communities, to be spent on small-scale projects such as parks, playing fields and community centres, reported The Scotsman (22/9/03). Under the present financial deal, the owners Wind Energy would have to pay £1.5m a year in 'community gain' for a wind farm of this size, but Highland Council is pressing for the amount to be five times higher.
CINEMA CHAIN ONLY HAS EYES FOR WEST END
Responding to the London Assembly's report on London's few cinemas a nd poor choice of films (see LGCnet), a spokeswoman cinema giant UCI told the Sounth London Press (p9): 'We concentrate our efforts in central London in the West End. We have no plans to build anywhere else. When you are opening a cinema you need a large plot of land and in London that is very hard to come by and very expensive.'
THE RACE TO SPEND £63M OF OBJECTIVE 2 CASH BY CHRISTMAS
Birmingham and the West Midlands is in a race against time to spend £63m of European regeneration cash by Christmas - or face handing money back to Brussels. The Government Office for the West Midlands admits progress on allocating the region's Objective 2 funding - which is available to develop new businesses, create jobs and improve run-down areas - has been slower than it would have liked, reports The Birmingham Post(p1).
HULL LOOKS TO IMPROVE NATIONAL IMAGE AFTER COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT LABEL
Kingston upon Hull Council is taking a stand at three of the main political party conferences, informing Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative delegates in turn about the triumphs of such as The Deep attraction and the Kingston Communications Stadium. Leader Colin Inglis told the Yorkshire Post (p4): 'There is a negative perception about Hull and its council, and we need to set the record straight.'