AN innovative health centre and a major housing development are being proposed in Edinburgh for a derelict site in Wester Hailes that has been derelict for more than a decade.

 

RESIDENTS and organisations are being invited to help Chester-le-Street District Council make its corporate plan for the next three years.

 

Devon County Council, not the Government, will conduct a public inquiry into beaching of MSC Napoli in Lyme Bay.

 

From 6th April, all deposits taken by landlords for Assured Shorthold Tenancies, the vast majority of tenancies, must be protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme.
 

Wales has become the latest part of the UK to introduce a ban on smoking in public places. From April 2nd all pubs, restaurants and offices in Wales are covered by the ban.

 

Businesses across the borough of Richmond, London, have been given £10,000 worth of bikes to encourage them to be greener.

 

A further 56 local planning authorities have now met or exceeded national planning targets and will be removed from the Government's poor performers list.

 

In response to the Government's announcement that council tax will rise on average by 4.2%, less than the latest Retail Price Index of 4.6%, Sir Jeremy Beecham, Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, a cross-party organisation which represents over 400 councils in England & Wales, says:

A computer problem is threatening to wreck electronic counting in May's local elections, delaying the overnight declarations in up to 75 town halls across England.

 

Rail Minister Tom Harris promised a "colossal" amount of investment in the South West's railway infrastructure during the talks about the future of the region's rail network.

 

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