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City News in 250 Words - July 5 2011

Council tax crisis, Tevez is off, flamingo shuts runway and Chorlton bar may close

Written by . Published on July 5th 2011.

City News in 250 Words - July 5 2011

AROUND £42m of council tax went uncollected in Greater Manchester last year, according to new figures from the Department of Communities. The city of Manchester was the second worst in the country, with £10m of unpaid taxes, although it had finished bottom the previous year. City council treasurer Richard Paver said the council would ‘eventually’ collect the amount.

CARLOS Tevez wants to leave Manchester City to be nearer his family. “Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me,” he said. “Everything I do, I do for my daughters. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them.” City are thought to want around £50m for their captain.

A PINK flamingo forced the closure of a runway at Manchester Airport yesterday, taking five hours to be caught by the airport’s wildlife control unit.  The unit needed help from the police to catch the bird, nicknamed Ringo, which had first been spotted on runway two on Sunday night. It came back on Monday and eventually flew off at about 12.30pm, after attempts to scare it away failed.

IGUANA Bar in Chorlton may close due to a £7,200 rise to its annual business rates. Owner Pascal Paschalis says trade has also slowed down due to the recession, and his monthly charge has gone up by £600 to £1,800. "I am thinking of jacking it all in because the place has made a loss for the past couple of months,” he said.

Fact of the day (via @revealmcr): 

This week in 1877 the scheme for supplying Manchester with water from Thirlmere was approved. A fountain in Albert Square commemorated the scheme.

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