A Scottish woman who claims damp conditions in her home gave her son asthma is taking her landlord to court in the first case of its kind in the UK. Linda MacKenzie, from Ibrox in Glasgow, has obtained legal aid to take Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association to court, claiming damp conditions in her flat triggered her son Richard's asthma, reported The Herald(4/5/04, p1).
Islington's Police Community Consultative Group has been axed after 20 years, when the Metropolitan Police cut funding for boroughs with ineffective and poorly attended PCCGs, reported the Highbury & Islington Express (p3). Chief superintendent Barry Norman told the paper: 'The truth is that the PCCG was not working very well. This is an opportunity to come up with a new group that actually engages and mobilises all sections of the community instead of just attracting a handful of individuals.'
MANIFESTO LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS 'CENTRALIST' GOVERNMENT
A leading article in the Yorkshire Post (p12) believes that Labour's local elections manifesto launch yesterday highlighted its centralising tendencies, paying 'lip service' to regionalism and localism.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS 'POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK' OF SUN CREAM
Eight-year-old Joseph Marshall has been banned from taking sun cream to Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown, Bristol. Headteacher Norma Watson said pupils were not allowed to bring any medication into school as they could pose a danger to other children. Ms Watson said the policy complied with health and safety guidelines and was backed by Bristol City Council. A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council City Council told The Scotsman (p3): 'It was considered that a child carrying sun cream at a primary school could represent a potential health risk.'
ELECTIONS 2004: PR TO GO AHEAD AS PL ANNED IN SCOTLAND
Coalition members of the Scottish Parliament yesterday rejected moves to alter Scottish Executive plans for proportional representation in council elections, reports The Scotsman (p9). Liberal Democrat local government spokesman Iain Smith joined Labour MSPs in the Scottish Parliament's local government committee to reject an effort to allow voters in densely populated areas to elect five councillors in each ward.
COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR OFFENDER EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND LOCAL PRISON
Councillor Sam Coull has appealed for a ban which would stop sex-offenders settling in his home town of Aberdeenshire on their release from the local Peterhead prison, reported The Herald (4/5/04, p6). He urged Scottish Executive justice minister Cathy Jamieson to set up a 30-mile exclusion zone around the prison to prevent inmates released early from settling in the town, but an executive spokesman said release conditions were dealt with by the courts on a case-by-case basis.
by assistant editor Neil Watson