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City News in 250 Words: Thursday 25 March

Bylaw against city centre urinating, FC stadium in Newton Heath and Confidential reveals £18.1m paid to Stagecoach

Published on March 25th 2010.

City News in 250 Words: Thursday 25 March

THE CITY COUNCILLOR in charge of the City Centre, Pat Karney today announced at the Cityco annual review that a bylaw would be secured to fine and punish those caught urinating in city centre streets. This would be drafted as soon as possible to stop people taking the piss. (Sorry we couldn't help that). The initiative follows concern from businesses and, particularly, city centre residents.

FC UNITED ARE TO MOVE to a purpose-built 5000-capacity stadium in Newton Heath – subject to raising the funds. This is the suburb in which Manchester United began life in 1878. The move is therefore not without irony as FC United are the rebel breakaway club from Manchester United. (Click here)

FOLLOWING STAFF CLAIMS that Central Library was burning or destroying quantities of its books and knowledge resource, Manchester Confidential has secured a statement from Central Library to say this is not happening and the claims are exaggerated. The only material being destroyed, prior to the building being emptied before refurbishment, are out-of-date periodicals, directories and yearbooks. (Click here)

MANCHESTER CONFIDENTIAL has secured a Freedom of Information Act request revealing how much Stagecoach is paid per year to operate Metrolink. The figure is £18.1 million which is under £2 million less than the total ticket revenue from the system. Whether £18.1 million is an excessive amount is hard to judge but it is odd that Stagecoach should have been so reluctant to reveal the amount of public money they receive. (Click here)

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