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<b>Friday 25 July:</b> D-day for congestion vote, Deansgate to be closed-off and mummies get naked again

Published on July 25th 2008.

LEADERS of the 10 authorities of Greater Manchester are to meet today to decide if the public will get to vote on plans for congestion charging. Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC Radio Manchester: “I think to make a Greater Manchester wide referendum work then every local authority needs to sign up for it.”

DEANSGATE will be closed-off for three weeks as of Friday 1 August. Victorian water mains are being replaced and work is expected to be carried out from 8am-4am, seven days a week. The work is part of an £8 million project to upgrade water pipes by May 2009 and is expected to cause major traffic disruption with the main route through Manchester.

A MOUSE-INFESTED takeaway which had to be shut down in Gorton is now trading once again. Spice Land, on Hyde Road, Gorton, were forced to cease trading by environmental health officers when they found rodent faeces in the store room, rat burrows at the back of the property and mildew on the inside walls. The court case has now been adjourned and in the meantime Spice Land is open for business.

EGYPTIAN MUMMIES at Manchester Museum have been uncovered following public response. The museum covered up the mummies earlier this year after complaints about them being naked. Critics described the decision as 'politically correct rubbish'. The museum have said a number of different display methods will now be tried out and feedback is encouraged on the museum's blog.

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